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  • 17 years in business
  • 198 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kris F.
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Denise helped Zinnie from when she was a pup and now she is almost 3. She has been through Basic and Advanced Obedience training. Denise also worked with me and Zinnie to get her to become a service dog for me. Zinnie is now a service dog that is scent trained for me and retrieved train. Zinnie is over 110 pounds and is able to pick up a credit card off a wood floor. This was all due to the training Denise did with me. If I had questions or issues Denise would work with me and Zinnie to get us through those issues. I wasn't able to for the longest time allow Zinnie to be off leash or she would run from me and wouldn't come back. Now she can be off leash and will mind my calls.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
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Bree D.
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WE LOVE HER! Not only is she smart and clear with her teachings but she is so good with my dog! He loves her the second she enters my home! She has helped us with leash pulling and basic obedience so far. Katherine is also One of the most reasonabley priced and far exceeds what she charges! We are very pleased with how much she cares and treats our Pup like her own.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
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Sherry P.
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Steve worked well with not only my dog that I am having some training issues with but also my 15 yo (he was able to pinpoint items on him that I never really noticed but realize now he can improve on). He was wonderful to work with and patient and professional. He was very knowledgeable as well. I would highly recommend.

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 56 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
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Obedience training, Jojo was very helpful and taught me a lot of information, I appreciated how she took time to sit and talk with me beforehand and learn the background of my dog.

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Gray House Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 70 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!

K9 College Dog Training, LLC
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Beth B.
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Clare Owings has been working with my 18 year old son and his 8 year old Labrador/boxer, with obedience training. On the first visit, I could tell immediately, she had the perfect personality and patience to help make this a pleasant experience. I found her ad in the local paper, and contacted her, without any prior references. Clare was available the next day, and arrived several minutes early for the first lesson (And each one since). She charges a reasonable fee , considering she provides more than just dog training. She has a genuine interest in my son and his future. They talk extensively about anything and everything...high school, college, life. Clare comes to the house for lessons and has also met at a nearby park.....wherever is convenient for my son. I highly recommend Clare Owings! We are fortunate (in many ways) to have found her!

  • 16 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie C.
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I have known Dan for a couple of years now, and have worked with him @ our kennel with our rescued gsd's/mixes. He is wonderful, very patient, and has made it possible for dogs who suffered from kennel stress to be seen and adopted and live a very happy and normal life. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs help in adjusting to adding a four legged family member or just brushing up on their obedience training.

For Pup's Sake, LLC
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanne M.
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Lara is terrific, and we recommend her wholeheartedly! Whether you need basic obedience or have a dog with serious problem behaviors (as was the case with our dog), Lara's in-depth knowledge and flexibility can help you build a better bond and happier co-existence with your dog. In our case, we deeply appreciated that Lara recognized those areas where we could use new/improved techniques and skipped over the areas where we were ok. This saved us both time and frustration, and allowed us to more quickly address the true problem areas. We still have much work ahead, but I am incredibly grateful to Lara for putting us on the right track!

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Happy B.
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Jodie has been fantastic with the information and training she provides. She is very organized with her puppy classes and provides additional information on puppy care at the end of each class. She also came to our home for an individual training session and was very insightful and helpful with tips on house training and providing tips on our puppy setup, schedule, and obedience training. She has been very helpful and is clearly very experienced.

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy M.
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I got Pete as a 15 month old rescue. He had no obedience training at all. The only thing he would do was sit after I said it about 5 times. Haywood was very patient with him and spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort to teach Pete everything he needed to know. He went out of his way to work with me both in my home and in groups to make my dog the happy, well-adjusted and well-behaved guy that he is today. There was a point where I wanted to give up and Haywood wouldn't let me. Thanks to him, Pete and I are very happy now! I can't thank Haywood enough.

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.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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Justice K9 Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lee C.
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Sarah is awesome. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about dogs and their training. She is patient and explained what we needed to do and why. We can't thank her enough for turning our out of control Lab in to a fantastic family pet.

  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Corey C.
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Paul is a great Dog training, not only is he knowledgeable but also his enthusiasm about what he does. I am a first time puppy owner and we often think that it’s the dog that has the issue. But Paul teaches us that it’s all about being able to communicate with your dog because all they do is want to make you proud. I took Paul’s training class and after 4 weeks I seem to have a new dog. No the dog was the same he just though me to be patient and help me to relay what I wanted my dog to do. The environment is very welcome not to mention how clean it is. I would advise anyone who thinks they have an issue with their dog to visit Pawsitive Paul's Dog Training. You and your dog will leave with a smile on your face.

