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Cozy K9 Care & Kamp
4.6
from 161 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 288 hires on Thumbtack
DANA C.
Verified review

Desiree and her assistant Ronnie took such great care of grooming my Jake and even did a nail trim on my Bud! He's such a scaredy pup and she took her time and calmed him down afterward. Her vet experience helps a lot! The doggos and I love her!

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Wagtime Dog Training
4.9
from 46 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sandra K.
Verified review

Don is very professional and conscientious. His dog training methods are proving to be very effective for our 4 month old puppy. I recommend him highly.

ForrestGlenn Kennels
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Jenn C.
Verified review

Great!!! In-home training for my puppy.

Faith's Dog Training
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Robin P.
Verified review

Faith helped us connect with our new bloodhound puppy. Her training methods are calm and realistic. She taught us how to be productive dog owners as well. We could not have asked for better!

  • 20 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Machelle L.
Verified review

A consultation visit was all we needed to know we’d chose the right trainer for our 8 week old boxer puppy! So excited to work with Kelly.

Wagging Tails Training
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole M.
Verified review

My dog and I started with Shauna when he was a puppy. We took beginning, intermediate, and advanced with her and my 10 month old pit bull achieved Good Canine Citizenship. She has worked with my other dog as well as multiple foster dogs. It has always been an enjoyable and educational experience.

El Dorado Dog Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica J.
Verified review

Darcie is great at what she does and has a wealth of knowledge for dog training. She responds very quickly and is available via phone/text/email to answer any questions once you become her client. Darcie came to our house and assessed our delicate situation with my dog I’ve had for 9 years that has nervous and aggressive tendencies. We just welcomed our newborn baby recently and were needing some serious help with my husband and i getting on the same page for how to better train our dog as, before the baby, she kind of had free reign of the house and training techniques were not established so we needed some help in how to get our dog to follow our directions and live in a safer environment with the new baby now in the picture. Darcie helped us lay down some ground rules and also many techniques to use to help distract the dog from getting nervous and “jealous” when the baby is around me. After our first training session, she sent us an email afterwards reviewing everything we went over so we had some detailed notes to look back on, and also made sure to follow up afterwards on if we had any questions or concerns with the new training techniques she went over with my husband and i. We had one other training session afterwards to review how things were going and also went over some new techniques to assist with getting our dog to maintain her barking when the doorbell is rang/knocked on. We now have some great tools to help manage our situation better thanks to Darcie. Another great thing is she is not “pushy” and works on a customer needs basis so she will not try to “sell” you on getting some type of training package deal, rather schedule her to come train as needed. Thanks so much Darcie for your help and we look forward to touching base with you as time goes on!

One Fine Canine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Susan C.
Verified review

WOW!! What a great experience. Presley (One Fine Canine) met and exceeded my expectations at every level. I've worked with several dog trainers in the past, and I have to say this by far was the most successful training that we've had. One thing that I really liked is that she listened to my concerns. Presley is extremely knowledgeable and was able to share that knowledge with me in a way that I could clearly understand. You can tell that Presley is very passionate about what she does and the animals and owners that she helps. Plus my dog (Tucker) loved her. I will definitely call Presley again if the need for additional training arises.

Tiffany Marsh
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Martha M.
Verified review

Tiffany did great with my puppy Chloé teaching her basic commands. Chloé was a very active puppy and Tiffany was able to work well with her and Chloé has calmed down a lot compared to her first session.

Denise McDaniel Grooming
4.2
from 5 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Helen R.
Verified review

Denise did a great job with my puppy. It was only the second time she had been bathed and first time with any grooming done. Denise was very patient with her and will be coming back in Dec. to do it again. Thanks for the references.

Ridley K9 Academy
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Mallori Jane
Verified review

Garrett helped us understand WHY our dogs were behaving a certain way and get to the root of the problem. In only one training session we had a total attitude transformation with our GSD. Garrett did a great job teaching us the necessary tools to train both our lab puppy and older dog. Cant wait for training #2!

Tug Dogs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Leona M.
Verified review

Erin, watched my puppy for 6 hrs. And said my puppy is smart and needs no further training by them and for me to be consistent with Buster taking him out every morning and after sleep and play to go potty and it's been a week and he is doing very well....he is smart. Thanks to Erin.

Ruff Translation
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Susan N.
Verified review

We have a black lab who we got when he was 7 weeks old. When we got him, we were told that he had a mellow personality and that he would be calm. This was not true. Our puppy was a handful, high energy, and out of control. We tried classes, and a trainer, and things did not improve. We found Juniper, and she turned the situation around. She is excellent with dogs and puppies. She was able to provide the right training for our dog, which included positive reinforcement, and proper exercise and diet. Juniper also gave us a lot of pointers about how to interact with our dog. One of our challenges was that our dog had no attention span. Juniper taught us how to do mental training exercises with our dog that enabled him to increase his attention span. And he really enjoyed these too. Theo is still a high energy dog, but he is also obedient and fun to be around. Juniper found a dog park nearby, and we take him every week for a vigorous game of fetch, which he loves. We now live in the house in a more harmonious way and we are very grateful. It took a lot of human and dog social skills to transform our complicated situation into something that works. Juniper has what it takes to understand both your dog and you.

Marilyn W.
Verified review

I run an adoption agency and I refer people to Jennifer everytime a pup is adopted. She is very knowledgeable about training dogs. She is excellent at what she does.

Sandra A.
Verified review

The individuals who contacted me were very professional and knowledgeable.

Capital K9
1.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

Capital K9 has more than 20 years of training experience using a proven system of training. We offer a wide range of training that we customize for every client. We take great pride in being able to train any dog at any age. We use our very own training method to ensure the highest level of satisfaction possible while maintaining your dog's happy attitude!

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Attending one of our training sessions will change you and your dogs life for ever in a positive way. Working with dogs and their humans brings a sense of joy and accomplishment to the whole process and is very fulfilling.

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I am not a professional, but am very good with dogs and interacting with them. Generally, I'm really good at communicating with them, and having them listen. Give me a chance to train the doggie, and I'm certain we will get the result that you want.

  • 4 years in business
About

We provide dog training for all breeds of dogs on a private lesson scale, and we formulate a training plan to your dogs training needs. Helping clients and there dogs meet there training goals.

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We are the best choice for personalized dog training. From basic obedience to behavior problem solving, we will help you get results immediately. Commands you will learn: Sit, Down, Stay, Go to your bed, Heel, Come, Leave-it, Outside, Inside and more! Problems we can help you solve: Barking, Jumping, Growling, Digging, Chewing, Mouthing, Separation anxiety, acting fearful, aggression and more! If you need help with your dog call us today!

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We offer basic obedience, private and group sessions. We also offer training and testing for service dogs. Being a part of the bonding process of the owner and their companion is most rewarding.

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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