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Cozy K9 Care & Kamp
from 161 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 288 hires on Thumbtack
Karen A.
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Desiree made all three of my fur kids smell good and look cute. Did a great job on cutting the toenails of my big baby German Shepherd (something nobody in my family can do). I will use her again.

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Wagtime Dog Training
from 46 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
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Karen A.
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Don is still in the process of helping me train my 3 crazy dogs. I am very satisfied with the work so far. He is teaching my daughter and I, how to work with two Goldens who have zero training, and a Shepherd who does not like them. We are thrilled!

ForrestGlenn Kennels
from 40 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Christelle M.
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Our 11 week old German Shepherd puppy responded right away to Kevin's techniques. We have been applying his teachings to our puppy, and we are seeing results. We look forward to our upcoming puppy training sessions with Kevin!

  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Christine K.
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Very caring staff. Tierney is a experienced dog handler and truly cares for her clients and of course their dogs. She was terrific with my unruly rescued German Shepherd adolescent/puppy. And gave me the training I needed so I could work with my Shepherd.

  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Kristine A.
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My experience with Georgina (Gina) was over the top amazing! I put my 8-month old male German Shepherd puppy into the 2-week Board and Train Program. I felt comfortable with her the second that I met her and she welcomed Harley into her home with open arms. Gina gave me updates (pictures and videos) to really see how he was doing and progressing. This made me feel great about my decision to have Harley be in the program. Gina was optimistic and had a very good attitude towards all training with Harley. When it was time to pick up Harley Gina gave me a call asking if he could stay a week longer because he needed more time to learn how to not be afraid of simple objects. When I went to pick up Harley, Gina answered all of my questions, gave me a lot of information on the e-collar and gave advice for the journey Harley and I would have. Gina and I keep contact so that I can learn how to be a better owner and master to Harley. Gina offers refreshers for the lifetime of the dog and is always available to answer questions if there are issues with the dog/e-collar and remote. I was unsure how to unlock the remote for the e-collar and she got back to me immediately when I should have called the support line. When Harley does go back for a refresher I know that he will be safe and be loved by Gina. Harley loves Gina and he grew an attachment towards her. I will always request to have Gina has my trainer for when I get another furry friend! :)

Faith's Dog Training
from 18 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Rebeca C.
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We have only had one lesson so far but I was so impressed by Faith's expertise and I have already seen improvement with walking my Australian Cattle dog. I love that she bring her German Shephards along to help with socialization and training. Highly recommend!

Animal Minds Behavior
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Lelah R.
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We are so happy with Terra! She is down to earth and explains things very well. It's amazing how much difference there is with our German shepherd and Border Collie mix. Not only has been training the dogs, she has been training the entire family. She is very patient and thorough. She also had great advice on the type of beds and leashes for the dogs. So far. All her advice has been wonderful! She even spent time with us talking about different food types. We couldn't have asked for a better trainer! I would highly recommend her to anyone having difficulty with their pooches!

Honest Creature Care
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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.

Coach For Canines
from 9 reviews
  • 30 years in business
Susan P.
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I do not know how we would have managed our Reba German Shepherd dog if we had not found Julia and her Coach for Canines! I highly recommend her as a trainer of not only our Ms. Reba, but us also.

One Fine Canine
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph W.
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Presley is not only highly knowledgeable but a true dog lover. She carefully goes through every detail of the training and the reasons why things are to be done the way they are taught. My German Shepherd has also enjoyed every bit of the training. I would highly recommend Presley.

Intuitive Dog Training
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Rachel L.
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Jamie is a great trainer. We've learned so much from her in just 2 sessions. Already a huge improvement in our German Shepherds behavior. It's really nice to have a trainer who's in the field for the best interest of the dogs only. I would recommend her to anyone.

American Canine Institute
from 3 reviews
  • 59 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia H.
Verified review

My husband is training our German Shepard puppy with Bob. We didn't have the funds to take both dogs to Bob, but i have over 40 years training Samoyeds. We will work at home.

Wags and Wisdom
from 1 review
    Mary D.
    Verified review

    Kyrana has the patience of a saint. She has been working with Sable and us for about 5 months. Sable is a HIGHLY reactive black German shepherd who has so much potential, and quite a bit of crazy. Kyrana has been teaching us, as much as Sable, to change behaviors and broaden her world. She still has a way to go, but we're very hopeful that with the knowledge that we've gained working with W&W we can get her there.

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    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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