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New Port Richey Dog Socialization Classes

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Sit, Down, Stay Dog Training
4.9
from 126 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 277 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jess R.
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Maureen is absolutely wonderful to work with. She was very responsive, friendly, and easy to coordinate with. I recently completed a 6-week long puppy class with my dog and I learned more from Maureen in our initial evaluation than I did in the entire class. I appreciate her patience and knowledge and look forward to working with her in the future.

  • 33 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Kim J.
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Our 21 month German Shepherd Rescue lacked skills in socialization at the park, car manners and needed at tune up in walking on a leash without pulling, exiting and entering our home & car on command versus the German Shepherd making that decision. In two hours, goal reached and written instructions received help us stay consistent with daily goals & training. My husband and I highly recommend Mr. Ochoa.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Annie Y.
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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.

  • 9 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Edon C.
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I learned more in one visit about dog behavior than I ever gained during years of classes at local dog training clubs. Absolutely a top notch, wonderful trainer. So thankful to have found Gentle Touch Dog Training.

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SunsetK9 Training Services
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Anna T.
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Luis is just awesome!! I cannot say enough about our experience with him and SunsetK9 Training! Our puppy, Marlo, took to him and responded to him immediately and in no time he had her doing the fundamentals, all in a positive reinforcement manner. I would highly recommend Luis to anyone who wants results with their pet, not to mention how reasonable the hourly rate is, so much value for the price!

  • 4 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Liz B.
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Lisa Morrissey did a great job helping me discover Buddy's hidden talents, like balance-beam walking. She's very creative with her training; her ability is well demonstrated by her own two loving pups. She even brought a variety of treats for the dogs to try to see what would work best with them. Highly recommend for trick dog training.

Highland Canine Training
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Barry P.
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Had a great time attending this training with Brittany and Nancy. Donut had so much fun socializing and learned all the tricks. Individual attention is given to the puppies in these small classes. Highly recommend working with Highland Canine Training!

Canine Connection
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl C.
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We adopted a very shy and undersocialized young dog from a local rescue. With training and group socialization led by Chelsea @ Canine Connection, we were able to transform into a confident and friendly little girl. We will always be grateful for the help she provided (and continues to provide) for us.

  • 22 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Carol C.
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I am very pleased with B Paws-itive Pet Dog Training. We have a little rescue pet diagnosed with both fear and territorial aggression. Our veterinarian referred us to Angela. She has been so wonderful, and patient with our little Sami, and myself. I would highly recommend her!

Lauri's Pet Sitting Service
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin G.
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Lauri was on time every day like clockwork! Our dog was taken care of very well. She would text updates every day to let us know how things went. We would have continued her service if we were not moving. Highly recommend her for your dog walking needs

Get Set Dog Training
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Anna P.
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I just wanted to say Thank You for all of your help with Louie. Your professional and knowledgeable approach to lessons have been invaluable and your commitment throughout has been exemplary. You have given sound, solid, and reliable advice at every stage of training. Your positive attitude with the handler and the dog make the classes very enjoyable

Groovy Dogs
4.7
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Rosanne G.
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Bruce came to my home twice a day to care for my dogs and cat while I was out of town and he did a wonderful job. It was immediately apparent how much of an animal person he is and how knowledgeable he is about caring for them. My pets took to him right away. He even took the time to e-mail me each evening to let me know how everyone was doing, which was very reassuring to me. I wholeheartedly recommend Bruce's services.

Tripp's Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Linda P.
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Sarah goes above and beyond when working with dogs and owners. I adopted an obstinate but very affectionate Siberian Husky who had issues with resource guarding. Nakota began attending doggie day care with Sarah and soon became well socialized and much more obedient and responsive. She teaches owners to employ repetitive, consistent positive reinforcement because we often need as much training as the dogs do. I wholeheartedly recommend Tripp's Training for dogs (and people).

  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Tony R.
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Thank you Sarah for the amazing service ,you are professional, punctual and so nice to work with ..... A+ :) I will highly recommend you , It was such a comfortable feeling to know my dogs are in such great care ! Thanks again

  • 11 years in business
Cathy J.
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We picked our puppy from Sharon after interviewing many GSD breeders in FL. The attention, handling, and socialization that she gives the pups shows in how wonderful our dog is. Amazing temperament, and incredibly handsome!

  • 33 years in business
M cecilia M.
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Fantastic trainer, i choose her to do all my clients puppies, because she works individually taking in consideration each puppy needs, she socializes them and does a great Job!!

Anna B.
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We got our puppy Dexter from Robin. He is such a wonderful dog, sweet, very social and friendly, not to forget, cutest in town, breaks hearts wherever he goes :) Dealing with Robin has been a pleasure. Still keep in touch and she is always happy to respond any questions we have (its my first dog so I had many in the beginning.. ) We are thinking of getting another puppy when our baby is bigger and we'd love to adopt another from Robin.

The Puppy Concierge
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Beth C.
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Amy's expertise came into our lives at an incredibly important time -- a few months after we had our first baby. Our beloved dog was not always so lovely with everyone. He was very protective and came across as aggressive to a lot of our visitors. Amy worked with us to develop strategies that accommodates our needs, as well as the needs of dog. She explained behavior to us that we had never fully understood. Most importantly, she helped us understand how to create a home that is safe for everyone: our baby, our visitors, and our dog. I only wish I had met her earlier so we could have done puppy classes. I cannot recommend Amy highly enough. She has a deep understanding of dog behavior and her training program is compassionate for the dog and the parents.

  • 19 years in business
Melissa H.
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I have taken several group classes like Fun Scent Games and Rally Obedience with my dogs at Courteous Canine, with Angelica as the instructor. She makes sure the dogs and the humans have so much fun in her classes! She is willing to answer any questions from students and always has great ideas and advice they can use with their dogs. She is so joyful when teaching - she gets excited and she gets the dogs excited so they enjoy learning and have success. I have also met with her for a private behavior consultation regarding my dog that is reactive to other dogs. I learned so much about how to help my dog and make both our lives much more stress free!

Revolution Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Emily G.
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What an awesome experience, Erica was super attentive, took amazing care of our fur baby with daily updates and photos and taught her so much! I HIGHLY recommend Erica, your dog gets one on one attention as well as socialization with other dogs. She took Rellie everywhere with her, multiple dog parks, lunch outings, everywhere. Such a happy puppy! Another big thing, when we went to pick her up she showed us a scratch on Rellies ear and said she confessed she wasn't sure where it came from but had been watching it and taking care of it, in reality it had happened to Rellie on our watch (an evil cat) the day before we dropped her off! Not her fault at all! Her honesty and attention to detail and our pups well being made a huge impression and I will only be using Erica from this point forward.

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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