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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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Steven C.
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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
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
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Jc H.
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An extremely competent and intelligent trainer. Ive wworke alongside many trainers in my 20 yrs of training and Denise is one ive had the pleasure of building a solid professional relationship with. Highly recommend!!! Jc Hansen Komplete K9

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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KfreeKaren F.
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Choosing the right trainer is a difficult and overwhelming task. The following is my experience with Kathryn and Perfect Poochies. Summarized: Kathryn is amazing. I have a whole new skillset at my disposal. My dog is calmer, has less anxiety and if new issues surface, I am better prepared to deal with them. If you are a new dog owner looking for a starting point or find yourself struggling with any number of unwanted behavioral issues, she can help. Kathryn is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, versatile and patient. She was never condescending or judgmental while helping me understand areas I needed to improve. She has an uncanny ability to understand dogs and what makes them tick. Once she gets to know you and your dog, she will provide an honest assessment of what she considers to be the underlying issue(s) and lays out a plan for correcting or managing it. The love she puts into her work is evident in everything she does from designing your personalized sessions, her regular follow-up and her encouragement to reach out any time you have questions or issues. Detailed: I am a first-time dog owner. Our 18-month, 170-pound Great Dane, Odin has been part of our family since he was 2-months old. We immediately enrolled in the first two puppy training classes at Pet-Smart. Our family has consistently applied what we learned. Everything was going great with Odin until somewhere around 7-months of age. Odin would occasionally start barking at a person for no apparent reason. This behavior gradually increased to include anyone reaching into his face, unexpected fast movements and large groups of people swarming in on him. We solicited advice from our Pet-Smart trainer and studied tons of training materials – books, training guides, Internet. Some of the techniques we tried helped, but if Odin was truly upset, the only thing we could do was apologize and leave. Odin remained excellent with dogs and children but the number of adults that triggered his barking was increasing. During the summer, I was having work done on my car and I brought Odin because there were plenty of paths nearby. It took longer than expected for the car to be finished and when we returned Odin was exhausted. A young man approached, and I quickly warned about Odin’s anxiety and in his over-tired state, his behavior would probably be worse than normal. The man assured me that he had experience with dogs, and slowly bent down near Odin, leaving plenty of space and not making eye contact. He gave Odin time to get used to him and smell him and soon enough Odin was comfortable and enjoying being petted. Unfortunately, when the man was ready to leave, he jumped up which surprised/scared Odin who then also jumped up and started lunging, growling and barking at him. The man was very kind and understanding, but it was time to seek out professional help. I searched online for trainers and dog-behaviorists and there were a number of options. As we were trying to choose one, I remembered a friendly and outgoing woman who had hosted a free local dog training session. Odin seemed comfortable around her, so I reached out to see if she would be interested in private training sessions. The woman was Kathryn of Perfect Poochies. Not only did she offer private training, but she had ample experience with large dogs and the exact behavior I described. Our first training session involved getting to know our family and Odin. She asked questions about what we were experiencing and what we tried to mitigate it. Next, she analyzed our actions and body language as well as Odin’s behavior, response, reactions, attitude etc. She used this information to create a custom training plan for fear-aggression. We met once a week wherein she would teach me new techniques and verify I could perform them correctly. She would evaluate my actions and behavior and if anything I was doing contributed to his anxiety, she would help me find alternatives. At the end of the session, she always left me with several things to work on before our next session – as with anything in life, the key to success is repetition and consistency. Occasionally, she would introduce me to new products that could help with Odin’s training. The products were not a ‘company product’ or money-making gimmick - they were products she had success using with other dogs. If I wanted to try them, I had to find/order them. Following six sessions, Odin had less anxiety and I am able to successfully manage what remains. Odin now looks to me when he gets nervous instead of instantly reacting. By changing my leadership style, he obeys commands more readily and consistently. Before Odin would lurch and jump to get to anything that excited him (squirrels). Now, he just gives a light tug on the leash or stares. When he is told to “Leave It”, he settles down immediately. Previously, I would make large loops to avoid passing people. I was worried he might start barking at them. Now we can walk right by and all I have to do is tell him to “Leave It.” Odin’s responding immediately to my commands has increased my confidence, which in turn has decreased much of his anxiety. There are a couple of dog walkers in the neighborhood with whom I walk Odin. In the beginning of our training, Odin had limited contact with people and dogs. When I had the chance to meet up with them again, they marveled over the transformation in Odin’s behavior and how calm he bad become. Another technique she suggested is Odin wearing a bright vest that says, ‘In Training’ and lists a couple of items not to do around him (things that trigger his anxiety). The vest has helped make others aware of Odin’s ‘special needs’ well before they approach him. I have also gotten much better at recognizing things that may trigger his anxiety so I can avoid, prevent or discourage it. Thank you for reading my review. I am very grateful for the help I received from Perfect Poochies. It was worth every penny. Speaking of which, don’t stress about the fees, Perfect Poochies is perfectly affordable.

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  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Lyle P.
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We were very please with his calm demeanor and his approach to training our dog. We establsihed a traing schedule which begins next week. He will be working with our dog and with us to ensure that the tarining is successful.

