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  • 12 years in business
  • 202 hires on Thumbtack
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D. F.
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I hired Karen to help us with my newly rescued cockapoo that had a serious issue with aggressive behavior and biting. The first session with Karen was in my home for three hours. In that time Karen explained her background, philosophy, and approach to dog training, where I am the pack leader, not my dog.. The information she gave us was invaluable, and we worked with Jax, using everything Karen advised us to do. When we had our next session, Karen first sat with us to hear how things were going, and I was so excited to tell her of Jax's progress! I would definitely recommend Karen of Bow Wow Method to help you train your dog. She is friendly, professional, experienced, and reasonably priced. 👍🏼😊

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
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Tara K.
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Duane helped teach us how to work with our Shepard mix. Our beautiful pet was crazy hyper and didn't want to listen. With Duane's guidance, she now listens and is the best dog. I highly recommend Duane for dog training.

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Weatherwax Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jo A.
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Bob has been working with me and my rescue Tucker on & off for a few months now. Tucker is a 4 year old terrier mix. Bob is an amazing trainer and I love his Zen-like style. He is patient, kind & caring and is teaching me, along with Tucker. I would HIGHLY recommend Bob for your dog training needs! ???

Santa Monica Paws
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica T.
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Theresa and Brad are absolutely the best! In just a few sessions My dog Missy (a 9 year old pit very set in her ways) was a a completely different well trained dog! Because the training went so well, I enrolled her in Santa Monica Paws Doggy Daycare and it's amazing!! Thank you Santa Monica Paws for being amazing, trustworthy and just all around THE BEST!!

The Trained Canine
4.5
from 27 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly D.
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Kim is an exceptional dog trainer. We had rescued an adult doberman and needed some guidance both at home and in public. Kim came to our home and completed a very in-depth assessment of not only our dogs behaviors (or lack there of), but my husband's and mine. She then began a very systematic and personal approach to training our dog. Kim went above and beyond and came to our home to work with our dog and some of our friends and housekeeper that our dog was not doing well with. She also provided us with the tools to work with our dog and bring out the best in her. We could not be happier with the results that we have seen after the training that Kim has provided. I would highly recommend Kim for your dog training needs.

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PENNY's POOCHES
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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MICHELLE D.
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Shes amazing!! She came in and took total control of my dog. He listened and did what he was told. Shes affordable,knowledgeable, really loves dogs, and just an overall very nice person. I believe shes going to have my dog trained in no time.

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EveryDog
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carolyn G.
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Dave was such a great help to us in training our dog (or us, really)! He really took the time to explain the process and work with Sadie to overcome her fearful reaction to other dogs. She's made great progress & we look forward to more training sessions in the future. Highly recommended! Oh, and Sadie absolutely LOVES HIM.

Furree Friends Pet Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ursula W.
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I have been using her services since my puppy was 6 months, and he is now 3 1/2 years old. She has been watching my dog for the past three years, and my dog is quite picky on what he likes and doesn't like! What I like the most about her services is that she is VERY flexible, many times I have last minute jobs, and she is ALWAYS readily available to take him in. I also enjoy that she sometimes has other small dogs for him to play with, but not where it is overwhelming like a doggie daycare (my dog likes to be just with one person or dogs similar to his sweet temperament). He always wags his tail when I drop him off, and is always happy to see her daughter (my dog loves kids). When I pick him up, he is always tired and passes right out once I leave to go back home, meaning he had fun and was busy while staying over. She also caters do his diet and bathroom regime. She makes sure that when you leave your dog with her, that your dog is treated the same way as you would treat him/her. I would highly recommend her services especially if your dog is picky and you want that more personal touch in a doggie day care service.

Good Girl Gracie
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Grey B.
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Cheryl is by far the best pet sitter we have ever had. She is thoroughly responsible, trustworthy, caring, loving, and attentive. She kept in constant contact with us (which was important to us) and took excellent care of out 4 legged family. Cheryl took our dog on at least 2 walks a day - thanks for setting that expectation high - and made sure that all of the cats (including our special needs kitty) got plenty of love on a daily basis. Cheryl is very highly recommended by us and our critters!

