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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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Angela L.
Verified review

I have a rescue puppy, and she's what we think a shepherd/hound mix. She's wonderful, extremely smart, and very affectionate. But, she's a puppy, and I'm hopelessly in love with her, so a lot of her negative behavior remains unfixed. She jumps, she begs for food, she pulls on the leash, she is very possessive of me to the point of aggression, and a whole host of other issues. So finally I reached out for a trainer, and from the start Ryan was my choice. Very polite and personable while organizing the training dates, and very informative during our lesson. It wasn't just training the puppy, it was training me as well, which I think is something everyone can benefit from. The same day after training, my friends all noticed a change in my dog and her responsiveness to my commands. She's still a work in progress, but she improves every day with what Ryan taught us. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a qualified and effective trainer!

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  • 17 years in business
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
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MARY J.
Verified review

Our 5 month old is training to be a service dog. Although training feels slow we do understand it all takes time. We are excited about our pup's progress and her future as a service dog. Denise knows a lot about her craft. She's taught us many things already and I know all our hard work/dedication will pay off in the end. We are both disabled and Denise has been great in accepting payments when many other trainers were not flexible. For that one aspect alone it was a plus for us in being able to afford training for our pup trained.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
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KfreeKaren F.
Verified review

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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Amanda G.
Verified review

Brian is an excellent choice for any and all dog training/behavior modification! We hired Brian to help with our two year old Wheaten terrier, Toby, that we adopted back in January. Toby is an extremely nervous and fearful dog, and we suspect that he had little to no human interaction before we got him. The best thing about working with Brian is that he taught us how to work with Toby, instead of simply doing everything himself. Brian showed us great techniques for introducing Toby to new situtations, maintaining control when walking Toby, reinforcing good behaviors, and addressing maladaptive behaviors. Because of the severity of Toby's fear of people, we will need to continue working with him for a long time beforw we see him become more of a "normal" dog, but thanks to Brian, we have the right tools to do so. Another thing we were blown away with while working with Brian is his dedication. There was one day where we didn't have a session planned, but Brian called to see if he could pick up Toby and bring him to interact with his own dogs, simply because he had the time and was genuinely invested in helping Toby! Brian also provided us with some training tools for Toby (clicker, treat bag), again, all due to his dedication to our dog. I would not hesitate to hire Brian if you are looking for someone professional, dedicated, knowledgeable, and all around wonderful at working with dogs (and people)! He truly knows what he's doing and cares for the dogs that he works with. Thank you again Brian!

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Paula W.
Verified review

Jojo came to our house to explain her method of puppy training. It was a crazy house that day but she was great, Very patient and understanding. Gave us extra time without an extra charge. We plan on giving her a call again.

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Having raised a chocolate lab for 11 years, we thought we knew all about raising a new lab puppy. Jody came (on time) for 1-1/2 hour consultation with awesome suggestions for our 10-week old puppy. She is very professional and knows her stuff. Thanks to her suggestions, we are enjoying our new puppy even more!

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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Uttara K.
Verified review

Vicky went above and beyond to help me train our new dog and my family. To train our dog to be around d other dogs, she brought her own dogs to the training session! That really helped me and made a big difference! She was very responsive over emails throughout the session and responded to my questions/concerns over email within few hours. She adjusted the training to suit my specific needs. Will definitely recommend to friends.

PackFit
4.3
from 30 reviews
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Jessie P.
Verified review

My sister and I first approached PackFit in 2014 for help with our Chihuahua Mix – her name is Mandu – that we had adopted from the shelter. She was terrified of anything that moved and coped by barking. We tried different methods that other dog trainers offered to no avail. Ms. Kimberly is excellent with both dogs and people – her dedication to them is awe-inspiring. The time and effort she’ll put into making your life and your dog’s life better shows her passion to her cause: “training dogs, empowering people, and changing lives.” PackFit offers more than dog training; PackFit gives you a role model that will help you with your own issues – without you even noticing – so that your dog won’t feed off of those anxious and negative cues. Now, this doesn’t mean that Mandu and I are perfect after our in-home sessions with Ms. Kimberly. However, two years later, we’re still taking baby steps in the right direction. I miss Ms. Kimberly and her own pack ever since our in-home sessions ended but thanks to her, Mandu and I are slowly conquering our fears.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

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. ;-)

Off-Leash K9 Training
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Piehler M.
Verified review

