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  • 18 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
  • Oakland, CA 94611

Vasantha V.

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Pete's training was "Training the Trainer". It was amazing! He's punctual, and very professional. The guidelines and notes that Pete provided was very helpful. He also demonstrated how to train. I agree with Pete that it is always better that the owner of the dog train so that the bonding is better. With just two hours of training, my dog has already picked up few commands. Thank you Pete! Vasantha

  • 19 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
  • Loma Mar, CA 94021

Kathy C.

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Tammy began training and working with our chocolate lab when he was 11 months old. While our dog went to stay with Tammy for 2 weeks, we often wondered what was occurring, as we knew that Rudi was strong willed as a puppy and often destructive. During the 2 week training time, we would get messages and even a video or 2 sent to us, showing the progress that she was making with Rudi. After 2 weeks, Rudi returned with behaviors on lease that made realize that with consistency our dog could demonstrate and practice good training behaviors. Tammy has a strong communication system established with our dog so he understands what is expected of him when we walk or work in the house. He really looks forward to seeing Tammy. Even more, Tammy continues to work with us and our dog on a weekly basis, working to train us as well as the dog. We are so pleased with our dog, his training ( which is praise based, not treat based) and our weekly sessions with Tammy. She really wants everyone to be successful.

Your K9 Guy



  • 23 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Walnut Creek, CA 94597


My husband and I needed some help taming our wild beast, and by wild beast I mean our 7 pound Chiweenie. We had had it up to our eyeballs with his barking and leash aggression. My husband and I had different schools of thought about dog training, so whomever we chose was going to have to train us all, not a easy fete. From the first session, we knew that Todd would be up to the challenge. He actually took the time to listen to our concerns about our little boy, and was most sensitive to our thoughts and feelings about dog training. He was very clear from the beginning about what he felt needed to be done and what part we had to play in it. He was also very clear from the beginning that the training would not be sustainable if we did not avidly participate with our "homework" between sessions. He has helped us turn 7 pounds of spaz into a sweet and respectful member of the family. We can now take him out on walks without worrying about leash aggression and have even started taking him hiking!! This very morning he actually let a small child pet him(he was not at all a fan of children). We thoroughly enjoy his company now and are excited to continue to watch him blossom under Todd's direction. Todd is kind, compassionate, professional, and demonstrates a genuine love of animals and a commitment to successful training. He will be our "family" trainer from here on out!! Cannot recommend him enough!

  • 6 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
  • Fresno, CA 93705

Wanda J.

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Logan comes to my house which is very helpful. My dog responds well to Logan and really likes him. The lesson is an hour and then I work with my dog for the week until Logan comes for our next lesson. I'm so happy that I found Logan he has this connection with my dog and I call Logan the Dog Whisperer that's how good he is with my dog. I feel Logan really has a love for animals and it shows.

  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Sacramento, CA 95864

Randal Z.

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Yesterday I was able to pick up my 7.5 month old GS "Kiara." The difference was night and day from when I dropped her off two weeks ago. I wasn't sure how i was going to deal with her being away from me for 2 weeks as she serves as my service dog. I can tell you that any time I text to find out who things were with Kiara, I received a prompt message back. Every single day when I got out of work, I would see that they had sent me a new video, or two, and one one occasion three. The day I dropped her off, they showed my Kiara so much love, that I felt more than comfortable leaving her therewith them. Very professional, very loving people who will give you the sense that they will keep your dog safe at all costs. If you are expecting to pick up your dog who's been highly trained, to just start listening to you and all your commands right away, you are very wrong. Your dog will learn and never forget the commands they were taught, but they must learn YOUR verbal commands to listen. I would recommend to anyone looking for proper dog training, Off Leash K9 is the last place you will have to look at. They show you results everyday, and you can see all their results on Youtube. I will take any new fur babies to them the first chance I got. 5 star rating all the way. 100 on a scale of 1-10!

