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  • 26 years in business
  • 233 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Cathy helped me take my dog from antisocial to social and playful!

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  • 14 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Martha F.
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It is a joy to work with Niamh. She has a great insight as to the issues and bad behaviors of our dogs. She has been very helpful helping us train our rescue dogs, specifically with barking and with socialization. She is also teaching us about consistency and how to get respect from our dogs. She has been working with us at our home. Niamh sent us followup texts to answer questions about the prior session and if there were any other issues that needed to be addressed. Niamh is a great communicator and understands dog psychology. She is always there to help answer any questions and give advice as to how to handle a specific issue.

Have a Heart Dog Training
4.7
from 24 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Kristy M.
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Kelli was wonderful replied promptly and came to my house and worked for an hour at a time with my kids and family dog I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a little extra attention that a standard puppy class wouldn't help with.

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Diamonds in the Ruff
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sonia K.
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I had been taking my 8 month old puppy to weekly obedience classes, but it was not helping with the issues I was facing at home, especially when the hormones kicked in and transformed him into quite a handful. I began searching for a professional that would come work with us at home. After much searching, I contacted Robin, as she met (and exceeded) all of my search criteria. Sadly, it turned out that my puppy and I were much worse off than I was aware of. Thankfully, I found Robin before things got out of hand. After only 2 sessions with Robin, we have made more progress than I even thought possible. She is firm, yet kind and gentle. Not only has she helped my puppy greatly, she has given me a sense of much needed confidence which will help my puppy and I have a successful and happy future relationship. Thank you Thumbtack for helping me find Robin!

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MondioPup, Inc.
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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.

Canine Communications
4.6
from 20 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Elisabeth C.
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Christine aka "the new dog whisperer" not only taught me how to train my dog she took the time to get to know me. She was spot on with dog training and behavioral issues. She helped me become "the leader of the pack" using dog-friendly, techniques (NO SHOCK COLLAR, OR HARSH METHODS EVER!!!). Her goal was for my dog to love and respect me not fear me . She will work with you in your home addressing issues such as housebreaking, separation anxiety, aggression, jumping up, puppy nipping, walking on leash, and much more. Christine can help you with ANY BREED, ANY AGE, ANY ISSUE! Christine was available to help work around my hectic schedule and allowed time for the whole family to be involved. Before Christine trained Roxy our "French Mastiff" Roxy was jumping up on our company , barking non-stop , pulling on the leash to the point we could not walk her without our arms being pulled outta our sockets, begging for food and not listening to her commands such as sit , stay and come . With just a few shorts weeks Roxy was and is a changed dog . She is gentle , never jumps up on people or furniture . Our Roxy couldn't have made this transition without the training of Christine!

Kritzercreek Training
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Caitlyn L.
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I was very pleased with how quickly Michele was able to teach my dog and myself . We will defiantly be going back for more classes in the future and the price was extremely fair

  • 18 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Tiara J.
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Lisa was awesome! She gave Montana her own vacation while we were gone, and when I came to pick her up I could tell she loved Lisa! Montana came home exhausted from all the fun she had! Her backyard is like a dogs paradise and she would send me pics of Montana having fun with the other dogs, and texts just to let me know how Montana was doing, which was awesome. I'm so glad that I came into contact with Lisa and will be using her services again. Definitely recommend her to anyone that wants a home like stay for their dog rather than a kennel. She was awesome!

ACTK9
4.6
from 20 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Beth D.
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John has an objective eye and vast knowledge for training any and all dog types. He truly understands the relationship between a dog and their owner and during training he provides timely and constructive feedback. John helped both myself and my husband be more aware of our body language and how our mannerisms set the tone with how our dog reacts and empowered us to be the "alpha" dog so to speak in order to have a well balanced dog. Without hesitation we would recommend John as a qualified trainer. Beth and Scott D.

