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Dog Training with Eric
4.9
from 179 reviews
  • 359 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline R.
Verified review

I found Eric on Thumbtack and was delighted to see he was voted best trainer, and now after working with him, I can see why! Eric comes to your house and observes you and your dog in your environment. He trains you, the person, as much as he trains your dog. You don't get that kind of one on one attention in a class with 10+ dogs. This type of training is soo much better. He tells you what he is going to do, then he works with your dog and shows you HOW to do what you will be doing with your dog when he is not there. So you see exactly how it should happen, how your dog should behave and the result you should look for. It was the best decision I made to go with him and one on one training. (I have a very friendly puppy and he loved Eric and responded quickly in the learning process) Eric also gives you written print outs, so if you forget some things you can always reference his instructions, and have in your back pocket. He also does things that were more than what I expected, bringing toys to see what my puppy liked, so I could go buy some things to keep him occupied while I'm at work and he gave us a few of them as well. My puppy, Frisco, has a very calm disposition on his own and now that he and I have the right tools to keep him happy and safe while we are out and about, this training will help add to that natural calm behavior. If you are thinking of a class vs. one on one training and looking for a great trainer/dog behavior expert, Eric is your guy. He is really amazing and is someone who, thankfully for us, found his gift of working with animals and wants to share it. Frisco will move on to hopefully become a Therapy dog and I will once again, call Eric to help us with that training. He is not just our trainer, but he is a friend now to Frisco and I so we will look forward to more learning from him. I highly recommend him and hope you get as much out of your training as I have, it has been a great experience!

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Ancillary K9
5.0
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ransley E.
Verified review

Very happy with the work Dion has done with our new pup. He is responding very well to the methods employed. Dion seem very good at identifying dog personality traits and how best to go about getting results. He is very direct and to the point which we see very much as a positive in this sort of job. Would highly recommend his services. The training is more expensive than other options out there, but after multiple conversations with other trainers, he seemed like the best fit for our needs. Other trainers interviewed told us many of the behaviors our dog was exhibiting may not be trainable. Dion was up to the task and has done an excellent job.

Better Manners Dog Training
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Susan P.
Verified review

Pete was a life saver. He taught us the techniques we needed to change our dog's behavior. We went from chaos to calm and began to enjoy our new puppy. Pete always listened to our concerns and provide guidance. Having the training in our house allowed us to work with our dog in her environment.

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Christopher's Canines
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
Verified review

Chris helped us work with our 3 year old Australian Shepherd who we felt had become aggressive and unmanageable after being attacked by another dog. Our dog had previously been through 3 other training programs with other trainers that did not seem to be as effective as we needed them to be. Chris is a thoughtful and dedicated trainer. He does not sugar coat things and make unrealistic promises. While working with our misbehaving pooch, he explained that without our dedication to correct bad behavior, the dog would not succeed. Training a dog is not something you do for awhile, it's a forever process, and Chris helped us understand that and be successful. He used smart techniques and explained what our behavior was relaying to our dog. He helped us take control of tough situations and also helped us understand why some situations would continue to be challenging, but would get better. Ultimately, Chris cares deeply for the dogs he works with, and it comes though in all of his interactions. We loved the time we were able to spend working with Chris and would recommend him to anyone interested in a quality 1:1 experience.

  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel M.
Verified review

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 Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Leanne W.
Verified review

Alex has been helping me improve my happiness as well as my dogs. I have seen greatly improved behavior from my dog and we are still working at getting where we want to be. I feel more confident every week!

  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Skyler S.
Verified review

I wish I could give 10 stars! Joey provided a board-and-train for my dog Mia. I am very excited to have her home, as she has transformed into an obedient and confident dog! Joey did an amazing job with her, and actually built a bond with her. I can tell after having her home that Joey was very attentive and gentle with her, which makes me very happy. I will most definitely be using Denver protection dogs & behavior training for more advanced training in the future, and certainly will reccomend to anyone with a dog! The only thing I would suggest to better the board and train service, would be to send humans pictures of their fur babies while they are away 😊

Chill Out Dog Training
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brynn A.
Verified review

I HAD an over exuberant, overly excited, high energy, and slightly anxious pit bull mix "Monkey", who as Scott put it was "up to a lot of Monkey business". She had few rules because I never had any success enforcing them, and rarely interacted with the outside world because she was just too much to handle. Scott has given me the knowledge and confidence to set and enforce rules and boundaries with Monkey, and it's changed our lives. Now I HAVE a calmer, more confident, happier dog who is a pleasure to take out into the world and finally interact with others! Scott is a natural at interacting with and leading dogs (and owners). He took the time to build trust with Monkey, and was very intuitive towards her unique challenges and then designed a ladder program to build her confidence and skills. If you're having behavioral problems with your dog, Scott is your answer!

Elite K-9 Training
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Katie Carlson Mooney
Verified review

Adam is always very kind and professional and our dog loves him! We have seen great improvement in our dog's behavior since we began working with Adam, and we're excited to see what he continues to learn. We appreciate how easy it is to schedule with Adam and how he continues to share new information with us as he is always enhancing his own skill set. After working with many different trainers for different pets over the years, I can definitely say, Adam is the best!

Aurora's Animal Service
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon F.
Verified review

Aurora is diligent and very sweet, and our dogs seemed relaxed around her from the get go. She is also formally educated in, and trained on, animal behavior. Her prices are extremely reasonable as well!

