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A Paw Above
4.9
from 87 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
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Lilia M.
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Gretchen is honestly the best! I'm a first time puppy mom and she helped me with all of the questions I had about my new baby. She was so helpful and genuine. I definitely trust her with my little one!

ClickR TrainR
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Ted L.
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Brian has been very helpful in training our two new Havanese puppies and training us how to better communicate and work with them on house training and basic commands. We signed on for the 6 visit package (starting 2 days after the pups came home from the breeder) and think it was money very well spent. Brian is very punctual and reliable about keeping his appointments. Would definitely recommend him.

  • 13 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca W.
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Cliff has the perfect demeanor for being a dog training specialist....both calm and assertive (with pets and their owners haha). When we first met Cliff in 2009 we had a newly adopted 8 week old puppy with a lot of negative puppy behaviors. So many skittish, destructive and biting behaviors though that we were advised by two other trainers and a couple of family members to "give her back" to the pound and that she would be a potentially dangerous family dog to keep around and "unpredictable" around young children. Cliff provided puppy training to us over the course of several months and helped shape Maya into a more mellow young dog that year. After we had our son, Cliff returned to help make sure the transition went smoothly, that our dog Maya would know her place and be safe around the new baby, including practicing walking Maya next to the stroller and wagon and anything that could potentially make Maya react negatively. Cliff was fantastic and Maya has been an awesome family dog these past 7 years. Great on long car trips, mellow and tolerant of kid grabs on ears and tails, never growls or snaps when our 6 year old son or other small children would jump around her or touch her treats or food. We are so grateful that Cliff saved her from the pound round 1. Then after moving away to the D.C. area, and visiting our parents back in South Florida, Maya had a negative experience at a dog boarding facility in Palm Beach Gardens. She had been attacked (unprovoked at her last stay at a Dog boarding facility in Virginia requiring stitches, etc.) and we didn't realize that she had probably also been traumatized by this event and her next experience at a dog daycare might not be as enjoyable for her. She got into an altercation with another dog and one of the daycare handlers and was kicked out of the facility never allowed to return. I was told by the trainer there that it is "sad when a good dog goes bad". I was devastated!! Cliff came to the rescue again. He offered to immediately pick her up from me and board her for a few days while I visited with my parents and to train her while boarding and see if he could correct some of those nervous and potentially aggressive behaviors. He helped her work through some of those issues and took her into the community interacting with other people and dogs and she returned to us quite happy and like herself again. We are so grateful to have found Cliff 7 1/2 years ago and because of him we have the best, most gentle family dog we could imagine. SO glad he saw the potential in Maya and helped us through those negative behaviors!!

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Happy K9 Club
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeff L.
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Franco is an absolute pleasure to work with. He is amazing with my pit mix. His training is not only with the dog but with the owners as well. His knowledge is second to none and there were immediate results after the first lesson. After week 2 we have seen DRASTIC positive results. I recommend Franco to any and everyone who has any time of behavioral or psychological issues with their dog. He is the guy to fix the problems.

Canine Coach
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
Amber D.
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I had an incredible experience and would highly recommend this Canine Coach to anyone who is looking to learn the ins and outs of training your puppy/dog, or how to help strengthen the bond between your pet and yourself. I will definitely be coming back once it is time to teach my puppy how to leash train and he's finished his last round of vaccinations, and I'm more than satisfied with the empathy I felt from my Canine Coach and his understanding of the overall relationship I wanted to develop with my pup! I have nothing but praise! Just look how happy my puppy was after his first session! =] He wen't straight for his toy and not straight for my couch!

Puppy Dog Luv
4.8
from 48 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
Eva E.
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I had a very informative first phone call with Wendy and she gave me an important tips to apply to the training of my puppy. Next week we'll have a first lesson.

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K9 Fitness Lab
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Matt E.
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Rosie has been training our goldendoodle (Derby) off an and on for a few months and has done a great job. He responds very well to the training and looks forward to her visits (and treats). I recommend Rosie for those looking for 1on1 training for their puppy.

