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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 163 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 288 hires on Thumbtack
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Elizabeth B.
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Ryan came over to help me with my miniature schnauzer's issues with walking and jumping on company. I've learned that I must make myself valuable to the dog. My dog, who doesn't even care for males, immediately respected Ryan.

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  • 17 years in business
  • 165 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer M.
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My American Bulldog rescue, Biggie, adores Denise. She was always very knowledgeable, helpful, and patient as we went through obedience classes onto getting our CGC. Biggie had issues, including shutting down and refusing food and water when in a kennel setting. When I had to board him I was very confidant knowing he was with Denise, it's obviously she loves dogs and loves what she does. He ate like a king and got to socialize and has loved her ever since. She is one of the few people I trust with my dog.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
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Jane S.
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We were having trouble teaching our dog to walk on the leash without pulling. Kathryn came out to help us and it was like night and day with the results. She not only worked with Bandit but she gave us tips about what to do and not to do. Bandit walks without pulling now. It makes our walks so much easier and enjoyable. I highly recommend Kathryn. She is knowledgeable, trustworthy and you can tell she loves dogs!

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  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Lydia B.
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Brian came out to our house to work with my dog Otis, a 55 lb Gordon Setter who has been acting more aggressively since we had our baby. He growls at select guests and didn't seem to understand our commands to calm him down. We also asked Brian to work with us on his walks, because Otis surges ahead on his own agenda trying to hunt down birds and squirrels and be the nosy neighbor that he is! The in-home consultation was informative and we were already impressed by Brian's ability to control Otis in the house, without really even needing to use verbal commands. He showed us a few things to do that day to calm Otis down and get him ready for his walks and then we scheduled our first session with him. By the end of the first session, Otis was able to walk by our side, even as he walked past his favorite trees which are always hopping with birds and squirrels. Brian gave us a folder with a write-up of Odie's issues and tips for working with him. We continued to practice with Otis for a week and he regressed somewhat. He would walk by our side because we had the leash in place but I struggled to hold the leash because Otis was continuously trying to surge ahead. During the second consultation Brian helped us combat this issue and even had Otis walking by or sides without us having to hold the leash!!! It was pretty amazing to see and we were beyond impressed. He also worked with us in the backyard, showing us more exercises to do with Otis. And he went over a routine we should have in place for Otis when we have people knocking on the door and coming over. The following day we had many guests over for a baby shower and we were able to implement this plan and Otis was very responsive and very well-behaved. In fact, he only growled at one person and it was after they had come in and sat down. As soon as I said "No" and told him to come to me, he did, and I had him lay down and then had him do a few tricks, and afterwards he was fine for the rest of the party. It has been 3 days since the last consultation and Otis still tests us a bit on the leash, but we have the tools we need to correct his behavior and our walks are not as much of a struggle. In fact, they are quite pleasant and we are excited to be able to communicate with Otis in an effective manner. It has really helped improve our relationship with Otis, who we have always loved like a kid! But it's just amazing to be able to understand him and have him understand us. We wish we would've done this sooner, and I truly recommend Brian's techniques! He is awesome!

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah F.
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Joanne spent a little over 1 hour working with me and my dog on basic obedience commands. It was amazing how quickly she got the dog to respond. After practicing the techniques with the dog over the past week I have noticed a big difference in her obedience and what a difference it has made in her. I still hope to have Joanne back to work with me on leash training.

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca A.
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I couldn't be happier with the training that we've received from Social Tailwaggers. Jodie, our trainer. is so patient and very knowledgeable. The first time we met, we discussed what training I was interested in and what goals we were trying to achieve for my dog, Cooper. Cooper was around 10-11 months old when we began our first training session. She immediately began to introduce new skills and commands to work on training Cooper. After each lesson, Jodie sends a detailed email outlining all of the skills we worked on and suggestions to help with practicing on my own. Jodie was also helpful with recommendations on types of toys and feeding bowls to help with the energy level of my dog. I would highly recommend Social Tailwaggers to anyone who needs help training a new puppy or an older dog. It is well worth the time, money and effort to have a well trained dog and not only are you going to have a well trained, better behaved dog, it's also a lot of fun time spent with your dog.

