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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 101 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 204 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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  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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.

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Devotion to Dogs
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Cindy C.
Verified review

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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Get Pawsitive Dog Training
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Mike L.
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Sarah is one of the most compassionate and empathetic dog trainers I know. I interned with her to become a dog trainer, myself, but had been training dogs for years prior. Some insights she have me into techniques I had taken for granted were remarkable. Her methods elicit results so quickly. I get real pleasure out of just watching her work and it has made me a better trainer as well. I own and train the Guinness Worls Record surfing dog, Abbie Girl.

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.

  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jane H.
Verified review

My husband and I were convinced that we were not the right owners for our 2 year old female Belgian Malinois, Cate, and we were in the process of finding her a new owner and then we met Tom. He told us that he could help us so that we wouldn’t have to get rid of Cate and we decided to give the training a try instead of just giving up. We had tried working with other trainers before and Cate had learned some obedience that way but it never fixed any of the problems that we had with her. I was afraid to walk Cate because if she saw a cat or a squirrel and I restrained her she would come up-leash at me. After just one lesson Cate was coming when we called her, listening much better than she ever had before, and I was feeling much more confident with her than ever before. Now, after four lessons, I no longer have to walk Cate on a choke chain to keep her from pulling me, I don’t worry about her when she is around strangers and children, and Cate is a much happier dog. We are so glad that we can keep Cate. Thanks for all of your work with us, Tom!

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 33 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.

North County Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Anna K.
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Shelley is an incredible person and Dog trainer. Her passion for animals far exceeds her Job description. Her methods are right on and they WORK. I highly recommend Shelley, she is worth every penny.

IQ K9 Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Donna P.
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Lianne and Bret are phenomenal people and adept trainers. We were truly distraught and our quality of life was horrible for me, my husband, and our two Pugs when we contacted IQK9. They totally saved us and are teaching all of us how to better communicate and have a better quality of life.

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

  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Christine L.
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Ed has been our dog trainer for about two years now. We could have stopped going to class a long time ago, but my dog and I had so much fun we keep going back. Ed has helped turn my rescue "project" into a perfect gentleman with hands-on classes and clear, no nonsense instruction. He is reliable, enthusiastic, and cares about your results. Class is an hour, but he is always willing to spend the extra time it takes to get it right.

Whole Dog Training
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn D.
Verified review

If you want to build a close bond with your dog (or cat), the trainers at Whole Dog Training will help you understand how dogs learn using positive reinforcement methods only. You will learn to be a leader while you and your dog learn and have fun. Your dog will look forward to training and so will you!

  • 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.

Paws Play
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Rolf M.
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Jessica Canzona and Paws Play were very well organized and thought through all the details for excellent cat care. My Oz was fit and happy when I got back from vacation. I'll use Paws Play again if I go on another vaction.

San Diego Dog Training
3.4
from 14 reviews
  • 11 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

Beth's Nanny Dog Walking
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Alyson D.
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Beth has been an awesome dog walker. My younger dog, Helper, is not great with other dogs and isn't the easiest to walk. Ioda is quite old and needs some accommodations. Beth has been able to handle both with grace and ease. When I get home from work, both my dogs are calm and happy. Beth is wonderfully reliable and great at communicating. She texts me after the walk, letting me know how it went. She is my first choice dog walker, I highly recommend her!

Leash Pullers
3.8
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Claire B.
Verified review

Daniel has a gift! He is so calm with our busy Rottweiler puppy! Not only does he really care about dogs, but he is an excellent trainer. He teaches our puppy 2-3 new behaviors in each session and then shows me how to reinforce the training. I believe his client list will grow quickly so I would get on his list as soon as possible! On top of his great skills, you have to add his amazing affordability. He has been a wonderful find and we are so thankful to have been able to hire him.

Mirabella Care
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jane C.
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Marcie Law is very professional and reliable. She communicates weekly with suggestions for a menu for a diverse family of 6. Her menu and cooking skills are excellent. Marcie is a gem!

Dog Tired San Diego
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sally R.
Verified review

Dog Tired San Diego has saved my life! They absolutely love my pup and vice versa. My dog is so tired at the end of the day and completely content. Best dog walking service out there :)

Bonza Canine Education
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria U.
Verified review

Lynn was just excellent in helping me with my dog's nipping issue.Lynn used a clicker and treats to correct my dog's behavior is a very positive way.She also was able to quickly establish rapport with my dog. Now I know exactly what to do.I'm very glad I contacted Lynn!

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.

Pawtopia
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Elin B.
Verified review

Krissy was very relaxed and extremely knowledgable. She spent true quality time working with me and my puppy. I recommend her highly!

Dog Training by Heather
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth N.
Verified review

Heather has been working with my son's Great Dane. She is doing a great job with both of them. He's letting us take him for a walk rather than the other way around. He is also being more respectful of our space. We have a ways to go and fortunately Heather is being very patient with us. Great Job!

Specialty Dog Training
5.0
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!

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