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K-9 Dog Training LLC
4.9
from 124 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aislynn V.
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I have a 3 year old rescued Pitbull/Labrador Mix and he’s just terrified of everything, I lost all hope of getting him trained but Jorge decided to take on the challenge and I’ve been very impressed with the little improvements I’m already seeing with him, we work on walking and focusing his attention to me and it’s going fantastic, Jorge takes the time to explain and teach you along the way for more lasting results, I think that’s wonderful, most dog trainers I’ve talked to wanted to take my dog for 3 weeks and then teach me everything he learned in an hour, I don’t learn that way. Jorge teaches me and my dog at the same time and takes the time to explain everything that he’s doing and why he is doing it! I’d definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a trainer, by far the best one we’ve talked to!

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  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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Ginia M.
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I just wanted to share our experience with Todd and South Orlando Dog Training. We had an incident with our dog Bella- she's terrified of skateboards. Usually we just avoid skateboards all together- but on a walk, a guy came up behind us on a hover board which makes no noise- and cut us off. Bella got scared and bit the guy- not doing major harm... but it easily could've ended very badly. The guy was apologetic and said he should've known better than to come up behind a dog like that. It was at that time that we knew we needed help- we NEVER want to relive that situation again. It's our job to protect her from herself... and we were beside ourselves. We didn't know what to do! We just recently relocated from Los Angeles to Orlando so we really didn't know anyone that could refer us to a dog trainer. I came across a business card from South Orlando Dog at a local coffee shop in Celebration and called to see what could be done. We've been working with Todd now for a few months and I have to say- it has made a HUGE difference. South Orlando Dog Training is all about positive reinforcement. We NEVER thought Bella could break this habit. Todd is so patient and so caring- you can tell he really loves what he does and he truly cares about his clients. I would say we hit the jackpot as far as dog trainers go. If you are even thinking of hiring a trainer for your dog- Todd is the way to go.

  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jayme F.
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We had such an amazing experience. Maureen has such a wonderful heart. She is passionate about her love for dogs and and truly cares about the outcome of the training experience. She is very committed to making sure each dog not only meets the basics, but makes sure that you (the owner) is completely satisfied and comfortable with the training your dog received. Maureen was not only patient with Theo, but helped us give him the confidence he needs to be a great dog. We are so happy to have Maureen and Mo'bedience. We could not ask for anything more.

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Valor K9 Training
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Albert G.
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Valor K9 has provide me with the best K9 I could possibly ask for. Not only did they provide me with a well mannered and intelligent companion but they also went above and beyond to bring him to me states away along with two outstanding trainers to help me with any questions and training lessons to know what to expect and how to play my part in taking in my new service dog. They help me along with so much that to say satisfied is a understatement. I genuinely appreciate everything this organization does and more. The valor K9 team definitely makes a difference and it is reflected by each individual members work ethic and character. Thanks again for putting Zodiac into my life. Battling stage 4 cancer is no easy task but having him in my life makes a tremendous difference. He given me the strength to keep fighting on. He’s with me 24/7. as I’m with him. He diffently brought joy back into my life. I noticed myself finding the strength to do more when he’s around!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Elaine A.
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She has been quick to respond and quick to help formulate a plan for the training of my dog I am already very pleased

  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Liz B.
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Highly recommend Kim for any type of dog training. We rescued a very fearful GSD that had spend the first 2 years of her life in various pet store cages. I have dealt with many dogs before, but never one this "broken." Kim was really able to bring her around to be a happy, healthy girl!

Dawn Hoppe K9
4.7
from 11 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Mark G.
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Dawn really helped turn my dog Juno around. She was having trouble understanding the pack order and now she's taken HUGE strides at understanding our families roles.

Madi Morgan
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Helen F.
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We've done a meet and greet with Madi and our two GSDs LOVE her! We are doing an evening this week for Madi to spend some time with the dogs before she house sits with them within the next couple of weeks. Madi was extremely professional and has a great energy about her plus she's just qualified in dog training so we are looking forward to hiring her for that too to help out with our fur-babies. Highly recommend.

