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Newark Dog Trainers

Browse these dog trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Newark.

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  • 17 years in business
  • 198 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Davina B.
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I've had Denise over for two sessions so far for my puppy who's been exhibiting some amount of fear aggression towards other dogs. Two sessions in, I'm already walking having progess walking her while others are walking their dogs. She's also helped my daughter walk her with more control so that she too can walk her and have her in a good spot next to our side. Very happy I've chosen her, two more sessions to go when we will test her near more dog-populated locations but so far so good! This was way more effective for us than the classroom setting dog training I went to for a few weeks. I learned a lot from that class as well, but it didn't address my particular issues. Denise can see what she does in my home setting and in my neighborhood which is very different than a classroom where my dog is not her normal self because she was stressed by the other dogs in the class. Glad I called so far!

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  • 6 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sherry P.
Verified review

Steve worked well with not only my dog that I am having some training issues with but also my 15 yo (he was able to pinpoint items on him that I never really noticed but realize now he can improve on). He was wonderful to work with and patient and professional. He was very knowledgeable as well. I would highly recommend.

Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
4.7
from 51 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph S.
Verified review

Sandy was amazing. My dog is not fond of strangers and before Sandy was leaving she was jumping in her arms and loving her. Her positive training is really working and I saw the difference in my dog within only a few hours. With her price and ability to travel to you there is no one out there that even comes remotely close in terms of a dog trainer. I will be recommending Sandy to EVERYONE that ever asks me about dog training.

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Doggies in the Ruff
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Robert B H.
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Deb was on time and her knowledge of dogs and training can only be the sum of many years in the dog training industry. Our Girly listen to her and she made dog training look easy. I highly recommend her.

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Pam's Pet Sitting Service
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Lynn M.
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It is very difficult leaving my dog and cat when going away, but knowing that Pam is taking care of them relieves me of any anxiety I might have. She is reliable, trustworthy and is a true lover of animals. I know they are in excellent hands and recommend highly Pam for any of your pet needs.

K9 College Dog Training, LLC
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Anna M.
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We had experience with Clare! She was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful with training our young puppy! Would definitely recommend her services to anyone in need of dog training!

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Canines With Class
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Steven G.
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My family and myself gained a lot of information on training our dog. We feel that we now have the building blocks to keep up with his training and we believe he will improve with time. Thanks Lisa we really enjoyed training with you

  • 16 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Jason C.
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Dan is the best! His dog training tutelage is easy to understand and put in place. He is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and above all – he really cares about our pups and the success of our training. We HIGHLY recommend him to anyone in need of reliable dog training!

Top Pro
  • 11 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
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My husband and I are so happy that we have discovered Steve Broadwell from Diamonds In The Woof to help us with our dog, Winston. Steve has been a life-saver and we are so pleased working with him. He is professional, highly knowledgeable, and has not only helped our dog, but has helped us, too. Our dog is a handful and we're still a work in progress, but Winston has really come a long way, all thanks to Steve. We not only feel as though we have hired the best dog-trainer in the area (we have!), but we have also made a friend who truly loves and cares about our dog.

  • 43 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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I haven't had a puppy in years as I normally adopt older dogs from rescues so I forgo what puppy training was all about. I'm sure when we walked in, they did not believe we would ever make it through the class as my pup was headstrong and 100% ADHD but Beth was able to walk us through and I think she was even surprised at the end with the big turn around!

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Sweet Paw Dog Training
4.7
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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Dominique H.
Verified review

Heather is very competent. My very large dog was an obnoxious jumper and had to be locked up every time anyone came into the house. She almost knocked some of my friends to the floor with her jumping!! Now I am able to control her and she no longer jumps up on people. Finally I have a dog with good manners! Heather stressed how important it was for me to be motivated to participate in the training of my dog, so I did my homework faithfully in between sessions, and was incredibly consistent, which really paid off. Heather is an excellent trainer and if you're really ready to work along with her you'll have a well mannered and happy dog.

  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline F.
Verified review

Training my dog with DeNovo Canine was a wonderful experience. Kayla makes everything so easy and simple, even for first time owners like us, and now my dog listens to every command. We get compliments everywhere we go about our dogs behavior and could not be more thrilled with our results!

Buck’s Dog Training, LLC
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
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I had an amazing experience with Buck’s Dog Training! Both of my dogs came back after 2 weeks and were so very obedient and well mannered. I highly recommend her services to anyone and everyone.

  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Sabine C.
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Matt trained me and my 6 month old German Shepard. He is a wonderful trainer. Very patient and knowledgable. He explained and demonstrated each step during our 8 sessions with him, very focused. He made me and my dog a great successful team. I am comfortable to take Lacey anywhere. Would recommend Matt for any dog training. You can not get a better trainer that Matt.

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha W.
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Ryker LOVES Mark. I've seen such a huge improvement pertaining to many of Ryker's behavioral issues since we started working with Mark and am looking forward to seeing many more. I'd previously done a bit of training with Ryker, but never got these types of results. Extremely happy with his service and would recommend 100%!!!!

Muddy Paws Pet Services
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
David F.
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Loren is an absolute find! Having used dog sitters before I was never so comfortable leaving my pack in her care. She provided me with updates and videos every day and was so wonderful to my dogs! You can completely feel the love she has for animals and the care that she takes to make you comfortable while away is second to none! Awesome job! David

  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Christine P.
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Ruby stayed here at our house from 5/2 to 5/.9 with our two dogs, Ozzie and Harriet. She was fantastic!! The dogs just loved her, she messaged me several times, and her knowledge and expertise were excellent. Looking forward to having Ruby stay here again with our pups. Thank you, Ruby!!!

Soph N Bean Pet Care
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn C.
Verified review

We hired Jacques and his team of pet companions for a 10 day vacation we went on and had him stay at our place.We also use them to do some regular dog daily walks. They are easy to work with and so compassionate about caring for our pets. We will only use them for all our pet care needs going forward

Buck’s Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Jennifer M.
Verified review

Andrea has an amazing talent when it comes to training dogs. She is very passionate about her work and it shows! I would absolutely recommend her.

Melissa Wambold
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Theresa D.
    Verified review

    Have been using Melissa for several years now for both house and pet sitting. She is very reliable and enjoys taking care of our two dogs and hamster. She also took care of our chickens sand fish when we had them. When we are on vacation she sends us pics of our pets and when we come home our house is always clean

    Spring Canine Academy
    2.8
    from 4 reviews
    • 24 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Carol W.
    Verified review

    My dog responded very well to techniques at Spring Canine Academy

    Q & A

    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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