Training-U To Train Your Dog

Avon, MA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Every dog is treated as an individual. Just like people, different dogs learn with different styles. I am comfortable with all of the positive training methods and and will give you the opportunity to learn new ways to communicate with your dog and learn how your dog is communicating with you. Dog training also involves people learning new ways of looking/seeing and some simple physical skills. I am an expert at training people.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Helping people solve problems with their dogs so both the dog and the owner can win. Helping people learn that a well trained dog is a happy dog because he knows what to do, when and where to do it and that gives a dog a great feeling of security.

Location

Avon, MA 02322

Years in business

16

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

128

Reviews

55 Reviews
  • Molly J. Nov 7, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great trainer!
    Our first session with Peter was great! We are already seeing huge improvements in our dogs behavior after just one session. Peter is friendly and easy to work with. We can't wait for our next session!
  • Holly R. Nov 3, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Peter is an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10!
    I hired Peter to assist me in fine-tuning some commands and behavior with my 3 year old Goldendoodle. Peter responded immediately and was very detailed in his first email about how he could assist me with the specific areas I wanted to focus on. He made it very easy to schedule the training. He called to confirm day and time and gave me a short overview of how he planned to work with us. I was very impressed that he had given such in-depth thought as to how he would customize training for my dog. Peter arrived on time and was extremely effective in training not only my dog, Charlie - but me! He is calm, gentle and very understanding. My dog, Charlie - trusted him immediately - so, I did too! I plan to work with Peter again in the very near future. He is knowledgeable, professional and experienced. I learned an ENORMOUS amount from our time together. Peter is EXCELLENT at what he does. I was most impressed and very satisfied. Do you and your dog a favor - Hire Peter!
  • Debra B. Oct 28, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Thank You
    Very professional and knowledgeable.
  • Paula M. Sep 11, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Charlotte
    Peter was very knowledgeable. Clicker training is so different! I am having a bit of difficulty grasping it by myself. I'm keeping at it.
    Replied to Paula M. - Sep 13, 2016

    Please, call me! I dont want this to be difficult, and it really should be easy. If you are having problems it is my fault and I want to correct them. I pride.myself on happy clients and you don't sound happy yet.

  • Shaun B. Sep 6, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Trained us not our pup!
    Just had our first training session and already seeing immediate improvement in our ability to control our puppy! Excellent and easy to follow instructions, felt like we were being trained and not our dog!
  • Sandra W. Aug 19, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Peter was well versed in modern dog training methods. He was kind and gentle with my dog and she responded to him.
  • Cheri M. Aug 2, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Payed $135 to learn what I could of learned for free on YouTube ... Plus he was 1/2 hr late with no notice ...
    Replied to Cheri M. - Aug 3, 2016

    Cheri, you only had one of the two sessions. We can work on any particular problem during the next session on Friday. I apologize for being late, I'll be sure to be on time for our second session. I have you listed for 2:00pm.

