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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 168 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 310 hires on Thumbtack
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Elizabeth B.
Verified review

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
  • 196 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 71 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 123 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 54 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 93 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.

  • 7 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Angela P.
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Jerry came to my home to work with my dog (a 10 month old lab) on walking nicely on a leash and other basic obedience. He is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about working with dogs. He started by showing me the different training aids that were available and then suggested one that we might start with. Throughout the session, he told me, then showed me, and then had me employ specific, useful tips and techniques that I could use to train my dog. Jerry spent almost two hours with us and left us with "homework" to continue practicing. It has been a few days, and I can absolutely say that we are making progress! I would not hesitate to recommend Jerry to a dog owner ready to learn how to train his or her dog.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Joel R.
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Jay as of this point has been very responsible and professional. It shows that he has a passion and truly enjoys training dogs. So far after one class with him we have already seen an improvement in our dog's obedience. I look forward to learning more from him.

PackFit
4.5
from 34 reviews
  • 98 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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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 60 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!

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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.

Off Leash K9 Training
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Alisa W.
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Off Leash K9 Training is a fantastic business that's operated by some great people that clearly love doing what they do! If you want your dog to be flawless in obedience and have the freedom to go outside, off leash, then they are the obvious choice!

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Dolores Murray
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 17 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.

FourDogLovers
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany B.
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I received obedience training for my 4month lab. Everything went way better than I expected. Kevin was great, professional and consistent. My puppy obeys commands with no hesitation, job well done.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Eric N.
Verified review

He was very pleasant and very patient with me and my dog. My dog had never received training before and I shouldn’t have wait until she was 11 months to start, but Tony was patient and nice the entire time. I will continue to utilize his service in the future and recommend that you give him a try.

Tail Wags Canine Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Marie C.
Verified review

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.

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!

Consistent Canine, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea V.
Verified review

Kristy is amazing! She will come out and meet you and your pooch and spend time getting to know you and your needs. I dropped my boy (Jax - 90 lb. 9 months German Shephard) Saturday morning and he stayed with her for 3 weeks. A huge bonus is that she has other dogs, kitties, bunnies, and chickens - so Jax was exposed to and learned how to behave and be patient with them. We had a mid-training visit (she will do this with you during, OR after training) and spent two hours going over what he had learned. Even after only a week or so he had picked up many skills. It was me that needed to learn now:). Once home Jax immediately investigated the entire house and literally did some of his initial behaviors (like he was trying to make up for lost time and fit them all in within a few minutes). It was pretty funny actually. He knows the commands he was taught - there is no doubt. The more time I spend with him the more he is learning that he needs to follow those with me, as well, and not just Kristy:) He does test me, and in all honesty, I find myself breaking into laughter with him (not good for reinforcing his learning by the way). But, when I recompose myself and calmly and firmly bring him back to a place of obedience, he does "fall in line". He may not like it (the subtle whining is one indicator), but he does it. Part of the success once you have your pooch home is recognizing when you simply do not have their trainable attention. When Jax's energy and hormones are driving his puppy behavior I've found that isn't the time for me to "win" (frankly, because I don't, and reinforcing him winning is not good). I chose Kristy after connecting with her about in-home visits while I'm at work. That's how I learned of her training business. We met and honestly I just liked her. Jax liked her too - and that was important. My favorite part was the 3-week break and being able to clean my house without Jax thinking everything I was doing was for his enjoyment. Aside from that, it's clearly the effectiveness of Kristy's work. She also stays in touch with you to let you know how things are progressing. The biggest takeaway is learning how to properly use a pinch and/or e-collar, and that I need to be committed to reinforcing all the learned commands. What's truly great about Jax now is that I can, with confidence, take him hiking, out for walks, around other dogs (still a bit of a struggle - but honestly - that's a tough one for any pup!), public places, etc. and I know I have a different kind of control (he'll sit and remain sitting until I say otherwise).

Show Me Your Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michael G.
Verified review

Coming to Dave and Nicki was the best thing to happen to Winston, my little pitbull ball of energy, since I adopted him! When I first brought him home from BARCS, I couldn't sit down without Winston jumping on me and biting my hands. He would pull on the leash constantly on walks and would randomly get aggressive (seemingly) without warning when crossing the street. Then, a friend recommended I take Winston to SMYD. I did a brief consultation visit, one private class with Dave, and eight weeks of group obedience classes. SMYDs obedience curriculum has remarkably improved my relationship with my dog. Winston's demeanor has improved dramatically both at home and in public. I feel comfortable walking him through the busy city and letting him greet new people in my house. The classes are great; if you DO THE HOMEWORK, your dog cannot fail. If you're willing to repeat the class exercises at home, you're going to see fast results! Homework consists of posting a short video of you doing the weeks lessons at home. The trainers will let you know how you're doing and offer personalized tips and critiques. This is also just a cool way to see what your peers are doing and/or struggling with. I would recommend SMYD to anyone looking to strengthen their relationship with their dog whether it's through obedience, sport, service, or just letting your dog play with other dogs!

Funky Frogs Canine, LLC
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Michael K.
Verified review

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

Reston Dog Trainer
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Linda W.
Verified review

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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    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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