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North Port K9 Trainers

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  • 33 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah C.
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We had David over within the last 12 hours and we already have a different dog. Tonight was the best time we've had with her since rescuing her in May. She seems happier and less anxious. We are of course ecstatic and are looking forward to conitnuing her training. Our puppy finally feels like a part of the family! Thank you David!

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Awesome n Pawsome
from 27 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Corey G.
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Michele is an incredibly talented pet sitter and animal lover. Our Emmet loved every minute Michele came to spend time with him! Not only did she play with him, she also began training him on basic commands, fed our fish AND got our mail for us! I put 100% trust into Michele and gave her complete freedom with training Emmet. I am certainly glad I did and look forward to many more visits and pet sitting opportunities!

Good CitiZEN Dog Training
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Olga W.
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Andy was excellent and our family really liked onsite one on one training with our dog. We are on our way to a well behaved dog. :) Looking forward to joing the group lessons soon. Highly recommend Andy's help to anyone struggling with doggy behavioural issues.

Dog's Best Friend
from 23 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Scott P.
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Gregg came to our house and gave our whole family guidance and help for our goldendoodle Sophia. Gregg was extremely professional and patiently helped our whole family understand how to set boundaries and corrections for our puppy. Great experience. I highly recommend him for your dog training needs.

  • 33 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Pat H.
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Ron with Aztec Dog Training is currently working with us and our 11 month old female Rottweiler who showed aggression post surgery. We have had 3 sessions so far and see great improvement using the techniques for dealing with negative behavior and redirecting her attention. We are very satisfied with Aztec dog training.

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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!

  • 44 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bambi K.
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Jeanine is an exceptionally patient, knowledgeable and compassionate dog trainer. Jeanine has trained two of our Portuguese Water Dogs over the past 11 years . We have utilized Jeanine's services for private training, group classes, personal and professional advice. Jeanine's been very flexible with our training and even provided sessions in my husband's office-she's very accommodating. Jeanine's demeanor, along with even her own dog's temperaments, lend itself to successful training. Jeanine has visited our home, provided suggestions for new puppy transitions as well as acclimating our elder PWD to the new puppy. Jeanine also provides numerous resources for various holistic and superior pet products. We highly recommend Jeanine for a comprehensive, passionate canine expert! Thank you Jeanine for your insight over the past 11 years!

Scientific Dog Training
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Steve B.
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Michael Chapman of the Sit Means Sit - Saratoga dog training franchise kept Zoe (our 18 week old female standard poodle) for a two week 'board and train' experience. While there our Zoe was around other dogs and spent a great deal of time going places with Michael while learning to obey commands. The experience was positive for Zoe and for us! She is much easier to walk with and listens to and obeys many commands readily. We plan to continue to reinforce the training with classes that are available twice weekly at the Sit Means Sit facility and are enjoying online info that is made available. We are convinced that the process/system is the best, fastest manner to train a dog. And, are becoming vocal 'salespersons' for Sit Means Sit.

Von Asgard K-9 Center
from 8 reviews
  • 39 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Tony V.
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We took our 11 weeks old German Shephards to von Asgard and we were not disappointed. Linda and Nick were amazing, friendly and very knowledgeable. We are looking forward to continuing our training with Von Asgard. Thank you Linda and Nick and we will see you soon

Strike Back K-9
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ashlee D.
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Our 6 month old Shepherd/Lab mix is training with Rudy & Mike. I couldn't be more happy with the interaction I've seen this far!! Thank you, so much!

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!

  • 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!!!!!


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.


I do pet sitting, walking, training, etc. I have loved animals since childhood, and it has always been my passion to nurture them and teach others how to do so as well!


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.

  • 17 years in business


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.


Seeing the look on a client's face when we achieve the potential in thier pet....


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.

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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