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Cozy K9 Care & Kamp
from 157 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 283 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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My dog Tristan, a standard poodle, is getting elderly and has arthritis with very bad weakness in his back legs so it has gotten to the point that taking him to a groomer is too hard on him and more dangerous of him getting hurt. I am so thankful I found Desiree who does in-home groom visits where Tristan can be comfortable, not have to stand so long and can now even lay down in the comfort of my home and get groomed. Desiree was on time, she took time to let Tristan warm up to her, she was so gentle and has the experience to gently handle my elderly dog, she cleaned up after, she was so friendly and easy to talk to and Tristan looked wonderful afterwards! She even helped put a name to a possible health problem just from hearing Tristan cough so will ask my vet about it. I am so happy to have found Desiree and she has gained a permanent customer.

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Wagtime Dog Training
from 46 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sandra K.
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Don is very professional and conscientious. His dog training methods are proving to be very effective for our 4 month old puppy. I recommend him highly.

ForrestGlenn Kennels
from 40 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Shirley K.
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Overall Kevin has a lot of knowledge in dog training and worked very well with us and our dog. The only downside would be his punctuality.

  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Travis G.
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I was very nervous about signing up for dog training, especially the board and training program because I was worried that Ford would forget me and return even worst than before. I talked to four different trainers and ultimately, my choice came down to what kind of results I wanted - Tierney guaranteed that Ford would obtain a certain level of standardized obedience and this made me feel secure in my choice to train with her. Tierney was quick to console my fears and she spent a lot of time going over all the different options of her program, it didn't take me long to feel at peace with the choice to give Ford the best possible training I could. She will be working on his off leash obedience and house manners, plus she is addressing all of his aggression issues. I feel comforted knowing that she is a national-level competitor and continues to further her education in the field, I am also very excited to hear that all of her training is documented so that I can stay up to date on the progress daily! I strongly recommend Tierney and her services. I cannot wait to unleash my beast!

Faith's Dog Training
from 18 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Aiko S.
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We have a pit bull mix we adopted from a shelter, and worked with Faith for several months. We loved working with her. She was so warm, yet firm with our dog, and her training was very effective! Her directions were always very clear. We especially appreciated her style of training, which is "positive reinforcement." We highly recommend her!

  • 20 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Gabriel P.
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Great experience. Very excited about getting my dog trained.

Walkie Doggies
from 8 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Megan M.
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Renata exudes goodness and was thorough in her inquiries about my dog's needs. I definitely hope to hire her again as needed for dog walks.

The Paw Spa
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Carol W.
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We boarded our lab with The Paw Spa for a couple of days while we were in the Napa area. Chewie loved his stay (you can always tell when you pick up your dog!) and Nicol was good about texting us pictures throughout the weekend. Their place is in a great location, right next to a trail that is perfect for dogs. Would highly recommend!

Leash Loverz Dog Training
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Kristi D.
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We met with Kevin for an initial consultation for our 2 boxers. In the short time he spent with us, our dogs learned so very much. Kevin showed an instant connection with our boys and we are excited to start working with him. He was able to answer all our questions and provide honest answers.

El Dorado Dog Training
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica J.
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Darcie is great at what she does and has a wealth of knowledge for dog training. She responds very quickly and is available via phone/text/email to answer any questions once you become her client. Darcie came to our house and assessed our delicate situation with my dog I’ve had for 9 years that has nervous and aggressive tendencies. We just welcomed our newborn baby recently and were needing some serious help with my husband and i getting on the same page for how to better train our dog as, before the baby, she kind of had free reign of the house and training techniques were not established so we needed some help in how to get our dog to follow our directions and live in a safer environment with the new baby now in the picture. Darcie helped us lay down some ground rules and also many techniques to use to help distract the dog from getting nervous and “jealous” when the baby is around me. After our first training session, she sent us an email afterwards reviewing everything we went over so we had some detailed notes to look back on, and also made sure to follow up afterwards on if we had any questions or concerns with the new training techniques she went over with my husband and i. We had one other training session afterwards to review how things were going and also went over some new techniques to assist with getting our dog to maintain her barking when the doorbell is rang/knocked on. We now have some great tools to help manage our situation better thanks to Darcie. Another great thing is she is not “pushy” and works on a customer needs basis so she will not try to “sell” you on getting some type of training package deal, rather schedule her to come train as needed. Thanks so much Darcie for your help and we look forward to touching base with you as time goes on!

Netty's Pet Care
from 2 reviews
    Kimani S.
    Verified review

    Annette took care of my boxer Kara for a few days and she was great .she took her hiking and my dog loves her.

    Coyne's Canines
    from 2 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Tara S.
    Verified review

    I am an owner of an extremely protective 160 pound St. Bernard. She has extreme issues with social interactions with people if they are not family. I was so fortunate to find Coune's Canines. Stacy was extremely brave on that first visit. My dog lunges at her many times and barked non stop. She came back! And we tried her entering the house with my dog in her cage. This went on for many weeks but finally a breakthrough my dog allowed her to pet her through the cage. Now Stacy is easily her good friend! She can walk her around the property play inside with her and when I tell my dog she is coming to visit she is very excited. I never thought I would find anyone that would work with my temperamental girl. But I would highly recommend Coyne's Canines. They care about your pet and treat them like their own.

    Capital K9
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    Capital K9 has more than 20 years of training experience using a proven system of training. We offer a wide range of training that we customize for every client.


    We walk dogs, and we can take care of them as well. We are located in Napa Valley and are very excited about dogs and have been around dogs our whole lives.


    I am very outgoing and adventurous person. I love taking my siblings and pets to the park and playing with them. I love kids, and animals. I usually take the dogs that I walk to parks after we go on our walk and let them run around a play for a little bit before I take them home.


    I do most jobs, including pets from large to small. Whether it is a mid-day or alternating day walks to full vacations, I have the experience, including a veterinary medicine degree and do injections and recovery. I work with keeping your training in place and can add to what you are already doing. I work well with seniors and behavioral needs. I am an animal lover, and your pets' needs come first before anything else. Please check my website to read about my skills, education and praises from clients.


    I'm walking your dog. I love to play, walk and train dogs. I have pretty much a free schedule to fit around your busy one.


    Attending one of our training sessions will change you and your dogs life for ever in a positive way.

    • 4 years in business


    I have years of experience with animals, and take great pride in what i do. Im professional, friendly, and genuinly concerned with ensuring your pets are cared for while your away, and providing information and tools to help improve the relationship between you and your pets!

    • 4 years in business


    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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    Need Dog Training

    Turlock, CA

    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy - 0-6 months
    • Dog size(s)
      Large (46-70 lbs)
    • Dog training type
    • Details
      HATES showers!!! would like to be able to shower him just like any other dog. Will not get anywhere near water. His scared of other dogs and people. He was never socialized as a puppy. He had always been on a kennel til i got him 2 months ago.
    • $200
      Average price
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