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  • 92 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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  • 8 years in business
  • 167 hires on Thumbtack
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Jung C.
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I had the pleasure of working with Caitlin, one of the trainers at The Canine Cure. We ended up board and training one of our dogs and boarding the other one as well. Caitlin took into consideration all of our concerns and did a great job building the foundation for our pups training. She was also very good about keeping us updated about both of our dogs while we were away on vacation and both of our dogs seemed like they were well taken care of during their stay. I will continue to use her services in the future and definitely would recommend her for anyone looking for a dog trainer.

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  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
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Amy F.
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Words can't describe how much Ariana means to us. After rescuing a 72lb AmStaff with behavioral issues, we asked Ariana to help guide us through training our sweet, strong boy. Ariana's tireless patience, humor and knowledge made training our dog a fun, bonding experience instead of a stressful one. Her commitment to ensuring our collective success and a healthy, happy dog was evident in every hour she spent with us. Work with Ariana- she is a joy who also knows her dog training stuff!

Suzanne's Pet Services
4.8
from 36 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Cathi O.
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Our new rescue pup Roxie needed basic obedience training and we discovered Suzanne Rodda while searching the internet for local dog trainers. Suzanne knows her stuff ! We have worked with her over the last month and a half and the difference in Roxie is obvious. Suzanne's approach is to not only train your dog, but to train YOU to work with your dog as well. It's a win win combination. We had a few challenges facing us along the way BUT Suzanne's flexibility and commitment to us made working with her easy and a pleasure. She has our recommendation as an excellent trainer.

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Diamonds in the Ruff
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Heidi D.
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Excellent, Robin is a great dog trainer. I can see the difference in my puppy only after 2 trainings!

Happy Dog Training
4.5
from 37 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Peter H.
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Joan's approach to behavioral training is very integrated taking into account the dog's environment, diet, and activity level. It's so nice to have a trainer that can make additional recommendations beyond the standard behavioral instructions to include changes in dietary and health needs to improve the training process. We asked Joan for help with our Dachshund/Poodle cross after repeated accidents in the apartment. Within two sessions we were communicating with our puppy to understand when she needs to go out, when she just wants to play, etc. Joan has been a huge help, she's punctual and extraordinarily good with the dogs and brings a tremendous value to the process beyond just learning how to "sit." As with any dog trainer it's important to know that as the owner you're being trained as well requiring a good dose of humility. Joan handles this without condescension and always remains positive. I recommend her for training and general dog care consulting!

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  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
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Lynsey J.
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Incredibly professional and also one of the most knowledgeable dog trainers i have ever met. Her ability to understand our needs was only exceeded by the one thing genuineness by which she engaged us and our dogs. We have 5 dogs . One of the dogs ,Jake, is a rescue and has just been introduced to the family. Being a male, there were some issues with introducing him to the other male, Baxter. Niamh adressed the problem immediately and educated us on how to continue the process. She is also available any time we need her and if not at that moment- she will return the call / text as soon as possible. We look so forward to continuing our relationship with her and having her continue to educate and assist us with all of our training needs. It is amazing to have an incredible Dog Trainer but it is even more amazing to have an incredible educator as well.

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MondioPup, Inc.
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Alex C.
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I met with another dog trainer for a consultation, but decided to invest in Adrienne's three-week board and train program instead and it was totally worth it! My 6 month-old Brittany Spaniel was an independent and high-energy pup. She did not have much of a food or toy drive for attempting training on my own. She came back from Adrienne's program with much more self-control and a complete set of manners! I'll be sending her back to Adrienne when she's a bit older for some fine tuning, but in the meantime- I've got myself a much more manageable puppy!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
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Fabiola R.
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Andrew is an excellent dog trainer. He was punctual and tailored his suggestions to our situation. His philosophy is non punitive and uses a lot of positive reinforcement. Best of all, he always left handouts to reinforce his suggestions. Our little Maltese, Charlie, is the better for it. And so are we.