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94117


We've won Best Dog Walker in SF, we've come in 4th two years in a row in the entire Bay Area, we have over 50 5 star reviews on Yelp, and I can provide you with endless glowing references. We provide group off leash dog walking and training to the Marina, Cow Hollow, Presidio, Pacific Heights, Lower Pac Heights, Lower Haight, Russian Hill, and Laurel Heights neighborhoods. Our mission is to make each day great by providing fun exercise and learning for your dog while keeping you completely connected to what we do. We work hard to have some of the best behaved dogs on the beach and to teach owners how to maintain the improvements they see. We want to give every dog the opportunity to learn and have unleashed fun out in the world with us while their owners are away. Our team of dog walkers is made up of young, athletic, trustworthy, and amiable people who will give your dog the physical and mental outlet they need. They'll come home happy and tired, and you won't worry about them being bored at home. We will pick up and drop off your dog from your home. We'll also help you feel like part of the pack with regular pictures, videos, emails, newsletters, and meet ups. We also offer overnight care for our clients' dogs when our clients need to leave town. Our sitting services earned 1st Runner Up in the Bay Woof Beast of the Bay Awards 2015 for being one of the best operations in San Francisco.

  • 36 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Fremont, CA 94538


Gene is polite and well versed in the area of dog training. So far we are in the puppy class and hope to progress to Protection training. He cares for his own dogs and the dogs of others. Couldnt recommend a better dog trainer in the area. So far all his predictions were correct about our Belgian Malinois. Droopy ears no longer droop. Hire him. You wont regret it.

  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94109


Matt visited me and my wife to help us start training our dog and to give us directions on how to take care of him. It was a very productive session. He's all about positive reinforcement! Lots of knowledge and a great professional.

  • San Francisco, CA 94131


We adopted a border collie/pit bull mix when she was about 6 months old. At about one year old, she started having some less than desirable behaviors. She would bark and pull while she was on the leash at joggers, bikers, motorcycles and other dogs. We were reaching the end of our rope, having tried a choke chain, a prong collar, even a backpack! We had gone to other dog training classes, nothing seemed to be helping. We called the PoochCoach and from our first lesson there has been nothing but improvement from her. Walking was almost a night and day difference right from the start, she taught us exactly how to communicate what we want from her so she knows what is expected from her. The Pooch Coach is always available for us to reach out to if we ever have any questions which is amazing. You never have to wonder if you’re doing it correctly until the next appointment because you can always call to ask! The methods she uses makes the training fun for us and our dog which helps to turn practicing with her from a chore into bonding time that we are all excited about. We can’t wait to see what else we can learn!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94115


Modern Hound offers: - Positive reinforcement dog training - Dog walking - Doggie adoption services I am certified by the Marin Humane Society's Canine Behavior Academy and have trained with the SF SPCA and DogEvolve. I am also certified in pet first aid, and I'm bonded and insured. I have a true passion for dogs and for improving the relationship between pets and their owners.

  • 18 years in business
  • El Cerrito, CA 94530


Ruff Ruff Pet Care, Inc. is a full-service, professional pet sitting and dog walking company! Are you looking for peace of mind for you and your pets? Ruff Ruff Pet Care, Inc. is an award winning company. We are a professional, reliable and trustworthy service providing exceptional care for our clients in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Ruff Ruff is the winner of SF Gate's best pet sitting company award. Ruff Ruff was chosen the winner of the 2011 Contra Costa best dog walker by the readers of Parent's Press. We are also accredited, certified, bonded and insured. We are members of various professional organizations and accredited honor roll members of the Better Business Bureau for outstanding customer service with an A+ rating. We are also certified in pet CPR/first aid. Inquiries will be answered promptly! Whether you are in need of pet sitting visits, overnights, private dog walks, group off-leash hikes, or dog training/behavior modification, we are the company for you! We care for all pets, all sizes and all breeds. We care for dogs, cats, birds, bunnies, turtles, iguanas, lizards, frogs, snakes, guinea pigs, ferrets, pigs, ducks, and chickens. We love them all! We are fully-trained and experienced in giving medications including pills, ointments, injections, insulin, SUB Q, and tube feeding. We provide service in Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, Kensington, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Alameda, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, El Sobrante, Hercules, Rodeo, Crockett, Pinole, and all neighboring cities. We provide service to most cities in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Richmond, CA 94804

Mary F.

