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Orinda Dog Trainers

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  • 18 years in business
  • 190 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 11 hours

Vasantha V.

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Pete's training was "Training the Trainer". It was amazing! He's punctual, and very professional. The guidelines and notes that Pete provided was very helpful. He also demonstrated how to train. I agree with Pete that it is always better that the owner of the dog train so that the bonding is better. With just two hours of training, my dog has already picked up few commands. Thank you Pete! Vasantha

April S.

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Pete gave us a great starting point to start training our dog with behavioral problems. We started working on impulse control, feeding rituals, and commanding her attention in a stressful environment for our dog.

Faye J.

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Great useful advice for training our dog.

  • 2 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 48 min

Diana M.

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Old dogs CAN learn new tricks! My 14 year old chihuahua has gained self confidence and decreased separation anxiety thanks to working with Courtney. I beam with pride and happiness when watching my dog become so engaged and enthusiastic while training. I am continually impressed by Courtney's patience, compassion and knowledge in working with dogs and their humans. I highly recommend Devoted Dog Training.

Thumbtack Customer

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Courtney is fantastic. I appreciated how she inquired after both me and my dog during our training sessions. It helped further cement the relationship between dog, owner, and trainer.

Camille C.

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Absolutely wonderful, personalized dog training! Very knowledgeable and will help you with any issues.

  • 19 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Fiona L.

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We love Tammy ! We have a 2-year old Aussie with pretty serious issues regarding: charging at the door barking (scaring guests), barking at random noises, biting (yikes! but yes.. many times to even friends and family), and leash aggression. We had 2 trainers before. One was at the prestigious Cali-K9 which was like training your dog to almost be like a police dog with a lot of consequences including pulling very hard on the chain where they want his two front feet to literally be lifted ( we didn't want to do this at all .. but we trusted them because of their amazing reviews )..this caused our anxious pup to become a very anxious dog, esp. to strangers... we then went with another trainer from Pet Food Express who was purely positive reinforcement. Here, she had him locked away in the room for months without social interaction in order to try to desensitize him and slowly introduce him back to people and triggers. THIS DID NOT WORK. If anything, his habits got worse and we forgot what it was like to even have a dog anymore :( We reached a very sad point, full of tears, where we discussed the fact that we might have to give him away but we decided maybe board & train was the next step. There are articles out there saying this method is not suggested because it might not be long lasting, or maybe the dog might just listen to the trainer and not you. Anyways, we came across Tammy and at first was very hesitant. As a millennial couple both working in high-tech.. we were killing ourselves over online research. Thumbtack wasn't a service I ever used before so I trusted other sites like Yelp & Facebook which Tammy didn't have too much of a presence on :( We did a bunch of research and even paid $100 for a consultation with Lori Hamilton - but it didn't feel right.. but she was still on our radar as another top option. When we met Tammy, she seemed incredibly sweet, genuine, & honest. As she is going full-time as a dog trainer, I knew she was going to treat our dog Finn as an individual and not just a number or revenue. She truly cared about his life and happiness. Eventually we made the decision to go with Tammy, reason being is because we know not everyone is as tech-savvy and we went with social media all-stars like Cali-K9 before which didn't go well.. so we couldn't judge a trainer just based on online presence. When we got Finn back from Board & Train you could tell how much he adored her. It was crazy! When she walked away he locked his eyes and body towards her. When she comes for our trainings now, our dog throws his body on her and rubs himself missing her. This is how I know she spent a lot of time with him instead of just shipping him off, and crossing our fingers that Finn was getting the training attention he needs. Forward 2 months, Finn is not perfect but he is x10 more manageable and we know what to do if he reacts in any way. He now goes to work with my boyfriend as an office pup, we aren't scared to take him downtown, he rarely barks at the Amazon dude (this could be fixed very fast before it happens). My boyfriend and I are so happy we went with Tammy now! She is the most patient person ever and I am so excited to have her integrated in our lives. She has helped us find so much different solutions regardless if its testing individual techniques or even supplements to help with Finn's anxiety. The greatest gift she gave us is the confidence that we are a great dog owner and that we also have the greatest dog! Put time and effort in your dog & Tammy will always do the same! We are continuing to board with Tammy when we go on vacations, so our relationship will definitely continue for a long time <3 (:

Kathy C.

