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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nina S.
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Vicky is a dog professional.

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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 170 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 313 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alison P.
Verified review

Ryan was able to correct my dog instantly confirming that the humans were the ones in need of training. We took his advice and are working on being consistent with our pooch. He was professional and very knowledgable. I would recommend him to anyone.

Off-Leash K9 Training
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Mester L.
Verified review

Nick and his team took in my 9 month American Labrador for their two week training program. When I dropped off my pup, he pulled so hard on the leash that he would practically choke himself. No female could walk him because he would knock them over or practically dislocate their shoulder. He now heels perfectly off leash, right by my side with distractions. He also would not drop toys, socks, or trash. Now he ignores trash on the street and will drop whatever I want by using "off". The level of obedience your canine will obtain from Off Leash K9 is unparalleled with any other training service in the area. The customer service is amazing, and they responded to any question or concern I had extremely fast, even during off-hours. I like to think of it as doggy college, if the college were an ivy league shcool like Harvard. The training they offer will drastically improve not only your life, but your dog's entire life as well. More walks, more play time, more happiness and less frustration and irritation.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
KfreeKaren F.
Verified review

Choosing the right trainer is a difficult and overwhelming task. The following is my experience with Kathryn and Perfect Poochies. Summarized: Kathryn is amazing. I have a whole new skillset at my disposal. My dog is calmer, has less anxiety and if new issues surface, I am better prepared to deal with them. If you are a new dog owner looking for a starting point or find yourself struggling with any number of unwanted behavioral issues, she can help. Kathryn is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, versatile and patient. She was never condescending or judgmental while helping me understand areas I needed to improve. She has an uncanny ability to understand dogs and what makes them tick. Once she gets to know you and your dog, she will provide an honest assessment of what she considers to be the underlying issue(s) and lays out a plan for correcting or managing it. The love she puts into her work is evident in everything she does from designing your personalized sessions, her regular follow-up and her encouragement to reach out any time you have questions or issues. Detailed: I am a first-time dog owner. Our 18-month, 170-pound Great Dane, Odin has been part of our family since he was 2-months old. We immediately enrolled in the first two puppy training classes at Pet-Smart. Our family has consistently applied what we learned. Everything was going great with Odin until somewhere around 7-months of age. Odin would occasionally start barking at a person for no apparent reason. This behavior gradually increased to include anyone reaching into his face, unexpected fast movements and large groups of people swarming in on him. We solicited advice from our Pet-Smart trainer and studied tons of training materials – books, training guides, Internet. Some of the techniques we tried helped, but if Odin was truly upset, the only thing we could do was apologize and leave. Odin remained excellent with dogs and children but the number of adults that triggered his barking was increasing. During the summer, I was having work done on my car and I brought Odin because there were plenty of paths nearby. It took longer than expected for the car to be finished and when we returned Odin was exhausted. A young man approached, and I quickly warned about Odin’s anxiety and in his over-tired state, his behavior would probably be worse than normal. The man assured me that he had experience with dogs, and slowly bent down near Odin, leaving plenty of space and not making eye contact. He gave Odin time to get used to him and smell him and soon enough Odin was comfortable and enjoying being petted. Unfortunately, when the man was ready to leave, he jumped up which surprised/scared Odin who then also jumped up and started lunging, growling and barking at him. The man was very kind and understanding, but it was time to seek out professional help. I searched online for trainers and dog-behaviorists and there were a number of options. As we were trying to choose one, I remembered a friendly and outgoing woman who had hosted a free local dog training session. Odin seemed comfortable around her, so I reached out to see if she would be interested in private training sessions. The woman was Kathryn of Perfect Poochies. Not only did she offer private training, but she had ample experience with large dogs and the exact behavior I described. Our first training session involved getting to know our family and Odin. She asked questions about what we were experiencing and what we tried to mitigate it. Next, she analyzed our actions and body language as well as Odin’s behavior, response, reactions, attitude etc. She used this information to create a custom training plan for fear-aggression. We met once a week wherein she would teach me new techniques and verify I could perform them correctly. She would evaluate my actions and behavior and if anything I was doing contributed to his anxiety, she would help me find alternatives. At the end of the session, she always left me with several things to work on before our next session – as with anything in life, the key to success is repetition and consistency. Occasionally, she would introduce me to new products that could help with Odin’s training. The products were not a ‘company product’ or money-making gimmick - they were products she had success using with other dogs. If I wanted to try them, I had to find/order them. Following six sessions, Odin had less anxiety and I am able to successfully manage what remains. Odin now looks to me when he gets nervous instead of instantly reacting. By changing my leadership style, he obeys commands more readily and consistently. Before Odin would lurch and jump to get to anything that excited him (squirrels). Now, he just gives a light tug on the leash or stares. When he is told to “Leave It”, he settles down immediately. Previously, I would make large loops to avoid passing people. I was worried he might start barking at them. Now we can walk right by and all I have to do is tell him to “Leave It.” Odin’s responding immediately to my commands has increased my confidence, which in turn has decreased much of his anxiety. There are a couple of dog walkers in the neighborhood with whom I walk Odin. In the beginning of our training, Odin had limited contact with people and dogs. When I had the chance to meet up with them again, they marveled over the transformation in Odin’s behavior and how calm he bad become. Another technique she suggested is Odin wearing a bright vest that says, ‘In Training’ and lists a couple of items not to do around him (things that trigger his anxiety). The vest has helped make others aware of Odin’s ‘special needs’ well before they approach him. I have also gotten much better at recognizing things that may trigger his anxiety so I can avoid, prevent or discourage it. Thank you for reading my review. I am very grateful for the help I received from Perfect Poochies. It was worth every penny. Speaking of which, don’t stress about the fees, Perfect Poochies is perfectly affordable.

