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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 167 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 307 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven C.
Verified review

We found out about Ryan when researching Northern VA dog trainers. We had a 6 month old German Shepherd and didn't know where to turn. To complicate things I was trying to also groom him to be a working dog which requires excellent obedience. After dropping a couple of hundred on a group class at Petco I feel we barely scratched the surface let alone had an obedient dog. Ryan offered exactly what we wanted. A reasonable intensive in-home solution that incorporated the whole family. Ryan was able to see how he interacts at home, on walks and we even go into public areas to increase socialization. After 6 weeks we have seen a dramatic change. K9 Sigmund is now even more prepared to start his career as a K9 SAR member thanks to Ryan.

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  • 17 years in business
  • 186 hires on Thumbtack
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Deborah L.
Verified review

Pippin was territorially aggressive, and I was having a hard time tackling his chow chow/german shepherd breeding with our other two dogs in the house. Denise was able to help us understand the problem Pippin was having as well as give us the tools to conquer those problems. Pippin has improved dramatically, and continues to improve as we continue to utilize the skills and techniques Denise taught us,.

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  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Scott S.
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We had Brian come to the house to help with aggression towards visitors. After watching our dog for a bit, he was able to give us a simple technique to use. It's been two weeks now and she is much better. She almost corrects herself when she acts up. I also had Brian meet me at a park to deal with aggression towards other dogs. Again simple techniques that really made a difference. Very important note: It only took Brian a very short amount of time to handle my German Shepherd. She warmed up to him almost immediately. Trust with a trainer is very important.

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Tiffany D.
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Accommodated a last minute new client. Arrived on time. She was able to get our 5 month old German shepherd mix to start listening to commands right away and made sure we understood everything before she left. She even told us to call her if we had any questions. Will definitely be calling her for another session and will recommend to others!

  • 7 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Hilah K.
Verified review

We contacted Jerry to help us with difficulties our rescue senior German Shepherd was having adjusting to our newborn baby. So far we have had a wonderful experience working with Jerry and our dog loves him. Before we met with him in person we had several phone consultations which were incredibly helpful. Jerry is very professional, patient, and skilled in dog psychology. He conducted a thorough evaluation of our dog and current home situation. He spent a long time with us and we worked together to develop a personalized training plan that fit our family's needs. Thus far our dog has made measurable progress using the techniques Jerry has taught us and we now have many tools to continue with training on our own. Jerry has been readily available by phone, email, and text between sessions for additional consultation as needed. It is clear that Jerry loves what he does!

PackFit
4.5
from 33 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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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Amira L.
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Vicky provided a professional, fun and effective training to my German Shepherd who was a real challenge to take out for walks. She was always on time, always cheerful and her training yielded results right away. Two thumbs up for a job well done Vicky!

  • 20 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Chris D.
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Mark walks our three dogs 3 to 5 weekdays each week for the past few years. He's reliable and very flexible. We often have to shift the schedule around and he just rolls with it. Our dogs love Mark and Mark loves our dogs. That's not hyperbole, it's the truth and one of them is a German Shepherd. Anyone who knows about German Shepherds knows that they don't give it away. They make you earn it. But she warmed up to Mark almost right away. We also have a Golden Retriever and a Cattle Dog mix and they all just think Mark is the cat's pajamas. My wife and I hold Mark in as high esteem as our dogs. I would recommend his services to anyone.

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Wanetta H.
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I hired Hillel to help me train my 5 year old German shepherd to walk on a leash. She would pull, lunge and bark excessively at other dogs and people as we passed them. In just one visit we had her walking quietly and by my side. I was amazed. He did a great job at training her and showing me how to handle her. I would definitely recommend Hillel.

Citizen K9
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Christina Jamie L.
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My husband and I would definitely recommend Andrew at Citizen K9 for boarding services. I had never left my doberman/shepherd puppy and left her for the first time for a few days with Citizen K9 over the summer. Great experience! They have a large fenced in yard for the dogs to play. They even sent pictures of her playing with the other dogs to me via text to let me know how she was doing. We have already made our next boarding appointment for a week in November! Thanks Andrew!

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel A.
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I just wrapped up the basic obedience course with my german shepherd mix, and she is a different dog! Chai was aggressive, impulsive, reactive, and terrified of kids. In our evaluation, she was barking and snarling at a stuffed dog in their office. By the end of of the training, she was happily following instructions in a group class of over 10 dogs. The biggest thing we're walking away with is the tools to succeed. I can't recommend Haywood and his staff highly enough, they're worth every penny.