  • Katherine M. Jul 21, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Peter is extremely intelligent and well-read when it comes to dog training. He spent two quality private sessions with me and my dog, and the improvement in her behavior was obvious within minutes of our first session. We have a long way to go but Peter gave me and my family a great foundation upon which to raise my new pup. And who knew, we had the tools all along - food!
  • Ann K. Jul 1, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    I'm so happy I found Peter. I have 2 rambunctious dogs with super short attention span. They never listen. After our first session with Peter, not only did they learn basic obedience, they also learned who their leaders are - me and my husband! I love the idea that he trained us. My dogs direction should come from us and they can only be better if we are better handlers, which is what Peter believes in and it is successful. Highly recommend this guy!
  • Danielle P. May 25, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Clicker training was very easy to understand and do with my puppy, and made me realize all my puppies potential as well as mine as a new dog owner!
  • Maggie M. Apr 30, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Peter was extremely professional and knowledgable in the area of canine behavior. His techniques were helpful- we're already seeing improvement with our shy dog- and his patience while working with our dog was impressive! Peter answered all of our questions and his positive and supportive technique is just what our dog needed.
  • Marta D. Apr 26, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Peter was fantastic with my 9 year old Jack Russell, teaching us new ways to start addressing his issues with dog aggression and communication skills. We will definitely be hiring him again for further lessons.
  • Ronald E. Apr 16, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Melissa M. Mar 14, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Peter was very helpful. He specifically helped us with our puppy's barking, leash manners and hyperactive behavior. We've had puppy training with our dog at Petsmart but hired Peter to help with these small problem areas and he helped us a lot in just 1 hour. I'd definitely hire him again if need be.
  • John C. Mar 14, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Excellent, very knowledgeable in dog behavior
  • Mariel C. Mar 14, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Excellent experience! Had great advice. Judi took to him well. Would use again!
  • Laureen I. Feb 18, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    excellent, very knowledgeable, connected instantly with my puppy, and Brutus LOVED him. I have a very smart pup, but Peter made him smarter!
  • Haynes P. Feb 17, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Adam C. Jan 29, 2016
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Really knows what he is talking about, look forward to working with him again.
  • Sean A. Dec 27, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Peter is a wonderful trainer. He was able to teach me how to train my dog very quickly. I highly recommend him. He is professional, friendly and timely.
  • Carolyn S. Dec 10, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Peter Gobel has done a wonderful job with a challenging situation. My 13 year old formerly very active dachshund was diagnosed with SARDS in March and became totally blind very quickly. This terrible illness results in not only blindness, but at times loss of some hearing, ferocious appetite which led to weight gain ,back issues, and terrible confusion on her part. Everyone's life here was all of a sudden very different. She wouldn't walk on leash or in the yard except for on our basketball court where she could tell where she was due to the surface.Peter has made a huge difference with the clicker training and having me relax a take baby steps with her. She is much more confident . He realized she needed a louder clicker for hearing difficulties and also gave me a music pictch pipe to let her know where I am. I was worried about weight gain due to the clicker treats, but she uses a portion of her daily meal allotment and generally is holding steady or losing a bit because she is exercising more. He is a kind, smart and gentle trainer and I would recommend him highly.
  • Lauren M. Nov 28, 2015
    Dog Training - Group Lessons
    Verified Review
    Our rescue dog is shy and fearful of anyone new so he barks. I was a little nervous since this is my first dog and didn't know how he'd act once Peter came over. But Peter was very calm, patient, and made our pup feel comfortable. We're just at the beginning and going to continue working with Peter throughout the training process so our dog will be the best companion dog for our family!
  • Casey g. Nov 22, 2015
    Dog Training - Group Lessons
    Verified Review
    After one session, I can say that Peter did a wonderful job of handing our energetic 9 month old lab. Peter helped our puppy become more responsive to commands, and provided my husband and I with invaluable advice on what to do and (possibly, more importantly) what not to do for improving his behavior. We look forward to our next session with Peter.
  • Rick S. Nov 8, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter did a great job in helping us to train our 10 year old Pomeranian. Peter was able to help us understand some miscommunications that we were teaching our Sampson. We have modified our behaviors and now Sampson has been more social with other dogs and more accepting of friends and visitors to our house.
  • Rachel S. Oct 24, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I was thrilled with the progress my 3 month old puppy Callie made after just one session with Peter. He gave me the tools to train Callie myself and I am more at ease because of it. I would recommend Peter to everyone.
  • James S. Oct 6, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Replied to James S. - Oct 6, 2015

    This confuses me. I provided good info and the pup was responding.

