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Making A Difference
from 32 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Carrie G.
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Making a Difference dog training with Jean has set us on the right path with our three dogs. Jean came in and identified the issues with pack behavior that existed in our home. Within minutes, she was able to turn around the lack of boundaries and dominance issues. She teaches the family to retrain the dogs, and it is amazing what they learned and how they behaved after two short hours! They now have an identified area in the house that they know to stay in, without physical barriers. They all eat side by side, and they all walked on the leash without pulling. She did none of it herself; rather she had us train them so we could continue the habits instilled.

Me and My Dog Training
from 10 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Robyn T.
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Our dog Baylor just returned from 5 days with Evan. Baylor responded so well to him and it was encouraging to see how trainable Baylor can be. Now we just need to use the training tools at home so Baylor responds to our commands as well as he did to Evan. I would highly recommend Evan for any dog training.

King K9 Academy
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
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We are so grateful to King K9 Academy for the intelligent, compassionate and professional training for our recent German Shepherd rescue. The change in focus and confidence was amazing. This was a terrific foundation on which to build a solid bond.

K9 Evolution
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Fantastic experience! I’ve learned so much from Jess about dog training. She loves what she does and is passionate to teach you all of the techniques. Because of her coaching I have been able to train my dog to levels I didn’t think were possible just a couple of months ago! Highly recommended! A++

Mama Paw's School for Dogs
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kiersten E.
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Mama Paws School for Dogs is an excellent dog training business. Paige, the owner came to our house 6 times over the last couple months to work with our timid dog Rocky. She taught him several basic commands including sit, touch, place and down. We learned how to calm his fears towards people entering the house. But perhaps the most exciting accomplishment is that he now walks happily on his leash with no fear or pulling! Our family has bonded with Rocky more with the help of Mama Paws and we are extremely satisfied with his progress. Paige always came to the training sessions super prepared and ready to try different approaches to get the desired behavior. It is without reservation that we recommend Mama Paws School for Dogs to anyone in need of dog training.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shelby H.
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Actually, Our dog has not gone yet as she was hit by a car and had to have surgery which also entails a long recovery period. Alex couldn't have been nicer about allowing us to delay our already scheduled appointment. I so appreciate her helping us this way. I will have more to report once we send our dog- probably some time in September.

Ryan & Meg Pet Sitting
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Christopher L.
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I have 2 dogs, a corgi and a Rottweiler. My fiance and I had to leave town for personal reasons and left the dogs with Ryan and Meg. The Rotty is still a puppy and being house trained and they were amazing adapting. She made a few messes but they happily cleaned up. Once we came home, the dogs didn't want to leave them! Highly reccomend!


I do obedience training for all breeds of dogs. I have been raising dogs for 11 years at breeding kennels and private contracts.


I am a K9 handler and an obedience trainer in tracking and trailing. I do behavior modification, scent detection, and train dogs to help the elderly. I will also take unwanted litters, 8-16 weeks old, for training and re-homing.


We offer the following: * Hunting and fishing supplies * Dog training from basic obedience to gun dog development * Classes or one on one training * Dog training supplies (collars and leads-bumpers-live birds) * Big dog day care and more


I offer the following services: * Basic obedience * Puppy training * House manners * Problem behaviors I have CGC certification. All training is done with positive reinforcement.


I am a Maine based farrier of more than 25 years, available for caring for your pets, large and small. My work experience includes obedience training as well as behavior modification. I will travel at your expense, and long term is acceptable. FMI, please reply.

  • 18 years in business

Team Charlie provides dog training and evaluations using a non-agressive style. We provide consulting and specialize in mobility service dogs but will work with most non-aggressive dogs to meet your requirements. We have veteran discounts available.


I help with the problem of pet dogs at home, and fine hunting dog training for flusher and pointer dogs as well as their handlers. I have many years of experience. I became a personal trainer of dogs along with their owners to help people as well as their dogs transform their lives, and I want to see you accomplish more than you can on your own. It is difficult to find the time and motivation, so I will push you to accomplish your goals. A well-trained dog produces a well-trained owner and thus a very happy home.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Tranquil K9 Training and Rehabilitation is part of K's Pet Care Services; and we have over 20 years experience in the animal care industry with specialized care that goes above and beyond. We pride ourselves on safety, health integrity, professionalism, compassion, reliability and cleanliness. I am currently working on my veterinary technician courses; and in the past I managed a kennel/boarding facility for 3 years, multiple pet stores and held 3 grooming jobs. We strive for excellence using a combination of positive reinforcement, play, instrumental learning and redirecting to get a well rounded session for you and your pup. We work on strengthening your bond with your dog, as well as working on appropriate behavior and reactions to surroundings/environments. There is no such thing as a bad dog, just mistakenly learned behaviors. Learning to read your dogs body signals is a vital part of your bond. We take all the guess work out of training. We will take you through the steps and explain the reasoning behind each. I use positive reinforcement combined with instrumental learning for training, socialization and general interaction with dogs. I have an extensive understanding of animal behavior; and I am always expanding on my knowledge to keep up with new ways to stimulate and interact with pets. I require an meet and greet prior to any services, at no cost to you, to be sure that everyone is comfortable with each other, especially your pet. We are operating in partnership with Lindsay's Paw Parlor located at 226 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine, 04345. We will offer individual one-on-one classes for behavioral modification and basic obedience one day a week. There are a limited amount of spots, so please contact myself or Lindsay for more details. Classes are by appointment only. I love what I do; and it shows.


I am a professional from start to finish. My love for all animals has been very strong since early childhood. I owned three dog obedience schools at one time, showed and competed in AKC confirmation trials and AKC dog shows in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Hawaii. E & W riding lessons are also available. Call me anytime.


Kartel Brittanys, Inc. of Maine provides the following for your American Brittany: • Bird dog training for pointing dogs • Obedience boarding • AKC Hunt Tests preparation • Title for your pointing dog • Professional handling services Brittany dogs are available for print, model and film upon request.


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Q & A

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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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