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Sit, Down, Stay Dog Training
4.9
from 125 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 270 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Roseann S.
Verified review

Maureen Henderson is outstanding! She came to my home and "trained me" on how to manage and thoroughly enjoy my 2 beautiful black labs. She spent nearly 2 hours with me and gave me incredible advice and techniques for walking my dogs, dealing with dog aggression and managing hyper personalities. I highly recommend Maureen for your dog training needs.

  • 33 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany S.
Verified review

For anyone serious about training their dog, this trainer is the best option by far.

Top Pro
  • 5 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Annie Y.
Verified review

I am the owner of a very energetic Black Labrador. I knew that I had a dog with high energy and needed professional help with training my puppy. I found Martha Bernal through a friend at work who was happy with her dog training. Martha guided my puppy through ten sessions of puppy training (basic puppy obedience). I was very pleased with her obvious love of dogs and immediate results with each lesson. Martha has a gentle, effective approach to training dogs and my dog responded very well to her training sessions. The end result for me was that my Labrador became a lot more easy to manage because he understood the commands (requests) that I made such as "Come" "Sit" "Stay" "Leave it" and he also stopped jumping up on people. I enjoyed seeing my dog learn and am very happy with the dog training that Martha provided to my dog. He remembers everything she taught him and it makes our family happy to have a well trained big dog. I would recommend her highly to anyone considering a dog trainer.

Good CitiZEN Dog Training
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Olga W.
Verified review

Andy was excellent and our family really liked onsite one on one training with our dog. We are on our way to a well behaved dog. :) Looking forward to joing the group lessons soon. Highly recommend Andy's help to anyone struggling with doggy behavioural issues.

Dog's Best Friend
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Scott P.
Verified review

Gregg came to our house and gave our whole family guidance and help for our goldendoodle Sophia. Gregg was extremely professional and patiently helped our whole family understand how to set boundaries and corrections for our puppy. Great experience. I highly recommend him for your dog training needs.

K9 Holistics
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley H.
Verified review

Christine is awesome! She did a great job helping us train our 10 week old Brittany Spaniel puppy, Lola. She listened to what we wanted to work on each week and incorporated it into our training session. Rather than training your dog for you, Christine teaches you what to do so your dog will listen and follow your directions. She uses positive reinforcement so your dog is always happy. Lola is our pet but also a hunting dog every now and then. So, Christine learned how to train her for hunting purposes. She is incredibly knowledgeable and made the training sessions easy to understand, fun and enjoyable for Lola and us. She also followed up with additional information and tips after each session. Christine has also helped us during the day by coming over and taking Lola for walks. We always get cute pictures and an update when she leaves on how the walk went. I would highly recommend Christine to anyone looking for training, walking or sitting. We love Christine and so does Lola!

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Walkies Pet Sitting
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Sue was great to work with and immediately put our minds at ease from the first phone call. We are currently vacationing in the Bradenton area for the month of January and required a dog sitter during a day trip to Miami. Sue responded to our request on Thumbtack and the rest is history. She took great care of our Miniature Schnauzer while we were away for the day. He was walked, fed and given lots of love and attention. The photos and texts with updates was reassuring and a real bonus. We would highly recommend Sue and would definitely reach out to her again if we need a dog sitter in the future.

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The K9 Coach Inc
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deb G.
Verified review

Came out to the house and was really good at explaining and giving us the tools we need to be successful with training our puppy, can’t wait for the next lesson!!

  • 4 years in business
Ann H.
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Alison stayed in our home for 10 weeks and took excellent care of our young golden retriever Arlington and middle aged cat Belle. Arlington is a high maintenance dog, needing a lot of love and attention, so it was very important to us that we find someone who would take care of him in the manner that he is used to. Alison did a wonderful job with exercising him, administering medication, and keeping him well groomed. She also bonded with Belle, our rather neurotic and high strung cat, to the point that her IBS symptoms went away while Alison was taking care of her. Alison checked in frequently with us via email and was extremely flexible when we needed to coordinate an appointment with a mobile dog groomer. Alison also took great care of the home and we found everything to be in the exact same condition as when we left. The mail was nicely organized and the yard was well tended. The things we appreciated the most about Alison was her good judgement and self-sufficiency. We really felt as though she treated our home and pets as her own, and had a great understanding of what was important to bring to our attention while we were away. We left detailed information on the home and the pets and Alison was able to manage everything from there. This was the first time using a housesitter, so we were a little nervous about having someone stay in our home. We felt so fortunate finding Alison and would definitely recommend her to anyone in need of a housesitter, particularly to help take care of pets.

