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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 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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Petstigious Pets
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 28 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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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 167 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 307 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.

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

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 89 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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  • 7 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer D.
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Walk with Renzo and Ruby has been a God-send! Our dog has been enjoying walks with Natasha since she started with us and seems happier and better exercised. I love the ways that Natasha keeps us informed about her walks - screen shot of her MapMyWalk which shows time, route and updates as well as pictures of Maddie out on the walk! Natasha has shown us how great a dog walker can be and helped us see that our dog didn't need to be treat motivated to walk. It's easy to communicate with Natasha - email, text, or the notebook she provided for daily care and little notes. Her responsiveness makes things incredibly easy for 2 working professionals who need to know their fur baby is in great hands. I give her my highest recommendation!

Urban Canine
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Rajeevee P.
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I highly recommend her puppy camp. We got our Labradoodle, Rexy, when he was 10 weeks. I was online immediately looking for a trainer since Rexy was a big boy--he weighed 23 lbs at the time. Jessica had excellent reviews on Yelp. Initially we had Jessica come by for in-home training, and we had some really productive sessions. He learned the commands for sit, down, stay, and a recall command. She only uses positive feedback training methods which was great, and Rexy was a quick learner. She even took him on a walk around the block to help us train him on loose leash walking. We really wanted to get him into her puppy camp before he turned 16 weeks, however, she was fully booked at the time. She promised to let us know if there were any cancellations. Around the time Rexy was 15 weeks, we had to go out of town for a few days--a trip that was planned before we got Rexy and could not be cancelled. We were really nervous about having to leave him at such a young age (he had separation anxiety), so I asked Jessica to recommend a good pet sitter, which she did. The week before we were scheduled to leave, Jessica had a cancellation from one of her puppy camp clients, and she let us know immediately. We took that spot and she even adjusted the dates so that she could take him on the days we were going to be out of town. I was so relieved! During the camp, she called to give us daily updates, and texted pictures. On the third day of camp, she informed us that Rexy's separation anxiety was more severe than we had realized since he got very anxious (constant whining and crying) whenever she wasn't near him. She asked if she could abandon the training plan she had for camp, and focus on relieving his anxiety. Of course we agreed! I was so glad he was with Jessica and not with a sitter-- if not we would have had to take the next flight home. During the rest of the camp, she worked on building his confidence--she took him on hikes, and even took him swimming to a local canine pool (we had no idea he was a natural at swimming). We came back a whole new puppy who was much more confident. She had several recommendations for us on continuing to work on building his confidence. Thanks to her, he has a come a long way from the shy and reserved puppy we brought home.

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Calming Cuts
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 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!

KG Yardworx LLC
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Paula L.
Verified review

The crew did a great job, working on two very hot days. They came back two days later to check on the job and touch up some seams.

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

Waggy Walkys
4.6
from 39 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 97 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly H.
Verified review

Great dog walking service! Has both the perks of a large company (e.g., electronic scheduling/email, very responsive) while also connecting you with an individual dog walker who works to address whatever needs you might have. Love that it's automatic credit card billing too and the ability to have an online account.

Miller Pet Grooming LLC
4.8
from 94 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 167 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine L.
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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.

Stef's Pet Services
4.8
from 81 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
Mary A.
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Stephanie was great! We had to go out of town for a couple of days and she was able to stop over 2x a day to feed, walk and play with our dog. Highly recommend.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deborah D.
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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.

Tails to Scales Pet Care LLC
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Sally D.
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Super service. Always there to help me and my dogs in a pinch. I know I can count on Michelle

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

WALKYPAWS, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kim A.
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Great service! Carlos and Jocelyn were responsive, professional, and took great care of my dog. And my dog loves them. Happy to have found them on Thumbtack!

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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.

PackFit
4.5
from 33 reviews
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Jessie P.
Verified review

My sister and I first approached PackFit in 2014 for help with our Chihuahua Mix – her name is Mandu – that we had adopted from the shelter. She was terrified of anything that moved and coped by barking. We tried different methods that other dog trainers offered to no avail. Ms. Kimberly is excellent with both dogs and people – her dedication to them is awe-inspiring. The time and effort she’ll put into making your life and your dog’s life better shows her passion to her cause: “training dogs, empowering people, and changing lives.” PackFit offers more than dog training; PackFit gives you a role model that will help you with your own issues – without you even noticing – so that your dog won’t feed off of those anxious and negative cues. Now, this doesn’t mean that Mandu and I are perfect after our in-home sessions with Ms. Kimberly. However, two years later, we’re still taking baby steps in the right direction. I miss Ms. Kimberly and her own pack ever since our in-home sessions ended but thanks to her, Mandu and I are slowly conquering our fears.

Cupid Pets
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela G.
Verified review

I don’t know what I would do without Cupid Pets. They are absolutely the best dog walkers I’ve ever used. They always work me in no matter how busy they are and they love my pets. Which of course is why my pets adore them as well.

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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!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 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 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.

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 vaccines do dogs need to be groomed?

It’s important to make sure your dog is up to date on its vaccines before taking it to a groomer. Vaccinations keep your dog and the other dogs that use the establishment healthy. Viruses can linger long after a dog is gone, so an unvaccinated dog can infect a number of other dogs days or even months after their visit. Find out about your dog groomer’s vaccination policies, and think carefully about receiving services from a company that does not require vaccinations. Here are the main vaccinations that are generally required for dog grooming:

  • Parvovirus: Parvo is a nasty virus that can kill dogs within 48-72 hours of infection. The virus is incredibly persistent and, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, is resistant to heat, cold, humidity and drying. It’s spread by dog-to-dog contact or contact with contaminated feces, environments (food and water bowls, collars and leashes, etc.,) or people.
  • Adenovirus 2: Dogs receive this vaccination to protect against canine infectious hepatitis. The vaccination can also helps prevent canine cough.
  • Canine distemper virus: Distemper has no known cure and can cause serious pain, illness, and even death, although recovery is possible with medical intervention.  
  • Rabies: This disease attacks the central nervous system and — when untreated — will
  • lead to death. The CDC recommends euthanizing an unvaccinated animal that has been exposed to rabies, although six-month isolation followed by vaccination is also permissible.
  • Para-influenza: Canine para-influenza leads to kennel cough and an unhappy dog.