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from 91 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
Debby B.
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Mr. Kessler educated me on the positive approach to training my puppy. His knowledge of Behavioral therapies and psychology was very informative. At the same time, he had my wild Boston Terrier puppy sitting within the first 20 minute!. I was amazed! He also gave me homework to work on with my pup. Mr Kessler also followed-up to see how I was doing with my training. He was awesome!

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Awesome n Pawsome
from 27 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Ashley C.
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We had an amazing experience working with Michele. She is very experienced, professional, and showed up on time. She expresses clear knowledge of training dogs. Her method of training is to not only instill appropriate behavior in a dog, but to ensure that the dog's owners understand the training process and are able to follow through so they can continue to work with the dog without a trainer present. Michele helped our dog, Lulah, work on her growling and barking at houseguests. We highly recommend Michele/Awesome n Pawsome to ever pet owner!

  • 33 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy F.
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WE Took our Yorkie Puppy to Ron and Melissa when he was 8 weeks old - they took him from our hands and kept him in their home for 18 days. We were really not sure what to expect. We had never had a dog trained before. Ron explained to us that dog training is misunderstood to never use food as a bribe - I was very skeptical but Ron came highly recommended bu a friend who was going to put their dog down until they met Ron so I was willing to give it a shot. His prices were reasonable considering the dog stayed in his home and not a kennel and all followup lessons are included. When we got our puppy back we were shocked!!! Not only did he listen - HE WAS HAPPY!!! We are ever so thankful to them and recommend ANYONE GETTING A PUP TO LOOK UP AZTEC DOG TRAINING AND PUPPY BOOTCAMP - It will be the best investment you will ever make...Thanks again Ron and Melissa

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  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Michelle C.
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Finally a trainer that knows what he’s doing!!!! I have been to petco training and even hired 3 other trainers to help with my dogs and have had horrible results even having to take my dog to emergency vet with hives because the other trainer stressed him out so bad. Right away I knew this guy was different. He took control and knew what he was seeing. My dogs have responded great and now listen and behave on command without being bribed with treats. I am sooo impressed!!! He is very flexible around your schedule and I wouldn’t recommend any other trainer. This guy knows what he’s doing!

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

Fido's Gym
from 4 reviews
    Ivy F.
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    Fido's Gym is the BEST and most FUN place for dogs EVER! I literally can't even say the word "gym" anymore around my Boxer Fiona because she starts whining and crying. She absolutely LOVES going to Fido's. Fiona is a white Boxer and she is very active as she's only 1 year old. Since she is white, she cannot be in the sun for more than a few minutes before getting sunburned. Fido's Gym was such a blessing for our family. Not only is the facility indoors and really large (for her to run around in) but it's super clean and there's tons of fun toys (and friends) for her to play with. I've noticed a significant change in her behavior (for the better) since bringing her to Fido's Gym and letting her socialize with other dogs as well as burn some over her Boxer energy off. Heather the owner of Fido's Gym is SO friendly and she's great with placing other dogs with the same temperament as your dog. She's an amazing dog trainer as well as a dog lover and you can tell right away when you meet her. I've met so many nice people (and pups) at Fido's and Fiona and I really look forward to going there each week. If your looking for a fun place to bring your dog, I would highly recommend Fido's Gym.

    Paws at Play Training
    from 3 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Frank C.
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    Excellent follow up, very comfortable with my dog, easy to work with. Amanda is experienced and professional.

    Strike Back K-9
    from 3 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Billy J.
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    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.

    The K9 Development Center
    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!

    Pampered Pawz
    from 1 review
    • 17 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Heather K.
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    Michael is very reliable & trustworthy and does a wonderful job taking care of my puppy. I plan to continue using Michael on a regular basis to help take care of Barkley when I'm unable to be home. I'm very happy to have found Michael!

    • 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.

    Brandy Thomas
    from 1 review
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Colleen S.
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    Brandy is patient with my labs. They are older dogs who were in serious need of training. I had thought all hope was lost but not so! They are following directions, playing well together and I can open my door without a scene. This happened with simple commands and patience. Brandy had to teach US how to be dog parents and lead our dogs. Still a work in progress but we can see positive results. Thank you!!!!!


    I focus on a variety of services. My philosophy is that no dog is untrainable. From potty training to loose-leash walking to behavior issues, you name it, and we can work through it. All I ask from the owner is dedication and willingness to learn. I'll bring you the tools to success; however, it is up to you to use them. No breed is left behind with me. All breeds are welcome. I also have experience with rescued dogs who may have confidence issues. I am an animal lover turned professional dog trainer.


    With many years of experience in owning dogs of many different breeds and sizes, I can give the loving care that other pet owners would want for their pets. I bring positive energy, patience, and joy to the client's pet. The pet owner can expect their instructions to be followed and the pets to be cared for as my own.


    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.


    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.


    I offer positive, family friendly dog training. I have trained over 300 families and their dogs. I know that many dogs end up in shelters due to behavioral issues. I use scientifically based positive reinforcement to invest the owners in proper training to ensure a long and happy relationship based on trust and love. I train group classes sponsored by Suncoast Humane Society and other group classes for the Greater Venice Dog Club. I have many private students and am recommended by local veterinarians. I specialize in working with shy and reactive dogs. I believe in continuing education and have attended dog seminars and conferences across the nation. I am an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and work closely with Suncoast Humane Society's Pet Therapy teams.

    • 11 years in business

    We work on dog training and behavior modification. We are specializing in private lessons. We have AKC CGC certification. Group lessons are also available. We also provide dog walking and boarding.


    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.


    I am a private dog trainer, private groomer, and veterinary technician. I will take care of all your furry friends' needs, whatever they may be.


    Our services include: Evaluations Board and Train (Florida) Board and Brush-up (Florida) Behavioral Consultations and Problem Solving Dog Obedience Training (on leash and off leash) Dog Tricks Training Puppy Training Private In-home Sessions Private Sessions at our location (Naples, FL) We adhere to high standards of professionalism. As our videos attest, we have achieved training successes with a wide variety of dogs from varied backgrounds. We operate our business honestly and ethically. We are professionally trained and certified. We are licensed and insured. We are recommended by excellent professionals, a local rescue organization, and by our clients. Lexi Hayden, the owner of Fine-tuned Canines, is a proud member of the IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals), an organization that sets the highest standards for all canine professionals. Our entire focus is on fine tuning relationship between humans and their canines by creating appropriate and acceptable behavior in your dog and by training you as well! We do this humanely, effectively and gently by providing one or more of the following: One-on-one training in your home One-on-one training at our location (Naples, FL) Board and train in our home - read more about Fine-tuned Canines' exclusive Florida Board and Train program (Southwest Florida)

    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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