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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 168 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 310 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sandra G.
Verified review

It has been just 2 days since I worked with Ruff House, but even that same day I noticed a dramatic improvement in my dog's behavior. She used to run me, and now she hears my commands an does not bark desperately for attention. I can't wait to try this out while at a yappy hour or when we encounter other dogs. I wish I had done this sooner before medicating my dog or using other ineffective trainers.

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  • 17 years in business
  • 191 hires on Thumbtack
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Brittanie G.
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We have a very reactive dog and had worked with 4 other trainers prior to meeting Denise. After working with Denise every day for one month, we saw drastic changes and were better able to work and manage our dog's behavior. Denise is a wonderful trainer, expert in the field, and we have loved working and learning from her! Would recommend for all pet owners seeking help or guidance to better understand their pet's behavior.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 70 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
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Tiffany H.
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Kathryn has been a wonderful trainer to our 10 month golden retriever. She is warm, friendly, and very easy to work and coordinate with. She is an effective trainer and within 2 visits we were seeing positive improvements in our dog's behavior and ability to respond appropriately to commands. She has a firm, but gentle approach to dog training which I appreciate having worked with another trainer in the past who was quite harsh with our former dog.

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
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Brenda H.
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JoJo was outstanding with my dog Daisy who is 11 months old and exhibiting puppy behaviors. We are using JoJo's suggestions and are making great progress.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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Brian J.
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I used Canine Dominion to help me with my aggressive dog. My dog would go after other animals and sometimes people. Jauvarie the owner took a special interest in my case and came out to help. When the lessons was over my dog was a completely different dog. Jauvarie's knowledge and skills are amazing. I would definitely reomment him to my friends.

PackFit
4.5
from 34 reviews
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Meghan W.
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Working with Kimberly was the best decision and investment I could have made for my dog and for me! When we first reached out to Kimberly, we were distraught about our dog's behavior and feeling very unsure of how to fix it. But Kimberly first made us feel confident and secure about our decision to seek help and then armed us with the knowledge we needed to improve our behavior and, in turn, help our dog. Kimberly helped us to reflect on ourselves -- our values, habits, and behaviors -- and set personal goals in other areas of life. I didn't know just how helpful her approach would be, but in time, I saw a huge change not only in my dog but in myself. By encouraging us to be better version of ourselves while also understanding more fully our dog's needs, Kimberly allowed us to be leaders and advocates for our dog in all situations. Kimberly truly understands dogs and their humans, and her life coaching experience turned out to a vital part of the training process. In the short time that we worked with Kimberly, we received invaluable guidance, information, and feedback. She was always honest and candid with us about the situation and how to improve. Since working with Kimberly, family and friends have commented on how different both we and our dog are -- how calm and confident we've all become. Personally, I have grown in many ways and learned a lot about myself since working with Kimberly. All of that is due to the investment we made and to Kimberly's steady guidance along the way. Thank you, Kimberly! I know that we are now equipped with the tools we need to overcome any challenge, thanks to your support!

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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Sonny S.
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I purchased the six week training package with Vicky. On the initial meet and greet I could already see that she had a good rapport with my dog. After the initial meeting we set up a regular date/time and Vicky was always vigilant on sending a reminder text the day before to confirm our appointment and she always arrive on time every time. Vicky does an excellent job in guiding you to train your animal, she provides both positive feedback on the things that you and your animal are doing right and what needs to be corrected. She was able to successfully correct the main issue that I had with my dog which was pulling on the leash.

Zorger's Pet Care, LLC
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Wayne W.
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We had to go out of town and were stressing over leaving our babies. We have 2 dogs 3 cats and a water dragon. Nikki went above and beyond of what we asked her to do for a babies, we were very impressed with her professionalism. She walked our dogs daily, fed them bathed them and trimmed their nails. Our 3 kitties got a lot of love nails trimmed and their boxes cleaned. The water dragon got fed and let out to roam every day, plus his cage cleaned. I would highly recommend Nikki to everyone I know. If you are looking for a professional, reliable, caring Animal lover, Nikki is your GAL.. Your pets needs will always come first!!

