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Augusta Dog Trainers

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Quality K9 Concepts
from 14 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel D.
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We had Sally as our dog trainer and she was amazing! Shiro would barely listen to us and would chew things up constantly in the house. He's a year and a half years old lab pit mix, now he listens way better and rarely touches anything but his toys. They give you a great foundation to build on that allows you to keep progressing after training ends. She communicates very well and answered my questions even if it was outside of sessions.

  • 26 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth S.
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I was very frustrated with the behavioral issues that my rescue, Annie, was having. But after speaking with Berni I realized there was hope! After going through Berni's leash training and socialization class I have seen incredible results! Annie is walking well on leash and allowing strangers to approach her. I looked into many options for training and all the trainers I spoke with seemed to have a "by the books" kind of approach. I realized very quickly that Berni had the knowledge of proper training techniques but the most impressive aspect of her was the knowledge of dog psychology. She made sure I understood why my dog was behaving the way she was based on the situation. Berni is a wealth of knowledge and has the experience to back it up. Berni is incredibly patient and I have already recommended her to multiple fellow dog lovers. I would not hesitate to recommend her again. I plan to continue Annie's training with Berni's help and continue on to get her CGC! It also doesn't hurt that these classes were much less expensive than other options I looked into. If you're looking for great results and someone who truly loves dogs then this is the answer.

Keep The Dog! LLC
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen W.
Verified review

My two girls trained with Marrissa for almost a year. She is phenomenal. She is so patient with the dogs, and the pet parents. She makes training fun. I look forward to jumping back in training soon. You can never have enough!

KnowledgeWhale Dog Training
from 2 reviews
    Douglass B.
    Verified review

    He was amazing, he helped us understand our dogs behavior and tea he our dog basic commands I can't wait for next time when our little pup learns some more

    Rover Dogs of Aiken
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    Rover Dogs of Aiken is the leading online service connecting pet owners with over 40,000 loving sitters With our five-star-rated sitters, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo updates, pet parents can travel or drop their furry friends off for daycare or an overnight, with peace of mind. Rover handles insurance, payment, and customer support. As a small business owner, I follow the benchmark for Rover which allowed me to rank at the top of petsitters within the CSRA. My home is located in the Fox Run Community, down the road from Citizens Park, we are a family of 3 who will go the extra mile to ensure your pet has a safe and comfortable stay. My location is ideal as well as very casual. Pets are welcomed on our coaches and chairs. With your permission, your animal can come and go as they please. They have plenty of room to run and play in the fenced-in backyard as well as a separate room where all animals can eat together.


    I give your dog a walk twice a day, make sure they have plenty of playtime and get the attention they need when you can't.


    I am a military-trained dog trainer with over 14 years' experience. I take the time to understand not only what the owner's intentions are, but also the dog itself.


    Kayla can take care of your dog's needs! I have experience in working with dogs and cats. I'd love to walk, play, and snuggle your furkids when you can't. I have plenty of patience, strength as well as calm and loving energy to handle any situation with your pet. I will be furthering my skills and love for animals into becoming a licensed canine trainer. I have worked in animal day care, boarding facilities and businesses. I have seen and experienced a lot about dogs and cats. I can perform duties, if needed, such as giving medicine, feeding and planning treats as well as doing specific requests. Whatever your rules are, I'll follow, except I will not apply physical force as discipline. I do not hit animals whatsoever and neither should anyone else. There are positive ways of correcting your pet, and that's what I have practiced in. I love all sizes, shapes, colors, and personalities! I am very trustworthy and reliable with my own transportation. My job is to take care of your pet the way you want and with sincere love. I know cleaning comes with any type of pet care too, so it's not a problem.


    I train dogs using positive reinforcement methods that will get your dog to focus and want to obey commands. I currently offer puppy kindergarten, basic obedience lessons, and advanced obedience lessons. Your dog will enjoy following cues such as sit, stay, down, sit-stay, down-stay, come, leave it, loose leash walking, and much more. Your dog will have the ability and tools to follow your lead in different situations and different settings. For convenience, I travel to you or you may come to me, and meeting in a mutual agreed upon location is an option as well.


    Pets are my passion, and I never see caring for them as work. My services include walking, sitting, and bathing, and check-ins. For example, a routine check-in includes feeding, taking them out to the bathroom, and light clean up. I look forward to working with you.

    • 10 years in business

    my local reputation and careand love for dogs ,

    • 3 years in business


    I love dogs of all ages and sizes. I have a passion for animals and would keep them all if I could.

    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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