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Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.8
from 75 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
April S.
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Pete gave us a great starting point to start training our dog with behavioral problems. We started working on impulse control, feeding rituals, and commanding her attention in a stressful environment for our dog.

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Devoted Dog Training
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Courtney is fantastic. I appreciated how she inquired after both me and my dog during our training sessions. It helped further cement the relationship between dog, owner, and trainer.

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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
Jolene M.
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Tammy is a joy to work with. She not only teaches your dog, but she takes the time to teach you as well. I highly recommend her if you have a dog that needs to learn some manners.

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Executive Canine Services
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mike R.
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I recently adopted two mature, medium-sized dogs from Southern California. After hearing lots of horror stories from the previous owner regarding how they behaved, I was nervous about them being a good fit. After a chance meeting with Les in a parking lot, I called to see if he would help me with assessing their behavior and work on socializing them with other dogs. I couldn't be happier with the results. His guidance lead ME to higher levels of confidence which has lead to our being relaxed and confident with having them out in public settings as well as with the neighborhood dogs and children.

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Nu Pawspective
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Allie F.
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Our labradoodle has been going to Nu Pawspective since he was a puppy (now 2.5) and he loves it! He gets so excited when Susan picks him up knowing he will get to play with his friends. He often sits looking at the door about the time he gets picked up in anticipation of the fun he will have. My husband and I both work fulltime so Nu Pawspective provides us with tremendous flexibility. We know our dog is getting exercise and socializing with other dogs every single day. He returns home tired and happy. When our labradoodle was just a puppy Susan also did a tremendous job helping to train him. We went to classes with him, but Susan worked on many tricks (sit, stay, take it, leave it, etc.) with him, which helped reinforce what he was learning in class and at home. I highly recommend Nu Pawspective for any age dog.

Who's Training Who?
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Aliza A.
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Debbie DeMello has helped me a lot in dealing with behavioral issues I was having with my dog. She is caring, direct, and knows what makes dogs tick! She helped me with practical suggestions, training tips, and follow-up. She also teaches small classes which I am continuing to attend with my dog. Great trainer!

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Pawgress Dog Training
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Danielle H.
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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!

Notched to an OTCH
4.6
from 23 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Janet C.
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George has been a great teacher! His classes are fun, organized and informative. He has a keen eye for any issues that pop up and handles it in a fun way. He has a natural talent for dog training both for pets and competition

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Puppy Love Puppy Camp
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Maya B.
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We have been utilizing Puppy Love Camp for our 6 month old labradoodle Bacon for the past 2 months and have been very happy. Emily is extremely diligent in working with Bacon on commands (sit, down, roll over, waiting before actions, returning to her while at the park, etc.) and thus we have seen great improvement. As they say a tired puppy is the best puppy and Bacon comes home exhausted each day from camp which really helps us out as we come home exhausted from work. We love receiving pictures and snapchats throughout the day to see Bacon playing with the dog pack at the park and socializing with dogs of all sizes and breeds. Emily is very flexible in pick up and drop off times which is a big help especially when having to head into work early or leave late. I would recommend Puppy Love Camp for any doggy parent who is looking to ensure their dog is getting the exercise and training they need.

Majyk Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Meghan K.
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Maj is a fantastic trainer. She is kind and patient with me, which makes me much more comfortable doing the things I need to do with my dog. She is wonderful with my dog and models the behavior I need to have with him so I learn even when she’s not teaching that specific skill. My dog is much better behaved and, while he’s always been a happy dog, he’s even happier now. He is definitely calmer. Thank you Maj!

Wagging Tails Training
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Sabrina K.
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This was the most relaxed non stressful training. Shauna was amazing extremely patient and my dog took to her immediately. I highly recommend any of the Wagging Tails Training Classes for your baby. Your fur baby will look forward to it and so will you.

Phoebe Bault
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Beth M.
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Phoebe is an animal behavior miracle worker and the best in the industry as far as I m concerned! I cannot say enough good things about working with her! In fact, I don t think words could do justice to how highly I regard her and how positively impact she has been to my life and my family (dog-children included, of course!)! I have two German Shepherd Dogs who are the loves of my life, but they can certainly be a handful without proper training, reinforcement and care. When I first met Phoebe, I only had my female GSD, Ranger, who was about 1yr old at the time and she owned me , so to speak (completely my fault). Thankfully, Phoebe was able to correct some of Ranger s bad behavior s (again, my fault), train me on being a good leader, and get her basic obedience in check, all while maintaining Ranger s personality and attitude . Soon after Phoebe began working with Ranger, my family decided to get a second GSD, Stryker. This time, we worked with Phoebe throughout the entire process of obtaining a new dog, i.e., selecting the right breeder; puppy testing to choose a puppy with the best temperament for my family; selecting a great veterinarian; proper nutrition and supplements; preventing injuries; choosing safe toys; socializing the new puppy; and, introducing the new puppy to the family and to my other dog, Ranger. Once Stryker was old enough, Phoebe trained him extensively and he is now just about the perfect dog, a gentle giant! I now get compliments almost daily on the behavior of my dogs during walks, but to be completely honest, if my dogs were not as well-trained, I probably wouldn't be able to walk them at all. Finally, to top it all off, Phoebe is just a great human being with a work ethic like no other. She has stayed in my home several times with my dogs for extended periods of time and not only have I always returned to clean, better-behaved dogs, but also to an immaculate house! I could go on forever. If anyone is on the fence about hiring her, feel free to call or email me. Choosing Phoebe to work with your beloved dogs will be one of the wisest decisions you make for both your dogs and your family!

