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Arvada Dog Socialization Classes

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Dog Training with Eric
4.9
from 179 reviews
  • 359 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanne W.
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Eric is great. I have a 100 lb GSD who used to pull me on our walks and I was afraid to walk her by myself. After one lesson, Eric showed me how to walk my dog and helped me and my husband understand the psychology of dogs. After 2 lessons I was comfortable walking both of my dogs (70 and 100 lbs) by myself which I wasn't sure I would ever be able to do. I had tried reading books and taken some basic classes with my dog and I knew my dog was smart so I had hope, but what is truly amazing about Eric is how quickly I saw results, which were immediate. The other thing I like about Eric is that he addressed the issues we were having in the first lesson. He shows you exactly what you need to do and then has you do it. His prices are fair and he has a flexible schedule. Eric was recommended to me by a friend whom he was also able to help with a completely different issue and different kind of dog, so if you are looking for a great dog trainer, choose Eric and I promise you will see results. In my case, I now enjoy my walks (with my dog at my side, not pulling me or lunging at other animals or bicycles) and I'm confident I can handle my dog in any situation. Thank you Eric!

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Ancillary K9
5.0
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Carolyn C.
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Dion was very knowledgeable about dogs and their behaviors. He taught us how to better handle our "Stranger aggressive" St. Bernard. Because of Dion, we're on our way to having a well behaved dog. We highly recommend him.

Full Pawtential Dog Training
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Brenda O.
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Megan gave me some really good suggestions on how to get my dog more comfortable with children and how I can handle his hyper personality when people come to my house. He's been doing so much better thanks to Megan!

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Christopher's Canines
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Mackenzie M.
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Chris completely changed the bad behavior of my dog. He taught me how to break my own bad habits as a pet owner that I didn't even know I had. I'm so thankful for the time he invested into me and my animal!

  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel M.
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Training my dog is still a work in progress, however my experience with Claire and Backcounty Buddies has been amazing. My dog is terrible. Terrible. Never once did I feel like I'd done something wrong by being the owner of a true monster dog. Everything feels like it's do-able!

Strong Bond Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley B.
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Alex has a philosophy of dog training/leadership that goes so far beyond and so much deeper than anything I had heard in the past from dog training classes. In just a couple of private sessions, I have learned more from him about my dog and myself than I did in 6 weeks of puppy training classes. Alex understands dogs AND people, and this makes him a great trainer.

Mama Bear Pet Care
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen W.
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Jane Skarka has been my neighbor for many years during which she has cared for and rescued numerous animals. Caring for dogs and cats is the central passion of her life. My need for pet care emerged during the past year and I never even considered anyone other than Jane. She is loving, trustworthy and reliable. My standard poodle, Kobey, goes berserk with joy when she comes to get him for trips to the dog park or day care. (I'm a bit jealous.) Jane has managed to transform Kobey from a cat chaser to a cat lover and gives me great advice on pet care and training tips. She is much more to my dog than a petsitter, I consider her to be his "goddess mother" and wholeheartedly endorse her services.

Sit.Stay.Fetch! LLC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Karen L.
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Jessica has been working with my dog since she was an unruly puppy. We have done obedience classes, private training, agility, and regular dog walks and pet sitting. Jessica has a wonderful rapport with animals and a training philosophy that I feel good about. I can't say enough good things about her!

