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Middletown Group Dog Trainers

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  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
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Nannette L.
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We were looking for a trainer for our 7 month old puppy for behavior training. We had one visit so far and were very happy with the information we learned. I would recommend coexisting canine training..

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Diamonds in the Ruff
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Bradley W.
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Used 2nd of 7 training dog sessions. Excellant experiance. Profressional trainer, looking for great results. Would recommend to all. Brad Worzella

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MondioPup, Inc.
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Have a Heart Dog Training
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen R.
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Kelli is awesome! We've only had two training sessions but already have seen a huge difference in our dog. She really focuses on the training issues you are having and helps you work through those. I highly recommend!

Kritzercreek Training
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Marlee R.
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Michele is very knowledgable when it comes to training dogs. She came one time so far and my almost 1 year old Golden (who pulled me down the stairs and broke 3 of my fingers) is now walking very calmly on a leash.

Alpha Dog Obedience Center
4.7
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

The Tribal Dog
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Nan B.
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We have known Heidi (Tibal Dog)since last summer and are nothing but very happy and pleased with our involvement She has worked with and boarded Gracie our 14 month old standard poodle on several occasions. Gracie walks off lead and comes on command. Our only problem is that We're not seeing Heidi enough. We highly recommend Tibal Dog for both training and boarding.

Professional Pet Services
4.6
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.

Dog Pals
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Sarah O.
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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.

Canine Cadre LLC
5.0
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.

Stonehill Kennel LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 30 years in business
Perry S.
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My wife and I highly recommend stone hill kennel's training program for any dog, but for high drive, dominant or troubled dogs their 6 week in kennel training program is a must. at first glance it seems expensive, but if you break it down over the years you will have a perfect and obedient dog it is not expensive at all. These guys are professionals in every way.Chris helped us before we even got our german shepherd puppy about the dogs place in our pack when we bring him home.This is the part most people don't understand and end up giving their dog away or worse putting the dog down. His many years of dealing with all kinds of what I call " tough "dogs and the mindset of these dogs is so valuable. He really spent a lot of time with us to make sure we understood how to follow through with the training and how to live with a well balanced dog. His staff are all very professional and make you feel at ease. they really spend as much time as you need with them. We can't finish without saying how much we both think of Dan Hartley, he is just a great guy and a super dog trainer. He is the greatest asset to the kennel. he was so patient with us and never made us feel foolish even though we did. He walked us through every step of training, explaining everything.He has handled all types of dogs, and always figures out the best plan for each dog. We had a very tough and dominant german shepherd and Dan did such a great job with him it was unbelievable. The dog is just so obedient and loves to work. Most importantly my wife and the dog are inseparable. it's a great feeling. I have had 4 german shepherd dogs and none as well behaved as our present dog trained at Stonehill. Overall ,I would say Stonehill kennel is an excellent choice for your dog. Whatever type of dog you have. They have the total package for you. Perry and Diane Simone

Thosedogs!
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne B.
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My husband and I adapted Maryberri a rescue dog, she is a Chihuahua mix she was very timid and sweet but turned very aggressive around her food to the Point we were concerned about having our young grandchildren over to visit. We called Brian Goldrick for an in-home evaluation and training. Brian was very professional and extremely helpful teaching us how to work with Maryberri using the click and treat training,the six class training course has brought out the best in Mary Berry. Still a bit timid but a more relaxed and happy dog. We hope to work more with Brian as a refresher class now and again . Sincerely Sue Bewsee

Sandy Meadow Farm
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Danielle M.
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I have known Missy Kielbasa for 5 years and in that time, she has done an exceptional job at obedience training. She is very professional and my dogs adore her. I have giant breed dogs and they can be challenging to train at times, but Missy knows exactly what to do and I am amazed at how well they do with her. Missy also takes the extra time to help you if you are having a hard time getting a technique just right. A++ Highly recommended!!

Polite Paws LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara F.
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Dallas looks forward to working and seeing Jade. She is always positive with her approach and doesn't give negative comments! We love her classes which even with other dogs she manages to make time for each dog and owner. Love her!!!

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.

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We offer a complete family dog program as well as agility, competition obedience, rally, nosework, barn hunt, flyball and therapy dog classes. We also offer private training and behavior consults.

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I have had customers come to me when I lived in Texas asking me to train their dogs, some Doberman, Great Dane that was a challenge he was 4 yrs old. It is advised to train a dog as early as possible. The younger the better.The old saying goes you can't teach an old dog new tricks is hog wash,, A dog loves to learn if you give it the right incentive. some dogs it doesn't take long to train and others seems like forever, but I enjoy the challenge with each and every one .

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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