Verified review

We were concerned about our dog Lola and her anxious behaviors. We contacted Lea and we are so glad we did! Lea is kind, caring and understanding. She took the time to get to know our dog, Lola. She is experienced and really helped us to gain a better understanding of how to help Lola with her issues. She gave us strategies to work on before our next session. She said if we have any issues or questions to let her know so she can help us work through it with Lola. We definitely recommend Lea, without a doubt!

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Corte Madera, CA 94925


I am a certified dog trainer, dog walker, and pet sitter available in Marin County. I am a graduate of the SFSPCA dog training academy. I have over 10 years of veterinary technician experience, as well as over 10 years of pet sitting and dog walking experience. I am a member of APDT, and I am licensed and insured. I also have excellent references available upon request. I specialize in puppy manners and basic obedience. I also walk all types and breeds of dogs. I offer both private training walks and group walks, taking a maximum of four dogs per walk. It's a lot more fun for both me and the dogs. So, if you need help with the "four-legged" members of your family, please contact me. I do offer a 20% discount for rescues. Thank you. - Noelle Murphy

  • Concord, CA 94521


For help with... Unruly, rude behavior: Jumping, barking, pulling on leash, chewing, digging and mouthing. Basic manners: House-training (potty training), loose-leash walking, handling and polite greetings. Problem behaviors: Aggression, fear, growling, lunging, biting, possessiveness of food or toys, shyness and house soiling.

  • Pacifica, CA 94044


We offer dog training and correcting behavior issues with a positive approach, so living with your pet is a pleasure; that is what Pawsitive Thinking is about. Training includes not only how you learn to be a good leader of your pack but also educates your dogs how to be a well-mannered, good citizen. Cues like obedience commands are simple to learn and fun to practice. Teaching our dogs our language ought to be more than stay, sit, heel and recall. It must be the foundation of a loving relationship with a dog that's in balance (happy). Training includes the cues -- watch me, down, sit, stay, wait, leave it, recall (come), drop it, heel, no pull walking, and proper elimination behavior. Also, we learn to stop unwanted behaviors like biting, jumping, inappropriate chewing, digging, barking and separation anxiety. Basic, intermediate and advanced training is offered. My specialties in behavior modification include aggression (dog-to-human and dog-to-dog), excessive fearfulness as well as excessive barking, running away, separation anxiety, jumping, and pulling. If you are tired of your dog's problem behavior, come, and have some fun and learn to enjoy your dog, and then your dog would learn to become a model citizen.

  • San Francisco, CA 94103


We are a local San Francisco-based company that is insured and bonded, providing pet care, in-house pet boarding, dog walking, and also C.P.R. pet certified. Are you someone who can’t make it home as often as your dog needs? Do you need somebody to come by often, a dog walker to come and bring your best friend out for a nice leisure walk while you’re out, or someone who can give them the same nurturing, attention and love that you would be providing, if you were there? Well, that’s us. We know how precious your pets are to you, being animal lovers ourselves, and strive to not only offer one of the best care possible for your pets, but we also wish to offer you peace of mind when you are away for the weekend, at work, or gone for a long vacation. We treat all dogs as if they were our own! We specialize in: * Dog walking * Pet sitting * Vet trips * Emergency situations * Light training For a full list of information and services, check out our services section!