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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
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Erin D.
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Vicki was a wonderful trainer who managed to help us train our 1yo rescue, Penny. She provided tips, advice, and made amazing suggestions to practice while not in training sessions. In the course of 6 weeks, Penny learned several obedience commands (stay, leave it, wait, etc) as well as tricks (sit, down, paw, crawl, etc.) Penny was difficult to teach when we first got her and although I have had a dog before, I have never had a puppy/younger pup and she wasn’t a good listener until we saught help from Paw Patrol of VA, LLC. Vicki was very flexible with our schedule, understanding of our ongoing frustrations in trying to teach her obedience, and was able to help us change our body language and tone to teach Penny what we wanted her to do. After the first 2 sessions, Penny recognized Vicki when she came to our home and LOVED school (mostly because she loves attention, praise, and training treats). I am so thankful my husband and I agreed to get a trainer for Penny and we really lucked out with Vicki. Thank you Vicki, Brittany and Sadie for your kindness. We would gladly hire Vicki again in the future and recommend her to others in the area!

For Pup's Sake, LLC
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne M.
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Lara is terrific, and we recommend her wholeheartedly! Whether you need basic obedience or have a dog with serious problem behaviors (as was the case with our dog), Lara's in-depth knowledge and flexibility can help you build a better bond and happier co-existence with your dog. In our case, we deeply appreciated that Lara recognized those areas where we could use new/improved techniques and skipped over the areas where we were ok. This saved us both time and frustration, and allowed us to more quickly address the true problem areas. We still have much work ahead, but I am incredibly grateful to Lara for putting us on the right track!

PackFit
4.3
from 30 reviews
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer A.
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I've had one lesson with Kimberly and wished I had contacted her sooner to get started on training my German Shepherd rescue. What I like best about Kimberly's approach is her care and attention for the well-being of my dog. Working with Kimberly has helped me to understand that an obedient dog isn't necessarily a happy or well-adjusted dog. Kimberly's method of training takes in the "whole dog" concept addressing nutrition, mental, and physical fitness. As a new dog owner she's helped me to understand how to interpret my dogs behavior and what my dog needs from me as the pack leader. Training is fun, the homework is simple and Kimberly is always on hand to answer a question. The welcome package (lots of goodies) she provided exceeded my expectations and Kimberly has become my "go-to" for additional resources for my dog.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Brian J.
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I used Canine Dominion to help me with my aggressive dog. My dog would go after other animals and sometimes people. Jauvarie the owner took a special interest in my case and came out to help. When the lessons was over my dog was a completely different dog. Jauvarie's knowledge and skills are amazing. I would definitely reomment him to my friends.

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Dolores Murray
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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BJ H.
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Dolores trained our 5 month old puppy and did a wonderful job over the six sessions. She arrived on time and always ready to start. Our dog, Brandy took to her straight away and soon learned to sit and stay. Over the course of the training he learned all the basic obedience things we asked for. Dolores only uses Positive Revinforcement methods which means it's all reward based - no Prong collars. We highly recommend this trainer.

Off-Leash K9 Training
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Alex D.
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The OLK9 crew has given us a whole new perspective on dog training and obedience. We went to OLK9 with the goal of having our APBT "Casino" stop pulling on leash during walks and to stop mild dog aggression. At first we were hesitant with using an e-collar for training, but Garry was able to address all of our concerns during our first lesson and made us feel at ease with the training regimen. One month and 2 lessons later, and we couldn't be more impressed with the results we've seen so far. Our training has given us and Casino more confidence not only on leash, but we are now comfortable walking him off leash even with distractions. We have two basic classes left and have already registered for our advanced lessons. Nick comes highly recommended and responds quickly to any questions you may have regarding training or the e-collar. We've already recommended other family members to enroll in the program and look forward to the continued confidence gained from training. Our only regret is not starting our training sooner...