I recently had my dog participate in the basic obedience class. Bijou is a rhodesian ridgeback and I adopted her 3 months ago and she was 1 year old. I quickly learned that Bijou was extremely smart but very stubborn. She would only listen to my commands if I had a treat and would basically pull my arm off on walks. Bijou was also house trained but because of her stubbornness she would have "accidents" in the house every single day not matter how often we took her out to go to the bathroom. In addition, Bijou got attacked by 3 dogs at a dog park and it changed her personality from playful to scared and she would get nasty every time she saw another dog out of her fear of being attacked. After day 1 of training Bijou was completely different. She was listening to all of my commands and it was obvious her confidence was coming back. After the 2nd training session Bijou stopped having "accidents" in the house and started going to the bathroom on command outside when I asked her to. Using the instructors approach to training we've been able to teach Bijou endless tricks and quickly. It's been a pleasure being able to take her on runs in the city off leash (and she'll stay right next to me even with other dogs around) and eat at resturants outside and not have her freak out. The best part is she plays so nicely with dogs again, and we were able to take her back to "A Dogs Day Out" because she plays so well again and it's due to having her confidence back. My sister stayed with me the past weekend and brought her dog Huck, a golden doodle, and everything was so peaceful in the house and they played so nicely outside together. One of the biggest compliments is when we are eating outside in the city and people stop in Aw of Bijou’s obedience and we get asked by complete strangers where she was trained and wish their dog was as well behaved. I think Nick's training is so effective because he discovered a way to communicate to dogs that fills that gap and better connects dogs with their owners. My sister was so impressed by Bijous improvement in obedience when she visited with her dog that she is now driving all the way from North Carolina to get Nicks training. My sister has completed 3 other dog training courses with little results. The best part is Nick guarantees results, and it's because he has a 100% success rate. Because Bijou is so obedient I’m excited to take her to more places and on more adventures like camping in the Boundary Waters, I know she’ll stay where I tell her to in the canoe and will stay close to me on the trails. It’s so great being able to take my dog out with me vs. leaving her at home because I know she’ll behave. Thank you for all of your help Nick, you've truely improved Bijou and my quality of life!

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer H.
Verified review

We trained 2 of our dogs simultaneously with Haywood. An 8 year old maltipoo and a rescue mix puppy. Neither had any training and our house and walks were chaotic. A couple months later (day school, handling and group classes) and we enjoy walks and particularly that the dogs not pull on leashes, wait to cross streets and stay while we talk to friends and take care of something. We are so pleased and intend to continue with advance training for our puppy.

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Justice K9 Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lee C.
Verified review

Sarah is awesome. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about dogs and their training. She is patient and explained what we needed to do and why. We can't thank her enough for turning our out of control Lab in to a fantastic family pet.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kris C.
Verified review

It has only been a couple days since my inital meeting with Sharon but the leash tugging has substatially reduced! My dog and I have some new items to continue working on but the snowstorm today has put a small crimp in our plans. Regardless, we'll do some fun indoor stuff. Highly recommend Bark Busters and Sharon (she 100% understands how to read your dog *and* translate to you so you can begin to learn how to be the leader/owner the dog needs). I cannot overstate the importance of the tools you, as the dog owner, need and will gain through connecting eith BarkBusters. Sharon is an excellent instructor and guide, with great timing and considerable experience!

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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
Shelby T.
Verified review

Michele is the absolute best decision we made for our puppy, Milo! Milo is a chocolate lab puppy who had a problem with biting/mouthing. My husband and I were frustrated and decided a board and train would be the best decision while we were away on vacation. After two weeks, Milo is greatly improved! The biting minimal and he has learned so many new tricks! And added plus, Milo LOVES Michele and all 4 of her dogs. We plan to use her weekly for “daycare” as well as board him with her in the future! If you are looking for someone who will love your dog as their own, Michele is the answer.

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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Invisible Fence Brand of Carroll County is the authorized dealer for Invisible Fence brand pet containment products in Carroll County, Maryland, including the cities and towns of Westminster, Taneytown, Manchester, New Windsor, Union Bridge, Hampstead, Mount Airy, and Sykesville. Their family of pet fence-related products include the following: * Invisible Fence Brand Outdoor Pet Containment Solutions for Dogs and Cats * Indoor and Outdoor Shields' Avoidance Solutions * Invisible Fence Brand Batteries * Invisible Fence Brand Collars * Pet Doors for Dogs and Cats * Bark Control and Remote Trainers Services include professional installation, safe and gentle certified pet training and authorized Invisible Fence brand service. We service all brands and provide free estimates.

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Advantage K9 is a family-owned and -operated dog training business that revolves around you and your dog's needs. We offer basic obedience that includes come, sit, down and heel. We can fix anything from jumping up on you or your furniture to digging in the trash. Any questions you may have, we will answer. Call us today!

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We believe we can help you build a happy relationship with your dog with constancy love and guidance. We do not use harsh training methods.

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We take a holistic approach and always focus on what is best for the animal and work to have the owner understand this

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Wholistic Hound Academy teaches you how to train your dog so that they make incredibly brilliant choices! We do more than just teach sit and down. We teach your dog the life skills that are so necessary for living in the human home. Our goal is help you and your dog enjoy living together...as it should be.

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