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Hand 2 Paw Training
4.7
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 191 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.

Pristine Clean, LLC
4.3
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
Jason T.
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Had a great experience. First spoke with Pristine Clean on Sunday with a tight timeline and they were able to send someone out by Wednesday. The person who came worked very hard and did an excellent job. She was also great with our two dogs and very accommodating towards them. the whole experience was topped off with a fair price. We will definitely be asking them to come back for regular cleanings!

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

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  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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.

Garden City Dog Walking, LLC
4.7
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Caitlin A.
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Brian watched our dog and two cats for 10 days while we were on vacation. He did an excellent job and we will definitely use him in the future for dog walking and pet sitting.

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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.

Dog Days New England
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Colleen G.
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Renee was excellent working with our small Lab puppy. She trained us and the dog together :) She seems to really know the nature and behaviors of dogs. I would highly recommend Renee to anyone looking to train their dog!

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

Happy At Home Pet Sitting
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl C.
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Karen is wonderful with my dog! Usually after the initial meet & greet I prefer to be at the first few visits until I know my dog and the pet sitter are comfortable with each other. But my dog took yo Karen immediately and I was able to skip that step very comfortably. My dog fell in love with her instantly, and he is usually a very cautious dog. And as dog lovers know, we can trust their instincts. Karen has been so flexible and goes above & beyond. I'm so grateful I found her!

  • 23 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy A.
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Robin Billings is an experienced dog trainer. Robin has the innate ability to "read" your dog, and then she can help you understand how to train your dog. Robin's training methods are positive, not punitive. You and your dog will both enjoy having Robin instruct you - whether it you are training house manners or for the obedience ring.

JWPetCare
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kelsea D.
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Jocelyn, owner of JW Pet Care, has been working with our family since the week we brought our Labrador puppy home. The thought of leaving our “baby” with anyone else, especially a person who we did not know, seemed unbearable at the time. When we first met Jocelyn, we were immediately impressed with her strong knowledge base, impressive experience, and most importantly, her comfort level and warm, natural interaction with our dog. Jocelyn’s innate love for animals shined through immediately, which really calmed our nerves! Jocelyn has consistently provided great care. She arrives within the requested time frame, feeds, plays with, and loves our dog! Each time she visits, she sends at least one, but often several, photo or video updates. What a comfort it is to know that while we are at work, our dog is receiving so much attention and TLC. As a business owner, Jocelyn is responsive, professional, understanding, and fair. I appreciate her flexibility and willingness to work with our constantly changing schedules. I have never felt like this is just a business to Jocelyn; this is her passion. We feel blessed to have found her.

Comfy Critters Pet Sitting
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lori C.
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Sarah of Comfy Critters has been taking care of my dog, cat and rabbit for awhile and I completely trust her abilities! She provides daily walks for my dog, and gives them loving care multiple times a day when I am away. My pets always seem happy and relaxed, and they are always happy to see her! She also takes in my mail when I travel and makes it look like someone is home. My pets love her, and it makes me comfortable knowing they are in her care when I am away.

  • 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.

The K9Edge
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Virginia S.
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Great organization! Steph and her team went out of their way to make my dog feel at home, even going out and buying Smoked Salmon for her!

Sympatico Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Celine A.
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She is amazing with the animals! She taught my dog (and me) most of the basic commands in just 45 mins with great results! She spent a good 2 hrs. Talking about ways I can help my dog (new rescue), and how she is willing to help me. I could not have found a better, more personable trainer than Kim.

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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