Alpha Dog Obedience Center
4.6
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kenneth H.
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Ivan Rios seems to be doing a good job in training our dog. Our dog name is Goldie and she is going on 9 months old. I was going to try training Goldie myself, but I do not have the patience or experience to train Goldie. We like Ivan because he is a caring and knowledgeable person. Goldie has a way to go before her training is complete. We feel Goldie is in good hands, and know she will be trained when her training sessions are complete I would like to rate my overall experience again when Goldie's training is complete. Kenneth & Ruth Hawkins

Stonehill Kennel LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Joseph E.
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I had done a fair amount of research seeking a dog trainer to "touch-up" on obedience training and also offer some advanced work for my G.S. Service Dog "Boca". I was impressed upon reading through the successful L.E.O. resume of Chris Byrne. The online video of several of their finished dogs totally blew me away as well. "That's the way I want my dog to behave and respond to me"! Being sold by what I saw and read about Stonehill Kennel and having a similar career as a brother L.E.O., I thought choosing them would be a good fit. After contacting them we made an appointment to meet and have my first session. Upon arrival I met Chris and was impressed by his down-to-earth attitude and his level of knowledge about dogs, their temperament, breed specifics and training needed to get to where I wanted to be. Chris introduced me to his lead trainer Dan Hartley who would be doing the training for Boca and I. I was given a crash course (by Dan) of dog psychology, dog needs, and handler must-haves. I was totally blown away by the technical knowledge Dan gave me as we jumped right into training. Dan came across as a "get-down-and-dirty type of individual when it came to animal training. Dan comes across as being a stern and to-the-point type individual (what I actually needed at the time) yet he was very fair, patient and most importantly took the dogs psychological and physiological needs as primary objectives. It's the human who really needs the training - not the dog... In my case anyway! After the first initial training session I knew I selected the right kennel to do the right training for me and my best friend. After only a few sessions I was devastated by news that my dog had developed not one but several genetic diseases which rendered him "unfit" for future service work. He was only 2 and a half years old. I broke the news to Chris and Dan and expected that our business relationship would be terminated due to the new health issues of Boca. I was really devastated and torn up emotionally as to what I was going to do since I had just finished paying off the cost to buy and train Boca as my Mobility Service Dog. Just about all nationally known non-profit agencies who train/place mobility service dogs have an average of a two-three year waiting list. In my mind, I didn't think my breaking heart (and disabled back) would last that long. Chris contacted me and we talked in depth of what my physical needs are and the expectations I really wanted in a new Mobility Service Dog. Chris didn't hesitate to offer me another dog which he could train to not only meet my needs but to do the whole process within my budget. I was ecstatic to say the least. Yea - under the exterior "tough-cop" attitude and all business personas, Chris turned out to be what I'd refer to as a "Rough-Tough Teddy Bear"! Not long thereafter (maybe two weeks) I found a family friend who (happens to be a veterinarian technician) was willing to foster Boca into her family which includes three children, two doggie playmates for Boca and most importantly the means to provide Boca with the drugs necessary to extend his life longer than I could under my care. It totally broke my heart (and continues to) to take Boca to their home and leave him there. I do get periodic messages and he's doing well. In the meantime I was emailing Chris at Stonehill many, many times suggesting he look at the various in my emails to check out as a source for another G.S.D. puppy for my new partner. In retrospect I must have driven Chris nuts - for which I'm so sorry. Even through that he remained very patient and showed empathy for what I was going through. It was less than a month I received a call from Chris that he thinks he may have found the right candidate and asked for me to come to the Kennel to meet him. Soon the day came and I was very pleased to meet "Deviss". He's considered a large dog for a shepherd (85lbs) but looked like a "toy" compared to my 125lb Boca. Chris was very positive while explaining not only the history of "Deviss" but also the mobility tools (Support Vests) available which would compensate for size difference. Although smaller Deviss is a solid broad-chested young dog who looks very capable of helping me with my mobility issues. We forged a contract at that time by the most effective means - a handshake! I couldn't have been more grateful to Chris and will always feel I owe him for his work. Of course more work has to be done before delivery. It's been almost a month and I've learned to be a little more patient (which is very hard) but remaining anxious as to the progress of Deviss. Recently Chris contacted me and it appears that Deviss is "almost there" and quite possibly be ready for delivery by April first. So excited! It's more than my bad back and legs that need Deviss - my heart too is still with a gaping hole with the loss of Boca...a space I'm sure Deviss can fill in time. While I'm awaiting delivery I'm constantly trying to keep busy with several fundraising campaigns to help me raise the money to pay Chris for Deviss. Although long, I felt it necessary to fill you in on my whole story for it is much more than a simple business deal between me and Stonehill Kennel. I feel that a strong friendship containing loyalty and compassion has resulted beginning from our first meet through present. I owe and thank Chris who has worked with me and helped me through one of the hardest trials of my life. There'll be more to post (I Hope) in early April when I finally get Deviss home and we begin to forge a new working/family relationship with the help of both Dan & Chris. Both of them have done great by me and I most definitely will recommend them as the best trainers I have had the pleasure of working with. The truth will absolutely be "in-the-pudding, when I get Deviss and have the opportunity to work with him. Will re-post with the completion of my story and future status updates on Deviss and sealed deal between myself and Stonehill Kennel.

