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  • 26 years in business
  • 363 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Cathy helped me take my dog from antisocial to social and playful!

Hand 2 Paw Dog Training
4.7
from 133 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
Kasey C.
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Jennifer is exactly what we needed. We had to surrender our dog due to aggressive behavior. From the first moment I contacted her I knew she would tell me the truth and do what needed to be done for everyone involved to have a happy life. She sat down with us an explained how we had gotten to the point, why she felt she could not help us train him and then held our hand through the entire process. What was awesome was when we sat down with her she listened heard our story asked us questions to really understand what we need from her, then gave her honest opinion. Her knowledge of the anxiety and behavior our dog was exhibiting was very helpful in our decision. I have talked with multiple trainers who said they could help or offered support and fell through or gave false hope. Jennifer is not that at all. She has checked in with me every day, answering any questions that I had. I felt like she was in my corner. I can not thank her enough for making sure not only I was okay but so was my dog. She is a trainer that will give you her best no matter what. It has been such a pleasure working with her during a very hard time in our lives!!!!!

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Training-U To Train Your Dog
4.8
from 112 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 227 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karina D.
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Unbelievable. I have a 12 week old Australian Cattle mix and almost no experience in training dogs. Peter is extremely professional, kind, and experienced. He came right on time to my house at 5:30AM and brought treats for my puppy and even gave me a clicker. I noticed a clear difference in my puppy and Peter helped me to understand more about animal behavior. I look forward to our next session this coming week! He is outstanding!

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Gone to the Dogs
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 124 hires on Thumbtack
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Hannah G.
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Theresa's love for animals and patience is untouchable. She provided me with detailed notes and feedback from our sessions. I saw an incredible change in my dog's behavior and manners. I would strongly recommend Theresa. Even after my sessions were over, she has remained a resource.

Greystoke Farm, LLC
4.8
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Joel G.
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We gave FIVE STARS but would give TEN if we could! Lisa is the BEST trainer ever! We have three dogs and each of them have been with Lisa at one point or another over the past year. She takes the time to discuss our training needs, talks through some options and let’s us decide how we want to proceed. Two of our dogs were with her for a week and one for three days and all came back COMPLETELY different dogs; quiet, calm, respectful. They had been bickering and not listening and she fixed it completely. Our dogs are responsive, attentive, eager to please and fun (again) to be around! Lisa’s pricing is WELL worth what she charges because she gives SO much to each dog while in her care and accomplishes incredible things in the short time they are with her! They have training lessons many times during the day as well as play time with other dogs. She shows them new things and helps them not be afraid. She is patient, kind and has a HUGE effect on dogs’ behavior. There is NO one out there like her!! Thank you, Lisa!!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carolyn B.
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Michael is fantastic! Very laid back and understanding of my dogs behaviors. By the end of the first session, I felt very hopeful and much more relaxed. Looking forward to next weeks sessions!

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For Dog's Sake!
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Adam B.
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Rebecca does a great job with our dog. She is very responsible and provides detailed daily reports. We were very lucky to find Rebecca and would suggest her services to anyone with an animal.

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Jezzie Paws Dog Training
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Viki P.
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Fantastic experience!! I noticed a difference in my dogs behavior almost immediately. Very flexible and easy to work with. Thank you Jess for being so wonderful.

Lucky Dogs Daycare & Pet Spa
4.4
from 21 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
John M.
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I have been working for lucky dogs daycare for about a year and a half. My experience with lucky dogs has been a great one. We are still a growing business and are building up our facility to be the best it can be. We are a full service daycare facility, but we also do boarding, training, grooming and we have our new retail shop with all sorts of goodies for your pups. I love being able to bring my dog Buffy in for a groom. She's older so she doesn't care for daycare, but she loves coming to Lucky Dogs for a good pampering by Jane. All of our groomers are great at what they do and our experts in their field. They have been grooming for many many years. The best part about working for lucky dogs would have to be the dogs. We have a really good group of dogs that come pretty much everyday. At lucky dogs your dog isn't just another name on a list, every staff member has their own favorites lol. And throughout the day each dog gets some one on one attention with their favorite staff member and vice versa. We take the time to get to know each dog and their behaviors, and try to cater to each dogs individual needs. So we can ultimately have a safer group of dogs to play with each day. We also have a really good group of staff members, some of them have been here for a couple years and a few have been here a little less. We really don't have a high turn around rate for staff like with most daycares. So our staff and especially the dogs are like family here.

