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Logan's Animal Training
4.7
from 58 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
Aparna R.
Verified review

Logan gave us great ways to positively train our dog. As first-time owners he really helped us feel more comfortable in our new role. Thank you

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Executive Canine Services
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katrina P.
Verified review

Les is fantastic! He is truly dedicated and passionate about the services he provides. Not only is he a great trainer and dog walker companion, his pet delivery service is perfect for anyone in need of a drop off or pick up that just doesn't work in your schedule. I highly recommend giving him a shot, you will NOT be disappointed!

Majyk Paws Dog Training
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Kara A.
Verified review

great dog trainer!

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Pawgress Dog Training
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 28 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!

A Better Dog Trainer
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Barbra V.
Verified review

My Newfypoo pup Jelly Bean is a handful, especially considering I have never had a dog before. I was fortunate enough to stumble on John Vinton's site, after being dropouts from Sirius group puppy training. His technique is unique as he does not advocate stuffing the dog with never ending treats. Instead, consistent reinforcement of commands accompanied with appropriate overwhelming praise when deserved. We're only 3 lessons in. I am so proud of my Bean, especially when compared to other dogs we meet on our walks. We both still have a lot to learn and with the help of "A Better Dog Trainer" I know we'll be successful.

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

George is amazing! A very dedicated trainer who knows what he's doing. I hired George to board and train my pit mix who has aggression issues with other dogs as well as having horrible leash manners. George came to my home, assessed my dog free of charge, and was able to give me a plan of what can be done in the week and a half that we were on vacation. While away, he was quick to answer all of my worried questions and provide videos of the activities they were doing. George is not the first trainer that I've left my dog with while away. Although the last trainers were nice and professional, my dog was still dog aggressive and was still pulling on a leash. And we left her with them a lot longer. As well as did a couple training sessions with them. George was able to teach her leash manners, as well as not mind other dogs when we go on walks. I haven't enjoyed walking my dog since she was a puppy! Her manners completely changed when he brought her back. She's now a joy to walk. He was nice enough to give my husband and I a crash course on how to keep up with her training. He didn't push us to buy a training package or anything. He just assured us that if we have any questions or concerns, to let him know. We've kept in touch even after her board and train. That says a lot about a trainer who cares enough to take time out of his busy day to make sure all the training is still going ok. Thank you for all you did for my Milan!

  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Monique S.
Verified review

Jackie is a very talented dog trainer. She is at the same time sweet and strong. She teaches at the same time the dogs and the owners. We highly recommend her.

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Mindful Paw
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matt H.
Verified review

Emily is one of the most passionate and knowledgeable dog trainers I have ever met. I contracted her when I adopted a rescue with severe separation anxiety and who never had any formal training. Within 6 weeks my pup mastered basic commands, and we were well on our way to overcoming his separation anxiety. I would recommend Emily without hesitation to anyone looking for expert help!

Domestic Pets
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
David W.
Verified review

Mary is a wonderful and conscience dog care walker and sitter. My young boxer mix jumps up and down when he sees Mary come near - and dogs know who the can trust and love. Mary even has her Dad pick up rawhides for my dog Cooper when she see I am low! Please know that when you are away, Mary has your dog WELL cared for.

PuppyLuv Academy
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Jp C.
Verified review

Kelli take care of my two dogs .Kelli works with my dogs on trainer them on the trails They are always happy when they come home form there walk

  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Geno C.
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Wonderful woman, Wonderful dog trainer. Wonderful Price Michelle came to our home and was very knowledgeable about training and tips for our rescue Jango (2yr old terrier mix). We had an excellent and very productive session with Michelle. Since I've had dogs my whole life I only needed one session with Michelle to get Jango on track, but even though Michelle knew that I might not need her again after the initial session (which I should mention she undercharged me for because we didn't use the whole time, very classy move btw) she has checked in multiple times since then to see how Jango's training is going and has continued to give me free training tips and dog advice which is pretty rare in Los Angeles Anyone looking for an excellent dog trainer need look no further than Michelle Jeffries. One would be hard pressed to find a more dedicated, kind, and affordable animal trainer in all of Southern California. Oh! I forgot to mention she only charges $25/hr and won't even charge for the full hour if you don't need it!! (super cheap compared to other trainers, even the ones that the rescue recommended)

  • 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!

