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  • 26 years in business
  • 327 hires on Thumbtack
Maureen R.
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Cathy came in a timely matter. She did an excellent job with my dog. The dog was the first time she had a private groomer. Cathy kept my dog quiet by just talking and the dog settled down. I have already signed up for another visit. Very pleased Maureen Riley

Hand 2 Paw Training
4.7
from 122 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
Esther C.
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I have a 1y/o yorkshire and maltese mixed dog with serious separation anxiety and some behavior issues. I was going through the dog trainers in my area and Jennifer caught my attention immediately- the review was almost 100% positive, saying how helpful and responsive she is. We scheduled a meeting and I ended up training & boarding my dog with her for about a month. The result was impressive: he's crate trained, he becomes quiet in the car, no more excessive barking... She even found out his favorite raw food and changed his diet...He used to have kibbles and wouldn't eat much every day.. Now he finishes every meal within 2 mins! He looks super healthy now!!! I'm definitely gonna board my dog with her again. Training and boarding are both amazing!!! SHE'S THE BEST!!

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Training-U To Train Your Dog
4.8
from 107 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 224 hires on Thumbtack
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Erin C.
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Peter has been helping train my very domineering rescue pup. He has been nothing short of amazing!!! He is patient and kind and takes his time with each session. Our dog is stubborn and aggressive towards men, week by week I have been seeing changes in our dogs behavior. I am surprised at how quickly he picks things up all in great part to Peter. I look forward to the changes that we will see in appointments to come. I would 100% recommended Peter if you are in need of a dog trainer.

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Gone to the Dogs
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
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Nicole Z.
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After about three months of solid searching in many places for a dog trainer that had the trifecta of belief in positive training, affordable/realistic prices, and a nearby location with a flexible schedule, we found Theresa! (Oh, also she texts and accepts Venmo. Bonus points for a busy dog mom!) 10 week old Lucy Gray flourished under the training in just one session and then came home to sleep through the night for a full 8 hours! If you believe in teaching your dog through positive methods, using love, and as you would a child, please drop your prong/choke collars and constantly yelling the word “no!” and get to Gone to the Dogs!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
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Rena F.
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I hired Amanda with Good Dog! Family Pet Training,LLC for in home dog training. She was amazing! Her knowledge of dogs is impressive. She knew just what to do with our dog Brady and how to teach me with training him. She definitely loves dogs and he responded well to her. I so appreciated this service of in home dog training.

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The Pawsitive Experience
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
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Heidi D.
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Sandy's been very helpful with training our dog Maya. She is patient and thorough with our dog as well as with us! We would recommend her to anyone interested in in-home dog training.

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All American K9 Academy
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Jared B.
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Very knowledgeable and professional, only a few weeks in of training and I will only bring my dog ( future dogs) to All American K9. I love the attentiveness Stephen has/ pays to not only my dog but my wife and myself, he teaches you ways you wouldnt think of AND IT ACTUALLY WORKS. 3 weeks in and it's the best thing I could've done for my dog as well as myself

Alpha Dog Services
4.7
from 25 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Naomi G.
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We had a wonderful experience with Alpha dog trainer.She has been very helpful with our puppies

ACTK9
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth K.
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John is an incredible, high caliber, high efficacy trainer. This was our first time working with a professional dog trainer 1:1. We saw immediate results from the very 1st session through to the end. We were amazed by John's depth of knowledge. The tips he imparted were invaluable. John began with an overview by explaining his mythology, which was great - it provided a backdrop for how we should communicate with the dog and made absolute, perfect sense (clear one-word commands). He proceeded with the very basics as to what proper leash to use paired with recommended collar to helping us learn to train with the wireless collar. Despite having dogs before, we learned for the first time about marking behavior (correctly) for maximum impact and quick canine learning and more. We had a tricky (and not ideal) situation where we had a week to spend with the dog for training. None the less, John was willing to work with us and was flexible. He calibrated our expectations and I have to say he far exceeded what everyone hoped to accomplish with this stubborn, 3 year old Shiloh Shepard. It is clear he has a real love of dogs and wanted to help for the benefit of the dog and thus deviated a bit from his usual prescribed training program. It was a great learning experience for the humans and the canine. We're practicing and implementing the recommendations. We've already recommended John to another family. I would definitely hire John again without hesitation. Thank you, John.