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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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Jennifer W.
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Obedience training, Jojo was very helpful and taught me a lot of information, I appreciated how she took time to sit and talk with me beforehand and learn the background of my dog.

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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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Karla J.
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Vicky was great with our dog. He had confidence issues and working with Vicky just doing training has really helped him be less skittish. Very responsive and professional. We highly recommend!

PackFit
4.3
from 30 reviews
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Dorey K.
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I am attending Packfit's K9 Essentials Online course and it has been absolutely invaluable to me! As a dog owner and aspiring trainer Kimberly Artley's wisdom and knowledge has really helped me to work on myself as well as learning techniques that I can apply to my everyday life with my dogs. Since starting the course I'm feeling a closer bond with my dogs that wasn't there before. They are trusting me and I am trusting them. I can't thank Packfit enough for what they have taught me and are continuing to teach me!

Adventure Paws
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Alison L.
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Orla and Ricky have been wonderful training our 3mo frenchie puppy! We're working with them for two straight weeks and have seen such progress already half way through. Trustworthy, responsive and friendly, our pup loves these two. Highly recommend.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Jay of Canine Dominion is more than just the best dog trainer ever. Once you hire him, it's as if he's become a member of your family -- a really smart, experienced, savvy member of your family who's truly invested in the successful training of your dog. He stands behind his dog training 100% too -- willing to provide additional sessions if needed at no additional charge. Jay brings amazing skills plus integrity to boot. Now if only I could find an auto mechanic version of Jay. ;-)

Elisa Allen Pet Services
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Megan P.
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Elisa has been wonderful to work with! She has been training our dog Zoe for over 1 month now and we have seen great results! Zoe is a border collie mix and can be very stubborn at times, and as her parents we didn't do the best job with correcting her behaviors when they began. She is now 5, and despite her age Elisa has been able to teach us how to train her properly and address her problematic behaviors. Elisa has a great connection with animals and has done an amazing job with training Zoe and with training us as well. She provides in-home training sessions which are extremely helpful, and she is always flexible with our work schedules, even meeting us on weekends if needed. We really enjoy working with her and are happy with the results so far! We recommend her to anyone who needs training/dogwalking/petsitting services!

Off-Leash K9 Training
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff A.
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Nick and off leash k9 training is THE best in the world. Guarantee results, top notch training, ultra professional and leaves you with very a very very happy, confident and obedient dog!

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole D.
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Our rescue dog Flynn recently graduated from Haywood's training academy. Haywood and his team of trainers are the best -- they worked with us (and Flynn) over many weeks to help resolve all of the issues we were having, such as nipping, jumping, and problems with crate training. Flynn is much better behaved now, and our family is much happier!

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Justice K9 Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Beth B.
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Sarah is a great trainer of dogs through training their humans. Do the homework assignments she gives you with your dog/s, it totally works.

PuppyLovin
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Deborah S.
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My husband and I have been so lucky to have found PuppyLovin and Julie! Our German Shepherd Ritter has received training, boarding, and daycare services with Julie. Most importantly he loves going to spend time with her. To see Ritter, who is always glued to my Husband and has suffered from separation anxiety in the past, excitedly run to her and forget my Husband exists when he is dropped off is wonderful beyond words. Not only do I know that my beloved fur baby is having lots of fun, but he is being treated like he is her own pet. I am thrilled that he is in a warm and personal environment. PuppyLovin doesn’t just provide the pet services we need at truly affordable rates, but Julie is always available to answer training questions and accommodate any last minute needs. PuppyLovin goes above and beyond to not just care for pets but to care for owners. In addition to boarding and daycare, we have received help training Ritter to walk nicely besides a stroller as we’ve recently welcomed a baby to the family. Ritter always receives exceptional care, and I truly consider PuppyLovin to be Ritter’s home away from home.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Bertillia L.
Verified review

Sharon is a wonderful, professional, examplatory of a Bark Busters’ Employee. I was so impressed with the training methods for my dog, Greta - a Gremen Rottweiler. Greta was confused at first but with Sharon’s patience and having willing students we were able to become a true family and in Greta’s case; know where she is in the pack order. Greta is well adjusted and now plays with other dogs very well! Thank you, Bark Busters for training a wonderful loving person like Sharon. Thank you Sharon for being you!!! We are happy to call you family!

  • New on Thumbtack
Dawn L.
Verified review

Dom was very professional and helpful. Besides walking, Butchy, he even taught him some better behavior!

Doggie Do Right
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Linda W.
Verified review

I have a very, very difficult dog to groom and Michele was able to do it! I am so pleased. Two other experienced groomers had given up. We are now planning a monthly visit. I would recommend Michele highly.

Steve's dog training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Monique K.
Verified review

Amazing work. The changes are immediate and we are able to continue teaching our dogs. Their behavior was truly modified virtually instantly with the training provided by Steve!

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I will walk, train, or sit for your dog while you are at or away from home. Multiple-dog homes are welcome.

Ashlynn's Pet School

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I use safe, humane, positive reinforcement methods that allow you and your dog to have fun while working.

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