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Alpha K-9 Academy
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Fiona L.
Verified review

We love Tammy ! We have a 2-year old Aussie with pretty serious issues regarding: charging at the door barking (scaring guests), barking at random noises, biting (yikes! but yes.. many times to even friends and family), and leash aggression. We had 2 trainers before. One was at the prestigious Cali-K9 which was like training your dog to almost be like a police dog with a lot of consequences including pulling very hard on the chain where they want his two front feet to literally be lifted ( we didn't want to do this at all .. but we trusted them because of their amazing reviews )..this caused our anxious pup to become a very anxious dog, esp. to strangers... we then went with another trainer from Pet Food Express who was purely positive reinforcement. Here, she had him locked away in the room for months without social interaction in order to try to desensitize him and slowly introduce him back to people and triggers. THIS DID NOT WORK. If anything, his habits got worse and we forgot what it was like to even have a dog anymore :( We reached a very sad point, full of tears, where we discussed the fact that we might have to give him away but we decided maybe board & train was the next step. There are articles out there saying this method is not suggested because it might not be long lasting, or maybe the dog might just listen to the trainer and not you. Anyways, we came across Tammy and at first was very hesitant. As a millennial couple both working in high-tech.. we were killing ourselves over online research. Thumbtack wasn't a service I ever used before so I trusted other sites like Yelp & Facebook which Tammy didn't have too much of a presence on :( We did a bunch of research and even paid $100 for a consultation with Lori Hamilton - but it didn't feel right.. but she was still on our radar as another top option. When we met Tammy, she seemed incredibly sweet, genuine, & honest. As she is going full-time as a dog trainer, I knew she was going to treat our dog Finn as an individual and not just a number or revenue. She truly cared about his life and happiness. Eventually we made the decision to go with Tammy, reason being is because we know not everyone is as tech-savvy and we went with social media all-stars like Cali-K9 before which didn't go well.. so we couldn't judge a trainer just based on online presence. When we got Finn back from Board & Train you could tell how much he adored her. It was crazy! When she walked away he locked his eyes and body towards her. When she comes for our trainings now, our dog throws his body on her and rubs himself missing her. This is how I know she spent a lot of time with him instead of just shipping him off, and crossing our fingers that Finn was getting the training attention he needs. Forward 2 months, Finn is not perfect but he is x10 more manageable and we know what to do if he reacts in any way. He now goes to work with my boyfriend as an office pup, we aren't scared to take him downtown, he rarely barks at the Amazon dude (this could be fixed very fast before it happens). My boyfriend and I are so happy we went with Tammy now! She is the most patient person ever and I am so excited to have her integrated in our lives. She has helped us find so much different solutions regardless if its testing individual techniques or even supplements to help with Finn's anxiety. The greatest gift she gave us is the confidence that we are a great dog owner and that we also have the greatest dog! Put time and effort in your dog & Tammy will always do the same! We are continuing to board with Tammy when we go on vacations, so our relationship will definitely continue for a long time <3 (:

The Heart of Caregiving
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Susan V.
Verified review

I had a meet & greet with Sonia yesterday; she brought her "pack" of dogs to meet my dog, who is sometimes aggressive toward other dogs. Sonia really seems to know her stuff, and gave me great advice on dealing with my dog!! And he behaved pretty well around all her dogs, thanks to her coaching! I was impressed!

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Nu Pawspective
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Dianne G.
Verified review

We have been sending our dog to Susan at Nu Pawspective for about a year now. Susan is an intelligent trainer with a "dog whisperer" instinct for dogs. Our dog loves going with Susan every day and always comes home exhausted and happy. We are thankful to have someone whom we trust to care for our dog as much as Susan does.

Pet Care Services
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Whitley K.
Verified review

Stella not only watched my puppy but trained him this past week! She has saved my life with the potty training and it only took her a few days!!! She is very knowledgeable when it comes to puppies. Everything went smoothly! I was so happy to get updates and pictures of him everyday. I'll be using her again for sure.

  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Mary G.
Verified review

Christina was great with my dog. They went on an hour walk and he came home and was ready for a nap. She made him a friend for life with treats. She will be coming back again this week.

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

Erika's pet care
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Trisha L.
Verified review

Erika is absolutely amazing with my senior golden retriever. Hope loves Erika because she is loving, cautious and very observant of my dog's needs. I am very picky about who I allow to walk my dog due to her health concerns. Erika takes her time and makes sure that all of Hope's needs are taking care of including change of water, and cleaning up any of Hope's "you know what" on our patio. I cannot recommend this young lady enough. Her gracious and calm personality make her highly valuable. She is absolutely dependable and listens to all of the directives I gave her about Hope. Hire her, and do not let her get away, you will not be sorry.

Star's Dog Walking
5.0
from 1 review
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Deborah T.
Verified review

Setareh truly cares about dogs and has been wonderful with both of my dogs! They get so excited whenever they see her and my dogs have definitely been happier since she became our dog walker. I feel very fortunate to have found her! Definitely one of my better decisions!

About

I have extensive experience training and caring for dogs. I have worked with special needs animals as well and ensure a well pampered (while still well disciplined) pup and I guarantee you will notice improvements in your dog's behavior as long as you stay consistent to any pointers I share with you.

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jen P.
Verified review

My dog, Kacie, was the most sweet, but stubborn dog. I could not get her to stop chewing/eating everything in site,including the sheetrock on the wall if there was nothing else in her area to chew! I also could not housebreak her and she barked/howled often at nothing. I tried to crate train her as well, but it was a fight to just get her into the crate. I went to Kris for help. She trained her and I could not believe the results. Kacie stopped chewing on things. She would go in her crate when told. She was housebroken. She rarely barked or howled unless someone came to the door (or the answering machine went on lol). I truly thought she switched my dog with another lol I would highly recommend Kris for training your dogs. She is amazing!

  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
About

I walk, feed, clean, and bath dogs. I sit dogs at home. I have 10 years of experience. I worked for the shelter of San Jose and Vac Rocker Hospital.

About

Worried your furry friend is lonely or isn't getting enough exercise while you're at work? Need someone to pet sit while on vacation? Maybe your dog could use some training? Let me help. With The Canine Constitutional, I offer a wide variety of services, so get in contact with me, and we can work towards getting your dog to be happy and behaved.

About

Danish-Swedish Farmdogs USA (DSFUSA) is dedicated to providing high-quality canine educational opportunities for anyone interested in learning more about our canine companions. DSFUSA sponsors live canine seminars and workshops as well as virtual online webinars®. DSFUSA offers continuing education credits (CEUs) for various canine professionals, such as certified trainers, veterinary technicians, and more. For each educational offering, information regarding CEUs will be posted.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I love having animals in my life. They are as sensitive and caring as humans. Dogs deserve all the care and love that we desire.

  • 5 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
About

Hi, there! I am a stay-at-home mom (to a baby and a two-year old dog) with over 12 years of dog-caring experience. I offer dog walking and sitting at very competitive rates. Are you worried about your dog at home while you are working long hours? My female havanese and I can help.

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Need a Dog Trainer

San Lorenzo, CA

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    3+ years
  • Dog size(s)
    Small (1-15 lbs)
  • Details
    My dog is very aggressive toward other dogs and people she doesn't know wether there passing by on the street or coming over to the house
  • $50
    Average price
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