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  • 3 years in business
  • 281 hires on Thumbtack
  • Stafford, VA 22556

Heidi P.

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I HIGHLY recommend Ryan from Ruff House Dog Training! To say that he is great at what he does is an underestimate! I must say that I was hesitant at first as our dog has been really aggressive. Ryan assured me not to worry and that he could handle himself. After 10 minutes with Bruno, Ryan had him under control. He was super informative and knew exactly what he was talking about. In only ONE session, Bruno is a completely different dog. We have a lot of work to go with him, but the foundation has been laid and it is now up to us to continue to improve our role as the Alpha. Thank you so much, Ryan! Gone are the days of living in fear and hello to tomorrow!

  • 7 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Woodbridge, VA 22192

Jackie B.

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Jerry is the best! After only two sessions my dog can sit, lay down, get in her bed, seek, bring and catch tennis balls and place balls on the racket and is markedly improved in leash behavior and not jumping so much. Jerry spends lots of time with you and the dog. He gives you homework and he checks in with you via text to encourage training. I found his prices much better than his competitors and the value for services is amazing. He also is very flexible with scheduling. You will get your money's worth but dog training is all about the people so you will need to work and follow thru. We saw results within 5 minutes after jerry arrived. Our dog loves him!! We haven't had our final session but I am confident it will be productive. Highly recommend! Five stars in all areas!

  • 33 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Silver Spring, MD 20910

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The training that my husband and I got with Haywood was an investment in our relationship with our French Bulldog, who was leash reactive with other dogs. When we met Haywood in the initial consultation, we immediately felt confident that we would be in good hands, and we weren't disappointed. Haywood and David were in tune to our personality and our dog's, and trained us in the techniques and strategies of positive reinforcement and correction so that our dog could relax and we could enjoy our walks through the neighborhood. We had several weeks of individualized training, during which we learned how to get our Frenchie to consistently and reliably follow the essential commands of sit, down, stay and let's go, followed by a few weeks of group instruction, in which several of the dogs in training were brought together and taught to stay obedient and relaxed in a more interactive and stimulating environment. The training resulted in a relationship with our dog that is positive and rewarding, and we can't recommend Academy Dog Training by Haywood enough.

  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Springfield, VA 22150

Cecilia K.

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I had a wonderful experience working with Cecilia Schmitt. She is very professional and extremely knowledgeable about many different kinds of training. In addition, she posses a variety of certifications in dog training that many other trainers do not seem to have (this was one of many reasons I decided to hire her). I have a 7 year old greyhound and was looking for someone to asses whether or not he needed more instruction in terms of basic obedience. Ms. Schmitt came to our house (awesome and convenient!) and was right on time! We began our session by filling out some basic forms and talking about my dog, Turbo. I was a little nervous at first because greyhounds, behaviorally, are a little different than most other breeds. Luckily, Ms. Schmitt used to own a greyhound and knew just how to work with Turbo! We went through all the behaviors and at the end of the session it was determined that Turbo was just fine. Ms. Schmitt did, however, give me a few pointers on the kinds of training that could start taking Turbo to the next level. I do plan on hiring Ms. Schmitt again to work on a few advanced training techniques and to help Turbo get his Canine Good Citizen Award (Cecilia Schmitt can both administer and train for this test--double bonus!) My fiance and I are planning on adopting another Greyhound this winter and will definitely be contacting Ms. Schmitt again to help our new dog with his/her basic obedience skills. I would recommend Sterling Silver Canine Coaching, LLC to anyone and everyone!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Frederick, MD 21702

Anita A.

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I highly recommend Damelle, who has been fabulous in helping care for our 8yr old bichon Coby who had back surgery in December. Over the past two months he has made daily visits to help with feeding (many days Coby refused to eat from anyone but Damelle), with medicines (8 different types!), as well as with expressing (helping him pee). His support has really been critical to Coby's recovery. He is always calm, but authoritative in a gentle way, which Coby (a little dog, with a big ego) responds well to. I particularly appreciate Damelle's commitment to coming every day, even when we have had bad snow and ice, that would have led many people to cancel. I feel he really understands Coby, appreciates his quirky (and sometimes very cranky!) personality and is committed to helping him get better as quickly as possible. Thanks to Damelle, Coby is now well on the way to being his old self.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Mount Airy, MD 21771

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I've been boarding my dogs at Belquest Kennel for the past 11 yrs. My dogs get very excited as soon as I turn into the Belquest Kennel driveway. They jump out of the car and beat me to the door. This tells me that they love boarding at Belquest! The staff is always professional & friendly and they do an outstanding job at grooming my Havanese. Our 14 yr. old Beagle had disk problems and they went out of their way to take special care while bathing and grooming our old boy. Belquest has a wonderful selection of dog toys, goodies & grooming tools. I find their prices to be lower than Pet Smart or some of the larger chain stores.

