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Sarasota Dog Trainers

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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
Mayuri S.
Verified review

We had Maureen come by to help us have one of our dogs learn to get through the doggy door. She is scared of doors because of her incident as a puppy before we adopted her. Maureen was very patient and understanding and showed us how to work with our dog's fear of doors. It is an ongoing process... may take months... but Maureen keeps texting me with new ideas on how to train our dog get past her fear. I would recommend her for any kind of dog training.

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Advanced K-Nine Training
4.6
from 34 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sonya B.
Verified review

I highly recommend Advanced K-Nine Training! My dog is a totally different (in the best way possible) dog after the training he received. Two thumbs up and a wagging tail.

Good CitiZEN Dog Training
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Olga W.
Verified review

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
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Scott P.
Verified review

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.

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SunsetK9 Training Services
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Caitlin S.
Verified review

Luis is very professional and takes his job seriously. He knows his stuff and does an excellent job with the training. My dog loves Luis, and we both have enjoyed working with him. I am very pleased with the results and would definitely recommend him!

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  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristyn S.
Verified review

Rose is amazing! She has been working my 8 month old beagle. Rose has been working w/ us on leash training, sit, stay, come, not jumping and has really helped w/ the nipping and biting. I highly recommend her for anyone that needs dog training. She is worth every penny.

Angel's Basics Dog Training
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Claudia R.
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Angel was awesome! She kept us updated on our dog's progress throughout the process. Would definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for dog training.

Lauri's Pet Sitting Service
4.7
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Chad T.
Verified review

I am new to Tampa and was looking for someone to take care of my dog while on a trip. He has never been boarded so I was looking for an in home sitter. I can not say enough positive things about Laurie. I had a very positive experience. She is very nice and treated my dog like he was part of her family. She also sent many photo updates to keep my mind at ease and I could tell he had a great time with the other dogs because he was exhausted when I brought him home. I would definitely recommend Laurie and I will be using her again.

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Walkies Pet Sitting
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Sue was great to work with and immediately put our minds at ease from the first phone call. We are currently vacationing in the Bradenton area for the month of January and required a dog sitter during a day trip to Miami. Sue responded to our request on Thumbtack and the rest is history. She took great care of our Miniature Schnauzer while we were away for the day. He was walked, fed and given lots of love and attention. The photos and texts with updates was reassuring and a real bonus. We would highly recommend Sue and would definitely reach out to her again if we need a dog sitter in the future.

Groovy Dogs Pet Care
4.7
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas O.
Verified review

With five dogs in our house, it took us a long time to decide on a mobile pet care company who could truly listen and mold themselves to our situation. Other companies would try to 'take charge' and tell us how they will only work. Bruce listened to what we wanted and needed and gave us just that. In the end, there are many passionate pet care companies but they aren't thorough. With Bruce, he got the job and kept us up with his truly amazing text messages about our animals and how excited he was to be working with us to care for our dogs. That's the key, "working with us", not so much for us. Bruce makes you feel like he's a friend, and after he was done with our sessions for the week, my wife and I spoke in great detail about that. In the end, you can leave your animal with anyone... I won't. I'm not an easy sell. I trust very few people with my dogs, I'm one of those dog people with no kids... (by choice). What matters in the end is TRUST. Period. You will get that with Bruce... and some really great, in-depth text updates! haha... believe it or not, when you're hundreds of miles away, it helps you sleep by putting a smile on your face, and an ease to your worry. Thanks Groovy Dogs!

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

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.

  • 18 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy G.
Verified review

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING... my poor old dog had to be cut super short due to being matted in places we could not even tell. After it was all said and done... I have a very happy old dog that can finally be comfortable and the kids also love his cut. This is a groomer that takes his time, works with the pet to put them at ease and ensures everyone is happy. GREAT GREAT job!!!!

Lees Paws For Applause
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Yvonne R.
Verified review

Jennifer is a quality person that knows and relates to animals well. She knows how to handle them on a vetinarian level and cares about each one. She took my dog Alvin,you who was a rescue dog who was out of control and trained him to listen and behave very well. She also gave me a report on Alvin every day and explained the progress that he made. Jennifer is a great and hard worker. She truly has the experience to work with dogs!!

Von Asgard K-9 Center
3.9
from 9 reviews
  • 39 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Katrina M.
Verified review

Our dog has severe fear aggression, he will attack anything that is strange to him including people and other dogs. We tried PetCo and another trainer and had no luck. Von Asgard helped our dog. It took a lot of hard work and time but he is much more controlled and confident. He still has much work ahead of him, but the improvement is promising. The location is outdoor cages with indoors at night. When we dropped our dog off at first, I was very skeptical and concerned that it wasn't going to help. I am proud to say they were wonderful, did what they promised, and kept us up to date on his progress.

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Ali Murphy
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathleen E.
Verified review

Ali is a lovely person who clearly loves animals and loves working with them. My dog is crazy about her and I am happy to have found someone like her to entrust my fur baby to. Can't say enough good things about her.

Strike Back K-9
4.2
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Billy J.
Verified review

Rudy has had our 2nd Gen. German Shepherd puppy and has taken a very head strong dog thru basic training and I can not say enough good things about his program and procedures to bring this dog into what we wanted him to be. Now we are going to let him go thru the protection and aggression part of his program. I can't say more about this trainer but to tell you if you want your dog trained right talk to Rudy. Without any abuse to a head strong dog he is the man for you. I plan on getting another Shepherd and no one would I consider other than him. I could not be more pleased or satisfied with his program working with my dog and my wife Debbie's baby.

K-9 Perceptions
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia A.
Verified review

I can only rate about their process for contacting us, giving us good information, and booking the training. The training begins tomorrow for several weeks. I will rate the overall after that.

About

I will walk, feed and play with dogs and cats. I have an 11 year old Yorkie who thinks she is still 5 years old. I walk her and play with her everyday. She is my best friend.

About

Someday, I aspire to get into a school for veterinary medicine, and I love anything with animals. I can do overnight sitting or just visiting, walking, park visiting, bathing and the essential feeding and watering.

About

For about a year, I've worked in a veterinary clinic as assistant for doctors and boarding kennel experts. Under their wing, I've learned a lot about proper animal care. I have walked hundreds of dogs, with special needs, and lively as 1 year old Jack Russell. I have followed a regimen with feeding schedules for 20 dogs/cats at a time. I'm fairly experienced with handling animals, including cats, dogs, ferrets and rabbits. I've owned multiple dogs and a few ferrets. As far as cats, I recently fell in love with them about 2 years ago when I met my fiancee and her four family cats. I understand that cats take longer to adjust to a new person in their lives, but I'm willing to work with them. I recently graduated with my AA degree, and I will be attending USF for my bachelor's degree. I am 21 years old, responsible, friendly, and polite. I am very patient and an animal lover. I will happily provide a list of references upon request.

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.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Dog Trainer

New Port Richey, FL

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Large
  • Details
    My eleven year old son (who is not a muscleman) would like to be able to walk our young lab and have some control over his behaviors. So I would like to get training but have him included as well to help him understand that Bruno (the dog) is dominating him.
  • $60
    Average price

Need Dog Obedience Training

Seminole, FL

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size
    Small
  • Details
    Tears up toys, and bedding, digging holes, jumping on people

Need a Dog Training Service

Plant City, FL

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Large
  • Details
    he is a large labrador retriever and we have a umbrella cockatoo which he constantly wants to bark at and go after
  • $341.67
    Average price
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