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Tammy began training and working with our chocolate lab when he was 11 months old. While our dog went to stay with Tammy for 2 weeks, we often wondered what was occurring, as we knew that Rudi was strong willed as a puppy and often destructive. During the 2 week training time, we would get messages and even a video or 2 sent to us, showing the progress that she was making with Rudi. After 2 weeks, Rudi returned with behaviors on lease that made realize that with consistency our dog could demonstrate and practice good training behaviors. Tammy has a strong communication system established with our dog so he understands what is expected of him when we walk or work in the house. He really looks forward to seeing Tammy. Even more, Tammy continues to work with us and our dog on a weekly basis, working to train us as well as the dog. We are so pleased with our dog, his training ( which is praise based, not treat based) and our weekly sessions with Tammy. She really wants everyone to be successful.

Christina A.

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Five stars out of five!!! Tammy is a great trainer. In only three sessions, my new little rescue dog is doing all the training basics: sit, stay, heel, come, and down. We are working on others. Plus, Tammy is personable, patient, and so dog knowledgeable. I highly recommend her!

  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours
  • Martinez, CA

Stacy W.

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Les with Executive Canine Services is FABULOUS! We rescued a great 3 yr old golden retriever/border collie mix who needed some "fine tuning." A friend recommended Les to us, and we could not be happier with him. He is first of all, one of the most delightful people you will ever meet, and to top that, his knowledge of dog training is excellent. He is well read, has endless tips and techniques that are easy to learn and implement, and he really has a special knack with dogs. Our dog made great strides from week to week, and we really owe it to Les and his ability to read our dog, and make thoughtful recommendations for what we needed to work on. I felt he really tailored the training to our dog's needs. He was always on time or early, and came prepared with the next lesson to work on. I cannot recommend him highly enough, and will absolutely call on him for any more dog training needs. Thanks, Les!

Sylvain G.

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Les is the best of the best when it comes to dog training. He knows his stuff and it was apparent from the way he connected with our dog in the first training session. He truly cares about each client and is committed to seeing them succeed. We saw results after the very first training session and the progress was remarkable following each session. Les comes prepared to each session with treats and training aids. He gives you "homework" to do with your dog after each session to prepare you for the next. He even follows up with you after each meeting to see how things are going. Les played a significant role in shaping our puppy into the dog he is today. I highly recommend Les for dog training, we will definitely use his services again!

Lauren J.

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Les is friendly and offers real world solutions for dog training. He has taught my husband and I important tips on how we can get it dog to follow our commands better and to reduce negative behavior. We look forward to continuing to work with him to develop our dog's skills.

  • 14 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 60 min

Barbra V.

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My Newfypoo pup Jelly Bean is a handful, especially considering I have never had a dog before. I was fortunate enough to stumble on John Vinton's site, after being dropouts from Sirius group puppy training. His technique is unique as he does not advocate stuffing the dog with never ending treats. Instead, consistent reinforcement of commands accompanied with appropriate overwhelming praise when deserved. We're only 3 lessons in. I am so proud of my Bean, especially when compared to other dogs we meet on our walks. We both still have a lot to learn and with the help of "A Better Dog Trainer" I know we'll be successful.

Stephanie H.

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John is very knowledgeable about the psychology of dogs and he came to our house to show us how to deal with the specific problems we were having at home. Taking our dog out to another trainer was not addressing our specific behavior problems at home. John is very nice and caring of our dog and we have been very happy with his dog training. He has given us the tools that we need to work on our dogs behavior and let our dog be an active member of our family.

Katy K.

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He came to Napa and did a combined dog training lesson with my sister and I. He was very good with the dogs and got her crazy 6 month old puppy to learn to lay down within minute. I will be recommending him to anyone looking for a dog trainer.

  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 min

Dianne G.

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We have been sending our dog to Susan at Nu Pawspective for about a year now. Susan is an intelligent trainer with a "dog whisperer" instinct for dogs. Our dog loves going with Susan every day and always comes home exhausted and happy. We are thankful to have someone whom we trust to care for our dog as much as Susan does.

