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Logan's Animal Training
4.7
from 58 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie J.
Verified review

Logan is a natural. He’s extremely attentive to my puppy and his method of training is very effective while being very kind and passionate towards my dog. He’s the ultimate dog whisperer!

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Devoted Dog Training
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Claudia W.
Verified review

Courtney met with my six-month-old Labradoodle puppy, Charlie, and me for more than a half hour for free. She helped us come up with a plan for training Charlie. He is an exuberant puppy with some anxiety about going outdoors and meeting new people. (We followed the vet guidelines to keep our puppy inside before he completed his vaccine schedule, resulting in anxiety and fear of the unknown.) Courtney inspired us with her calm manner and knowledge of dogs and dog owners. With Courtney's help I think Charlie will overcome some bad habits--barking and anxiety from everyday stimulation. We have a plan to work with Courtney for 4 sessions. Thank you, Courtney.

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Alpha K-9 Academy
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary F.
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Tammy has been very helpful in socializing and training my young German Shephard. She is totally accommodating in addressing special requests - going to the dog park with us, assisting with introducing neighborhood dogs to my dog.

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Executive Canine Services
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tina W.
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Great job ! Les was great with our puppy dog and my kids !

Your K9 Guy
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas B.
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K9 Guy has been of exceptional help in getting my dog to use the dog run. He has provided excellent feedback and follow-through.

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Pawgress Dog Training
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeffrey L.
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We adopted a 3 year old blue-nose Amstaff from East Bay SPCA backed in Winter '17. Considering this is not our first dog (we had the most amazing Westie for 16 years), we thought to train the new member would be easy or at least manageable. Nah, absolutely not the case!! Perhaps because our pitty was a stray before, she was not house trained and were defensively-aggressive towards other dogs which basically made the daily regular dog walk around the neighborhood next to impossible.. We soon figured we need professional help to sort out this staggering situation (short dog walk, less exercise for a young pitty, more frustration/ energy abundance = a viscous cycle). From there, we found Rusty/ Pawgress thru Thumbtack. Rusty had thoroughly observed, analyzed and explained where our dog frustration/ disobedience issues may root from. We then went from multiple indoor sessions to gradually outdoor training sessions. In hindsight, I think the most important training wasn't necessarily during the lesson itself, but thru the training exercises that Rusty recommended for us to practice on our own when he is not around! Thanks to Rusty, the main effort is to re-educate ourselves and learn more about behavior adjustment training. Its also pertinent to acknowledge that there's no magic switch that can turn a dog into an obedient super dog immediately. For context (and this should go wo saying, apparently each dog and each owner cases will be different), we had roughly 10 lessons with Rusty that spanned approx. across 4 months. With Rusty's lessons and persistent similar practices when Rusty's not around, our pit now would not keep on lunging during walk/ fully house trained (no more peed on carpet or destructive behaviors due to separation anxiety). We even went to camping and local dog park (off leash) for the first time. Without a doubt, that's significant upgrades to our dog (& ours) lives. If you and your dog are going thru similar struggle, I highly recommend look no further and schedule a meet w/ Rusty. Its a no-brainer to look for professional help and proper training if you seek for a better relationship w/ your furry friends which goes a long way. So here's to Rusty, thank you for guiding us thru the difficult and frustrating times w/ our pit. We wish Pawgress will continue to bloom and more frustrated dog-owners will consider to scout for your assistance to better their situations. Cheers!

Notched to an OTCH
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Travis C.
Verified review

I learned everything I know about dog training from Jorge. He's extremely gifted, enormously friendly, and very knowledgeable. A true paragon in his field. My relationship with my dog is so much more rewarding thanks to him. I learned from Jorge that dog training is less about drills and commands and more about building a bridge of communication between my dog and myself. My dog knows how I think and what I expect of him and I know how he thinks and learns. Armed with that knowledge anything is possible between us! Thank you, Jorge, for all you do! Whether you're looking for a competitive obedience coach, a trainer for your family pet, an expert groomer, or just an amazing friend, you'll find that Jorge has it all!

