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Shelley - Here to Help!
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adrian L.
Verified review

Shelley is amazing! We put Coco in Pet Camp before and he was not happy since he was stuffed up in a cubby all day (he’s a little bit on the big side) for more than twice the price than Shelley. We decided to use Thumbtack for the first time and I am definitely satisfied. Shelley took care of Coco for 7 Days while we were in Hawaii and kept us up to date everyday with pictures. Trust me when you’re away from your beloved pet, getting daily pictures and seeing he is okay really makes your day when you’re on the trip. Coco clearly loved her too. She also went out of her way to do the small things like wash his dishes, clear out the trash, and even vacuumed for us. We were extremely comfortable knowing Coco was in good hands. I highly recommend Shelley for any of your petsitting needs and will definitely be using her again!

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Pawgress Dog Training
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Danielle H.
Verified review

Rusty at Pawgress dog training has been an absolutely amazing trainer for our reactive cattle dog/ border collie mix. He has really given us so much information and shined light on some new techniques and strategies! We have found it so useful to have our dog practice with his dogs and we love the feedback and guidance! His PDFs have helped us to be able to practice and apply at home in between trainings as well! We can’t thank Rusty enough for the work this far! We look forward to training every week as we see our dog (and us!) make strides!

Stephen Walks Dogs
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Randi R.
Verified review

Stephen Perry is a godsend. I was seeking someone to care for my high maintence, food obcessed lab. I contacted numerous kennels, all seemed to provide the same answers, super high cost, impersonal care, and so many rules and restrictions. I did not want Abbi to be stuck in a small kennel for periods of time while they allowed her out for "play time". I envisioned a place where she could run free and be part of a dog pack. This was not for daily care but rather for long vacations and trips we would take three or four times a year. I wanted her to be happy while we were away, a home away from home. I started asking around to friends if they knew of someone. I didn't think a person existed that could provide what I wanted. It seemed too good to be true. When I started to lose hope I got a call back about a guy named Stephen and he was described to be as a "dog whisperer". I laughed and thought, uh huh. Sure. Sure he is. Having nothing left to lose but my dogs well being I decided to call him an have a chat. I was instantly comfortable with him. He agreed to try Abbi out and assured me she would be fine. We gave it a shot and I have never looked back. There is no one else I would leave my dog with. Stephen truly loves dogs and loves what he does. Abbi was instantly taken to him and "the pack". I have dropped her with him in random spots over the years (many times at his home) and she was able to join right in on leash with 12 or more other dogs. The first time I witnessed it I could not believe my eyes. All the dogs following in line on leash. It was amazing. Abbi does not walk well on leash yet with Stephen, she fit right in and happily walked off, tail wagging. He has kept her for me numerous times over the years, sometimes for a week or more at a time. He makes drop offs and picks up a breeze and will accomondate ever changing schedules and locations. He communicates well to make it happen for you. Also, while you are away he will send updates and allow you to check in on your dog via text. He will even send a pic here and there until you are comfortable. I don't worry when I am away. His home is great for dogs to all room together and he even allows them to cuddle up inside with him on his own furniture, even his own bed. He loves and respects the dogs in his care and they love and respect him right back. They all smile and wag their tails when they are there. Abbi always comes home happy and healthy with a shiny brushed coat. You can simply tell she was loved on and had a great time. He makes sure to walk them each day and not just around the block, he makes long treks with them in beautiful dog havens like Spring Lake. Stephens pricing is more than fair and reasonable. I cannot say enough about him. If you want a great dog walker, sitter, trainer, consultant, or stand in pack, Stephen Perry is the only person for the job. You will not be disappointed with his care of your beloved dog(s). He's also an amazing person. Truly a gem. Abbi loves to go to "dog camp" And anytime I am away, its the only place she will be. Thank you always Stephen. You are the best! Randi and Ab Fab Lab

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Puppy Love Puppy Camp
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Atzari S.
Verified review

Our 5 month old puppy loves puppy love puppy camp. Every day they pick her up and she's really excited. She also spent a couple of days with her when we had to leave town and the experience was perfect. Also, the videos from Snapchat are great! I would totally recommend this puppy camp!

  • 10 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah T.
Verified review

Holly was excellent with our two dogs. She explained her dog training approach clearly and quickly improved our dog's behavior and explained what we as owners should do going forward. In a space of a day, she performed miracles. She is extremely responsive and very caring. I would highly recommend her!

