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  • 4 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min

Breont H.

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The Experience of Darius' Dogs was Great!!! He explained all directions fluently, and he also showed full control over my German Shepherd without proper dog training equipment. My dog listened to Mr. Darius on command within only 5 minutes of him being there. Mr. Darius obviously knows what he's doing and takes pride in his work as a professional dog trainer, he even went so far as to give me nutrition tips for my German Shepherd. I recommend Darius' Dog's to any dog owner that is looking for good quality professional help in training your dog.

Ardie G.

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Darius is a true professional and he has so much experience with and compassion for all breeds of dogs. In just one week Darius was able to correct my German Shepherd's terrible behavior at PetSmart. I really look forward to having my dog work with the "pack" this weekend as this has not been an option for me in previous training/classes my dog Beamer has attended in the past. And most importantly, even with Darius correcting him, my dog absolutely LOVES him! Thank You Thumbtack!

Rhoda S.

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Darius is a true professional. We hired him to not only train our 8 month old German Shepard, but to train us on how to work with our pup to get the most out of him. We have only had one lesson, but already my husband is showing me what our dog has learned. We are excited and looking forward to having a well trained dog. The Sharp Fsmily

  • 6 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Jennifer B.

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She was great !!!!! My German Shepard is behaving so much better and every lesson I had my 3 yr old help.. She also keep both my dogs for a weekend and I New they were in great hands and weren't stuck in a cage all day

Michael V.

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I really enjoyed the the experience and they did a really good job helping me train my German shepherd they were very friendly and I would strongly recommend them THANKS!!!!!

Steve M.

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She is one of the most dedicated and energetic trainers I know. Her pssion to truley help you and your dog is amzing.

  • 5 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Canton, GA

Blake M.

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Laura took in Ty, our rescue German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix for a 2 week basic obedience training class. When we originally rescued Ty, he was very subdued and relaxed due to his kennal cough. He quickly became a very hyper dog and loved to jump on guests and play bite. After 2 weeks of training, you can tell a significant difference in Ty. He has learned to listen better, and has become a much better on-leash dog. We can issue the "stay" command and walk around the house, play with our other dog, and even throw his toys around while he sits patiently. Of course, he still has some slip ups: His biting is still happening, though not as frequently, but that is really more due to the type of breed than anything else. He jumps every so often, but Laura has taught us how to correct that, so we are working on that. I'm definitely considering dropping him off for the advanced, off leash class in the future. Above all, Laura made us feel comfortable leaving our dog with her. She constantly responded to text messages for us, and gave us almost daily updates and pictures of our boy in training.

Sandy S.

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Laura is amazing !!! She trained my German shepherd and pit bull together. I was not even able to walk them down the neighborhood with out them lunging at another neighbor and / or dog . She helped me and worked with them for 4 weeks and they came back totally different dogs ! I didn't recognize them !! Also... She went over everything in the go home lesson and taught me everything and answers my questions even after my dogs have been trained. Super kind and friendly. HIGHLY recommended

Emily H.

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I brought my 5 month old German Shepherd puppy to Laura for off leash training, started in service dog training for myself and potty training . He came back a totally different dog !!! So impressed and she drove to us to pick him and dropped him off for our go - home lesson. Definitely recommend her !!!




  • 42 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Statham, GA

Karla B.

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We found Donna in a very desperate moment of our lives in regards to our precious 8 month old German Shepherd Chika. We had lost all hope with our German Shepherd after having spent thousands of dollars in training with different agencies that did nothing to improve her behavior. Some said she would get better as she matured, but, truly she was just getting worse everyday. We were heartbroken as we finally decided to give up on her because she now became a 53 pound rambunctious, out of control, and dangerous puppy that no one could stop! And then.....WE FOUND DONNA- our Godsend! On day three of training Donna sent us a video of the training in progress and we just couldn't believe our eyes! Chika was already walking nicely on a loose leash, obeying the sit/down/stay commands and responding to her name when called! Today is pick up day after two intensive weeks of training and Chika is absolutely a totally different dog. She not only perfectly obeys all commands, but she stays in her position even at a distance and does not break it until she is ordered to do so. As an added bonus, Donna showed us some nice and helpful tricks. Chika truly came a long way but none of this would have been possible without Donna. It is not only Donna's 20+ years of experience that made the difference with Chika. It is Donna's professionalism, dedication, and passion for dogs and for her work that make her unique and so successful. Words are not enough to express our gratitude to her. Our only regret is not having found her earlier, as it would have indeed saved us so much money and avoided many troubles! Thanks to Donna, Chika is now a well behaved pooch, we relate better with her, and we get to enjoy her for many years to come. To anyone having issues with their dogs, please don't lose Donna and you will not regret it. Karla, Jorge, George, and Chika.