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Shadow Hill Dog Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca B.
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I hired Audrey to teach me and my new rescue dog(cattle dog) basic obedience and manners inside and outside my home. Audrey was a patient and knowledgeable teacher, and really helped me to understand how to communicate with my new girl. Working with her at my house was INVALUABLE and well worth the investment of time and money. I highly recommend her to anyone looking joe a trainer.

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Anne S.
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We adopted an adult German Shepherd 3 months ago who was very shy and then quickly started showing signs of aggression. We were torn because we knew this dog had already had a hard life and didn't want to give up on her, but also didn't want to risk the safety of our family members. We called Academy Dog Training and from the first experience to the end, we have found all the team members to be experienced, professional, organized, and dedicated. It's not just that Academy Dog Training helped our dog learn obedience commands, because I'm sure many training facilities could do that, but they always took time to ask how we were doing, spent time to understand our issues and goals, and helped us develop a course of action. We were also amazed by the memory they have about previous concerns we share and seeing how many clients they have, I never saw them miss a beat -- they all communicate well with each other and with us. Thank you so much Haywood, Alexa, Havella, and Adrianna -- you all make a great team.

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Myriam N.
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When I am too busy with work and school, and can't spend as much time as I can with my pet, I need dog walkers services. I tried different companies, until somebody recommended me Journey, and now I stick to this company. I definitely recommend Journey to everybody!

Funky Frogs Canine
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Michael K.
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I had hoped Williams come to my house to help me train basic obedience to my boxer pup I could not walk him without him dragging me around the neighborhood after the first visit I can pretty much walk him loose leash with out him pulling me around the neighborhood she did an outstanding job she comes back once a week to my house and teaches him one more command she does an awesome job I would highly recommend her

Tail Wags Canine Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Marie C.
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After adopting a 5 year old Husky last year, Tail Wags Canine Training helped us with the adjustment period for Koda and gave us invaluable advice on how to integrate her into our family. We have two cats, one of which is diabetic, so it was important to us that she be a good fit and that everyone get along. Tail Wags not only helped with that, she put Koda through obedience training, making her an easier dog for our now 11 year old son to handle on his own. Knowledgable in the psychology of dogs makes this trainer outstanding when it comes to helping us know the right ways to reinforce good behavior and positive habits for our beautiful Koda.

Sean Plouffe
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Alex F.
Verified review

Obedience training: The ultimate dog lover; Sean is both engaging and demanding yet gentle with a temperament and energy pups can relate to. He is instinctive and rewarding reaping great response and much respect from all dogs. His experience as an owner of the rare Shikoku and fiesty chihuahua is clearly instrumental in his firm patience that many mischievous pups need. I recommend Sean's services and if you work with him your pup will be both obedient and happy! Affordable Available Convenient Fast results

Pet & House Sitting
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sheila P.
Verified review

Antonia cared for my three dogs and two cats over the course of two years. She took wonderful care of them not just walking and feeding, but also playing with the dogs and visiting with the kids during my work day when I can't be at home. She came twice a day and even cleaned the cat litter! I can't imagine a better animal caretaker and her assistance allowed me the piece of mind that while I'm at work my animals were not bored all day and were well taken care of. Antonia brings a genuine care for animals and spends time volunteering with animals regularly. She also studied Animal Behavior in school and this distinction has helped her identify sickness in animals. I recommend her highly. She is very flexible on the days and time you need her and is glad to focus on a few clients where the owners are really seeking long term care. Lastly, her rates are very reasonable. In the past, I have paid a lot more for these services. With Antonia, you won't be gorged on price. Sign up with her now!

Reston Dog Trainer
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Linda W.
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I just want to thank Sarka so much for helping us out with training our dog, Hnupka. We had a very difficult time coping with Hnupka before we decided to contact Sarka and ask her for her expert help. Sarka taught Hnupka basic obedience and helped him to socialize with other dogs, humans and daily busy city life. Sarka also showed us techniques on how to handle Hnupka ourselves, set his expectations, and build his respect for us in a humane and loving way so that he would obey. Hnupka is now a much more manageable part of our family. I would highly recommend Sarka as an obedience trainer. She loves dogs and they love her back. Linda

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