  • Tom &. Sep 26, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Karina D. Sep 21, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Unbelievable. I have a 12 week old Australian Cattle mix and almost no experience in training dogs. Peter is extremely professional, kind, and experienced. He came right on time to my house at 5:30AM and brought treats for my puppy and even gave me a clicker. I noticed a clear difference in my puppy and Peter helped me to understand more about animal behavior. I look forward to our next session this coming week! He is outstanding!
  • Ann D. Sep 19, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Peter was very patient and used positive rather than heavy handed techniques (prong collars, shock collars, alpha rolls) which I greatly appreciate.
  • Cassandra M. Sep 4, 2015
    Dog Training - Group Lessons
    Verified Review
    We spent 2 hours training them. I have two 3 month old puppies giving time to each. The pups did great and a day later they remembered what was taught. Using a clicker and kibble was new for me even though I have had several dogs. Today I practiced each time a negative behavior was done such as fighting and getting really into it.
  • Monique L. Jun 17, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter was attentive and very kind. For our first training session, he taught basic techniques that seem to be aligned with the methods he uses. The second appointment he gave more specific direction on the original issue I sought training to address. Overall, I would invite him back for evaluations, his prices are great for the area, and he comes to you. I was looking for a trainer to help me with a specific negative behavior my dog began in the past year. If you are hoping for specific behavior corrections, this may not be the best route to take. I would recommend Peter for initial/new dog training and basic obedience training.
  • Connor R. May 31, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Great experience. 2 weeks out from the first session and I'm seeing noticeable and gradual improvement from my 20 month old ridgeback.
  • Michael R. May 22, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Great personality and great trainer. My puppy took to him immediately. My puppy wouldn't wear his collar or walk on a leash, and in only one week he's not only doing both, but a handful of other tricks as well!
  • Jordan S. May 19, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter was great to work with! He was very patient and did a great job teaching how we can better communicate with our dogs. He also provided great every day tips for continued success as our dogs get older. Highly suggest!
  • Lauryn A. May 5, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter was absolutely fantastic with dogs! He taught our stubborn and sometimes defiant pup the "leave it" command in about 5 minutes flat, when I was previously unsuccessful! Peter was very patient despite my dog's loud barking and aggression. He provided a lot of training material and answered all of my questions! Highly recommended!
  • Maura C. May 2, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter is obviously very experienced in training dogs. Our challenge with a nine month old puppy was to get her to obey basic commands, and Peter was very helpful showing and explaining what to do. He was prompt, reasonably priced, and came to our home, which cinched the deal. Peter was flexible with his schedule, and clearly cares about training dogs (and cats) to behave on command. We'd highly recommend him.
  • Donna M. Apr 28, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter was amazing! I have 3 dogs that are good sizes and he had them quiet enough to enter the house without being accosted! In 7 years I have not see that. He also explained exactly what he was doing and why. I am looking forward to working with him.
  • Stephanie P. Apr 24, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter was fantastic with my dog, Shilo! He's a very scared dog and it shows as aggression. I'll be honest, I was reaching the end of my rope and losing hope that Shilo would have a happy future, and I knew I had to find somebody to help who could educate me on how to help my little guy. Peter was patient and encouraged my family and I all to have patience and be ready to put in the work. We've been working with Shilo according to Peter's instructions and he's already doing much better. I'm able to get his attention away from barking at strangers/ squirrels/ guests and he's been doing better at going to the bathroom OUTSIDE, which was a problem that was driving my mom up a wall. Peter uses positivity training only and has a bunch of useful videos on his website. He's clearly somebody who's passionate about helping dogs and we're all very grateful for his help, especially Shilo, since he's clearly more confident and relaxed since we've starting this training regimen. 10/10 would recommend to anybody looking for anything from puppy training to serious problem training.
  • Marie M. Apr 10, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Joanna L. Feb 25, 2015
    Dog Training
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  • Doreen O. Jan 24, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Excellent. Great with dogs. Could see improvement in dog after first session,
  • Anne S. Jan 19, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter met with me about my 1 year country old dog adopted from Arkansas and now living in the city. He gave me positive ways to help him and me feel more comfortable in our surroundings. Very positive training and trainer.
  • Selene F. Dec 31, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Adrianna R. Jun 9, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter was wonderful with Jacob and with me. He was patient when I couldn't pick things up right away and was encouraging when I did get something right. He helped me realize Jacob probably knows a lot more than he lets on. He was calm gave me plenty of suggestions and homework which I have already started working on. I look forward to working with him again
  • Sean H. May 5, 2014
    Peter has a warm, friendly and professional approach to not only to our puppy, but also to our young children and us. Through his training, we have seen remarkable progress with our puppy and his ongoing advice has yielded wonderful results. I would recommend him without hesitation.
  • Heide S. May 3, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Last week we adopted a rescue dog. Before her foster home she had spent most of her life in a crate. She needs a lot of training, including house-training (which she apparently forgot in the move from her foster home). Peter got us started with the clicker training which she took to right away. (She also took to Peter right away.) Following his instructions, she had no more accidents in the house! (Really, not one.) We will definitely be following up for more training. Next major issue: dealing with other dogs.
  • Michael B. Apr 28, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter is definitely a man who is passionate about his work. He's very patient and is very fair with his rates. I've had aggression problems with my 3 year old boxer/pit. I couldn't even walk him if there was anyone around outside. It's been 2 days since Peter's visit and there's a very noticeable improvement. If you have any issues with your dog, I highly recommend his services. I for one am very impressed.
  • Christine C. Apr 28, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter was great to work with. Our young puppy warmed up to him right away and we all learned a lot in our first session together. He was very patient and was eager to help us and get us started in the right direction. I highly recommend Peter!
  • Hani K. Dec 20, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter was a great trainer. He arrived early in the morning and we immediately set out to train my three month old puppy. He uses a lot of positive re-enforcement methods and showed us how to begin training a puppy. He gave us the basics and demonstrated how to use them. He's very patient and knows how to get into the mind of dogs! He also gave us a lot of tips on how to potty train, discipline, reward and followed up with me the next day. We have already seen results in many areas. I would highly recommend Peter to help you with training your dog or puppy
  • Dina A. Oct 21, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter was really great, patient, and enthusiastic. We were having trouble integrating a 5yr old dog and a new kitten. Within a very short amount of time he used techniques that allowed both animals to be in the same room together for longer than we had ever experienced.
  • Annie S. Oct 16, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Peter was fantastic and I recommend him wholeheartedly. He came to our home last evening to help my husband and I train our new puppy. I've never owned a dog before and was very confused about what to do. I had done some research online, but found conflicting information and was not confident about the best way to proceed with training, so I began searching for trainers and found Peter through thumbtack. He responded to my inquiry promptly and was available to come to our house the following night. Peter was incredibly patient and skillful with both me and my puppy. He has several decades of experience training dogs and volunteering in shelters. His positive attitude was very encouraging. He was generous with his time. Peter taught my husband and I several techniques and tricks to acclimate and train our puppy and answered all of our questions. Our puppy reacted to him and to his training methods immediately. We could see a difference right away. This morning I woke up to a much happier dog who I knew how to train. The progress is wonderful. Peter also recommended resources for us to continue our training and offered his services whenever we need extra help. His prices also cannot be beat.
  • Tracey R. Oct 14, 2013
    Our family participated in Peter's Canine Good Citizen class at Massasoit Community College this summer. He was unfailingly positive (with both the dogs & their humans) and effective in teaching the CGC skills. He is insightful & humorous. He also came to our home for a private session, which was very productive. Peter's rates are very reasonable; he is easy to reach, and quick to return emails. We feel very lucky to have him as a trainer, and can't recommend him highly enough!
    Replied to Tracey R. - Oct 14, 2013