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Jezzie Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Patricia D.
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Haven’t started training yet. I hired her for her knowledge and experience in training dogs. So easy to talk to. Answered all my questions.

Olive Paws LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas R.
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Very well mannered and very comfortable to be around. If anyone is looking for a dog trainer/sitter/walker then she is your lady.

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Reckless Adventures
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Karen M.
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We were thrilled with our experience with Reckless Adventures. Joan is very dependable, thorough and most of all - a dog lover. I was able to relax on my vacation because I trusted that she was dependable. When we got back our dog was very happy (and tired from lots of walking!) Highly recommend.

  • 23 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
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If you are looking for a dog trainer that is force-free, you need to call Zippity Do Dog today. Lee specializes in reactive and fearful dogs and works with families to create strategies for the individual dog. She is extremely knowledgeable and provides a wealth of information and support for her clients. Lee has done pet sitting with my animals for nearly 27 years! Our animals have always loved her. She has cared for our dogs, bird, rabbit, and even the fish! She is trustworthy, knowledgeable & has years of experience. We can guarantee your dogs will love her and we always say she can 'talk to the animals'. :)

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  • 22 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ellen K.
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Excellent is an understatement. This is more than just obedience training. It is insight to the dog/human relationship, from the dogs point of view. I didn't think I could change the behavior of my 4 1/2 year old dog, but I was mistaken. I just needed to stop doing all the wrong things. Don't go elsewhere just to realize you should have made Progressive Canine Dog Training and Behavioral Services your first stop!

All In One Ent. Dog Services
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa H.
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Yvonne is AWESOME !!! We adopted 2 shelter dogs and found Yvonne to help us understand them. We have had 4 other dogs, went through training with all of them but we have learned so much more from Yvonne!! We HIGHLY recommend her she knows her stuff !!!!

Leather & Lace K9 Academy
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Christine B.
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Noelle is my third try at finding a trainer for my dog whom I've had for only a year and he's now 4 years old. When I got him the person giving him away never told me anything of his aggressions which I now know he has. Noelle has been to my home a number of times so far and I love her. She is very patient, listens to me and knows that it takes time to not only train my dog but I need to be trained as well. She has given me a number of things to do with my dog that when implemented is spot on. The best part of the trainings is the one on one, especially if you have issues with your dog. I would highly recommend her as a trainer.

  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Pat B.
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She is so good with the dog she is very nice could not ask for a best dog walker would recommend her to amyone

  • 15 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Christine D.
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Kendra has been watching my dog Cooper for 5 years now. I can't think of enough good things to say about her!! It is such a relief to go on vacation and have her stay at our house. Not only does she give my dog excellent care, somehow my house is cleaner then when I left! On one particular trip as we were leaving my dog had a little cough, a couple of days later it got worse and Kendra took him to the vet, picked up medicine and made sure he was well. When we came home he was back to normal. Kendra is always reliable she has never once cancelled and has actually gone out of her way to help us out on last minute trips or emergencies. Most importantly is how much my dog loves her! I have recommended Kendra to many friends and all have been thrilled with her services.

T&J’s K9 Academy
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jay M.
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T&J’s were very quick to respond to my phone call inquiring about dog training. The trainer was very professional and came out immediately to fix the problems we were dealing with.

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Angela T.
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Erica is Kind, caring, prompt, playful & responsible with our two dogs. (A 90 pound chocolate lab & 10 pound chihuahua, they couldn't be more different & yet they receive the same loving attention ). Our dogs love her & are relaxed & happy when I arrive home from work. She is a gift to our entire family...

  • 42 years in business
Paula R.
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K-9 Master Trainer recently obedience training my dog. I was s o impressed with his knowledge and professionalism. A year later I asked him to train him in protection training. I highly recommend him to all my family and friends.

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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