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  • 2 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

KfreeKaren F.

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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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  • 3 years in business
  • 281 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Bruce C.

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The training involved 2 dogs. Ryan trained me, not the dog, how to take a walk without my pitbull removing my arm from my body. The second was a friend with dog I not so affectionately call Kujo because of his demeanor that he could only get from Satan. Ryan displayed his ability to get control of the dog on a walk. My friend is a fool if he doesn't hire Ryan for further training to show him how to civilize this dog. Ryan has the unique abilities to interpret why dogs do what they do and the parable-like method of relating that information to the dog's owner.

  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 min

Thumbtack Customer

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We are very happy with Loudoun Pet Care. Tyler came over for a consultation and he listened to what we were looking for in a dog walker and was very professional and nice. Our dog immediately loved him. Every day we get an update with a GPS imagine of where he took our dog walking and the amount of time he walked her. Tyler is very responsive if you need him. Overall we are extremely satisfied with his service and are very thankful to him. I highly recommend Loudoun Pet Care.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Alyssa H.

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JoJo was such a huge help with training my newly adopted dog and helping her get along with my older dog. My new dog had food aggression issues and would bite my other dog and myself, but JoJo offered many ideas to help and after trial and error with the different options, it finally worked and now both dogs get along great and there has been no aggression! She helped greatly with basic dog training as well. I also learned how to be a leader for my dogs and JoJo provided many leadership skills for me to work on and owns dogs listen so much more. I felt so overwhelmed when I adopted the second dog but JoJo has definitely helped to improve my leadership skills in order to help my dogs.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 16 min

Lynn C.

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I am a life long dog owner. I have tried different businesses for grooming but I was looking for something different and something better for our current dog. Luca is our great Pyrenees - mix, rescue. He is an amazing dog but with his "guard dog" nature, he reacts when faced with dogs he is not familiar with. This trait meant we could not send him to the grooming options offered in the local pet stores. I found "Happy Paws" through "Thumb Tack" during a google search. I did not have to wait before I heard from Happy Paws. From the first contact, through my entire experience, I was communicating with the owner and then the groomer. Happy Paws has impressed me, as their years caring for animals has grown and developed into an amazing well executed business. They do not leave any stone un-turned. They have thought of everything. Every improvement and upgrade they have made, over the years, stems from the their interaction with their clients and the animals. Our first visit included a visit from the owner, Angela, and the groomer, Reena, who have worked together for years. Angela took the time to make sure I was comfortable with our first experience. I truly enjoyed her visit. She is very easy to talk with and so good at listening to all my question and/or concerns. As for the grooming experience, it deserves 5 stars as well. Luca is 76 lbs so I was so curious how the groomer would be able to bath and trim such a large dog - one who doesn't like water/baths. However, nothing fazed Reena. She handled Luca with confidence and as a result Luca had less anxiety because he knew he was being cared for and that Reena could and did handle him with great care. There is so much more I can share about our positive experience. But I will end with the fact that Luca looks beautiful and we cannot get enough of his soft fur and gorgeous looks! I am so grateful to Happy Paws and I HIGHLY recommend Happy Paws to every dog owner!!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours

Nancy C.

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Mr. Bonilla is very professional and pleasant to work with. He was responsive in providing a quick and reasonable quote to remove our lawn tractor, and arranged removal of same within 3 days. We would definitely consider him for other services / work in the future.

Dream Clean

4.4

(53)

  • 22 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min

Kim L.

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Very nice, professional and personable. Jeanie did a very thorough job. With just one cleaner it takes a lot longer and my bathrooms needed some tlc thanks to such hard water. Took 5 hrs for 2 bedrms, 3.5 baths, kitchen, family room, lr, dr...could have used one more hr to do a deeper clean on bathroom tile floors but i needed to leave for work. The house looks great and i hope to hire Jeanie again.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Daisy O.

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I have two small dogs, and I work long hours. Vicky is dependable, reliable, dedicated and a mind reader. I also had to contact Vicky at the last minute to take care of my birds. There wasn't any hesitation she was very accommodating by squeezing me into her schedule. Paw Patrol is absolutely what you need to have your mind at ease when you need someone to take care of your pets.

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  • 16 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Teresa D.

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We had two chocolate labs that Waggy Walkys took care of for 4 years. They were very dependable and my dogs loved them. They walked and feed the dogs everyday and when we were out of town on vacation or business Waggy took care of them as well. As my dogs got older and sick, I saw a very sensitive side to our walker. She helped with administering the medicine and called during the day to let me know how they were doing. My dogs are in heaven now and when we get our next dog we will call on Waggy to be a part of our family. I recommend Waggy to my family and friends.

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

Beth B.

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Cyndie was a professional with her first appointment screening process. Lots of questions for me that even I hadn't thought of. We hadn't had a dog in a couple years, so her thoughts and comments were very much appreciated. Nancy did a great job keeping us posted from afar while we were away with great pictures of our dog Stella. Prices are very reasonable.

