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Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.8
from 80 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vasantha V.
Verified review

Pete's training was "Training the Trainer". It was amazing! He's punctual, and very professional. The guidelines and notes that Pete provided was very helpful. He also demonstrated how to train. I agree with Pete that it is always better that the owner of the dog train so that the bonding is better. With just two hours of training, my dog has already picked up few commands. Thank you Pete! Vasantha

Logan's Animal Training
4.7
from 56 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
Regina H.
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Logan is great at what he does I am disabled and have a puppy that was a lot for me to handle at first. He kept knocking me down so we decided to get him some training Logan was available when I needed and he has been on time every apt. My boy has gotten better at minding we have a lot to work on still but the progress is amazing. Logan is great at showing me how to get my dog to act/behave as I want by teaching me mostly and the dog as needed he shows me what steps to take to correct things and I can follow his example of course he is better at it than me but that is why I trust his opinions and I only have great things to say about Logan and his training skills

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Devoted Dog Training
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pam R.
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Courtney is a great trainer for both us and the dog! We are all doing great after just 3 lessons. She is always on time and takes care of business. We highly recommend Devoted Dog Training!

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Alpha K-9 Academy
4.9
from 42 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ingrid E.
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Executive Canine Services has been a real find for our family and our German Shepard. I have often felt reluctant to have typical "dog walkers" take Apollo out. When I heard about Executive Canine's Training Walks, I thought that's what we needed. Apollo is enjoying play time away from home but getting additional obedience during these activities. Our family has notices a big improvement in temperament and overall behavior.

A Better Dog Trainer
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Katy K.
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He came to Napa and did a combined dog training lesson with my sister and I. He was very good with the dogs and got her crazy 6 month old puppy to learn to lay down within minute. I will be recommending him to anyone looking for a dog trainer.

Who's Training Who?
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Dan B.
Verified review

Really helpful with training our new puppy

Dirty Paws
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Egon B.
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Kevin has been great with our (7-month-old) pup, Dot! We regularly get pictures and videos of her having fun with the other dogs in the group, and come home to her tired :) Kevin also leaves us report cards and works with us to reinforce the behaviors we're training ourselves. Would definitely recommend working with Kevin!

Majyk Paws Dog Training
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Phylis W.
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Maj is amazing! In a short time, we have been able to see huge improvements with our pup! Maj is ALWAYS on time, receptive to feedback, clear and direct with training. We are very happy with her services!!!!

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Mindful Paw
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Samantha K.
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I can’t recommend Emily enough. We rescued our three-year-old dog Kiki around eight months ago from what we can only imagine was an absolutely horrific situation. Needless to say Kiki had a number of different things that she was uncomfortable with. Emily was not only incredibly empathetic, but from day one showed Kiki unconditional love and support. Over a number of months, she worked with us and Kiki at a pace that Kiki was comfortable with in order to help her overcome her fears, and learn to trust people. She was not only incredible with Kiki, but incredible with us, she’s an incredible teacher and gave us all the tools that we needed to be successful in training Kiki in between our sessions. Throughout this process and as we have gone to find dog walkers, vets, or any person that will interact with Kiki we always say we hope they’re like Emily. She is truly someone that understands dogs and what they need, as well people to work with them in order to help them train their dogs. Thank you so much for all that you do, Emily!

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Puppy Love Puppy Camp
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Biana R.
Verified review

Emily is fantastic! She began working with our 6 month old weim only 4 weeks ago, and he is already a different dog. He has learned to be better on the leash, developing better response to commands such as sit and stay. Emily truly listens to the needs of the family and is very responsive to the individual dog needs. She is dependable, responsible and when you meet her, you can just feel her passion and dedication to puppy training. She sent us regular daily updates about our puppy's progress, including video clips. When we first started, our puppy was shy of other dogs, but after only 2 weeks, he was braver and more assertive in the dog park with other pets. Emily is a pleasure to work with and we have just signed up for another 4 weeks of training to continue building on the progress our doggies has made. She is down to earth and caring. She is also not afraid to say when something isn't working, which we truly appreciated. Our dog didn't like the halti leash, so after a couple of weeks of training, Emily came up with a different leash option and was very honest about the reasons for the change. It's refreshing to work with such a professional. Thank you, Emily, for all your dedication and hard work!

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

I have worked with Mary for a week now and she has been incredible. We have a new puppy and she has really gone above and beyond to help us with him, visiting up to 3 times per day. She is very prompt, receptive to suggestions and requests, provides consistent updates, helps with training, and -- most importantly -- clearly cares about our pup! We were a little nervous to leave him alone while at work and it gives us great peace of mind to know he is in Mary's capable hands. We plan on working with Mary indefinitely to help us with our new family member. I recommend her enthusiastically for any and all of your canine walking/training/visiting needs!

Phoebe Bault
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline K.
Verified review

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!

Silver Lining Pet Services
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
Verified review

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.

Urban k9 Transformation
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Char-Leen C.
Verified review

Stoakly, had issues with leash pulling, attentiveness and general obedience. After working with Keynoe with his 3 week transformative program, Stoakly is a completely different dog! Listens to basic commands when we walk and is so much calmer. We even had the opportunity to hang out with other dogs at the local park - the dogs got along so well and Keynoe managed all their behaviors at once. I was really impressed by how easy Keynoe is to work with, his professionalism and flexibility when working with me and Stoakly 1:1. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for help with training and even if you just want a fun and reliable friend for your dog.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kshetrajna R.
Verified review

It has been excellent to have Caitlin take care of our dog. She has been extremely flexible to accommodate a lot of our last minute requests and my dog loves to visit her and her dogs :).

  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
About

Kendall has taken her experience, work ethic, drive, and love for dogs to Offleash K9 Training as Head Trainer for San Francisco. With 20 Owners Testimonials & Reviews she has solidified herself as the best trainer for you and your dog for San Francisco. Offleash K9 Training San Francisco is certified Evaluators for: AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Star Puppy, Community Canine, Urban CGC, Therapy Pets Unlimited, and The Foundation for Service Dog Support. Regardless of what breed, age, or size your dog is, whether your dog is a seasoned pro or an amateur, we guarantee we will get you amazing results!

  • 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!

About

Dog training and boarding is my passion. Every dog need a pack leader, I can teach you how to become one! Dog boarding is in home, dogs get access to big backyard fully landscaped and sleep in our den. Dogs receive exercise daily.

About

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!

  • 4 years in business
About

My work is all about what the dogs needs so everything can go well make sure everything together as one and make my customers happy

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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