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ClickR TrainR
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
Shiri W.
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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
  • 117 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
  • 123 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!

Puppy Dog Luv
4.8
from 49 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 131 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 40 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
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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
4.7
from 42 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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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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Slinger Pet Care & Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
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Zoe R.
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Danielle is amazing every time I have her watch my animals! She always sends me pictures and I know they are well taken care of with her. I would highly recommend her to anyone

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  • 12 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
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Tiffany C.
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Jane's work with behavioral training is so integral for not only the dogs but also the family. She assisted me personally with better understanding of my dog's behavior, the nature of it, and my reactions to my dog. She was able to help guide me to improve upon the positive energy and reinforcement I could give to my dog for the best outcomes of behavior. I highly recommend Jane for her knowledge and understanding of both animal behaviors and the impact of the family systems.

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AniNanny
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 60 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!

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Christina Gengo
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Ethan G.
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Chrsitina has a way with animals.. Brody loves her and has started to become a disciplined, obedient pup...

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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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Dorothy C.
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Carol was knowledgable and caring. She understood our dog's behavior and was able to offer valuable training advice. In addition, she was a great source for the right treats, harness, vet and groomer while we visited Florida. We look forward to Seamus attending her Good Citizen class next year.

Yesdogtraining
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly S.
Verified review

Stewart is amazing!!!!! He has been great with helping me with my motley “pack”!!!! He truly understands and connects with the animals!!!!! My husband and I were extremely impressed with his work and how he was able to gain control and gently redirect unwanted behavior!!!! I love referring people to Stewart because I know they will not be disappointed!!!!!👍💫

Creating New Tails
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Heidi and Jamahl C.
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Jillian was wonderful to work with! She was easily reachable to schedule meeting MJ (our boxer/lab puppy) and helped us work out the best time to bring her for training. We decided to have MJ board with Jillian for 2 weeks to complete basic behavior training. We specifically wanted to work on the "puppy" biting, leash pulling and jumping or over excitement around other people and dogs. MJ and Jillian had a whole routine ready for us when we picked MJ up after two weeks!! She had her doing front, wait, place, pretty, weave, spin, down and roll over! I had guests over the evening of the day we picked her up and MJ was like a 180 from before we dropped her off. She was so well behaved, still with puppy energy, but better directed and not jumping all over people. We are extremely happy with Jillian! She also worked with us when we picked MJ up and offered us continued support as we now take over the continued working with MJ to cement the new skills she's learned!

Pack Perfection
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Vladi Y.
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Can't begin to express how happy and fortunate we feel to have found Nicole! She is not only exceptionally trustworthy, communicative and professional, but she goes above and beyond when caring for our dog. She takes the time to teach him new tricks, promote good behavior and also trains us to continue those positive behaviors. Incredible!! I highly recommend Nicole!

Dog EnterTraining
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Giselle H.
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Gisela, helped us with our golden retriever . She designed a personalized plan and showed all of us how to patiently train and obtain the best in him. She was great with our kids , included them to actively participate in his training. Gave us pointer in behavior modification for Charlie that is needed for daily activities with him. She was professional, patient, lovable with animals and kids. Only have good things to say about our experience with her and highly recommend her training technique.

ORA Dog Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Nick S.
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For the majority of dog owners, choosing the right dog trainer is one of the most important decisions they will have to make regarding their dog. Upon becoming new dog parents to a Dandie Dimmout Terrier named Winston, I often found myself saying "no one knows my dog like I do." Through the training and guidience of Bijan, owner of ORA Dog Training, we realized that we weren’t truly understanding Winston. Bijan trained us to understand our dog’s needs and natural tendencies and the proper way to handle them so that we could live happier lives as dogowners, and most importantly, that Winston could live a happier dog life! While many dog owners might be proficient handlers, Bijan possessed a skillset and information in which he mastered, and the gap between a well-meaning, intelligent dog owner and a trained professional. Bijan is a great listener and is interested in your take on your dog's characteristics, tendencies, personal history, strengths and weaknesses. Rather than immediately dictating who and what needs to change, Bijan starts by sitting down and talking through expectations, concerns and philosophies before starting any actual training or behavior modification work. Bijan was a great communicator both in terms of listening to our questions and concerns as well teaching us and our dog. We were enthused that he wanted to know everything possible about the dog's background so that he could more quickly and effectively identify root causes and implement a positive training protocol. Bijan always included us in the training. He would constantly and effectively communicate what he was doing, and one of his primary goals was for us to step in and eventually take over the actual training with our dog, Winston. Bijan does not only train your dog, but more importantly, he trains you to properly guide your dog. When we first met with Bijan, Winston was a total brat! Did what he wanted, when he wanted, and didn’t understand what we were trying to communicate to him. To be honest, we were skeptical as to how much progress was possible with our disobedient pup, but like magic, after the first hour-long session at our apartment, the progress was amazingly positive! We couldn’t even walk Winston without him sitting on the sidewalk and resisting. Now, Winston is a calm obedient dog (when we want him to be) but he is still the active loveable puppy he has always been. I recommend Bijan to all my friends who own a dog or who are bringing a new dog into their home. Bottom line, hands down, ORA Dog Training are miracle workers and are extremely patient, understanding, and courteous to dogs and their owners!

Marti Hohmann Dog Training
4.2
from 5 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
David R.
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We have a 5 month old Goldendoodle that is a bundle of energy. Needed help with housebreaking, obedience, crating and leash walking. Marti assessed our dogs behavior and was confident she could work with her. We opted to send our dog with Marti for a 10 day boot camp and board her at her home. When our dog Harley came home Marti discussed all facets of her training and took the time to teach us hand commands and the proper cue technique to continue reinforcing what she has learned. Harley is 10 times more obedient, is a pleasure to walk, sits, stays and lays down on command. I highly recommend Marti for her knowledge and training skills. If you want a dog that you can be proud of give Marti a try you'll be glad you did!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alisa B.
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Kim is amazing!! A+ at communication and A+ in taking care of our pups! You'd be lucky to have her care for your animals. She always checks in and sends pictures, which we love. Very flexible and is always willing to do what she can to help.

Animal Lovers Pet Concierge
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Regis B.
Verified review

I have used Heather for over 5 years to sit, walk and feed my greyhounds. In sum, Heather is an animal lover, a true dog lover. Second in importance is her reliability - never missing a visit. I can say without reservation that other than myself, my dogs' favorite person is Heather - that comes from her attention and genuine concern for their well being. She gets my highest recommendation.

Doggie Escorts
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jermine S.
Verified review

Amy is the hardest working person I know. She takes such good care of my two babies Blanco and Dutch. She always recommends the best products for your animals and also gives them treats! Try her out, you won’t be disappointed

Jodie

New To Thumbtack

  • 23 years in business
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I am an animal caretaker for any time or vacation. I'm willing to drive and do all types of animals as long as they're friendly.

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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