Stephanie G.

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Today was our second lesson with Donna and I must say that she is an absolute miracle worker. We brought in our two German Shepherd puppies, one 5 months old and the other nearly 7 months old and we noticed a dramatic difference in their behavior. The first time we brought them they were both anxious and very dominant. Our oldest one was also showing high levels of aggression towards Mrs Donna. Today however, they were both submissive and regarded us as their pack leaders. They also learned all of their "homework tricks" ( sit, take-it-leave-it,down,and shake) and learned some new ones today (to stay by our sides through running and briskly stopping, random turns,etc). I strongly recommend Donna because she not only trains our dogs but trains us as the owners as well, creating a stronger and more dominant bond with our canine companions. If you want to have a well behaved, obedient dog, young or old, Donna is the woman you want to guide you.

Jeffrey W.

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I recently hired Donna to train my Shetland Sheepdog puppy named "Who". She was amazing! In a matter of a few weeks she had him sitting, staying and "speaking". I strongly recommend her to help train your pet! She knows ALOT about positive reinforcement techniques, psychological development, and health concerns for your animal. I am going to hire her to work with my girlfriends German Shepard as well!

  • 2 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Woodstock, GA

Justin C.

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We did a 6 week obedience training with Cris and are so pleased with the progress we've seen in our 11 month old Blue Heeler! Cris catered each lesson to Aussie's progress and our specific concerns, and we came away with a lot of great tools to help us with the specific issues we've been having. Specifically, Aussie was uncontrollable on the leash when other dogs were around. Now 6 weeks later, we know how to regain Aussie's attention and keep him focused on us. We are MUCH more comfortable going out for walks because of it! As a plus, Cris is super flexible when scheduling trainings and meets you for your convenience! We definitely plan to call back Expert K9 Academy for more advanced courses in the future!

Lauren R.

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Cris came to my house once a week for 6 weeks to help my 8 month old puppy with her training. He was great. Answered all of my endless questions and really made sure we understood what he was teaching us. Luna (my dog) took to him from the start, and is almost a completely new dog! So well behaved now and has learned all sorts of new tricks. I'm very happy with my experience and definitely recommend him!

Andrea G.

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Chris did an amazing job with my dog JJ! He was very professional and understanding. My dog will stay on place now while we eat dinner, and he no longer tries to beg. He and my other dog are getting along now, too. Thank you so much, Chris!

  • 10 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 40 min

Bryan R.

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I had a very aggressive German Shepherd that I was about to give up on and seek a new owner. I spoke to several companies before getting on Thumbtack. Once on Thumbtack, I made the decision to move forward with Keith. Other companies tried to sell me a 2000 dollar + training package that they insisted was the only option. Keith and his services were far less and his training program completely solved my dog;s problems. At no point of time did I ever feel pressured by Keith. He was highly professional, extremely knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable during the whole process. I was constantly kept updated real time of the progress of my dog. I cannot say enough about how satisfied I am and have already sent him two neighbors experiencing issues with their dogs.

Pamela K.

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Our trainer Keith has been here for us from the start! He explained all our options for not just our new German Shepard puppy. Who I ended up sending him away with Keith 2x once for much needed training and boarding and the next because I did not trust anyone else besides them to care and train my Puppy. They know what they are doing, it's still up to me to continue his training g at home. But we will continue on with their group classes or private. I know if any of my dogs are acting up I can just call and ask for advise. I love their thinking because it is my way of thinking and it's important for you to be on the same page. Keith is always on top of calling or texting you back! Thanks Keith for making Klaus understand as well as understand.

Katie T.

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I hired Keith to work with my 8 month old German shepherd mix named Dusty. During the first session Keith stayed for 2 hours and answered all of my questions with great detail! He worked so well with Dusty and I saw results with in the first visit! What I liked most was he showed me how to work with dusty as well! He took the time to train my dog and me as well! I am now able to work with Dusty on my own and I'm strengthening the bond between us as I work with him. I was blown away with the amount of passion Keith has for animals and this line of work! When I have questions I am able to call or text Keith and he answers pretty quickly! I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a trainer! I am so excited to have more sessions with him!

  • 12 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Decatur, GA

Chrism and Missie K.

