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  • 26 years in business
  • 233 hires on Thumbtack
Josh P.
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Kathy breeds the best German shorthair pointer's I've ever seen. I have seen many different dogs throughout the years of Upland game hunting and hers by far the best around in New England. The male that I bought off of her is phenomenal in the field. I have and will continue to reference friends and people to Cady falls!

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Hand 2 Paw Training
4.7
from 108 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 175 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Krystal I.
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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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Gone to the Dogs
4.9
from 56 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
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Aijia Z.
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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
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Anne G.
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Dog training. Amanda is kind, compassionate and has a good knowledge of dogs. She has been tremendously helpful.

  • 8 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy F.
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John is a class act who opens your eyes and makes you see what a dog is thinking and gives the tools needed for your dog to be your follower and not your leader...the difference in our German Shepard from before the training to now (end of training) is like apples to oranges, and our dog now knows his boundaries, in and out of the house. Great service, great guy, great price ! Thanks again for your help John! And a big thank u from Rocky!

Greystoke Farm, LLC
4.8
from 49 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Lori S.
Verified review

I sent my 16 week old German Shepherd to be trained. I sent an unruly puppy that yanked on the leash, ate everything, and every other bad behavior puppies have. Roxy stayed at Greystoke for a week training. I can’t believe the well behaved dog I got back. She walks right by my side and sits when I stop walking. She sits when told and stays for an extended period of time. Although she still try’s to eat things with the command leave it she drops it. I highly recommend the training. The knowledge and professionalism is outstanding. I have learned so many new things.

  • 3 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Emily W.
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I was a little hesitant to send my dog off to Isys because when I looked over her Facebook page it didn't seem as though she had as much experience as some of the other trainers who I spoke with. I talked with her by phone and explained what we were struggling wiht with our 10 month old Goldendoodle. Following our conversation, I felt comfortable with her training methods and decided what the heck - everyone starts out with fewer clients. I am SO glad I made the decision to go with her. I asked her about her background and experience and she has been training dogs since she was a teenager, having trained the family to participate in agility competitions. Our dog did not have a major behavior problem. He is and was a very sweet dog who listened inconsistently, stole food from the counters, and hated going in to his cage - he either refused or barked and whined the whole time he was in there. He did not need major behavior modification but needed to listen consistently, come when called, and be trusted not to steal food. Isys is one of the few trainers who will do a "boot-camp" style training who does not use shock collars. For me this was important because I need to be able to control my dog and can't hold a remote in my hand 24/7. In addition we have an electric dog fence and two collars are just too much for him to wear. Isys uses repetition and positive reinforcement and by being consistent our dog came back a better listener. As I type this he has been waiting patiently in his crate for ten minutes, with the door open, to be allowed to leave. I wish I could post a picture to prove it! Over the ten day period when Isys had my dog she updated me with pictures and videos on his progress. It was clear from her pictures and updates that our dog was happy and having fun while training. He was with other dogs at times which helped him obey even when distracted. We had coordinated the training to align with a vacation so it was nice to know that our dog was having a great holiday as well. Isys also has incredible follow through. After dropping my dog back off at home, she spent about an hour going over what he had learned with us. A few weeks later when I was not having as much success as Isys had had, she came back and trained him again at my house. She also offered and will be coming back again to train my three young children on how to maintain the obedience training. Isys is calm, upbeat, and very accommodating. I would highly recommend Isys for dog training.

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The Pawsitive Experience
4.8
from 48 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
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Zack B.
Verified review

My wife and I rescued a 1.5 year old German Shepherd mix from a local shelter. We were referred to Sandy by the shelter, and couldn't be happier. This is our first pup, and Sandy has been a huge help. We started with the basics, such as simple commands like sit and stay. Now I can use hand targeting to direct her, command her to lay down on her blanket rather than trot to the door when we have guests. Oh, and walking my dog is now a pleasure, not a chore. 5/5, would recommend Sandy's services to anyone.

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For Dog's Sake!
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Andrea A.
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My husband and I are so glad we found Becca. She is absolutely awesome and our dogs love her!! She is very reliable, responsible and flexible if we need to change our schedules. She has done obedience training with both of our dogs and we have really noticed a difference in them. We would highly reccomend her to anyone!

