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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 228 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amaris E.
Verified review

Beth did a great job! We have a German Shepherd puppy that was really difficult on walks. Uncontrollable pulling and barking at everything! Both are a work in progress still because she is still a puppy but the tools that we have now are definitely the most effective things we've tried! Also started having issues jumping on people... no more of that!

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Judy L.
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We are very happy with the results we’ve seen with our German Shepherd, Bella. The training techniques are not quick-fixes, not a way to demand control, but rather a gradual building of relationship and trust, which leads to greater confidence in both the dog and the owner. We have a solid relationship with our dog now. Things that were a power struggle in the beginning, come much more naturally.

Devotion to Dogs
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy C.
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I met with Ben this morning to help train me so I could train Jaxs my Black German Sheppard that I rescued from the shelter. He showed me how to train him to walk on a leash so he wasn't dragging me down the road we overcome the fear my dog had from getting in my truck to the vacuum. We walked past people walking their dogs with ease where before he would drag me to get to the other dogs to play. we went over basic commands sit, stay and down and where my dogs go to place would be( his bed). He taught me about how important it is for me to always walk thru the door before my dog and what place my dog should be in when someone comes to the door. I have had to large dogs before which are now in doggie heaven that I trained but the training that I received from Ben was a godsend I feel confident now that I can give my dog a happy and loving life by learning how to be the leader of this pack.

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica V.
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I bought a dog (german shepherd puppy) from Kris a couple years ago for sport work. He set me up with training and my dog is THE best trained dog I have ever owned. She has a balanced and stable temperament on top of fantastic obedience and protection. I am so incredibly happy with her and Kris is extremely knowledgeable in dog behavior and dog training of all aspects. I recommend Taylor made Working Dogs for any source of dog training or buying.

Full Circle Pet Care
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Anne W.
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Jaymie did a fine job watching our family's young German Shepherd and old orange cat. She put my son's mind at ease about leaving his dog for the very first time for a family vacation. She braved the downpour rains and flooding to come 3 times a day to our house which was in the San Diego "tornado zone" the week she cared for our pets. Highly recommend Jaymie.

  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy K.
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Tom is an amazing dog trainer on so many levels! Not only knowledgeable in his field, but kind and compassionate and dogs truly love him!! My German shepherd actually liked going to training!! I highly recommend Tom.

San Diego Dog Training
4.3
from 15 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Ismail C.
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2 month Ago, my German shepherd was out of control . Now I feel like if I have a new dog and thanks to the amazing coach he is able to Sit at any given time, he stopped pulling the leash when I take him on a walk, he is able to wait when I want to leave the house without having him trying to come outside with me or run outside and many more cool things !! They are amazing group - Ismail

  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Adriana S.
Verified review

Britta was amazing! Britta came out to our home to help us with our 1 year old German shepherd, who needed a lot of structure and we needed a lot of guidance. Britta was exactly what we all needed!

Tricks for Treats
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah J.
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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.

The Human Dog Coach
5.0
from 7 reviews
    Katie L.
    Verified review

    Gonzalo is one of the most present, kind, thoughtful, insightful humans you will ever interact with. He deeply listens, he cares and he is a Master with understanding dogs and their behavior. Don’t hesitate, from small undesirable quirks to dauntingly exhausting behavior... call Gonzalo. There’s no better trainer or human to call for help. He will give you the exact support and information that you desire. His first goal is to give you insights and suggestions and tangible and realistic actions that you can take on your own to train your dog in the way you need to experience more ease & harmony together. And if you’re too busy with life Gonzalo will train your dog, working together with you over time to create sustaining good health and behavior in your dog. We adopted a 4-year-old dog who is guessed to be some sort of mix including English bull terrier & Australian shepherd. She was found starving, laying down, not much more then a skeleton, on a mountain about two years ago. When we got her home we realized that she had a seriously neurotic tic... of spinning, spinning round and round and round relentlessly, all day spinning. It was maddening. Entering into a committed relationship that will last over a decade, I sunk in despair, how could I live with this? It caused so much anxiety in me. Gonzalo came over and in one visit that lasted a few hours he gave us insight into her emotional and mental body and left us with a handful of precise tips for action that we with integrity committed to. She was cured her of her seemingly uncontrollable spinning. We are so happy with our angel dog. Her and our 5-year-old son are best friends. She’s so incredibly sweet and chill.

    Down Dog Obedience
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Lauren T.
    Verified review

    Down Dog walks my two dogs, a Corgi and a French Shepherd. I'm disabled and it's hard to get in their exercise. I can trust the trainer to handle my dogs appropriately and keep them safe.

    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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