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Top Rated Dog Obedience Schools Around Ashburn, VA

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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
Erin D.
Verified review

Vicki was a wonderful trainer who managed to help us train our 1yo rescue, Penny. She provided tips, advice, and made amazing suggestions to practice while not in training sessions. In the course of 6 weeks, Penny learned several obedience commands (stay, leave it, wait, etc) as well as tricks (sit, down, paw, crawl, etc.) Penny was difficult to teach when we first got her and although I have had a dog before, I have never had a puppy/younger pup and she wasn’t a good listener until we saught help from Paw Patrol of VA, LLC. Vicki was very flexible with our schedule, understanding of our ongoing frustrations in trying to teach her obedience, and was able to help us change our body language and tone to teach Penny what we wanted her to do. After the first 2 sessions, Penny recognized Vicki when she came to our home and LOVED school (mostly because she loves attention, praise, and training treats). I am so thankful my husband and I agreed to get a trainer for Penny and we really lucked out with Vicki. Thank you Vicki, Brittany and Sadie for your kindness. We would gladly hire Vicki again in the future and recommend her to others in the area!

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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
Elizabeth B.
Verified review

Ryan came over to help me with my miniature schnauzer's issues with walking and jumping on company. I've learned that I must make myself valuable to the dog. My dog, who doesn't even care for males, immediately respected Ryan.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jane S.
Verified review

We were having trouble teaching our dog to walk on the leash without pulling. Kathryn came out to help us and it was like night and day with the results. She not only worked with Bandit but she gave us tips about what to do and not to do. Bandit walks without pulling now. It makes our walks so much easier and enjoyable. I highly recommend Kathryn. She is knowledgeable, trustworthy and you can tell she loves dogs!

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

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...

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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
Sarah F.
Verified review

Joanne spent a little over 1 hour working with me and my dog on basic obedience commands. It was amazing how quickly she got the dog to respond. After practicing the techniques with the dog over the past week I have noticed a big difference in her obedience and what a difference it has made in her. I still hope to have Joanne back to work with me on leash training.

  • 7 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Angela P.
Verified review

Jerry came to my home to work with my dog (a 10 month old lab) on walking nicely on a leash and other basic obedience. He is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about working with dogs. He started by showing me the different training aids that were available and then suggested one that we might start with. Throughout the session, he told me, then showed me, and then had me employ specific, useful tips and techniques that I could use to train my dog. Jerry spent almost two hours with us and left us with "homework" to continue practicing. It has been a few days, and I can absolutely say that we are making progress! I would not hesitate to recommend Jerry to a dog owner ready to learn how to train his or her dog.

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca A.
Verified review

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.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Joel R.
Verified review

Jay as of this point has been very responsible and professional. It shows that he has a passion and truly enjoys training dogs. So far after one class with him we have already seen an improvement in our dog's obedience. I look forward to learning more from him.

PackFit
4.5
from 35 reviews
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer A.
Verified review

I've had one lesson with Kimberly and wished I had contacted her sooner to get started on training my German Shepherd rescue. What I like best about Kimberly's approach is her care and attention for the well-being of my dog. Working with Kimberly has helped me to understand that an obedient dog isn't necessarily a happy or well-adjusted dog. Kimberly's method of training takes in the "whole dog" concept addressing nutrition, mental, and physical fitness. As a new dog owner she's helped me to understand how to interpret my dogs behavior and what my dog needs from me as the pack leader. Training is fun, the homework is simple and Kimberly is always on hand to answer a question. The welcome package (lots of goodies) she provided exceeded my expectations and Kimberly has become my "go-to" for additional resources for my dog.

Consistent Canine, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea V.
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Kristy is amazing! She will come out and meet you and your pooch and spend time getting to know you and your needs. I dropped my boy (Jax - 90 lb. 9 months German Shephard) Saturday morning and he stayed with her for 3 weeks. A huge bonus is that she has other dogs, kitties, bunnies, and chickens - so Jax was exposed to and learned how to behave and be patient with them. We had a mid-training visit (she will do this with you during, OR after training) and spent two hours going over what he had learned. Even after only a week or so he had picked up many skills. It was me that needed to learn now:). Once home Jax immediately investigated the entire house and literally did some of his initial behaviors (like he was trying to make up for lost time and fit them all in within a few minutes). It was pretty funny actually. He knows the commands he was taught - there is no doubt. The more time I spend with him the more he is learning that he needs to follow those with me, as well, and not just Kristy:) He does test me, and in all honesty, I find myself breaking into laughter with him (not good for reinforcing his learning by the way). But, when I recompose myself and calmly and firmly bring him back to a place of obedience, he does "fall in line". He may not like it (the subtle whining is one indicator), but he does it. Part of the success once you have your pooch home is recognizing when you simply do not have their trainable attention. When Jax's energy and hormones are driving his puppy behavior I've found that isn't the time for me to "win" (frankly, because I don't, and reinforcing him winning is not good). I chose Kristy after connecting with her about in-home visits while I'm at work. That's how I learned of her training business. We met and honestly I just liked her. Jax liked her too - and that was important. My favorite part was the 3-week break and being able to clean my house without Jax thinking everything I was doing was for his enjoyment. Aside from that, it's clearly the effectiveness of Kristy's work. She also stays in touch with you to let you know how things are progressing. The biggest takeaway is learning how to properly use a pinch and/or e-collar, and that I need to be committed to reinforcing all the learned commands. What's truly great about Jax now is that I can, with confidence, take him hiking, out for walks, around other dogs (still a bit of a struggle - but honestly - that's a tough one for any pup!), public places, etc. and I know I have a different kind of control (he'll sit and remain sitting until I say otherwise).

