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Richmond Psychiatric Service Dog Trainers

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Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.8
from 80 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 202 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
April S.
Verified review

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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Devoted Dog Training
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elaine M.
Verified review

Courtney was very helpful to us in guiding our puppy through her second fear phase. She was very knowledgeable, explained things well, and answered all of our questions. We will work with her again without hesitation if our dog needs additional training.

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Alpha K-9 Academy
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Fiona L.
Verified review

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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sebastian B.
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Excellent dog training service. Highly recommend.

Your K9 Guy
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Katie B.
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Todd was fantastic! We found him on Thumbtack within weeks of getting our new puppy. We were having major troubles with potty training and Todd was kind and thoughtful in providing advice and proposing a good schedule for training. When our puppy hit ~17 weeks, he spent two weeks doing board and train with Todd. I would strongly recommend this to anyone dealing with a puppy (or a dog who needs training too). Todd has a great philosophy of working with the dog and not against him. He immediately had a solid understanding of our puppy, including really amazing insights into what was scaring/unsettling him. He sent frequent detailed emails and photos/videos telling us about the dog's progress and what he still needed to work on, and our sweet puppy emerged from Todd's place responding to some commands, walking reliably on a leash, able to interact with other dogs without freaking out, and much improved on biting and potty training, etc. He also finally responds to "no," so even his remaining bad habits will hopefully subside soon. Bottom line: when you leave your sweet puppy with a stranger for two weeks, trust is key, and we immediately felt comfortable with Todd. He and his wife treated our puppy like their own, and we will definitely be keeping him on speed-dial in the future!

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Nu Pawspective
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

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Pawgress Dog Training
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

Notched to an OTCH
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Coralie D.
Verified review

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!

Majyk Paws Dog Training
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Tanya B.
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Maj is kind, a good listener, and a deeply empathetic human being. She also happens to use those skills as an excellent dog and dog-human trainer:) She’s prompt, responsive and pretty darn reasonably priced. I’d highly recommend her to anyone looking to solve a dog issue or just deepen their existing relationship with their animals. Really, there should be more stars to give her:)))))

  • 10 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah T.
Verified review

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!

Citizen Hound
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Richard F.
Verified review

Excellent and reliable service. My dog, Ringo, is a big dog (Rhodesian Ridgeback) and quite active. He loves his playmates and I feel secure with his safety.

Domestic Pets
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Michael M.
Verified review

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.

ABC Dogs
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Catherine K.
Verified review

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!

B.O.N.E. Dog Training
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon P.
Verified review

Kristen has gone above and beyond for me and my dog Bison. She is always careful to make sure I understand what is going on and also so accommodating to our schedule and needs. Kristen was always reassuring and with the very first training task she suggested me and bison broke out of a huge rut. Finally were on the road again and excited about our journey to service dog-land. Thanks Kristen you've been so great to work with.

  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Betty K.
Verified review

Michelle is absolutely wonderful! She is so kind, patient and loving. She helped us work with one of our foster dogs to become less fearful and thereby adoptable. Thanks so much Michelle!

  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Shaunda T.
Verified review

Lisa is knowledgeable and very helpful. She taught me a lot about what's going on with my dog and how to mondify her behavior. I'm still working on it, but my dog is making improvement. I highly recommend Lisa as a valuable resource for any training or behavior issues you are having with your dog.

Silver Lining Pet Services
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Colleen M.
Verified review

Sue has been working with me and my two min pins, Coco and Tootsie on behavior modification issues. I was at the point of contacting the breeder to give one of them back - basically at the end of my rope. I'd worked with other dog. trainers, but Sue explained and showed how to manage and modify behavior that was easy to comprehend and made sense. I am not exaggerating when I say she has literally changed my life and helped me rethink how to interact with my girls. I am very grateful.

Playground Hounds
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly K.
Verified review

Brandon has been taking my dog Andre out on dog park outings for several months now. Andre is a bit reactive but Brandon took on the challenge and has figured out a way to get Andre his exercise and manage his reactivity as well. I like that he gives me reports on their outings and also mentions health issues that he may notice. He gave me great advice on a new food to help ease Andre's itchy skin too! He's very reliable and if there ever is something that comes up where he needs to miss an outing I am always given plenty of time to make alternative arrangements. Most importantly, Andre loves him!

Next of Kin Pet Care
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy L.
Verified review

Next of Kin Pet Care is great. They did an amazing job with my cat, checking my mail and letting me know daily how things are going at my house. I would recommend them to anyone needing pet care and peace of mind when they are out of town.

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sharnae L.
Verified review

The balanced K9 is the best pack walking service for your dogs! Mahogany, the owner, and her pack walking team are all friendly and skilled at handling all different types (personality) of dogs. They are reliable and professional. Our two dogs are exhausted when they come home from their great adventures. They are always happy to see them!

At Sylvette's
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Chi T.
Verified review

Sylvette is part of the family already! Flexible with times, sweet, funny and she loves our Chappie as much as he loves her. Her walks are always varied and interesting and our dog gets great exercise working off his 1 1/2 yr old pent-up energy. When she first got Chappie, he was a shy young man, not at ease with other dogs. Now, thanks to her loving encouragement he's opened right up and now has made lots of other two-legged and four-legged friends. He runs to her when she gets here to pick him up and returns to us as happy as ever. She gives him love as if he were her own, keeps up our training/discipline regimen and only gives him delicious healthy treats and food. She's even watched him for a week while we were out of town. We've been through larger dog walking services and we will never go back. Longue Vie Sylvette!

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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