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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
Rick A.
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We've only had 1 lesson but the difference in the dogs is astounding. The evening walk, usually a fight to get the dogs to do as told, was peaceful as we followed Georg's training. Thanks so much!!!

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  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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Lawrence D.
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I hired Todd from South Orlando Dog Training to help me with my aggressive German Sheppard Tanny.. After 3 sections I have seen great improvements. Todd has given me the tools to continue with Tanny's training. He is doing well and he is improving more each day.. thank you Todd

Highland Canine Training
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl B.
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Highland Canine Training was very fast to respond to my search for training. We are currently pending to have a free evaluation of my dog, pending vacation completions on both parts. I was given alot of information prior to setting the evaluation which I appreciate the knowledge of the laws that they have.

Madi Morgan
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Helen F.
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We've done a meet and greet with Madi and our two GSDs LOVE her! We are doing an evening this week for Madi to spend some time with the dogs before she house sits with them within the next couple of weeks. Madi was extremely professional and has a great energy about her plus she's just qualified in dog training so we are looking forward to hiring her for that too to help out with our fur-babies. Highly recommend.

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Dog Rules, Inc.
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Barb T.
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Shanna has been great not only working with Rayne, but training us too. She has made such a difference in helping us with a great relationship with our Rayne. Thanks Shanna.

  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey N.
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Lee's help in training our dog was nothing less than superb. He is kind yet firm and was very attentive to our special circumstances. We will work with him in the future!

  • 5 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica G.
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I had just gotten my nearly 1-year-old puppy and realized she was showing aggressive tendencies toward people and other animals in addition to submissive peeing. In a matter of weeks Brett has my dog on the right track. He was the only trainer we had a consultation with that started off showing genuine interest and care for my dog, as well as a energetic, take-control attitude. I would highly recommend Dog-Eze.

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

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.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laura L.
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Giovanna is a great trainer. She trained our Jack Russell while working at Petco. She not only trained him well but she also worked diligently with our family to teach us skills on how to continue working with Bandit at home and how to calm his eternal energy down. Skills that we still use today. I recommend her services 100%. Thank you Giovanna!

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lauren N.
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My dog, Meiko, is a rescue dog with a troubled past. This has caused him to have extreme trust issues with new people and he also had severe leash aggression. After just two short weeks with Brandon, Meiko came back a changed dog. He came back with newly learned skills and was so much more confident in himself. It took some adjusting for him to listen to me as well as he did to Brandon during turnover, but with practice and patience, he’s come a long way. Brandon was great about sending pictures and updating me on Meiko’s progress, which made being away from him a bit easier. And he’s been a great resource now that Meiko’s back from training. If you’re struggling with your dog’s training and think there’s no hope for them, I suggest giving Mo’bedience a shot.

K-9 Perceptions
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa E.
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K-9 Perceptions did a great job with our cocker. She is totally in love with the staff and is so much more calm! She actually listens to commands now.

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I feel my work stands out as I go above and beyond what is needed to not only complete the job well but to complete the job perfectly.

  • 4 years in business
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i have a very simple approach to dog training which enables the owner to be able to understand and reinforce easily, which lends to the training being more effective longterm

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I can help you and your dogs build a better bond along with helping you train them in the specific areas that they may need help.

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I am a distance specialist and I can get your ready for the upcoming AKC Premier Class, Fast Class, CPE Jackpot, and USDAA Gamblers. I can teach you to send your dog 20 feet away to obstacles. My dogs have many Championship Titles in Dog Agility. We train in AKC, CPE, TDAA, USDAA, and UKI. We offer Obedience, Puppy Foundation, Freestyle, and Trick Classes and private instruction.

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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...

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Thank you for your interest in 4 Paws and A Tail K-9 Services! We are an all-breed, private training company based in Central Florida and founded in 1998. Our head trainer is experienced in "all" fields of dog training, from pet dog manners to police and military K9s. Please browse our website to find just some of the services we offer. If you do not see a service that you have been seeking, please contact us to see if we offer it, or we will refer you to a company that does.

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We offer dog training through positive interaction and consistency. Positive dog training methods provide a good experience for dogs and their owners. Happy Urban Dog provides one-on-one training for dogs and owners, or day training (we train your dog and transfer the knowledge to you in set sessions). Puppy training, basic manners, general obedience, and dogs with problems are all welcome to be trained at Happy Urban Dog.

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I've got experience in working in an office with accounts payable as an accountant. I also have experience in taking care of and training dogs and cats. I have experience organizing files and making customer service calls. I've got some experience with both modeling and photography.

  • 17 years in business
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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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