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Knucklehead K9 Services, LLC
4.9
from 126 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 345 hires on Thumbtack
Tammy F.
Verified review

We were impressed with Tony from day one. I feel that his commitment to us began the day we originally spoke. Which was over two months ago when we contacted him to assist us with puppy training our Bernese Mountain Dog. We are overjoyed with not only the results we have with Tony's guidance but the relationship we have built with Brody. Having a happy, well trained puppy that is going to eventually weigh over 100 pounds was our goal and we have Achieved that goal. It is very comforting knowing that Tony is only a phone call away if we have any questions. Thank you Tony for doing what you love, it certainly shows through your work Brian and Tammy (and Brody)

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  • 17 years in business
  • 173 hires on Thumbtack
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MARY J.
Verified review

Our 5 month old is training to be a service dog. Although training feels slow we do understand it all takes time. We are excited about our pup's progress and her future as a service dog. Denise knows a lot about her craft. She's taught us many things already and I know all our hard work/dedication will pay off in the end. We are both disabled and Denise has been great in accepting payments when many other trainers were not flexible. For that one aspect alone it was a plus for us in being able to afford training for our pup trained.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
KfreeKaren F.
Verified review

Choosing the right trainer is a difficult and overwhelming task. The following is my experience with Kathryn and Perfect Poochies. Summarized: Kathryn is amazing. I have a whole new skillset at my disposal. My dog is calmer, has less anxiety and if new issues surface, I am better prepared to deal with them. If you are a new dog owner looking for a starting point or find yourself struggling with any number of unwanted behavioral issues, she can help. Kathryn is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, versatile and patient. She was never condescending or judgmental while helping me understand areas I needed to improve. She has an uncanny ability to understand dogs and what makes them tick. Once she gets to know you and your dog, she will provide an honest assessment of what she considers to be the underlying issue(s) and lays out a plan for correcting or managing it. The love she puts into her work is evident in everything she does from designing your personalized sessions, her regular follow-up and her encouragement to reach out any time you have questions or issues. Detailed: I am a first-time dog owner. Our 18-month, 170-pound Great Dane, Odin has been part of our family since he was 2-months old. We immediately enrolled in the first two puppy training classes at Pet-Smart. Our family has consistently applied what we learned. Everything was going great with Odin until somewhere around 7-months of age. Odin would occasionally start barking at a person for no apparent reason. This behavior gradually increased to include anyone reaching into his face, unexpected fast movements and large groups of people swarming in on him. We solicited advice from our Pet-Smart trainer and studied tons of training materials – books, training guides, Internet. Some of the techniques we tried helped, but if Odin was truly upset, the only thing we could do was apologize and leave. Odin remained excellent with dogs and children but the number of adults that triggered his barking was increasing. During the summer, I was having work done on my car and I brought Odin because there were plenty of paths nearby. It took longer than expected for the car to be finished and when we returned Odin was exhausted. A young man approached, and I quickly warned about Odin’s anxiety and in his over-tired state, his behavior would probably be worse than normal. The man assured me that he had experience with dogs, and slowly bent down near Odin, leaving plenty of space and not making eye contact. He gave Odin time to get used to him and smell him and soon enough Odin was comfortable and enjoying being petted. Unfortunately, when the man was ready to leave, he jumped up which surprised/scared Odin who then also jumped up and started lunging, growling and barking at him. The man was very kind and understanding, but it was time to seek out professional help. I searched online for trainers and dog-behaviorists and there were a number of options. As we were trying to choose one, I remembered a friendly and outgoing woman who had hosted a free local dog training session. Odin seemed comfortable around her, so I reached out to see if she would be interested in private training sessions. The woman was Kathryn of Perfect Poochies. Not only did she offer private training, but she had ample experience with large dogs and the exact behavior I described. Our first training session involved getting to know our family and Odin. She asked questions about what we were experiencing and what we tried to mitigate it. Next, she analyzed our actions and body language as well as Odin’s behavior, response, reactions, attitude etc. She used this information to create a custom training plan for fear-aggression. We met once a week wherein she would teach me new techniques and verify I could perform them correctly. She would evaluate my actions and behavior and if anything I was doing contributed to his anxiety, she would help me find alternatives. At the end of the session, she always left me with several things to work on before our next session – as with anything in life, the key to success is repetition and consistency. Occasionally, she would introduce me to new products that could help with Odin’s training. The products were not a ‘company product’ or money-making gimmick - they were products she had success using with other dogs. If I wanted to try them, I had to find/order them. Following six sessions, Odin had less anxiety and I am able to successfully manage what remains. Odin now looks to me when he gets nervous instead of instantly reacting. By changing my leadership style, he obeys commands more readily and consistently. Before Odin would lurch and jump to get to anything that excited him (squirrels). Now, he just gives a light tug on the leash or stares. When he is told to “Leave It”, he settles down immediately. Previously, I would make large loops to avoid passing people. I was worried he might start barking at them. Now we can walk right by and all I have to do is tell him to “Leave It.” Odin’s responding immediately to my commands has increased my confidence, which in turn has decreased much of his anxiety. There are a couple of dog walkers in the neighborhood with whom I walk Odin. In the beginning of our training, Odin had limited contact with people and dogs. When I had the chance to meet up with them again, they marveled over the transformation in Odin’s behavior and how calm he bad become. Another technique she suggested is Odin wearing a bright vest that says, ‘In Training’ and lists a couple of items not to do around him (things that trigger his anxiety). The vest has helped make others aware of Odin’s ‘special needs’ well before they approach him. I have also gotten much better at recognizing things that may trigger his anxiety so I can avoid, prevent or discourage it. Thank you for reading my review. I am very grateful for the help I received from Perfect Poochies. It was worth every penny. Speaking of which, don’t stress about the fees, Perfect Poochies is perfectly affordable.

