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Waterbury Dog Socialization Classes

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  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Annette G.
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Corinn, was very intuitive, with the needs of Sparrow, my cat. Pinpointed , socialization problems due to improper nurturing in the past. Applied a massaging technique , which I will continue. Thanks for your service, I highly recommend her for felines and Canines.

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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
Sonia K.
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I had been taking my 8 month old puppy to weekly obedience classes, but it was not helping with the issues I was facing at home, especially when the hormones kicked in and transformed him into quite a handful. I began searching for a professional that would come work with us at home. After much searching, I contacted Robin, as she met (and exceeded) all of my search criteria. Sadly, it turned out that my puppy and I were much worse off than I was aware of. Thankfully, I found Robin before things got out of hand. After only 2 sessions with Robin, we have made more progress than I even thought possible. She is firm, yet kind and gentle. Not only has she helped my puppy greatly, she has given me a sense of much needed confidence which will help my puppy and I have a successful and happy future relationship. Thank you Thumbtack for helping me find Robin!

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

Have a Heart Dog Training
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.

  • 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.

Canine Communications
from 20 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Elisabeth C.
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Christine aka "the new dog whisperer" not only taught me how to train my dog she took the time to get to know me. She was spot on with dog training and behavioral issues. She helped me become "the leader of the pack" using dog-friendly, techniques (NO SHOCK COLLAR, OR HARSH METHODS EVER!!!). Her goal was for my dog to love and respect me not fear me . She will work with you in your home addressing issues such as housebreaking, separation anxiety, aggression, jumping up, puppy nipping, walking on leash, and much more. Christine can help you with ANY BREED, ANY AGE, ANY ISSUE! Christine was available to help work around my hectic schedule and allowed time for the whole family to be involved. Before Christine trained Roxy our "French Mastiff" Roxy was jumping up on our company , barking non-stop , pulling on the leash to the point we could not walk her without our arms being pulled outta our sockets, begging for food and not listening to her commands such as sit , stay and come . With just a few shorts weeks Roxy was and is a changed dog . She is gentle , never jumps up on people or furniture . Our Roxy couldn't have made this transition without the training of Christine!

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Backcountry K-9
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Sammy S.
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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!!

  • 18 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
David S.
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Great trainer. She knows how to communicate with my dog and the dog loves her.

Kritzercreek Training
from 17 reviews
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Caitlyn L.
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I was very pleased with how quickly Michele was able to teach my dog and myself . We will defiantly be going back for more classes in the future and the price was extremely fair

Alpha Dog Obedience Center
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

Top Notch Dog Training
from 12 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jennara W.
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Top Notch Dog Training is -- well, it's top notch! I've been training there for ten years with my Cavalier King Charles Spaniels; the instructors are both knowledgable and friendly, and ALWAYS put the good of the dogs first. The class fees are very reasonable, too. My dogs and I love our classes there!

Canine Cadre LLC
from 10 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew H.
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We first brought our female sable GSD athena for training and had a great learning experience with lenny...and a few years later brought our all black female athenas daughter fria for some basic obeience training and some leadership skills with mary ellen...both lenny and mary ellen make the whole experience fun and easy to understand. Especially when it comes to the dog phsychology and learning to be a pack leader, they both have many many years working with GSD's and truely understand the breed and the fact that these are truley a working breed..the teachings are very simple and interesting to where you wanna learn and keep going, mary ellen also does a wonderful job with grooming. I highly recomend canine cadre for all your canine needs...all types of training, behavior modification, basic and advance obedience, puppy classes, grooming ... They do it all.

  • 56 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gemini F.
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I was tired of my dog Nancy' behavior. I know she had all those behaviour problem because we all family members have been pampering her since we had her. We love her a lot but there is always a limit how long you can bear someone. She was totally out of control and we were warned to vacant the apartment because of her unnecessary barking, scratching and impulsiveness. We were totally hopeless when we contacted Nikhil and told him our problems. Nikhil hear us very patiantly and said dont worry. I will help Nancy to be a good pet. Honestly, I am surprised how someone can change a dog's behavior in just fifteen days just by instructing it some commands and actions. He made our life easy. We highly recommend nikhil for dog training.