Miki H.

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Susan is a truly wonderful dog trainer! She is incredibly knowledgeable and thinks of things from the dog's perspective. She is very patient (both with us and our pup) and has tons of great insights and ideas. She is really dedicated to helping us create a great relationship with our pup, and I highly recommend her!

Jill S.

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Susan was very helpful and was great with both my dog and my two children. Her advice and tips were useful and made sense in the context of our busy family life.

  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 22 min

Eryn G.

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Debbie is AMAZING! She walks or takes my dogs to the dog park 2 times a week and shes amazing. My dogs LOVE her. I usually get text message updates or pictures and she is always so fast to respond via text! Couldn't do it without her!

Sandy W.

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Debbie helped us realize that our dog needs lots of time to feel secure and gave us ways to work with him!

  • 20 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 56 min

Matt C.

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kelly is a bright young women, she is very good with my dog and taught me thing as well. Saki is an Akita and had some bad habits. Thanks to Kelly I now am able to control her. Most of the time, smile.

Warren W.

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we had a problem dog, 100 pounds and very aggressive. Kelly was positive about getting him in to shape to be a good dog.... Was good working with her

Gabriel P.

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Great experience. Very excited about getting my dog trained.

  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 44 min

Joan H.

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Jackie gave dog training lessons to our 4 year old boxer which we just got from the Boxer Rescue Assoc. We were totally impressed with everything she did. Her training was excellent and even after a few sessions we saw a significant difference in our dog. Would highly recommend Jackie, she even helped get our cat and dog to be happy together in the same room, something we thought would never happen!

Monique S.

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Jackie is a very talented dog trainer. She is at the same time sweet and strong. She teaches at the same time the dogs and the owners. We highly recommend her.

Sarah S.

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Jackie is great. She is reliable and had resources for training puppies.

  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 16 hours

Biana R.

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Emily is fantastic! She began working with our 6 month old weim only 4 weeks ago, and he is already a different dog. He has learned to be better on the leash, developing better response to commands such as sit and stay. Emily truly listens to the needs of the family and is very responsive to the individual dog needs. She is dependable, responsible and when you meet her, you can just feel her passion and dedication to puppy training. She sent us regular daily updates about our puppy's progress, including video clips. When we first started, our puppy was shy of other dogs, but after only 2 weeks, he was braver and more assertive in the dog park with other pets. Emily is a pleasure to work with and we have just signed up for another 4 weeks of training to continue building on the progress our doggies has made. She is down to earth and caring. She is also not afraid to say when something isn't working, which we truly appreciated. Our dog didn't like the halti leash, so after a couple of weeks of training, Emily came up with a different leash option and was very honest about the reasons for the change. It's refreshing to work with such a professional. Thank you, Emily, for all your dedication and hard work!

Tiffany S.

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Emily was amazing with Winston! I couldn't have asked for a better trainer for my puppy! In the 4 weeks of training he became a much more obedient and well mannered little pup. I am more than confident to recommend Emily and her training camp to whom ever needs an efficient and responsible trainer.

Frances W.

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They really care about my dog and her progress and happiness. I would recommend them highly. Posey is going to miss seeing them.

  • 10 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Oakland, CA

Connor C.

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Holly is an excellent dog trainer! She uses solid training methods to produce reliable results, no matter the behavior, breed, temperament, history, etc. Her training approach moves beyond correcting specific issues; instead she addresses the overall mindset of the dog to produce a calm, balanced and HAPPY dog, which then eliminates any and all behavior problems. That's what I call effective dog training! Beyond her skill with dogs, she is equally skilled with teaching people how to employ the training techniques. She is a joy to work with--she has a positive and supportive attitude, clear communication, and a genuine desire to help folks foster a desirable relationship with their dog(s). I have had the pleasure to work with Holly over the last several weeks to address my dog's leash reactivity and fear based dog aggression. In ONE session my dog was able to walk past several packs of dogs barking and lunging behind fences with no issue whatsoever. I wouldn't believe it if I didn't see it with my own eyes (and boy did my dog look proud of herself!)! We look forward to continuing our training with Holly so my dog can earn off leash privileges at dog beaches, camping, etc. If you are seeking a dog trainer, save yourself the trouble of looking elsewhere and start with Holly! You and your dog(s) will be glad you did.

