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Pleasanton Service Dog Training Programs

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Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.7
from 83 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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Alpha-Zen K-9 Academy
4.8
from 45 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
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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 (:

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Executive Canine Services
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Sebastian B.
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Excellent dog training service. Highly recommend.

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Pawgress Dog Training
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Rachel K.
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Rusty has exceeded above and beyond my hopes for a trainer. After our first complimentary consultation for him to assess my pups behavior as well as for me to assess whether Rusty was the right trainer for us, I knew I had landed on one of the best. He possesses an incredible wealth of knowledge that he conveys efficiently and proficiently giving you the tools to truly carry over the work done in the sessions to every day life with your dog. He is professional, patient, and creative in his training, not to mention a true dog whisperer. While I originally sought Rusty's guidance for foundational obedience training and separation anxiety, it evolved to using him to assist in the journey of training my pup to be a therapy dog. Along the way, my dog suffered an traumatic experience while under the care of a sitter and adopted fear behaviors that had not existed before. I called Rusty right away for advice and help. We adjusted our sessions to address the immediate concerns so they would not become permanent. He was a complete blessing and my pup is successfully on the mend. Rusty is so well-versed in many areas of dog-training (he's your one-stop shop!) Whether you need short-term assistance, long-term, or varying areas of concerns, look no further. You don't need to take my word for it, just take advantage of the complimentary consultation and see for yourself. Absolutely no regrets here.

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Nu Pawspective
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathy H.
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Susan truly cares for dogs' wellbeing and has great knowledge and patience of solving doggies' behavioral problems. I highly recommend her daycare and boarding/training services. It is money worth spending as the quality of her service is excellent (and beyond expectation). Susan is very professional and pleasant to work with compared to other trainers and service providers in the area. She is a great partner for dog owners who want the best for their doggies.

Notched to an OTCH
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Coralie D.
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I attended Jorge's obedience training class with my service dog in training; his class has been a valuable experience both me and my dog. Jorge helped me communicate better with my dog, rely less on training tools and more on body language, and resolved several minor issues by simply making training more fun for both of us. It has been great having my dog practice focusing on me without her working gear on and with the dog distractions of both a group class, and the other people & dogs in the training facility!

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California Canine
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Victoria S.
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We adopted a 6 month old Great Pyrenees mix that had terrible socialization problems. She was scared of the littlest thing, except people! We couldn't go out in public without her fawning over everyone and then in the blink of an eye, be terrified because a cart rolled past her. Did helped us round out her socialization with a training program that we could actually adhere to. She listened to what our lifestyle entails and what we were capable of doing at the time. It made us feel like we could actually help as opposed to all the other trainers who made us feel like we just couldn't do enough. Thank you California Canine for giving our puppy a new sense of confidence to enjoy the world with!

  • 20 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Kelly is knowledgeable and willing to help with dogs specific training issues.

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The Heart of Caregiving
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Susan V.
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I had a meet & greet with Sonia yesterday; she brought her "pack" of dogs to meet my dog, who is sometimes aggressive toward other dogs. Sonia really seems to know her stuff, and gave me great advice on dealing with my dog!! And he behaved pretty well around all her dogs, thanks to her coaching! I was impressed!

  • 10 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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!

Domestic Pets
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Michael M.
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I find Mary to be very professional, friendly, conscientious and knowledgeable about the many things necessary for taking care of our cats when we are away. I also know Mary just attended an extended training on pet CPR and First Aid which makes me more impressed and comfortable with her skills. I think our pets get more individual attention from Mary when we are gone than we can provide during a normal work week. I highly recommend her. I can tell my cats get great attention from her and I have seen her interact with them and they are very comfortable with Mary.

Phoebe Bault
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline K.
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Phoebe is an amazing dog-walker. She's super great with my dog and has worked with us on training her too. Norah's gotten so much better in her walking and obedience. I can trust Phoebe with Norah anytime and she always goes above and beyond with her. I'm so glad I found her!

ABC Dogs
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Catherine K.
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John has been walking our lab pup for months now, and sending her off with him a few mornings a week was the best decision we ever made. This is my first dog ever, and John has been great at guiding me through dog ownership. He is extremely professional and has spent a tremendous amount of time educating himself on the ins and outs of dog behavior and training, and his hard work and attention has paid off for our dog. She loves going with him and his crew, and we love the results! She is healthy and happy and better trained than we ever could have gotten her to be without John's help. He has a FB page that he updates each night, with photos from the day's activities, so we have proof of the fun adventures our girl is having. I am beyond grateful for having found John and ABC Dogs!

Silver Lining Pet Services
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
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Sue is very knowledgeable and her training methods make sense and can create a training schedule that suits you and your pet. My partner and I are/were very appreciative of her service.

Petagogy Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Dei D.
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I am the owner/walker of Wolfgang Petcare, an off-leash dog walking company located in Oakland, CA. I refer all my active and prospective clients who's pets need training to Karin at Petagogy Dog Training. Her experience and success as a trainer is unparalleled. She specializes in positive reinforcement teaching, basic obedience, loose leash walking, barking control, taking treats gently, and more. I have taken on many of her training clients as pack members who through her sessions have become able to thrive in a group dynamic. She has also worked with some of my clients to address issues that have arisen during pack walks like pulling, having a hard mouth when taking treats, recall, etc. She is my go-to trainer as a professional and I can't recommend her training services enough!

Playground Hounds
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
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Brandon is wonderful!! I hired him to walk my Pit/Bulldog mix. He is responsible, respectful and loves dogs! He has been so great with my little Ruby even doing some training as part of her walks. I highly reccomend him and hope one day my little girl will behave enough to join his group walks.

  • 14 years in business
About

We offer dog walking, dog sitting, dog training, and even free drop offs at select grooming facilities to our clients. We are the best dog walking company in San Francisco and have served hundreds of happy pups and their owners!

  • 41 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
About

I have been training dogs for 55 years. I have trained in most every disciplines. My training is based on not only the dog but also the owners. Your lifestyle and your dog must work together. The breed or mix of breeds also determine your dogs behavior. This combination of factors are essential to that well behaved dog. I don't believe in robot training for your dog and know that you train a Terrier, including pit bulls, different that you train a Poodle. I have had German Shepherds, Smooth Fox Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Whippet, Poodle, Afghan Hounds and Borzoi. I am now an American Kennel Club judge and also judge international shows. I love the way a family loves their dog after just one visit from me. There big problem, usually jumping on people is so easily taken care of in the first visit. I love it when I give the family the skills to live with their dog as a member of their family not a problem child. I truly believe that a dog is for life and you make it work like you do a child. In Greek we say your children and your dogs are only what you teach them.

  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

Besides doing dog sitting, walking & my Real World Dog Training is by far result oriented training with different training methods. But most importantly I provide professional & service satisfaction, I'm a friendly down to earth person for me it's important to do business the right and fair way and build a long lasting relationship with my clients. I love pets & who doesn't like to work with lovable animals, its a positive & rewarding feeling.

About

I am not a business. I do this because I like all dogs, and they need to be loving and have no bad behavior problem. I can train most all dogs! I can remove any wildlife. I have had most of all different animals.

About

I like to get to know the dog and their personalities in order to apply the right training that would be right for that dog. My favorite part is learning the different personalities and getting to see the parents face and their dogs reaction when they gain that first step in communication. A basic sit can light up eyes in a second.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behavior as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

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