Urban Canine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Rajeevee P.
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I highly recommend her puppy camp. We got our Labradoodle, Rexy, when he was 10 weeks. I was online immediately looking for a trainer since Rexy was a big boy--he weighed 23 lbs at the time. Jessica had excellent reviews on Yelp. Initially we had Jessica come by for in-home training, and we had some really productive sessions. He learned the commands for sit, down, stay, and a recall command. She only uses positive feedback training methods which was great, and Rexy was a quick learner. She even took him on a walk around the block to help us train him on loose leash walking. We really wanted to get him into her puppy camp before he turned 16 weeks, however, she was fully booked at the time. She promised to let us know if there were any cancellations. Around the time Rexy was 15 weeks, we had to go out of town for a few days--a trip that was planned before we got Rexy and could not be cancelled. We were really nervous about having to leave him at such a young age (he had separation anxiety), so I asked Jessica to recommend a good pet sitter, which she did. The week before we were scheduled to leave, Jessica had a cancellation from one of her puppy camp clients, and she let us know immediately. We took that spot and she even adjusted the dates so that she could take him on the days we were going to be out of town. I was so relieved! During the camp, she called to give us daily updates, and texted pictures. On the third day of camp, she informed us that Rexy's separation anxiety was more severe than we had realized since he got very anxious (constant whining and crying) whenever she wasn't near him. She asked if she could abandon the training plan she had for camp, and focus on relieving his anxiety. Of course we agreed! I was so glad he was with Jessica and not with a sitter-- if not we would have had to take the next flight home. During the rest of the camp, she worked on building his confidence--she took him on hikes, and even took him swimming to a local canine pool (we had no idea he was a natural at swimming). We came back a whole new puppy who was much more confident. She had several recommendations for us on continuing to work on building his confidence. Thanks to her, he has a come a long way from the shy and reserved puppy we brought home.

Dawn L.
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Dom was very professional and helpful. Besides walking, Butchy, he even taught him some better behavior!

Confident K9 Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Bryan G.
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Confident K9 has been amazing to work with. Rachel came out to my house and helped me with my new 7 month old never trained before puppy. Along with this she also has answered all of my questions with an incredibly quick response time. I will gladly continue using her to help train both me and my new puppy or any future puppy I get. I would highly recommend her expertise to anyone.

George G.
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Susan is the dog walker, trainer, running companion, and home away from home for our three year old Carolina dog Sandy. The American Kennel Club says Carolina dogs are the most hierarchical breed which means until you establish yourself as their alpha, they can be willful, exhibit dominance (i.e., they want to be at your face level so they jump up), and have almost boundless energy. We were told that Sandy would be as energetic at 13 years as she was at 13 months. We said, What have we gotten ourselves into? But Susan has turned Sandy into a perfect lady. First she taught her to sit in the care\ and not bother the driver. Sandy now loves her rides. Susan took Sandy on long runs. Sandy came home so tuckered out she only wanted to lie on her pillow and sleep. When Susan arrives for Sandy’s run, Sandy gets so excited she wants to jump up and kiss Susan’s face (remember dominance). Susan uses that as a teaching moment so that Sandy minds her manners and has to wait and sit before she gets to go on her run. Susan has four dogs of her own and when she boards Sandy for the weekend the dogs have a wonderful time together. Susan's dogs teach Sandy their good manners. In short, Susan has taken one of the most difficult breeds to train and turned her into almost the perfect pet, because once Sandy learned her manners all she wants to do is kiss and hug you. We love Sandy and she is a full member of our family and we cannot thank Susan enough for helping us train her. In short if you are looking for help with your dog from simple regular exercise, to boarding, to basic and then complex training, we cannot recommend anyone more highly than Susan Rubin for that service.

About

I study canine behavior, psychology and ethology. I teach pet parents how to read dog language and communicate to their dog in dog language using body language, eye contact, tone and energy. I teach them how to be a pack leader with a calm mind and assertive body language and how to have mutual trust and respect with the dog. Everything. I dont know where to begin. I like the challenge of working with agression cases using a combination of fearless assertiveness and respect for the animal. When I was a small child I used to wish I could talk to animals and this is the next best thing.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I have worked in the Veterinary field for the past 4 years, in that time the majority of emergency patients came in because the patient got hit by a car, ate a foreign object, or was in a fight with another pet. Owners pay so much money to fix their now sick pet but all these things can be prevented by good training. Good training actually saves you money. It always feels good when a pet does what you ask the first time you ask it. BUT I like the look on the owners face most when this happens.

Beltway Dog Training

New To Thumbtack

  • 5 years in business
About

My clients get the full support they need to achieve all of their training goals. From home visits, to phone and email support, all of us at Beltway Dog Training ensure that you always achieve your training goals. I love my job - I've worked on the hill, in the corporate world, and there is nothing like working with a client and seeing their entire world transform. Taking a dog with aggression, anxiety, fear and creating a calm, loving dog amazes me each and every time it happens.

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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