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Allendale Dog Trainers

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  • 17 years in business
  • 197 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
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Matt L.
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Very professional, and was extremely helpful with training my dog. When there were some issues with the weather, they reached out immediately to reschedule. I would highly r

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  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Dana S.
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Brian has such a calm demeanor and gave us simple directions for helping with our dog's behavior. We chose to have Brian "train us to train our dog" and it has been working beautifully. Brian is easy to communicate with and we would highly recommend him to anyone who needs dog training help.

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 55 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Alyssa H.
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JoJo was such a huge help with training my newly adopted dog and helping her get along with my older dog. My new dog had food aggression issues and would bite my other dog and myself, but JoJo offered many ideas to help and after trial and error with the different options, it finally worked and now both dogs get along great and there has been no aggression! She helped greatly with basic dog training as well. I also learned how to be a leader for my dogs and JoJo provided many leadership skills for me to work on and owns dogs listen so much more. I felt so overwhelmed when I adopted the second dog but JoJo has definitely helped to improve my leadership skills in order to help my dogs.

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Gray House Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
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Margie P.
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Virginia was always available to consult on my dog and her issues. She provided valuable training to my dog as well as me. I would not hesitate to recommend her services. She had an excellent manner of controlling my dog. Thank you Virginia

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 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
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Anna M.
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We had experience with Clare! She was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful with training our young puppy! Would definitely recommend her services to anyone in need of dog training!

  • 16 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia V.
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Dan's own dogs are the perfect example of his extremely capable dog training program. I visited his dogs on several occasions as his dogsitter. Both were large breed dogs and could easily have been difficult to control. Instead, they were ALWAYS very well behaved and responded to commands. I would highly recommend Dan's services to anyone.

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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.

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Gina D.
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I adopted a Staffie (American Pit Bull) when he was 4 months old - he grew into a 55 pounder more quickly than I was prepared for. By the time he was 12 months old I was afraid to walk him, he was so reactive and strong; it was a chaotic mess. Haywood was recommended to me by the person who works in a nearby pet supply store, he knew customers who got trained there, and he saw the dog class walking by his store and the results over a period of time. When I arrived at Academy Dog Training for my first appointment (meet and greet and evaluation) - I had to ask Haywood to come out to my car to get my dog. I really mean I could not walk him, even a short distance. We agreed on working together to train me and tame Blue. After the first training session, I learned how to control him and was able to start taking him on short walks. What I gained was my confidence, what Blue gained was his self control. I have learned that "training" is a perpetual thing; just like raising a child. Haywood showed me how to be the leader - how to be consistent - how to administer correction - how and when to reward. The training started one-on-one; conducted indoors. Then we moved out doors, then we moved to a small group,and out in the real world of streets, shopping centers, all of us, large and small dogs, all different breeds together. It was amazing how quickly we progressed. What is unique is the real life training environment, not just in a store in an enclosed environment. It's been 4 months now and I can walk my dog anywhere, safely and sanely. And, I walk my 2 dogs together - the pit and a jack. I would recommend Haywood for anyone who has a dog and wants to have an enjoyable, happy pet. Sincerely, Gina

  • 38 years in business
  • 31 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.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
4.4
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 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.

Top Pro
  • 11 years in business
  • 12 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.

Jane's Dog Care Service
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
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Jane took care of our FIVE little fur-bearing family members while we were away for a week. She is by far the best pet-sitter we have ever had! She started with an initial meeting in our home, which was incredibly thorough. It's clear she has a real love for and understanding of dogs, and real skill handling behavioral issues with pets. It's also clear now that we've had her support that the full range of services she offers is delivered with the same gentle, insightful, and steady care that every pet owner wants for their four-legged loved ones. She also retrieved our mail and made sure the house was safe while we were away--a real bonus! Jane provides daily written updates, which were incredibly helpful (she also identified an issue with our bathroom ceiling that would have taken us a few days to notice after we came back). She even found our shy guy, Skinner, every day, even though he is very good at hiding from strangers! We returned home to a happy, snuggly, healthy menagerie that had been expertly cared for. It was such a comfort knowing we had reliable, thoughtful care while we were away. We'll definitely reach out to Jane again the next time we're out of town. Strong endorsements from both of us humans and our furry five-some!

  • 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.

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!!!

Canine Obsessions
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Darius L.
Verified review

I am grateful for your help and support on training my dog Kane. The E Colar you suggested was a big help, when training without the leash.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brittany C.
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Katrina did a fantastic job taking care of Itchy, my cat, while I was away for more than two weeks. I received regular updates of what Itchy was up to every day, and was assured he was well taken care of. (Very helpful for an anxious person such as myself!) It was lovely to come home to a happy kitty and all cat-related tasks done as requested. Highly recommended!

Ashlynn's Pet School

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    I use safe, humane, positive reinforcement methods that allow you and your dog to have fun while working.

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    I will walk, train, or sit for your dog while you are at or away from home. Multiple-dog homes are welcome.

    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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