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Phoenix Dog Care & Training
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Mary A.
Verified review

Best groomer ever! Jesse expertly,professionally and gently groomed my 17 year old rescue mixed breed dog,Barnaby. Barnaby is a much loved member of our family and Jesse treated him as if he were her own dog! He is a bit frail at his senior age and Jesse was very gentle and understanding of his requirements. She is an expert and gave me professional advice on care for my dog's skin and coat. My dog was calm and comfortable during the entire grooming process. Barnaby and I are so glad to have met Jesse as our groomer and look forward to seeing her again!

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cindy C.
Verified review

Had a great experience with Paws Around Motown. They took very good care of my dog at home while I was away for a long weekend! Would recommend them and plan on using them again. Thanks for the love you gave her!

Sit Means Sit
4.4
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca M.
Verified review

Sit Means Sit changed our life!! 2 years ago we purchased an American Bull dog puppy who we thought would be a bundle of fun. I never thought such a sweet face would turn out to be a nightmare. Not only did she try to attack my little dog she also was just to out of control and strong to manage. I met Nick at a previous office I worked at and called him right up. They came out and I sent Bella away for 1 week and that's all it took for them to transform her into what we expected from her. The trainers have been nothing but a blessing and I tell everyone how amazing Sit Means Sit is. We will never have another dog without them. Its the best feeling in the world to have everyone tell me how well behaved my puppy is. My husband and I only use the best! Thank u Sit Means Sit!

Clever Canine Dog Training
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We have just begun puppy training but came away knowing this was a very positive experience for both the dogs and their owners. They let the puppies teach each other. What a concept! Amazing how well that works. There are several trainers around to help direct and instruct. We definitely recommend Clever Canine Dog Training.

Patty's Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie M.
Verified review

Patty is a fantastic dog trainer. She's extremely professional and personable. She was able to answer all of our questions and teach us useful techniques to train our dogs. While it's up to us to use those techniques regularly, Patty's given us the tools we need. We look forward to continuing working with her and would recommend her to anyone looking for a dog trainer!

  • 11 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Trina M.
Verified review

We adopted a dog from K9 Petz and we had an awesome experience! I worked with Randi exclusively and she was so great to work with...Lots of communication back and forth, very informative and explained what was required of us and what our new family member, Vinnie, needed in a home. She kept me informed every step of the process, allowed me to visit Vinnie several times, including visiting with our dog and kids to make sure everyone got along well. Randi was very up front about what was expected of us. I had an amazing experience adopting our Vinnie from K9 Petz and I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking to expand their family with a new pet!! We couldn't be happier!

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas W.
Verified review

Desiree is an honest, caring and hardworking pet lover. She responded to our requests and concerns quickly and completly. Her interactions with us and our dog were important because our dog has a few difficulties. Desiree handled them well and was flexible. We will use her services again and highly recommend her to others.

Sidekick Canine Training
4.4
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Maureen A.
Verified review

Chelsea picked up my dog and trained her for 30 days. My dog came back like a different girl! She has a true love for what she does and I felt like our girl was in great hands! So glad we chose Sidekicks!

K9 AdvantEDGE
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Brittany G.
    Verified review

    Before I contacted K9AdvantEDGE I was at my wits end with my family dog. She was having such issues focusing and following commands. After her 2 week board and train with Tyler and Esther, Rooney was a completely different dog. I'm so pleased with the amount the two of them taught her. She is now one of the best behaving dogs in our neighborhood! If I ever get another dog they are the trainers I will be going back to!

    Tony the Dog Trainer
    5.0
    from 6 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 10 hires on Thumbtack
    Katie V.
    Verified review

    We recently hired Anthony to work with our dogs on house training. We were fed up and had tried everything. After a consultation with our dogs he quickly determined that dominance was the main issue and that if we fixed that, the peeing and pooping would go away. It's been 3 days since his visit and the dogs haven't gone to the bathroom in the house yet! We are thrilled with their progress and would definitely recommend Tony to others.