Stacy H.

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Dog training saves lives, and Holly has what it takes to help dogs and their families develop a bond that will keep everyone out of trouble! Our dog has a great temperament but a mind of her own, along with a strong prey drive (that may extend to smaller dogs, as she has bitten one before and lunged at others). Holly has helped us get our dog into a mindset where those distractions are not overpowering. We could not be happier to know that our dog will be able to be a safe and loving part of our family. She worked wonders with our dog, and I'm confident Holly has the skill to handle more extreme cases. Worth every penny and then some!

Deborah T.

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Holly was excellent with our two dogs. She explained her dog training approach clearly and quickly improved our dog's behavior and explained what we as owners should do going forward. In a space of a day, she performed miracles. She is extremely responsive and very caring. I would highly recommend her!

  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 min

Matt H.

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Emily is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable dog trainers I have ever met. I contracted her when I adopted a rescue with severe separation anxiety and who never had any formal training. Within 6 weeks my pup mastered basic commands, and we were well on our way to overcoming his separation anxiety. I would recommend Emily without hesitation to anyone looking for expert help!

Ben E.

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Emily is awesome! She came to our apartment to help us with basic training for our 4-month old Golden Retriever, George. He loved her and we worked on loose-leash walking, potty training, drop it, and crate training. Emily was really engaging and has a great style of communication that brings everything into human terms. Highly recommend working with her.

Darian S.

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Emily is a thoughtful, knowledgable and overall superb trainer. In addition, she is excellent resource for all issues and needs related to puppies and dogs in general. She is a pure joy to work with and i highly recommend Mindful Paw.

  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Vic S.

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We brought home two Cairn Terrier pups. It had been 12 years since we had trained a puppy, and we knew we needed a refresher course. We went to a local groomer / boarding facility for help, and it was like a time share pitch. I won’t go in to details. So we found Maj on Thumbtack. I told her right away that we humans wanted to be trained; we didn’t want somebody to offer us ready-for-use puppies, pre-trained for our convenience. We needed to be refreshed on how to live with our new pups, and how to make them happy to live with us. Well. Maj is perfect. She loves dogs and she knows what she’s doing. She has worked with us to make the whole family one. Our biggest problem has been the puppies piddling on the floor, and she had many suggestions to overcome this problem. She also consulted with her mentors to help us (our pups were a hard case). We have found a solution, and we’ve made great progress. We continue to work with Maj to train our pups to listen to us and be the great family members we want them to be. We continue to work with Maj to be the best puppy owners we can be. We’re completely satisfied.

Meghan K.

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Maj is a fantastic trainer. She is kind and patient with me, which makes me much more comfortable doing the things I need to do with my dog. She is wonderful with my dog and models the behavior I need to have with him so I learn even when she’s not teaching that specific skill. My dog is much better behaved and, while he’s always been a happy dog, he’s even happier now. He is definitely calmer. Thank you Maj!

Kara A.

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great dog trainer!

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 12 hours
  • Suisun City, CA

Ashley C.

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She was just amazing! I had her come over to watch my dog during my wedding. My house was full of people getting ready to leave- it was a bit stressful. Leaving my dog was the least of my worries! She made me feel comfortable and at ease!

Megan M.

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Renata exudes goodness and was thorough in her inquiries about my dog's needs. I definitely hope to hire her again as needed for dog walks.

Diane I.

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She is very knowledgeable. We saw our dog improve within one training.

  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 42 min

Conner W.

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Heather helped with obedience training my beagle, who is very stubborn. They did verbal commands, leash training, house training and manners, and Heather has had a lasting positive influence on my dog. She is very professional and thorough, and she brings real experience and methodology to create a personalized training outline, which helps maintain the behaviors. 10/10, would recommend again.

Emelia V.

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We really enjoyed how heather built her personal relationship with our dogs. she was very professional but also has an easygoing personality that made her a joy to be around. her work ethnic is effective and she always follows through on what the plan is. We not only hired a pro to help train our two lab puppies but we gained a life long friend.