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 55 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matt W.
Verified review

JoJo showed up on time and spent almost 2 hours with us getting acquainted with our dogs and beginning the training. Both of our dogs are reacting very well with the techniques JoJo showed us. Looking forward to additional sessions in the future

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah L.
Verified review

Awesome 1st experience and I look forward to working with Jay as he trains me (and my dogs) so that I can help them be better canine citizens!

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
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Jody really cares about her clients - both human and canine! She is great to work with. I highly recommend calling her - especially when you become a new owner/parent.

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Barking Trails
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
Verified review

Professional with great attitudes. You can tell they are huge dog lovers and want to make their clients (the dogs!) happy! I trust them with my best friends and you should too!

Debbie's Pet Services
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Celia G.
Verified review

Debbie provided outstanding care of my cats, and did all she said, sending video clips and photos and text updates on how they were. She was caring and attentive, and they responded threefold. I've not ever had such a worry-free time with a professional pet sitter and will most definitely work with her company again in the future.

DogOn Fitness
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Krista Harte Sassaman
Verified review

Wonderful, reliable dog care from caring and skilled professionals. We've used DogOn Fitness for 3 years and only have great things to say about them.

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Petstigious Pets
4.6
from 20 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tyler G.
Verified review

I just started using Petstigious Pets a few weeks ago after moving to SW Waterfront. When I called they were very responsive not only answering questions but setting up a meet within two days! During this meet they answered all questions and went over details of service I'd like. Shatiya and the field manager, Alan, both came and were extremely friendly / professional. My dog instantly loved both. I couldn't be happier with the service I receive (~5 walks a week). Alan goes the extra mile and the team has been very accommodating!

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Calming Cuts
4.6
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Denise E.
Verified review

We had a wonderful experience. Our dog is 13 and ailing. He would not allow anyone to touch him. Our groomer approached Seth very calmly, spending a lot of time gaining his trust. We were impressed and grateful. Highly recommend!

Waggy Walkys
4.6
from 43 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy B.
Verified review

Prompt, professional, and our dogs like them!

  • 7 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Hilah K.
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We contacted Jerry to help us with difficulties our rescue senior German Shepherd was having adjusting to our newborn baby. So far we have had a wonderful experience working with Jerry and our dog loves him. Before we met with him in person we had several phone consultations which were incredibly helpful. Jerry is very professional, patient, and skilled in dog psychology. He conducted a thorough evaluation of our dog and current home situation. He spent a long time with us and we worked together to develop a personalized training plan that fit our family's needs. Thus far our dog has made measurable progress using the techniques Jerry has taught us and we now have many tools to continue with training on our own. Jerry has been readily available by phone, email, and text between sessions for additional consultation as needed. It is clear that Jerry loves what he does!

