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Wilmington Dog Trainers

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Pine Street Dogs
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matthew F.
Verified review

I cannot say enough great things about Nico. He was on-time, professional, and worked beautifully with my girl Holly. I will be going back for many more training sessions as we work towards getting her trained as a Service Dog.

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 40 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan R.
Verified review

I have to say when I got my puppy he was so wild and I knew I needed to hire some help. I went to thumbtack and found Deb and it was the best thing I every did. She knew exactly what we needed to. She is so knowledgeable, great with our dog and also fun to be around. Would definitely recommend hiring Deb to anyone who needs dog training!

  • 2 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie W.
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Steve is a very knowledgeable dog trainer. His method of dog training is so easy to learn and has proven excellent results raising my puppy. Highly recommend him for any dog behavior problems!

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Pam's Pet Sitting Service
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Beth B.
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Clare Owings has been working with my 18 year old son and his 8 year old Labrador/boxer, with obedience training. On the first visit, I could tell immediately, she had the perfect personality and patience to help make this a pleasant experience. I found her ad in the local paper, and contacted her, without any prior references. Clare was available the next day, and arrived several minutes early for the first lesson (And each one since). She charges a reasonable fee , considering she provides more than just dog training. She has a genuine interest in my son and his future. They talk extensively about anything and everything...high school, college, life. Clare comes to the house for lessons and has also met at a nearby park.....wherever is convenient for my son. I highly recommend Clare Owings! We are fortunate (in many ways) to have found her!

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Canines With Class
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven G.
Verified review

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

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  • 9 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nicole R.
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Marion is a great trainer! She takes pride in helping you as well as your fur baby in achieving your training goals. I highly recommend Molasses Creek 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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Paige W.
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Kayla is great- I couldn’t ask for a better training expirience. She was extremely patient, thorough, and compassionate with my pup. I was so impressed with how quickly he was able to respond and learn from her! Kayla was also very communicative and patient with me, as this was my first time training a dog. I’d highly recommend Kayla for your doggie needs!

  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
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Pilar has done a fantastic job training our pup on a leash! I have counted on her to take care of my baby daily for the past 8 years. She did great working with her, as huskies are an intelligent yet stubborn and mischievous breed.

Buck’s Dog Training, LLC
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
Verified review

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.

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Riedel K9
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
KATE M.
Verified review

Nelson is the most skilled and productive dog trainer I have ever met. The other 3 trainers I took my 2 Aussies to couldn’t handle them but Nelson handled them very well. He knows which training each of my dogs need so I am very content with his service. I definately recommand Riedel k9 if your dog needs training.

  • 2 years in business
  • 6 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.

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole B.
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Athena is a wonderful caring trainer who has a passion for rescuing dogs and helping them find their forever homes. She has worked with all range of dog types, breeds including aggressive dogs. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants a caring dog training professional!

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

  • 15 years in business
Carolyn S.
Verified review

Janet worked with my very out of control puppy (and myself) to get him to a place where he could be a decent member of my household. She is flexible and always finds a solution to try with the dog and the owner. Hard to believe that my dog is the same one that started when I worked with Janet. Would recommend her to everyone...and I have.

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

The Unmistakable Dog
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Linda M.
Verified review

I have a 3 year old miniature schnauzer named Gia. My reason for having her join the pack was to get her more comfortable around other dogs. I spent a lot of time working with Gia and she is a good well trained dog except in this area. I couldn't get her over her fear of other dogs. She would bark and carry on whenever she saw another dog. She has been walking with the pack for a few months now and when Melissa picks her up she runs to the car and jumps in, she can't wait to see the other dogs. I would recommend Unmistakable Dog to anyone. Melissa does a wonderfully professional job. Linda M.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need Dog Behavior Modification

York, PA

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    3-4 years
  • Dog size
    Medium
  • Details
    Our dog went after my in laws dog last. She did not hurt her but had her pinned to the ground. This has never happened before. After about a half hour apart we left them back together. They were ok for A little then we saw signs of aggression again. we separated them the rest of the night. we want to prevent it from happening again. Please help

Need a Dog Trainer for a Dog Obedience

Lutherville Timonium, MD

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size
    Large
  • Details
    leash aggression

Need a Dog Trainer

Hyattsville, MD

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Medium
  • Details
    He's 8 months old and has taken to growling at and biting people in the last six weeks.
  • $592.5
    Average price
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