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Westport Dog Trainers

Browse these dog trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Westport.

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  • 17 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Davina B.
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I've had Denise over for two sessions so far for my puppy who's been exhibiting some amount of fear aggression towards other dogs. Two sessions in, I'm already walking having progess walking her while others are walking their dogs. She's also helped my daughter walk her with more control so that she too can walk her and have her in a good spot next to our side. Very happy I've chosen her, two more sessions to go when we will test her near more dog-populated locations but so far so good! This was way more effective for us than the classroom setting dog training I went to for a few weeks. I learned a lot from that class as well, but it didn't address my particular issues. Denise can see what she does in my home setting and in my neighborhood which is very different than a classroom where my dog is not her normal self because she was stressed by the other dogs in the class. Glad I called so far!

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 70 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
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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 53 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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Gray House Dog Training
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 62 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.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 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
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 27 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
Jason C.
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Dan is the best! His dog training tutelage is easy to understand and put in place. He is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and above all – he really cares about our pups and the success of our training. We HIGHLY recommend him to anyone in need of reliable dog training!

For Pup's Sake, LLC
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry P.
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I had a 9 year old dog who had not been through any training since he was a pup. I was unsure how to go about "re-training" him. Lara was great and got the situation quickly corrected.

Adventure Paws
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Maureen B.
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Orla dog/house-sat for us for 8 nights in summer 2014 and did a great job! She was very professional when we met with her to arrange the job and she was very loving with our dogs while we were gone. Plus she texted with us to give us updates on how they were doing. If she still lived nearby we would definitely hire her again! We highly recommend her :)

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Beth S.
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Haywood and his staff of experts give each client the individual attention needed to help solve any dog behavioral issue. Sessions are tailored to specific needs, and classes are fun and educational. Haywood and staff helped me transform my shy/timid/over-protective poodle into an obedient and happy and social member of the family. Haywood dog training is the concierge of dog training. I highly recommend them. Top dog for this outfit!

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Dolores Murray
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Douglas P.
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She showed up a couple minutes early and immediately jumped into the training. She helped my girlfriend and I understand the possible reasons as to why our dog does what he does. Her instruction was easy to follow, and she also explained why she was training him in this specific fashion. We are extremely happy with everything! He has had an incredible change already! And it's still the first day!

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  • 11 years in business
  • 11 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.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 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.

FourDogLovers
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Saudia J.
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My experience with Kevin was phenomenal! He is EXTREMELY knowledgeable on dog behaviors and helped me to understand too! His level of care and service is very interspesonal. I went out of the country for a week and Kevin took awesome care of my puppy as well as had very successful training sessions with him. What I liked most, he made sure I learned along with my puppy so that I could work on the same things he did in his trainings. He has turned out life around. My pup had no training and now we have a new schedule for everything and I see awesome results! Thank You again Kevin! We will be back and I'll be sure the refer some people to you.

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.

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!

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!!!

  • 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.

Jordan U.
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My dog LOVES Jessica. She's watched him many times and he never is frightened to be left at her place (or left at my apt with her watching). She's a friend to all animals and hiring her would be a great decision. A+!

  • 12 years in business
About

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 make sure your dog is safe while on our walk and gets back home safe. If you need anything done around the house, I can help with that too.

    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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