Stef's Pet Services
4.9
from 85 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
Peter A.
Verified review

Stef does it again! We learned a few years back that our cat does not do "boarding" well. So for a trip that took us out of town for one week we hired Stef again. Before she took care of two animals (dog and cat...see a previous review). This time it was just the feline. Not only did Stef do what we needed (come in twice per day to feed our pet; change his sand; play with him) but she also checked our mailbox and removed packages from the front porch. One thing I learned about our cat is that he eats less when people are not around. Stef was good about reaching out to me to check on how little our pet was consuming, just to give us an update. When he had a "hairball incident" she cleaned it up, and reported it to me. Her reports were not cumbersome to receive while on vacation as they were few, and only when there was a true concern. I am delighted to have someone so trustworthy coming to care for the cat! I heartily recommend Stef's Pet Services!

Pet Grooming by Sarah
4.2
from 48 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Linda H.
Verified review

Groomed my long-hair cat. Very professional, great job, personable.

FURRY WALKS AND WASH
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine S.
Verified review

Andre was very responsive and set me up with a walker within a couple days. The walker, Martinette, was professional and friendly, but most importantly my dog loves her!

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  • 2 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah D.
Verified review

Danielle was on time and eager to know about my dog. My dogs loved her and she knew exactly how to take care of them. Her depth of experience and knowledge was impressive. My 8 year old lab with black nails had the best trim of his life. I would highly recommend her and asked for her cards to refer to my friends.

Katie's Mobile Pet Spaw
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Laura B.
Verified review

Very happy with the way Katie handled my dogs. Two are old and she was careful and compassionate. Have the impression she has extensive knowledge with caring for dogs. Plan to use her in the future. They looked terrific.

Miller Pet Grooming LLC
4.8
from 99 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 170 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine L.
Verified review

Hattie Miller was very good with our 2 foster cats. Very professional, on time, and patient in answering me and my daughter's questions about the grooming process and cats in general.

Consistent Canine, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Malcolm A.
Verified review

My Golden Lab puppy (Missy) was causing me a lot of stress, and since I was going on a 6 Month trip with her around the country I wanted training that could make her more manageable. After reaching out to "Consistent Canine", I was immediately contacted by Kristy Houck. She explained all of the different training options to me. Initially I asked for individual training; Kristy came to my apartment for an initial assessment and explained in detail how the training would work. After some consideration, I contacted her and asked if she had a more intense program; she explained that she could "board and train" Missy. Kristy took my puppy for 1 month and trained her to my specific needs. I am a 100% disabled veteran with P.T.S.D., and although Kristy explained that my dog was too young to be a “service dog”; she would train her to be more disciplined and responsive to commands. Kristy integrated me into her training and sent me pictures and sent me pictures and videos of Missy’s training throughout the month. After the month, we met for a final training and pickup. Missy was a different puppy; she walked alongside me and responded almost immediately to most commands. The next day I took her with me into Target and she remained focused the entire time. I cannot say enough about the experience with Kristy and Consistent Canine. Malcolm Parr Westminster, Maryland

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a dog walker do?

We all know our dogs love going on long, adventure-filled walks, but jobs and family and commuting can make it difficult to give them the leash time they deserve. You can hire a professional dog walker to make sure your furry friend gets adequate exercise and outdoor time each day. A professional dog walker may be an individual contractor or work for a dedicated dog-walking company. In either case, you want to make sure the pro has the appropriate insurance in case of an emergency. Some people opt to give the dog walker a key to their house; others to have them pick up the dog from the yard. Dog walking can happen as often as multiple times per day, or just a few times a month as needed. Here are some questions to ask when you are interviewing a new dog walker:  

  • Will you or someone else be walking my dog?
  • Do you have a backup plan if you can’t make it for a scheduled walk?
  • Will you walk my dog by itself, or do you walk several dogs at once?
  • What are your different walk routes?
  • When will you pick up and drop off?
  • How will we communicate?
  • Do I have to commit to a schedule or are you flexible?
  • What’s your cancellation policy?
  • What’s your response plan if my dog gets injured or becomes sick?
  • How and how often do I pay you?
  • Do you offer package pricing if I buy multiple dog walks up front?

