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Drama Dog Training LLC
from 121 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 325 hires on Thumbtack
Shaunna K.
Verified review

Mary's combination of love and knowledge about dogs and her extensive experience with dog training makes her the perfect person to trust in training your beloved pet. Her classes include very practical instruction that is easy to apply on day one. We took our first puppy, Snickers, to her Puppy Manners class and were so thankful for her wisdom and guidance as we learned to be good dog owners. To this day, we continue using what we learned with Snickers and he is a VERY well behaved pooch! My husband and I HIGHLY recommend Mary/Drama Dog Training for your dog.

Salty’s Dog Training
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Silvana D.
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Jeannie is really great! I absolutely love her approach to dog training... because it ACTUALLY WORKS ... yay!!! I've taken my dogs to other trainers... and I just ended up wasting my money because it covered the symptoms... and we never go to the root of the problem. Jeannie actually teaches the why AND how... LOVE IT! I definitely recommend her!!!

4 Paws, LLC
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna F.
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We have been through 6 trainers for our aggressive dog, it seemed like we weren't getting anywhere and we were at wits end. Karen is number 7. Lucky number 7 it seems. We are amazed after one session. We worked with her for a little over two hours our first session and already understood why she is the one that really knows how to figure our dog out. We didn't believe we would ever be able to keep Ellie due to her extreme fear aggression, but now we have hope for her.

from 10 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kayla W.
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Dawn is amazing! In such a short period of time she has helped my dog and I get over some pretty big hurdles. She has so much knowledge about anything from dog training to the dogs nutrition and is happy to share. Every time my dog and I have a training class we learn so much and she keeps us on our toes because at the end she will always ask us "What did you learn?!" My favorite thing about doing training with her is she's such an encourager! Sometimes I feel like I 'failed' but she always points out what my dog and I did well and helps us move along from there. We love her and are so thankful for all she does!

West Michigan K9
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Seth K.
Verified review

I sent my dog here to be trained for personal protection. I must say I was amazed with the work these guys put in! They made sure I got everything I wanted out of my dog. I would recommend WMK9 to anyone looking for someone that trains dogs out of love & passion. Not to get a paycheck.

  • 19 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine T.
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Mike Sapp with Talon K9 Services and Consulting has been a lifesaver since day one of bringing my dog home. After my dog tried to eat my cat on her first night home, I called on Mike for assistance and within a very short time the two were interacting appropriately and I have not had a problem since. Furthermore, Mike worked with us on walking around the neighborhood; where before my dog would bark and lunge at other dogs, she is now greatly improved and can walk past dogs and act appropriately. Not only did Mike help my dog, he gave me the coaching and tools necessary to continue the success and make me a more confident dog owner. If any other problems arise I will not hesitate to call on Mike for help. I highly recommend Talon K9 Services and Consulting.

Dog Trainer
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Holly N.
Verified review

We are only two sessions into training with Tony, but our dog has already improved so much! We can see so much better behavior from her and are on our way to understanding how to maintain this good behavior. Tony is great at understanding our dogs behavior, good and bad, and identifying the steps we need to take to enforce the good. He is patient with both us and the dog, and helpful with any questions that we have had along the way. Not only does he come right to you but is with you in the real world, walking the dog and introducing her to other dogs. I am very happy I chose to go with Tony as my dog trainer and am excited to see where we can go from here!

Pup Potential
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sara L.
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We had a great experience and great response with our dogs with this trainer!

Shanna K.
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We just had a newborn baby and it has been a struggle keeping our high energy, fur-baby happy. I looked into dog walking businesses and all were way out of our budget so I'm so glad I found Kelsey as she is excellent, reliable and super flexible and understanding. Best of all, my pup adores her. I highly recommend Kelsey if you are looking for a dog walker/trainer. :)


Having trained several dogs of different breeds, I understand the difference in temperaments, a well as other factors.

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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