Stonehill Kennel LLC
from 8 reviews
  • 30 years in business
Joseph E.
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I had done a fair amount of research seeking a dog trainer to "touch-up" on obedience training and also offer some advanced work for my G.S. Service Dog "Boca". I was impressed upon reading through the successful L.E.O. resume of Chris Byrne. The online video of several of their finished dogs totally blew me away as well. "That's the way I want my dog to behave and respond to me"! Being sold by what I saw and read about Stonehill Kennel and having a similar career as a brother L.E.O., I thought choosing them would be a good fit. After contacting them we made an appointment to meet and have my first session. Upon arrival I met Chris and was impressed by his down-to-earth attitude and his level of knowledge about dogs, their temperament, breed specifics and training needed to get to where I wanted to be. Chris introduced me to his lead trainer Dan Hartley who would be doing the training for Boca and I. I was given a crash course (by Dan) of dog psychology, dog needs, and handler must-haves. I was totally blown away by the technical knowledge Dan gave me as we jumped right into training. Dan came across as a "get-down-and-dirty type of individual when it came to animal training. Dan comes across as being a stern and to-the-point type individual (what I actually needed at the time) yet he was very fair, patient and most importantly took the dogs psychological and physiological needs as primary objectives. It's the human who really needs the training - not the dog... In my case anyway! After the first initial training session I knew I selected the right kennel to do the right training for me and my best friend. After only a few sessions I was devastated by news that my dog had developed not one but several genetic diseases which rendered him "unfit" for future service work. He was only 2 and a half years old. I broke the news to Chris and Dan and expected that our business relationship would be terminated due to the new health issues of Boca. I was really devastated and torn up emotionally as to what I was going to do since I had just finished paying off the cost to buy and train Boca as my Mobility Service Dog. Just about all nationally known non-profit agencies who train/place mobility service dogs have an average of a two-three year waiting list. In my mind, I didn't think my breaking heart (and disabled back) would last that long. Chris contacted me and we talked in depth of what my physical needs are and the expectations I really wanted in a new Mobility Service Dog. Chris didn't hesitate to offer me another dog which he could train to not only meet my needs but to do the whole process within my budget. I was ecstatic to say the least. Yea - under the exterior "tough-cop" attitude and all business personas, Chris turned out to be what I'd refer to as a "Rough-Tough Teddy Bear"! Not long thereafter (maybe two weeks) I found a family friend who (happens to be a veterinarian technician) was willing to foster Boca into her family which includes three children, two doggie playmates for Boca and most importantly the means to provide Boca with the drugs necessary to extend his life longer than I could under my care. It totally broke my heart (and continues to) to take Boca to their home and leave him there. I do get periodic messages and he's doing well. In the meantime I was emailing Chris at Stonehill many, many times suggesting he look at the various in my emails to check out as a source for another G.S.D. puppy for my new partner. In retrospect I must have driven Chris nuts - for which I'm so sorry. Even through that he remained very patient and showed empathy for what I was going through. It was less than a month I received a call from Chris that he thinks he may have found the right candidate and asked for me to come to the Kennel to meet him. Soon the day came and I was very pleased to meet "Deviss". He's considered a large dog for a shepherd (85lbs) but looked like a "toy" compared to my 125lb Boca. Chris was very positive while explaining not only the history of "Deviss" but also the mobility tools (Support Vests) available which would compensate for size difference. Although smaller Deviss is a solid broad-chested young dog who looks very capable of helping me with my mobility issues. We forged a contract at that time by the most effective means - a handshake! I couldn't have been more grateful to Chris and will always feel I owe him for his work. Of course more work has to be done before delivery. It's been almost a month and I've learned to be a little more patient (which is very hard) but remaining anxious as to the progress of Deviss. Recently Chris contacted me and it appears that Deviss is "almost there" and quite possibly be ready for delivery by April first. So excited! It's more than my bad back and legs that need Deviss - my heart too is still with a gaping hole with the loss of Boca...a space I'm sure Deviss can fill in time. While I'm awaiting delivery I'm constantly trying to keep busy with several fundraising campaigns to help me raise the money to pay Chris for Deviss. Although long, I felt it necessary to fill you in on my whole story for it is much more than a simple business deal between me and Stonehill Kennel. I feel that a strong friendship containing loyalty and compassion has resulted beginning from our first meet through present. I owe and thank Chris who has worked with me and helped me through one of the hardest trials of my life. There'll be more to post (I Hope) in early April when I finally get Deviss home and we begin to forge a new working/family relationship with the help of both Dan & Chris. Both of them have done great by me and I most definitely will recommend them as the best trainers I have had the pleasure of working with. The truth will absolutely be "in-the-pudding, when I get Deviss and have the opportunity to work with him. Will re-post with the completion of my story and future status updates on Deviss and sealed deal between myself and Stonehill Kennel.

  • 20 years in business
Adrian T.
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K9-1 is a professional and caring dog training service. Mike D'Abruzzo takes his job seriously and has the patience required to train all types of dogs from a household pet to a police patrol dog. He loves dogs and will do all he can to train them. Before calling K9-1 my dog was dangerous and undisciplined. Mike turned my dog into a manageable and loving animal while still helping me understand limitations and dog behavior to continue his training at home. I live in Brooklyn and would recommend K9-1 even if you dont live near. Its that good.

Sandy Meadow Farm
from 5 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Patricia F.
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When a new puppy joined our family, we took him to Puppy Class at Sandy Meadow Farm. With the expert help of trainer Missy Kielbasa, our puppy learned good manners, and we began to learn how to communicate with our dog using research-based strategies (made simple by Missy.) I continue to take our pup to Basic, Intermediate, and other classes because the pup likes class and I like learning how to better communicate with him. I am amazed and inspired as I watch Missy take the end of a leash, and every time the dog does what she requests. It's comforting to know there's a trainer who can guide us through the challenges. Missy was just an email away when we needed advice with our pup. For many reasons, I highly recommend Sandy Meadow Farm.

Waggy Woof
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!

    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.


    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.

    Long Island Canine Class

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      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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