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

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Doggies in the Ruff
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
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Taylor M.
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I am so happy that we hired Deb to help with our puppy! She was able to provide us with a ton of information, tips and tricks ! I have tried other puppy training classes, but this was a much better. Our dog was able to learn much easier with the one on one instruction. We were also able to focus on specific areas that we had trouble with. I will be using Deb for future lessons !

  • 2 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Kristina H.
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Steve is definitely a professional and we are so glad that we chose to train our puppy with him. After our training session with Steve; it was like we had a completely different dog. Thank you Steve for listening to our concerns, for being so patient with us and making sure we were comfortable and confident with everything. We also appreciate that Steve continues to provide support if we ever need it in the future.

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Pam's Pet Sitting Service
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rebecca M.
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Pam is great. She always sends pictures and a little update about her visit. Having her walk my puppy makes me feel so much better when I have to leave him alone during the day. Very trustworthy .

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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Amanda I.
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Lisa is the best! She was so easy to work with and so knowledgeable about all things puppy!! On top of all the info and skills she gave us during her visits she also was willing to answer our questions in between lessons. She was so caring and went out of her way to accommodate our needs and help us to train our puppy into a Canine with a Class. Thank you Lisa — Jetta will definitely miss your visits!

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  • 9 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Beth S.
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We've had a great experience and learned there is so much involved in training a puppy. Marion has been great!

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  • 11 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Melinda L.
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Very kind in the way my puppy was handled. When I don’t understand my dog it was explained in a calm simple form so you understand what’s going on! Great job and still going!

  • 6 years in business
  • 15 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.

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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.
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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
Samantha S.
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Kayla is awesome! We enrolled our two and a half month old Doberman Pinscher puppy in training classes learning how to do basic comands. She is very flexible with our schedule and we meet at a local park to do our training. Kayla connected with our puppy immediately. After our first class she was successful in teaching our dog the basic sit and stay. She really focuses on us the owners how to teach our puppy the correct way to train our dog. We have had a total of four classes and we have been successful in teaching our dog sit, stay, lay, come, paw, heel, long leash training and walk wonderfully on a leash! Since we meet at a local park there are lots of distractions like people, children, other dogs and even a horse and she was able to keep his attention and keep him focused on the tasks at hand. I would recommend her to anyone! I wish I knew about her sooner for my other pups!

  • 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.

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

  • 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%!!!!

  • 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!

Pet Parent Allies: CPDT:KA
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sheila S.
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Curt is an extremely professional and personable trainer. My two dogs absolutely love him and he saved my sanity by training me on how to be a more effective dog owner. He sincerely understands the impact of positive reinforcement and I highly recommend him to anyone who requires help in dog training.

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.

J9 Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Benjamin R.
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John is great! Very knowledgeable and great with our pets. We’ll be working with John continually until we’re comfortable with where we’re at with the dog training.

Spring Canine Academy
2.8
from 4 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Carol W.
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My dog responded very well to techniques at Spring Canine Academy

Buck’s Dog Training

New To Thumbtack

  • 5 years in business
About

Hello my name isTimothy and I’m a certified dog trainer. I have a service dog of my own. That’s why I got into my job. I will treat your dog like my own.

Dog Training

New To Thumbtack

  • 10 years in business
About

I'm a family pack dog trainer specializing in AKC therapy and am certified. I work at a hospice and see the amazing power of pet therapy. My dogs and I also go to schools and help kids in reading programs, but what makes having a therapy dog even more great, is you are legally allowed to have your furry family anywhere without any fees!

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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