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Anne S.
Verified review

We adopted an adult German Shepherd 3 months ago who was very shy and then quickly started showing signs of aggression. We were torn because we knew this dog had already had a hard life and didn't want to give up on her, but also didn't want to risk the safety of our family members. We called Academy Dog Training and from the first experience to the end, we have found all the team members to be experienced, professional, organized, and dedicated. It's not just that Academy Dog Training helped our dog learn obedience commands, because I'm sure many training facilities could do that, but they always took time to ask how we were doing, spent time to understand our issues and goals, and helped us develop a course of action. We were also amazed by the memory they have about previous concerns we share and seeing how many clients they have, I never saw them miss a beat -- they all communicate well with each other and with us. Thank you so much Haywood, Alexa, Havella, and Adrianna -- you all make a great team.

  • 38 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Megan D.
Verified review

We've had two sessions with Maxine (an initial 3 hour visit and an hour long follow up visit) and couldn't be happier. We took in a 3 year old lab/beagle mix named Hamish about two months ago and needed some help with basic obedience training and also some specific problems: nuisance barking, pulling on the leash, and some occasional guarding behavior. After just one session, we were able to communicate much more effectively with Hamish and his problem behaviors lessened. And the extra guidance we got at our follow up session today has already proven extremely useful. Hamish used to bark and bark at passersby and not heed any of our efforts to quiet him. Now he barks less frequently and when he does we're able to get his attention and he stops. His recall has also improved dramatically. Overall, he's also much calmer - it's obvious he feels more comfortable now that he understands our respective roles and what's expected of him. We feel fully supported by Maxine and highly recommend her services.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
4.4
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Eric N.
Verified review

He was very pleasant and very patient with me and my dog. My dog had never received training before and I shouldn’t have wait until she was 11 months to start, but Tony was patient and nice the entire time. I will continue to utilize his service in the future and recommend that you give him a try.

Reston Dog Trainer
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Linda W.
Verified review

I just want to thank Sarka so much for helping us out with training our dog, Hnupka. We had a very difficult time coping with Hnupka before we decided to contact Sarka and ask her for her expert help. Sarka taught Hnupka basic obedience and helped him to socialize with other dogs, humans and daily busy city life. Sarka also showed us techniques on how to handle Hnupka ourselves, set his expectations, and build his respect for us in a humane and loving way so that he would obey. Hnupka is now a much more manageable part of our family. I would highly recommend Sarka as an obedience trainer. She loves dogs and they love her back. Linda

Myriam N.
Verified review

When I am too busy with work and school, and can't spend as much time as I can with my pet, I need dog walkers services. I tried different companies, until somebody recommended me Journey, and now I stick to this company. I definitely recommend Journey to everybody!

Island Way For Dogs

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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I thoroughly enjoy training animals whether it be dogs or horses. I have been training for over 30 years. Taining involves spending time with your animal and that is good for everyone.

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Dolores Murray
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
BJ H.
Verified review

Dolores trained our 5 month old puppy and did a wonderful job over the six sessions. She arrived on time and always ready to start. Our dog, Brandy took to her straight away and soon learned to sit and stay. Over the course of the training he learned all the basic obedience things we asked for. Dolores only uses Positive Revinforcement methods which means it's all reward based - no Prong collars. We highly recommend this trainer.

All American Dog School

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    About

    Private sessions are tailored to individual owners and their dogs. Experience with dogs with many behavioral issues. "Give back" policy to community through significant support of local shelters and dog rescue groups.

    K-9 Kollege of Maryland
    5.0
    from 9 reviews
    • 22 years in business
    • 14 hires on Thumbtack
    Sarah W.
    Verified review

    Jack Eagan has saved the life our dog by teaching us how to help her learn to control herself. We were battling with her aggressiveness and dominance. He taught us how we were inadvertently telling her to be dominant and taught us how to correct OUR behavior. She is now submissive and much happier and less stressed that way. She has calmed down and behaves beautifully. She also is no longer dog aggressive. We absolutely loved working with Jack and his partner Ellie and recommend that EVERY dog owner enlist Jack to train their dogs, even if they are already well-behaved.

    Shadow Hill Dog Training
    5.0
    from 7 reviews
    • 37 years in business
    • 10 hires on Thumbtack
    Rebecca B.
    Verified review

    I hired Audrey to teach me and my new rescue dog(cattle dog) basic obedience and manners inside and outside my home. Audrey was a patient and knowledgeable teacher, and really helped me to understand how to communicate with my new girl. Working with her at my house was INVALUABLE and well worth the investment of time and money. I highly recommend her to anyone looking joe a trainer.

    Tail Wags Canine Training
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Marie C.
    Verified review

    After adopting a 5 year old Husky last year, Tail Wags Canine Training helped us with the adjustment period for Koda and gave us invaluable advice on how to integrate her into our family. We have two cats, one of which is diabetic, so it was important to us that she be a good fit and that everyone get along. Tail Wags not only helped with that, she put Koda through obedience training, making her an easier dog for our now 11 year old son to handle on his own. Knowledgable in the psychology of dogs makes this trainer outstanding when it comes to helping us know the right ways to reinforce good behavior and positive habits for our beautiful Koda.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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.

    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.

    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?