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K-9 Dog Training LLC
4.9
from 127 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aislynn V.
Verified review

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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  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ginia M.
Verified review

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.

The Puppy Parent's Trainer
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Alaina P.
Verified review

Camila has been an amazing dog trainer! Our dog has learned so much already and it's all thanks to Camila! Barley always looks forward to his weekly training sessions. We love that during our 5 week training sessions we can reach out to Camila with any questions or concerns and she is there to assist.

Nomad Dog Training
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon R.
Verified review

After being told by other trainers that my pup may be possibly red zone, Clyde came and did a free evaluation working with my pup and shared that my puppy is very trainable. ..Such a relief. .I'm excited to get started....

  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah W.
Verified review

My family was devestated when we found Mo'bedience dog training. Our 4 1/2 year old male olde english bulldog Bruno had been increasingly agressive. We had never given Bruno any boundries. We loved him so much we just let him do whatever he wanted, not realizing this wasnt truly loving Bruno. By not establishing boundries for Bruno he took on the very difficult and stressful job of being alpha in our house. During the hurricane after days of the power being out and extreme levels of stress in the house. Bruno was in a dark room the kids ran in and fell on him startling him. During the chaos he bit our son. We thought putting him down was going to be our only option. Thats when we found Mo'obedience. I have to say I was still very unsure if it was possible to get the results we needed with our dog. When we picked up our dog 14 days later he was amazing. I couldnt believe the manners my dog had learned. We recieved daily texts and videos keeping us updated the whole time. It was so reassuring to see the updates of what he was learning. Mo'obedience made it possible for us to keep our family dog that we had grown to love so much. Seeing Bruno snuggling with his kids and having him home is priceless. The kids love "working with him"and being active in his training. They are very excited about teach him new tricks and set up obstacle courses for him. I cant say thank you enough to Mo'obedience training for what they did for our family. We are forever greatful THANK YOU ❤

Highland Canine Training
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly S.
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I was a first time dog owner. Brittany help me pick the perfect dog for my family. Initially, I had selected a different breed, but after getting to know my family, she constructively gave me reasons as to why a different breed would be better. She also went with us to purchase our dog and she was right on point. After putting our dog through her camp, our job was easy. She gave us very helpful information on training our puppy, specifically, how to react with others which was a vital element for us since our children were young and had their friends over a lot. We are so happy that Brittany was able to make this experience so wonderful for us. I refer all of my friends to her.

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Valor K9 Training
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Dane R.
Verified review

Hi my name is Dane and I have had the great pleasure of getting to know and work with Ernie Rivera of Valor K9 for sometime now. I have watched Ernie train his dogs and hold there training to highest of standards. The name" Valor" suits him and the people who work for him simply because of his training methods, techniques, compassion, and caring about what they do. The value they provide for you dog is priceless. Everyone at Valor K9 take a lot pride in what they do there. If you want great results I would definitely give Valor K9 a call.

Madi Morgan
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Naomi M.
Verified review

Madi did a great job of watching our home and especially taking care of our dog. You can tell she has a great love for dogs and is very comfortable with them. Our dog does not warm up easily to many people, but he took to Madi right away. He even slept in the bed with her at night! He was calm and happy when we arrived home from our trip. Would definitely use Madi again and recommend her to others.

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pawsitive solutions
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda L.
Verified review

We have only met once so far but really happen from first impression and we are off to a great start with using the correct verbage with our pup and 9 year old dog. She has proved that you can teach an old dog new tricks!! We are very excited to continue working with you!

K9 connection
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Piotr Zaremba
Verified review

TJ is an amazing trainer and educator. I have a Dutch Shepherd and if you know the breed then you know that they are stubborn, intelligent, and high energy (cousins to a Belgian Malinois). It is a dog that you must motivate and engage to properly train otherwise they will run all over you. My shepherd was rehomed 3 times due to his temperament e.g. he does not like to just sit around. I was lucky enough to be his forever home. I previously used two other trainers/facilities with mixed results. I was finally luck enough to meet TJ. During our initial talks, TJ asked what my expectations where and they were vast e.g. can you off leash train my dog in 2 weeks. TJ then took those expectations and turned them into reality. After our talks we put together a custom plan on how to train my K9. I left our meeting confident that TJ could handle my dog, however I did not know what to expect due to my previous experiences, I did not want to go through this process for a 4th time. TJ trained my K9 for two weeks straight while I was at work, and after work we trained together so that he could educate me on what was taught that day and what I needed to do and work on. After two weeks of training all I can say is WOW, the smile I had on my face was of pure amazement, it was worth every single dollar I spent ZERO regrets. TJ is the REAL deal. He trained my dog in basic obedience and then continued to teach more advanced obedience using a variety of techniques. He got my K9 to 90% off leash obedience and if you know what that takes it is unthinkable without using an E-Collar in such a short period of time on a teenage dog. Only in the final stages of training did we introduce an E-Collar as a pre-cautionary measure, TJ went over exactly how to use the E-Collar and the dos and donts. During the entire propose TJ educated me about every type of collar and training tool and how and when it should be used so that I would never incorrectly use a tool and regress my dogs behavior. Since then I continue to train with TJ on a regular basis and recently I signed up my K9 for his protection program which enforces continued obedience education as well as protection training which is customized on a per K9 basis. If youre looking for a one stop shop trainer no matter if you have a puppy, a teenage dog, or an adult dog regardless of breed this is the guy to talk to. He could make a French Bulldog a protection dog LOL. You really get what you pay for with TJ. Proper puppy imprinting classes.Group puppy/adult classes.Private customized training programs.Customized behavior modification programs.Group/Private Protection training programs.Instagram@miles_the_dutchie