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Pack in Harmony
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Charlotte E.
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Jessica has been instrumental in helping us transition to our new life as dog owners! She is super competent/ experienced with dogs, training and dog behavior/ psychology. She is also super reliable, trustworthy and kind. I couldn’t recommend her more.

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City Wolves NYC
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Diane M.
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When my physician recommended I take on a new addition to my life, i.e., a puppy; I selected one small enough to handle given my multiple disabilities and one who could grow into a service dog. Although my pup arrived at only five pounds, he proved to be too much for me to take care of while living alone without assistance. So I began researching dog trainers who utilize the ‘board and train’ approach. I knew my pup (Cakebear) needed concentrated training in order to assist rather than hinder me. Of course, I also wanted the training to be compassionate as well as intensive. After interviewing twenty-four trainers, I selected the best in show and substance - Sean Ryan of City Wolves NYC. Our first communication imbued me with confidence in Sean and his abilities and he did not disappoint. Rarely today does anyone deliver the service they claim to offer but Sean is fortunately the welcome exception. During our initial meeting, Sean asked me as many questions as I did him- as we wanted to be on the same page regarding my needs and those of my dog. My puppy’s immediate response to Sean was one of attention and affection, a unique combination which makes for a happy dog and owner. After spending a significant amount of time with me and my pup, Sean evaluated our particular situation and explained fully what he determined were the most critical training points and how he would work with Cakebear. He then patiently detailed every aspect of the process. Although my pup would be away for one month, I knew he’d be in the best of care. In addition to training, a huge plus was that my dog would be socialized with Sean’s own beloved dogs. I knew Sean would be in touch with me throughout the month but I was pleasantly surprised to receive consistent contact via videos, photos and detailed updates. This constant, detailed communication throughout the training period provided me the opportunity to share in my pup’s progress as a virtual participant. In each image, with each command, my dog’s respect for Sean was evident and mirrored the high regard I have for Sean. My little one was returned to me transformed from a fluffy ruffian to a ‘by the book’ soldier, fresh from boot camp, albeit in a loving yet structured setting. I’m sure Cakebear wouldn’t mind reenlisting if given the option for Sean’s agility work with my dog resulted in blossoming confidence, something difficult for a five pound puppy to have, especially in a new environment with dogs larger than him. With Sean my pup grew into a muscular, helpful, emotionally supportive, task performing adult (in spirit and ability) far exceeding what I had expected- the usual commands of heel, come, sit, etc. As I am routinely in Manhattan, it was critical to have a trainer work with my pup in a congested, city setting and City Wolves NYC was the perfect fit. While most ‘board and trains’ are located in Jersey or Long Island, City Wolves is exactly as its name states- city-bred through and through. Cakebear is now unafraid of buses, the honking of cars, screeching sirens and the stampeding of pedestrian feet around him, sights and sounds that often frighten even larger dogs. My dog is now undaunted by noise and commotion and this enables him to keep us both safe in the city. Sean Ryan goes far beyond the celeb-trainers such as The Dog Whisperer or Victoria Stilwell. He treats dogs with a philosophy- the wolf mentality- for even though my dog is small, he is, at his core, a wolf. Sean is not just a brilliant trainer who understands the innate character of dogs, he is an intelligent, compassionate, genuine and spiritual person whose love for his work as well as canines and humans, shines through with each tail wag my dog so eagerly gives me. Not only did my dog return trained, I too was trained in the process, for the handler/owner of a dog needs to be familiar with the commands, structure and more, all of which Sean covered with me in detail. At first meeting and upon Cakebear’s graduation, Sean spent an enormous amount of time with me and my dog, demonstrating how I should work with Cakebear to maintain the structure Sean instilled in him. Then, it was my turn. Sean patiently watched as my dog and I went through the training paces. Soloing in front of Sean was without fear, as corrections for my dog and me were non-judgmental, kind and welcome. To aid in my remembering the command language, Sean prepared a custom booklet outlining the commands my dog now knew as well as detailed steps for me to keep up the training process. Graduation day was a proud moment for me and my dog. My expertly trained dog is respectful, happy and buoyant, much like Sean himself. From graduation day onward, I work with my dog to enforce the training for both of us. As questions arise, Sean promptly addresses them rapidly, no matter how many or how often they occur. Sean’s dedication to each dog he trains extends past the day a dog earns his cap and gown. It is an everlasting relationship which my dog and I evolve within with Sean as our nurturing guide. Sean Ryan possesses a unique ability to transform any canine into a loving, obedient and enjoyable companion. In my case, this is essential to my health and for those who are able-bodied; it is necessary for a successful and fun dog/owner relationship. The skill set Sean brings to the table in dealing with dogs AND humans is exceptional. Although I interviewed twenty-four trainers before choosing, my homework paid off as I made the ideal choice for Sean Ryan of City Wolves NYC is one in a million!