Chill Out Dog Training
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tori L.
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We are so thankful for Chill Out Dog Training! Not only did our puppy, Luna, learn to chill out, but so did we! Luna was exhibiting the typical puppy behaviors for our first several months as owners. Potty training, bite pressure guidance, and boundary setting were daunting tasks. We were embarrassed when Luna would have an accident or greet another human with her mouth around their hand. It became exasperating to come home to a mess all over the floor, especially because we were in the middle of moving. However, Scott calmly walked us through the whole training process. The step-by-step training really helped us tackle one behavior at a time. Now, Luna is completely potty trained, comes on command, sits, stays, and goes to her place. She has learned a few tricks and is still learning how to be a well-behaved puppy. We have also become more informed and relaxed owners. Scott’s advice has truly helped us and we will continue to call Scott with any behavior questions in the future. I highly recommend Chill Out Dog Training!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Jenifer W.
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My 10 month old puppy was attacked while we were out on a walk in March 2017. At the time, I was waiting until he turned 1 year old to start training with an organization so he could one day be my Service Dog. Due to the attack and the mental damage it caused, the organization was no longer a good choice, so a friend recommended Rocky Mountain Canine Academy. I attended a class in May 2017 and it was exactly what I was looking for. Since June 2017 we have been training once a week, almost every week, but due to scheduling and my puppy’s mental state, we started with one-on-one training where the trainer and I would meet at different locations to get my puppy used to being in different “work” environments (for example: stores, skate parks, gyms, etc). The trainer is affordable, personable, flexible, and really knows how to work with dogs with different behavioral issues and their owners. As his owner, I needed retraining after the attack and the trainer has been incredibly patient with me. The trainer bases and tweaks the training towards what you want to work on. For example, after working one-on-one for a few months, I felt that we would benefit from a group class as both my puppy and I was still very skittish around other dogs. I definitely recommend Rocky Mountain Canine Academy to everyone. My puppy is now 2 years old and is doing great! I have received so many compliments of my dog’s progress and I could not have done it without Rocky Mountain Canine Academy! Both my dog and I have come a long way and I intend to continue training with them for the foreseeable future.

  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey B.
Verified review

Christina did a wonderful job of caring for my cats while I was gone for an extended period of time. She communicated clearly and in a timely manner, making sure I knew what to expect. She even took videos of my girls each time she visited so I could see how they were doing for myself. I will be hiring her again!

Canine Obedience Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Janesse C.
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Andi's basic obedience class was great. Our dog loved her and learned a lot. We feel that after the class we now have the knowledge to continue working and perfecting our dog's skills. Definitely recommend Andi's class.

Waggin' Tail Dog Training
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Timothy H.
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Its been a great overall experience with Waggin' Tail Dog Training. He has taught me to be more confident with my dog and that was led her to respect me as her leader. I used to dread our morning walks now I look forward to our morning bonding time. I would recommend him to anybody. Waggin' Tail Dog training has surpassed all expectations I had.

Namastay Training, LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kaylie P.
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Jennifer helped us have a dog that we can take everywhere. We started classes with her when our dog was a puppy and just continue to take classes as we love her style of teaching. Her group classes are wonderful as they allow us to work with distracting environments and be around other dogs. You can tell she LOVES her job and wants what is best for you and your dog. She is always happy to stay late and answer your specific questions too! I would highly recommend her to anyone with any age dog as she has a gift for working with dogs.

Lex Madden
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Julia S.
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Lexi is reliable, prompt to communicate, easy to talk with, and utterly committed to my dog. As well, I have learned from her behavioral strategies that make my sometimes aggressive and anti-social dog much smoother with other dogs...........what a gift!

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy S.
Verified review

I have taken several dog training classes with Helena. She is a terrific trainer, both of dogs and of their humans. She has a good rapport with animals and a gentle, patient approach. I would highly recommend her to work with your beloved pets.

Paw School
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sara M.
Verified review

Our little Lucy has been attending classes at Paw School since she was old enough for puppy obedience. We love the training we (her people) received. Lucy adores her agility class and we also like to rent the gym. The staff know Lucy and help with special training specific to her. We love the Paw School team and will remain loyal fans!!!!

Angels with Tails
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Laura L.
Verified review

Terry is well spoken and can articulate what is wrong and what we need to do to fix the problem. She is also flexible with scheduling and has different options to fit different budgets. I love the idea that she has other well mannered dogs that can help socialize my puppy. I am confident that me and my puppy will learn a lot from her.

Courtney H.
Verified review

I have worked with Danny for several years and have watched him take a stressed, unsocialized dog and turn him into a well behaved friendly member of the family. Danny is knowledgeable about not just training dogs but also training humans on how they can better interact with there dogs. Which makes a big change in the human and dog relationship.

Rolida Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Zach W.
Verified review

Matt did an incredible job training our dog Lucy. I worked every week with her and trained her at her pace instead of trying to rush her. I really appreciated his care and understanding of our dogs feelings. He was very flexible with the classes which was great for our schedules. I would highly recommend these guys to anyone looking to obedience train their dog.

Rocky Paws Pet Care
5.0
from 1 review
    Karen S.
    Verified review

    I used Rocky Paws for over 5 years. They trained and helped to socialize my dog as well as doing daily walks and boarding her. They are responsible, punctual, kind and loving. I couldn't have asked for better care. I would highly recommend them.

    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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