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Dogpanion, LLC
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn C.
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I met Mel when I enrolled my 7-month old labradoodle, Daisy, in her puppy training class. I hadn't had a dog in over 10 years and wanted a well-behaved dog as a companion if I am going to keep her for her lifetime. Mel's method is positive training with treats and repetition. Daisy thrived in the 6-week course and did outstanding during her puppy graduation. I then decided to enroll her into Mel's intermediate dog training class because I still had issues with how Daisy acted in public. It's been 3 weeks into the dog training and I can really see Daisy changing into a better behaved dog. She now knows how to heel when walking, stay for long periods, sit at a corner during her walks, stay until I release her to come to continue with our walk, doesn't go ballistic when she sees another dog & owner walking on the other side of the street and lets go of things she picks up during our walks (like rocks, paper, sticks etc) with the "Leave it" command. Mel really takes the time to explain each new step/lesson during each class. And there are no "Bad Dogs" in training, Always Positive. If I have questions between classes, I just email Mel and she always gets back to me to put me back on track. I definitely will be recommending Mel and her dogpanion dog training to my friends. Thanks, Carolyn & Daisy

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Get Pawsitive Dog Training
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie A.
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I took the 3's Company class with Sarah. She was a very positive...pawsitive? :) trainer and was very encouraging. She was very open to any questions and spent individual time with each dog during the classes, giving specific advice and monitoring their progress. She was a great trainer.

  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
John J.
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I brought my 3 year old, German Shepherd Dog, "Blitz", to Tom at Off Leash K9 SoCal to fine tune my dog's obedience. I researched many dog training programs and interviewed several trainers before selecting Tom. I was overwhelmed by Tom's knowledge, expertise and passion towards training any dog regardless of age, size or breed. Tom's goal for Blitz was to be 100% obedient off leash. After Blitz attended the two week board and training program, Blitz's obedience is absolutely outstanding and completely OFF LEASH. All of my issues with Blitz being an over protective Shepherd has all been addressed and under control. Mainly due to Tom's knowledge and experience with dog behavior when on a leash. My family, including my 9 year old son, can walk Blitz with confidence and completely under control. Everyone that sees Blitz are very impressed. I attribute Blitz's obedience to Trainer Tom at Off Leash K9, SoCal. My dog and family are very fortunate to have taken Blitz to Tom. I highly recommend Off Leash K9 to any dog owner.

San Diego Dog Training
from 15 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey P.
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I’m still in the process of training my dog

  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Jayme F.
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I adopted Bailey from the Oceanside Humane Society when she was 7 months old. I was informed I was her third owner in her short life. Bailey was timid, hid food, urinated in the house, & generally unattached to our family. After researching canine training methods, I chose clicker training, & contacted Britta's Animal Training. Britta's lessons focused on correcting behaviors I was concerned with. Before a lesson she previewed what we would work on, after she would review, then later that day send me an email outlining what we did, & the homework we were to work on. I wanted to be able to bring Bailey to Farmer's Markets, street fairs, etc. Britta, suggested we meet at a Farmer's Market, she trained Bailey, while showing, and telling me what I needed to do, pay attention to, how to interact with people, children, & other dogs. This was invaluable. Bailey is the first dog I've had that when I walk in the door I'm not worried about something being ruined, chewed, a mess. Britta's training gave Bailey confidence, she doesn't hide, she's in the middle of the family.

All Things Pups
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Sabrina C.
Verified review

My foster dog had never been socialized and he was ouot of control around other dogs. In just 2 training sessions, Kaelin and her dog Grizzly helped my Rocky realize that not all dogs are bad. He pays no attention to dogs on his walks now and I can take him to the cafe where he sits politely!

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

Tricks for Treats
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.

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

The dog training for when all other training fails. Long story short Ed has the experince and proper guidance to turn even the most unruly dog into a great pet and companion.

Whole Dog Training
from 6 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Diane B.
Verified review

The Whole Dog Training team volunteers their time at Rancho Coastal Humane Society working with our dogs and cats and helpin g to train our volunteers. They only use positive training methods and have done wonders with some troubled dogs that have gone on to find wonderful homes. Huge wags from the Rancho Coastal adoptable pets.

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Becky B.
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I have known Bree for 9 years and have taken 4 dogs to training classes with her!! She is a very positive trainer and takes the time each animal needs to get to the next level!! Never anything negative to say and never criticizes anyone regardless of wether it's being done correctly or not!! Very patient and it's obvious her work is her passion!!! Have also attended classes at her home with essential oils. Her knowledge continues to grow and she's always answering questions to better help 2 and 4 legged alike!!!

Force-free Dog Services
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Meghan T.
Verified review

We have used Greg/Force-Free Dog Services since getting our dog 2 years ago. He led puppy training classes for us with incredible results and we then started using him for dog walking and dog sitting services. Our Rhodesian Ridgeback loves spending time with Greg and his dogs and always come back completely exhausted. Greg also takes the time to reinforce training when he is with our dog, so he even comes back better behaved! Given Greg's background and education, he is very helpful in giving advice and answer questions about our dogs diet, nutrition, behavior and overall health. My husband and I travel often and it is very helpful that Greg is available and willing to come pick up/drop off our dog whenever needed. It is comforting to know that our dog is in a loving home being well looked after, when we are out of town.

Mannerly Mongrels
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Beth T.
Verified review

I took three puppy-training courses with Emily, and it was a wonderful experience! She is very knowledgeable about training, and helped me through all other aspects of puppy parenthood. Every class presented a new challenge for my dog, progressing with a speed that suited both of us. She was also extremely flexible with my abnormal schedule. Her passion for what she does and love of animals is apparent, and makes every class enjoyable for my dog and I. I would take her courses again in a heartbeat, and would recommend her to anyone searching for a great teacher!

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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