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Top Pro
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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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Suzanne's Pet Services
from 42 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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My dog and I have had 2 sessions so far with Suzanne and I’d say we’re seeing a massive improvement. Suzanne is helping my puppy and I with the basics and beyond and we are slowly integrating all the elements together. What I like is that it’s not a “class” but more she met me in my home to assess and now we are working outside. We’re doing the training outside and socializing my puppy with real life “distractions” and other dogs. So far I’m very pleased. The tips she gives are things that I can incorporate once she leaves and I feel good about it. Most importantly my little puppy is learning and seems more relaxed!!!

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Diamonds in the Ruff
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.
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.

City Wolves NYC
from 24 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Michael M.
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Our experience with City Wolves NYC and owner Sean has been outstanding. Sean’s knowledge of training and behavior modification as well as commitment and concern for the dogs is second to none. He is truly passionate about his work and most importantly it doesn’t stop after the training sessions or residency. We adopted a 6-month-old pit mix and after about 4 months he was developing a bunch of bad habits including aggression towards certain dogs, issues with skateboards and scooters and anxiety with small spaces; not to mention his “defiant” behavior at home. We had several “positive reinforcement (treat) trainers” which was not working and things were getting worse by the week. I happened upon Sean training a dog in my neighborhood and it couldn't have come at a better time. The 4-week residency program at City Wolves was a game changer for Otis and us and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a well socialized and behaved pooch. He came back a much more confident dog knowing basic commands (place is my favorite) and has all but eliminated the behavioral and socialization issues. Just as important (maybe more), Sean conducts several one on one workshops with the owners making sure you obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to maintain and advance your dog’s level of training. Sean continues to be an invaluable resource for everything from continued training, behavior adjustments to diet questions and recommendations. Otis has never been better and we are now proud owners of one of the most well behaved dogs in the neighborhood. Highly Recommended City Wolves NYC!

  • 39 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
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I began working with Rick about a month ago to assist with my 18-month old pitbull, Petunia. Petunia had become aggressive to strangers (e.g., lunging, barking aggressively) when out in public and in the home and I was very much beside myself with how to address the behaviors. We had attempted obedience training at the pet store which did not correct the problem and she continued to worsen. People were afraid of my little pitty and I was developing a sense of hopelessness and resignation where I no longer even wanted to take her for walks and just figured we would have to live a limited lifestyle with her. As a last ditch effort to address Petunia's aggression, I had a consultation with Rick. He took an hour to meet with us to evaluate her. Petunia aggressively barked and lunged the whole time at Rick, but he thought she could be helped and we signed on for the ride. What a journey it has been. In less than a month, I have a restored sense of hope that Petunia can reach her full potential as a wonderful pet. With several training sessions and several trips to stay with Rick, Petunia is now heeling, is much more under control, is not barking aggressively or lunging on walks, and appears more calm and mellow overall. Rick has also taken much time to continuously meet and/or consult with me and my boyfriend on how to maintain the progress by teaching us how to handle Petunia on our own. We are still in the midst of Petunia's training, but I can see a complete 180 in her and am forever grateful that we made the decision to work with Rick. I highly recommend him without hesitation.

Peter Caine Dog Training
from 15 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Dina K.
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I had a Skype consultation with Peter. He is extraordinary and really knows the way dogs act, behave and should be trained. His advice and help really was all the difference in my dogs behavior. I really was my wits end trying to find a good trainer who didn't use food. He has very simple and effective techniques that, when applied consistently, worked like a charm. My dog is on a raw food diet and on the road to being a well mannered member of the family. I don't know what I'd have done with out him! Well, I do actually, I'd have been miserable living with an undisciplined dog! He helped me understand that dog training isnt a temporary fix, it is a life long commitment. Thanks Caine!

