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Westminster K9 Trainers

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Ancillary K9
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Donna M.
Verified review

Our French Bulldog took instantly to the method of training. Dion was very patient with him (and with us)! We are so pleased with the results after just one session.

Better Manners Dog Training
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Kateri H.
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We just started with this relationship with Better Manners Dog Training but are extremely hopeful and impressed so far!

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KK9 Dog Training LLC
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stacey J.
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We love Kay and are so happy to have her working with us on puppy training. She is full of helpful ideas and has been instrumental in teaching each of us (3 teenagers included) how to best train and get the results we are looking for. Each session she brings new information and tools to train with and our puppy just loves her. We are so grateful to have her with us on this journey!

Strong Bond Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
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Alex is an exceptional trainer. I have a rescue dog that is part wolf and, particularly as he got into his teens, testing boundaries became exhaustive. I started working with Alex to train my dog as a service animal, but what I've come to appreciate most is Alex's teachings around Leading with Respect. Not only do we learn to develop a relationship from a solid foundation of mutual respect (pup & I), but also what leading looks like in the canine world. This covers everything from having a happy and satisfying experience with the pup to training the basics like greeting people and other dogs calmly, not pulling on leash, and patiently waiting where asked until released. While it's been a relief to have someone who can work with us to shift out unwanted behaviors and cement desired ones, it's been a total joy to see my dog change his patterns and know it's because I've learned better ways to work with him. My pup is genuinely happier for it and subsequently a generally well-behaved teen (we regularly get compliments). He's shifted from being terrified of dogs and people to wanting more of both and remembering to listen. Alex always shows up -- present and listening to what's going on. Good days or not he meets us where we're at and tunes in to what's needed. In addition to teaching tangible skills, Alex gets that dog training and life intersect. Learning to lead my dog's pack means playing with learning to lead more in my life. Teaching him to trust me works when I trust myself. Etc. If you just want tips and tricks to train you dog. Alex has you covered. If you want your dog to show up and work with you, Alex can work with you to show up more for yourself and in your life. What sets Alex apart is his genuine enthusiasm for working together to shift everyday patterns. Patterns that feed into what's not working with my dog, what I want for him, and the experiences I want for myself.

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  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda S.
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My dog Pixie and I have been working with Michelle for the last few months, and it has been life changing! Pixie's habit of jumping on people, pulling hard on the leash during walks and her reactivity to dogs (and bunnies!) were all making it difficult to have fun and enjoy my dog. Within 5 minutes of meeting my dog, Michelle had Pixie listening and focused on her, and following all the basic commands she gets too excited to follow around new people! It was so impressive! Michelle is always professional, and always willing to spend whatever time the dog and owner need during that session to introduce and practice new things. She is great about answering questions and giving homework that really reinforces the training. We have worked on door manners, greetings, walking easily on leash and her reactivity to dogs and bunnies! It really is like having a new dog! All with positive reinforcement (no awful shock collar!). And the best part, Michelle is teaching me how to be a better friend to my dog, by helping me pay better attention to Pixie's reactions to the world around her. I plan on getting another dog in the future, and I will definitely have Michelle at Peak train my new baby as well! (Picture is of Pixie in a down-wait with treats on feet)

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  • 18 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

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

Andi was great! She really cares about you and your animal and the goals you have. She was easy to reach and flexible hours! She is there for support outside of the training sessions and is always willing to help!

FreeLANCE Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Dirk B.
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My adopted 2 1/2 year old American Bulldog (Lila) was difficult on leash and was showing signs of being dog aggressive/selective. With Lance's guidance/training I now know what to do if she pulls on leash (which is becoming less and less each day). She also knows her basic commands (sit, stay and come). As for dog aggression/selection Lance worked with her for about a hour and she is leaps and bounds better. I now know what to do for dog meet and greets and how to handle the situation if she is showing aggression. Thanks Lance!

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.

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    I train dogs. I make sure they are handled properly and treated nicely. I only want satisfied customers.

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    I can do basic obedience training and tricks leash training as well as no pulling or forging on the leash from it k9.

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    I work alone. I do dog/puppy training, walking and pet sitting. I have a very high passion for animals, and I love working with animals.

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    When results matter, choose our no excuses and among-the-best-in-Denver dog training system! ESPN, The Outdoor Channel, Animal Planet, and K9 units have all caught the buzz! Come, see what another trainer doesn’t want you to know that our speed of transformation and results are established, and we’ll prove it to you too! Schedule a free, no-obligation educational consultation with your dog to see what thousands of families all over our fifty areas already know. Do not get stuck with just tired and traditional outcomes; expect more! Talk is cheap; we’ll show you! See for yourself; we have a new dog training video everyday and a portfolio of over 700 videos of our work online at our website. Ask yourself: do I walk my dog around distractions with ease and confidence? Am I able to keep her controlled when the doorbell rings? Is he making me nuts when he's in the yard, and I am in the house? If he is in the creek, off his leash, will my training stand once he sees wildlife? Is she fun to have at our barbecues? Can my kids or wife take care of her when she is excited? Do we occasionally leave him home because it's easier? Our programs include puppy management, behavior modification, basic and advanced obedience, one-on-one and group training, and aggressive dog training. All are aimed at giving you and your dog the best relationship you can have. The Sit Means Sit dog obedience training system is a proven and time-tested obedience training system which is recognized internationally for its speed of transformation and simplicity. The best part of the program starts with our free demonstration. The demo shows you your dog’s potential with our training system, so you can carry out a qualified decision that's free of any obligation. From our initial introduction to our lifetime support systems covered in all of our programs, you will feel confident in your choice, and your trust will be rewarded. We've been serving the Colorado Front Range for more than nine years! Sit Means Sit has several "Best of" wins, dozens of local and national media appearances, multiple locations, postal and government employee bite prevention training, professional K9 training, daycare and schools visits, as well as hundreds of veterinary referrals. You can be reassured that you as well as your dog will be thrilled with your results! "We are revolutionizing the world of dog training."

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    We are one of two dog training organizations in the Denver Metro area that specializes in working with highly aggressive, territorial, anti-social dogs with known bite history who need hard targeting of their confidence levels, tolerance to their surroundings, command obedience, socialability, and proper leadership.

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    We are a family-owned and operated facility open since 1978. We have indoor-outdoor run dog boarding, all-breed grooming, all-breed obedience and problem behavior training with master trainers and a supplies shop.

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    I am a one-man operation. I love dogs and have a gift teaching individuals or groups. I have a great gift in teaching dog owners how to work and to be the leader of the pact. I specialize in deaf animals.

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    If you are looking for some help with your dog, then look no further. I love dogs and have worked with Ted Terroux's dog training, as well as Animal Behavior College. I would love to to walk your dog or dogs and/or provide obedience training as well. I will also work with you to help maintain your dog's training.

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    I live in Littleton. I trained my dog and the neighbors' dogs. I babysit my neighbors' and sister's kids all the time. They love me.

    • 10 years in business
    About

    We offer free online video dog training lessons to teach your dog tricks, manners, and obedience with introductions to the sports of dog agility, canine freestyle, and competition obedience. Please view our website for lessons. Using positive reinforcement, we focus on the basics of being a good pet by showing you how to teach your dog activities that stimulate their mental and physical abilities, so your dog knows what to do instead of gaining your attention through bad behaviors. We do not offer classes, all training is through videos on our website. For tips on finding a trainer, search for the blog article "How to find a good trainer" on our website.

    • 3 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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    I give dogs individual care. For me, it's not about how many dogs I can take on one walk. It's about quality time. I am also a great dog trainer and you will notice better behaviors after a few weeks.

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

    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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