Natasha Ewen
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Catherine N.
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Took several training classes with 2 of our dogs. Natasha was always positive, kind, enthusiastic and wonderful to work with. Hope she starts training around here again!

Sandy Meadow Farm
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Patricia F.
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When a new puppy joined our family, we took him to Puppy Class at Sandy Meadow Farm. With the expert help of trainer Missy Kielbasa, our puppy learned good manners, and we began to learn how to communicate with our dog using research-based strategies (made simple by Missy.) I continue to take our pup to Basic, Intermediate, and other classes because the pup likes class and I like learning how to better communicate with him. I am amazed and inspired as I watch Missy take the end of a leash, and every time the dog does what she requests. It's comforting to know there's a trainer who can guide us through the challenges. Missy was just an email away when we needed advice with our pup. For many reasons, I highly recommend Sandy Meadow Farm.

Canine Cadre LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew H.
Verified review

We first brought our female sable GSD athena for training and had a great learning experience with lenny...and a few years later brought our all black female athenas daughter fria for some basic obeience training and some leadership skills with mary ellen...both lenny and mary ellen make the whole experience fun and easy to understand. Especially when it comes to the dog phsychology and learning to be a pack leader, they both have many many years working with GSD's and truely understand the breed and the fact that these are truley a working breed..the teachings are very simple and interesting to where you wanna learn and keep going, mary ellen also does a wonderful job with grooming. I highly recomend canine cadre for all your canine needs...all types of training, behavior modification, basic and advance obedience, puppy classes, grooming ... They do it all.

  • New on Thumbtack
Lynn T.
Verified review

Gina has helped me both with an eight week basic training class for my reactive do. She has also helped me with issues I have had with my dog at home. She is always available for my questions and offers knowledgeable advice. Gina gives positive feedback and encouragement. My dog is a work in progress so I know I will continue to contact her in the future for help and suggestions.

Caliber K-9
3.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jodie G.
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We couldn't be any more pleased with our training from Ken at Caliber K-9 and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for training for their dogs. We have a 4 year old Boxer mix named Wrigley who started nipping at our 8 and 11 year old children about the time that I got pregnant. With twins on the way, we needed a solution for our dog quickly. We interviewed multiple trainers including a few very highly rated trainers in Boston. We were told a variety of things about our dog including that the only option was the put him down. My husband and I were at a loss of what to do and didn't have a good feeling about what anyone was telling us. And then Ken came over for a free evaluation. He was the only trainer to focus on Wrigley just as much as us. This made a huge impression on us, along with Ken's approach and dedication. We decided to hire Ken on the spot without needing to discuss it privately. I'm writing this during our fifth week of training and our dog isn't even home for good yet. I hope this shows how much we would recommend Ken. Wrigley was a challenge for him due to the "squirrels in his head" and his lack of drive. We feel confident that we will be able to take over when Wrigley comes home and continue onto a better path with Wrigley in our home. Ken has boosted his confidence, addressed many handling issues, taught him obedience and taught us and our children how to continue the work at home. Wrigley came home for a night's stay this week and things were great during the trial run. The other trainers sold an idea of a guaranteed fix and then would send your dog home. This just wasn't realistic for our situation. Ken has offered to keep Wrigley for an extra week at no cost in order to have a smoother transition when coming home. We've also discussed additional ways that Ken can help us in the months to come including helping me take Wrigley to an anxiety-fueled vet appt., boarding Wrigley when our twins come and helping to introduce Wrigley to the new babies. Also, the one-on-one attention that your dog would get with Ken is far and above what anyone else is offering! I feel like Ken could double his price and still be worth it compared to the others we interviewed. We feel so incredibly fortunate that Ken was available when we needed his help. He's also a friend now for many years to come. You won't be disappointed in hiring him.