Bred For Life
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 29 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.

Pampered Pals Pet Care
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Gail T.
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Sarah watched my dogs for 10 days about a month ago. I have two dogs and work from home so they have beyond extreme separation anxiety, so I was very tentative to travel, but had to leave the country so taking my dogs with me was not an option. A close friend of mine recommended her to me and I tried it. I am so beyond grateful for Sarah and her services. She brought my dogs everywhere with her, fortunately she has a job allowing her to bring them to work with her, she brought them to local dog parks and even brought them to a dog bakery to pick out their own snacks and then stopped at PetSmart to let them pick out some new toys, much more than I would ever expect any petsitter to do. She kept me updated sending me at least two texts with pictures of my babies and responded to all my messages. My female dog, Madison, takes a while to warm up to people and can be snippy, Sarah had no issues at all with her and Madison trusted her within minutes of Sarah watching her. I returned home to a wonderful picture collage of my dogs "Vacation with Sarah" and them happily asleep in their beds snuggled with their new toys, I have Sarah routinely come take them on trips now as they love to leave the house and adventure with her, they always come home super happy and then sadly walk around for at least an hour after she leaves. I couldn't have found a better pet sitter if I had duplicated myself! She truly is amazing

  • 39 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
John J.
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We have tried many dog trainers with many different techniques over the 35 years of having dogs. None came anywhere close to the effectiveness of Rick's handling of our golden doodle. We were on the verge of giving our dog away when we first met Rick. After a reasonable number of sessions, he transformed him into a completely different and oh so delightful pet. And the neat thing about Rick's techniques, our dog showed improvement after the very first session and just continued to get better as we went through the winter. Rick truly worked magic.

Backcountry K-9
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Sammy S.
Verified review

I reached out to Josh for help because my dog would lash out at other dogs when we went for walks, hikes, etc. I was very pleased with his work! He arrived on time, earlier than expected, to really make sure I got the most out of my session. The quality of his work is very professional and you could tell he truly cares about helping you and your dog! He is very knowledgeable in numerous different behavioral issues, which was impressive. He taught me how to take control of my dog and now my dog is doing much better socially. Josh also responded to my emails in a timely mannner when I would have quick questions. I would highly recommend this service!!

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Happily Wagging Tails Corp.
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
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Jim M.
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The perfect help we needed to train frankie... put us on the right track...we couldn't be happier

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Doggie Do Right Dog Training
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Karen E.
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Roxanne was wonderful! Brody is doing so much better now after his three week Board and Train! She gave me detailed instructions on how to keep him on a schedule and a bunch of great tips! He learned a lot with Roxanne as his trainer and he is a difficult dog to train. Affectionately known as the "energizer bunny"!! Thank you Roxanne. - Karen E.

Gus Trains Us, Inc.
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Nick P.
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Gus was great with our dog and us! Clearly shared what out mindset needs to be for first time dog owners. Still use his basics 2 years later!

Canine Love Dog Training
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 26 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.

The K-9 Center
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Christina H.
Verified review

Gave basic and off leash obedience training to my 130 pound long-haired German Shepherd. Perfect training for a dog that listens better to more intensive training techniques. 10 years later, he still responds to recall, heel, and left or right commands.

The Pup Professional
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 4 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

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