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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 113 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 230 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathy E.
Verified review

When I contacted Beth, I had dog who was anxious and nervous. He was constantly pulling during our walks, and he wasn't always friendly with other people. Beth gave me the skills, knowledge, and confidence, I needed to be successful in training my dog. I am happy to say, my dog is now a pleasure to walk, and he has become much more friendly to the people he encounters. I highly reccommend Beth!

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn C.
Verified review

I met Mel when I enrolled my 7-month old labradoodle, Daisy, in her puppy training class. I hadn't had a dog in over 10 years and wanted a well-behaved dog as a companion if I am going to keep her for her lifetime. Mel's method is positive training with treats and repetition. Daisy thrived in the 6-week course and did outstanding during her puppy graduation. I then decided to enroll her into Mel's intermediate dog training class because I still had issues with how Daisy acted in public. It's been 3 weeks into the dog training and I can really see Daisy changing into a better behaved dog. She now knows how to heel when walking, stay for long periods, sit at a corner during her walks, stay until I release her to come to continue with our walk, doesn't go ballistic when she sees another dog & owner walking on the other side of the street and lets go of things she picks up during our walks (like rocks, paper, sticks etc) with the "Leave it" command. Mel really takes the time to explain each new step/lesson during each class. And there are no "Bad Dogs" in training, Always Positive. If I have questions between classes, I just email Mel and she always gets back to me to put me back on track. I definitely will be recommending Mel and her dogpanion dog training to my friends. Thanks, Carolyn & Daisy

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica V.
Verified review

I bought a dog (german shepherd puppy) from Kris a couple years ago for sport work. He set me up with training and my dog is THE best trained dog I have ever owned. She has a balanced and stable temperament on top of fantastic obedience and protection. I am so incredibly happy with her and Kris is extremely knowledgeable in dog behavior and dog training of all aspects. I recommend Taylor made Working Dogs for any source of dog training or buying.

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erin E.
Verified review

Maureen was very responsive to texts/calls/emails. She made sure to address the individual needs of my family/pet. She packed in so much information into just one session and provided us with some unexpected extras. We have already seen an improvement in our puppy's behavior after one session. I love her positive approach to modifying behavior. She was also super patient with us (first time dog parents). We had some very basic questions but she spent extra time with us to make sure we were set before she left. Will definitely use her again and refer friends in need of doggy help.

San Diego Dog Training
4.3
from 16 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey P.
Verified review

I’m still in the process of training my dog

Leashless.Dog
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Bryan P.
Verified review

Ted Bellmyer / 5ok9 is my first choice for boarding school / training for dogs. It's obvious that Ted really understands and loves dogs. I have seen him resolve issues with mine, and several other people's dogs through his training / boarding process. Even when training is not required, and I have to travel, Ted is my first choice for dog boarding, because I know he will take great care of my dogs. I have recommended his boarding to coworkers and friends, and will continue to recommend him to everyone who might need dog boarding or training.

K9 Positive Training
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn F.
Verified review

Mike worked with dog, Rocco, and I to prepare for the CGC test. He is not only an excellent trainer, who has perfected his skill set and demonstrates passion combined with eternal patience, he is very personable and caring. He was just as invested in Rocco's success as I was. I could not recommend him more highly. We hope to continue training with Mike and go on to take therapy dog and maybe service dog tests in the future.

Everyday Canine
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
Verified review

Excellent experience. Had no idea training a dog could be like this. It's like we're starting over with our dog and this time we know what we're doing!

Dog Vibes Only
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy M.
Verified review

Breanna helped our once fearful and skiddish puppy blossom into the now confident and playful dog! Highly recommend!

Mimi's Pet Services
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Wayen D.
Verified review

Jennifer has just gained a new lifelong customer. She took care of my dog flawlessly while i was gone for a few days. Prices are great and the service is second to none. I Highly recommend her. She's simply head and shoulders above the rest.

  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Nick L.
Verified review

The dog training for when all other training fails. Long story short Ed has the experince and proper guidance to turn even the most unruly dog into a great pet and companion.

Inception K9 Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
June B.
Verified review

Just finishing my puppy training and couldn’t be happier with the results. My pup responded well to the positive training techniques. Highly recommend.

Furry Tail Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Caitlyn B.
Verified review

After doing hours of research and training on my own with my young dog, I was at my wits end with everything from potty training, to walking nicely. After speaking with Holly from Furry Tail Dog Training, we identified all of my concerns, and she gave me a clear and easy plan to help me guide my wild puppy to becoming a lovable, and manageable dog! We are so grateful for her help, because I am now taking my dog on walks with a lose lead when once I didn't think it was possible! And potty training woes are a thing of the distant past!

Brian Grasberger
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Marissa M.
Verified review

Brian trained my dog Bella. I hired him for 3 training sessions and the amount he taught her in just three sessions was awesome. Probably more important than training her, he trained me how to work with her and re-enforce what he taught her. Bella really seemed to like Brian (possibly partly because he always has treats with him!) and she really positively responded to his instruction. He does seem to have an immediate connection to dogs. The training was very interactive and he made sure to address any problems I was having with Bella and offered very practical solutions. I would definitely recommend him if you are looking for someone to train your dog.

Fenway's Runway
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elaine G.
Verified review

Care is an amazing pet care sitter! Every time I go to pick up my pup Rascal, her and Fenway are happily trying to get in the last few minutes of playing before she has to go home. Rascal comes home super happy, and tired from all her play time, walking and trips to the dog park. Leaving my pup with Care definitely eases my mind when I am away-especially since I can follow their adventures under her own special hashtag, #rascalisfamous, on Instagram!

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Natasha R.
Verified review

Melissa has been here twice already, and our Rottweiler puppy has really improved a lot. I would highly recommend her to train anyone's puppy/dog She is still working with us

Steller Paws
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Ryan B.
Verified review

I hired max to board and train my labrador retriever, Jack. Jack was awful on the leash and I didnt have the time to teach him even basic commands. Max worked on leash walking, taught my dog how to sit,stay,down,come,heel,side,and then taught me how to keep him from becoming untrained. Thank you Max, you truly helped me and Jack.

About

I have a natural connection with animals. Ive never actually owned animals as a child until my teenage years. I have a very bold personality and I tend to be very playful and motherly to animals haha.

About

My work stands out from others because of my love and devotion to the care your dog(s).

  • 4 years in business
About

I offer care and affection.I treat the other dogs as if they were my own dog.

About

I am active in dog training and available to walk dogs for up to 10 miles. I have been around dogs my whole life and I enjoy spending time with them.

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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Carson, CA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification, Guard / Protection
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 0-6 months, 1-2 years
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Details
    I have 2 pit bulls that need training walking on leash as well as to stop them from jumping on people.
  • $199
    Average price
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