Dog Pals
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Sarah O.
Verified review

Jim Helms is a fantastic trainer. He has a connection with his students that makes training their dogs fun. He is always upbeat, gives great compliments, and makes learning fun. He has a wealth of knowledge in the field of dog behavior and training. He helps strengthen the bond between owner and their dog(s), he lets them feel that anything is possible even the most challenging dog. He is professional, honest, and at times rather funny. He is a trainer that is approachable and willing to lend a listening ear and sound advice. As a colleague of his I myself have learned a few tricks from him. Overall, Jim Helms is the whole package from being able to teach dog training classes, tackle difficult cases, teach fun classes like scent work and tricks to agility, he runs successful workshops and his belief that owners should be fully prepared and informed on the what if's as in his First Aid and CPR class, his healthy class for dogs, and so much more. Jim Helms is a top notch Dog Trainer.

Rosetta Bone
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna K.
Verified review

Brenda helped my boyfriend and I work with Zoe , our Pomeranian mix) on how to sit ,taught us an emergency recall , worked on "down" , "leave it", and also for Zoe to be more comfortable walking on her leash which was an issue we were having. Brenda did an amazing job with Zoe , she really knew what she was doing and knew the best way for our puppy to learn ! Zoe picked up on everything really quickly! Brenda also worked with my boyfriend and I so that WE knew how to help and teach Zoe. Brenda also helped Zoe with her potty training as she was only 3 months when we started training. She's doing really well with it and one of the great things about working with Brenda is she travels to YOU! It's a great convenience to be able to train your dog in THEIR home versus bringing them somewhere to be trained. Your dog learns in their environment and aren't distracted by other dogs. She shows you the best way to set up for potty training so your dog learns quickly to go outside instead of the house. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone , she's a true animal lover and works with your dog until they get it , she went above and beyond , was always on time, and was a pleasure to work with!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michael V.
Verified review

I have a 2 year old GSD that needed to be socialize with other dog/animals. She did puppy school but no outdoor training. Whit, my dogs new trainer had her playing with other dogs with in 3 visits. We are working on dog walks and as of now we walk with 4 other dogs. I'm glad I contacted Whit.

Thosedogs!
4.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth T.
Verified review

I adopted Grace at 6 weeks. She bonded quickly to our family as we did with her. She became very protective of our family, especially me, and our property. Other issues were slowly becoming apparent. With a huge list of dog trainers before me, something in my gutt told me to give Brian Goldrick a call. Our first phone conversation made it clear I had made the right choice. I picked up on his compassion and respect for our 4 legged friends right away. I was much in need of a trainer who had experience with dogs with social issues. Taking Grace for a walk became very unpleasant to the point of becoming unbearable, as she would rear up on her hind legs, fur extended up, growling and barking and pulling towards every dog we walked by. Her response was frightening not only to me but every dog walker we passed by. I explained to Brian that we had both been attacked by loose roaming dogswithin a short period of time -between attacks, and I contributed these experiences to her reactions towards other dogs. To this day, I panic when I see dogs walking unleashed and I know Grace senses my fright. Brian and Grace immediately clicked upon meeting. Thru our weekly sessions, Brian patiently taught the click and treat method of dog training. It takes time for both owner and dog to adjust, my dogs responses are quick and I had to learn to be just as quick. Lots of Practice. The day Grace and I walked through the park, passing by multiple dogs and owners without her being reactive was a blessing I was waiting for. So thankful!!! Taking Grace for walks became enjoyable. When service techs come,by, ie, plumbers, electrician, the painter, UPS man, click and treat works wonders. Thanks for the harness leash, love the way its works. Thanks Brian!

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