  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
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Great job with Finnley. Amelia went above and beyond to assist him when he fell ill- in addition to the training! She offered to come to our home after the turnover as well. Highly recommend her. It would be a huge benefit to offer in-home training services as part of the turnover. Amelia responded to our request to do so but it wasn't part of company turnover. Again, above and beyond!! Thank you so much for giving us a happy and well trained dog. It's life changing!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Angela G.
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Krystal was great with our pup! She worked hard to find out the root of her leash behavior and provided us with the tools to help Siena while on a leash! Siena loved her!!

All In One Ent. Dog Services
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Laura R.
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Yvonne is AWESOME! a self proclaimed dog-person who won our cats over instantly. She clearly loves and values all animals! She took superior care of our 3 cats for a week (one of them needed meds) and took care of our house-related items as well. She stayed in contact and we felt secure that our fur babies were safe and happy the whole time. We couldn't have been more pleased.

Leather & Lace K9 Academy
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Nico B.
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Noelle is amazing at what she does!!! I was fearful that I was going to have to give my beautiful dog away as she kept jumping and scratching my elderly father. I heard about Noelle through a family friend who had used her services and immediately decided to contact her. Initially I had no hopes, but after our first consultation, I knew I was in great hands! She came to my house and we set goals and started training immediately. Noelle introduced key commands as well as behaviors for my dog to learn and follow. The connection she was able to make with my dog was very unique and has allowed her to make significant progress. We have now conquered the jumping issue and had moved on to other goals. Noelle has enabled me to have a better relationship with my dog and taught me how to make my dog do what I want her to do, a concept easier said than done. Very thankful for Noelle and what she has done for my family.

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara P.
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Stephen was so good with our dog. In one session we already learned a lot. we are going to continue on a weekly schedule with him.

Paws N' Learn Dog Obedience
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Melissa Oliveira
    Verified review

    My family highly recommends Michelle and her services! She came over to help us with our german shepherd puppy who nips and jumps on people, but otherwise is a great dog. She worked with our whole family giving us all the tools to correct this behavior and others that we were not even aware of. She was patient, passionate, and so genuinely kind. We have been using the tips that she gave us and our puppy is doing awesome!

    Elated Canine
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Gael N.
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    Jocelyn is helping me understand how my actions affect my dog's behavior, and the adjustments she has suggested are making a difference already.

    About

    I have lots of time, energy and experience with animal care. You'll find that I'm reliable and responsible. Let me help you give your dog the best care possible.

    About

    You love your dog. Your dog loves you. We'll help you keep it that way! Alexandra Morgan has been a full-time dog trainer and pioneer in the field of canine behavior therapy since graduating from Brown University in 1984. At Animal School, we provide dog daycare for a happy, well-socialized, puppy that is dog-tired at the end of the day (sorry, couldn't resist!), group classes, from puppy kindergarten through Canine Good Citizen, social boarding, dog and cat food and treats made on-site from all human-grade ingredients, and trainer-selected retail. If your dog is having behavior problems, private lessons with trainer Alexandra Morgan at Animal School or in your home will help you to resolve the issues. Puppy and adult dog temperament evaluations and purchasing/adoption guidance are available, as well as expert witness testimony for dog bite cases. Animal School Rescue always has dogs and cats for adoption. Please visit our website for more details!

    About

    We do walking, playing, cleaning and whatever needs to be done for your animal. They are in safe hands with me!

    About

    I am a certified vet technician who cares for all your furry friends and does dog walking, pet sitting, medical care, house-sitting, etc. My main focus is that your pets feel comfortable and happy with their visits. I am experienced, and I do this for the love of animals.

    About

    I have an inborn love for animals, and I have 25 years of hands-on experience with animals. I am committed to providing your family member with the best care and services they deserve on a daily basis. My services include but are not limited too grooming, house/pet sitting, animal taxi, and pet exercise and nutrition.

    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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