Martee Hays Loving Pet Care
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Sue F.
Verified review

Martee did a great job looking after our dog/house. She was punctual, reliable and caring towards our pet. She even did some laundry while we were away, which was very much appreciated. I would have no problem recommending her to someone else. Sue Fox

Scientific Dog Training
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Steve B.
Verified review

Michael Chapman of the Sit Means Sit - Saratoga dog training franchise kept Zoe (our 18 week old female standard poodle) for a two week 'board and train' experience. While there our Zoe was around other dogs and spent a great deal of time going places with Michael while learning to obey commands. The experience was positive for Zoe and for us! She is much easier to walk with and listens to and obeys many commands readily. We plan to continue to reinforce the training with classes that are available twice weekly at the Sit Means Sit facility and are enjoying online info that is made available. We are convinced that the process/system is the best, fastest manner to train a dog. And, are becoming vocal 'salespersons' for Sit Means Sit.

  • 18 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy G.
Verified review

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING... my poor old dog had to be cut super short due to being matted in places we could not even tell. After it was all said and done... I have a very happy old dog that can finally be comfortable and the kids also love his cut. This is a groomer that takes his time, works with the pet to put them at ease and ensures everyone is happy. GREAT GREAT job!!!!

My Professional K9
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Becky F.
Verified review

Quinn worked with one of my daily dog walking clients, Blue. Blue is 130+lbs of pure muscle and strength at the young age of 9mths. He did not walk well on his leash, was reactive to other dogs when on leash and had major issues with lunging at box trucks and other animals. After spending two weeks in Board & Train with Quinn, Blue’s behavior has completely changed! He walks effortlessly on his leash with his head held high. He no longer reacts to other leashed dogs nor does he lunge at animals or box trucks! Quinn was willing to work with myself and the sitter I have assigned to Blue’s daily walks to ensure a smooth transition. Quinn is extremely skilled and very professional. I highly recommend his services to my clients on a regular basis.

Sam Ivy K9 Consultants Inc.
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tammie .
Verified review

My husband, Ray and I rescued our five year old Bichon Frise, Phoebe and she immediately became very attached to me. We struggled with her skin conditions and food allergies. But she was most troubled when anyone would come near us or our house, barking (screaming) hysterically and nothing we could do would break her focus on the perceived danger, even picking her up and taking her to a back room of the house where she would continue barking loudly. She also snapped at people, especially children, who would move toward her to touch her. We were afraid to take her into situations where other people were gathered, such as our group camping outings. In desperation, we contacted Sam Ivy K9 Consultants, and our trainer, Enzo, began teaching us how to teach Phoebe. He was very patient with us, and within two visits, Phoebe stopped her frantic barking on our "STOP" command! Enzo continued to teach us how to give her the necessary commands that every dog should know: Sit, Stay, Down, Come ect. He also addressed her occasional night-time peeing in the house (she is very afraid of the dark so one of us has to go outside with her at night). Our fluffy Phoebe is so much better behaved now and we are very thankful that her training has made her a better, loving companion.

  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jim S.
Verified review

Andrea did an excellent job of grooming my miniature poodle. It shows that she loves dogs, and my Lexi showed no signs of stress after I picked her up. Andrea is very professional (and very pretty).

About

If you are looking for dependable, friendly pet care, try Dog Walking by TJ! I offer dog walking, giving medications, and feeding. I take dogs to parks for socialization, and I also do pet sitting at your house.

  • 3 years in business
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I just started

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I can provide pet sitting services (feeding, walking, playing, etc.) in the morning, at night, or overnight. I can also provide just solely dog walking services.

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I will come to you and walk your pet once or twice a day as needed, and I will also pet sit but no overnights.

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I will walk, feed and play with dogs and cats. I have an 11 year old Yorkie who thinks she is still 5 years old. I walk her and play with her everyday. She is my best friend.

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I will happily walk all sizes and number of dogs. I will care for dogs and cats in homes. My services include feeding, bathing and exercise/play. I'm a 29-year-old guy with an extremely flexible schedule to accommodate all needs.

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 Obedience Training

Indian Rocks Beach, FL

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    3+ years
  • Dog size(s)
    Large (46-70 lbs)
  • $75
    Average price

Need a Dog Whisperer

Largo, FL

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 6-12 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Details
    He may have separation anxiety because every time everyone is gone from the house he goes to the bathroom . I really need to fix this problem because I just moved out on my own and my room mate is annoyed and it get tiring having to cleanup dog poop all the time
  • $83.33
    Average price

Need Dog Training Service

Tampa, FL

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    3+ years
  • Dog size(s)
    Small (1-15 lbs), Medium (16-45 lbs), Large (46-70 lbs)
  • Details
    one dog is a puppy and jumps on people, one dog has anxiety and stubborn issues, and one has aggression issues
  • $50
    Average price
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