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My dog has been going to Pet's Playhouse on Ponce since she was 6 months old, she is now 7 years old. I take her for daycare several times a week and this is the only place that I will board her since all the staff knows her and she them. Shawn, Keno, and the rest of the staff are well trained to handle the dogs and true professionals when dealing with me. My dog and I have also had Shawn as a trainer (training classes available at Pet's Playhouse on Ponce) and I can always refer questions to him on behavior issues. I use the grooming severices (Squeaky Clean bathing) at least once a month. My dog (a shepherd mix) gets groomed more often when having a shedding blowout (one of the services is de-shedding) and there is no way to tell you how great it is to have less Lois hair in the car and in the house.

Katie B.

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Shawn is THE EXPERT in training dogs. I could not have ever been able to train my rescue mutt without his guidance and strategies. I have returned for Shawn for follow up tips and training and his advice has always worked. I've been using Pets Playhouse for Doggie Daycare and boarding and I could not be more pleased with the entire staff's level of service, kindness, and care for dogs. A+++ all the way around.

Janine H.

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Individual dog training. Specifically, for jumping on house guests, leash pulling, and minor behavior issues. Shaun was responsive and helpful. He addressed all of our issues in turn and really helped us get our dog on the right track. I'd highly recommend him to anyone with pet behavior problems, big or small. He knew how to approach them all. Thanks Shaun!!!

  • 24 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Conyers, GA

Brett L.

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My experience with Julius Henry and world class k-9 so far has been nothing short of amazing. I am extremely impress at how much control I now have over my two dogs (apbt & gsd) thanks to Julies. Julius has proven to me on multiple occasions that he is a very knowledgeable trainer, and that he has multiple styles of training. I have two different dog breeds with two completely different personalities , but ultimately ending up with the same result a well trained dog. Overall I am very please with the quality of services provided by world class k-9. Thank You

Andrew P.

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Mr. Julius is the best trainer I've know for anybody looking for obedience, protection, or socialization. I got my dog tango (belgian malinois) from Julius. He has excellent selection of Belgians an german shepherds to choose from . My dog tango has a lot of drive which I was looking for. Overall Julius is great breeder/ trainer who knows his stuff I'm looking forward to buying another dog from him soon.

Tammy F.

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Worldclass K-9 is the best I sent my dog to Julius to have him trained and when he came back to me he was totally different. I would recommend worldclass to anyone they are the best.




  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Duluth, GA

Yvonne S.

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Denise is incredible with our German Shepherd puppy, Bishop. Her training knowledge is immeasurable. She works with us as much or more than Bishop. She's teaching us how to handle Bishop so that he will be responsive, obedient and respectful to us and our home. We are able to implement her techniques immediately and are excited for each new session with Denise. We don't have a problem with Bishop, he's just a baby and we want to train him properly so he'll be a part of the family and able to go any and every where with us. We'll continue using Denise as Bishop grows and develops into a well trained dog. I'll keep you posted . . . Thanks Denise!

Julie C.

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I am certainly so greatful for her training. I have a 7 1/2 year old chi boy and got the 9 week old another chi boy. As soon as I start one session with Ms. Boorks, my older one actully got calmer and listens soooo much better. Plus she comes from outstanding training education. Ms. Brooks spends way more time than the regular lesson time and I am telling you. She is the magician and giving great eduaction to my 2 chi boys. I am very happy and satisfied with her training and have lots of respect for her. If you ever need the dog training, she is the one to go!!

Andrea B.

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I have two big dogs and we trained with Denise and she is wonderful. My dogs are well mannered and a pleasure where before training hard for me to manage . I would recommend Denise to anyone wanting help and training with their dogs.

  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Dawsonville, GA

Suzanne B.

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We are so happy to have found Amy. She is very dedicated and knowledgeable when it come to training our new puppy. Each visit the puppy learns something new. Her advice on puppy raising has been invaluable. A plus!!!

Kathleen A.

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It was a great experience and very effective. I have a much better relationship with my year old German Shepherd after 8 training sessions with Amy.

  • 10 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Smyrna, GA

Beth H.

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Gary was awesome with Tybee. We just picked him up today after spending time with Gary for training and boarding. We chose the boarding/training combo because we felt it would work better for our situation. We wanted him to have the most training possible so it would be harder for us to screw it up in the long run. Gary will meet with us next week to help us make sure we are still on track. I will update my review when we finish the training.

Dee W.

