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DogMentalist.com
4.8
from 91 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
David K.
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Bob understands dogs. But more importantly, he understands dog owners. He is well read and knowledgable regarding all methods and practices of dog training. He creates a positive relationship with dog and is amazing in ability to get results quickly. He is hands on and if you listen to his instruction, you will not be disappointed!!! purelypositivedogtraining.com

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Awesome n Pawsome
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deb L.
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We are currently working with Michele both for training and dog sitting. She has been wonderful for both!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Ralph W.
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We highly recommend Joe and FL Academy of Canine Education. Joe is well educated in this field. He is honest, trustworthy and reliable. We hired Joe to work with us on our 2 year old Great Pyrenees. Joe expects dog owners to particpate fully in their dog's training, and if you do, it is worth every minute and every penny.

  • 33 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie S.
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I don't even know where to begin with how pleased I am with Ron and Melissa at Aztec dog training. Our Australian Shepherd Darwin was out of control. He was a runner, we couldn't get him to sit, he would nip, he growled at the kids, he really was the pack leader at our house. Recently he escaped from our backyard and went after a neighbors minpin. Luckily no one was hurt, but my husband and I were at the end of our rope. Darwin couldn't be in the house during the day because we were worried for the kids and he couldn't be walked on a leash because he could go after another dog. I called Ron, and I was desperate to get Darwin help. It was either get him help or rehome him. Ron immediately made me feel comfortable just talking with him. We lived 3 hours away in Lake Worth, FL and asked if we could bring Darwin that night at 11pm and to my amazement they agreed and waited up for us to bring Darwin. Right when we got to Aztec and Ron handled Darwin, I could tell we did the right thing. The dog immediately seemed different. Darwin stayed for 3 weeks, and I'm positive we got a lot more then we paid for. When we came to pick Darwin up he was walking on a leash without choking himself and he wasn't pulling the trainer everywhere, he was calm. It was amazing. He sat, he laid down, he even stayed. Even more astonishing, there was another dog there and he didn't even seem to notice. Darwin seemed to have so much respect for Ron. As if this wasn't enough, we were given a training session with him and written instructions. We spend 10 minutes a day working with him and everyday we see improvement. We are even integrating him into our family. He's actually in the house almost all day! I'm also very pleased with the follow up care. Any time I need advice or have a problem I text Ron and he immediately gets back to us, day or night. He always has the answer. And believe me I have texted upset and confused and lost. The support is invaluable. Ron and Melissa really know this profession. If you have a dog that needs training in south florida, whether aggressive, skitish, or just general obedience, Aztec Dog Training is the place to take your beloved pup. Melissa and Ron we can't thank you enough for your help with Darwin.

Alpha Dog Academy
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy J.
Verified review

Rayfield and Alpha Dog Academy was excellent. Full of knowledge and patient. He listened to our needs and designed a detailed prescription to help us and our Shepherd. I would highly recommend him!

Strike Back K-9
4.2
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Billy J.
Verified review

Rudy has had our 2nd Gen. German Shepherd puppy and has taken a very head strong dog thru basic training and I can not say enough good things about his program and procedures to bring this dog into what we wanted him to be. Now we are going to let him go thru the protection and aggression part of his program. I can't say more about this trainer but to tell you if you want your dog trained right talk to Rudy. Without any abuse to a head strong dog he is the man for you. I plan on getting another Shepherd and no one would I consider other than him. I could not be more pleased or satisfied with his program working with my dog and my wife Debbie's baby.

Shelby's Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
David P.
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We have been working with Shelby now for a few months. She has done a great job helping us work with our Australian Shepherd (a two-year old male recent rescue). We have taught him basic commands, how to walk on leash, how to greet people when they come to the house and many other things. As dog owners, Shelby has taught us how to be in charge of our dog and as a result he is much calmer and better behaved. We would describe her style of training as positive reenforcement with mild verbal corrections when appropriate. Shelby has been great to work with and our dog has responded really well to her. Shelby has a lot of great skills and knowledge that she has shared with us. She is also creative and willing to think outside the box when something we try with our dog does not work. The cost is very reasonable and we have seen immediate and continued improvement in our dog's behavior. We highly recommend her.

Paws at Play Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Frank C.
Verified review

Excellent follow up, very comfortable with my dog, easy to work with. Amanda is experienced and professional.