Dog Training by Vanessa
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rorie H.
Verified review

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.

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Wagging Tail Corps
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tracey E.
Verified review

There's not enough to say about our experience with Christian as our dog trainer. He has put so much time in with our dogs and they are doing great. We had quite an issue and change to deal with and he tackled them with no complaints or lack of professionalism. The dogs have learned so much and so have the parents! He is also a really great guy and we couldn't be more pleased. So much so that we hired him for an extension. Thanks Christian!!!!

  • 11 years in business
Parris Y.
Verified review

I purchased a dog from Sharon Emard. I did not realize at the time i was having an exceptional experience in the dog breeder business. Since then i have learned that a real, honest, truthful, person breeding and selling quality dogs is very rare. I hope this review helps someone. What i was looking for was a dog that was bred for temperament, health, and true to the original breeds goals. Aaliyah Von Weiber Hase is and has been more than i could have hoped. Sharon is a good honest woman, and a great merchant.

Perky Paws Pet Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Cher C.
    Verified review

    Ellie started working with my puppy Charlie when he was only 2 months old. If you think it's impossible to get a small energetic puppy to sit, stay, come, look at me, along with several other important commands, you are wrong. Ellie amazed me at how fast Charlie caught on and obeyed her and then me. She not only trains your dog but trains the owner. She will give you one-on-one time, answering any questions you have about any behavior issues or potty training. All of her techniques work and it's all through positive reinforcement, not punishment. Potty training was such a breeze with her methods. After training with Ellie, I can take Charlie with me anywhere. I always get compliments on how obedient and well behaved he is. Charlie loved Ellie's classes so much that as soon as we would pull into the parking lot he would get so excited and then run to her when he saw her, giving her kisses. Charlie and I both miss Ellie and are sad his training classes are over. I honestly can't recommend Ellie enough, she is absolutely amazing and you won't regret getting her help. The pictures I've included are Charlie sitting and looking at me on command during Ellie's training, his graduation picture from her program and Charlie today, still behaving so wonderfully.

    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    MaryAnne F.
    Verified review

    K9Goddess's training style suited our family. Our new dog needed correction NOW. Cindy's patience with dog and owners gets results. She is firm, but kind. Her positive attitude is encouraging.

    Kritters Gallore
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Julie P.
      Verified review

      Kara is amazing. She has a natural ability with animals matched with years of experience as a vet tech and dog trainer that combine to make her a one of a kind find. If you have the opportunity to hire Kara, do so quickly as she is certain to get booked quickly.

      Florida Dog Trainer
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Judi H.
        Verified review

        Marshall and I can personally attest to the fact that Martin and Pat are wonderful people who not only love dogs, but are excellent trainers as well. We had our Lab, Harley, trained by others before we knew about them and weren't satisfied, so when Harley went to Martin and Pat, we couldn't believe the results in just a couple of weeks! We will definitely take Harley back for "refresher" courses. He loves it there, too.

        • 4 years in business
        About

        All Star Dog Training has worked with lots of dogs who have already gone through one form of training or another. Whether you’ve tried training at home on your own or tried training with another professional company, All Star Dog Training guarantees you will be happy with your results. By using science based proven methods All Star Dog Trainers will turn your untrainable dog into a well mannered member of the family!

        About

        I work with all breeds and ages of dogs in everything from basic obedience, aggression modification, and agility course to therapy and service dogs training. I have a Masters in Canine Behavioral Modification and have extensive hands-on work since 2005. I not only train your pet, but I will train you so that you will be able to train your animals yourself.

        About

        Offering outstanding training and behavior modification for dogs!

        About

        Highland Canine Training proudly offers a variety of dog training and dog-related services in the Tampa Bay and Clearwater, FL metropolitan areas. We offer in-home dog training, in-kennel training, group classes, and agility and Canine Good Citizen classes. Highland Canine Training offers professional, effective training services based on humane, motivational techniques. We promise to treat all dogs and their owners with respect and courtesy, and encourage responsible dog ownership. Free evaluations are offered upon request.

        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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