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We have thoroughly enjoyed having Gary Adams and Good Dog Academy train our German Shepherd, Gypsy!! After 10 sessions she is a different dog. She seems much happier and more content. I would highly recommend him and am so grateful that we found him!!

Elle A.

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Gary met my baby and within minutes I saw a difference! He not only corrected the issue but is teaching me to keep making progress in his absence. Thanks Gary!

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 hours
  • Watkinsville, GA

Sirinya T.

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I've only had my first lesson and I am already seeing significant results. My male German Shepherd was very hard to handle even with a gentle leader. He would bark and lunge aggressively at other dogs and people while on our walks and would continuously bark at neighborhood walkers from my window. They explain everything and are very informative and know what they are doing. I've felt like I've been walking on thin ice because my dog has gotten in trouble with animal control with his aggression. Now I have the confidence to take him on walks and to public places. I don't even use the gentle leader now because the e-collar has him under control. I'm feeling very optimistic and look forward to the rest of my classes.

  • 16 years in business
  • Marietta, GA

Shelly W.

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Hi, I'm Chief's mom, Shelly, I have a 3 year old male GSD. He was 1 y/o when I chose to do training with him after someone broke into my house. A friend of mine paid for some training for us at PetCo. I didn't like the treats idea, because the dog is supposed to work for you and not for treats. And that wasn't the type of training that my particular dog needed. I did some price comparisons. Put it like this "Good work isn't cheap!" I was in Decatur and seen the Atlanta K9 Solutions truck and stopped to talk to Craig, the K9Boss. He invited me to come in so I can see a demo of his dog Rain and to do an evaluation with Chief. I decided to the 14 day board & train Obedience and Protection package. I asked a lot of questions and they were very thorough with the answers. I called almost every day to check up on my dog. They sent videos of him and allowed me to talk to him over the phone. He learned German commands in 2 days! (That made me really comfortable with the trainers.) The 14 days felt like months. When I went in to picked Chief up, they brought me into a room where I could observe him working with the trainer without him seeing me. They explained to me that in order for me to have a well behaved dog, I must be consistent and use the leash. If I don't have the leash, I don't have control. They also explained that I need to come to training (private and/or Saturday group classes & Sunday obedience & Protection). Sunday protection class is handled by Darius who is a certified Decoy. He challenges the dogs by using different mechanisms with the dog, in order for the dog to protect its owner. They are very flexible as long as you communicate with them. They also travel to your home for an additional cost. I cannot make up any excuses as to what my dog is doing wrong and why, because it is up to me to handle him and MOST IMPORTANTLY MAKE TIME & go to classes. As an female owner of a male GSD, I cannot complain about my dog not working or being obedient if I do not know that I am the MASTER! Keep up the good work guys!

  • 8 years in business
  • Roswell, GA

Liz S.

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After I started training with Evan, life with my Boxer became much more enjoyable. From the beginning, my puppy refused to acknowledge the word “no.” But once we started training with Evan that changed. In just a few months, he became a different dog. He’s still full of personality, but is now eager to follow commands and is willing to accept corrections. My Boxer and I are proof that Evan’s philosophy of positive reinforcement, repetition, consistency, leadership and clear communication get results. When my Boxer was about six months old, I added a young German Shepherd, to the family. While she came to me with basic obedience training, Evan taught me that managing two large dogs isn’t as hard as it might seem. I learned how to work both of them together, walk them together and more importantly, handle them with confidence. Whatever your training goals, I highly recommend Full Contact K9. Evan clearly has a passion for his work. In dog training, like most other things, you get what you pay for. Evan offers a unique combination of professional experience, a proven track record, knowledge and commitment that you won't find with anyone else.

Jeanne D.

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Working with Evan has given my family a very special relationship with our bullmastiff, Mac. Although he is 135 lbs, he is so well behaved and obedient that we are completely comfortable taking him anywhere. In fact, we only bother to put a leash on him so strangers don't freak out when they see him. Evan taught us how to handle busy roads, large crowds, and other people's untrained dogs. He covered every scenario that can be stressful for a dog owner. Thanks to him controlling our dog is essentially effortless. He is completely gentle with my two year old, but still protective of our home and family without being dangerous. I can not speak highly enough of Evan's services. Worth every penny and then some!

Michael K.

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Before working with Evan my dog, Turner, was very skittish and scared around people. This was due to his abandonment from his previous owner. Evan helped to instill confidence and good behavior in Turner. It has been a complete 180, Turner now looks for every opportunity he can get to be with people. I recommend the basic obedient training to anyone who has a young dog.

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