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  • 33 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Kai I.
Verified review

David was very professional, knowledgeable and thorough. The training far exceeded our expectations within the 30 minutes and by the end of the first hour we could already see a tremendous improvement in our dogs behaviors. We have been using everything that David has taught us every day and our lives and our dogs lives are better for it. I would highly recommend a session with David!

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Awesome n Pawsome
5.0
from 28 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!

Good CitiZEN Dog Training
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Linda C.
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I can't say enough wonderful things about Andy and his dog (owner) training! We noticed a difference in our puppy's behavior in the first week! Andy does a fantastic job of explaining the theory behind all the commands and works with you to make sure you know what to do at home to practice the skills. This was more than well worth the modest cost of the training!

Dog's Best Friend
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Iris M.
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Within 1 visit I learned to take command and control my dog's behavior.

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Pet Sitter and Dog Walker
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Denice D.
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We met Sharon while she was working with our veterinarian, Dr. Kordon at Animal Health Oasis in Naples, FL. We were fairly new to the area and were looking for a responsible, knowledgable, and dedicated pet sitter for our 2 cats and small dog. We were so happy to discover that Sharon had a small petsitting business for select clients and we began working with her for in home sitting. Sharon is very knowledgable about feline health and behavior, as well as about caring for dogs (and other animals as well), as she was also doing part time work at a high end boarding facility in Naples. Her attention to detail, dedication, and expertise quickly gave us complete ease of mind knowing our furry babies were being very well cared for. (A prior disastrous pet sitting experience with someone else had made us very cautious about hiring anyone!) Pet owners who travel often or even on occasion, know how difficult it can be to find a sitter who truly approaches their job with professionalism, honesty, knowledge and love for pets. We found that in Sharon, and we highly recommend her! Denice, Michael, Scout, Pasha and Coco Dan

  • 33 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jill L.
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October 2013 - I don’t normally write reviews and rarely give top marks but Ron is incredible!! If you are reading this review and are in search of a trainer – stop here – do yourself a favor and hire Ron. The great thing is Ron trains dogs out of state as well as in - state, we are lucky that he is not that far away but if you live out of state you can make arrangements with Ron to get your dog trained. We have 2 German Shepherd puppies we purchased and had them since they were 6 weeks old. They are great dogs but they don’t listen. They can do a couple tricks, but they also jumped up on people and they had a relational bond issue. At 4 months old they are dragging us down the street on their walks. 4 months old just imagine if we didn’t get any help, we wouldn’t be able to walk them. Everyone told us we would have to rehome one of our pups because it would never work. We were appalled because we love both of them. They are a part of our family and we will do whatever it takes to keep them together. I called a couple professional trainers and no one wanted to help us since our GSD's were male and brothers. Then I saw Ronald Pfierman (Cincinnati Dog Bootcamp, http://www.aztecdogtraining.com/) video on You Tube watched it several times, kept going back to it ( I think divine intervention) and decided to give him a call. He was so awesome on the phone. I told him our situation and he gave me some ideas to use with the dogs before we had a chance to bring them in. He also said it sounded like we were doing a good job with them and it made us feel better about everything. I convinced my husband that Ron could help us. As he had thought we could train the on our own. So my husband and I took our two German shepherd dogs to Ron at 4 months old. Ron couldn't believe the size of our dogs and said it was a good thing we brought them in because they would be harder to control as they grew up together with bad habits. In 10 minutes he had James under control, heeling, sitting etc. it was amazing. He then did the same with Jesse. Jesse has had a problem jumping on people. He took Jesse and had him heeling, sitting and listening in 10 minutes and then he worked on the jumping up on me. In 3 passes Jesse no longer jumped on me. My husband and I were amazed. Of course Ron explained that what he is able to do with the dogs can also be transferred to us but we would have to do our homework and transfer the leadership skills from himself to one of us first off and then both of us a couple weeks down the line. Ron and Melissa are two wonderful people. They have a nice clean home and kept the dogs in the house and in a very clean area. Their home doesn't smell of dogs at all as a matter of fact if you didn’t see the cages lined up in the room, you wouldn't know an animal was in the home. The vet needs to take a lesson from Ron and Melissa. The great thing about Ron's training is that he is so good with the dogs. They respect him. I think he loves them as much as we do:) Before we took Jesse, home Ron trained me on what I need to do to keep Jesse on the right track with training at home and taking the leadership role. It’s been two weeks and we took Jesse home yesterday and at first we let him check out the house and I saw that if we didn’t do what Ron said, Jesse would try to take back the leadership role. Ron warned us that this would happen. He said your same old loveable dog is there, he just needs to know who has the leadership in the house and if you don’t use the stall chain, it will make it harder to take control. So we did exactly what Ron told us. Jesse tried testing us early in the morning barking and making a racket but we just ignored him to show him that we are in control and not him. Not everyone in the household was happy but I plan on doing things exactly as Ron has instructed us so our dogs are great in the home and outside and with visitors. You have to get your dog to see you as the leader and not Ron. My training this morning went Awesome. Jesse listened to me and sat and stayed in his place as told. It was crazy awesome. Then I came in the house and texted Ron to make sure I was doing everything right so that Jesse wasn't confused. Ron is patient and caring and he doesn't mind a million questions via text or phone call. This guy is awesome!!! Now, my husband will be doing the same with James. Bob will be the leader and our dog James who is a major Alpha dog has seen this too. I can’t say enough about this guy. He has really turned our pups into well behaved little guys. We have gotten numerous compliments on how well behaved they are since we've gotten them trained. We have referred several of our friends to him as well. If you are looking for a true dog whisperer, who cares about your family member and will make a huge difference in both of your lives in a positive and caring way you need to give Ron a call. As a matter of record, Ron has continued to reach out to us about coming back in for a review of our training to make sure everything is going great. He has made a believer at out of my husband, who was a real skeptic. My husband Bob said "I am indebted to you Ron. It's a pleasure having our puppies around now." I feel God led me to Ron and I am 100% Satisfied!!!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Lori J.
Verified review

