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  • 107 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 52 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Amie P.
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Being a first time puppy owner Suzanne taught me many great techniques while working with our puppy. She also gave me great feedback and advice on training our puppy. She showed me that with patience and constant practice our puppy's behavior will get better. Thank you for your knowledge.

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Diamonds in the Ruff
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Will T.
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Robin has been great to work with while training my puppy! She does an amazing job of teaching you how to properly train your puppy or dog and will give you guidance all along the way! She always makes herself available for questions about your training when you get frustrated or lost in your training. She comes right to your house for training and will usually stay a bit longer if she has the time available =)

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  • 5 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Krystyna C.
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Andrew gave us great tips on improving our dog's behavior. He was also very good with training our dog. Highly recommend.

Happy Dog Training
4.4
from 39 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
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Joan is a kind and loving person, and brings these qualities to her superb dog training. She helped Sidney Cha-Cha, our miniature poodle pup, with anxiety and incessant barking. We are grateful for her assistance, and our dogs will miss her presence in our home. Highly recommended!

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MondioPup, Inc.
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary L.
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I needed help to modify my over excitable champion boxer, CH high tech Duffy Semper Fi at Marlboro. Trainer Displayed great concern and caring while training my dog. Trainer has great abilities to analyze the dog behaviors. Wholly recommend for anyone who needs help with an overzealous dog.

  • 14 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Marc D.
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Niamh met all of our expectations. Her expertise in puppy training helped us understand the behavior of our little puppy and helped us enjoy our little companion. Her interest in us enjoying "Oliver" went beyond her initial visit, as Neeve followed it up with calls and advise on the progress being made. Niamh is an asset to Thumbtack !

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Pack in Harmony
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 51 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.

  • 39 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
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I began working with Rick about a month ago to assist with my 18-month old pitbull, Petunia. Petunia had become aggressive to strangers (e.g., lunging, barking aggressively) when out in public and in the home and I was very much beside myself with how to address the behaviors. We had attempted obedience training at the pet store which did not correct the problem and she continued to worsen. People were afraid of my little pitty and I was developing a sense of hopelessness and resignation where I no longer even wanted to take her for walks and just figured we would have to live a limited lifestyle with her. As a last ditch effort to address Petunia's aggression, I had a consultation with Rick. He took an hour to meet with us to evaluate her. Petunia aggressively barked and lunged the whole time at Rick, but he thought she could be helped and we signed on for the ride. What a journey it has been. In less than a month, I have a restored sense of hope that Petunia can reach her full potential as a wonderful pet. With several training sessions and several trips to stay with Rick, Petunia is now heeling, is much more under control, is not barking aggressively or lunging on walks, and appears more calm and mellow overall. Rick has also taken much time to continuously meet and/or consult with me and my boyfriend on how to maintain the progress by teaching us how to handle Petunia on our own. We are still in the midst of Petunia's training, but I can see a complete 180 in her and am forever grateful that we made the decision to work with Rick. I highly recommend him without hesitation.

Pampered Pals Pet Care
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Megan K.
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Sarah is great and super flexible and responsive! I love that she sends text updates when she is with my puppy. I know when he is with her, he is in good hands. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!

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Backcountry K-9
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Gul T.
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We have not completed our puppy training yet but so far all is going well. Josh connected with my puppy right away as if she knew him already and responded to his reward-based training technique right away. He also gave us a lot of information on how to care for our puppy.

  • 18 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Leslye S.
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First session of dog training. Trainer was prompt, knowledgeable and articulate.

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Happily Wagging Tails Corp.
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Samantha C.
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We are so happy to have met Debbie! She is an absolute pleasure. She helped me and my fiancee learn how to be the best owners to our new puppy Bodie. She truly cares for each animal she works with and wants the best for both owner and dog. Being a pretty anxious person, Debbie was so patient and helpful. She never left without us fully understanding what is expected and always made sure we could do it on our own. She is a fabulous trainer and person. She even gave us great tips for healthy homemade treats for our dog. I would recommend her 1000 times over to anyone who is looking for help with their dog, new or old.

Gus Trains Us, Inc.
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Akanksha G.
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We have been working with Gus for the last month. Our new puppy adores him. He comes twice a day to play with her/bathroom breaks. We hope to utilize his training abilities in the near future. Highly recommend Gus!

Canine Company
4.6
from 15 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Janine C.
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We worked with The Canine Company for one session of dog training. While they are great for obedience training they were not suited for our needs. We were specifically looking for someone who could help us acclimate our new dog to our cats that have been in our family for two years.

Canine Love Dog Training
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Bianca D.
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Great experience! We got some great tips on training our puppies. Also got post visit text to see how we were getting on with the training.

Leader Of The Pack
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 9 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.

The K-9 Center
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Christina H.
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Gave basic and off leash obedience training to my 130 pound long-haired German Shepherd. Perfect training for a dog that listens better to more intensive training techniques. 10 years later, he still responds to recall, heel, and left or right commands.

Bark & Learn
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie N.
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As soon as I met with Carla and spent some time with my puppy, I knew that she was a great trainer and teacher for me. She is patient, knowledgable and kind. Carla s a find. I recommend her highly and with gratitude.

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k9advanced dog training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Andrew M.
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Jolean was excellent - she really knows her stuff. She takes a straight forward, practice approach to puppy training. We look forward to continuing to use her to train our Newf.

E-Fence Pros
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
John B.
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Dog guard did a terrific job installing and training for the dog fence. I would highly recommend them to anyone!

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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