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ClickR TrainR
4.9
from 72 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
Shiri W.
Verified review

We have a 7 mth old Boston Terrier (Lucy). I've had the pleasure of having Brian teaching me and helping me to understand her good and bad behavior. Brian's technique is great and helpful. He is professional and knowledgeable. Brian is still working with Lucy and she's still in training, but her progress is terrific. Brian is performing training on site/at our home and always prompt and flexible to schedule and reschedule as needed. Brian explains in detail about the click and treat method which is very effective. Lucy is very responsive to Brian's training and his method is extremely successful! I highly recommend Brian for helping/training the owners to understand their dogs behavior and for any additional help with dog training.

  • 13 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
Betheny M.
Verified review

Excellent. Professional, arrives on time, works well with my dog and myself. He has given me SO much insight as to my dog's behavior and why she acts the way she does. I understand my dog better now. Love that he writes "homework" for us so I can refer back to that. Also if I run into a problem with my dog between sessions, he promptly texts me back and tells me how to correct the behavior (or how I should be responding to my dog). A+ highlt recommend Cliff! 😊

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Happy K9 Club
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
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Lisa m.
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Franco is amazing!! We had problems with our dog that we adopted recently, he showed fear based aggression, wasn't friendly to any dog, started being territorial over me, and had a obsession over chasing ducks. The moment our dog met Franco, Franco had complete control over him. He's like the dog whisperer. Franco explained to us what we were doing wrong and how to correct his behavior and how to become the "alpha dog". Within the first couple of weeks , we saw massive improvements with our dog. If you listen and put in the work Franco tells you, you're dog will be the bestest good boy in the world!

Canine Coach
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
Sydney G.
Verified review

Canine Coach is wonderful. His knowledge about my dog just from the way I described him over the phone was extremely impressive, to say the least. It got even better when he arrived at my house! He taught me things about my dog I would have never known regarding his behavior and just about dogs in general. He sat down with my roommate and I and addressed all of our concerns, responding with both recommendations and pure knowledge. In addition, his way with my dog was unbelievable. My dog is an adult shelter dog who has displayed aggresive behavior in the short time I have had him and has already improved after my session with Canine Coach (it has not even been a full 24 hours since our session!). He taught me how to properly handle my dog with certainty and confidence and how to approach situations that a dog with a rough past would find threatening. I HIGHLY recommend using Canine Coach for any and all of dog related training and/or behavioral issues!

Puppy Dog Luv
4.8
from 48 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
NESIRA B.
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Wendy understands dogs and knows how to get the best behavior out of each individual dog (working with their needs and personality, and at their level). Not only were the classes straight forward with a positive approach but Wendy demonstrated time and time again she cares about dogs. My puppy was a rescue one and had a traumatic experience outside of class and Wendy went above and beyond to get Gemma back on track before the end of the puppy classes. She is personable and practical, and always willing to answer questions and provide help. This class has been a very positive experience, and I appreciate her care, knowledge and expertise with my Chihuahua. Nesira Baker, Gemma's owner

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K9 Fitness Lab
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diane B.
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Rosie has done an outstanding job with our puppy! She is professional, friendly, punctual and has such a way with the animal. Highly recommend!

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Furgetmenot
4.8
from 37 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren R.
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Very personable and professional. Truly was a pleasure having her take care of our animal!

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Christina Gengo
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ethan G.
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Chrsitina has a way with animals.. Brody loves her and has started to become a disciplined, obedient pup...

Animal Behavior Councelor
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
ROGER J.
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She did a great job with my dog. I was very impressed with the changes that occurred with his behavior

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Atazo Animal Services
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Aaliyah A.
Verified review

Mr. Otazo has been training my 8 month old (huge) puppy for about 4 weeks now, and I am so thankful for have coming across such a caring company as Atazo Animal Services is. I have met most of the employees and they are all so kind to Kane as well as I. Kane is very happy to have them around, he is not easy one and they have had all the patience in the world to help Kane become the best version of himself.

The Paw Spa
4.6
from 19 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
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Ashley is the best groomer I've ever had. I've followed her for 8 years. She has just been fantastic with my "scaredy" cats who are no longer afraid to get groomed. She does an excellent job with my pickiness in my cats grooming. She is a true professional who shows up on time and brings all supplies needed to do the job the way I want it. I have a failed spinal fusion which makes it difficult for me to pack up my cat and load her in the car. When the doorbell rings they know it's her and my cats hide. She has the patience needed to help calm the cat down and get her from under the bed. I am always extremely pleased with the results that I see. While at my home she also clips my birds wings and claws with a gentle touch. I won't go ANYWHERE else!

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AniNanny
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 33 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
Nick D.
Verified review

Mona is a natural dog person who has added to her great instincts with lots of education about dogs and dog behavior. She immediately connected with my dog and was patient and also a good leader, and I could tell my pup was more confident and comfortable around her. I would trust Mona with my animals and I would recommend that others trust her, too. Your animals are in good hands with Mona!

  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Emily G.
Verified review

Kelly is fantastic. She is great with pups. She went out of her way to understand our Hound and helped us find a way to combat most of her negative behaviors. Tiger is a completely different dog after our sessions. My relationship with my pup has changed in the best way possible and I owe it to Kelly. Thank you!!

Dances with Dogs, Inc.
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen B.
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It was obvious that Katie cares about animals, even my little feral cat that I love.

  • 26 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Sylvia A.
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Linda Greenfield is an exceptional dog trainer with a keen understanding of canine behavior and family dynamics. She is an amazing teacher and handler and I would recommend her to anyone interested in learning the art of dog training and how to strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Dog training has never been so much fun and rewarding. Thanks Linda!

@KeelahsFitBuddies
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ariel E.
Verified review

Absolutely the best! Teddy (my pup) always comes home on his best behavior after spending time with Jose! Jose is knowledgeable, reliable, and amazing with animals. Highly recommend!

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Megan Sierra
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Daniel C.
Verified review

I highly recommend working with Megan. Her compassion for dogs and upbeat nature made the training itself engaging and enjoyable for my one year old labradoodle! She always gave 110% to me and my dog, she is reliable, organized and most of all knowledgeable in the training and behavior of dogs.

Champion Dog Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Craig R.
    Verified review

    I have known Mike personally for the better part of thiry years. In fact, we worked together in the K-9 unit many years ago.Mike is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced dog trainers I have ever met. Mike recently trained a new puppy that I rescued from the Animal Shelter. I'm extremely pleased with the results needless to say. If your considering having your dog trained, you don't have to look any further than Mike. I know you will be extremely pleased! His reputation speaks for itself.

    TLC- While You're Away
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    Judy G.
    Verified review

    Terri is a friend of all pets. She understands the needs of the animals she's caring for & respects the owners wishes. She follows directions well & is compassionate. I would hire her again.

    Steve's Pet Care
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Steve G.
      Verified review

      Steve has been caring for my 2 cats for the past 10 years. I make 3 to 4 trips to Houston every year to spend time with my family from 7 to 10 days at a time. Steve has made this possible by feeding, watering and cleaning up after my cats daily. He saved me a fortune in "boading fees". He is very good with animals, extremely trustworthy and respectful of my home and privacy. If you need someone to take care of your home and animals while you are away, you could not make a better choice than Steve.

      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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