Doggy Doggy at Kit's House
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Mavis S.
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We highly recommend Kit Pogarsky's Doggy Doggy dog boarding and day care. We have an energetic dog who likes to be near his people, and a dog kennel just wasn't right for him. When we first contacted Kit, he responded promptly and answered all our questions, and suggested we drop by to introduce our dog a few days before we went away. It was a great suggestion, as Griffie was then familiar with Doggy Doggy and Kit when we dropped him off to go out of town. Griffin has now stayed at Doggy Doggy several times, and we are totally comfortable leaving him for stays of a few days or a week or more. We know that for a reasonable price, our dog is getting the attention and exercise he craves and needs, and also gets to chill out in a great space and yard in Alameda. Very happy to recommend Doggy Doggy, -Mavis and Nick Marble

  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
K. S.
Verified review

Rebecca was amazing, my dog Ozella is a big fan. Rebecca is professional, responsible, communicative and super helpful with walks, every day maintenence (feedings and walks) and has even taught my pooch a few tricks! I highly recommend her services and I cannot say enough good things about her!!

Dogstar SF, LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Nancy D.
Verified review

I don't know what I would do without Dogstar and it's owner, Carly Braak. I started using Dogstar about 10 years ago-first for my senior dog, and in the past 4 years for our new baby. They are not simply reliable, they truly care about the dogs they take care of. You get feedback via email on every outing-from pick-up and drop-off, to what they did and which fabulous SF spot they went to. I call it "Adventure Camp" for my dog! I feel like my dog has a surrogate mother in Carly and in Jennifer (who has been assigned to our dog for the past year)! And Carly is very accommodating-if your schedule changes or you need a bit of extra help-she is always there to help. The bottom line is my dog is thrilled when she sees Carly , or Jennifer. Best dog walking service ever!

SF Surf Dogs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Judy W.
Verified review

Iʻve been delighted with the service that Isabel and her Surf Dogs company have provided me and my dog Ressie for the last couple of years. Isabel is flexible, always accommodating last-minute changes in my schedule. Sheʻs also great for overnights or long-term boarding--Ressie always comes home a happy little dog, whether sheʻs been on a several-hour walk or an overnight stay. She enjoys all her pals--human and canine--at Surf Dogs. And so do I!

Sheila's Pet Care
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
John H.
Verified review

I hired Sheila to walk my dog Cooper and she was great! I injured my leg and was unable to walk my dog for about a week. I hired Sheila and she was a complete professional. She showed up on time everyday, my dog was excited to see her so that tells me she took well care of him on their walks. I would highly recommend Sheila. John.

Paws Dog Camp
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
About

We offer off leash dog walking excursion at our private 8 acre ranch

Camp Harmony Dogs
5.0
from 1 review
    Carla B.
    Verified review

    I cannot even begin to articulate how crucial Camp Harmony dogs/Chris has been in our life since getting our goldendoodle puppy. Chris helped us to select the puppy. Chris drove out to the breeders and made sure all was okay with the mother and the father dogs. Chris helped us transition the puppy from a breeder to our home. Chris continued with us help with training and we also used her puppy camp. We have boarded our goldendoodle with Chris each time we traveled. Chris has continued alongside us as our puppy has ground and frankly I consider her part of our extended family. Or then anything I trust her implicitly. Which, for me, is the highest praise I can give anybody.

    Dog Adventure Camps

    New To Thumbtack

    • 5 years in business
    About

    More than just a walk, Dog Adventure Campers enjoy hiking on local, dog friendly trails and beaches. Groups are small in size (3-4 dogs) and we carefully match dogs with similar energy and ability levels.

    • 17 years in business
    About

    I have been caring for dogs & pets over the past 15 years. I walk on & off leash dogs in the Oakland Hills - Redwood Regional Park Trails and the Marina, for dogs who love to swim! My clients are typically my neighbors living in the Piedmont & Montclair area, with some exceptions. I am First Aid Certified , Licensed & Insured. I Board a small number of dogs in my home for short & long term stays. All dogs must be well trained.

    Delta Dog Camp

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      Delta Dog Camp is an all indoor boarding and day camp facility. We offer overnight boarding, all-day camp, half-day camp and basic training. We have two large outdoor play yards and two indoor play areas. Everyone plays during the day! Big or small, we love them all!

      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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