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Middletown Puppy Trainerss

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

  • 26 years in business
  • 342 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica W.
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Had a great experience with Cady...it was my puppy's first time getting groomed and it was great to be there to see the whole process and really put my mind at ease!

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  • 104 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
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Will T.
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Robin has been great to work with while training my puppy! She does an amazing job of teaching you how to properly train your puppy or dog and will give you guidance all along the way! She always makes herself available for questions about your training when you get frustrated or lost in your training. She comes right to your house for training and will usually stay a bit longer if she has the time available =)

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MondioPup, Inc.
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 46 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.

  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Marc D.
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Niamh met all of our expectations. Her expertise in puppy training helped us understand the behavior of our little puppy and helped us enjoy our little companion. Her interest in us enjoying "Oliver" went beyond her initial visit, as Neeve followed it up with calls and advise on the progress being made. Niamh is an asset to Thumbtack !

Bred For Life
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Ann P.
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Puppy training. Joyce is a wonderful dog handler and has really helped us.

Have a Heart Dog Training
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Kristy M.
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Kelli was wonderful replied promptly and came to my house and worked for an hour at a time with my kids and family dog I would highly recommend her to anyone in need of a little extra attention that a standard puppy class wouldn't help with.

Canine Communications
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Greg G.
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Christine rode to the rescue and has transformed our 8 mo old golden from naughty to nice and gives just the right training to both the pup and human sides of the relationship. Thanks SO much. Jack, Karen and Greg

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

Kritzercreek Training
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Karen C.
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Michele is very knowledgable about training puppies. She came to the house and taught us how to train the puppy . Now it's up to us to use what we have learned she is always available for questions which is great-

Canine Company
4.6
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.

Debbie's 4 Dogs
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Michele J.
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Debbie has been such a geaat help with my now 1 year old boxer/beagle. He was starting some difficult behaviors. Debbie had walked me through each and all her suggestions worked in a short amount of time. Debbie helped me re-think a lot of hiw what I do may translate to the dog. She is very knowledgeable and I would definitely refer her to dog owners in need of training their pet.

Professional Pet Services
4.6
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Susan Feliciano
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We met Erica when our rescue-girl, Stella, was just a few months old and a pupil in one of her puppy classes. Id never seen a more dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate animal-lover and I doubt you could introduce one to me, either.Now Erica has branched out with a company where her dedication and talent create a special world for any dog who is fortunate enough to be near her. Its uncanny. Its wonderful. Erica, we love you! Stella misses you! Its been such an honor to learn from youand Ive had dogs all my life.

  • 56 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kathyn P.
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My husband and I live in an apartment and needed our new puppy to be able to live in an apartment life style. We researched on the Websites for a training centre who would be able to assist us in training our puppy to adjust to his new surroundings. We certainly made the right choice when choosing K9 National Services, we are extremely happy with the results and our puppy. We have found Nikhil to be a very professional and caring person in the way he handles his business and clients. Nik you are amazing, thank you for all the loving hard work you do....

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.

Caliber K-9
4.4
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.

The Pup Professional
4.8
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

Waggy Woof
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Jae H.
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    Brandi is simply amazing! Whether it be daily walks, socialization, even training and special skills building, she is simply spot on. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

    Dogs by Doug
    5.0
    from 1 review
      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!

      Perfect Pet
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 28 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      About

      I have worked for 25 years in the valley helping people to train their dogs to be better family members. I also work in Manchester at Tails-U-Win! I taught there for 22 years. I have taught 14 classes a week of agility at Tails and am an AKC Agility Judge since 1997.

      Mayank K.
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      Hi , Cindy is one of the most helpful persons I have ever met, the experience was amazing and I can recommend Cindy to anyone without any doubt. Mayank Kaushik Plainsboro, NJ

      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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