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  • 12 years in business
  • 227 hires on Thumbtack
SHARON W.
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On time. Friendly. Good with my dog. My dog looked nice and was happy when I got her.

Lee's Dog Training
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Marie B.
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Absolutely amazing! Lee is a very knowledgeable dog trainer with truly outstanding results. If you are looking for a dog trainer I have no doubts that Lee can give you incredible results. I was fortunate enough to run across Lee and in the short time Lee has been working with my dog Emmy, she has made a remarkable turnaround. Before we started training with Lee my dog was one of those out of control, hard to handle situations. You name the behavior my Emmy displayed it. Let me tell you I didn't have much hope. The dog that use to bolt out the door at any chance she had, taking down anyone in her path, will now sit and stay by the door as I go in and out. She can be left alone without the fear of her chewing everything in her path. Walks are no longer a struggle but a time that's enjoyable for both of us. The freedom that comes with having a well behaved dog is incredible. Lee has given us the opportunity to enjoy Emmy.

AllPawsOnDeckTraining
4.5
from 25 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Jenny S.
Verified review

Our experience was awesome! Trainer is a true 'dog-whisperer'...we got a break training 2 at same time & she was amazing with them both! Her presence each week was met with two VERY EXCITED DOGS;) They both adored her, she made "working" fun for both my husband & I---AND my two puppies. One a 5 month old rotten-rottie, the other a Giant Schnoodle who won't turn 2y.o. until Christmas. Older one very stubborn, but melted like butter when she worked with him;) I would recommend trainer to ANYONE!!!! A+ 100% Top Trainer Award🎖

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K9 Prep School
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bailey G.
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John was incredible with our puppy! He is professional and fun to work with. He is so knowledgable about dogs and gave us so many great tools to help our puppy learn the basics and beyond. He truly wants to help you and your dog succeed and gives you all of the resources and knowledge he possibly can. Also one of the more affordable dog trainers I found when searching! John is the best, highly highly recommend him!

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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
McKenzie B.
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Steve has been an absolute godsend. Tomorrow is our fourth and final session. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Steve- he really is a dog whisperer and obviously cares about what he does. Thanks to Steve, my husband and I better understand how to communicate with our Leo and understand his body language. Worth every penny and then some. I highly recommend Steve’s services for obedience and behavior modification training.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Hannah W.
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Kellie is a very knowledgeable trainer who specializes in positive reinforcement and training. She is so great about answering my questions and easing my concerns. She also dog sits and my dog absolutely LOVED being with her for a night. I would recommend her to anyone looking for help in training their dogs

Off Leash K9 Training
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Nick R.
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Off Leash K9 is the best dog training in the Indy area, hands down! My wife and I have been through 4 different trainers to help us with our stubborn Boxer and we were not able to make any progress. After seeing Off Leash K9's videos on youtube we decided to give them a try. We did the 2 week board and train program and we cannot be happier!!! Our Boxer is now fully obedient and is able to enjoy life off-leash! We highly recommend Off Leash K9 Training!

Katherine Smith
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanie E.
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Katherine walked my dog, Willie, one day when I was unable to. She was punctual and professional, yet friendly and easy to talk with. Katherine appears to be very knowledgeable about dogs and dog behavior, and she interacted quite well with Willie. Katherine walked Willie for a good hour, and while walking, provided him with water. I would readily hire her again without reservation.

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Dogs Welcome!
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Connie W.
Verified review

Sherry is very good with dogs and patient. I would use her again in a minute!

For the Love of Pets
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Anthony R.
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Kelly is a fantastic dogsitter! My dog can be a handful, but she took care of him with professionalism and lots of love. I highly recommend her--whatever your pet's needs!

Walk n' Wag LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Leah S.
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She's on time. You can tell she loves animals. My dog was excited when he saw her at the door. She is a wonderful find.

  • 17 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Lucia W.
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Anne was absolutely wonderful. From the moment she walked in the door, our dog was mesmerized by her! Anne gave us all sorts of helpful hints to work with our dog- that we should have done years ago. I'd highly recommend Anne to anyone looking for a nice trainer that is effective!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Meagan R.
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Not only is Todo's Translator efficient, the owner offers an in-home experience. This means your dog isn't being trained with 40 other dogs in a cement room, but instead has all the scents and smells and experiences of being in a home. Justine is the best trainer I've ever met!

  • 1 year in business
Emily M.
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Kristen was great! I have two dogs, a 3 year old lab and a 4 month old lab puppy. I knew they were in good hands, and they can be more than a handful sometines! She was professional and you can really tell she just loves spending time with your pets.

Circle City Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Erin O.
Verified review

When Dawn showed up for my first appointment my dog literally came across the table at her. That was August of 2014. After that we determined that it was best that Jake meet Dawn outside so our lessons were based on our individual needs and requirements from the very first day. From there when Dawn would visit she would always have a new tip or something she found on the internet, etc to share. I saw such improvements in Jake he gradually became more calm and knew his place in my family thanks to Dawn's training. I enjoyed my sessions and took something away from each one. Our last meeting was April of 2015 when it was determined that Jake had passed all of his tests, he's like a different dog now. I would definitely recommend Dawn to anyone looking for a dog trainer! :-)

Friends 4ever Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie H.
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We found Nanci after adding a fifth dog to our little pack. Dexter was a headstrong, Intelligent rescue--a beautiful mix of border collie, bulldog and who knows what. He naturally wanted to mimic the behaviors of our smaller dogs, but his size and energy made it painfully clear how poorly we had trained the smaller ones. They jumped on arriving guests--a small annoyance from a nine pound dog but a potential injury from a much larger, stronger pup. Nanci's calm spirit and quiet confidence brought the stress level down even on her first visit. She stepped right in to a sometimes chaotic environment--often with a different dog assigned to each family member as she worked with our entire group at once. She never lost her patience, she never wavered in her confidence and she always presented professionalism and warmth. Our dogs LOVED Nanci and exuberantly greeted her and followed her directions eagerly. (I'm not sure the humans always followed as well as the dogs! Ha) She gave us clear, concise directions and "assignments" for us to work on between visits. She answered our questions and worked with our requests. She quickly recognized the personality traits and skills of each family member--those with four legs and those with two--and tailored her training to work with each dog's and each person's unique offerings. No small task, I can assure you! During the time we were working with Nanci, our beloved older dog Paris struck ill and despite months of treatment and efforts, we lost her. Nanci's compassion and support through that difficult period means more than I can say. She gave us powerful insight into what Paris's death would mean to the other dogs and how her absence in the pack would affect hierarchy and behavior. She gave us things to watch for as the other dogs adjusted to the loss of their canine leader. I cannot recommend Nanci highly enough. Her skills, her knowledge of animal behavior, her calm demeanor, her passion for animals, and her warmth as a human being make her a shining light and a trainer any family would be blessed to have.

Good Dog Happy Home
5.0
from 1 review
    Penny M.
    Verified review

    I ADOPTED A 4 MONTH OLD BORDER COLLIE/ WELSH CORGI WHO DEFINITELY HAD A MIND OF HIS OWN. LORA TOOK HIM TO HER HOUSE TO WORK WITH HIM AND UPON HIS RETURN TO ME HE WAS WELL BEHAVED AND LISTENED TO ME. HE IS NOW ALMOST 3 YEARS AND ADORES LORA VERY MUCH AS SHE HAS LOTS OF PATIENCE AND LOVES EVERY DOG SHE HAS TRAINED OVER THE YEARS!!!!!! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER AND SHE ALWAYS WANTS THE BEST FOR THE DOG AND THEIR OWNER AND FAMILY.

    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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