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Allendale Dog Trainers

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  • 17 years in business
  • 196 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Denise has been wonderful. She is board training my dog for two weeks. Looking forward to seeing him.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
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Divya R.
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My family feels very fortunate to have connected with Kathryn! I think Kathryn is a dog whisperer. Our pup instantly took to Kathryn and she taught us so much in our first meeting. We all feel much better equipped and at ease with training our dog. Kathryn only uses positive reinforcement and is a really great listener and trainer. We signed up for more advanced training in the coming weeks and know we are finally getting the help we need to ensure our pup is well-trained and adjusted.

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  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda G.
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Brian is an excellent choice for any and all dog training/behavior modification! We hired Brian to help with our two year old Wheaten terrier, Toby, that we adopted back in January. Toby is an extremely nervous and fearful dog, and we suspect that he had little to no human interaction before we got him. The best thing about working with Brian is that he taught us how to work with Toby, instead of simply doing everything himself. Brian showed us great techniques for introducing Toby to new situtations, maintaining control when walking Toby, reinforcing good behaviors, and addressing maladaptive behaviors. Because of the severity of Toby's fear of people, we will need to continue working with him for a long time beforw we see him become more of a "normal" dog, but thanks to Brian, we have the right tools to do so. Another thing we were blown away with while working with Brian is his dedication. There was one day where we didn't have a session planned, but Brian called to see if he could pick up Toby and bring him to interact with his own dogs, simply because he had the time and was genuinely invested in helping Toby! Brian also provided us with some training tools for Toby (clicker, treat bag), again, all due to his dedication to our dog. I would not hesitate to hire Brian if you are looking for someone professional, dedicated, knowledgeable, and all around wonderful at working with dogs (and people)! He truly knows what he's doing and cares for the dogs that he works with. Thank you again Brian!

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nancy H.
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Jojo is pleasant, helpful and a great teacher! I learned a few techniques I didn't know that helped in training my dog, immensely!! I really liked her style. Highly recommend !

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Gray House Dog Training
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
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Jazmine G.
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So far, I am beyond impressed with Virginia’s dog training skills. If our dog not improve it will be entirely on us for not doing our homework. Even after the consultation we saw an improvement: it was as though she’d sat down with our dog and had a conversation about what we wanted from him and he said “ Oh, I wish I had known! You never told me before. “ Highly recommend Gray House Dog training!

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Jay of Canine Dominion is more than just the best dog trainer ever. Once you hire him, it's as if he's become a member of your family -- a really smart, experienced, savvy member of your family who's truly invested in the successful training of your dog. He stands behind his dog training 100% too -- willing to provide additional sessions if needed at no additional charge. Jay brings amazing skills plus integrity to boot. Now if only I could find an auto mechanic version of Jay. ;-)

K9 College Dog Training, LLC
4.8
from 28 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jill R.
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Clare is the best! She has been working with our seven month old golden retriever ever since she got home at 10 weeks old. Clear is a fantastic, patient, fun teacher. Half the battle is training my husband and I and she does a good job doing that, too! She goes above and beyond by meeting us at the Pet Depot for a special swim lesson and checks in on our progress throughout the week. I would highly recommend K9 College Dog Training!

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca A.
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I couldn't be happier with the training that we've received from Social Tailwaggers. Jodie, our trainer. is so patient and very knowledgeable. The first time we met, we discussed what training I was interested in and what goals we were trying to achieve for my dog, Cooper. Cooper was around 10-11 months old when we began our first training session. She immediately began to introduce new skills and commands to work on training Cooper. After each lesson, Jodie sends a detailed email outlining all of the skills we worked on and suggestions to help with practicing on my own. Jodie was also helpful with recommendations on types of toys and feeding bowls to help with the energy level of my dog. I would highly recommend Social Tailwaggers to anyone who needs help training a new puppy or an older dog. It is well worth the time, money and effort to have a well trained dog and not only are you going to have a well trained, better behaved dog, it's also a lot of fun time spent with your dog.