I have worked with a few different organizations, fostering and working as a kennel assistant and animal behaviorist. I handle large to small dogs, aggressive to abused dogs, from giving baths to clipping nails, grooming, kennel training, puppy training and much more. I have been working with dogs for over 15 years, and I enjoy it to the extreme! Boarding: As of right now, I board only four different dogs from four families at once. I believe that it's very important to give my clients the most attention needed as possible while their moms and dads are away! I love being able to give one-on-one attention. When dogs are placed in a new environment, it's very important to give them the most comfort possible and to make my home their home away from home! My focus is all on the dogs! I run my boarding business out of my single-family home, and it's comfortable, cozy, clean, and warm! I have a nice, small, gated, and safe backyard for some outdoor air, and I use my garage as a playroom for the dogs to run around in and lounge in! I strongly suggest to bring you and your pooch over for a short visit before deciding to to have me board your special furry friend! My services include the following: * 3 to 4 times a day of long walks * Dog parks (weather permitted) -- I enjoy Pt. Isabel Park, Richmond, CA * Cage free daily (unless for training purposes only) -- During the evening, I do crate them for safety at night. * Crate training * Leash training * Baths before going home; it's free of charge with a three-night stay or longer * Light grooming * Nail clipping * Free night if dropped off on the night before you leave, between the hours of 9 and 11 p.m. with a two-night stay or longer * Pickup or drop-off with an extra small fee in the East Bay Dogs with special needs are okay. Special instructions are okay, as well as medications. I send picture updates on how your pooch is doing daily through email or picture mail to your cell phone! (doggy cam soon) All dogs must be on flea medication at the time of visit. If we see fleas, we will give them a shampoo flea dip and apply advantage for an extra cost of $20.00, to keep our canines happy, healthy and clean of fleas. Boarding Prices: This includes full-day care and overnight stay (Holidays are the same prices; they never increase). We also offer long-term boarding! All dogs must be picked up by 7:00 p.m. on any given day; after 7 p.m., we do charge $10.00 per hour for additional care after 7 p.m. We have the following rates: * Extra large dogs -- $55.00 per day; second is $50.00 * Large dogs -- $45.00 per day; second dog is $40.00 per day * Medium dogs -- $35.00 per day; second dog is $30.00 per day * Small dogs (under 20 lbs) -- $25.00 per day; second dog is $20.00 per day Day Care: We will soon have openings for full-time day care, and we are asking if you are looking for full-time day care soon. We are taking applications, and we would like to review our candidates. Day care rates is $38.00 per day, from Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monthly membership is $30.40 per day with a savings of $152.00 per month. East Bay Paws will be offering financial aide to those who are low-income Oakland residents! It's coming soon! Our website is under construction! Please email us with any information or questions you may have. We look forward to working with you and your four-legged friend! References are available upon request! Our license number is 124753. Thank you.


I am an experienced pet sitter and dog walker/trainer offering affordable services around Danville, Walnut Creek and San Ramon. I would love to walk your dog or play with your cat, while you're working during the day or out of town. I offer daily walks, feeding, changing water bowls or litter boxes and affection, and I am very experienced at giving medications. I also teach your dog some really cool tricks, potty training if you need help with that, or also better leash manners, all while we have fun! Previous clientele have been very satisfied with my services. I can also manage special needs of animals (geriatric, ill or aggressive), as I was a veterinary assistant at a high-volume veterinary hospital for over 3 years. My other qualifications include time at The Humane Society, A Dog's Life doggie daycare, and I am a college graduate. I am also capable of training dogs out of common household issues if you (the owner) are willing to put in some effort with me! We offer reasonable rates. References are available upon request. My wonderful yelp is on my website. Call or email me for more information. Ashley Fraser


We are a local dog walking and pet sitting service that is truly all about the animals. We love pets in all shapes and sizes, and more importantly, we love making them happy. We offer a wide variety of services including pet sitting, boarding, dog walking, adventure hikes, grooming and training. Here at Coyote Cody's, we are trained professionals who are pet owners ourselves. We understand the importance of a pet's individualism and strive to provide a stress-free, happy and exciting enviornment for your fuzzy loved ones while you are away.

  • 14 years in business
  • San Francisco, CA 94131


We offer dog walking, dog sitting, dog training, and even free drop offs at select grooming facilities to our clients. We are the best dog walking company in San Francisco and have served hundreds of happy pups and their owners!