K9 Problemsolvers LLC
from 15 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Karen M.
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Laura is AMAZING at what she does. My fiance and i call her the east coast dog whisperer. She came to our home for a session with our dogs Bonny and Clyde. Clyde is an 85lb Old English Bulldog with Alpha issues. When we brought Bonny into the house a few months ago, Clyde was not having it. He went after Bonny a few times and was aggressive towards her. Laura came in and within a half hour- she took the lead and taught us what needs to be done to help clyde understand that hes not the head of the house. We walk the dogs together - from the time Laura came in without any incident. Clyde can walk closer to Bonny at this point and can be in same room with her for longer periods of time. While giving us a lot of hope - she has always been honest from the beginning, that there is a possibility that Clyde may not accept's not something that we wanted to hear - or think about, but a possible reality. We've been working hard with the dogs, and while its taking a lot of time (as she said it would), we're doing it the right way, and both dogs will be better as a result of her training tips. The day after she was here, she sent a very thorough report that included "homework" for us. it was because after a few days....with a lot of info to remember we were able to go back and read her reports whenever we need to. She calls to check in, and if we had any questions, or needed her help she calls back and has offered assistance - and would come over if need be, but we did as she instructed and we haven't need to. i'm pretty confiedent that Clyde will accept Bonny into our "pack" with the help from Laura. A lot of the work was based on Joe and I. It's a lot of extra work and time that we didnt think we had.....but we wanted to make this work, so we find the time. We dont have an end to this story just yet....there's still work ahead....but our dogs are better pets because of Laura. I honestly dont know what i would have done if she wasnt here to help, and we're so very grateful for everything she's done already!

Leash and Learn
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Caren G.
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I have known Rachel (and her dog Dustin) for years and they are both terrific. Rachel took care of my border collie, Winston, for many years - - and he loved her. I totally trusedt Rachel with Winston - - and would trust her with any dog I owned or was responsible for. She understands dogs and is super at training. Dustin, Rachel's own dog, is a master of tricks - self-taught by Rachel - - and she did a great job. I feel very comfortable recommending Rachel to care for your dog.

Top Notch Dog Training
from 12 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle D.
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I am a "repeat customer" at Top Notch because of the effectiveness of the training. The training is not only for the dog, but also for the handler. There is always a positive environment which makes training something to look forward to. The training is designed in building blocks so that you can expand to advanced levels if you choose. I have recommended Top Notch to many friends and colleagues, who have seen great success with the training sessions.

K9 Boot Camp
from 10 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jules A.
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Emily is one the best trainers in town!! Don't hesitate for a second and try her classes out. I started training my dog Tank when he was 9 months old. He had no impulse control and would jump and try to bite my face. I thought he was untrainable. After only 2 months Tank was able to pass his CGC which is a test used to test a dog's good behavior. Emily uses positive training and knows different training methods to get the best results. She really is the best trainer in town.

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.

Canines Can Do llc
from 9 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Elena Z.
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I cannot give enough accolades to Dorice. When I was having problems training my puppy wheaten terrier, a few people, including our Vet recommended Dorice. She came to our home and worked with my husband and I and the puppy, of course, for a few hours and by the end of the session we saw amazing positive results. Dorice is the most energetic, upbeat person I know and look forward to our next sessions with her.

Dennis P. Owens
from 9 reviews
  • 42 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy E.
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Dennis understands dogs as well as their owners. He explained to me very clearly why my dog is afraid of people and other dogs from my dogs perspective and what I can do to help my dog be more confident. My dog is behaving better, because I am taking control of what is let into my dogs world and he is learning to feel safe through my actions. From the first day i met dennis he has made the difference in mine and my dogs life. I look forward to continuing my classes and encourage all who have dogs and feel frustated like i was to see Dennis Owens the dog trainer at 2nd ave & 110st in dr. Demerelles office at NY doggie daycare.

Stonehill Kennel LLC
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

Giacomo Podavini
from 7 reviews
    Jake G.
    Verified review

    Giacomo is the best! I know people say that all the time, but this time I really mean it. He is just such a good dog trainer. Aside from the fact that our dog LOVES him, he made learning how to train a dog feel easy and gave us the confidence to tackle it (all while using positive reinforcement, both for us and for our dog!). Each class, he broke down three commands for us, giving us the tools to teach it to our dog both in class and once we got home. His handouts have proved invaluable and are like our bible at home. Giacomo's easy-going attitude, competence, and wide knowledge base make him stand out from every other dog trainer, and I can't wait to continue training with him (we've already done two six-week sessions and I want more!).

