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Newton Dog Behavior Specialists

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

Hand 2 Paw Training
4.7
from 121 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 191 hires on Thumbtack
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 107 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 224 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
John C.
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Excellent, very knowledgeable in dog behavior

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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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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
  • 100 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 💯!!

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The Pawsitive Experience
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

Alpha Dog Services
4.7
from 25 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Sherrie T.
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We hired Lori for a consultation for our dog's aggressive behavior towards the cat. She pointed out that getting back to basics with the dog would be rewarding in many ways. Her tips were simple and helpful. Lori was also flexible with her schedule, which was needed for full time working parents of a young child! I will hire her again if/when the need arises.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

ACTK9
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon O.
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My husband and I had a great experience with John and his partner! We were unsure what our dog needed in terms of training so they came to do an evaluation at our home. They exceeded what we were expecting in terms of advice for first time meeting and getting to know us and our dog. Also our dog took to John really well which makes me confident if we ever decide to do more training he is in great hands. Would highly recommend John and actk9!

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Jezzie Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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.

  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Marvin C.
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Michael is an exceptional dog trainer. He really makes your life and dogs life a lot easier. My husky came back from his training a brand new obedient dog. Do not miss your opportunity to work with mike, you wont regret it.

  • 23 years in business
  • 14 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!

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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!

Leather & Lace K9 Academy
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Nico B.
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Noelle is amazing at what she does!!! I was fearful that I was going to have to give my beautiful dog away as she kept jumping and scratching my elderly father. I heard about Noelle through a family friend who had used her services and immediately decided to contact her. Initially I had no hopes, but after our first consultation, I knew I was in great hands! She came to my house and we set goals and started training immediately. Noelle introduced key commands as well as behaviors for my dog to learn and follow. The connection she was able to make with my dog was very unique and has allowed her to make significant progress. We have now conquered the jumping issue and had moved on to other goals. Noelle has enabled me to have a better relationship with my dog and taught me how to make my dog do what I want her to do, a concept easier said than done. Very thankful for Noelle and what she has done for my family.

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!

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.

The Wagging Leash
4.0
from 4 reviews
    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!!!

    I AM DOG
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 20 years in business
    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.

    The Cooperative Dog
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 22 years in business
    Heather B.
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    Vera has been incredibly helpful for my dog, Nala, and me. She tailors her sessions to the people and dogs in her class, so everyone is getting their issues and needs met. She's big on 'meeting you where you are at" and helping you understand your dog so you are able to meet them where they are at. When she gives you feedback and suggestions, she is sensitive in her approach and you end up feeling more confident in your ability to train and interact with your dog, rather than feeling like you're a complete failure. You definitely have to put in your fair share of work outside of classes, and she checks in with you to see how you're progressing, which helps hold you accountable. Since beginning our work with Vera, I have noticed that Nala is calmer and looks to me more often for guidance. She responds more quickly when I correct her as well. Nala and I have more work to do but Vera has helped us get the ball rolling in the right direction. I highly recommend Vera for dog owners who want to have a more cooperative dog!

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Decoda A.
    Verified review

    I was nervous about bring my puppy Finn back to Boston after having a couple days of training in RI, but she helped me to feel more confident to take care of him and continue with training on my own for a few days. Her knowledge about dog behavior really helped me to under stand what I need to do to help my puppy understand me, and for me to understand him. I can't show enough gratitude that she drove all the way to Boston to help me, and I would recommend her to anyone dealing with training.

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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.

      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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