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Sit, Down, Stay Dog Training
4.9
from 125 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 274 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsay S.
Verified review

Maureen is awesome!!! I hired her to help me with Gracie,my 3 year old chocolate lab rescue. I was at wit's end with Gracie pulling me down the sidewalk during walks, her barking, and her general "enthusiasm" for everything!!! I can't believe the difference! Maureen explains what's going on inside my dog's head when she's doing something she shouldn't be doing and, more important, how to address that behavior. She's really helped me understand how to look at some of these negative behaviors from a dog's point of view. Gracie and I have learned so much!!! Maureen also worked with my older, golden retriever, Maggie. I can see such a big difference in Gracie's and Maggie's behavior. I can honestly say that hiring Maureen was the best decision I could make! If you are looking for somebody who loves what she does and really makes a difference in your dog's life then hire Maureen. Trust me, you won't be sorry!!!

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Advanced K-Nine Training
4.6
from 34 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
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Nona D.
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I recently took my 7 month old Anatolian shepherd to Advance K-9 due to issues I was having with her in house breaking her, and the normal puppy behaviors that were getting out of control with me trying to train her. My puppy stayed with Advance K-9 for two weeks. Now that I have her back it is like having a new dog. She is focused, obedient and is now thriving on taking commands from me. I am definitely on the track I need to be with my dog. And could not have done so without Advance K-9. My family would gladly bring in future dogs to them and would recommend others to his company.

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!

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SunsetK9 Training Services
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Gina C.
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The best experience ever! Luis was prompt and professional in responding to my initial request and questions. I had never used a trainer before and didn't know what to expect, but what a POSITIVE experience for Shelby and me! Luis is like the Dog Whisperer, and taught me how to work with Shelby, and helped her get over her anxiety. I would absolutely use him again and highly recommend him to anyone looking to change their pups 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

  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Arnie P.
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Brandi is all my dog and I could have hope for. Great training. Great service. Great progress with my dog's behavior.

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  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Betsy B.
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I hired Rose because she uses techniques that do not require involved or specialized equipment, like a prong or e- collar. She emphasizes the behavior of the dog and how to work with the individual dogs personality in order to correct the behavior with words and hand signals, v. treats, clickers or rough equipment. She has been very helpful for my dogs, who really had issues walking on the leash. After only 5 sessions, they are perfect on leash. If you have want a trainer who emphasizes praise-based training, v. treats etc, then Rose is the person for you!

  • 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!

Poochtastic Paradise
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah O.
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It's important to me to have someone who really loves animals to take care of my fur baby. Ally is an angel who treated my kitty as good as I do myself! She would play with her and give her loving attention as well as feed her and scoop her litter. I never worried at all when she was watching her. She loves her work and it shows!

Tampa Pet Sitters
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Ellie W.
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Tampa Pet Sitters (TPS) is wonderful! They are always on time and flexible to the owner's schedules. They treat your pet as their own and I feel very comfortable knowing my animal is being cared, schedule changes can be made and that my home is also cared for during visits. The owner of the company delivers amazing customer service, regardless if it's a phone call, an email or a posting through the very easy to use website. Always timely and puts the customer first! Lastly, TPS publishes wonderful updates to pet sitting and things to consider for your personal sitter. Love that they remind me to leave old towels accessible during rainy season to keep my dog and home clean.

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

Groovy Dogs Pet Care
4.6
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 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.

  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Donna S.
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Toby is a rescue Chiweenie with a fear of men and workboots he was also very reactive to other dogs. His household behavior was untamed although he is housebroken. He also was unruly on a leash. After a very short time he follows the commands place, quiet, heel, off, and occasionally sit (still has a bit of work to do there) I even walked him out into the yard without a leash! A big change from the dog who bolted out and down the street whenever the door opened! thanks Christina he's become a joy to live with. I loved him before but a well behaved Toby is even easier to love!

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

Sunny Side Up Services
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Rachael Z.
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    Sarah is amazing and wonderful!! She was so great with my yellow lab Audrey and I felt so relieved leaving Audrey with Sarah!! She is an animal lover and took spectacular care of my fur baby!! I feel at ease when leaving Audrey when I go out of town knowing she is in great hands with Sarah.

    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!

    About

    We provide behavior modification and training for dogs. We teach dog parents the tools and methods they can use to get the needed response from their pets and help develop a better, more joyous relationship with their dogs.

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    I'm very passionate about everything I do

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    I have two dogs. I love being around animals and being able to take care of them. I also own and cat and a hamster, so I do not only do dogs but I also have more experience with them.

    About

    I am a true animal lover and pet care provider by trade. I am active myself and therefore, love to walk and play with dogs of all sizes. I was in the corporate world for 30 years before I decided to pursue a personal passion-- working with animals. I provide services in walking, feeding, administration of pills and most importantly, play and exercise!

    About

    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

    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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