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Middletown Dog Trainers

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

  • 26 years in business
  • 363 hires on Thumbtack
Emily T.
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I was very pleased with the grooming service provided by Cathy. She consistently responded to me leading up to the service within 5-10 minutes. She arrived 15 minutes prior to the designated start time to give herself time to set up and prepare. She took her time with my dog, Maizee, who's only 4 months old and was very patient with her during her very first grooming! The best part was that my pup didn't even have to leave the comfort of her own home which eliminated any stress or anxiety about getting groomed! Also - I was able to get things done around the house! It really was a win-win! I would not hesitate to hire Cathy again. A great value for the services that are provided in the convenience of your own home! Thanks, Cathy!

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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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Diamonds in the Ruff
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Trista F.
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My dog loves Robin! And so do I. Always on time and always staying late! So polite. I was very nervous about starting training with my dog because she is very high-energy and she is already three years old. Robin reassured me that with all of her experience things should go fine and she was right. Taking my dog for a walk has become enjoyable instead of a chore. Huge improvements and such a reasonable price. Thank you Robin!!

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MondioPup, Inc.
from 32 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 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.

  • 14 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
John D.
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Neeve did an excellent job with my dog. We began to see a change in his demeanor almost immediately. She was extremely positive and worked with me to come up with a realistic plan for my dog. We discussed followup visits and training. She worked around my schedule. I highly recommend Neeve and her dog training skills.

Bred For Life
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Travis K.
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Joyce works great with my female Rottweiler. When I hired her my pup had previous training of basic commands, and was well behaved. Joyce enabled me to have more control of my dog, and she is now able to go out with me without a leash. With her style of dog training it gave me a deeper bond with my dog. In addition, it has given me peace of mind that my dog will listen to the commands that I am giving her. I would recommend Joyce to any dog owner regardless of what needs they may have. I have recommended Joyce to my girlfriend and they have just started training her Shiba Inu! It has been such a great time working with her. Every training session she sends out a recap of the training so you don't miss a beat.

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

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

Canine Company
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
from 13 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Richard M.
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My wife and I had a great experience with Mary at Canine Love Dog Training. Mary was on time, professional and answered all of our questions in detail. She was a pleasure to work with and our Golden Retriever loved her. I would recommend Mary to friends and family so give Mary a call if you would like training or advice.

Professional Pet Services
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
John M Wilkinson
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Today I had the pleasure of experiencing a private training session with Erica in support of helping me with my rescued female Pitt-terrier named Daisy. From the moment I parked my truck Erica was already checking out my leash, collar and dogs condition like the true professional she is. As the weather was excellent and the training location was in a shady back yard conditions for training were perfect. As we walked to the yard I noticed that she kept her eye on my dog while discussing with me the agenda and goals for the training session. I carried a dog crate and a tether leash so that I could show her my dog's behavior. Of course my dog took to her instantly and there is something powerful going on for my dog to take to someone so fast. Erica took the time to relay to me that my dog was in good condition and that from a general health and nutrition perspective I was doing my job (what a relief). We set up the crate and Erica immediately set about demonstrating and explaining how to properly introduce a dog to the security of a crate. At the risk of writing a novel about my 45 minute private session . . . I want to convey simply this . . . I learned more from Erica in 45 minutes than I was able to do with days of Internet searching. I learned practical tools as well as dog psychology . . . Negatives? yes there is only one and it is minor but you should be aware . . . Erica has a voice that carries . . . if she was not such an excellent dog whisper she could sing in any opera and blow the doors off. I don't know how such a booming voice can come out of such a petite body but I think if I were a dog I would stop what mischief I was up too instantly upon hearing her assertive and thundering voice. I will definitely be scheduling more sessions with her and you should as well if you really want the very best value for your money.

Canine Cadre LLC
from 10 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Angelica A.
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The most important lesson that I learned while training my dog at Canine Cadre is communication. Lenny and Mary Ellen of Canine Cadre are excellent in this area. Once the basics were mastered with my dog, I was able to teach my dog to be obedient with hand gestures through Canine Cadre classes. The most important thing to me is Lenny and Mary Ellen has been there throughout the life of my dog. My Carla (Rottweiler) will be 11 years old this October. I highly recommend Canine Cadre.

  • 9 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Katie B.
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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
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 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.

E-Fence Pros
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!

Polite Paws LLC
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Laura M.
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Jade is great. She has alot of knowledge and experience training dogs. She is very informative and very pleasant to work with. I am excited knowing that she will be with me every step of the way as I train my new yellow lab puppy.

The Pup Professional
from 4 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Tony M.
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Our puppy loved him, we loved him, very professional and reliable. Great response for last minute notice. Very caring for dogs and have a lot of patience

DonoLou K9 Connection
from 3 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Vivian C.
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Chelsea was wonderful to work with. Her experience and professionalism really showed when she was helping us with training for our puppy. We found her approach to be a great fit for our 8 month old Newfie. He will be quite large, so we wanted to make sure we could manage him in day to day life. She was firm but kind in all she did. I highly recommend her!!

Dogs by Doug
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christina T.
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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.
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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.

Jodie's Dog Service

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    I have owned dogs all my life. I currently own two Australian Shepherds, an 8-year-old Quiggley and a 6-year-old Smudge. I can provide twice-daily walk and play service with basic obedience. Lastly, I can provide care for your dog if you need to be away for short periods of time.

    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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