Renae L.

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Heather is very knowledgeable and helpful. She listened to our concerns and came up with some small goals for our next meeting. We are very excited to work with her in upcoming weeks with our German Shepherd puppy.

  • 43 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 47 min

Cindy Y.

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Janet was professional and knowledgeable. We had a one hour private lesson at my home, during which she addressed my major concerns and taught me a few tricks! I'll be bringing my little Sasha to group lessons, as well. Cindy Y., Stockton

Wendy A.

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Great experience! She taught us so much in such a short amount of time! Thanks so much for the private lesson, I think it made a world of difference!! I would definitely recommend Janet to anyone who needs a great dog trainer!




  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 44 min
  • Brentwood, CA

Christina C.

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Elizabeth has been coming weekly for just over a month. She’s great. Comes ready to work and does a great job.

Jane W.

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Elizabeth and Her helper were great! Really good with our dogs too!

Chris J.

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Great to work with. Was on time and did a great job.

  • 22 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Bethany W.

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We got a rescue puppy. While adorable, she's got many of the behavior issues rescue dogs may come with, especially destructive anxiety. I've trained dogs before, and this dog has made me run out of ideas. Amy has consulted with me many times on ways to reduce her anxiety and help her with everything from getting the hang of potty training to not nipping at the kids. She has always tried her hardest and done her best. All with positive reinforcement methods too! She's taken on tough cases and doesn't give up. She's great at coaching owners too so we can genuinely help the dog. If you're not working with Amy, you don't have the best - yet! Give her a hollar!

Robyn C.

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Whenever we leave town we have our dog stay with Amy. He is a nervous one but always gets so excited and happy when we pull up to her house. Amy has given us invaluable advice about small changes we can make in order to make a big difference in our dog's and family's life. It's incredible how quickly she can read him and knows his needs immediately. She is amazing!

Elisa P.

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Amy is very knowledgeable and helpful. She has always been quick to respond whenever I've had a question or issue with my dog. Her experience and knowledge has shown with all the great advice she has given me over the years. My dog Max and I appreciate all her help!

  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 13 min

Joshua C.

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The method of how Christina teaches and trains was very helpful from The get go.  Our puppy initially a shy tiny girl wishing she was anywhere but there, by the 3rd training she was running around playing with the other dogs and obeying basic commands. Every week our pup is ecstatic to go on her walks and to puppy training and see all of her friends.  Christina is helpful, accommodating and I trust her to have a key to my house and with my fur baby, that really says a lot, no app or company can replace her awesomeness and she’s entertaining. Christina is really great about sending instructions in text and photos of my puppy on walks and is always quick to respond by phone and very flexible with changing walk or training times.

Samantha O.

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I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Dachsund mix. I've been needing help training her for a number of reasons. I have a really bad back and had the idea to train Mia to be my service animal. I was looking around for a dog trainer and met Christina! She helped us with Mia heeling, waiting and helped teach us both how to do certain tricks like pick stuff up for me when I can't bend down. It's been a long road but I can say that with the help of Christina, Mia and I would not be where we are today. Mia no longer pulls on the leash, is no longer leash reactive, now waits and stays in place, and is the calmest dog when we go to stores, etc. Thank You Christina!!

Danielle O.

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I love hanging out with Christina and the my doggie friends! She picks me up and takes me on long walks. She even takes photos and videos of me to send to my mom! How cool is that?! When mom goes away, I get to stay with Christina, which I love! There’s so many fun things going on that I hardly realize Mom is gone! She helps me to walk nicely on the leash and with other training stuff. Mom really loves me so I know she really trusts Christina. She was also my foster mom (before I found forever mom) and helped me give birth to my puppies. I love her and hope you’ll join me on my weekly walks!! ~Yoda (and Danielle)

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 min

Stephanie G.

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Angie and Miranda are AMAZING! They were so great with my dog and always willing to be of service with short notice. I would recommend them to anyone who needs care for their pets!

Ben B.

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Very excited to work with you already gave us so much knowledge !!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 10 hours


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