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ClickR TrainR
4.9
from 75 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie H.
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Brian is excellent! If you are considering a trainer for your dog, don't wait another day before hiring him.

  • 13 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
Jen T.
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Cliff is an exceptional trainer. We had a pretty severe case of aggression with our dog. Our dog is a 5 year old shepherd lab mix and 100 pounds so dealing with the aggression was pretty hard so we hired Cliff. We were a little nervous in the beginning because we are very protective of our "baby." Cliff showed great professionalism and is very skilled and trained trainer. We now trust Cliff 110% with our dog and he has taught us so much!!! Our dogs behavior has improved so much and even friends and family have noticed and commented. His past behaviors included biting, aggression towards other dogs on walks, not listening to us and overall stubbornness and if he didn't want to do it he wasn't going to. We still have things to learn and more training to do but our dog has definitely had a major improvement and continues to learn from Cliff. If you are looking for a trainer for your dog Cliff is your guy!

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Happy K9 Club
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marcy V.
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Franco is truly amazing with his God-given talent. He takes the time to explain what makes a dog tick. Realistically, his title should not be dog trainer but people trainer. We have learned so much from him in regards to how a dog thinks and as a result we have a very well behaved dog.

Puppy Dog Luv
4.8
from 49 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
Gabrielle D.
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Wendy has been a great trainer for our puppy, Kingston, and ourselves. She gives great tips ranging from obedience to overall health and wellness -as per Wendy's advice, we brush King's teeth every night and have noticed such positive results! We are pleased with her techniques :)

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K9 Fitness Lab
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Theresa K.
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Rosie is a good dog trainer and very knowledgeable about dog conditioning. Her passion shines through when she is working with dogs. She is extremely trustworthy and reliable and treats them as if they are her own.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
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Valerie K.
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Jane is an excellent dog trainer, although I believe she helped me more than my crazy wheatie. I was really impressed with how much knowledge she has and patience. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family. She showed me some tools I can use to use while training my puppy. You will not be disappointed!!!!!!!

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AniNanny
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Terry G.
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I have a blue Weimaraner who weighed 65 lbs by 1 year old. She had trouble with impulse control and constantly pulled when walking her. Every person and dog we encountered was her new BFF! I am petite and had trouble keeping her from jumping on passers by and from being dragged down the street. Brianna walked my dog and taught me techniques and gave me the tools to train my large puppy. It took a while to train my willful and high energy dog but I can now safely walk my full grown Weim, confident that we will enjoy our walk. Brianna is wonderful with animals, has a gift for working with dogs and training both the dog’s behavior and people on how to train their dog. Brianna is caring, knowledgeable, professional and easy to work with. in my opinion, her fees are very affordable. She has also helped me through my dog’s skin rash issues by recommending skin remedies which have been helpful as I do not like giving her antibiotics. I cannot say enough good things about Brianna and highly recommend her. She has been my Dog Whisperer for the past 2 years!

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Christina Gengo
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Katiann S.
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Christina is an amazing dog trainer. She has taught Theo, my Lab mix puppy, so much and continues to guide us with our training and homework. She is very professional and kind. Theo loves her. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a dog trainer.

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Carol Harris Dog Training
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Heath N.
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We can't thank Carol enough for helping us with our dog Sandy! We were at our wits end until she came to our home and showed us ways to calm her isolation anxiety and keep her mind occupied when we leave the house. Now we are able to leave the home without causing stress for us or our pets! You may not need a dog trainer all the time - but if you do - Carol is definitely recommended!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lou S.
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Kathy was great. I learned a lot about our dog and how to continue the training she taught me. I had experiences with other dog trainers and was unimpressed. Kathy knows her stuff and was a pleasure to work with.

The Paw Spa
4.6
from 19 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy E.
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I can't say enough about Ashley!! She has been grooming my dogs for about 8 years and I honestly couldn't be happier!! She is always punctual, very caring and is a master groomer! Ashley truly loves what she does and is meticulous when grooming our Golden retriever. She is also an exceptional dog trainer for those of you looking for help in the manners department! 😉 Maggie enjoys her spa days! It is rare in this day and age to find someone who is honest, kind and trustworthy...Ashley is certainly one of those people. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great groomer!!

Yesdogtraining
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Paula N.
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Yes Dog Training has been a God-send. Stuart is great with our dog, Molly, and knew just how to address some dominant behaviors we wanted to correct. He also came very last minute to take care of her when we went out of town for a couple of days. Molly loves him and we love that he is trustworthy and responsible.