For Pup's Sake, LLC
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Lexie H.
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Lara has been working with my dog for a couple weeks now and I've already seen improvement. My dog is newly adopted and has a lot of bad habits, but Lara has helped me every step of the way and never seems discouraged by his behaviors. She is in contact with me frequently, just to make sure things are going well and checking in on his progress. I really feel like she cares not only about his obedience and behavior, but also about the relationship him and I have. I would highly recommend hiring her if you want a kind, passionate person with all the skills to help you train your dog.

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Meg O.
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Jody came by to coach us through some issues we've been having with our puppy: nipping, barking, jumping, and leash pulling. Jody spent 1.5 hours teaching us techniques to work with our puppy, and managing our expectations so that we know what's normal puppy behavior. We're already seeing great results! Jody was very patient, knowledgeable, and helpful as we work to train our puppy to be the best dog she can be! All of her techniques are positive, and reinforced with treats. No awful choke collars, shock callers, or leash jerking necessary.

Adventure Paws
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Audrey W.
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Orla, the owner of Adventure Paws, is great! I cannot recommend her highly enough. We moved to Allston with our 7 year old Norwich terrier, who was not very happy about the change. Orla has patiently worked with our dog to make her more comfortable in the new neighborhood and with new dogs. Orla has been great about reinforcing training and working to curb bad behaviors/encouraging good behaviors. Our dog has been much better behaved since Orla came into the picture. She is highly responsive and flexible. We get text updates about our dog's daily walk and anything they worked on/fun things they did. If we ever need a change in timing Orla makes sure our dog is taken care of. Aside from daily walks Orla has stayed for overnight stays when we have been away - it was great to know that our dog was well taken care of when we were gone. If you need a dog walker in the Allston area Adventure Paws is the place!

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff M.
Verified review

I started with Academy when our rescue 14 month GSD was a year old and am very pleased with the results. I'm not sure who is being trained though. If you have the time and opportunity definitely take the group class over a period of time. In a subtle way Haywood shows you insights into your dogs behavior while you work with the dog. There are no "trade secrets" in his classes. He explains in a friendly manner the whats, whys, and how to train and its dependent on the particular dog. Some dogs connect differently. You will eventually have a moment when you're home working with your dog when you realize that you're actually communicating with your dog. Reading the dog and answering back. Its amazing. I firmly believe that this is the place if you seriously want to understand your dog and have a well trained dog. There are many options available here for training. You really can't go wrong. Haywood has over 30 years in the business. I'm getting good results with him.

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Dolores Murray
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Carly C.
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Dolores was amazing! We had just rescued our dog, Taylan, from an organization in Thailand and were concerned about her behavior toward our two cats. We didn't want to start right off with bad habits and weren't sure how to desensitize Taylan to our boys, so we hired Dolores. Immediately we felt comfortable with her and were impressed with her expertise and knowledge of dog behaviors. She left us with professional materials and talked with us about strategies for desensitization, which we've been practicing since our session. She validated our work with Taylan and helped give us peace of mind that we weren't ruining our new girl :). I would recommend Dolores to anyone who is seeking professional, knowledgeable help with various dog behaviors...and also help with human uncertainty!

Debbie's critter sitters
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Mimi K.
Verified review

Debbie cared for my six parakeets for 10 days. She is a gentle, meticulous, and caring individual who goes the extra mile to care for the animals. I received regular updates and was able to enjoy my vacation without worry. If you are looking for a warm and resourceful pet sitter, I highly recommend Debbie Swindall.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
April A.
Verified review

This was our first experience with a professional dog trainer. Sharon was very knowledgeable and professional in explaining to us the different types of dog behaviors while explaining at the same time the solutions to correcting bad behavior. Sharon took the time to ensure that we understood the lessons and was more than happy to continue each action until we were comfortable. We are glad that Sharon is available to answer any questions we have. Having a great first time experience with Bark Busters, we would recommend their help to others.

