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Independence Dog Trainers

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  • 5 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Jerad W.
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BEST DOG TRAINING AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES...PROVEN OVER AND OVER!!!

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BulletProof Dog Training
4.9
from 40 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cristi E.
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Great experience. I highly strongly recommend bulletproof dog training

Raise the Bar Dog Training
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Desirae P.
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Cheryl did an amazing job training my dog. He was only about 12 weeks when she started with him and he has progressed tremendously! She made sure he met all the goals we talked about. I highly recommend her!

Bohannon Dog Training
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Dorian G.
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We are so happy we found Bohannon dog training. They are very nice people and have provided the best dog training experience we have ever had. We will be continuing with them to advanced training for our dog.

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Doggie Paddles LLC
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laurie D.
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One of my dog's favorite places to go. So nice to have such a unique swimming facility so close by. Pepper and Jango give it two paws up!

Nky Pet Sit LLC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Brenda A.
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Brandon from NKY pet sit took care of our dog and cat while we were on vacation. We were anxious about leaving our animals home but he calmed our nerves. We knew that they were all in good hands with Brandon. Our animals loved him and they were well cared for. Brandon also brought in our mail and took out our garbage. We will definitely use him again!!

TCB Canine Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 28 years in business
Rosanna G.
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In 5 days time it was like I had a new dog, both of my dogs now obey commands to sit, lay down, and we can take leisure walks with very little barking! Fantastic training.

H3K9 training
4.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
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100% recommended!!! We searched for a dog trainer on thumbtack not knowing anyone in the area, and we felt that Robert was the most personable and wanting to know what we were looking to achieve..... so we drove the extra distance to have him board and train our rescue dog. The outcome was remarkable and more than we expected with only 10 days with her. He kept in touch with us and even sent photos. She came home happy and listening to commands! Some friends of ours are already booking their dogs with him and I am looking forward to seeing their progress as well. Thanks for your amazing work Robert!!!

S.M.A.R.T. Dog School
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
KAREN H.
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Randy was EXTREMELY responsive to my initial request for information. He invited me out and my dog out to his facility just to check it out. I was sold the moment i walked through the door! He and his staff are absolutely wonderful. They truly love dogs and treated our dog like a cherished member of the family (which is what she is to us). They are very adept at taking a dog from unruly and undisciplined to calm and compliant. We did the 5 day program and were very happy with the results. What i like the most though is they stand behind their training 100%. Anytime we need to take our dog back for a tune-up or just want additional tips it is at no charge! While the service did seem a little pricey initially i can honestly say we got our money's worth and then some!

Sit Stay Dog Watching LLC
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah P.
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Such a good service. She takes care of the dogs like they're her own. Highly recommended.

Angela Hale
3.8
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michael M.
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One of finest grooming experience’s I have Had Quick and flexible very resemble pricing my dogs Have never looked better thank you in my opinion one of the best

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Anita F.
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I like the fact the trainers have knowledge of the maltese breed. They made me feel welcome and that they will work with me and my baby.

  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
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Extremely satisfied. Fit me into her schedule on short notice, and did a beautiful job grooming my Bernese Mountain Dog in preparation for a show. Particularly liked how well she trimmed the nails! Paisley was happy, too. We'll definitely return again. :)

William T.
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Tom was a great with my Mastiff Major we had a loving tutch that ment the world to me and my wife I highly recommend Tom to anyone that needs there dog trained.

About

Are you a busy pet parent that needs some help? I'm a dog and cat owner that can give you a hand! I've taken care of pets, house sat, and taken care of farm animals for folks who were traveling or experiencing a busy time at work. I also sometimes help out at a local petting zoo.

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We offer dog training, behavior modification, Canine Good Citizen(R) testing, community canine testing, therapy dog training, dog sitting, and dog walking.

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We are professionals that board and train client dogs right along with our own healthy, balanced dogs in our own home. Your dog will be well socialized during their stay, and cared for just like one of our own pack!

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Does your dog hate car rides? Does he/she have anxiety about going to the groomers? Are you too busy to take your precious pooch to the beauty salon? Then, look no further! I am a certified groomer of seven years, a stay-at-home mother, and animal behavior specialist. I will come to your house and groom your puppy right before your eyes! I provide full-service grooming, from a simple bathing to breeding and doing specific hair cuts. All grooming comes complete with nail grinding (no painful nail cutting), ear cleaning, anal glands expressed (yes gross but extremely necessary for a healthy pet), and complimentary de-shed treatment. Aside from grooming, I can also provide one-on-one training techniques (our puppy is fully potty trained at only 10 weeks old!) Note that I will groom cats if they are okay with strangers, and you agree to a small dose of children's Benadryl. This will keep your kitty from becoming too anxious and is safer for their well being and mine. Most grooming companies refuse cats and/or will give them anesthesia! My pricing is extremely reasonable and cheaper than PetsMart. It's guaranteed! You can call today to schedule an appointment and have your pet pretty for the holidays!

  • 5 years in business
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Dandelion Acres offers 3 acres of fenced play space! We feel that dogs need room to run and play both inside and out! More like a dog park, we don't have high fences and confined spaces. Pups are able to go outside far more than two times per day like other kennels offer.

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I worked at a K-9 training, where only "positive" behavior was rewarded. Negative behavior was to be put into a "time out", where the dog was removed from the other dogs until they calmed down, then released back. We never raised our voice, were taught how to approach a "new" dog and worked training dogs at every opportunity: sitting before they were fed or sitting before taking out for walks or potty break. Everything was always a learning experience. I was learning to work with a "positive reinforcement" approach until my position was "eliminated." I worked there for 10 months. I cleaned the kennels, fed and walked the dogs and have some experience "grooming" from past schooling. I'm a great multitasker and work well with other team members.

  • 3 years in business
About

I started dog training since 1996 in Japan. Our family moved to US since 2008 and we always have two to four dogs in our house. I love that our paws friends to help us live happily with their family.

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.

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