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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 105 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 217 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Vicki S.
Verified review

My 2 Golden Retrievers who were showing signs of aggression toward other dogs on our walks, and my anxiety was high when other dogs approached us. I called Beth to help. She recommended to change the leash I was using, walk them one at a time for better control of them, and taught me/ them other commands such as "leave it" and "heel". Her teaching style is great. She is knowledgeable and caring. My dogs walk well now and my anxiety has lessened. I still need to do more training with my dogs, but Beth gave me the skills to do this. I would use her again if needed; excellent dog trainer. Vicki Sriebel

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Chelse M.
Verified review

I have an English mastiff whom I was reading wrong. So I ran into a girl who knew Paula and swore that she is the best with dogs and she also said Paula brought down the euthanize rate at the local shelters. I was skeptical because I have never had a dog trainer come to work with my dogs. My mastiff was a little different from my other dogs so I was in need of someone who knew what they were doing. When Paula came to meet djanga, the dog was doing her normal barking and showed some of her nervousness. Paula just came to just be around her pursay, and it was just so djanga could see that she's not a threat or anyone to be worried about. Paula has the most open personality and it's like these dogs just feel that vibe and soak it up. Djanga doesn't feel comfortable around most adults but she loved Paula from day two haha. I know that Paula can solve all dogs issues if not strive to give her all trying to. She would come in and we would take djanga out come back in let her chew on an antler to release her tension then go back out. It worked, I thought my dog was a goner. Djanga was getting so much better and Paula would bring different things to introduce her too, ( including her daughter). I bought a super nice leash off of her that djanga worked really well with and a few antlers. Djanga got to where she was looking for her weekly tennis ball in Paula's bag and was super happy to see her. That's not the only good thing though she is very adamant about working the dog and getting them to where they need to be to feel comfortable in their environments and just calm no stress. She did that for djanga and I'm so thankful for that. Djanga today is a better dog then she's ever been I still use her tools to this day and it has made the world so much easier to handle for her. Paula is a great person and the dogs love her but she is very patient and calm with them. Her rates are super affordable, and she will come to you where ever you are. If anyone has the chance to work with her or her work with their dog, it'll be the most wonderful experience you will ever have with a dog trainer. The only thing I would change is I would live to see Paula travel and help dogs around the world I know she could make a difference in our shelters today.

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Erika Bresee, CPDT-KA
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kendyl M.
Verified review

Erika is my go-to person for dog training and dog sitting! I have two rescue dogs, both adopted at the age of two with no training. Needless to say I needed help badly! Now my pups sit and wait to go in and out of doors, and they will do most anything for a treat. It's also nice to be able to go out of town and not have to worry about my fur babies! She's the only one I trust with them (and also to stay at my home with them), and she sends me plenty of updates while I'm gone.

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey H.
Verified review

Mel is a very great dog trainer, she uses positive reinforcement and never a harsh word or hand! I highly recommend you contact her to set up a personalized program for you and your furry friends!!!

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jessica V.
Verified review

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.

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Get Pawsitive Dog Training
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mike L.
Verified review

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.

Pet Matters San Diego
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Marlene S.
Verified review

True dog lovers, not just a dog walkers!

PoshPaws
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tara W.
Verified review

I am so relieved to find PoshPaws for our Golden Retriever. We can finally travel with no worries. Laura visits our Golden at our house as needed. I can now enjoy time away because I know our dog is in great hands. Laura loves on him while we are gone, and he is super relaxed when we get home.

Peticularly Perfect
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Maxine Y.
Verified review

Allison was very patient with our dog and made sure he improved his fear and anxiety so he could train with the other dogs. Great dog home away from home.

Dog Wild San Diego
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine K.
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Kristen is great with my timid Sheltie, Helen. She knows just what to do to bring Helen out of her shell. I’m very thankful and grateful to Kristen for taking such good care of my dog.

North County Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie J.
Verified review

Shelley (North County Dog Training) was wonderful and very professional. I had a good conection with her regarding Horton(my dog). I am giving her the five stars. Thank You !!

Up Your Fit
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremiah S.
Verified review

I have a bad back and a weak core and I started to work with Maggie once a week. Once I started working with her, the constant pain I had in my back was slowly being diminshed, and my core started to get stronger than it has been in years. As a result of her work, I was able to do this canoe race and finish higher than I have ever finished before. She is a great trainer that will address whatever needs you have for whatever fitness level you want to achieve.

  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Christine L.
Verified review

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.

K9 Positive Training
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly M.
Verified review

I hired Mike to help train me and my dog to be able to pass the required tests to become a Therapy team. I loved working with him...Mike makes the training not seem like work but instead fun. Emma (my dog) and I are truly thankful for the wonderful work he did with us. We are enjoying our therapy work as a team :)

The Human Dog Coach
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Jodi L.
Verified review

I knew and admired Gonzalo as a dog trainer for years before he worked with me and my bull mastiff puppy Jameson. There's a natural ease to his demeanor with dogs that takes the pressure off "training". His patient and thoughtful Approach made it easy for me to slow down and become attuned to my puppy, the time we were spending together and what I wanted us to accomplish. He sees the unique relationship between each dog and owner and helps them to find a balance. I've been able to easily integrate his helpful hints, techniques and perspective in to our daily routine. I still seek Gonzalo's counsel from across the country and will continue to do so no matter where we end up.

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Krystal M.
Verified review

I have had the pleasure of working with Bree at Pawsitive Principles with several of my dogs. She has assisted me with private training to work on home based issues as well as group classes. I have utilized her recommendations for a rattlesnake training course for three of my dogs and it was a great life saving experience. I hve also taken her Rally training classes and it is the best training and bonding experience I have had with my dogs. I highly recommend Pawsitive Principles for all types of training as well as dog sport activities. Your four legged friend will also thank you!

Force-free Dog Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Travis R.
Verified review

Excellent dog trainer. Adopted a dog with a lot of issues last spring. Aggressive toward other animals, lacked basic dog skills and was about 5-6 years old. Saw results after first month of classes. Think we did about 6 months of classes. My dog is able to play with other dogs, walk on a leash, housebroken and finally knows his name. Strongly recommend Greg for any one who needs this dog trained. He has also watched my dogs and I've never had an issue.

Dog Gone Pet Pros
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Rita L.
Verified review

I called Trish last minute. She was so sweet! She came the very next day. She was so good to my dogs!

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.

Tricks for Treats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
Verified review

I’ve avoided hiring a local dog trainer or taking my dog to obedience school because of time and expense. When I learned I could get a 30 minute consultation for just $25, I figured I had nothing to lose. The phone call went far beyond my expectations—Heidi was so helpful. She quickly assessed my dog’s primary behavior patterns based on his breed (hound/terrier/shepherd mix) and suggested types of agility training he would respond to. Then she laid out 3 simple obedience lessons we could work on as a basis for further training. Her advice was simple, clear, and based solely on positive reinforcement. She recommended books to read and types of treats and treat bags to use—I have a full page of notes and am excited to get started. The consultation is SUCH a great value, and Heidi’s friendly, non-judgmental professionalism was exactly what I needed to feel confident that my dog and I will make progress.

Paradise Pet Care
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Marcy P.
Verified review

Our pups love Paradise Pet Care. The pet sitters are friendly and trustworthy, and take such good care of our two dogs. We never have to worry about them when we travel. They get lots of walks and TLC - and we get lots of updates (love the photos!). I highly recommend the Paradise Pet Care team if you need pet sitters or dog walkers.

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