  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Alex D.

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The OLK9 crew has given us a whole new perspective on dog training and obedience. We went to OLK9 with the goal of having our APBT "Casino" stop pulling on leash during walks and to stop mild dog aggression. At first we were hesitant with using an e-collar for training, but Garry was able to address all of our concerns during our first lesson and made us feel at ease with the training regimen. One month and 2 lessons later, and we couldn't be more impressed with the results we've seen so far. Our training has given us and Casino more confidence not only on leash, but we are now comfortable walking him off leash even with distractions. We have two basic classes left and have already registered for our advanced lessons. Nick comes highly recommended and responds quickly to any questions you may have regarding training or the e-collar. We've already recommended other family members to enroll in the program and look forward to the continued confidence gained from training. Our only regret is not starting our training sooner...

  • 6 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

Lorie D.

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Stef is AMAZING! She has been caring for my three fur babies (2 dogs and a cat) for a year now and always does an incredible job. I have two large rescued pups and one is quite dog reactive. Stephanie is fantastic with her and ensures that everyone is well taken care of. Stephanie is incredibly skilled, patient, and loving. My dogs are always so excited to see her each time she comes for an overnight stay. Stephanie is easily accessible, friendly, and takes the very best care possible of my animals. She stays at my house to watch my pets a couple of times a month and always does and amazing job. She goes above and beyond to make sure all of their special needs are met. I don't know what we would do without her! She has truly been a life saver and has been more than willing to come stay on very short notice when necessary. Stephanie is simply the best and I highly recommend her services.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Rebecca A.

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I couldn't be happier with the training that we've received from Social Tailwaggers. Jodie, our trainer. is so patient and very knowledgeable. The first time we met, we discussed what training I was interested in and what goals we were trying to achieve for my dog, Cooper. Cooper was around 10-11 months old when we began our first training session. She immediately began to introduce new skills and commands to work on training Cooper. After each lesson, Jodie sends a detailed email outlining all of the skills we worked on and suggestions to help with practicing on my own. Jodie was also helpful with recommendations on types of toys and feeding bowls to help with the energy level of my dog. I would highly recommend Social Tailwaggers to anyone who needs help training a new puppy or an older dog. It is well worth the time, money and effort to have a well trained dog and not only are you going to have a well trained, better behaved dog, it's also a lot of fun time spent with your dog.

PackFit

4.3

(30)

  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours
  • Lorton, VA

Gloriana E.

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After searching multiple sites and trying out two other trainers, we found Kimberly on Thumbtack and liked what we read. Her "holistic" approach to dog training really appealed to us and aligned perfectly with our view of the connection between nutrition, physical and mental health, and behavior. When we did the IBAC, we immediately felt a click between the three humans (Kimberly + puppy parents) and Lucy (puppy). Through our work with Kimberly during the training sessions and our practice at home, Lucy has become more calm, responsive, and seems now to recognize us as the "pack leaders". One of the most important lessons we learned is that adjusting on our own energy and behavior is key to effect change in our dog's energy and behavior. It is important to bear in mind that no trainer - no matter how good - can make a dog's behavior change consistently and permanently after the training program without the owners' follow-through. With Kimberly's guidance and our constant practice, we're confident that we will continue making steady progress and nurture a balanced, well-behaved dog and a loving, respecting bond between us.

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

Leah S.

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I am so happy I found Gerard. We have 3 cats, and travel often, and so we were looking for someone reliable to come in for daily visits. Gerard fully exceeded expectations. He is clearly a cat lover and passionate about caring for felines, whether it is for pet sitting or as part of his dedication for community cats. Gerard was very thorough when learning about our home and our cats. While away, he came in daily to feed, give fresh water, and clean litter boxes. He played with the cats, too, and brought them treats which was sweet. He sent us daily updates, as well. Upon return, our cats seemed very well cared for; I think they hardly realized we were gone! We will definitely reach out to Gerard in the future to care for our kitties.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 37 min
  • Chantilly, VA

Jessica F.

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I have used Brenda's organizing and design services numerous times over the last few years and I find her to be very professional, knowledgable and excellent at her craft. She not only has excellent taste, but has numerous buying resources that other people just don't have. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with her and will definitely use her in the future. Actually I can't wait for our next project together.

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  • 17 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 10 hours

Mary S.