Savvy Tender Touch
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Teena L.
    Verified review

    Eileen has worked on my horses and my dogs. All the animals love her! One of my horses injured himself in a pasture accident on his rear leg. He had a very deep cut. Eileen came to work on him once a month for several months. It really helped with his healing. You would never know how bad the injury really was except by the scar. I would recommend her to anyone. She is very helpful when your animals have health issues. She loves to share her knowledge.

    The K9 Development Center
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 12 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Julia J.
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    Sandi really listens to you & your needs. Then addresses them with positive training. Very knowledgeable!

    • 4 years in business
    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Christine J.
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    Though new to training as a business of her own she has trained dogs for years. She is knowledgeable, patient and calm a great combination for trading a Portugeese Water Dog. I am looking forward to a well trained dog though our relationship.

    About

    I love dogs! I've owned several different breeds throughout my life and will never be without one or two. I know how positive feedback behavior works and use this method with my dogs. I understand how they think and can handle almost any situation with good results. I am drug free and am willing for you to do a background check on me if you'd like to. I have reliable transportation and will always be on time.

    About

    To be honest, I am not a professional dog walker, but I love animals. I have a pit bull, but she lives with my ex-husband, and I have had many of my daughter's pit bulls in my home. I have several granddogs, and they love me, so maybe you would be willing to give a true animal lover a try.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    Most people aren't very flexible in working with their clients but I am. Also other are only skilled at one thing, or looking to do a specific task. I am open to all.

    About

    Hey! I do a lot of baby sitting and dog sitting. If you ever need a night or weekend out, I'm willing to come to you and watch your kids or pets.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I am the ideal pet owner who has enough generosity to help others. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are my specialty. Big or little, I can clean it up. I have insight on emotional behaviors and am an expert on healthy lifestyle.

    About

    I provide dog walking and pet sitting services. I will also do pet bathing, no grooming or clipping. I am experienced with staffies, pits, and English terriers. I will not provide services to dogs with prior bite history. Sorry, due to allergies, I do not handle cats. Thank you.

    About

    I do dog grooming, pet sitting, dog walking, housekeeping, and organizing. I prefer pets to stay with me. I have two small yorkies.

    About

    Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing offers you a more affordable alternative of pet containment. All of our products are made and serviced in the USA. We have been dog trainers specializing in canine behavior modification in the South Florida over 10 years ago. Dog Guard's simple and proven process allows us to keep dogs safe without fences or barriers. Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing has been providing quality pet containment systems to over one million customers over the last 25 years. Our underground system is invisible to the eye but effectively and safely contains your pet in the area that you wish. Whether it is a room, a yard, or specific a area, our 100% US made products are designed to safely contain your pet. We will come to your house and provide you with a free consultation and proposal. After our installation, we work with you and your dog to assure that you understand the process and your road to success. Please visit our website to view our testimonials and guarantees.

    About

    I became an animal trainer because of my love for animals and also to help people communicate with their pets. I worked as a dog trainer for 2 years after I graduated from college. After that, I worked for a company that trains animals for television and does the live animal shows at Universal Studios. I have just recently moved home and would like to continue caring for animals and helping owners understand their pets. I can pet sit, dog walk, or help train any pet.

    About

    Angeldogs offers private lessons where we come to your home. Each lesson lasts at least one hour, but have been known to last two or three. From basic obedience to behavior problems, all breeds, ages, and issues are handled with positive yet assertive leadership skills. Angeldogs serves all of Sarasota County, Englewood is included of course. As a founding member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (A.P.D.T.) all of the lessons are based on positive reinforcement training. No use of choke chains nor prong collars. We have over 27 years of experience in behavior modification and have found this to be the most effective, fun, and lasting way to train. Our main concentration is in training you and every one who handles the dog on a regular basis. That way every one may be consistent in doing the same thing, the same way, so your canine family member will learn, even when the trainer is not around. I give a 10% discount for millitary and family.

    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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    Need Dog Training for Obedience and Protection

    Englewood, FL

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Guard / Protection
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy - 0-6 months
    • Dog size(s)
      Large (46-70 lbs)

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Saint Petersburg, FL

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy - 0-6 months
    • Dog size(s)
      Small (1-15 lbs)
    • $83.33
      Average price

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Bradenton, FL

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      3+ years
    • Dog size(s)
      Medium (16-45 lbs)
    • Details
      Dog is smart but whines a lot. We'd like to let him run loose in the fenced yard, but he continually tries to dig under the fence
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