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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
Rebecca P.
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I have a historically stubborn 8-year-old cattle dog rescue. She's a wonderful dog, and I wanted to put her through obedience training in order to bring her to my dog-friendly workplace. After just three sessions with Beth, my beloved dog is happy, social with people, and able to walk past other dogs while listening to my command — which is a huge step for her! Beth used behavioral conditioning and positive reinforcement to train not just my dog, but also me as an owner, and I wholeheartedly recommend her to anybody who wants a true "top dog trainer." Thank you Beth — and thanks from Martha! We learned that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks, and my dog is happier for it!

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Virginia K.
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In my opinion, you would be hard-pressed to find a more suitable canine behavioral counselor and trainer than Paula Phillips. First of all, let me say that Paula is one of the nicest people that I have had the privilege of getting to know. Right from the start, it was obvious that Paula has the heart, warmth, compassion, patience, sense of ethics, and spirit needed to succeed in her profession. It also became evident that Paula possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience that she so willingly shared with us. I became acquainted with Paula when she worked with my husband and me to train our newly adopted 6 month old puppy. Paula spent many hours showing and teaching us how to incorporate this 7 pound bundle of joy and energy into our lifestyle. She assisted us with potty training, behavior discipline, selecting appropriate toys and chews, stopping excessive barking and playful biting, just to name a few things. She was very thorough when it came to finding out what we needed in order for family and dog to live in harmony. She asked many questions and listened to our concerns before determining the best plan of action for us. After each session, Paula always sent us a follow-up and summary of what we did and what "homework" we needed to do in order to reinforce what we learned at that session. She made herself available by phone, text, and email, to answer any questions or to address concerns. I know that I asked the same questions more than once, but she always responded promptly and cheerfully. Her words of wisdom were always helpful. My puppy adored her and always greeted her as if she was one of the family. Utilizing Paula's knowledge and experience has made my husband and I feel more responsible and competent in raising a puppy. If someone needs any type of assistance or advice when it comes to canine behavior and training, do not hesitate to contact Paula Phillips. She is an asset to her profession, but more importantly, she is a terrific human being!

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Erika Bresee, CPDT-KA
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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Kendyl M.
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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
Denise B.
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Working with Mel has been fantastic. She is a terrific trainer. She's patient and teaches training techniques in an accessible way that's easy for an inexperienced dog owner to understand and implement. Working with her has given me a lot of confidence with my dog. I would recommend her to anyone who's looking for one on one positive dog training.

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Julia S.
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Kris is an Excellent trainer! Experienced, knowledgeable in all areas Competition, Protection, IPO training, & Obedience to name a few, and do not forget an Awesome Breeder!!

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

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Dog Vibes Only
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Abby B.
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I am a single senior lady adopting a puppy for the first time ever in my life. I was overwhelmed. Bee took everything in hand and relieved my stress. I was lost and she was there for me. Very grateful!

Up Your Fit
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kristina P.
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Maggie was my trainer in SF until she broke my heart and relocated to San Diego. I really enjoyed our time together as she incorporated things I like to do (Pilates, strength training) into my routine while making sure I never got bored. She also made me do things I don't like (running, stairs) to make sure that my workout was well rounded. I also had never worked out outside before (and didn't think I would like it) and found out that it could be very enjoyable.

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

K9 Positive Training
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn F.
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Mike worked with dog, Rocco, and I to prepare for the CGC test. He is not only an excellent trainer, who has perfected his skill set and demonstrates passion combined with eternal patience, he is very personable and caring. He was just as invested in Rocco's success as I was. I could not recommend him more highly. We hope to continue training with Mike and go on to take therapy dog and maybe service dog tests in the future.

The Human Dog Coach
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Kali B.
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We had a wonderful experience with Gonzalo. Our family got a new puppy, "Elsa", due to our daughter's request. Gonzalo kept our daughter engaged during the whole hour, allowing her to have a huge part in training her own dog. He was very calm and patient in teaching our family new ways of communicating with our dog. Elsa was doing "sit", "come" and "stay" within the first 40 minutes

Inception K9 Academy
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa R.
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I was very pleased with Brandon's service. My 14 year-old dog has had issues with being aggressive toward other dogs her whole life (since I rescued her at a year old). After a few sessions at my local dog park and at my condo complex, she has made a complete turnaround! Brandon showed me it's ever too late to correct a negative behavior. I wish I had known about him sooner! Now he is helping me with basic obedience for my 6 month- old puppy, and I couldn't be happier.

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Missy C.
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We brought our very wild border collie puppy, Max, to Pawsitive Principles for puppy training thinking this would be quite the sports challenge for Bree. We were amazed at how quickly she was able to gain Max's trust and attention. At the second class, Bree was able to teach Max to lie down, using no words or treats, only her eyes, in about 15 seconds. I was shocked (and lost a bet) to say the least. Classes were run with logical progression. Training was tailored to each dog in the class based on their current abilities. Both dogs and owners had a lot of fun. Bree has the rare ability to understand dogs so she can help owners train their pets in a kind, positive manner which makes it enjoyable for all! I would highly recommend any training at Pawsitive Principles.

Tricks for Treats
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
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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.

Pawtopia
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Elin B.
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Krissy was very relaxed and extremely knowledgable. She spent true quality time working with me and my puppy. I recommend her highly!

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I have more experience than your average dog trainer. With an extensive background in exotic animal training and behavior I know what works for your animal, whether it be a dog, goat or monkey.

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Joe just loves all dogs and can train any. I've never met a dog that I did not like. Please call, and give me a chance; you will not be sorry. I will walk, run and train your dog with loving care.

  • 27 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I am a certified pet dog trainer through the CCPDT, and my knowledge and skills were assessed. I have 24 years of professional experience, and I train, from basic to advanced obedience, behavior modification, backyard agility, and trick training. I am a certified AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, and community canine evaluator.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I am a college student. I have lots of experience with dogs such as raising, feeding and obedience training.

  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Hot Dog On A Leash offers full-service care and training for your precious pets. Who better to watch your pets while on vacation than your dog trainer or doggie daycare provider? We even offer behavior modification. If your pet has issues, Hot Dog On A Leash will correct it while you are away, and then show you how we did it. See Reviews below 11/14/2013 I have a Jack Russell and he was very hyper and was hard to control. Had to have him on a leash and he always wanted to fight big dogs. After using Hot Dog on a Leash, my dog no longer uses a leash. He comes back to me when called. No longer is he aggressive towards big dogs. I was Wowed by the change and would recommend this company anytime. They are very nice and experienced more than any other trainer I have ever seen. 11/14/2013 We have to recommend Hot Dog On A Leash for dog owners who are looking for training. We have found both Randy and Heather to be dog lovers who are excellent trainers, reliable, professional and genuinely interested in helping their clients. Their rates are very reasonable and we really like that the training takes place one on one in real life places where there are lots of other dogs and people. Our rescue dog, Suri, has completed the basic obedience course and is now beginning the intermediate course.

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