Complete Dog Obedience
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Yin-Yin C.
Verified review

Jennifer come to my home to teach my dog, and she did good job! After one session and I follow training method to do the training, my dog behavior is much better and he knows where is his stable pee spot! Thanks to jennifer and my dog, both of u are awesome!

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Puppy Love Puppy Camp
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Biana R.
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Emily is fantastic! She began working with our 6 month old weim only 4 weeks ago, and he is already a different dog. He has learned to be better on the leash, developing better response to commands such as sit and stay. Emily truly listens to the needs of the family and is very responsive to the individual dog needs. She is dependable, responsible and when you meet her, you can just feel her passion and dedication to puppy training. She sent us regular daily updates about our puppy's progress, including video clips. When we first started, our puppy was shy of other dogs, but after only 2 weeks, he was braver and more assertive in the dog park with other pets. Emily is a pleasure to work with and we have just signed up for another 4 weeks of training to continue building on the progress our doggies has made. She is down to earth and caring. She is also not afraid to say when something isn't working, which we truly appreciated. Our dog didn't like the halti leash, so after a couple of weeks of training, Emily came up with a different leash option and was very honest about the reasons for the change. It's refreshing to work with such a professional. Thank you, Emily, for all your dedication and hard work!

Wagging Tails Training
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Jay L.
Verified review

We have been working with Shauna since our Doberman was 10 weeks old. We started off with her beginner class and went all the way though to get our dog AKC CGC certified. Shauna is a great trainer who taught us a lot of great techniques. She is very patient and our doberman loves her.

Sit Stay Wag Dog Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Linda S.
Verified review

Lauren is probably one of the best trainer I have ever had for my dog. She is patient and comes up with unique ideas for training. I would not want anyone else traing my service dog. She believes in giving treats,and no raised voices when the dog does something wrong. Moki and I were extremely satisfied with Lauren and consider her part of our family.

Phoebe Bault
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline K.
Verified review

Phoebe is an amazing dog-walker. She's super great with my dog and has worked with us on training her too. Norah's gotten so much better in her walking and obedience. I can trust Phoebe with Norah anytime and she always goes above and beyond with her. I'm so glad I found her!

Honest Creature Care
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Conner W.
Verified review

Heather helped with obedience training my beagle, who is very stubborn. They did verbal commands, leash training, house training and manners, and Heather has had a lasting positive influence on my dog. She is very professional and thorough, and she brings real experience and methodology to create a personalized training outline, which helps maintain the behaviors. 10/10, would recommend again.

  • 5 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Felipe C.
Verified review

Simply put Koru K9 is awesome. I've made 3 behavior change sessions in the course of 1.5 months and puppy is way way better. She used to be a very nervous dog, afraid of everything and anything. Now she is calm, relaxed, walk beautifully by our side, doesn't bark to other dogs walking around. She still has lots to learn and training is an ongoing process, Koru K9 will teach you how to make your dog a better dog, they are great!

  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Marlyna S.
Verified review

Lisa is a wonderful trainer and dog walker. She is knowledgeable about dog behavior and what works well. Lisa trained our dog for obedience commands and everyone raves about how well behaved our little guy is. I'd recommend Lisa highly. Our little one loves her.

Canine Higher Learning
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Michael U.
    Verified review

    Cecilia's help turned a traumatized shelter dog into a Guinness World Record holder! I took my puppy Abbie to Cecilia's puppy obedience course right after adopting her. Of course, Abbie had issues to work through. The fundamentals that Cecilia provides has carried through for Abbie's entire life and not only rehabilitated her, but gave her the confidence to try - and then discover that she enjoyed - dog surfing. Today, Abbie has won dozens of contests, been featured on TV and movies, and currently holds two Guinness World Records for longest wave surfed by a dog! Thanks Cecilia for helping Abbie become one of the most active and fun-loving pups in the world!

