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Top Rated Dog Socialization Classes Around Ashburn, VA

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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
Janelle D.
Verified review

Working with Ryan was fantastic from start to finish! He made the booking process extremely easy, and we had our first lesson soon after reaching out. Ryan quickly assessed our situation, and provided guidance and instruction that resulted in an immediate improvement in our dog's behavior and our dog-parenting skills! We appreciated Ryan's level-headed and real world approach to dog training, and think he set us on the right course for a long-lasting and awesome relationship with our pup!

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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
Karen D.
Verified review

began dog training classes, went very well.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

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. ;-)

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.

Urban Canine
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kate O.
Verified review

I was a little nervous about sending my puppy away for puppy camp but Jessica made it so easy. We were in touch multiple times a day, my dog had THE BEST time and came out of it no longer afraid of people and other dogs. At a small gathering of friends the other night, I beamed with pride as my friends described her as just "loving everyone." This is in part because she learned socialization early and it's easier for her to bond and trust (and learn!) Thank you Jessica!

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

Jodie has been fantastic with the information and training she provides. She is very organized with her puppy classes and provides additional information on puppy care at the end of each class. She also came to our home for an individual training session and was very insightful and helpful with tips on house training and providing tips on our puppy setup, schedule, and obedience training. She has been very helpful and is clearly very experienced.

  • 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.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Mary T.
Verified review

I cannot say enough about Anthony! He was able to train my wild child Charlie! He is a changed puppy! We did the classes at petsmart which left us frustrated and with little to no improvement .One lesson with Anthony and Charlie was responding and learning! Thank ya oh so much !!!!

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Oscar I.
Verified review

I never had a dog before, but Haywood made it easy to get used to a dog. The training wasn't just for my puppy, it was for myself too. The classes were always well curated for each dog and their owner.

FourDogLovers
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Kendra E.
Verified review

After enrolling my dog in a group class and being told to "try again when she's older" I decided to hire Kevin to do private training sessions with my dog Winnie. In the few weeks we worked with him we saw a great improvement in our dog. She is able to do several commands, began to do some agility training and is more focused. Kevin was patient and very knowledgeable about dogs. Would definitely recommend!

Elisa Allen Pet Services
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Megan P.
Verified review

Elisa has been wonderful to work with! She has been training our dog Zoe for over 1 month now and we have seen great results! Zoe is a border collie mix and can be very stubborn at times, and as her parents we didn't do the best job with correcting her behaviors when they began. She is now 5, and despite her age Elisa has been able to teach us how to train her properly and address her problematic behaviors. Elisa has a great connection with animals and has done an amazing job with training Zoe and with training us as well. She provides in-home training sessions which are extremely helpful, and she is always flexible with our work schedules, even meeting us on weekends if needed. We really enjoy working with her and are happy with the results so far! We recommend her to anyone who needs training/dogwalking/petsitting services!

  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Corey C.
Verified review

Paul is a great Dog training, not only is he knowledgeable but also his enthusiasm about what he does. I am a first time puppy owner and we often think that it’s the dog that has the issue. But Paul teaches us that it’s all about being able to communicate with your dog because all they do is want to make you proud. I took Paul’s training class and after 4 weeks I seem to have a new dog. No the dog was the same he just though me to be patient and help me to relay what I wanted my dog to do. The environment is very welcome not to mention how clean it is. I would advise anyone who thinks they have an issue with their dog to visit Pawsitive Paul's Dog Training. You and your dog will leave with a smile on your face.

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

Jenn B.
Verified review

Susie was excellent and did a great job of creating strategies to help our entire family including young children train our new puppy. She was easy to work with and was able to provide additional support to help socialize our puppy.

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

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.

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.

    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.

    Off Leash K9 Training
    4.7
    from 15 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    • 38 hires on Thumbtack
    Laurri D.
    Verified review

    OL K9 Training really works. Neither Charlie nor Baxter reliably came when called, especially Baxter the Beagle-mix who obeys his nose above all else. We were forced to leash the dogs on all of our outdoor adventures, including hikes in the mountains of Maine. It is not fun being dragged down a mountain by an energetic dog. We signed up for basic obedience classes with Charlie, and after the first lesson I had hope that this could work, but I told them it would never work with Baxter. He is far too stubborn. But four lessons with Charlie and only one with Baxter have been life-changing. That may sound dramatic, but I adore my dogs and spend most of the day with them. Now, instead of yelling at them, we play ball in open fields and walk through the woods tracking squirrels without being tied to leashes. They run at a heel around my neighborhood every morning with me, not dragging me around. At first, I felt a little guilty about strapping those collars on every morning, but they adjust quickly and don’t even seem to notice they are wearing them now. The collars equal freedom and fun to the dogs. The training is amazingly simple and effective, but practice is the key to success. We continue to work every day because anything worth having takes a little effort! OL K9 Training is truly worth the money. Scott and Jen are great people, and truly want you to succeed. We will be keeping in touch with them and sharing pictures of our summer hikes. If you are reading this and are frustrated with your dog, contact them now! You won’t regret it.

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

    Lucinda was aweaome. She trained both our pups at separate times. They have grown into fantastic, easygoing adult dogs. Ziggy was shy and aloof. Tail wags trained her to be social and loving.

    Belquest Kennels
    5.0
    from 8 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Cathi D.
    Verified review

    I've been boarding my dogs at Belquest Kennel for the past 11 yrs. My dogs get very excited as soon as I turn into the Belquest Kennel driveway. They jump out of the car and beat me to the door. This tells me that they love boarding at Belquest! The staff is always professional & friendly and they do an outstanding job at grooming my Havanese. Our 14 yr. old Beagle had disk problems and they went out of their way to take special care while bathing and grooming our old boy. Belquest has a wonderful selection of dog toys, goodies & grooming tools. I find their prices to be lower than Pet Smart or some of the larger chain stores.

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      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.