Verified review

I returned to my home in Virginia after having been out West for a few years, caring for my parents. Upon my return, I learned that my closest friend had just weeks to live. She wanted me to be with her. At the same time, my little 18 month old dog was not well. We still didn't know exactly what was wrong, but with increasing frequency, she had severe bleeding out of both ends! It turned out to be a serious autoimmune disorder, and she must receive pretty close attention because symptoms are subtle until it is a life-threatening emergency. I was torn, knowing that my friend had two cats and I couldn't take my dog with me. She requires medications and a special, home cooked diet. I placed a notice for an emergency, 24-hour pet sitter who could take my dog in their home, because she wasn't well enough to be alone. I received many responses. I chose Nikki partly because of the caring message she left me, and I was impressed with her medical background. Upon meeting Nikki, I felt reassured, and appreciated her directness and honesty. I felt very little trepidation about leaving my little dog in her care for what could have been a few weeks. Finding Nikki was a gift. Trusting her with my little dog came easy by the second day. She always made time to talk with me when I called to check on my pup, and the details she told me helped me to know that she was keeping a close watch on the little one. Her love for animals is very apparent, and she notices everything. Nikki has, on several occasions, taken my dog into their home on very short notice, and on other occasions, has kept her a day or two longer than planned, again without prior notice. (A couple of times, my home cooked meals for the dog ran out, and Nikki cooked up a batch without being asked.) Nikki is very knowledgeable concerning medical issues and treatments, and I NEVER worry when my dog is with her. My pup enjoys every second with Nikki and her family, and it's a special treat for her to go there. She is well socialized during those visits, with Nikki's family and seven pets, with neighbors and friends, and with other pets that Nikki sometimes has at her home. I have gifted my dog with a 24-hour stay at Nikki's home on quite a few occasions, even when I didn't need a pet sitter! Nikki has far exceeded my expectations of a pet sitter, and I've always received from her so much more than my money's worth. I highly, highly recommend Nikki. She is skilled, patient, reliable, honest and caring; she notices every detail, and she LOVES animals! I'm so thankful to have found her.

  • 33 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 min

Anne S.

Verified review

I have a 4 y/o black lab who refused to go for walks, because of noise phobia. She is a high energy dog and since we couldn't burn that energy off walking, we played soccer in the yard w her at 6 am, and throughout the day. In spite of all the soccer, she barked in the middle of the night to play. She was also fearful, reactive ( lunging and barking at strangers). She was seen by several dog behaviorists and a dog psychiatrist who prescribed multiple psychoactive drugs for her, which didn't make a big difference. I thought about putting her down- I didn't know what else to do. To humor my husband, I took Zoe to Haywood; I was quite sure Haywood could not help her. My vet told me not to send her to board and train, it would "not help, and might make the dog worse." Haywood said, at our first meeting, he could help Zoe, and while I didn't believe him, I was out of options, and signed Zoe up. Zoe graduated today and I couldn't be happier. She is walking and enjoying it. I have the tools to control her behavior so I no longer feel that the dog runs our household. Best of all, she is off the majority of her meds, and has become a happier, more playful dog. She is still a weirdo, but she is a well trained weirdo. People we encounter while walking have started to say "what a well trained dog." Unbelievable. Haywood is a genius.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min
  • Bethesda, MD

Bob J.

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Jocelyn demonstrated both a professional and personal approach!

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours
  • Ashburn, VA

Jennifer S.

Verified review

I have two dogs and one cat; all are older animals and one dog is blind. Leaving my pets in the care of others is the hardest decision I have had to make. No one cares for my pets better than me, except for Cupid Pets! Kim and Bruce are down-to-earth animal lovers who have bent over backwards for me and to make sure my pets are happy and safe! They come to your house to evaluate your pets, they listen carefully to your instruction and with their knowledge, can offer some suggestions if issues arise. They have the time (never rushed walks), they have the training (how to greet fearful dogs) and they have the love of animals (belly rubs for the dogs and pettings for the cat) that make them wonderful pet caregivers. They also try to be flexible in their scheduling and are reasonable in their pricing.

  • 5 years in business
  • Response time: 4 hours
  • Sterling, VA

Andrea L.

Verified review

I am so grateful to Julie of PuppyLovin for her work with my dogs and can not recommend her and her services highly enough! Julie loves and cares for my dogs like they’re her own, and they adore and respect her back. She has been taking care of them for 2.5 years now, providing them daily walks during the workweek that feature exercise, adventure, and training, and boarding them often at her place when I travel. Of the numerous area dog care providers I’ve used over the past 7 years, Julie is hands-down the best and I’ve not considered using anyone else since I met her. What she has provided that the others have not is knowledgeable, consistent training, in particular for my anxious rescue mutt. The change in him through Julie’s loving but disciplined care and expertise has been remarkable -- he’s become much more relaxed overall, and now welcomes comfort and takes my lead when he’s anxious rather than acting out. He’s truly a changed dog, which brings me such relief! Both of my dogs have also become much better walkers and much better behaved when in proximity to other dogs, all thanks to Julie, who has involved her own dogs in the training of mine, to great effect. Julie is very generous with her time -- she updates me on her progress and explains what I can do to ensure I get the same great results she does. I’m confident you won’t find a more caring, committed, and professional trainer to work with you and your dog(s)!