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Canine Dominion
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Jay of Canine Dominion is more than just the best dog trainer ever. Once you hire him, it's as if he's become a member of your family -- a really smart, experienced, savvy member of your family who's truly invested in the successful training of your dog. He stands behind his dog training 100% too -- willing to provide additional sessions if needed at no additional charge. Jay brings amazing skills plus integrity to boot. Now if only I could find an auto mechanic version of Jay. ;-)

Urban Canine
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.

DOGTOWN Day Camp for Dogs
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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My 2 dogs love spending time with Sharon, her friendly and accepting dogs, and exploring the large fenced property. Sharon is very flexible with drop off/pickup times to fit my schedule. When I pick them up, my dogs are happy and relaxed, not frantic to leave as they are after a stay in a commercial kennel. Sharon and her dogs give mine a a vibrant and caring environment, and give me great peace of mind when I must be away. My dogs will be very happy to visit again next weekend and for our long family vacation a few weeks from now.

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Beth S.
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Haywood and his staff of experts give each client the individual attention needed to help solve any dog behavioral issue. Sessions are tailored to specific needs, and classes are fun and educational. Haywood and staff helped me transform my shy/timid/over-protective poodle into an obedient and happy and social member of the family. Haywood dog training is the concierge of dog training. I highly recommend them. Top dog for this outfit!

Show Me Your Dog Training
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jennifer A.
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I recommended Show Me Your Dog whole-heartedly. SMYD was highly recommended to us when our pup was 8 weeks old. We starting working with them during our pup’s 8th week of life, an ideal opportunity to get her learning from other (healthy, vaccinated) puppy-friendly dogs which they hand selected and introduced in a controlled setting. Since we started, her individual training sessions have been tailored and paced for her and her age, building skills with long-term goals in mind. When I drop her off at Train and Play Day Camp, I have comfort knowing that she is in a focused and stimulating as well as a safe and caring environment. At the end of the day, we hear about what she is working on and training videos are often available. The trainers are available for our questions and when we need tips (as new things always arise with puppies). In addition, the SMYD trainers will explain the reasons for the approaches, in the context of building for the future. Their unique approach to Train and Play Day Camp involves a cycle of training and rest. Dogs socialize (get to be a dog, in a group, with appropriate levels of oversight), rest, have individual training sessions, and rest (repeat). This way, dogs use their minds and bodies but get the much-needed recovery to behave and focus well during interactive sessions. When your dog attends Train and Play Day Camp, it is in conjunction with individual training sessions involving you, the owner. Through hands-on involvement, you learn how to continue your dog’s development at home and thus create a consistent environment of learning. SMYD is not simply doggy day care. It is a lifelong program to develop your dog’s socialization and capabilities (obedience, agility, plus whatever you desire and your dog enjoys) in ways that fully exercise and challenge your dog’s mental and physical being. This is exactly what your dog needs, regardless of its breed, age, or personality: mental and physical engagement in a safe, controlled setting with attentive, knowledgeable staff. Your dog is encouraged to be a dog (some dogs raised in isolation actually need to learn this!) while gradually building skill sets to become an ideal citizen, family member, and, if desired, service dog or competitor. An important and inspiring aspect of SMYD’s work involves rehabilitating rescues and orphans. With confidence and plans that come with experience and knowledge, dogs written off as damaged or dangerous can be reprogrammed to trust and appreciate other dogs and people. This is critical work and these folks both know what they are doing and care enough to offer these services to really tough cases. We have used SMYD’s services for 13 weeks so far and have seen several ongoing, successful rehabilitations. With no reservation, I recommend them for help with any issues you encounter and want to solve. While training your dog, they will also train you! Lastly, I will mention that it is a pleasure working with Dave, Nikki, and Bernie. They have knowledge and experience but are always learning and researching to be dynamic. They would be willing to work toward your goals, whatever they may be, and embrace new tools and ideas. I like them personally and my dog loves them. They are focused and they care. I am grateful and fortunate to be raising my dog with them.


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.

Citizen K9
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Brent R.
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We sent our Boston Terrier, Rex, to Citizen K9 for the 2 week boot-camp and he came back a reformed dog. Rex's main issue was that we had never established the house hierarchy and therefore he thought he was in charge and didn't need to listen to anyone. Combine that attitude with endless energy and it didn't make for a positive situation. With a new baby at home we knew that Rex needed serious training (and we did too). Andrew fulfilled all our needs. He came to our home in Arlington to pick up Rex, sent us short updates and photos during the two weeks Rex was with him, and brought him back at the end of the program. During the drop off he spent several hours with us going over everything Rex had learned and what we needed to do to maintain the training. Andrew was very professional and thorough throughout and never passed judgement on the bad habits that we as dog parents had established with Rex. Some highlights of the new and improved Rex are that he now walks at our side with no pulling, stalling, or getting worked up by other dogs or people; there is no more chasing him around the house to put his leash on or get him in his kennel; he goes to his bed on command when we need him out of the way when guests arrive or he is getting too rowdy; and he follows sit, down, and stay commands. It requires ongoing work on our part to make sure Rex doesn't fall back into some of his bad habits, but Andrew did a great job of getting Rex and us on the right track. We wouldn't hesitate to send Rex back to Citizen K9 for boarding or a training refresher if needed as he clearly loved everything about his time with Andrew.

Terrific Dogs, LLC
from 14 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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! : )

Dog Training & Boarding
from 12 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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

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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.