    Meg Johnson Dog Services
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Angela G.
    Verified review

    I have worked with Meg since my dog was 4 months old, up to when he turned 1 year old. Meg not only trained beginning and advance obedience with my dog but also helped us through other dog issues (behavior, vet references, etc). I also want to note that potty training was a breeze with her methods. Meg has knowledge about using positive methods in training. Not only does she work with the dog, but she works with you on how to handle/train your dog. The life style I want with my dog was to take him everywhere with me and I am able to do that with a dog I trust. We’ve been to the beach, road trips, crowded festivals, stores, friend’s houses, etc… Everywhere I go– I get compliments on how amazingly well behaved he is in a chaotic environment. It’s nice to get my dog to sit and obey me in a place full of chaos– where I can take a photo with him sitting next to me or be able to have dinner out in the town with my friends with my dog laying at my feet or going on a stroll with my dog walking nicely beside me. Also, Meg's technique help save my dog’s life before he ran into the street, I was able to call him back right in front of me. Thanks Meg! I highly recommend her for training !!! Totally worth it!!

    Tailored Dog Training
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Lisa K.
    Verified review

    Ally - was great. We had a private class with her and liked her so much we signed up for her obedience class. She gave us some good insights on the dog breed we rescued and great recommendations on toys, food and grooming. She has a very natural way with training dogs. Watch her timing and movements when training, she knows the right moment to ask things and is a pros at keeping the attention of even the most ADD dogs.

    Diana Luu Dog Training
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 7 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Marian S.
    Verified review

    We loved Diana and so did our pup, Homer! We had just gotten a puppy in the house and were so overwhelmed with how to start training. Diana was easy to talk to and clearly loves dogs. Best of all, she gave us easy, concrete homework to do with Homer every day. When we finally enrolled him in puppy school, everyone was impressed with how well-behaved he was!

    About

    We offer affordable dog training in your home. We focus on teaching basic obedience exercises and on the resolution of basic behavior problems. A well-trained dog is a happy dog. Really! Dogs want to know how to live with us in peace and harmony. We charge about 50% of the usual one-on-one rate, less than some group classes! Candace Hardy, the owner-trainer, is an Animal Behavior College trained and certified dog trainer, and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

    Chloe's School for Dogs

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      All dogs need rules and boundaries in order to feel safe, balanced, and happy. I am a certified canine training specialist from Triple Crown Academy in Texas. I conduct in-home (or a park) private or semi-private dog training lessons. Each lesson is followed with an email summarizing the lessons of that day and your "homework" for the week. I can help with: - 6-week puppy package -- $325 Name recognition, crate training, teething, sit, stay down, come (recall), leave it, go to place, and heel. - 6-week basic obedience package -- $325 Sit, stay, down, come (recall), leave it, go to place, and leash work (heeling). - Behavior modification If there is a particular problem, like digging, separation anxiety, destructive chewing, potty training, fear, jumping, excessive barking, house manners, jumping, etc., I can address it during a one-time session or a custom-designed training program. - Heeling Heel is a big one. Pulling is unhealthy and dangerous. Your dog can learn to walk on a "loose leash"! - House manners I can help to teach your dog to wait patiently when the doorbell rings, when a guest arrives, to wait on their bed during meal times, etc. - Clicker training Clicker training is a fun way to teach dogs all kinds of tricks and commands. It builds relationships and releases energy. We will start with the easier things, like touch and shake and spin, and then move on to play dead, roll over, and even how to get a beer from the fridge! Email or call for a free phone consultation or appointment. I offer a free 15-minute phone or email consultation to evaluate your pet's training needs and your goals. After this, I can suggest a training plan. The training fee of $70 is based on 60-minute sessions. Semi-private lessons (maximum of 3) are $50 for each participant. Payment is due at the end of each session by cash, check or credit card. Discounts are applied for packages of 3 or more sessions paid in-full, up front. 2% of all sales go to the Street Dog Welfare Program.

      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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