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  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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Dawn G.
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Corinn is fantastic! She identified issues and came up with solutions right away. She understands the breed and how to speak their language. She’s also there to answer questions when new issues crop up (such is the nature of puppies) I highly recommend her services to anyone seeking effective yet affordable help with training their dog.

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Suzanne's Pet Services
4.8
from 42 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Cathi O.
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Our new rescue pup Roxie needed basic obedience training and we discovered Suzanne Rodda while searching the internet for local dog trainers. Suzanne knows her stuff ! We have worked with her over the last month and a half and the difference in Roxie is obvious. Suzanne's approach is to not only train your dog, but to train YOU to work with your dog as well. It's a win win combination. We had a few challenges facing us along the way BUT Suzanne's flexibility and commitment to us made working with her easy and a pleasure. She has our recommendation as an excellent trainer.

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Diamonds in the Ruff
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Rich L.
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I purchased my German Shepherd from Robin last fall and he has honestly been such an amazing dog (not to mention gorgeous coat). She worked with him prior to me picking him up and he was virtually house broken already and only had a couple accidents in the house (less than 5). She had also worked with me one on one with training both Moose and myself how to respond to certain issues and how to train his commands. I definitely recommend Robin for her dog training skills and think she does a wonder job and is very experienced especially with GS dogs.

Happy Dog Training
4.4
from 39 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Grace T.
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Joan was easy to work with and helped me with 2 specific techniques that I’m working on with Bella. I would work with Joan again!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Fabiola R.
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Andrew is an excellent dog trainer. He was punctual and tailored his suggestions to our situation. His philosophy is non punitive and uses a lot of positive reinforcement. Best of all, he always left handouts to reinforce his suggestions. Our little Maltese, Charlie, is the better for it. And so are we.

  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Christina B.
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Anna was great from the start—immediately responded to my initial inquiry and had wonderful followup, but most importantly, she's just a wonderful dog trainer. Our 11-month-old terrier responded so well to here, and she was great in giving us the knowledge of how our puppy thinks, which allows us to be better at understanding our dog.

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Pack in Harmony
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Charlotte E.
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Jessica has been instrumental in helping us transition to our new life as dog owners! She is super competent/ experienced with dogs, training and dog behavior/ psychology. She is also super reliable, trustworthy and kind. I couldn’t recommend her more.

Bred For Life
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Christine M.
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Joyce is fantastic!! My husband and I had a three-month old wheaten terrier puppy when we hired Joyce. We were looking for help with potty training, basic obedience, leashing walking and helping our little guy become a part of our family. We cannot say enough positive things about what Joyce and her training methods have done for us. Our puppy was at ease immediately with Joyce and loves his training sessions. He has come leaps and bounds in his training using her easy to follow methods and improves after every session. After a few short months, he follows commands, is almost house broken and actually listens to us now! Joyce is professional, flexible with scheduling, kind, and very affectionate with our puppy. It's obvious how much she is a natural with animals. We also use Joyce for boarding when traveling. We are confident that our puppy is in safe, capable and loving hands when he spends time at Joyce's house with her (and Corcega!). She'll even send photos, videos and multiple daily calls and texts with updates for you, the individual service she provides for your pup is so much better than doggie daycare. If you are looking for a dog trainer, dog walker or a happy place for your dog when you're away on vacation, we highly recommend Joyce and her services to any dog owner.

  • 39 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
John J.
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We have tried many dog trainers with many different techniques over the 35 years of having dogs. None came anywhere close to the effectiveness of Rick's handling of our golden doodle. We were on the verge of giving our dog away when we first met Rick. After a reasonable number of sessions, he transformed him into a completely different and oh so delightful pet. And the neat thing about Rick's techniques, our dog showed improvement after the very first session and just continued to get better as we went through the winter. Rick truly worked magic.

Canine Communications
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Lori O.
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When I found Christine on Thumbtack, I was at the end of my rope. My boyfriend and I had adopted a 1 year old American bulldog mix from a rescue in NY and were having trouble getting him to listen to us or bond with us, were experiencing a lot of behavioral issues and even some aggression and were considering bringing him back because we felt we were in over our heads. We had reached out to the rescue we adopted him from for help finding a trainer and they kept blowing us off. The rescue claimed to have spent donor money on his training, but all he had really learned was how to get treats and would not even do basic commands like sit or stay if food wasn't in the picture. Finally, in desperation, I googled dog trainers in my area and thumbtack popped up. I filled out a form and within minutes I received a reply from Christine DiCarlo at Canine Communications. I emailed her and she said I could call her any time so I did so immediately. Over the phone she could sense how desperate I felt and she drove an hour to come meet with us. She immediately assessed the situation and explained to me what was going on and how to fix it. We have been working with her for about 6 weeks and both humans and dogs are doing much better and have settled into our new lives. We even adopted another rescue puppy and Christine told me exactly how to introduce the pup to the dog and the home, thus saving us future problems. There have been a couple of desperate phone calls to Christine and every time I'm freaking out, she talks me off the ledge and everything settles back down. Without Christine, I don't think we would have gotten through the rough patches. She has trained me in what to do to have well behaved and secure dogs and in how to read my dogs because before her, I have to admit, I was clueless and an emotional wreck. We are all so lucky to have found her and her services. She really cares about us and our dogs, she knows what she's doing and she has saved my family and my sanity!