Valet Barrking
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa C.
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Incredible service! Brad always make customers and their dog's feel important. He's very helpful and knows what he's doing. I feel confident knowing I can leave my dog with him and that my dog's needs will get met and she will come back to me happy.

  • 16 years in business
LJ L.
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Face it, your pet is your child. And, knowing that your baby is being taken care of and cherished is peace of mind. Pam has been a part of my dogs life just short of 10 years. Your baby is her baby when you're at work or on holiday. You'll see your baby run into Pam's embrace. And, you'll return home to a happy, content, nourished (nutritionally and spiritually) and exercised pet. Pam's knowledge of animal care is Veterinarian Degree worthy. Yes, you can stop researching now. Call Pam.

  • 5 years in business
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  • 13 years in business
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We teach dogs how to live peacefully with their owners and integrate into their lives. Want to take your dog to a cafe and have them behave? We teach that by working on your dog's state of mind while also teaching commands. It won't matter if your dog knows how to sit, if (s)he doesn't know how to relax and hold that position while you eat out, answer the door, go into a store, or take them on a walk. Most trainers only teach commands - sit, down, stay, etc. We teach you how to communicate what you want to your dog, teach your dog what you are asking, and help your dog be in the right state of mind to meet your request. Our dog walking services reinforce all the the training that we do - our dogs don't pull on leash, bark at other dogs or destroy property. They get exercise, mental stimulation and have a lot of fun.

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We offer a fun and positive puppy kindergarten classes in the country. Who: You and your puppy - over 12 weeks of age What: Puppy Kindergarten and Socialization Class When: Saturdays at 4:00 P.M. or 5:30 P.M. Where: Somis, CA - Central Ventura County Why: To build a solid relationship between you and your puppy. We teach socialization and beginning obedience using positive, fun, effective methods. Trainers have over 20 years of successful experience.

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I love small dogs, and I have one myself. I can also do errands and house sit, and I want to start a new career.

  • 4 years in business
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I have had the unique opportunity to work with dogs both one-on-one and in a pack/group setting professionally at two different doggie day care & boarding facilities. This has given me the opportunity to work hands on with dogs of various different breeds, sizes, and temperaments. This has also provided me the insight to really see what the client expects when leaving his or her beloved pet in the care of another individual.

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We specialize in helping people create better relationships with their dogs through play and obedience. We want dogs to live up to the title of "Man's Best Friend," so we focus on education and skills. This approach leads to well mannered dogs that can be fully incorporated into their family's lives. We want our clients to be advocates, not just for their own dogs, but for all dogs... we're trying to create a legion of canine good citizens and responsible dog owners all over Los Angeles.

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I'm Karen. My services include pet care and part-time dog walking. I'm a student, and I'm looking for pets to take care of. I'm an animal lover. I have my own transportation, and my free times are early in the morning or in the evening.

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I walk, take care of and watch dogs and other pets. I travel to the customer, and I make being on time a priority. I work around the customer's schedule, and I am flexible.

  • 5 years in business
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I am a dog walker at your service. Contact for availability. I love to be around animals and have four of my own, two dogs and two cats. If you are going out of town or just need someone to watch and/or walk your animals, you've come to the right person.

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The Santa Barbara Flyers is the oldest dog training club in Santa Barbara, having worked and played in the area since 1985. We teach beginning obedience, advanced obedience for AKC competition and agility. We offer approved trials/competitions for the United States Dog Agility Association. We have terrific and experienced teachers whose only objective is to teach you how to have as much fun with your dogs as we have with ours. Our agility classes are held in Santa Barbara on Saturday mornings. The location and days of our obedience classes vary with the season but are always in Santa Barbara.

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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Mission Hills, CA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size(s)
    Small (1-15 lbs)
  • Details
    I have 2 maltipoo brother and sister and have a hard time potty training them . Since they were young I would bring them outside to go to the bathroom and they wouldn't , they prefer to go inside on the carpet
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