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  • 33 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 34 min

Earl D.

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The training that my husband and I got with Haywood was an investment in our relationship with our French Bulldog, who was leash reactive with other dogs. When we met Haywood in the initial consultation, we immediately felt confident that we would be in good hands, and we weren't disappointed. Haywood and David were in tune to our personality and our dog's, and trained us in the techniques and strategies of positive reinforcement and correction so that our dog could relax and we could enjoy our walks through the neighborhood. We had several weeks of individualized training, during which we learned how to get our Frenchie to consistently and reliably follow the essential commands of sit, down, stay and let's go, followed by a few weeks of group instruction, in which several of the dogs in training were brought together and taught to stay obedient and relaxed in a more interactive and stimulating environment. The training resulted in a relationship with our dog that is positive and rewarding, and we can't recommend Academy Dog Training by Haywood enough.

  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Rob B.

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My wife and I recently completed a 8 training sessions with our 16 month old Vizsla. Our sessions were held on Saturdays at thier facility in Woodbridge, which we scheduled a few months in advance. John was our trainer for 7 of the sessions and was excellent. We were very comfortable with him handling our dog and teaching the commands. His technique is clearly very well rehearsed... consistent & firm (without being 'heavy handed') with lots of positive reinforcement. John was also very helpful working with my wife and I to ensure we could reinforce the training at home. Our dog responded exceptionally well to the training. We had him walking off leash in the woods (heel, break & come) after the 2nd session. Thanks to John and the rest of the Off-Leash team for everything. We learned a ton and would highly recommend to any of our friends.

  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Haymarket, VA

Tedd D.

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We were overwhelmed by the kindness and care DogTown put into our pups stay. The property is well set up for a young powerful dog like our boxer to run his legs off and equally accommodating for our aged bichon. Both dogs returned in a super happy and healthy state. Our drop off and pick up times were not the most convenient hour for any host but DogTowns's super hero hostess Sharon was so totally accommodating. She is also super knowledgeable about both our breeds and had terrific advice in general. We really loved the experience. We live in downtown dc and have tried many locations around the DC but don't ever expect to use another. It is DogToen for us from now on.

  • Culpeper, VA

Gary M.

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Our 3 year English Cocker Spaniel, Riley, has stayed with Theresa on three separate occasions and I can highly recommend her for boarding your dog. I am very fussy about where I leave Riley. He comes home from Mahogany Ridge both happy and tired from the exercise. I highly, highly recommend Theresa.

  • Ashburn, VA


Need some help with your dog? Our balanced approach emphasizes clear communication, fair rules, rewards success, and adds in exercises, socialization and confidence building outdoor "field trip adventures" to practice new.skills.

  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Silver Spring, MD

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.

  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Washington, DC

Lori P.

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When I lost my beloved Dogo Argentino in November, a perfect dog- I was sure I could never love another dog. Well, that didn't last long as all of my friends and family urged me to seek another dog, which to my surprise and delight- I did- Having had dogs my entire life, and never having to employ a trainer, it took only a short time for me to realize I was in over my head with my HUGE , 18 month old American Bulldog, Drummer. After a couple of months of me being delusional about this dog, and being dragged down during walks, and having neighbors move to the other side of the street with their dogs because of my seemingly dog aggressive pet, I came to the conclusion that I was not going to have what I had before with my dogs, and that I needed professional help. The final straw was the confrontation with my sister's dog, and a confrontation at a dog park. I first tried Pet Smart, but Drummer, already knew all of the basic commands, and still tried to drag me over to any other dogs in the vicinity. I went on Thumbtack and reviewed 4 trainers, and really liked that Sarah with Terrific Dogs had behaviorist training as part of her certification, so I took advantage of her free evaluation and meet and greet. After meeting with her, and having her assure me that Drummer's behavior could be changed, I hired her. After her first visit with Drummer, his behavior improved, and continued to improve with each session, so much that my neighbors even noticed how different he was with walks and how much more I was in control. I just hired Sarah for a second session package- I am not sure who she is training, Drummer or me! : )

  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Gainesville, VA

Kara M.

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Andrew was referred to me, strangely, by my electrician, after he noticed all the trouble I was having with my dog Tetley. Tetley is a 1 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier with infinite amounts of energy. I had previously sent her to overnight "boot camp" for 3 weeks which cost a fortune with little or no results. The commands were very hard for me to remember let alone my 4 young boys. I knew I needed more help. After contacting Andrew, he made a home visit so he could meet Tetley and my family and to discuss what I was hoping to achieve from the training. I chose to have Andrew take Tetley to his home for training as I wasn't sure how dedicated and consistent I could be with 4 boys running around. Tetley stayed with Andrew's family and their 2 dogs - who were great at showing Tetley what the correct behavior should be. After 3 weeks Tetley was a changed dog - in all the best ways. She stopped jumping all over the kids, stopped climbing on the kitchen table and would wait to eat or be let out. It was amazing! Andrew walked my entire family through everything she had learned and explained what we needed to do in order to maintain her progress. My boys are now in charge of feeding her and tell her to sit and wait to eat and she listens! Even Tetley's breeder couldn't believe the change - she immediately asked for Andrew's contact information so she could refer her Virginia puppy owners to him for training. It's been a few months since we completed training and Tetley is doing great. Anytime something new comes up (e.g. we got a rescue dog/dog park issues), Andrew has always been available for questions and advice. I couldn't recommend him more.

  • 9 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Hanover, MD

Darlene Z.

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I have used Sharon, the owner of Ivy League Kennel, for several months now for training, boarding, and dog day camp. I cannot begin to tell you how competent, compassionate and professional Sharon is when it comes to animals. Sharon not only helps with your dog, but helps train you as an owner of the dog to get the best results from your dog. Sharon goes above and beyond to help make you and your dog comfortable with every service she provides, even giving updates and answering questions when needed. I have used other services around town, and none even close to the level Sharon provides, hands down she is top notch with dog care and training. I found Sharon after not being happy with another kennel experience, so I was more afraid of kenneling than my puppy Findlay was, but Sharon did everything in her power to make me feel comfortable being away from my dog and letting me know he was happy and doing fine while I was gone, giving me the peace of mind I never had with other places I used. I can say without question, that Sharon has provided my family and my dog, valuable and unbeatable results from where we were before we met her. I recommend Sharon to anyone looking to see improvement in their dog, or looking for a great kenneling experience, as you will not be disappointed. You will be hard pressed to find someone like Sharon that will love and care for your dog as well as she will, and treat your animal as if they were her own. She is fantastic at what she does!!! Darlene (owner of Findlay, a boxer) Odenton, Maryland Chat Conversation End