Joe is an incredible dog trainer. He truly understands dog behavior. Within minutes he understood our issues. My dog with a lot of owner training has completely changed his disposition. Joe was very easy to work with. He's personable professional punctual but mostly caring. I truly believe Joe is without a doubt one of the best. Highly highly recommend. If you need to speak with me ask joe! He also follows up with me from time to time. Can't thank him enough!

K9 Rules Training Camp, LLC
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Vikki H.
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I have known Tracy for 25 years and her commitment to animal training and rescue is unwavering. She has nurtured and trained her own rescue dogs and committed to significant education to now train others. Tracy assisted me with the placement and training of a one-year old yellow lab and did an incredible job. I highly recommend her services!

  • 4 years in business
Jackie A.
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Alison took care of our 2 cats and 1 rabbit while we were away for 5 weeks. She provided a calm and quiet atmosphere for them. She took special care to figure out how best to get the cats to eat a supplement for kidney disease. She was always available for an update and spent lots of time with the animals. In the same situation I would certainly have her back!

Driving Rover
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Becky H.
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I have hire her but haven't used her for the job yet. But she has a great personality , sounds truly interested in my animals and seems like she will be great. I can't wait to find out next month.

Scientific Dog Training
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Laurel W.
Verified review

I was very hesitant about working with Sit Means Sit because of the collar. I was concerned it might hurt my dog and I want training to be fun, not torture. I would never intentionally do anything to hurt my dog. We were really struggling with pulling on leash, and, as Samson will get bigger and stronger, I needed to correct that behavior, as well as stop his trying to run after rabbits while on lead. He did heel well, except when distracted, and no method of training I tried was helping with the pulling. Mike came to our home and introduced us to the collar, which I tested on myself before putting on Samson. The feeling is like that of a Tens unit people use to relieve muscular pain. Samson responded well to his first lesson and learned the "Place" command. It was raining hard that day, so it was hard to work on leash outside, but we were able to at least learn how to use the collar to teach him not to pull and bolt after rabbits. In the second lesson we worked further on walking on lead without pulling, and Mike incorporated various platforms to use as "Place" while we were walking. It was a great exercise for us, as Mike taught me how to help Samson with the collar as well as my body so he could sit on various sized platforms. Mike is very personable and clearly understands how dogs think and how to guide their training. We are looking forward to working in Sit means Sit group situations. Samson rarely pulls now and my shoulder is most grateful!

Happy Tails Learning Center
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Denise V.
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Sandro is very knowledgeable about dog behaviors. I look forward to seeing more results.

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Ali Murphy
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
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Holly H.
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Very friendly animal personalable. My baby kitties likes her. Which that makes me happy.

Crystal
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Robyn C.
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Crystal is friendly outgoing . Her love for animals is more than you could ask for. When it comes to our pets they are fur people and part of the family. Before you know it she will be too. 😍

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.

    Carissa's Animal Care
    4.5
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Kristian D.
    Verified review

    Carissa is very good with animals. She is very nice and genuinely concerned about taking care of pets. She communicates well!

    Pampered Pawz
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 17 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Heather K.
    Verified review

    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!

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    I take care of animals. I am an animal sitter. I will walk dogs and clean up after animals. I will do any services asked for.

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    They say use the gifts that "God gave you", and He gave me natural rhythm and the ability to talk to animals! I was born with both and have never known any different. I am a groomer whose heart belongs to all things finned, furry or feathered! I enjoy spending time, bonding, playing and training. Baths and grooming are always suggested! Call me, and I can be their "mom away from mom"!--Becca

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    Illustrate books, articles, flyers. Basically, helping customers facilitate their ideas into two dimensional reality.

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    I love animals and am not afraid of any animal. I have two dogs of my own and a pony. I have taken care of a farm of animals.

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    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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