FourDogLovers
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Nika W.
Verified review

When I met Kevin my expectations were low for my dog. He seemed to be pretty much out of control and I was told by several other trainers that his breed could not be trained. When Kevin came in the first day he got my dog to sit and actually follow a command. He accomplished more in one day then other trainers did in months. As the time went on I saw my dog's Behavior change drastically. He became an overall better dog and seemed much happier. Also as he was training Kevin trained me as well. I realize that I was doing a lot wrong and that was the cause of a lot of his behaviors. I realized in order for my dog to be better I had to be a better owner. All of this I learned from Kevin. I thought I was a dog whisperer until he showed me the right way to do it. Highly recommend Kevin because he doesn't have a method where one fits all. He takes the time out to learn your dog and customize the training. He also educates himself all things animals. You can contact him and get advice on just about anything for your pet. And if he doesn't know at that moment he will find out for you. It's hard to find people who Do It For the Love of Animals. Kevin is one that clearly has a connection with animals that allows you to be comfortable with him and the care of your dog. Having Kevin train your pet would be the best thing you can do for your family.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mariah G.
Verified review

Working with Anthony has been amazing. He was so patient with Kennedy, she’s older so she can be a bit stubborn but he was understanding and attentive. He was honest and forthright, very flexible. I work a lot so my schedule can be crazy but he worked with me consistently and didn’t hold it against me when I had to reschedule last minute because of scheduling conflict. I’m so grateful for him, I have noticed such a huge improvement in my dog’s behavior. Would recommend him to everyone.

Debbie's Pet Services
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew M.
Verified review

Our animals took to Debbie's Pet Services with ease and were clearly well cared-for. We got regular updates while we were away. I recommend Debbie's Pet Services and would use again.

Consistent Canine, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea V.
Verified review

Kristy is amazing! She will come out and meet you and your pooch and spend time getting to know you and your needs. I dropped my boy (Jax - 90 lb. 9 months German Shephard) Saturday morning and he stayed with her for 3 weeks. A huge bonus is that she has other dogs, kitties, bunnies, and chickens - so Jax was exposed to and learned how to behave and be patient with them. We had a mid-training visit (she will do this with you during, OR after training) and spent two hours going over what he had learned. Even after only a week or so he had picked up many skills. It was me that needed to learn now:). Once home Jax immediately investigated the entire house and literally did some of his initial behaviors (like he was trying to make up for lost time and fit them all in within a few minutes). It was pretty funny actually. He knows the commands he was taught - there is no doubt. The more time I spend with him the more he is learning that he needs to follow those with me, as well, and not just Kristy:) He does test me, and in all honesty, I find myself breaking into laughter with him (not good for reinforcing his learning by the way). But, when I recompose myself and calmly and firmly bring him back to a place of obedience, he does "fall in line". He may not like it (the subtle whining is one indicator), but he does it. Part of the success once you have your pooch home is recognizing when you simply do not have their trainable attention. When Jax's energy and hormones are driving his puppy behavior I've found that isn't the time for me to "win" (frankly, because I don't, and reinforcing him winning is not good). I chose Kristy after connecting with her about in-home visits while I'm at work. That's how I learned of her training business. We met and honestly I just liked her. Jax liked her too - and that was important. My favorite part was the 3-week break and being able to clean my house without Jax thinking everything I was doing was for his enjoyment. Aside from that, it's clearly the effectiveness of Kristy's work. She also stays in touch with you to let you know how things are progressing. The biggest takeaway is learning how to properly use a pinch and/or e-collar, and that I need to be committed to reinforcing all the learned commands. What's truly great about Jax now is that I can, with confidence, take him hiking, out for walks, around other dogs (still a bit of a struggle - but honestly - that's a tough one for any pup!), public places, etc. and I know I have a different kind of control (he'll sit and remain sitting until I say otherwise).

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    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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