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Dog Rules, Inc.
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Annaleigh W.
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It has been a wonderful experience. Shana comes to my home and works with my dog and then I work with him. She is very calm, doesn't raise her voice and he loves her and responds to her commands. I have the idea now and and so does my puppy. I am not finished yet but Sebastian is such a good boy now. I would definitely recommend Dog Rules.

Isabelle Baker
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Gina M.
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    Isabelle is a wonderful pet/house sitter! She is very responsible always going above the expected to care for my dog. Isabelle is dependable, honest and compassionate. I could not ask for a better person to care for my pet in my absence! Having her watch over the house is an added bonus! I highly recommend Isabelle for your pet and house sitting needs! Gina Mammel

    Dog Training by Vanessa
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 8 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Rorie H.
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    On a 5-star rating I'd like to give her a hundred thousand, million billion! This is the best investment I will ever make in anything related to an animal that I have. It will bless our lives every day forward for as long as my dog lives and will bless me with the next dog I have in the next after that. In the life of my dog it will end up being a fraction of a penny a day investment. The scale quality of Vanessa's her training has forever changed my dog's life and my life. It's actually made the difference of being able to keep my beloved pet. I've worked with him daily since I got him at 10 weeks old, he's always been a handful and I've never been effective with my training. This summer things spiraled out of control when he got aggressive with a housemate and a neighbor. I was scared to have hum around children because he would get aggressive with them as well. I was looking into the options of finding a new home for him, which broke my heart but I was trying to do what was best for the dog for the children in the neighborhood and for myself. I thank God we found Vanessa and her family that took my dog in for 2 weeks socialized thim trained him, helped him discover he could trust people to be the alpha and he could relax into just being a dog and a puppy. He is much more happy and relaxed than I have ever seen him. He minds me almost perfectly. He's safe around children men and unexpected visitors to our house now! I did my homework and talked to multiple trainers before choosing Vanessa.. Most of them their rate was double or triple Vanessa's and I didn't always like their approach. The fact that my dog got to live in her home and be fully socialized with her family I think made an enormous difference. This is the highest review I've ever given to any kind of business at any time. I can't overstate how good she is.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Laura L.
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    Giovanna is a great trainer. She trained our Jack Russell while working at Petco. She not only trained him well but she also worked diligently with our family to teach us skills on how to continue working with Bandit at home and how to calm his eternal energy down. Skills that we still use today. I recommend her services 100%. Thank you Giovanna!

    • 4 years in business
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    I do anything, from overnight stays to daily walks to training sessions! I can also take care of your home while you are away if I am looking after your pet. I want your pet to feel as loved and comfortable as possible!

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    Hi, I am a 34-year-old dog lover who would like to help their owners with good care and sitting when necessary. Contact me if you are interested. Thank you.

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    AKC Cerified Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and Trainer

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    I do not have any business but want to have the opportunity to be with man's best friend (dog) and more. I get paid to walk. I came from Ecuador two weeks ago and let a beautiful female Samoyed makes me much needed.

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    Offering outstanding training and behavior modification for dogs!

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    Thank you for your interest in 4 Paws and A Tail K-9 Services! We are an all-breed, private training company based in Central Florida and founded in 1998. Our head trainer is experienced in "all" fields of dog training, from pet dog manners to police and military K9s. Please browse our website to find just some of the services we offer. If you do not see a service that you have been seeking, please contact us to see if we offer it, or we will refer you to a company that does.

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    I feel my work stands out as I go above and beyond what is needed to not only complete the job well but to complete the job perfectly.

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    I travel to give service to those in need of assistance, whether it is babysitting, housecleaning or dog sitting. I can do it all!

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    What I do to make my business great is to get along with my dogs and have fun time with them, like running with them, taking them outside a lot, playing around with them, and keeping them company.

    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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