  • 38 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Megan D.
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We've had two sessions with Maxine (an initial 3 hour visit and an hour long follow up visit) and couldn't be happier. We took in a 3 year old lab/beagle mix named Hamish about two months ago and needed some help with basic obedience training and also some specific problems: nuisance barking, pulling on the leash, and some occasional guarding behavior. After just one session, we were able to communicate much more effectively with Hamish and his problem behaviors lessened. And the extra guidance we got at our follow up session today has already proven extremely useful. Hamish used to bark and bark at passersby and not heed any of our efforts to quiet him. Now he barks less frequently and when he does we're able to get his attention and he stops. His recall has also improved dramatically. Overall, he's also much calmer - it's obvious he feels more comfortable now that he understands our respective roles and what's expected of him. We feel fully supported by Maxine and highly recommend her services.

FourDogLovers
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Saudia J.
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My experience with Kevin was phenomenal! He is EXTREMELY knowledgeable on dog behaviors and helped me to understand too! His level of care and service is very interspesonal. I went out of the country for a week and Kevin took awesome care of my puppy as well as had very successful training sessions with him. What I liked most, he made sure I learned along with my puppy so that I could work on the same things he did in his trainings. He has turned out life around. My pup had no training and now we have a new schedule for everything and I see awesome results! Thank You again Kevin! We will be back and I'll be sure the refer some people to you.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Gerald A.
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Mr. Anthony arrived 15 mins early and immediately got to work with my dog. He was extremely professional and well knowledgeable about dogs. He was able to walk my family and I through the entire process of training ourselves and training our dog. I loved his energy and warm spirit. With all that he taught us on how to train our dog I know we’re looking towards a brighter future for our family. Our baby Dice is already getting the hang of the training. He’s so excited to learn. Thank you Anthony for all of your help and knowledge I will DEFINITELY be passing your Information off to other pet lovers.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Donna S.
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We had our first lesson today. Sharon was great with our dog and with us as the owners. She demonstrated how to work with our dog and then had us do the training exercises. She gave us feedback on how to do them which was very helpful. I would highly recommend BarkBusters and in particular, Sharon.

Doggydawgs Pet Services LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Daniela M.
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The best dog care and professional in this area. Honest! Accountable, reliable, fair and affordable. Very accommodating and loving of your pet. Have been using her for YEARS.

Consistent Canine, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna P.
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I have a 5 year old, 85 pound pit bull/boxer mix named Bella, who is as sweet as they come, but she was a beast on the leash....pulling and choking herself making walks really unpleasant for everyone. We tried many different things with her, but nothing seemed to be working. We had Kristy over for 1 hour for training. She gave us some new tools to work with and some new techniques and literally I was able to walk her within 15 minutes!! She is like a new dog, and we are BOTH loving the walks together. I HIGHLY recommend Kristy for any dog training that you need. She is fantastic!!!

Urban Canine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kate O.
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I was a little nervous about sending my puppy away for puppy camp but Jessica made it so easy. We were in touch multiple times a day, my dog had THE BEST time and came out of it no longer afraid of people and other dogs. At a small gathering of friends the other night, I beamed with pride as my friends described her as just "loving everyone." This is in part because she learned socialization early and it's easier for her to bond and trust (and learn!) Thank you Jessica!

  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Whiskey D.
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We have been with Spoiled Paws for almost 9 years now. It is worth having her stop by the house to let my dog out and enjoy the sun for some time during the day. Caroline does a great job with our dog.

The Pet Stop
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna S.
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Theresia provides the best pet sitting service available. We have two 80 lb. adopted dogs that come with their quirks. Theresia watches them in her house and treats them as part of her family. They are always so excited to visit her that they pull us to her door. We are blessed to have her and you can travel without worries knowing your dogs are being treated as they would be in your own home.

About

We believe we can help you build a happy relationship with your dog with constancy love and guidance. We do not use harsh training methods.

About

I love dogs; my services include walking, playing and also feeding animals. I will do what it takes to keep your pet happy and safe.

About

Advantage K9 is a family-owned and -operated dog training business that revolves around you and your dog's needs. We offer basic obedience that includes come, sit, down and heel. We can fix anything from jumping up on you or your furniture to digging in the trash. Any questions you may have, we will answer. Call us today!

About

I am an animal first aid certified. I do dog walking, pet sitting, and dog training. I have 10 years of dog experience.

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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