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  • 26 years in business
  • 356 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica W.
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Had a great experience with Cady...it was my puppy's first time getting groomed and it was great to be there to see the whole process and really put my mind at ease!

Hand 2 Paw Dog Training
4.7
from 133 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn L.
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Jennifer was willing to meet our needs, and offered alternative options for training our dog to stay in the yard with her electric fence. It turns out we had a rechargeable collar that wasn't holding charge. We replaced the system and our dog is now staying in the yard again. I want to thank Jennifer for bearing with us through the process. Lynn

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Training-U To Train Your Dog
4.8
from 111 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 225 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Selene F.
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We made so much progress training our puppy in just the first hour... thanks to Peter's guidance! I can't wait to see what we can do in the future.

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Gone to the Dogs
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Christine D.
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Theresa is great! Flexible and encouraging with our puppy's training. Highly recommend her!

Greystoke Farm, LLC
4.8
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 82 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
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
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Janis T.
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Ok, I am telling you guys that Sandy Nelson is the Mary Poppins of dog training. I can not believe how easy she made it to learn how to get Ruby, my Saint Bernard, to actually listen (Ruby will now sit for treats). Today was the first lesson for my new girl "Babs". Babs is a Bassett Hound and like all hounds she is pretty dopey. Her first lesson went fantastic. With Sandy's help I am going to have two well behaved pooches. I can NOT say enough good things about The Pawsitive Experience. I am so grateful to have found Sandy on here.

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All American K9 Academy
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Rubie C.
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I have two dogs a German Shepherd and a husky they are both great dogs just needed help with more training in obedience after just one session both of my dogs are doing amazing and listening even better. Not only does he show you how to work with your dogs but he is a great person and willing to answer any question and he also doesn’t talk down to you or talk you like your stupid which was my experience with other trainers.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
donna e.
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I adopted my 2 year old dog Kayla only 3 months ago and Mike, along with help from his 2 wonderful dogs, has helped us reach several milestones: teaching her to get in the car, introducing her to the dog park experience, learning to walk on the leash, and most importantly, building up my confidence so I can help Kayla build up hers. I highly recommend his services.

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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.

Lucky Dogs Daycare & Pet Spa
4.5
from 20 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Joey Marino
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My girlfriend and I rescued our puppy coming up on a year ago and we have been bringing her to Lucky Dog for about 9 months or so. Hands down, the staff here is the friendliest and most helpful group of people! I could tell immediately how much they take pride in being amazing at what they do. They know their customers(pets as well as humans) by name, they're always cheerful and go above and beyond every single time we're there. They evaluate the dogs and make sure they're kept with others that they'll get along with, they have a webcam service that lets you watch your doggo if you want, and they have TONS of stuff available in their retail section as well from treats to food to toys and clothing. They also offer boarding and their prices are worth every cent because we know our pupper will be extremely well taken care of! If you're hesitant about finding a place for your little furball, have no fear, LUCKY DOG IS HERE!

  • 23 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy O.
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Lee was extremely knowledgeable on dog training methods and helped me with training my fearful and reactive dog. I love that all of her methods are force free and positive and that she doesn't use punishment as a means of training behavior. Lee goes above and beyond in the time she gives you in helping to train your dog and makes sure that in between sessions you have things to practice to continue with the training. She was also full of helpful tips and suggestions about keeping my dog active and busy (and therefore keep him out of trouble) when we couldn't go outside during the long cold spell we had this past winter. I would highly recommend Lee for helping with any issues you may be having with your dog!

All In One Ent. Dog Services
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy A.
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Yvonne was great helping me with my dog and her barking issues. Taught me a lot. I highly recommend her

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  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Justin H.
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We have an older Doberman and a new puppy Doberman, Krystal was excellent. We really like her style of training and we've already noticed improvements after only one session. We plan on continuing to use her services!

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  • 22 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katherine N.
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Lynne is very passionate about dogs and I love her philosophy for dog training!

Leather & Lace K9 Academy
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jacquelynmae E.
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Noelle was great! We came to her for aggression and destructive behavior, and she surpassed everything we expected. We got Riley back a whole new dog!! She came to our house during training and coached us through her training process. We could not be happier with her and the care and training of our dog. I'd give her 6 stars if I could!

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Osman D.
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We have just started training our dog with Steve and already see great progress.

T&J’s K9 Academy
4.2
from 6 reviews
  • 6 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.

  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ken V.
Verified review

As I type this our dog is here for the weekend we have used Erin before she is awesom yogi has fun we get updates every day with pictures highly recommend!

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Whitney F.
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We are so happy that we found Erica for dog walking services through Thumbtack. She was very quick to get back to us and even came over to meet us in person. She is very knowledgeable about animals as she used to be a vet assistance and she is extremely professional. She is very flexible to work with your needs and she is happy to adjust times and visits per your pet needs. Her prices are great too for the quality service you get! We feel very at ease knowing she is taking goof care of our puppy when we are at work.

goldmedal

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  • 52 years in business
About

I have multiple HIGH IN TRIAL awards in obedience and rally and multiple BEST IN SHOW & BEST IN SPECIALTY SHOW awards. I have bred and1or owned more than 70 champions.

J.M. Pet Resort

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    About

    J.M. Pet Resort is a full-service pet care facility. We offer doggie day care, boarding, grooming, motivational obedience training, and a complete retail store for all of your pet's needs. We have the best facility hours from 6:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., 7 days a week! Our doggie day care features over an acre of outdoor play area and two huge, climate-controlled in-door spaces for dogs to play in when weather conditions are not ideal. Our hotel-style boarding is your home away from home for your pet. We feature climate-controlled luxury-style suites with in-room TVs. All of our suites include comfy bedding, soothing music, and nightly tuck-ins. Kitty condos are located in a quiet area just for felines. Their multilevel condo allows your pet to perch and enjoy looking outside or laze on their comfy bed. J.M. Pet Resort hosts a full grooming pet salon for both cats and dogs. We use high-quality grooming products with a skilled, pet friendly staff to make your pet's grooming experience fun, pleasant, safe and comfortable. We specialize in breed standard trims and quality scissor finish work. Training-for-life program is a well-rounded program offering group classes, private lessons, workshops and seminars. All are taught in a manner that teaches, supports and motivates your dog without using fear or intimidation. This reward-based approach to training not only builds confidence in your pet but also in you as an owner, handler and pack leader. You will be able to control your dog in almost any situation. Motivational training helps to develop and enhance a strong bond between you and your pet, which ultimately makes daily life a calmer and more enjoyable experience. In our retail storefront, we carry only the finest pet foods, supplements, and products. Our employees are trained on a regular basis on proper pet nutrition and on the vast variety of quality foods and supplements that we sell. With our extensive knowledge, we can help you choose the proper diet based on your pet's age, activity level and general health. We also carry full lines of pet beds, apparel, collars, leashes, toys, treats and a huge array of quality, holistic and natural pet food. We truly are a place that provides a safe and sanitary environment full of tenderness and comfort that guarantees your pet will feel as beloved and secure as they do at home. With a highly skilled and devoted staff who genuinely possesses the love for each animal under our care, we are driven to not only meet but also exceed your expectations and make J.M. Pet Resort a place that you and your cherished pet cannot live without.

    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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