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Browse these guard dog trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Hartford.

  • 26 years in business
  • 305 hires on Thumbtack
Kim G.
Verified review

She was very good. She just had to cut my dogs nails & my dog gets kind of nervous. But everything went very well. I will recommend her to everyone.

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Diamonds in the Ruff
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heidi D.
Verified review

Excellent, Robin is a great dog trainer. I can see the difference in my puppy only after 2 trainings!

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MondioPup, Inc.
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joanne A.
Verified review

Adrienne Mesko is an outstanding dog trainer, and those seven words are an understatement. I have only superb things to say. Adrienne has impeccable training credentials, a lifetime spent around animals, a perfect environment for training dogs inside and outside, and, most of all, a sound, consistent, thoughtful, intelligent and effective approach. And very reasonable rates for the astonishingly good training results. When I looked for a dog trainer on Thumbtack, it was as an almost a last ditch attempt. I'd tried everything with Kai, it seemed: not once, but twice at New Skete, the best in-home trainers for problem dogs that I could find in NYC, consults with excellent vets, Chinese herbs, nutrition changes, working at home every day, every leash/harness/muzzle/collar imaginable, but still he had seriously problematic behaviors: over-protectiveness and resulting aggression that led to lungeing and barking at other dogs and people and even several biting incidents. He's a strong adolescent male GSD, and his pulling on the leash led to dislocated knees and herniated discs. He's a love of a guy, however, and he'd had a difficult first six months (4 homes), and it was worth anything to give him a chance. So I went on my new Thumbtack app (it had worked well for me before) and Adrienne's credentials and skills sounded perfect for what we needed. You can see from the photo below how well he does with other dogs after his "board and train" with Adrienne. He's a dream on a leash. He's well behaved at home, hanging out peacefully on his raised bed "place," no more destructive behaviors to get attention. He listens, pays attention, and stops instantly when told "no," rather than making his own rules. His behaviors now match the smart, affectionate dog he always was on the inside. She's trained his humans to use the training approach she taught him, so all he's learned can come home with him. I will be thanking Adrienne Mesko for the rest of my days! And I'd be happy to talk about her work in person.

Have a Heart Dog Training
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

For the first day my son and myself learned a lot about our 2 dogs, was easy, and the trainer was well prepared to teach the dogs and both of us a lot of good stuff, that we can use for life with our dogs Thank You :)

ACTK9
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Beth D.
Verified review

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
Lori O.
Verified review

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!

  • 18 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Leslye S.
Verified review

First session of dog training. Trainer was prompt, knowledgeable and articulate.

Kritzercreek Training
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel W.
Verified review

Very nice, knowledgable, answered all of our questions and then some. Showed us proper techniques in handling and training out dog. Nothing negative to say.

Debbie's 4 Dogs
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 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.

Stonehill Kennel LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 30 years in business
Joseph E.
Verified review

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.

Pet Strategies
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Pat D.
Verified review

Doug did a great job doing "basic training" with our puppy. Has a very patient manner with the dog. We felt very comfortable with him.

Bob The Dog Trainer
4.0
from 4 reviews
    DC C.
    Verified review

    Bob is a magical dog trainer. You are totally memorized by just watching him train your dog. You feel safe and comfortable with his training and he always gets the job done. There is no one else compared to his training he makes the impossible happen. He's your man.....

    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.

    Sarah's Pet Sitting
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    Cyndie V.
    Verified review

    I highly recommend Sarah's Pet Sitting. I have used their services to walk my greyhound and Chinese Cresteds. They are always a pleasure to correspond with and my fur babies and not so fur babies ( hairless dogs) love them. I trust them in my home without reservation. My greyhound is a special needs animal and they are wonderful with him. Most recently I became mom to a beautiful Sphynx cat. My dog did not get along well with our new addition. So I hired their pet trainer to help with the adjustment and they are progressing nicely. Thank you Sarah! Cyndie- Meriden CT

    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.

    Em 4 Dogs
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Jim S.
    Verified review

    Best dog behavior trainer you will fine, makes your puppy/and owners feel a new understanding of needs and expectations. If you have tried "trainers" please give Em4Dogs a try, you will be amazed with the results.

    That's A Good Dog LLC
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Terri C.
    Verified review

    Terri Corigliano — 5 starAfter losing our 14 year old lab mix - "the perfect dog" - we turned to a rescue organization and were convinced to take Chloe. She was anxious and crazy! We tried a number of trainers over a 2 year period and finally were convinced that our lives would be forever controlled by her. Then - by some miracle - we met Bonnie. We enrolled Chloe in Bonnie's "Board and Train" Program for 5 days and followed Bonnie's advice and guidance when Chloe returned home and we had a new dog! Chloe now comes when we call her, responds to all commands we give her, greet strangers civilly and politely - and the list goes on. I have never seen a person SO commited to giving her all to improve a dog's life and the lives of it's humans. Bonnie is professional, honest, caring, ethical and compassionate. She knows what dogs are feeling by their behavior - so she treats the underlying problems and it allows a dog to relax. They become confident in the skills and confidence of their pack leaders - us! :) Thanks, Bonnie -- you are the best. I want to tell all of Connecticut!! You owe it to yourself and your dog to do this program! That's A Good Dog LLC south eastern ct

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    I train dogs mostly, the regular sit, stay, paw, lay, etc. Im very good at what I do. I am just starting out and am trying to make this a big thing, so support Pet Trainer Pro!

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    I am a friendly dog sitter and walker, and I will also provide training if interested. I love God, and I'm very trustworthy with your loved one.

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    I live in Norwich, CT, and I graduated from animal behavior college spring of 2014. I work as an animal control officer, and I also train dogs. I have basic obedience classes and will travel to your home for private lessons for tougher problems.

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    I teach adults and children how to ride a horse in western or English style. I also train dogs and horses. I also teach barrel racing.

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