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Sarasota K9 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
Lynne T.
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My daughter was a first time pet owner and knew that she was in over her head and needed immediate help in training her new rescue dog. We're so grateful, on so many levels, to have found Maureen on Thumbtack. She not only trains the dog but more importantly, trains the owner. I can tell you the first time Remi met Maureen he was nervous and barking non-stop. After her training, it looked like Remi was going to bite her ankle as she was walking away, just as she predicted would happen. Maureen said training is about reading and understanding Remi and the behaviors he displays. For instance, how Remi would quickly glance at my daughter when a stranger is in eyesight. Maureen also came prepared with yummy treats to reward Remi for his good behavior. Positive training! On Maureen's second visit, Remi was outside on the lawn wagging his tail upon seeing her. Maureen taught us a wonderful game using a cupcake pan and had so much useful information to share with us while leash training Remi. Her last visit, we opened our door and Remi was licking her ankles. I very HIGHLY recommend Maureen for training your beloved pet (and you).

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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
Karen E.
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We met Mike through our niece. We were drawn to him because of his experience with Dobermans. He is so knowledgeable about the breed. After adopting our 1-year old Dobie, we called Mike and scheduled a training program. He did an awesome job and provided us the foundation for basic commands with our pup. Mike is also able to provide very specialized training. He trained our niece's dog to ride a skateboard! When you meet Mike, the first thing you will notice is his passion and commitment for his work. His love of dogs is so obvious in his interaction with you and your dog. I would highly recommend Mike for your training needs.

Good CitiZEN Dog Training
5.0
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
4.8
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.

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SunsetK9 Training Services
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Edd R.
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after a recommendation from a friend, i contacted luis at sunset k9 training...my 8 year old wheaten terrier was doing the typical terrier leash pulling , jumping on people and not staying put...after only 2 short sessions with luis, it was like a different dog...she actually listens !!...who needs a dog whisperer when you can get sunset k9...thanks , luis!

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  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristyn S.
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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
Karen G.
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My dogs, Ponce and Ellen, had a great time with Laurie. They loved their walks along the Hillsborough River and playing in Laurie's great backyard. Laurie kept me in the loop daily with texts and photos! Definitely plan to use Laurie again!

Groovy Dogs Pet Care
4.7
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Kenzie C.
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Bruce is fantastic. He walks my puppy during the day while I am at work. Many dog walkers simply let the pups out to go potty and put them back inside. Bruce keeps my dog happy and engaged with a combination of long walks, skills training sessions, and play dates with other dogs. He sends me a text everyday after he leaves to let me know how it went. I am incredibly grateful to Bruce for his sincere care and interest in my dog.

Scientific Dog Training
4.9
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.

  • 18 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Hector R.
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Great groomer high recomend..

Lees Paws For Applause
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Yvonne R.
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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
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
4.2
from 5 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!

Sam Ivy K9 Consultants Inc.
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tammie .
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My husband, Ray and I rescued our five year old Bichon Frise, Phoebe and she immediately became very attached to me. We struggled with her skin conditions and food allergies. But she was most troubled when anyone would come near us or our house, barking (screaming) hysterically and nothing we could do would break her focus on the perceived danger, even picking her up and taking her to a back room of the house where she would continue barking loudly. She also snapped at people, especially children, who would move toward her to touch her. We were afraid to take her into situations where other people were gathered, such as our group camping outings. In desperation, we contacted Sam Ivy K9 Consultants, and our trainer, Enzo, began teaching us how to teach Phoebe. He was very patient with us, and within two visits, Phoebe stopped her frantic barking on our "STOP" command! Enzo continued to teach us how to give her the necessary commands that every dog should know: Sit, Stay, Down, Come ect. He also addressed her occasional night-time peeing in the house (she is very afraid of the dark so one of us has to go outside with her at night). Our fluffy Phoebe is so much better behaved now and we are very thankful that her training has made her a better, loving companion.

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

Revolution Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Emily G.
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What an awesome experience, Erica was super attentive, took amazing care of our fur baby with daily updates and photos and taught her so much! I HIGHLY recommend Erica, your dog gets one on one attention as well as socialization with other dogs. She took Rellie everywhere with her, multiple dog parks, lunch outings, everywhere. Such a happy puppy! Another big thing, when we went to pick her up she showed us a scratch on Rellies ear and said she confessed she wasn't sure where it came from but had been watching it and taking care of it, in reality it had happened to Rellie on our watch (an evil cat) the day before we dropped her off! Not her fault at all! Her honesty and attention to detail and our pups well being made a huge impression and I will only be using Erica from this point forward.

About

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!

About

Train all breeds in Obedience, protection, problem solving...working with working dogs in police type work, schutzhund sports work, family and business protection and companion dogs, narcotics work, fundamentals of Search and rescue helping with organizational information and training. Pet services problem dogs, house breaking, problem barking, basic home obedience and social interaction...

  • 17 years in business
About

About

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.

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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