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Top Rated Dog Obedience Schools Around Ashburn, VA

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 70 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 119 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!

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 90 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.

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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 60 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 168 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 310 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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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joel R.
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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.

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

PackFit
4.5
from 33 reviews
  • 96 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.

  • 38 years in business
  • 30 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.

For Pup's Sake, LLC
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne M.
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Lara is terrific, and we recommend her wholeheartedly! Whether you need basic obedience or have a dog with serious problem behaviors (as was the case with our dog), Lara's in-depth knowledge and flexibility can help you build a better bond and happier co-existence with your dog. In our case, we deeply appreciated that Lara recognized those areas where we could use new/improved techniques and skipped over the areas where we were ok. This saved us both time and frustration, and allowed us to more quickly address the true problem areas. We still have much work ahead, but I am incredibly grateful to Lara for putting us on the right track!

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

Consistent Canine, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea V.
Verified review

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).

FourDogLovers
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Brittany B.
Verified review

I received obedience training for my 4month lab. Everything went way better than I expected. Kevin was great, professional and consistent. My puppy obeys commands with no hesitation, job well done.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 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.

  • 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.

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!

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

Island Way For Dogs

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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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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.

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.

Creekside Canine Training
5.0
from 1 review
    Julie B.
    Verified review

    Creekside Canine Training is excellent. My dog Riggins went through basic, intermediate, and advanced 6 week obedience classes as well as several private sessions and structured walks with Creekside. He went from being out of control all the time to being a calm, well behaved dog. Something I didn't think would happen when we first got him from the shelter. I definitely recommend Creekside Canine Training.

    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.

    Show Me Your Dog Training
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Michael G.
    Verified review

    Coming to Dave and Nicki was the best thing to happen to Winston, my little pitbull ball of energy, since I adopted him! When I first brought him home from BARCS, I couldn't sit down without Winston jumping on me and biting my hands. He would pull on the leash constantly on walks and would randomly get aggressive (seemingly) without warning when crossing the street. Then, a friend recommended I take Winston to SMYD. I did a brief consultation visit, one private class with Dave, and eight weeks of group obedience classes. SMYDs obedience curriculum has remarkably improved my relationship with my dog. Winston's demeanor has improved dramatically both at home and in public. I feel comfortable walking him through the busy city and letting him greet new people in my house. The classes are great; if you DO THE HOMEWORK, your dog cannot fail. If you're willing to repeat the class exercises at home, you're going to see fast results! Homework consists of posting a short video of you doing the weeks lessons at home. The trainers will let you know how you're doing and offer personalized tips and critiques. This is also just a cool way to see what your peers are doing and/or struggling with. I would recommend SMYD to anyone looking to strengthen their relationship with their dog whether it's through obedience, sport, service, or just letting your dog play with other dogs!

    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.

    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.