American Idogs
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Vickie M.
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Working with Daniel was a godsend!!! From the moment he started working with my dog and showing me what to do, I knew I had found the right trainer. When my dog turned 2 she showed signs of aggression and just not listening to me anymore. Come to find out she was reactive not aggressive. I had worked with 2 other trainers before Daniel and neither one compare to his knowledge or his willingness to do whatever it took to correct the problems. Now she is a great dog thanks to Daniel and I would highly recommend him to anyone

Dog EnterTraining
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Luis V.
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Gisela is an excellent trainer. She is very patient with dogs an has done a very good job with my dog. I have no hesitation in recommending her to anybody. She is also a very nice person and gets along very well with people.

Bob Diddle
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Laura R.
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I contacted Bob for help with my two dogs because one of them had gotten very aggressive with other dogs and the other dog was constantly barking at people and dogs, all the time! Bob talked to me by phone before the appointment about the dogs and quickly scheduled a time to come to my home. He spent a lot of time with me my first training session, asking questions, observing me with my dogs in/out of the house, and then gave suggestions about how to change their routine, establish a leader role, and how to deal with aggressive behavior. Bob's experience, ease with the dogs, and helpful hints changed both of my dog's behavior in the first session! Bob asked that I continue to follow his suggestions during the week and he would check in with me to see how we were progressing. I liked that he was encouraging, knowledgeable, and willing to follow up by phone before the next training session. I felt comfortable calling him and asking for help that week, when I wasn't able to deal with an aggressive dog situation. I would highly recommend Bob to anyone having difficultly with their dogs. He is a natural with animals and has a lot of practical experience to share. I wished I had worked with him earlier and will continue to meet with him weekly for individual training with the dogs and then advance to a group training class he runs on the weekends. Thanks Bob for all your help!!!

Champion Dog Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Craig R.
    Verified review

    I have known Mike personally for the better part of thiry years. In fact, we worked together in the K-9 unit many years ago.Mike is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced dog trainers I have ever met. Mike recently trained a new puppy that I rescued from the Animal Shelter. I'm extremely pleased with the results needless to say. If your considering having your dog trained, you don't have to look any further than Mike. I know you will be extremely pleased! His reputation speaks for itself.

    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Kary R.
    Verified review

    Our dog is doing much better even with only 2 training sessions! I am able to walk her without her running after other dogs! We will have a few more training sessions as needed! I am very happy with the results so far. Highly recommend!!

    Canine Concepts
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Carrie T.
    Verified review

    Kaitlyn with Canine Concepts is the best! We brought our 7 month old black lab, Molly, to her looking for obedience training. Kaitlyn responded to our request within minutes and after our initial text on a Sat, meeting on Sun, we dropped off Molly for training on Monday. The process was super quick and we knew immediately she was the trainer for us. She is extremely knowledgable, friendly, and great with our dog. She had Molly for 3 weeks and sent us video updates all the time. She treated Molly like one of her own. When we got Molly back she went over everything we needed to do to continue the training at home, and even came to our house for another training session after we were home for a couple weeks. Molly is a much better, and obedient dog now. She will sit, stay, down, here, place, kennel, drop it, leave it, etc. She walks on a leash without pulling, and doesn't go crazy when people and dogs walk by. She also trained Molly with an e-collar so we can have her off leash at times. We are extremely happy with Molly's progress. Kaitlyn is also available anytime for us to ask her questions, and we also board Molly with Kaitlyn anytime we are away.

    K9 Train Station
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 11 years in business
    Laurie K.
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    The most amazing trainer - dedicated, professional, well versed in all aspects of training- obedience, agility, behavioral issues including aggression. Works with pet dogs, show dogs, rescue dogs, ALL dogs! She has worked with me and several of our Rottweiler rescue dogs with outstanding results. Highly recommend!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    A trained dog is a loved dog. A trained dog is less likely to show fearful or stress-related behaviors that can lead to even more undesirable behaviors like aggression. I do positive reinforcement-based dog training to provide the best solutions for you and your dog. I offer in-home private lessons for you and your dog personalized to suit your dog's training level and your busy schedule. Another very effective and convenient option is day training where your dog and I train while you are away. A walk is included in this training option. I provide customized, effective training solutions for you and you pet. If you want to give your dog the best of everything, that should include professional training with someone with over eleven years of experience.

    Ceci's Dog Training

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      I am an Animal Behavior College graduate and certified in dog training and obedience. I have a passion for dogs. Having to work in a shelter and witnessing the reasons for dogs being surrendered, I want to help those of you who need a little or a lot of guidance to help you keep your dogs where they belong, in their homes.

      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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