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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 228 hires on Thumbtack
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Linda C.
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I had an exceptional situation bringing 2 older dogs from a home with a doggie door to an apartment with no direct access to outdoors where there were numerous encounters with other people & many other pets. My dogs barked constantly at the new environment. With only minimal sessions my “top dog trainer” had the furkids leash trained, pottying outside & tolerant of other people & pets. Beth is a miracle worker in my book!!

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 65 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
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Anna J.
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John is one of the best dog trainers that I've met. I have a three year old recently adopted American Eskimo with issues such as leash pulling, nipping people who doesn't give him attention, and general insecurity issues. I have seen other dog trainers trying to get help, but without result. John took the time to get to know my dog and evaluate him based on what he saw and previous conversations with me. He helped me understand my dog and what I need to do to help him. Apparently, I have a dog that thinks he's an alpha and he taught me how to address this. I need more classes to address my dogs leash pulling and more, and I am glad that John didn't try to address all issues in one session because I don't think that would have been very helpful in the long run. Training a dog is not done in an hour, it takes more time than that. I highly recommend John.

Happy Dog Training, LLC
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
Elma D.
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He's awesome! We just had 2 lessons and my Toby is a changed dog. I had other trainers before and didn't get the results we needed for Toby on how to behave . Looking forward to more lessons.

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Chelse M.
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I have an English mastiff whom I was reading wrong. So I ran into a girl who knew Paula and swore that she is the best with dogs and she also said Paula brought down the euthanize rate at the local shelters. I was skeptical because I have never had a dog trainer come to work with my dogs. My mastiff was a little different from my other dogs so I was in need of someone who knew what they were doing. When Paula came to meet djanga, the dog was doing her normal barking and showed some of her nervousness. Paula just came to just be around her pursay, and it was just so djanga could see that she's not a threat or anyone to be worried about. Paula has the most open personality and it's like these dogs just feel that vibe and soak it up. Djanga doesn't feel comfortable around most adults but she loved Paula from day two haha. I know that Paula can solve all dogs issues if not strive to give her all trying to. She would come in and we would take djanga out come back in let her chew on an antler to release her tension then go back out. It worked, I thought my dog was a goner. Djanga was getting so much better and Paula would bring different things to introduce her too, ( including her daughter). I bought a super nice leash off of her that djanga worked really well with and a few antlers. Djanga got to where she was looking for her weekly tennis ball in Paula's bag and was super happy to see her. That's not the only good thing though she is very adamant about working the dog and getting them to where they need to be to feel comfortable in their environments and just calm no stress. She did that for djanga and I'm so thankful for that. Djanga today is a better dog then she's ever been I still use her tools to this day and it has made the world so much easier to handle for her. Paula is a great person and the dogs love her but she is very patient and calm with them. Her rates are super affordable, and she will come to you where ever you are. If anyone has the chance to work with her or her work with their dog, it'll be the most wonderful experience you will ever have with a dog trainer. The only thing I would change is I would live to see Paula travel and help dogs around the world I know she could make a difference in our shelters today.

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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca P.
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I would highly recommend K.O. Dog Training. The trainers, Philip and Michelle were great to work with. They were prompt to each session and made themselves available in between in case I had questions or concerns. They were very patient with me as a new puppy owner and great with my dog, Teddy. Our sessions are over and they made it clear that they are an available resource to me for the life of my dog. I am very pleased with the progress that Teddy (and I) have made.

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Brad S.
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Look no further for a dog trainer, Mel is the best. She is passionate, patient, and excellent with animals. In the short time that we have used her we have seen results and a more disciplined dog. She cares so much about your animal that she is always available for consultation over the phone. She has boarded and trained our dog when my family went on vacation and sent follow up videos and photos of our puppy on our vacation. We look forward to a long term relationship with Mel and our adorable and well trained puppy.

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Megan W.
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Tommy Stark is by far the best dog trainer I have ever known. He's extremely knowledgeable and always helpful. I have a large male Rottweiler who is an absolute joy to have in every and all situations due to Tommy's training. Anytime I've ever had a question about our dog Tommy is always there to help. I highly recommend Tommy Stark. He is the best of the best! Just ask Gronk.