    Franny The Pet Nanny
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    Taylor D.
    Verified review

    Frances is an awesome pet sitter, always exceeding your expectations. She genuinely cares about your pet as if it was her own. We highly recommend hiring Frances to care for your family dog or cat. It will be one of the best decisions you can make for the benefit of your beloved pet. We lost our dog, Bobby, last year. It was a heart wrenching experience for both of us, and we still miss him every day. During his final illness Frances checked with us regularly, and in the end we knew just how special Bobby was to Frances. Frances becomes more than a caregiver. From your pet's point of view Frances becomes as an extended member of your family.

    Ann Arbor Canine Coach, LLC
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Heidi I.
    Verified review

    Valerie has been fabulous - not only has she helped us to train our dog, but she has helped us to be better puppy parents. From helping us to find the best food for our dog, to house and crate training and beyond, we have found our time with Valerie invaluable. I HIGHLY recommend Ann Arbor Canine Coach!!

    Pet Care
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 22 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Gwendolyn C.
    Verified review

    Barbara Jo Matson has been walking and caring for my two Westies at noon for over two years. She not only provides amazing care for my dogs, she loves them as I do. I trust her to administer medications, monitor their health, and provide useful suggestions to improve their overall comfort, safety and health. Barbara has also been part of an in-home care team for my two Westies and my guinea pig when I have been out of town, I particularly enjoy reading Barbara's entries in the "dog-log." She always includes interesting and helpful details about the pets which keep us in clear communication. She is reliable and trustworthy. I whole-heartly recommend Barbara as an in-home pet care provider. Her service is second to none.

    Michigan Dog Training Inc.
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 20 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Maria D.
    Verified review

    Watching your dog master a command that you'd been working for five months in FIVE MINUTES...priceless.That is when you know you are in the presence of someone's professional.I first brought TJ to Mike at MDT as a rambunctious ill-mannered 10 month 90 lb German Shepherd. After taking a remote manners class, it was nice to be able to take him for walks and have friends over without worrying about someone getting knocked over. We came back to do the day camp to fine tune him and teach him to be more social with other dogs. In one week he has done a 180° turn and actually played with other dogs. I still can't believe the pictures! Meet Mike or Wendy or Kylie (or any of their wonderful trainers) and you will understand why we wouldn't take our big guy anywhere else.

    Julie M.
    Verified review

    Patty's trained both my dogs and they adore her, she has a wonderful way with animals. I would definitely recommend her.

    K9 AdvantEDGE
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Esther B.
    Verified review

    I've been having trouble with my dog pulling on the leash. Tyler showed me some tricks & gave me some great tips to keep her by my side on a loose leash. Not only was he great with my dog, but he was very nice & patient as he was helping me work towards a more well behaved dog. I highly recommend him.

    Meghan
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 11 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Thumbtack Customer
    Verified review

    Meghan arrived on time & was pleasant. She was not intimidated w/my aggressive dog & worked quickly. I loved the fact that she came to my home! I will definitely use her in the future.

    About

    "Coaching You & Your Dog To Control Your Dog's Behavior So You Win Every Time!" We are providing obedience training and behavior modification for over 30years. The K9 Coach trains, mentors and develops your ability as a dog owner to control your dog's behavior, so you win every time. In addition to obedience training for you and your dog, the K9 Coach will provide solutions like behavior modification, problem solving, and advanced training opportunities in tracking, scent discrimination, and protection, along with boarding specials, pet transport, and puppy procurement helping you find the perfect pet. Our professional services extend to providing trained dogs for the Michigan movie industry, and personally, Rick is registered with Macomb County as a canine expert witness. With over 30 years of experience coaching dogs, and their humans, you and your pet are sure to be a winning team!

    About

    I was named the top pet trainer in the great lakes area for PetSmart stores.

    About

    Bark Busters Home Dog Training specializes in dog training, pet training, puppy training, dog aggression, and dog behavior training. We use only pet friendly dog obedience techniques. We do private, in-home dog training. There are no harsh dog shock collars. We are vet recommended.

    • 18 years in business
    About

    Every dog that comes to me I do not give up on! No matter how easy or hard a dog is to train, I always do me best, keep my calm, and in the end I will succeed.

    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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