ACTK9
4.6
from 20 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Siobhan P.
Verified review

It's hard to know who to choose when hiring any professional. I have an 8 month old German Shepherd, and after doing much research trainers, I decided to go with ACT K9. I was so impressed from the very beginning! During the evaluation, I met John and Lindsey and 2 of John's dogs. I have never met more trained dogs in my life. John's interaction with them was amazing. A week later we started training my dog, Sasha. After one lesson, she was already learning to heel. We have only had 2 lessons so far, but Sasha is already listening so much better. John and Lindsey really know what they're doing. The training is as much for me as it is for my dog. I'm so happy I chose them!!!

The Gratefuldog
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Mike C.
Verified review

Elaine is a great dog trainer! She really understands dogs' behavior and how to deal with them. She did an excellent job showing us how to deal with him and gave us so much great general info on raising a dog, which we really need as first time dog owners.

L.E.A.D. Dog
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Asia W.
Verified review

Did a great job with my German Shepherd. Had great knowledge of the breed and help to make her a great dog now!

Me and My Dog Training
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ilana O.
Verified review

The best dog training ever. I felt so comfortable that my dog was with someone that really loves dogs. In only 3 sessions, my German Shepherd is already responding to several commands. Inside the house he knows how to behave when guests arrive and I am finally able to bring him out in public without worrying that he would attack a person or another dog. I would recommend Evan to anyone that really wants to get results and have well behaved dogs.

Alpha Dog Center
3.8
from 10 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Alt S.
Verified review

I have been a very active customer of Alpha Dog for 4 years now, we were introduced through a friend when we purchased our 4 month old Female German Shepherd. We have used all services that Alpha Dog provides and have been more then happy with each service (Training, Daycare, Grooming, Food) Kendra (Owner and Trainer) has played an huge role in the proper training and behavior of our dogs (We now own 3). Kendra will tell you from day one that her training style is done in a military manner. She takes her job very seriously in order to product well socialized, well mannered, and well adapted dogs who can handle being out in society. I have seen some reviews on these sites that "complain" about Kendra and the staff of Alpha Dog and their "Military/Black and White" ways. For me and my dogs Military/Black and White is what I want. I want dogs that respect me and respect others, I want my dogs to be safe and controlled while in public, I want others to be able to enjoy my dogs without them being any danger to others. I have recommended Kendra and Alpha Dog to numerous people, but I always say right off the bat that they always SAY IT LIKE IT IS. They in no way sugar coat anything, because they want to be 100% up front and honest with you. What a lot of people don't know about Kendra and Alpha Dog is that this business isn't all they do, they travel to many animal shelters and offer donated time to help rehabilitate shelter dogs. They have seen the worst of the worst, they have seen what owners have caused by lack of proper socializing and training. All these thrown away dogs are what drives these girls to conduct Alpha Dog the way that they do. I have nothing but fantastic things to say about Alpha Dog, if you want a well trained, socialized, and adapted member of your family then Alpha Dog is the place for you. If you would like to have a puppy/dog that is off the wall and out of control, but you do not want to take any advice from a Certified/Award Winning trainer, then perhaps this is not the place for you.

  • New on Thumbtack
Dennis F.
Verified review

Being a natural born skeptic, I had doubts about dog trainers in general. However my rescue puppy Cate and I had a wonderful experience attending Shannon's Basic class. Shannon's depth of knowledge was impeccable as she fielded any and all questions that class participants had. Her patience with both the canines AND their handlers was admirable. The only thing that could be improved upon was me!! Dennis W. Fogg and his best girl Cate.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jessica Z.
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Becca did amazing work with my pup! My German Shepherd listens to me now and she is still the same happy pup I dropped off. Thank you SO much for your help!!

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Fernando M.
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I have done 2 classes and I am completly amazed as to how quickly Steve is able to get my dog to listen. I would highly recommend Steve to everybody I know. He is absolutely great with the dogs and is also a people person. And I training my dog in German with him.

Canty's Canines
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Marta C.
Verified review

Susan has been helping us with our 1-year old German Shepherd. Susan not only walks our dog to provide him his daily exercise, she also trains him while walking. Consistency is crucial in the development of your puppy and Susan has made this possible. After hiring many dog walkers, I can say that Susan is trust-worthy, dependable and my dog LOVES her. I highly recommend Susan as a dog walker.

