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  • 26 years in business
  • 324 hires on Thumbtack
Lynn V.
Verified review

My dog Addie behaved incredibly well for Cathy, I was extremely impressed! She gave her a good cut and Cathy coming to my home was a godsend! I well definitely be calling Cathy again

Hand 2 Paw Training
4.7
from 120 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 190 hires on Thumbtack
Krystal I.
Verified review

I don't know where to begin. I spent a significant amount of time researching dog trainers in the Boston area and i finally came across Jennifer on this amazing website (Thumbtack). I contacted Jennifer and she was incredibly responsive and empathetic. I was having trouble with my dog who is a sweet 80 pound lab mix. I rescued him a week before i contacted Jennifer. He was 7 and a half years old and the sweetest angel in doors. Unfortunately and unbeknownst to me, he was very dog aggressive. It was incredibly frustrating and stressful to own a dog aggressive dog. With these feelings and emotions i called Jennifer and she was able to breathe peace into my situation. After talking with her for 15 minutes i felt relief. She spoke directly to my issue and gave me her assurance that there would be a remedy. The best part about meeting Jennifer is her rate [$45 a session and a free consultation the first session] and she came to my home! Being able to come to my home was essential because i could barely take my dog out without him wanting to attack another dog. Jennifer came to my home, she was super friendly and once again gave me a sense of peace that everything was going to be okay. Additionally, she laid everything out on the table. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated this and I am sure you will appreciate it too. She doesn't hide anything behind the curtains, she is extremely up front about what the dog is going to need and genuinely concerned about the well being of the dog in whatever problem he or she is having. My dog was very responsive and overall my experience was enjoyable and i got the results i was looking for. I would recommend Jennifer to anyone looking to train a dog in any capacity!!

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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.
Verified review

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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Aijia Z.
Verified review

Theresa is doing great job on training my dog. She really loves dog. I can tell that she is fully engaged in training dogs. She treats dog as her little baby. I am very glad to have Theresa as my dog's trainer. She is patient and responsible. Both of I and my dog have learned a lot from her. Sprite learned to sit, down, and leave things. She becomes a polite puppy and starts to listen to my instruction. Although sometimes she is still a little bit hard to control, she had learned more that I have expected. I would like to keep touch with Theresa and let her teach Sprite more lessons. I am very appreciate for what Theresa have done.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
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Edward G.
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Amanda has done wonders for what was already a pretty good dog, but a bit stubborn and way too clever too often. There is still more work to do but I would easily recommend her to anyone looking for a good dog trainer.

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The Pawsitive Experience
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
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Andy C.
Verified review

My experience with Sandy and the Pawsitive Experience was outstanding. The first thing I liked and appreciated was Sandy’s approach to assessing my situation. After getting acquainted with our dog and what I had hoped to accomplish with the dog training lessons, Sandy tailored a program to our needs and didn’t try to heap unnecessary add-ons to my program. Once the lessons began, the thing that stood out was Sandy’s attention, not only to our dog, but also to my family (and children, in particular). Sandy took the time during each lesson to integrate my young children into the lessons so that they could get comfortable around our dog and understand that the dog was young and needed time to grow up just as they do. My best endorsement of Sandy is to say that because of her help, we absolutely love having a dog as part of our family and our dog loves being part of our family. If you want a friendly, knowledgeable and professional dog trainer, give Sandy a call.

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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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Amy S.
Verified review

My Pyranese had an issue with leash pulling so bad it caused a shoulder injury. Steve had her walking normal within the first 15 minutes of our session. My dog didnt know the word NO now she does. I was amazed with his results. He is punctual and quick responding if you have issues during your homework training. He was so patient to give me verbal instruction through the phone while I was struggling with an issue. He does high quality work and worth every penny. Would absolutely rehire him if I got more dogs. Amy St. Jean

Alpha Dog Services
4.7
from 25 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Naomi G.
Verified review

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.
Verified review

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.
Verified review

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.
Verified review

Very well mannered and very comfortable to be around. If anyone is looking for a dog trainer/sitter/walker then she is your lady.

  • 23 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
Verified review

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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  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Donna R.
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I enjoyed working with Krystal. She is very friendly, very knowledgeable about dogs, and very professional. She was thorough in our first meeting to get to know my dog and his needs. She was very helpful to me in giving me information on ways to train my dog.

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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
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
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Geraldine P.
Verified review

Noelle is hands down the best dog trainer! We have a fearful German Shepherd that always had a hard time with new situations involving dogs and new people. Every new situation was a struggle for us and we knew she wasn't comfortable either and wanted to better her life and ours. Through the use of obedience and giving our dog Mia a "job" to do we have been working on her fears. It is AMAZING how much she has improved and is an overall happier dog! Mia is always very excited to see Noelle and responds to her so well. Noelle has changed our lives forever and we will always be very thankful and grateful for it.

  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew S.
Verified review

We recently moved to Woburn, from New York City. Donna has been wonderful; she has met our every need with our two adorable senior dogs. Donna leaves us updates daily as to how their walks have been and who they have met along their travels. We use Donna during the week while we are at work but also have used her while we went away for Christmas and New Year’s. She is friendly, outgoing and companionate about our fur children. They love her, she takes extra good care of them and we are never worried about how they are doing. Donna even plays with our kitty when she visits. We have had Dog walkers in the past that will pay no attention to our cat. But Donna loves all animals. I highly recommend her. She is bonded and insured, coming from NYC we were very selective as to who cares for our pets while we are at work or away.

  • 10 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Larry C.
Verified review

My puppy was skittish at first but she settled right in and he even surprised me with his actions afterwards she did a very good job I think my puppy has a new friend

  • 15 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Christine D.
Verified review

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
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jay M.
Verified review

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.

Watley's Dog Services
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Analisa S.
Verified review

Fantastic! Jake helped me correct some behavioral issues I had with my newly adopted border collie. It was a joy working with him and my dog and I are better for it! I learned so much as he was a wealth of knowledge when it comes to dog training. He puts the clients needs first and was very committed to the job. Every minute of our session was devoted to training, so you'll definitely get your moneys worth.

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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