Pender Vet

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  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Fairfax, VA 22033

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Pender Vet provides dog training classes to the public in Fairfax, VA near Fair Oaks Mall by West Ox Road and Route 50.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • District Heights, MD 20747

Kathleen L.

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Nic truly is a dog whisperer! I recently adopted a pitbull who is 2 years old, and she came with a relatively unknown history, but was very dog reactive. Nic helped me understand what my dog was telling me, and what her little quips really meant. He not only helped me train her with basic commands and socialization, but he also trained me as a pack leader, which is equally if not more important. He is very gentle, but firm, considering my dog is a pitbull and needed to be reigned in at the beginning because of her high prey drive. I highly recommed Tolson Canine for dog training any breed and of any age. You will be pleased with the results!!

  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Hyattsville, MD 20785

Sarah G.

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Just as I was losing hope for my little yorkie, Finnegan, Niecy saved the day! We asked for her to help with leash reactivity with other dogs. You may think why is this such a big deal as Finnegan is a 5 pounder, but it was terrible walking him in our neighborhood since we would run into at least 5 dogs on our short walks. At first we started with a prong collar and then since he was only slightly better, went to a neck stimulating collar. I was nervous about both because of Finn's size , but she was great with teaching us proper techniques and making us feel comfortable using these tools. She took him for a week to train him more intensely since he is stubborn joker. He was a new dog. Laying down without barking while dogs walked past him at the dog park; I was amazed!! I was extremely impressed with how much changed in just one week. What I also liked about her program was the 100% money back guarantee since we had poor results with other trainers. She is also available between sessions. The pricing was reasonable especially with everything that is included. Most important of all is that we were happy with the results. I would highly recommend her! Thanks again Niecy!!!!

  • Alexandria, VA 22310

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Is your best friend not receiving enough attention? Would you like to play with them more but just don't have the time? Are you feeling guilty that you're out and about, while they're stuck at home with nobody to talk to? Do you worry when you need to take a trip that no one will take good care of your pooch? Does your dog's grooming ritual consist mainly of a quick hose-down in the driveway and wiping their feet at the door? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Reserved Barking is the place to be! Are you going on a trip? Bring your dog to Reserved Barking so they can have a vacation too! Your dog will romp and play with other day-care dogs during the day, then cuddle up with pack mates for a night of rest, peace and serenity. At Reserved Barking, we specialize in caring for dogs while their owners are at work or have other commitments that would force their dog to be left home alone. We are dedicated to giving the pets in our care a fun-filled day of physical, emotional and mental stimulation, while providing the owners with the peace of mind that their pet is receiving the utmost in personal care and attention, while participating in activities at our facility. Our strong commitment to customer satisfaction is demonstrated in the professionalism and knowledge of our staff and our interactions with the animals in our care. It is our job to ensure that every dog entering our facility,= and participating in services that we provide is not only happy but is in a safe, secure and structured environment. We will provide the social interaction that a dog needs; the kind of social interaction that owners are unable to provide due to work and/or other commitments.

  • Leesburg, VA 20176

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We offer basic through advanced positive reinforcement training, as well as behavior modification for specific behavioral concerns. At Right on Cue Training and Behavior, we are not limited to working with dogs, but we are equipped to work with any type of pet that is in need of training and/or behavior modification for behavioral concerns.

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Columbia, MD 21046

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We came to Rick and Jess last Sunday and I can't tell you how dedicated these two are to their job. They listen to your specific situation and offer such great advice while getting to know your dog individually. We were having problems with our dog and our friend's dog getting along and they not only met with us at the kennel (just our dog), they also came out a week later to our home to see Lizzie and the other dog interact and work with them in the moment - wow! I couldn't have asked for more. Both Jess and Rick are knowledgeable and more importantly, positive and helpful teachers when working with you and your dog. I feel that the knowledge we gained from them has added to our relationship with our dog and has added so much more joy to our dog's life. She is now working and learning more than she ever has. I also feel that their input has greatly helped with our situation and will help the two dogs get along. I would recommend them over and over and look forward to visiting them again at the kennel. Thank you, thank you! Can I give 6 stars??