Premier Pet Sitters of Greater San Mateo (PPSM) is a networking organization of extraordinary, A+rated, pet care professionals. We consist primarily of pet sitters, dog walkers, and pet boarding providers. Each of our members is insured, and all have exceptional references. We provide services, such as pet sitting, dog walking, overnight pet sitting, doggy day care, dog boarding, daily dog excursions, dog training, and waste removal. We adhere to Pet Sitters International's "Recommended Quality Standards for Excellence in Pet Sitting." An inventory of core values, which lead to improved business practices, increased professionalism, and a high standard of ethics. You can count on Premier Pet Sitters of Greater San Mateo to treat your pet as if it were our very own. We are a reliable, conscientious, and caring group of pet sitting professionals who are dedicated to the health and overall well being of your Loved Pet.

  • Berkeley, CA 94704


SIRIUS® currently has over 20 locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. SIRIUS® Puppy Training Classes literally redefined and overturned pet dog training. In reality, SIRIUS® created the area of pet dog training. Prior SIRIUS, there were virtually no food lures and rewards, simply no family puppy classes, and not much enjoyment in dog training. Most classes simply taught grownup dogs repetitious on-leash obedience drills. SIRIUS® emphasized the importance of teaching bite inhibition, early socialization, temperament training, and easy solutions for usual and predictable behavior problems, as well as basic household manners. Moreover, SIRIUS® championed user-friendly and dog-friendly dog training—specifically, that training ought be as pleasurable for dogs as it is for possessors, and that training ought only involve quick, effective, and easy steps that are within the capacities of all family members, especially including children. During the '80s, the SIRIUS® Puppy Training video—the all-time best-selling, and the very first dog training video ever produced—helped spread the word about lure/reward, fun and games dog-friendly dog training. In the '90s, SIRIUS® was adapted for television and Dogs With Dunbar turned to be the first hit TV series since Barbara Woodhouse. The program broadcasted on Discovery Channel in Europe, and then in lots of countries all over the world. SIRIUS® established the hallmark for puppy classes, and its concept has been adapted and adopted by most educated trainers. All thanks to SIRIUS®, puppy classes are now instructed throughout the world.

  • San Francisco, CA 94118


We are Danielle and Dave. We have over 12 years of animal care experience (personal/private/professional). Dogs of any size and breed are never a problem. We use calm, positive, rewarding approaches towards all dogs. Relationship building is key with all dogs and we want them to feel safe, comfortable, and confident. There is a meet and greet that we would like to schedule at your convenience. You will have questions and we will have some questions as well. We offer two time slots to walk your dog. A morning slot and an afternoon slot. Dogs that are unaltered will be accepted if they have an appointment already made with your vet. While your pup is on walks with us we will do basic dog training with them. This is a free service and we believe that these general commands should be instilled in all dogs anyway. If there are any special conditions that your dog has or any commands that you are working on we will follow your key phrases to assist. If you need your dog picked up or dropped off at a different location than usual that is fine. As long as it is in San Francisco. We are very flexable and are here to assist you in any way that we can! Our walks are 2-3 hours long. There is no hourly rate. This is a block of time and it is one of the best value in the Bay Area! We are currently available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A second time slot for the afternoon is available: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For overnight boarding we need a few weeks advance notice. We have discounts for multiple dogs at a same residence. Once we establish a good relationship with your pup, we can trim his nails for free, if he is alright with it. Many people don't know how to trim a dogs nails, but it is a necessity. We are very easy to work with and are very flexable. There is even an option to pay through Paypal. We hope to hear from you soon. Check out our testimonials tab.

  • San Francisco, CA 94107


"A Paws-On Approach to Animal Behavior, Training & Care" We offer dog training classes, private dog training for basic manners to behavior troubles, group dog walks and overnight stays for your dog or cat. At Pawsitive Tails, we work with all dogs, regardless of breed, temperament, age, and size and use only humane, motivational training techniques based on the latest behavioral science. Whatever the problem, be it a barking up a storm or languishing while you're at work, we can help. With our dog training, dog walking or pet sitting services, our clients receive: 1. Results. Happy, well-behaved, calm dogs are our specialty. 2. Peace of mind. Your dog is being spoiled, even when you work or travel. 3. Expertise. Our staff is highly educated and experienced. Don't take our word for it. Read reviews from our clients on Yelp!

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