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Divine Canine Pet Sitting
from 9 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jonathan K.
Verified review

Carrie is the best! If your dog prefers a warm and welcoming home to stay in vs. a dog camp, than look no further. Carrie is first and foremost a canine professional. She understands dogs and takes great car of them. She is always willing to keep you posted while you are away as to your pet's visit, including pics and videos so you know your dog is having a great time. Carrie is easy to work with and very responsive. Bottom line: if you want to go out of town and feel completely at peace that your dog is well taken care of (and having fun!) the go see Carrie!

Tricks for Treats
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah J.
Verified review

I've been working with Heidi for awhile now. When I first started, my dog had a lot of issues with other dogs. He was very reactive and afraid of them and we couldn't even go for a walk outside the house without it being a nightmare. It's been about a month, and my dog walks like a gentleman now, right next to me. Heidi has been working with me on desensitization. We do lots of treats every time we see another dog, from a far distance, and my dog no longer fears them. The distance is slowly decreasing. I like that Heidi is affordable. Her rate is much lower than other trainers I have worked with, and the results are better. I had almost given up on training my dog, Brutus, when a friend referred me to Heidi. I like that she doesn't use choke chains or pinch collars. I've had trainers tell me these were the only options for my dog and she has proven to me that they aren't. She explained to me right away why these methods don't work, the psychology behind it, and that they are better options that may take longer but won't make my dog go back to old habits because this way we are treating the emotions behind the behavior, and the cause, not just the symptoms (the barking and reactivity). I will be continuing to work with her and referring her to friends for years to come. Thank you! Also, I'm not sure why the bad review but that doesn't sound like Heidi at all. I have friends who are working with her as well, and her fees are explained very clearly on her website, in her contract, and in person. She charges $80 per session when they are paid for individually, and $65 per session when they are paid for in groups of 3. I buy in groups of 3 so training is costing me about $200 a month! And that rate is about half of what most of the local trainers in San Diego charge. Of the previous trainers I worked with, one charged me $125 per session to stick a prong collar on my dog and gave no actual training. And it made my dog worse. The other charge me $100 per session and told me that my dog would need a behaviorist and referred me to someone who was charging $3000 for boarding camp. So at $65 a session I couldn't ask for a better deal compared to what is out there.

Paws and Go Dog Camp
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rousana S.
Verified review

The pups love going to Paws and Go Dog Camp!! They get lots of love, attention and playtime. Yvette is flexible and easy to work with. She truly is a pet lover!! **Ask for the Fiesta Package!!

Kate V.
Verified review

Cares for my cats better than I do! Always there, medications given on time, kind and gentle. The cats are always eager to see her. Sets up an ever popular 'cat nip camp' in the home when I travel. Trusted person!

Specialty Dog Training
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kendall R.
Verified review

We came across Specialty Dog Training in a frantic search to find someone to train our one year old male Mastiff (Ronin) who was becoming a little aggressive with unfamiliar strangers. We had no idea how to properly handle the situation and we were getting to the point where we just wanted to give up. Luckily, we stumbled upon Specialty Dog Training and were able to get in touch with Graham and Braelyn right away. They are simply amazing!! They kept us updated often with pictures and his progress during his 4-week boot camp. Ronin came back a completely different dog, in the best way possible! He knows his commands, he respects us as handlers, and is all-around a more balanced, well-behaved pup! We will forever be grateful for the patience and love that Graham and Braelyn had for Ronin to make him the way he is today. Thank you SDT!


Camp Schultz is located in southern San Diego County's beautiful horse country of Bonita, California. Being adjacent to a private horse trail provides us with a great, dog walking trail. Our aim is to provide a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for every pet boarded with us to make their stay as pleasant as possible. We provide ample outdoor daily exercise and fun activities for the dogs and indoor recreation time for the cats. At night, all animals are brought inside a locked, secure building where they are monitored by security cameras. We know that the selection of a temporary home for your pet is an important one. Camp Schultz is, by design, a relatively small kennel, ensuring that your pets get the one-on-one attention they deserve. Camp Schultz is a family-owned-and-operated business. Some of our staff members actually live on-site, and all of our staff are devoted to the four-legged guests we service at our facility. Please call to set up a tour and/or find out more information about us!

Camp Run-A-Mutt

New To Thumbtack

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack

The award-winning Camp Run-A-Mutt is a cage-free doggie day care and boarding facility featuring indoor and outdoor fun for your canine companion in a fully supervised, clean and safe environment. Camp Run-A-Mutt in Point Loma features over 11,900 square feet of indoor and outdoor play area for your dog to romp and exercise to his/her heart's content! Watch your campers online as they run and play in the spacious grassy area, cool off in the custom waterfall/splash pond and relax on the sun deck or under the cooling misters on a hot day. We also offer dog washing, grooming, boutique, obedience training and surprises that you will find only at Camp Run-A-Mutt that you and your dog will love. It's not just the amenities that make us unique. Camp Run-A-Mutt is also 100% cage free for both daycare and overnight boarding. During their stay, your dog will receive exceptional care by our well-trained and attentive staff who are certified by the American Red Cross in pet first aid. Our overnight campers enjoy the extra comfort of a caring human in the same room while they snooze at night. Our goal is to ensure the safety of the dogs in our care, while minimizing the stress and anxiety that some dogs experience when they are away from home and their owners.

Camp Diggity Dogs

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    We have 11,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor play space including 5 webcams, 2 swimming pools, palm trees, top-of-the-line artificial turf, and lots of great staff to look after your doggies!

    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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