  • 12 years in business
  • Washington, DC 20008

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We specialize in puppies and also in working with aggression cases. We have a private day school called Puppy Academy to provide specialized training and socialization for puppies under 20 weeks. We also offer group classes including Puppy Kindergarten, Obedience, Agility, Tricks, Canine Good Citizen, and more. For behavior cases and/or specific needs, we also offer private dog training sessions. We have lots of experience and a high success rate in working with a variety of issues including leash reactivity, leash pulling, basic obedience, barking, aggression, anxiety, and fear.

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We offer in-home dog training for any age, breed or issue! We use natural dog-friendly methods that owners can use to communicate better with their dogs and improve their leadership through body language and voice tones.

  • Fairfax, VA 22031

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We offer professional dog training as seen on Animal Planet, ESPN, Outdoor Channel, and Letterman. Here At Sit Means Sit in Fairfax, our mission is to provide training programs that result in a happy, confident and satisfied owner as well as a happy, confident and obedient dog. Sit Means Sit is the largest US based dog training company in the history of the USA. We provide industry-leading results that can help owners achieve the maximum control on and off the leash! You and your family will be amazed at how much more you can enjoy your dog in the house, on walks, on hikes, in the car, during camping, and even during long-distance trips! Our program provides owners with the following: * Puppy management * Basic and advanced obedience * Behavior modification * Aggressive dog training * Board and train We will personalize your needs by starting you with one-on-one training to make sure you and your furry companion are confident and comfortable before you start group training. That's where the fun really begins! You'll learn to socialize your dogs on a higher level of control, while meeting other owners who are also at different levels of training. You'll have fun even while you learn to control your furry friend, even when there are distractions. Let's face it; our dogs come into our lives for a variety of reasons: companionship, rescues, protection and so on. Whatever the reason, it's hard to develop that lifetime bond special with your dog when he's chewing up your furniture, soiling your carpets, jumping uncontrollably, or nipping at your friends and kids! Our training methodology puts you in charge, so you can move beyond bad behavior and begin to more thoroughly enjoy your relationship with your dog. Upon completing our program, you will confidently do the following: * Walk your dog off leash * Control any acts of aggression * Call your dog and be rewarded with immediate obedience * Gain control while still showing your affection Plus, you'll be able to quickly control bad or annoying behaviors like the following: * Jumping up * Excessive barking * Running away * Destructive behavior * Separation anxiety * Leash pulling * Soiling the house * Nipping and chewing * Aggression Together, we can create happier homes for dogs, and a better quality of life for dog owners looking to have more freedom for their dogs and families. Sit Means Sit is the key to making the difference for years to come!

  • Capitol Heights, MD 20791

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In search of a loving, neighborhood, friendly, independent dog walker or trainer? We walk dogs for 30 minutes increments and we also offer obedience training courses. Contact us for more details and to receive a free in home evaluation!

  • Parkville, MD 21234

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We are a puppy/dog training company that will come to your house. The best results always come from working with your K9 in the environment that they do the unwanted behavior in, not in a glorified warehouse like most dog training facilities. References and testimonials are being posted daily on our web site. Let us show you how we are the best! We have several different pay options, so everyone can afford to have the K9 you always wanted.

  • Rockville, MD 20850

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Potomac Dog School is a doggy daycare, cageless boarding, grooming and training facility. We are open 7 days a week, from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., and have 24/7/365 supervision. The webcams allow you to watch your dog at play, and our attached outdoor area allows our dogs to play and go outside to use the bathroom at their convenience. We also have shuttle service available Monday-Friday.