What is included in a dog grooming?

Dog grooming is so much more than giving your dog a bath. Dog grooming is a broad term that covers all aspects of canine cleanliness and hygiene. The services included in dog grooming will vary based on your needs and what you choose to pay. Unless they are rolling in cowpies or playing in mud puddles, most dogs are okay getting a shampoo bath only as needed. You’ll know when they need it if they smell bad or are bringing dirt into the house. Some dogs, like shepherds and shih tzus, have thick coats that can get matted and tangled without regular care. Pro dog groomers can deftly blow dry a dog’s hair after a bath so that it is shiny and smooth. Dog grooming can include brushing that detangles dog hair and also thins the undercoat to minimize shedding.

Dog grooming also includes hygiene services such as toothbrushing and ear cleaning. Clean teeth are important to the health of your dog, and the pros have the patience and proper technique to get it done. Regular dog grooming can stave off tear stains, those reddish stains below your dog’s eyes. Anal gland expression is something not many people want to do on their own, even if they love their dog. A dog groomer can safely and efficiently release any blocked anal gland fluid. Other dog grooming services include nail trimming and clipping. Nationally, dog grooming prices range from $60 to $80. Most dog groomers offer discounts to customers who purchase monthly packages or bundle multiple grooming services at one time.

What is a dog groomer?

Keep your family dogs happy, healthy and clean with regular dog grooming. A dog groomer is a business owner or employee of a dog grooming business who specializes in dog hygiene and grooming. To find a reputable dog groomer, research reviews, ask for references and confirm that the groomer has good standing in the dog grooming community.

A dog groomer should be comfortable and competent working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. Typically a groomer will have trained with other groomers and taken educational courses to keep abreast of the latest safety information and techniques. There are brick-and-mortar dog grooming businesses, as well as mobile dog groomers who bring all their equipment and provide their services at your home or location. In some cases, brick-and-mortar businesses will also pick up and return your dog for an additional fee.

What is a dog groomer?

A dog groomer is a service professional who provides dog grooming and basic hygiene care for your dog. Dog groomers are typically animal lovers who are competent and comfortable working with a wide range of dog breeds and temperaments. Dog groomers are knowledgeable about the care needs for different kinds of dog coats. A poodle will have different haircut needs than a shih tzu, for example, so it pays to have a trained pro provide the proper cut. Good dog groomers know how to safely clean your dog’s teeth, bathe your dog, and cut their nails without going too short. They understand how to trim the hair from around your dog’s face, express anal glands, and clean your dog’s ears. Many people who choose dog grooming as a profession also pursue other dog services such as attending veterinary school, running a doggy day care center, working as a professional dog walker, and more.

How much does it cost to groom a dog?

Dog grooming costs depend on the service your pet requires. Nationally, the average price for dog grooming ranges from $40 to $100, varying by location. Not surprisingly, dog grooming on New York’s Upper East Side costs nearly double what it costs in a small town in Montana. Dog groomers typically handle every aspect of your dog’s beauty and hygiene, from tooth brushing to hairstyling. One potential way to save is to have your dog groomed at your doggy daycare — sometimes they offer discounts on dog grooming prices for clients. Here are some examples of average dog grooming costs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please note these prices would include transportation fees for picking up and dropping off your dog to your home:

  • Nails: $30 a la carte or $20 when bundled with another service
  • Toothbrushing: $30 a la carte or $20 when bundled with another service
  • Tooth scraping (removal of plaque from teeth to prevent infection), with anesthesia: $600
  • Tooth scraping, without anesthesia: $400.
  • Wash and dry: $60
  • Ears: $30 a la carte or $20 when bundled with another service
  • Grooming package: $130 — includes wash, nails, teeth, ears, gland expression and haircut