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  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Amanda G.
Verified review

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 49 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Paula W.
Verified review

Jojo came to our house to explain her method of puppy training. It was a crazy house that day but she was great, Very patient and understanding. Gave us extra time without an extra charge. We plan on giving her a call again.

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Gray House Dog Training
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
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Amy T.
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I fostered a 5 month old Coonhound that was rescued from a neglectful home. She had very little social skills and a slew of medical issues. The immediate issue, after seeing to the medical, was her food aggression because I have two other dogs. After researching and speaking to a few other dog trainers, I chose Gray House Dog Training because Victoria (the trainer) felt each dog she trains is a separate case and she would evaluate her to see what training would best fit the individual dog. The other trainers had a set training system for all cases. She had my insecure, neglected pup sitting on command at her first session! Victoria interacted with and evaluated my pup before she came up with a plan on how to feed her to eliminate the aggression. And it worked! She also worked with her on a structured routine teaching her how to walk on a leash. We learned basic commands as well. Victoria taught me how to continue training on the days she was not here. It was crucial my pup was trained before she was adopted in order for her to make the transition to her forever home successful. Not only did Victoria teach my pup how to live as a part of a family, she taught her acceptance of love and trust. I am happy to say my Coonie is in her forever home happily living with two Coonie sisters! Politely sharing food and love! Victoria played a crucial part of giving this poor pup a second chance for a wonderful life.

  • 16 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Kim S.
Verified review

Dan was fabulous! Super informative and effective. He even follows up to check on how the puppy training is going to be sure we don’t have issues or more questions. Best 95.00 we could’ve spent for our new baby! We will be calling Dan again for more advanced training when the time is right!

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K9 College, LLC
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Beth B.
Verified review

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!

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Having raised a chocolate lab for 11 years, we thought we knew all about raising a new lab puppy. Jody came (on time) for 1-1/2 hour consultation with awesome suggestions for our 10-week old puppy. She is very professional and knows her stuff. Thanks to her suggestions, we are enjoying our new puppy even more!

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer H.
Verified review

We trained 2 of our dogs simultaneously with Haywood. An 8 year old maltipoo and a rescue mix puppy. Neither had any training and our house and walks were chaotic. A couple months later (day school, handling and group classes) and we enjoy walks and particularly that the dogs not pull on leashes, wait to cross streets and stay while we talk to friends and take care of something. We are so pleased and intend to continue with advance training for our puppy.

  • 38 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle C.
Verified review

Maxine has truly been a life saver for me!!! We have been working with her over a month now and the results in our new puppy is amazing!! If you have problems with your pup she definitely has the answers!! You will not be disappointed with her training!! She has been very patient in teaching me the steps to success with my puppy . She has been available whenever I have an issue that needs working on and I am confident that I will have the best pup around with her continued support!!! My experience has been a great one with her!! Thanks Maxine!!

Dog Crazy Lady
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Tessa A.
Verified review

This was a great experience. Just one visit made a huge difference for my daughters dog. Tanzi is clearly experienced, compassionate and very skilled in all aspects of Dog Training. Her rates are also extremely reasonable and provide excellent value. Highly Recommend this business!!

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey M.
Verified review

I had Rose take care of my dog Rocco for one week. Rose kept me informed on a daily basis and was an outstanding pet sitter for my dog. She took pictures and videos with her and Rocco playing. I felt very comfortable and I knew Rose could get the job done at 110%. I would definitely recommend Rose for any type of pet sitting.

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Justice K9 Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lee C.
Verified review

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.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kris C.
Verified review

It has only been a couple days since my inital meeting with Sharon but the leash tugging has substatially reduced! My dog and I have some new items to continue working on but the snowstorm today has put a small crimp in our plans. Regardless, we'll do some fun indoor stuff. Highly recommend Bark Busters and Sharon (she 100% understands how to read your dog *and* translate to you so you can begin to learn how to be the leader/owner the dog needs). I cannot overstate the importance of the tools you, as the dog owner, need and will gain through connecting eith BarkBusters. Sharon is an excellent instructor and guide, with great timing and considerable experience!

Family Dog Business (FDB)
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Gerald A.
Verified review

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.

Urban Canine
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kate O.
Verified review

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!

Doggie Do Right
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Shelby T.
Verified review

Michele is the absolute best decision we made for our puppy, Milo! Milo is a chocolate lab puppy who had a problem with biting/mouthing. My husband and I were frustrated and decided a board and train would be the best decision while we were away on vacation. After two weeks, Milo is greatly improved! The biting minimal and he has learned so many new tricks! And added plus, Milo LOVES Michele and all 4 of her dogs. We plan to use her weekly for “daycare” as well as board him with her in the future! If you are looking for someone who will love your dog as their own, Michele is the answer.

Metropolitan K-9

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  • New on Thumbtack
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I take a balanced approach to dog training. I believe all dogs are individuals. As a result I adapt my training to fit the dog. In order to be effective I truly believe you need to have an open mind and sometimes think outside the box. It's this mentality that makes me the best at what I do. Our boarding and doggie daycare is unique in that we are a home based facility. As a result we only take on a limited number of guests. This limited number of guests allow us to interact more with your pup. Giving your pup that human bonding time they crave.

K-9 Harmony

New To Thumbtack

  • 4 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I offer high-quality dog training and dog walking services to the DC Metro area. I work to strengthen the bond between owner and dog to create a harmonious relationship.

Humane Domain

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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

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