  • Queenstown, MD 21658

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Homeland Canine Security is a small, female-owned MD company founded in 2009 by James J. Rogers and Charlotte, his wife. James has used his education and extensive law enforcement background as the cornerstone of the business. He started with a few construction sites and has developed into Homeland Canine Security. The company offers security officers to construction sites, condominium communities, automobile dealerships, shopping centers, manufacturers, and numerous other facilities requiring security presence. Our services are available for construction sites, corporations, private residents, schools, businesses, ports and tourist locations, or we can provide low profile, discrete service that is intended to guarantee your security and safety while minimizing the amount of attention attracted. Our services include: * Armed Security Officers * Detection Canine Service: patrol, explosives, narcotics, and dual purpose * Unarmed Security Officers * Security Patrol Service

  • Frederick, MD 21704

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Looking for a one-stop service for all your pet's needs? Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital and Boarding Resort is a one stop shop for all your pet's needs! We have a state-of-the-art medical facility drapped on 30-acres of land in the heart of Frederick County in Urbana, MD. We offer puppy training, obedience and behavior modification, police work training, board and train, and in-home lessons. In addition, we offer socialization classes in our day camp, extended boarding stays, full-service grooming, cat boarding, puppy playrooms, and transportation to help make it easier on you! Visit us today for a tour!

  • Silver Spring, MD 20902

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Pork Chop's Way offers training, daycare, and boarding. Our training programs can be customized for basic obedience as well as behavioral problems (i.e. leash reactivity, separation anxiety, fear, and dominant aggression). All training programs involve the use of a clicker, a training tool used to associate and reward desired behaviors. We offer three different day care options, leash walks, enclosed in home and off leash hikes. transport is included in our daycare price. In home and off leash daycare programs are great socialization opportunities; dogs get to run, chase and play with other dogs. Boarding is offered in a cage-free (crates are available if and when necessary) home setting, with a doggie door that leads to a large, secured fenced yard. A daily hike or daycare is included for all boarders. The owner/trainer, Elly Rivera, is certified, bonded and insured, and is a graduate of Michigan State University with an MS and BS in Animal Behavior. She is a full member of the Association for Professional Dog Trainers, and a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

  • Stafford, VA 22554

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We offer cage-free boarding, pet sitting, dog walking, doggie day care, dog obedience training, behavior modification, AKC Canine Good Citizen training and testing, puppy selection services, competitive obedience training, boarding and training, off-leash obedience, personal protection training, and occasionally trained dogs for adoption. We are going on over 10 years of experience. We offer free consultations! We specialize in overcoming aggressive and fearful behavior.

  • 27 years in business
  • White Plains, MD 20695

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We offer doggy day care, dog boarding, dog behavioral training and all-breed dog grooming. At The Playful Pup, we let our canine friends determine their daily activities. Each dog has its own idea of a good time, so we help them do what they do best. At The Playful Pup, your dog will get the perfect mix of play, naps, walks and of course, lots of love while you are at work, running errands or away. We are the happy place to bring your best friend.

  • Potomac, MD 20854

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All American Dog School provides private training and behavioral modification for owners and their dogs in the DC metropolitan area. We also provide board-and-train services for a limited number of puppies and dogs in a home environment. Whether you need to work on house-training, getting your dog to come when called, or improving your dog's social skills, we can help. Your dog will love you even more, once he or she can join you everywhere as a perfectly obedient companion.

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Become the pack leader! I offer standard six-week training classes for $109.95 in puppy, basic, intermediate and advanced. I also offer behavioral therapy including agression therapy. I am certified to conduct American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Testing. Rates for private lessons is $69.95 per hour, $199.95 for four hours, $279.95 for six hours and free 30-minute evaluations. We offer services through PETCO in Tysons, Burke and for a limited time in Annandale.

  • Sparrows Point, MD 21219

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We offer dog training from the foundation work that makes a manageable, well-behaved pet to problem solving for all special issues including aggression to high level sports and competition dogs to security and protection dogs for home, business and government agencies. We provide dog training for the real world. We also breed working German Shepherd dogs and Belgian Malinois. Specialized training and customized programs are available for handicapped assistance and other training needs. A combined experience of 100 years of training assures you we have seen and dealt with about everything. A free demonstration and evaluation is always available.

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Welcome, MD

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Knows sit, wait, down and is very obedient but cannot walk on a leash or heel. high prey drive and 105 pounds makes it impossible to walk on the rail trail; wants to chase all things moving. Other than that a very good lab we just adopted from lab rescue. I think he was someone's duck hunting dog.
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Hyattsville, MD

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Fairfax, VA

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