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Middletown Dog Behavior Specialists

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  • 26 years in business
  • 327 hires on Thumbtack
Maureen R.
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Cathy came in a timely matter. She did an excellent job with my dog. The dog was the first time she had a private groomer. Cathy kept my dog quiet by just talking and the dog settled down. I have already signed up for another visit. Very pleased Maureen Riley

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  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Theress F.
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I think she is great. Our first visit was canceled due to an unforseen situation of my husband was on life support fighting for his life, but it did not stop her from answering my questions regarding my dog's behavior. She is caring and cares about what she does. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a dog trainer.

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Diamonds in the Ruff
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Robert V.
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Robin has been helping us train our one year old puppy, Bernie, for a few months now and the results have been outstanding. Robin is very professional and always comes prepared for every session, even bringing the treats for training. Not only does Robin come to help us train our dog , but she also supplied us with literature and information to help us teach our 8 year old daughter to recognize the moods and behaviors of all dogs. Additionally, Robin always makes time for any questions and concerns that we may have, either during training or with a quick text or email in between sessions. Robin is a pleasure to work with and our dog Bernie Is always excited to see her when she comes for training. We highly recommend Robin to all who may need her services. Thanks so much. From Bob, Jen and Eva, East Haven CT.

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MondioPup, Inc.
from 32 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rebecca T.
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I have had an excellent experience working with Adrienne Mesko. She provided a 4 week board and train session for my 2 yr old, 85lb. Terrier-mix, Winny. She was immediately responsive to all my inquiries from my initial contact, throughout training and after training was completed. She clearly laid out a plan for my dog's training. She was professional, clear and courteous in all business matters. Adrienne is a top notch dog trainer. She took on the daunting task of working with my difficult dog with confidence and understanding. She provided the level of training that she promised in the amount of time she estimated. She gave regular updates and progress reports. I am thrilled with my dog's progress and behavior. After the training was completed Adrienne spent time with me answering my questions, demonstrating equipment use and worked with me and Winny to transfer the knowledge of methods that worked so effectively with my dog. Due to her efforts I now have a dog who is well behaved and responsive. In addition, Adrienne is a kind and considerate person who took the time to listen and help. She is terrific to work with and I highly recommend her board and train program and off-leash training.

Bred For Life
from 24 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Sergio P.
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Joyce has very easy training methods. She has showed me techniques that have improved my bulldog's behavior. My English bulldog has come a long way with her help. My bulldog is more obedient towards me and less jumpy. I would definitely recommend Joyce to others that looking for a dog trainer.

Canine Communications
from 20 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 74 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!

Doggie Do Right Dog Training
from 16 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Leana V.
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Roxanne at My Doggie Do Right was wonderful! I sent my 4 month old puppy to her with some aggression and nipping issues as well as a handful of other concerns I had. When I took my puppy home he was so well behaved and the issues I noticed were gone. He is just a regular puppy with puppy behaviors. I was very concerned about sending him to her for 2 weeks and spoke with Roxanne about it. She was very understanding and compassionate. She would send texts, pictures and videos and I always felt comforted. Once I picked up my puppy she still made herself available for questions I had, She truly is a top notch trainer.

Debbie's 4 Dogs
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jo Beth M.
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Debbie has all of the above traits. Our dog took to all her cues immediately. She is a pleasure to learn from and work with and checks in to make sure training is going well.

Bone-afide Dog Training
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Meg S.
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Bone-afide Dog Training is fun, results oriented and my favorite hour of the week! Sue is an outstanding and patient trainer and Patch and I have both learned a lot.

Canine Cadre LLC
from 10 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia K.
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I have known mary ellen and lenny paquette for 8 years since my german shepherd nico was a puppy. He had behavior problems and i was very frightened. We had been asked to leave another training facility. Mary Ellen worked primarily with both of us and did an awesome job. We did socialization obedience and tracking. Nico is a very happy 8 yr old german shepherd. When nico was 4 we lost our 10 yr old female and got another female gs. Her name is brie and she has been working with mary ellen and lenny since a small puppy. They are wonderful professionally and wonderful people.i am so grateful they are in my life and my german shepherds.I

  • 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.

Stonehill Kennel LLC
from 8 reviews
  • 30 years in business
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.

  • 22 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Betsy C.
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My experiences with Brian Manning @ Canine Behavioral Services, Inc.. has been (and continues to be) exceptional. Now, I may be a special case, having been attacked by a dog and then adopting a dog from our local shelter with behavior issues. Brian has a way with dogs that is remarkable. I have complete confidence and trust in Brian and our dog understands him! As Canine Behavioral Services montra states: "Therapy for dogs, training for people." is so true. I highly recommend Brian Manning of Canine Behavioral Services. If I did not have Brian, I would not have kept our rescue dog. Brian continues to work with us and imagine he will be involved for many years to come.... after all, it's the people that need the training! Thanks for all that you do Canine Behavioral Services!

Denis McCabe's Dog Training
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Judith L.
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Denis is a consummate professional. His lessons have made a big difference in our dog's behavior. We were worried our German Shepherd was getting out of control, but Denis has helped us understand what we were doing incorrectly and how to make positive adjustments to improve her behavior. He has a great personality and is easy to work with. It's obvious from the start that he knows what he's doing and has had lots of experience training dogs. We would highly recommend Denis to anyone who needs a professional and effective trainer.

Lynn T.
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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.

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

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


I have been a dog trainer/behavior therapist since 1980 specializing in problem solving and the rehabilitation of rescued dogs. I make house calls and offer group training classes. Rover, Don't Roll Over, my first book, was published in 2004, and I have recently completed a second. What sets my work apart, I’m told, is that I empathize with dogs and people equally. This enables me to help each better understand the other and then craft transcultural compromises that endure. Clients commonly call me “intuitive” or a dog “psychic.” Though I don’t promote myself as such for fear of sounding too “woo woo,” my hunches, backed by science and experience usually prove true.


We are the leading proponents of positive, modern, dog friendly dog training.


I have 18 years of professional full-time training and consulting experience. I am CPDT-KA certified. I am specializing in aggression and behavior modification. I offer positive method training that strengthens the bond between you and your dog.


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.

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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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