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  • 26 years in business
  • 325 hires on Thumbtack
Julie G.
Verified review

I am giving 5 stars because she did a very amazing job with my dog, she was rescued and needed to get GROOMED ASAP! She was really matted, she had about 4 inches of thick fur coat. Cathy had the patience and did a lovely job. I definitely will keep using her for my dogs grooming. She dematted my dog and now she’s running around happy. Thank You! I appreciate the fact you came in less than a 24hr notice. Reasonable price as well.

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Diamonds in the Ruff
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

ACTK9
4.7
from 21 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.

Canine Communications
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Christine T.
Verified review

Christine was very professional, focused and truly understood how to explain dog training and techniques as well as what makes the pup tick and how to correct behaviors. She pays close attention to our dogs and offered constructive steps to assist all along the process. Was very happy and would love to use Christine again - my pups truly enjoyed the training process and would crash that evening after our sessions. Wish her all the luck in the world - you and your pup will be a better team after working with Christine.

  • 23 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Laurie S.
Verified review

Meghan--Thank you so much for all of the pet sitting and training. Georgie is a new dog, and we are better pet parents! You are fantastic, and we are so grateful. We look forward to having you back soon.

Wolf's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Martha C.
Verified review

Wolf took excellent care of my fur baby when I went out of town. We spoke at length on what I needed her to do (what time to feed, and let my dog out). She is a trustworthy person and is excellent at her job. I would not hesitate to use her services again.

Debbie's 4 Dogs
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney D.
Verified review

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.

  • 56 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gemini F.
Verified review

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.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Allison C.
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We have used Lisa many of occasions and she has always gone above and beyond when watching our pups and taking care of my home when we go away. It is very hard to find someone that is trustworthy, dependable and responsible. Lisa definently has all of these qualities and more! We will be using her for all of our future dog sitting and house sitting needs. Thanks again Lisa, A.C.

  • 9 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Katie B.
Verified review

Very efficient and very helpful. Always there to encourage us and for any questions we had. Our dog has definitely changed for the better

Caliber K-9
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jodie G.
Verified review

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.

Fido & Freud
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jillian M.
Verified review

Amazing!! I couldn't be happier with the training my two shepherds recieved. They are wonderful off leash, I can bring them anywhere! I get compliments on how well they are trained all the time. If you want high quality training of your dog you've found the perfect place. I would and will take all my future dogs here. Titan (17 months when trained) and Layla (7 months when trained) are still well behaved and listen. Yet act like dogs, they still have their own personalities, that was no broken from them in training as some other trainers have done.

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.

Dogs by Doug
5.0
from 1 review
    Christina T.
    Verified review

    I highly recommend Doug if you need ANY type of dog training. I rescued my 75lb young pitbull last August and went through 2 trainers before I started with Doug. This dog used to drag me around on walks, had no manners, wanted to eat my cats, and has a very high energy level. We did 5 lessons with Doug and Chelsea and my dog has changed more in the last 6 weeks than he has since I rescued him a year ago! Today I took him to the food truck festival in Hartford and he stayed right by my side, and didn’t even jump on the people who stopped to pet him. Also this evening we tried a little off leash on our walk and he stayed very close. I never thought I would be able to walk him without him pulling me or control him around my cats thanks to Doug and Chelsea I can take my dog anywhere and not worry about being that person who can’t control their dog!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jennifer S.
    Verified review

    I was thoroughly impressed with In the Neighborhood. They kept me in the loop on a daily basis with pictures and videos. They took care of Rico like he was their own and even taught him a new trick! I will100% would use this company again.

    About

    We offer group classes as well as private training in your home or at the facility in Milford. Behavior problems are always dealt with on a one-on-one basis. Training supplies are available for purchase at our facility.

    About

    I will do any job you offer me. I don't care. I am new, and I'll use my job for taking care of myself, and I could save some money to send home.

    About

    I am a dog lover and a dog owner. I am also a college student at Central Connecticut State University looking for work. I am reliable, friendly and trustworthy.

    About

    I'm specializing in behavior modification. I feel it is very important that we, as dog owners, learn to speak our dog's language. Having a strong outlook into animal behavior, I take the time to work one-on-one with you and your dog in your home, working to eliminate behavior problems, from house breaking and door dashing to animal- or human-based aggression.

    About

    I train dogs to hunt, to walk and to behave. I have a schnauzer-poodle cross, and she’s perfectly trained. I would love to train your dogs.

    About

    We have been serving the people and pets of the Valley for 12 years! We offer a variety of dog walking services including off-leash group hikes. Pet sitting and training services are also available. Trust your pets with the best.

    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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    Need a Dog Behavioral Modification Trainer

    Melrose, MA

    • Dog age(s)
      3+ years
    • Dog size(s)
      Medium (16-45 lbs)
    • Dog training type
      Behavioral Modification
    • Details
      need to train the dog to leave the cat alone

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Worcester, MA

    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size(s)
      Small (1-15 lbs)
    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Details
      He can be aggressive to strangers if not warmed up to. Such as vets and groomers.

    Need a Dog Obedience Trainer

    Boston, MA

    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy - 0-6 months
    • Dog size(s)
      Small (1-15 lbs)
    • Dog training type
      Obedience
    • Details
      He's a golden retriever/shepherd mix, who's currently 11.5 weeks old.
    • $50
      Average price
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