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  • 6 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mikayla H.
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Todd was extremely professional, helpful and accommodating. I had been using a different dog trainer before hiring him and it was a worlds difference!! He came prepared with informational paperwork, a protocol to follow for Bentley's separation and even CHEESE!!! Bentley can be a fearful dog and often displays what I thought was separation anxiety. After one session with Todd he was able to evaluate Bentley and come to the conclusion that Bentley DOES NOT have severe separation anxiety. I couldn't believe my eyes when I walked away from Bentley and he didn't follow me but was literally eating out of the palm of Todd's hand. Since our visit I've implemented the suggestions Todd made to provide Bentley with a distraction upon my departure. He has improved tremendously and it's only been maybe a month of the new treats and toys?? All and all I am VERY pleased and impressed with Todd's service. I would highly recommend him for your dog training needs!

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Valor K9 Training
4.6
from 17 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Noreen M.
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Great training.. Heather has been here 3 times and we already have a better understanding of how to train our dog. So glad we chose this dog trainer! Dog is already responding well.

  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Karen S.
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Maureen is an excellent obedience trainer. When we had her train our unruly 8 month old lab his behavior improved dramatically. He is now able to follow several commands, and we are now able to take him practically everywhere. I would recommend Maureen for all of your dog training needs. She is an excellent trainer.

Dawn Hoppe K9
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Bernie S.
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Great skills. RJ came all the way to St. Louis to work my dog and it was well worth it. I wish he come back.... Bernie Squitieri Proud owner of IRON

K9 connection
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Karen W.
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My family and I are new to owning a dog. We adopted a dog from the shelter and wanted to make sure we trained her correctly. K9 Connection is honestly the best dog training company I have been lucky to come across. The initial contact, they come to your house, analyze the dog, and how we work with our dog. They showed us how to control, walk, and enjoy our new family member. The price is perfect for one on one training, honestly don't be scared and think you can't afford this. I thought that and the value you get from training even if it is one session is priceless. They are professional and always on time. Highly recommend.

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Dog Rules, Inc.
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Annaleigh W.
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It has been a wonderful experience. Shana comes to my home and works with my dog and then I work with him. She is very calm, doesn't raise her voice and he loves her and responds to her commands. I have the idea now and and so does my puppy. I am not finished yet but Sebastian is such a good boy now. I would definitely recommend Dog Rules.

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pawsitive solutions
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Laura S.
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Affordable, convenient and made a big difference in a short amount of time with our dog.

Dog Training by Vanessa
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jo-Ann H.
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Just had one session so far, but I was very impressed with what she did with my dog. We do have more work to do and have more appointments set up.

Amandas Critter Sitters
5.0
from 1 review
    Scott S.
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    Fantastic Experience with Amanda's Critter Sitters. We have 3 dogs and 3 cats that needed to be fed and let out over a long weekend away from home. Amanda was super friendly and did a great job at keeping us informed with photos throughout the time we were away. She is very relaxed and confident, which goes a long way in my book. Even though our dogs are super friendly, from the many photos sent to us - they acted like we werent even gone. 2 thumbs up for Amanda. I would not hesitate to use this service again.

    Norelle Adams
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 5 years in business
    Suzette F.
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    Norelle is amazing when she house/dog-sit for us!! I wouldn't trust many people with my house, let alone with my four-legged baby Isabella. After meeting her and she provided hydrotherapy for her, I knew she was truly a loving and trustworthy person. She would send me pictures where I could tell my baby was THRILLED she had come over to see her. She truly is a blessing and allows me to be at peace about leaving town when I need to.

    • 14 years in business
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    I love all kinds of dogs and cats. My services include walking your dog, feeding your animals if you are away, and caring after your animals if you are unavailable.

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    What I do to make my business great is to get along with my dogs and have fun time with them, like running with them, taking them outside a lot, playing around with them, and keeping them company.

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    Hello, and thank you for taking the time to put your dog first! Ash is the Owner/Head Trainer at LOVEDOGS Academy. She has worked at multiple animal shelters and has helped rehabilitate and rehome thousands of rescue dogs. She became the Director of Behavior and Training for a large all dog shelter in Colorado, then made her move to Florida, where she has started LOVEDOGS Academy. She focuses on Puppy raising, Service dog training for Psychiatric and mobility work, and Therapy Dogs. She is also a certified AKC Evaluator for the CGC and Trick Dog titles. I enjoy raising puppies to be confident, happy, stable dogs. Raising Service dogs for those in need.

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    I can provide dog sitting, dog walking or anything else you could possibly need for your dog. I am a senior in high school. I love dogs, and I need money! I am experienced in taking care of many types of dogs.

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    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.

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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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    Natural Instinct Dog Training offers dog Training at its finest. We offer in-home behavior modification for barking, jumping, leash work and puppy training. We specialize in training aggressive dogs. We work with many of the local shelters and rescues in the area to help with rehabilitation and adoption.

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    My name is Michelle King. I am recently attending college to receive my Associate Degree in Business. I love dogs and will walk and play with your pet as if it were my own. I am very energetic and walk at least 2 miles a day. I will walk your dog on the beach or take them to the dog park. I provide cleanup bags and treats. I will also bathe your pet if needed. If you would like to know that your dog will be treated like a family member, I'm your new dog walker.

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    Hi, I am a 34-year-old dog lover who would like to help their owners with good care and sitting when necessary. Contact me if you are interested. Thank you.

    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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