  • 19 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Bob B.
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Tricia knows her dogs. I took my dog through 3 courses with her and I saw her working with all types of dogs; aggressive, timid, hyper, etc. She tailored her classes to the dogs that were in attendance, and was able to work with dogs at different levels of training simultaneously. She kept it fun, but also kept things moving. I will definitely take my next dog through her classes, and my just bring my current dog back. I've been slacking on my maintenance training.

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

Dog Training with Teri
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Peggy P.
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I have two Labradors with very different personalities. I joined a group class that Teri was leading with the hopes of getting help with specific issues with my lively dogs. What I got was a great deal more. Yes my questions were answered but what I really came away with was an approach to dog training, a way of thinking about interacting with dogs in a positive way to get the most out of them and my relationship to them. Teri really know what she is doing and can help you work out a way to resolve any issues you are having with your dog.

In Home Pet Sitter
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Harriett H.
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It is an honor to recommend Robyn Potts as your pet companion / house sitter. It is because of her that we are finally able to take worry-free vacations after adopting a mother-daughter dog duo three years ago. I can’t say enough good things about Robyn. As a dog sitter, she was willing to treat our (spoiled) dogs the way we do: many kisses and cuddles and letting them sleep with her. As a matter of fact, after keeping them the first time, she returned to our house for a social visit, and I got a little jealous! My usually reluctant canines were ecstatic to see her, running circles around her, wanting to be held, sitting by her on the sofa (rather than me – unheard of!) and wanting to follow her out. I knew then Robyn was a ‘find’! As a house sitter, I am always completely comfortable with Robyn. She’s neat and tidy, confident about taking care of any problems that might arise [we live on a floating home], and totally trustworthy! I almost hesitate to recommend her because it creates competition for her time :-), but as a pet family, I know that it’s difficult to find sitters who are honest, capable, and warm – so I feel I must share.

Fyntoon Solutions
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Taylor O.
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Sheila is awesome! She has worked and connected well with my rescue puppy Marley. We worked on obedience with Marley and Sheila was very knowledgeable and gave us many tools to work with our pup. She truly loves and cares for animals and that's very important to have in a dog trainer. She has also promoted my dog bandana business and I thought that was so nice of her. She truly is a honest and amazing dog trainer and I recommend to anyone! Thanks Sheila!!

Gentle Touch Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Dan H.
Verified review

I have a French Bulldog, I have learned how to train my dog with out forcing him and he did not respond to being forced . Thank you Connie for teaching me a better way, My dog likes to learn now and we have a good time. I have been able to teach him many tricks and also obedience skills . This class has made it possible for me to start Therapy dog testing . Gizmo and I are Grateful

The Dog Connections
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dena R.
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Zoom-Room Campbell is the best! Always clean and packed with fun treats & equipment. Kim Rappaport is an excellent trainer. She is patient with me and my young Vizsla. I have learned so much and my dog loves our time training together. She uses positive reinforcement and my dog is always excited to work with her. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for dog training. I'm looking forward to starting agility training as soon as we get through our basic classes.

ABC Dogs
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Emmanuelle P.
Verified review

John is fantastic. Our dog is a 62 lb 1 year old male, very energetic and rambunctious. When we got him, he needed not only exercise, but also training and socialization. John provides it all! He takes our dog for 90 - 120 min hikes in Funston 3/wk. John makes sure our dog is well matched with the others in the group, so they all get along and get enough exercise and positive play. Our dog is always calm and content after his walks. John also sends up pictures so we can see how much fun (and sprinting) our dog is having. Plus we've noticed a marked improvement in our dog's recall, leash training, and how well he plays with other dog since being with John. I highly recommend John and ABC Dogs!

Barkeley K-9 University
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Jeanelle R.
Verified review

I highly recommend Barkeley K-9 University. Pat keeps an open mind and always has an idea/solution for any issues. He has knowledge of numerous methods (not all dogs are the same!) and makes training pleasurable for both owner & dog. Always punctual & professional, he works well with people and teaches you how to work efficiently with your pets. Over the years, we have trained 3 dogs with Pat and are always pleased with the outcome. Group classes have been great as well. We receive many compliments on how well behaved our dogs are. Best of all, dogs love him!

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