M.O.C K-9 Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Leeanne H.
Verified review

Adam has been great to work with - I have seen such positive improvements in my dog’s behavior. It’s always easy to schedule a session and I learn so much about how to maintain good behavior with my dog along the way!

Canine Obedience Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia D.
Verified review

Our Thumtack contact was a very knowledgeable and confident trainer names Andi Nault. She was not dissuaded by my very active Rhodesian Ridgeback who loves people and any dog withing eye view. She worked patiently with us, gave us some new tools to use with Penny and lots of encouragement. She offered doggy daycare which I thought might be useful and it was. Penny learned to read the cues of the other dogs that didn't want to roughhouse. Andi was very good with Penny, consistent, confident, reassuring and had other options to offer us if we wanted them but no pressure. She recommended Boarding facilities we had no knowledge of, other trainers, behavioral specialists, hour long dogie play time, etc. I highly recommend Andi Nault for whatever dog behavior you want to address.

303 Walks, LLC.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Karen M.
Verified review

Vandy has been one of the best things that has happened to my dogs. My fearful dogs have a hard time bonding to anyone (which makes them a challenge to train), but they LOVE vandy. She makes training them a regular part of my day. And her potty breaks make my work day go by much easier, because I'm not having to rush home at lunch. She's onemail of the few people I'll trust with my dogs!

FreeLANCE Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Christy M.
Verified review

Lance has an extensive knowledge on dog behavior and it shows in every aspect of his training. He was able to help us train our puppy to do basic things such as sit and stay, leave it, and even ring a doorbell to go outside to potty. Lance is able to adapt his training based on the response of the dog and our needs/requests. I HIGHLY recommend Lance. You won't be disappointed!

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah H.
Verified review

Helena was an amazing dog trainer both for our rescue dog Woodrow, and for us. Her training was multi-faceted in that she trained us as much as she trained our dog. Woodrow is a rescue, and we called Helena after he developed a rather nasty biting habit. We were desperate to get help immediately, and unlike other companies in the area, Helena called us back immediately, and like us, took the issue of our aggressive dog very seriously. When other companies believed that it was "just a phase" or that a muzzle or a shock collar would be the best course of action, Helena respectfully disagreed. She proved that aggressive dogs can and will respond well to positive reinforcement and behavior modification through intense but rewarding training techniques. When we "interviewed" Helena, she met us at our house for a 90-minute consultation. She provided us with printed handouts on aggression as well as some initial training techniques to begin. We decided to go with her, which was a life-changing decision for our dog; Woodrow has improved drastically since Helena has worked with him. When we first had Woodrow, he could not be within 20 feet of a stranger without barking or growling, and now, his "bubble" has been greatly reduced. During our 8-weeks with Helena, we worked on a doorbell training routine, practiced how to be around other dogs on walks, learned what to do if a stranger approaches us on a walk, how to manage off-leash dogs, and even how to navigate when someone hugs me (he is protective, too!). She came to our house/nearby park always, which was so important as my husband and I both work full time. She was flexible with our schedules and made herself available based on our availability. Finally, her rates are very manageable and fair. It's easy to see that Helena is not concerned with gouging our paychecks for her noteworthy service--she simply wants to see dogs improve. It's refreshing! With Helena you get a true professional who will put your dog at the forefront of her practice. Without Helena, we were ready to give up on our sweet boy, but now, we have renewed hope that he can he rehabilitated for good. Thanks Helena and Training House Calls for being exactly what we needed to save our dog. Best decision ever :)

Lex Madden
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Julia S.
Verified review

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!

Alison Palmer
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Nick S.
Verified review

Alison took care of my dog Harvey. He misses he so very much. I highly recommend Alison as a pet care specialist.

In Good Paws Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole G.
Verified review

So my dog has been experiencing some slight dog aggression on our walks. I called Patrice and she was very good about getting back to me and getting something set up. She is very knowledgeable about dog behavior and assessing what the actual problem was. I have only had 2 sessions, but I am feeling very confident that with her training we are going to have much happier walks! I highly recommend her services!

Boarding and Beyond
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alana B.
Verified review

Victoria with Furever Behavior Dog Training is a wonderful trainer. Our dog was a rescue who had lived on the streets and he had many issues. Our dog guarded his food and toys, did not know basic obedience or manners, was not housebroken, did not know to come when called, did not know how to walk on a leash without pulling my arm off, did not know about or like his crate and more. After working with Victoria, we learned how to give our dog the cues he needed to get the behaviors we all wanted. He quickly learned to love his crate as his safe and special place, housebreaking was rapid and our dog learned to trust us. Victoria gave us the tools and skills we needed to be good dog owners and our dog responded positively and swiftly to Victoria's techniques. And, speaking of positive, Victoria only uses positive training methods -- no punishment. And our dog loved, loved, loved Victoria. Well done!

B.A.D. Dogs Welcome LLC

New To Thumbtack

    About

    Our services include: * behavior modification * in-home training * dog walks * pet sitting * transport of pets * play dates/socialization * work with diabetic animals

    The Canine Counselor

    New To Thumbtack

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    Use a unique instinct-based approach that does not require excessive treats, force, or gimmicks. To learn more please visit my website: thecaninecounselor.com

    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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