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica V.
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I bought a dog (german shepherd puppy) from Kris a couple years ago for sport work. He set me up with training and my dog is THE best trained dog I have ever owned. She has a balanced and stable temperament on top of fantastic obedience and protection. I am so incredibly happy with her and Kris is extremely knowledgeable in dog behavior and dog training of all aspects. I recommend Taylor made Working Dogs for any source of dog training or buying.

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Epic Dog Pros
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Elan O.
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Everything about these trainers and this company is simply amazing. They helped me and my dogs communicate as if it were magic. If you need a dog trainer in the oc then look no further bc these guys are the real deal

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathy P.
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Dave is a dedicated, caring and knowledgeable dog trainer. We will use him!

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Erin E.
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Maureen was very responsive to texts/calls/emails. She made sure to address the individual needs of my family/pet. She packed in so much information into just one session and provided us with some unexpected extras. We have already seen an improvement in our puppy's behavior after one session. I love her positive approach to modifying behavior. She was also super patient with us (first time dog parents). We had some very basic questions but she spent extra time with us to make sure we were set before she left. Will definitely use her again and refer friends in need of doggy help.

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  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Mariah T.
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Amazing! David was amazing with my dog. I had a dog who had several issues on top of not having any obedience. We tried other trainers before him and they couldn't help him. We finally found David and he did a wonderful job. He got our dog to stop lunging, barking, tearing up our things, helped us build a bond, and taught him obedience commands. I am very grateful for everything he's done.

San Diego Dog Training
4.3
from 15 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah O.
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Rachel is a excellent dog trainer, she is very patient.

PoshPaws
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Emily C.
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Laura took wonderful care of our dog a couple days while we were vacationing on Coronado. Our dog had a full day of fun play and came home happily tired.

K9 Positive Training
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly M.
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I hired Mike to help train me and my dog to be able to pass the required tests to become a Therapy team. I loved working with him...Mike makes the training not seem like work but instead fun. Emma (my dog) and I are truly thankful for the wonderful work he did with us. We are enjoying our therapy work as a team :)

Everyday Canine
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
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Excellent experience. Had no idea training a dog could be like this. It's like we're starting over with our dog and this time we know what we're doing!

North County Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Anna K.
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Shelley is an incredible person and Dog trainer. Her passion for animals far exceeds her Job description. Her methods are right on and they WORK. I highly recommend Shelley, she is worth every penny.

Tricks for Treats
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
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I’ve avoided hiring a local dog trainer or taking my dog to obedience school because of time and expense. When I learned I could get a 30 minute consultation for just $25, I figured I had nothing to lose. The phone call went far beyond my expectations—Heidi was so helpful. She quickly assessed my dog’s primary behavior patterns based on his breed (hound/terrier/shepherd mix) and suggested types of agility training he would respond to. Then she laid out 3 simple obedience lessons we could work on as a basis for further training. Her advice was simple, clear, and based solely on positive reinforcement. She recommended books to read and types of treats and treat bags to use—I have a full page of notes and am excited to get started. The consultation is SUCH a great value, and Heidi’s friendly, non-judgmental professionalism was exactly what I needed to feel confident that my dog and I will make progress.

Crazydogs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Pat R.
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I'm working with Nicole Hartmann a wonderful trainer she's doing wonders with my dog boomer. Looking forward to working with her in the weeks ahead..m

Crowncierge
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sharrie W.
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Sam has always done a great job pet sitting my two dogs, as well as providing daily walks and playtime for them. He's a true animal lover and now he is the only one I trust him with "my babies" for their daily care and overnight care when needed.

The Cognitive Dogs
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Patty G.
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Kim is an OUTSTANDING trainer....extremely patient and helpful. Don't hesitate to engage her to help with whatever dog-related training issue you might have. She has been our Agility trainer for months, and our dog has progressed well beyond my expectations.

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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