    • 20 years in business
    Judy B.
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    About 9 years ago I aquired an adult pit bull that happily lived outdoors with endless amounts of freedom that I now needed to integrate into my home! The first week I could barely hold onto him and walk him outside on my own without fear of him getting away from me or having an altercation. He was a very strong unneutered male that was 9 years old and never needed to follow rules or walk much on a leash. So upset and knowing I needed help, I reached out to Mike D'Abruzzo from K9-1 Specialized Dog Training. After speaking to Mike I definitely felt as though he was the right trainer for my situation and so I decided to move forward with his training. The best decision I ever made for Butkis and myself! Training actually became such an enjoyable bonding time between myself and my dog! I was finally able to walk him on a leash around other dogs, animals and people without him even caring if they were there! I was able to happily live with him inside and was even able to take him on trips to the park and in public without fear of him dragging me down the street! I was able to give him a good rest of his life without compromising how I lived mine. I couldn't have been more pleased with the progress I was able to make and was so happy with the results, that when I aquired my second pit bull Prelude, I knew I would start off training her right away and of course again with Mike. I took her to Mikes group classes which was just as great an experience. It was nice to be around other owners doing the same training with their dogs. I was very pleased that the training in the private lessons and in the group classes were the same and there were no differences in how the training was done. The technique, the results, and the philosophy were all the same. That brings me to my third aquired dog, a large 90lb male german shepard Orfeo. With him I decided to do both private lessons and group classes. Orfeo is a difficult dog in many ways. I know for sure that if i had not used Mikes training with Orfeo I would have ran into problems. This dog is not a dog that you can force to do anything he does not want to do, and he is also a dog that you can not just use treats to get him to do what you need him to do either. He is stubborn, and extremely strong willed. He requires a very delicate balance and knowledge that Mike was able to teach to me. If it were not for the knowledge and training that I recieved from Mike, I would never have been able to handle these 3 tough breed dogs. Mike has been an excellent teacher and trainer full of professionalism and patience. After training with him I have always had full confidence to take any one of my dogs out into any situation knowing I would be able to have full calm control of them. I would definitely recommend Mike to anyone looking for a trainer.

    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.

    Pawsibilities Pets LLC
    from 2 reviews
    • 8 years in business
    Wendy C.
    Verified review

    I have 2 dogs...a Doberman Pinscher (Lexi) and a German Shepherd(Nikita). Erica has worked with both of them and even after one lesson I saw results. Erica began working with Lexi when she was 3-4 months old. We did kindergarden, advanced training and a few agility classes. I went to another place for lessons once (a "gift" from someone) and it made me see how great Erica was! Erica gets to know your dog and tailors the lessons for them whether in a private lesson or group class. For example, she dealt with Lexi's disruptive class behavior by either using her as the example dog or giving her more advanced things to do. She was never angry or punitive. When Lexi became dog aggressive, Erica came and worked with us to help resolve the issue. With Nikita she worked on building her confidence and bringing out her intelligence. (Nikita is young and gets distracted easily) Erica discovers what makes your dog respond (food,,,toys..kisses) and utilizes that to motivate them. No cookie cutter training here! I have recommended Erica to several other people and everyone was pleased.

    Leslie's Dog Training
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Mike M.
    Verified review

    Leslie is a truly fantastic, professional dog trainer. After some time with dealing with or ignoring my dog's problems it became too much for me and I decided I needed some help. Leslie worked with me not only to train my dog but show me how to train her and show me the way she thinks. Classes were always informative and fun and I feel like I can say I have a better understanding of my dog overall. I am already beginning to see a change with my dog and I couldn't be happier. Thanks again, Leslie!

    Long Island Canine Class

    New To Thumbtack


      We provide dog training classes in obedience, AKC CGC, and star puppy and pet-assisted therapy. Our training classes are like a club; customers are welcome at any class and any location. Getting dogs trained and socialized is our priority! We provide great fun for every member of the family.

      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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