    Thank you for your kind words.

  • Marylou M. Sep 17, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    His Training With My Mollie, The Dog Is Like Magic. I Noticed My Mollie's Behavior Changes Just Over Night. Peter Is A Wonderful Trainer.
  • Jason A. Aug 30, 2013
    Dog Training
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    Peter can to our home on Thursday, and when he left my wife and I learned so mush from him. I learned that it take a lot of time my wife and I are so glad that we found him We cannot wait for the next Appt.\ thank you thumb tack
  • Deborah T. Oct 21, 2012
    Dog Training
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Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I come to your home and begin with introducing myself to the dog and beginning the process of calming the dog down. Once the dog is a bit calmer I begin teaching by just "clicking and rewarding"any calm behavior so the dog can learn to take.a treat from my hand. Once the dog takes a treat progress begins!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I stay active through involvement with the American Kennel Club, "Canine Good Citizen" program. This past year I coordinated The Randolph Dog Day event with vendors from around the state and conducted the Evaluations for CGC certification. I can not do a CGC evaluation on a dog that I have helped train. I will help you set up with another evaluator. I am a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the publication "Chronicle of the Dog" contains frequent articles by the leaders in the field of dog training and canine behavior. There was an article in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue about me as the organizer of the new Massachusetts Canine Professional Club.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Not complicated just unusual. My initial quote is for two sessions because I can't teach it all and you can't learn it all in one session. It's also too much for the dog. Follow up sessions are negotiated, factoring in time, frequency, distance ....
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Almost 85% of the animals surrendered to shelters have behavior problems listed as a cause for the surrender. I'm hoping to improve things for the owners, the dogs and the shelters. I strongly support the AKC-Canine Good Citizen program and frequently donate my time as an evaluator to various canine charities. I recently became a presenter for the "Doggone Safe-Be a Tree" program which is aimed at preventing dog bites to children.
What types of customers have you worked with?
My dog is not house"broken". Where and when do you want the dog to do his "business" and I teach you how to teach that behavior. My dog is impossible when the doorbell rings. What do you want the dog to do when the doorbell rings? I recommend teaching the dog to go lie down on something (an old towel, a dog bed , your old t-shirt). I will teach you how to train your dog to do exactly that and make it happen when the doorbell rings. My dog always pulls on the leash. Using only rewards I can teach you how to train your dog to walk in the "Heel" position.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I'm happiest that frequently just one session is sufficient to help the owners control their dogs. Following my instructions over the course of a week will change how the dog responds and even looks at you. That makes me beam!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Before committing money, be sure you are comfortable with the trainers techniques, both in the way of training modalities and the way they are taught. Finding yourself explaining to yourself or others that what you are doing to the dog isn't abuse, is a pretty clear sign that it is abuse. (see Milgram Experiment)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
This is my retirement job/entertainment. I spend 20 hours a month at the local shelter helping train my home town's strays. I really like working with them and we do a lot of "loose leash". I also introduce all the strays to "clicker training" beginning with either "go to mat" of "leave it".