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Furgetmenot
4.8
from 37 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Liza L.
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Lara was great! I hired her to walk my five month old puppy and she was extremely responsive, sent me a picture and gave me a rundown of his ‘activity’ during the walk. Will definitely be hiring again :)

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  • 12 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
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Valerie K.
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Jane is an excellent dog trainer, although I believe she helped me more than my crazy wheatie. I was really impressed with how much knowledge she has and patience. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family. She showed me some tools I can use to use while training my puppy. You will not be disappointed!!!!!!!

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Slinger Pet Care
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
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Carl T.
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Danielle has been terrific. She has done a great with our puppy in a very short period of time and given us some great guidance in training Lucy. I would highly recommend her.

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Christina Gengo
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
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Holly A.
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She really helped with training my dog Bailey.

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Carol Harris Dog Training
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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June C.
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I have attended her puppy training classes and they are fabulous. I am a lot cal pet sitter and send clients to her. I have also daughter advice from her in situations I have encountered and her advice was certainly excellent and helpful. I will continue to refer clients to her for dog training.

Animal Behavior Councelor
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Ryna H.
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Very knowledgeable about unruly rescue young dog. Helpful advices. With construction going on in yard, they were able to board and train my puppy, who is so loveable but very energetic, and constant barking at construction activity. When I called for assistance, she came right away to pick up my puppy and board him so I could finish the construction in the yard without upsetting him.

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  • 41 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Shelby B.
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Erinn Tackett with Tackett Service Dogs has been such a huge help with training my new puppy Lucas. Her training and techniques have helped with his behavioral problem more than I could have ever imagined! Thank you Erinn! -Shelby (Lucas' owner)

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  • 3 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
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Carla C.
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Kathy responded to my request very quickly. she immediately answered all the questions I had, and was very pleasant to talk to. she is very knowledgeable on the information I needed. she gave clear instructions that were simply to follow, and techniques that will help me in training my pet. I would highly recommend anyone who is in need of an excellent trainer to contact her.

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AniNanny
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Terry G.
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I have a blue Weimaraner who weighed 65 lbs by 1 year old. She had trouble with impulse control and constantly pulled when walking her. Every person and dog we encountered was her new BFF! I am petite and had trouble keeping her from jumping on passers by and from being dragged down the street. Brianna walked my dog and taught me techniques and gave me the tools to train my large puppy. It took a while to train my willful and high energy dog but I can now safely walk my full grown Weim, confident that we will enjoy our walk. Brianna is wonderful with animals, has a gift for working with dogs and training both the dog’s behavior and people on how to train their dog. Brianna is caring, knowledgeable, professional and easy to work with. in my opinion, her fees are very affordable. She has also helped me through my dog’s skin rash issues by recommending skin remedies which have been helpful as I do not like giving her antibiotics. I cannot say enough good things about Brianna and highly recommend her. She has been my Dog Whisperer for the past 2 years!

Good Dog Karma
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Violeta P.
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Mona has been extra helpful in getting our new puppy adapted to our home and schedule. She’s always available and shares a lot of great information and resources.

  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy R.
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My experience with Kelly was great! I have to admit I was a little cynical simply because my dog’s behavior was extremely challenging. At the end of the training, I was left with a well behaved dog and additional tips and tricks! I’d recommend Love On A Leash Dog Training to anyone.

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  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Anthony S.
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Dave shows great passion for his work. We are very excited to work with him for our new puppy. Gunner is a field bred English Cocker Spaniel that will be a working hunting dog. In a short time he and Dave are showing great progress. I'd recommend d Dave to anyone!

@KeelahsFitBuddies
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Claudia G.
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Keelah’s fit buddies is by far the best of the dog services in Miami. Not only are the prices are affordable but the commitment to each individual dog is unparalleled. Frequent photos and videos are communicated so I can stay involved in my dog’s daily activities. I trust this service to care for my dog and rely heavily on the flexibility this service provides. The adventures available to my dog through this service are endless.

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Megan Sierra
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Kristyn C.
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Megan was extremely helpful with my crazy puppy. I have a 7 month old Shiba Inu, they are known to be a very stubborn breed. She taught him sit and lay down at the very first visit! This girl has a gift with dogs, I definitely recommend her as your future puppy/dog trainer.

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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