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Miller Haus K9
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Cortney B.
Verified review

AJ is working with my German shepherd. He is incredibly good and has tons of knowledge about training. He was able to give us tasks to work on between training sessions. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for there dog to become more obedient and for protection work. I am more then excited to continue working with him!

Loyal Canines, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sue C.
Verified review

After searching, trying, and not being very happy with numerous doggie daycare facilities, I was told about Loyal Canines. I met with the owner Jermaine to learn about all he had to offer. It started with a 3 week boot camp for my German shepherd Casey for basic obedience and manners training. I also went to boot camp once a week for those 3 weeks for my own training. I was amazed at the patience and knowledge of the entire staff. The owner Jermaine is a true master at what he does. The facility is large and most important clean. This man cares about each and every dog!!! I have been bringing my dog here for years now and she always comes home a happy and tired girl. When I witnessed one of Jermaines own dogs doing a treadmill I asked him if he could train my dog on a treadmill since she was gaining a little too much weight. He did! I love this place. Always positive correction with praise. I just can't say enough about this place. I have recommended them to many of my friends without any reservations whatsoever.

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.

The Dog Butler
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Melissa B.
Verified review

I would highly recommend Terry as a trainer for any breed - dog or human. Terry taught us how to 'read' our Old English Sheepdog. Before he was a terror to walk - always pulling at his leash and distracted by everything. Now I can walk him with the leash drapped around my neck with no problems. It's amazing. Monty and I look forward to Terry's visits - we learn something new every week.

I AM DOG
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Laura S.
Verified review

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.

Fido & Freud
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Stacy G.
Verified review

I can't say enough good things about Nachwaechter German Shepherds. From the start Lindsay has been so informative and helpful. When it was time to pick a puppy she helped decided which one would best suit our lifestyle and he has been nothing but perfect. Her and John took him for their board and train program and he is so obedient and sweet. They were patient with us on learning all of his commands and followed up often and even took him back to further his training because they wanted him perfect for us. You guys have really been amazing and I can't thank you enough for being so supportive and accommodating to our individual needs. It's apparent your true love for the breed and thank you for all of your kindness and wisdom with my boy.

Cape Cod Dog Trainer
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jason K.
Verified review

I adopted a young Black Lab, with almost no training. He was ill behaved and wasn't listening. John watched him and understood the training that he needed immediately. Even after the first few hours of training John did, I noticed a change. Over the next week a big difference. John understands dogs and how to curb their bad behavior. He has had several German dogs of his own, so he knows how to work with Alpha dogs. I highly recommend John. If you have a young dog or even an older problematic dog, give him a try, you will see a change, I did.

Smarty Paws
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Stephen A.
Verified review

Michaela was very helpful and thorough when training my dog Henry. She not only trained Henry to heel, sit and stay but she showed me how I can maintain my dogs obedience with everyday tricks we practice on our own. I highly recommend Michaela to fellow dog owners who are looking for lasting results.

The PAWS Training Group
1.0
from 9 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kayla M.
Verified review

When I first met Shari, I was having a tough time understanding my dog and working with him. His name is Bruiser. He is my German Shepherd Husky mix. She helped me to under stand my dog in a new perspective. I learned through her methods of training and experience how to have fun and read my dogs body language. I learned to make Training a Positive experience that my pup enjoyed! I was always getting aggravated and frustrated with him, thinking that he just loved to make me mad. What I didn't understand was that it wasn't him that was the problem it was me. I had to learn to follow through and be the leader my pup deserves! With a lot of guidance and hands on work from Shari and dedication/patience from my end, everything paid off. I have a much better relationship with my dog because he knows I am a leader he can trust to make decisions for his safety. He went from not listening and being a guarding dog to becoming one who waits and watches for what I want him to do next and trusting my decisions in stressful situations. What most impressed me was her patience, explaining things I never understood, step by step, and good attitude towards it all. She never gives up on a dog in need and will push her students, even when times get tough, through to see the amazing results in the end. I was 100% satisfied with Shari and her teachings. Her schedule is very flexible. She is always a phone call away if I need to ask her a question on my dog and even when she doesn't pick up the phone, she gets back to me that same day, no matter the hour. I would recommend her to anyone I see having a tough time with their dog. She is the best!

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Karina Mendez

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Karina Mendez loves to walk dogs around the neighborhood. She has a natural affinity for pets, and the animals love her. Ask for service details and rates.

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