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Boston Dog Behavior Specialists

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

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Hand 2 Paw Training
4.7
from 108 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 174 hires on Thumbtack
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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 105 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 206 hires on Thumbtack
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John C.
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Excellent, very knowledgeable in dog behavior

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Gone to the Dogs
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 115 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.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Joanne A.
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After a move my mini Aussie puppy became fear aggressive. Amanda helped me to understand my puppy's behavior and mitigate it before it became a bigger issue. I loved the positive behavior techniques and my Maizy was quick to understand what we were asking of her! Would recommend her 💯!!

  • 8 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Robin A.
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I have to say that I was extreemly impressed with Johns expertise of dog behavior and training. I am amazed at how quickly he was able to get the desired behaviors from my dog. In only three lessons my dog was responding in ways I never thought would be possible. The only regret is that I didn't call John sooner.

Greystoke Farm, LLC
4.8
from 49 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Christa C.
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Lisa provided help with our 8 month old puppy with behavior training. She is a dog whisper. Our puppy is now super responsive to commands, this all after one week with Lisa. Lisa is kind and has a great reward based approach with training. Puppy is a breeze to walk, sits when we stop and stays put for almost 5 minutes now. He is consistently listening for commands verse making his own decisions. We are so impressed! If you are looking for confidence building in both your dog and yourself, Lisa is your trainer. She not only puts the time in with our puppy but takes time to make sure you know the commands, how to work consistently with them and follow through with each family member. In addition, Lisa has sent 2 follow up emails checking on his/our progress. Can't thank her enough!

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The Pawsitive Experience
4.8
from 48 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
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Margaret S.
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My puppy Benny and I had a great experience with Sandy. She taught me many skills to use with Benny that shaped his positive behavior as a puppy. She was always available for advice via text and phone (about training and advice about raising a puppy). She is very professional and also very friendly. Her love for dogs shows in the work she does! I would highly recommend Sandy.

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K9 Positive Training
4.8
from 37 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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Blake T.
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I hired Courtney and Alphonse to help me and my rescue dogs with obedience, leash manners, and building respectful relationships. One of them suffers from abandonment, too much confidence, and minor physical abuse. While the other had extensive physical abuse (from dogs and humans), neglect, and starvation, with no prior training. Not only have they helped with ALL of those things, but they have become a part of our little family. They solve every issue that comes up, respond to every text from a hyper sensitive dog mom, offer extensive trainings and services, all while creating a fun experience for us and our dogs. After my experiences with Courtney and Alphonse I will never work with another training service. On top of their amazing credentials, they care so much about their clients. During an incident at a dog park where my dog was attacked by an outside dog, Alphonse put himself in the middle and got bit to protect our baby girl. After this incident, they have worked diligently to help our girl improve re-socialize with other dogs. If you need help with ANY behavior with your dog, K9 Positive Training is where to go!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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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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Burrell Handling LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Nicole G.
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Hulk is barely a year old, a bit of a wild child if you will. I took him to Burrell Handling LLC for some much need training. We chose to do what I've been calling puppy boot camp; Hulk stayed with them for the week where he was able to learn the basics. At the end of the week we sat down for a little over an hour and got trained so we could continue all their hard work. They also gave us paperwork to read for tricks and tips for trainings as well as cell numbers and emails so we can follow up with questions and training tips. They were awesome at giving us detailed updates daily with pictures! Hulk is like a new dog with better manners. We would definitely like to work with Katherine and Susan again! Thanks for having Hulk.

Lucky Dogs Daycare & Pet Spa
4.3
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 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.

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Fernando M.
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I have done 2 classes and I am completly amazed as to how quickly Steve is able to get my dog to listen. I would highly recommend Steve to everybody I know. He is absolutely great with the dogs and is also a people person. And I training my dog in German with him.

  • 23 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Nadine N.
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Zippity Do Dog catered to both of my dogs separate needs (lab mix and am staff) and worked well to help us learn the proper way to train. Very professional and knowledgeable about multiple positive ways to modify behaviors of dogs undergoing training. Flexibile to scheduling and available to answer any questions we had between training sessions. We are very satisfied with Zippity Do Dog and intent on taking more training sessions in the future!

I AM DOG
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Laura S.
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Bea has excellent knowledge and a great philosophy on positive reinforcement training. I first attended a puppy kindergarten class over 10 years ago with my puppy German Shepherd. I now am enjoying and continuing to learn about dog behavior and communication with my Shiloh Shepherd by private lessons and socialization classes. It has helped reinforce the bond between my dog and myself and honors my dog's intelligence and needs to learn. Bea is fantastic at her art as a dog behaviorist.

Jezzie Paws Dog Training
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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.

JWPetCare
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.

Little Lyons Sitting & Care
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kate R.
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Katie dogsits for me when I go away on business trips or go into Boston for the weekend, and I could not recommend her more highly! She is caring and attentive to my dog; my dog gets so excited to see her. My dog is medium to high energy and Katie always tires her out. She is extremely knowledgable about dogs and dog behavior and has given me several tools to help keep my dog more mentally engaged and less stressed. Katie is punctual, she remembers all sorts of details about every dog, and she is my go-to whenever I need someone. Best dog sitter/walker in the Providence area!

The Wagging Leash
1.0
from 4 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Courtney W.
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Five stars Is not enough stars to rate Katie from the Wagging Leash!!!! Katie is truley blessed with a Gift when it comes To working with animals!! She is extremely talented And you do not have to give Your dog another thought while with Katie!! Katie was Truley a life saver when it came to our high energy year old lab Vegas! She treats each and every dog like her own and i sincerly mean that! We saw a HUGE difference in our dogs behavior after we hired Katie it is worth every penny!!! Keep up the GREAT work Katie we are forever grateful for what You have done and most of all Vegas absoultey loves spending time with you!!!

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I am highly trained, specifically in animal behavior and psychology. I have deep love for animals. I've worked as a volunteer at the animal shelter where among other responsibilities was taking dogs for day long hikes on the mountain trails.

  • 22 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

At Progressive Canine, our principle is to propose a motivational approach to training for their owners and dogs. We offer small group classes and individual personal sessions for all dogs of all ages, mixed breed and purebred alike. Our classes cover all levels of good behavior training from beginner to advanced, plus we address problem behaviors such as nipping, house training and jumping. We also offer behavioral consultations and behavioral modification programs for dogs with behavioral issues such as dominance, aggression, separation anxiety, fear, insecurity, and phobias. Our instructors are well versed in methods of training and many different techniques. This acknowledge us to assess each dog, and use the methods which will make you and your dog champion! This way gives us a success rate second to none! The biggest barrier between their owners and dogs are communication and understanding. Training with your dog is where your dog and you learn a common communication.

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