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Scott The Dog Guy
4.9
from 182 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 357 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Luz R.
Verified review

I'm so satisfied with Scott coming over & training my German shepherd pup. It was such an amazing experience & I look forward to using the techniques with my pup. Just by going on one walk with Scott, my pup was so calm & I was so happy with the results. I would definitely recommend him. Thank you Scott. Your amazing. God bless u always.

  • 11 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
Aneta O.
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Very professional and very effective for my 5 months old German Shepard puppy. I liked the idea that my dog was staying at trainers house, still interacting with people after hours of training , instead of being left in kennel for hours. Aneta Oblazny

Sunset Training Center
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Brian K.
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Sunset and Claudia are seriously the best!!! Anyone would be hard pressed to find better bred German Shepards within the five local states. As a trainer, she is able to facilitate the rapid advancement of all dogs: not just her exceptionally well-bred dogs. I am a combat veteran and was deployed in some dangerous places... I really never had an idea what a well-trained dog was actually capable of, and would have chosen my standard issue weapon first. Today, I would take the dogs trained from Sunset first, and they are the way more lovable and family friendly than the former too! My 4 year old daughter has a best friend that will keep her safe whether I was there or not. I would trust my daughter to safely play ANYWHERE with her puppy Jack around!

BFF Dog Academy
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Paul M.
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Leslie is an excellent dog trainer, patient, diligent, organized...a true professional who we would recommend to any dog owner looking for a trainer. Paul & Molly

Woodlawn Canine Academy
4.4
from 14 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Karen M.
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I had been contemplating additional obedience training for my very energetic seven year-old German Shorthair/English Pointer mix, Watson, when I discovered Tony Gordon of Woodlawn Canine Academy while at the Arlington Park Pet Expo in March 2015...and I knew that I had found the right trainer! I watched Tony doing informal mini demonstrations with his dog, Echo. I also spoke with Connie about dog training and the programs offered by Woodlawn. I am very happy that Watson and I signed up for the private training at my home! As part of the training Watson and I have begun to attend the group sessions as well. Not only is Watson being trained, but I am also learning how to handle my dog (yes, I am also being trained!), which is an important and integral part of the whole training process. Training, which involves both corrections and positive reinforcement, is a commitment and ongoing for us between scheduled sessions with Tony. Watson no longer pulls on his leash during walks and that is only one of his accomplishments. I am just completely amazed with some of the other things that Watson does or does not do since we began training! I just gotta say that Tony is a caring and dedicated trainer! I am one happy Woodlawn Canine Academy client! :D

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  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brian S.
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Are experience was truly amazing! We have a 1 year old German Shepard mix that is high energy and within the first half hour Dee had her understanding commands like sit, bed, lie down and stay. She also showed us how to get her to stop jumping and nipping. Not only was the training great and effective but her recommendations for items to help walking and keeping her busy while we are not home were as well. We also really liked that she is very passionate at helping dogs and and their owners and that was very evident because she works with you during first appointment and then if you need any extra help you can text,call or email her! I would highly recommend this dog trainer!!

Leslie J.
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Smart Dogs came to our rescue when we rescued Baron, our 1 ½ year old German Shepard. Baron was very stubborn, and reluctant to our methods of training. We had tried other dog trainers with no luck and contemplated the possibility of sending him back to the foster family. That is when we came across Smart Dogs and they have forever changed our lives along with Baron’s. He spent two weeks with Ian and Kristy at their home, where they trained him daily and gave him unconditional love. He is now home with us where we enjoy seeing the progress he continues to make and being part of our family. We can’t thank Ian and Kristy enough. Bill and Leslie

  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Rennita J.
Verified review

I was really nervous when I set out to find a dog trainer for my German Shepherd, but all that was put to ease when Nicole came by for a meet and greet with my dog. She explained to me all of her training methods and answered any questions I had. She was very easy to talk to about any problems I had concerning my dog. And after three weeks of her board and train program, I am wowed! Her results are outstanding. My dog now gives me her full attention, is much more calm, and no longer pulls while walking. I kniw these

Best In Home Dog Services
4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lori B.
Verified review

My experience could not have been better. My German Shepherd, Simon, was in serious need of obedience training, and Rich was wonderful. I loved the fact that he believes in positive reinforcement rather than any sort of inappropriate training that would involve hitting, spanking, choking, etc. After the first training session I noticed a huge improvement and Rich gave me great homework tips to continue working on in between training sessions. We've had several sessions and I feel like I have a different dog. He is so sweet and well behaved, I cannot express enough gratitude to Rich. He was so much more knowledgeable than other trainers I have known and worked with over the years. I will be telling anyone I know who needs dog training to contact Rich at Best In Home!

Good Fur U
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Alex B.
Verified review

Used Good Fur U (Lisa) to train my 2-year old German Shepherd Dog. Amazing. She was communicative and explained everything to me to help me work with my dog.

Mannered Mutts Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Rob E.
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Owner/Trainer, Kevin Stangler, of Mannered Mutts Dog Training has such a wonderfully infectious passion for sharing his craft of communicating with dogs. His explanations and demonstrations are very clear and professional. Kevin is ready to answer any and all questions throughout the process. I've never felt rushed or that I was doing something incorrectly during a lesson. Kevin always has a positive approach toward guiding me and my 4 mo. old German Shepherd puppy. Many of the "puppy issues" I had concern about (jumping on people, stealing items from other dogs' mouths, heeling, recall, and bolting to play with other dogs) have been addressed during lessons with Kevin. The results after three lessons are fantastic. Puppy obedience progress now includes recall off leash, stays off people, won't try to bolt and play across the street, doesn't steal from other dogs (puppy is understanding boundaries), and heeling is improving with daily exercises. Kevin's goal to help me and my pup work and play as one unit has strengthened our human/canine bond. Kevin always helps us feel comfortable and confident in our learning and success toward dog obedience, safety and companionship. Because I live a 3 hr drive away, Kevin even does video sessions with me. Thanks, Mannered Mutts! -Rob E.

  • 9 years in business
Frank R.
Verified review

Had such an Awesome experience with Kathy, she is reliable honest and friendly and i completely trust leaving my 4 years old German shepherd (Cesar) with her for hours. Cesar loves going out with her.

Swaag Chicago
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Debbie B.
    Verified review

    I have a four year old (German) German Sheppard female who is smarter than most humans.Kellie can get this dog to do almost anything.Kellie is a petite trainer who knows her stuff.Kellie’s passion is the love for her dog training.Give her a chance you will be very Impressed with what she can teach your pet.

    The Balanced Pup
    3.7
    from 3 reviews
      Robbie G.
      Verified review

      Yana was great at teaching me how to train my German Shepherd puppy. The lessons seemed appropriately structured, some were over an hour, some were 40 minutes. She always stayed as long as it took, and never minded that me and my girlfriend always had a million questions! It is obvious she loves working with dogs, and I recommend her very much!

      Neohaus German Shepherds
      4.0
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Sharon D.
      Verified review

      I just got my dog back today. She responds better to commands, her barking is almos zero, and walks better on a leash. Wish I knew about Amy sooner. I still have a few follow up training sessions, more for me than my dog. Amy definitly cares.

      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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