Silver Lining Pet Services
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Colleen M.
Verified review

Sue has been working with me and my two min pins, Coco and Tootsie on behavior modification issues. I was at the point of contacting the breeder to give one of them back - basically at the end of my rope. I'd worked with other dog. trainers, but Sue explained and showed how to manage and modify behavior that was easy to comprehend and made sense. I am not exaggerating when I say she has literally changed my life and helped me rethink how to interact with my girls. I am very grateful.

  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle C.
Verified review

I used Top Notch for private dog training lessons with great results.

Infinite K9
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
John C.
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Mahogany was wonderful. Our year-and-a-half dog was wonderful, but had an uncontrollable prey-drive problem and lunging at people, other dogs, bikes, and the door. Some of my family were afraid to take him for walksOther trainers had not been very helpful. Fortunately, one suggested Mahogany. She immediately understood the situation and worked with us in a very structured manner to train us to know how to help our dog learn to control himself and make good decisions. I highly recommend Infinite K9 and Mahogany!!

Ruff Translation
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Susan N.
Verified review

We have a black lab who we got when he was 7 weeks old. When we got him, we were told that he had a mellow personality and that he would be calm. This was not true. Our puppy was a handful, high energy, and out of control. We tried classes, and a trainer, and things did not improve. We found Juniper, and she turned the situation around. She is excellent with dogs and puppies. She was able to provide the right training for our dog, which included positive reinforcement, and proper exercise and diet. Juniper also gave us a lot of pointers about how to interact with our dog. One of our challenges was that our dog had no attention span. Juniper taught us how to do mental training exercises with our dog that enabled him to increase his attention span. And he really enjoyed these too. Theo is still a high energy dog, but he is also obedient and fun to be around. Juniper found a dog park nearby, and we take him every week for a vigorous game of fetch, which he loves. We now live in the house in a more harmonious way and we are very grateful. It took a lot of human and dog social skills to transform our complicated situation into something that works. Juniper has what it takes to understand both your dog and you.

Infinite K9
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Eleanor P.
Verified review

If you're looking for help with your dog's obedience, socialization, manners AND you're also looking to understand your dog better- you're not just looking for any dog trainer, you're looking for Mahogany. She's an expert on leash reactivity and dog/dog and dog/people socialization. She is also the best at motivating dogs using play and rewards so that the training is something you can both look forward to. Mahogany is a trainer that other trainers learn from and train their dogs with! She's got an outstanding ability to see perspectives that other people miss. If you've already tried a couple of trainers and feel ready to give up because you really did what they said and it just isn't working out - call Mahogany. She really is amazing. She can diagnose where you're dog's issues are stemming from and help you get on the right track and stay there. She has the ability to motivate and she's also super on point when it comes to helping you understand and achieve what you need to do to help your dog in the situations where they're really struggling. Whenever I feel like I'm lacking judgment with my dog's behavior, if I'm struggling with a situation that I really want my dog to do well in, she's my go to person and her training always helps!

Balance Center
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Anne K.
Verified review

Hector is an amazing dog trainer, He really takes the time to explain the situation. Our dog has already a better behavior after only spending couple hours with him. Thank you Hector!

Good Dog! Dog Training

New To Thumbtack

    About

    I'm a trainer with over 40 years of professional training experience and advanced techniques. I'm a former marine mammal trainer with a positive reinforcement style.

    Cabaltera's Dog Trainer

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      About

      My services include: - Dog house breaking - Basic obedience - Advance training - Guard training This will be 45 min. everyday and five days a week or 20 days training in one month. After one month of training, then one day of turnover of commands from the dog trainer to the owner of the dog. The dog trainer shall teach the dog owner on how to make a proper way of making command with hand signs to their dog. After one month of training, the dog becomes a more disciplined, more behaved working dog or guard dog.

      For The Love of Pet's

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        I have been training dogs for nine years and I love all animals. I have a strong understanding with cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and much more. I hope to help animals and humans alike. I love to care for them and give lots of love when their humans are away. I am a dog trainer, pet sitter, and pet photographer. I give loads of love and understanding. I am training dogs hands on, including behavioral problems and basic training. I am here to help owners find out what their dogs are saying and what they need. All dogs need to be trained a bit different. I am here to help you find that way with your dog.

        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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