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Hagerstown Dog Trainers

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jean B.
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I would highly recommend Perfect Poochies for dog training.

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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
Jon D.
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Jojo did an awesome job with our vizsla pup, Argos. She's very meticulous and articulate in training our dog. Her strategies are very effective especially with a very hyper dog. We love her and we would recommend her to anybody looking for in-home dog training.

  • 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.

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Justice K9 Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Hillary Blaney
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Bailey F.
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Hillary has been walking our puppy Chauncey during the week while we are away at work for the past 3-4 weeks. She is great to work with and very trustworthy. Our Chauncey loves her! There is never accidents in the house when we get home and Hillary leaves us notes or text messages letting us know what she did with Chauncey and if he went potty while she was there. She has been working out great and we hope to keep her business for a long time!

PuppyLovin
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Kenneth S.
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The owner of PuppyLovin, Julie, is one awesome dog trainer and a wonderful person. My wife and I have been taking our German Shepherd to her for training, boarding, and day care for about a year and a half now. She has really been a godsend when it comes to dog training. Without her training, assistance, and consultation, we would have had our hands full with our GSD. I highly recommend PuppyLovin for all three of the services stated above. Julie will cater her services to the needs of your dog and develope comprehensive plan for your pet.

Urban Canine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 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!

Beyond Barks LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Heather C.
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Kristy and Brenda are wonderful to work with. They are timely in their responses, professional, and my dogs are always happy when we get home. They communicate with us when we are gone letting us know everything is ok and seeing what they can do to make it better for my sensitive dog. The best part is, they go that extra mile because they love them. I would recommend them to anyone.

Pets-R-Family
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shannon W.
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Mary is excellent!! Very reliable and knowledgeable!! She took the extra time to care for my dogs when I had an emergency and could not make it bake home in time! She was considerate and went above and beyond my expectations! My furr babies absolutely love her! I would recommend her services to anyone

Reston Dog Trainer
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Linda W.
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I just want to thank Sarka so much for helping us out with training our dog, Hnupka. We had a very difficult time coping with Hnupka before we decided to contact Sarka and ask her for her expert help. Sarka taught Hnupka basic obedience and helped him to socialize with other dogs, humans and daily busy city life. Sarka also showed us techniques on how to handle Hnupka ourselves, set his expectations, and build his respect for us in a humane and loving way so that he would obey. Hnupka is now a much more manageable part of our family. I would highly recommend Sarka as an obedience trainer. She loves dogs and they love her back. Linda

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If you're like us, your pets have become family members. When you can't be home for them, whether because of work, vacation, or other obligations, you want them taken care of with the same love and attention you'd give them. That's exactly what we do at Ready Pet Go because we love pets! We offer professional pet care services in the Frederick, Maryland area. Our goal is to enhance pets' lives by providing them with individualized care to meet their needs for love, comfort, attention, activity, and nourishment when their people can't be there for them. Using Ready Pet Go allows your pets to stay in their own home where they are happiest and follow their regular routine that they've grown accustomed to, and regular updates by phone or email let you have peace of mind while you're away knowing that your pets and home are in good hands. Ready Pet Go's services include dog walking, pet sitting, dog sitting, cat sitting, and pet taxi.

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I enjoy my time and their time with the animals and the hours can be flexiable

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Invisible Fence Brand of Carroll County is the authorized dealer for Invisible Fence brand pet containment products in Carroll County, Maryland, including the cities and towns of Westminster, Taneytown, Manchester, New Windsor, Union Bridge, Hampstead, Mount Airy, and Sykesville. Their family of pet fence-related products include the following: * Invisible Fence Brand Outdoor Pet Containment Solutions for Dogs and Cats * Indoor and Outdoor Shields' Avoidance Solutions * Invisible Fence Brand Batteries * Invisible Fence Brand Collars * Pet Doors for Dogs and Cats * Bark Control and Remote Trainers Services include professional installation, safe and gentle certified pet training and authorized Invisible Fence brand service. We service all brands and provide free estimates.

  • 4 years in business
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I really like animals, which makes me love my job. I used to have four dogs and a cat. I try to be passive and lovely every time that I'm with a pet because I believe that every animal needs to be treated with the same respect and love that every living being needs to be treated with.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I thoroughly enjoy training animals whether it be dogs or horses. I have been training for over 30 years. Taining involves spending time with your animal and that is good for everyone. I enjoy the interaction with the animals and watching people gain confidence in training their animals and enjoy the time spent with them.

  • 12 years in business
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Prance Around was established in 2006. We are a family-owned and -operated dog walking and pet sitting company located in Laurel, Maryland conveniently off Route 1 and Contee Road. We also have a second branch in Germantown, Maryland conveniently located off Father Hurley Boulevard and Wisteria Drive. We offer a variety of pet care services, including yard waste removal, pet medication administering, house sitting, overnight pet care, pet taxi and more! We are insured and bonded through the Business Insurers of the Carolinas and Pet Sitters International. At Prance Around, we pride ourselves in providing pets and their owners with exceptional care and service. Providing good service means our clients can enjoy their time away from home because they know their pets are being well-taken care of. We are always willing to customize our services to tailor to your pets' specific needs. We understand that every pet is different, and we will do our best to accommodate you and your pet. Keeping you and your pets happy is our primary goal.

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I have my own dog and have been around others. I will treat your dog like I treat mine, with lots of love. I am very reliable, honest, and safe. I have walked my dog in all kinds of weather. Having a rescue dog part German shepherd and part beagle is like have 5 dogs. In the beginning, he was one and he now is 4 or 5. I love to exercise and play. I am responsible.

  • 12 years in business
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My passion for dogs and their well being comes first in my own home. I have made lifestyle changes for my dogs. Helping people and dogs find balance, happiness and order in their fast paced lives.

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We offer pet training. We are a behavior consultant and also do pet sitting and enrichment. For all your pets' needs, we have a solution.

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I use safe, humane, positive reinforcement methods that allow you and your dog to have fun while working. I like seeing dogs and owners succeed with there training goals.

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We take a holistic approach and always focus on what is best for the animal and work to have the owner understand this Keeping animals in their homes instead of being surrendered to shelters

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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