Off Leash K9 Training
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
William T.
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I found Scott and Jen through Mid-Atlantic German Shepherd Rescue where I got my dog Stark as a LARGE puppy. MAGSR routinely send their "difficult" rescue cases to S&J for training prior to being adopted. I found their trust in these excellent trainers entirely well-founded. I selected the Board and Train option which is two weeks of intensive training with the result being dogs that are obedient and off-leash. They will teach your dog basic and advanced commands which are appropriate and useful for any dog owner. They also build confidence (a huge part of what my dog needed). They will send you daily pictures, videos, and progress updates while your pup is with them. When I picked up Stark, they gave me two hours training on what he had learned and the correct way to handle him with the e-collar. They are very clear and emphasized that the program is most successful when the owners put in a little time each day for two weeks or so reinforcing the commands in their "new" environment (e.g. at home with me). I worked with him pretty diligently and he has been fantastic! My 100lb German Shepherd is always the best behaved dog in the park and on the street (don't belive me? Come to Patterson Park NW side around 530-630pm any day of the week and see for yourself). He has grown in confidence and skill, making my life and experience exercising him much much better than before training. After training, I still had a problem with Stark's protectiveness of my home (he is a GS after all) especially with the dog walker. Scott and Jen immediately responded with advice and came to Baltimore (seriously!) to work directly with the dog walker. They had the problem cleared up in about 15 minutes. I can't recommend these guys enough, and I have tried. They are great humans, dog lovers, and most importantly, excellent trainers.

Ask Dr. Caryn
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Jody W.
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My husband and I - and our young male white shepherd - were beyond happy with Dr. Caryn's learning sessions at our house over six sessions of training. She was always clear about what she wanted us to accomplish with our puppy and worked hard to make it work for us. We believe that Dr. Caryn has set us on a path to continued learning for us with our shepherd, Harry. We plan to remain in communication with her and from time to time have follow up training sessions with her. We'd not have found her without Thumbtack. Thanks.

K-9 Kollege of Maryland
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Igor V.
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If you are looking for the trainer who can make the impossible possible, Jack is your trainer. My dog Zeus (German Pinscher) was a vicious dog with multiple behavioral problems. We tried different trainers, but we thought things were hopeless. After losing all hope, we were at the point of returning Zeus back to his breeder, but we decided to give one last try and hired Jack. Thanks to his methodology and vast experience, we started to see changes almost immediately, after the very first class. His personal commitment and dedication to classes is also outstanding. He loves dogs (he has his own pack of 8), he loves teaching and he is just a very, very good person. Therefore, if you are looking not for just a dog trainer, but for a good one with a very positive personality and with broad experience, Jack is for you.

AmericanK9, LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Jerome D.
Verified review

I was provided with an amazingly trained PTSD service dog. My PTSD took a turn for the worst and Krys and her staff stepped up and helped pair me with a German Shepherd Dog named Chief. Since getting Chief my life has gradually improved. I still have my bad days but I wouldn't be here to experience them had American K9 and Krys not stepped up and helped me.

K9 Cross Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Jim F.
    Verified review

    We were at our wit's end when we found Enrico Cross. We owned a German Shepherd but the introduction of another German Shepherd to the family was not going smoothly - I think the two of them would have tried to kill each other had they gotten together. After about three weeks of this, we were at the point where we were thinking of returning the newest dog when we decided to consult with Enrico and sign up for one of his classes. We had to take the two dogs in separate vehicles. In the span of one class session, Enrico had the two dogs side by side. He then taught us commands that every dog owner should know and a technique to make them stick. He also worked with us to keep us from transmitting our own bad "body language" to the dogs. Our two sheps eventually bonded so tight you would have thought they were from the same litter. I would recommend Enrico without any reservation and do so whenever i meet someone who has gotten a new dog. Don't waste your time with pet store training.

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

    I had my Gretchen in for training and what a huge turn around it was. She is a German Shepard/ Black lab mix and she is doing amazing when it comes to commands.

    PuppyLovin
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Kenneth S.
    Verified review

    The owner of PuppyLovin, Julie, is one awesome dog trainer and a wonderful person. My wife and I have been taking our German Shepherd to her for training, boarding, and day care for about a year and a half now. She has really been a godsend when it comes to dog training. Without her training, assistance, and consultation, we would have had our hands full with our GSD. I highly recommend PuppyLovin for all three of the services stated above. Julie will cater her services to the needs of your dog and develope comprehensive plan for your pet.

    Passionate Paws & Claws
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Mary Jo S.
    Verified review

    I have a German Shepherd that had long hair, Jessica & Chris do such a beautiful job with her, that I look forward to her next visit! They are the best around.

    GTA Dog Training
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Peg C.
    Verified review

    Felipe is a fabulous trainer! Altho he is only working with Koda, my German Shepherd, both my dogs just love him and are so excited to see him at the door. He has trained Koda to walk at my pace instead of pulling and chewing on the leash--very important for an 80-pound dog! I would recommend Felipe without reservation to anyone who needs help with dog-training or walking/exercising. He is the best!!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Greg G.
    Verified review

    That the Dude, over 100 pounds of German Shephard Dog, knows how to behave is attributable to Michelle Jackson's training. She taught me how to work with him, while giving him an opportunity for socialization with other dogs. He responds well to her, even after a long absence, and does all of his behaviors --sit, stay, come, down, etc. -- better after a session. I only wish we had started with her when he was a little puppy.

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