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Backcountry K-9
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Maria C.
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From the first meeting it was evident that this was the trainer I needed. He understood my dog and it was amazing how my dog responded. Excellent! Can’t wait to get started!

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Happily Wagging Tails Corp.
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Oved B.
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Debra seems to have a rapport with my dogs. I have seen a great improvement in their behavior since she has been working with them. In addition, she is very patient with me and has helped teach me how to discipline and keep my dogs calm so that I can enjoy them fully.

Gus Trains Us, Inc.
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Ricardo H.
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Training in walking the dog and preventing from just moping on guests. He did a terrific job! Very patient and explained everything

Leash and Learn
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Caren G.
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I have known Rachel (and her dog Dustin) for years and they are both terrific. Rachel took care of my border collie, Winston, for many years - - and he loved her. I totally trusedt Rachel with Winston - - and would trust her with any dog I owned or was responsible for. She understands dogs and is super at training. Dustin, Rachel's own dog, is a master of tricks - self-taught by Rachel - - and she did a great job. I feel very comfortable recommending Rachel to care for your dog.

Debbie's 4 Dogs
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney D.
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Debbie was wonderful! She clearly cares very much for dogs and it shows through her work. She’s very knowledgeable, helpful and sweet. We have worked with many different trainers and my pup was the most comfortable around Debbie. That’s the most important to me.

Leader Of The Pack
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mark B.
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Sherry was and still is an excellent dog trainer for my puppy. She was referred to me by an old friend and from the first day that we met, she was very courteous and professional. She explained everything that she was going to do with my puppy and even gave options on payment plans. Ever since Sherry started with my puppy, who is now 14 months old, he has been an excellent addition to the family. My family owes much of his success to Sherry. Thank you so much.

  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Margaret B.
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Wow, I have had several trainers for me and my service dog Tron. I love and respect "DogChick" Charlene. She is always available to me. I have had terrible experiences while traveling with Tron. I am not blind or deaf and suffer greatly from the ignorance and bias of those who look at me and wonder why I would need a dog or scooter. Anyway, I have called The DogChick from Ohio, Idaho, Colorado, Nevada and at all hours of the day and night and she has helped me educate the ignorant who either work at or run the hotels I have stayed at. No matter what my need is with Tron, we can see her and she will help me find a way to help Tron understand what I need. He and I get refresher courses as needed. You see, he is a pitbull and the three of us are creating a wonderful service dog in Tron. Thank you Charlene. I would and have recommended you to anyone who needs a dog trained for personal use, service use, therapy use, etc. Again "Thank You" for your love and concern. Tron and I love you back.

  • 56 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gemini F.
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I was tired of my dog Nancy' behavior. I know she had all those behaviour problem because we all family members have been pampering her since we had her. We love her a lot but there is always a limit how long you can bear someone. She was totally out of control and we were warned to vacant the apartment because of her unnecessary barking, scratching and impulsiveness. We were totally hopeless when we contacted Nikhil and told him our problems. Nikhil hear us very patiantly and said dont worry. I will help Nancy to be a good pet. Honestly, I am surprised how someone can change a dog's behavior in just fifteen days just by instructing it some commands and actions. He made our life easy. We highly recommend nikhil for dog training.

World Canine
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Robin P.
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Chris was such a pleasure to work with! I have a 2 yr old male GSD that was out of control- he was very aggressive with people and dogs alike. We searched and spoke with many "qualified" dog trainers to no avail. After speaking with Chris, my husband and I were confident that he could help us. And that he absolutely did! He explained to us that each dog is different so it may be one session, it may be 4, but, he will fix it. And he did! 2 sessions and we are now the proud owners of a well behaved, proper boy. Highly recommend! Thanks again Chris!

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k9advanced dog training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Maryann R.
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My 8 month old shar pei was a good dog. Smart too but true to his breed he was stubborn!! I had tried other trainers who helped but he needed more. Hiring JOLEAN at k9 advanced was the best choice I made!! She worked wonders w my dog and he truly tested her expertise and skill!! He was a true challenge for her but I now have a well trained dog and friend. Jolean was dedicated and determined that he be the dog I hoped he would be. I am very thankful to Jolean and highly recommend her. She far exceeded my expectations.

The Pup Professional
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Tony M.
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Our puppy loved him, we loved him, very professional and reliable. Great response for last minute notice. Very caring for dogs and have a lot of patience

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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