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Livonia Dog Trainers

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

  • 16 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Heidi P.
Verified review

Barb is an awesome Dog Trainer!!! She is absolutely wonderful to work with. She is an amazing person when it comes to training dogs and working with their owners. I wouldn't want anybody else working with my dog or myself except for Barb!! I can't say enough great things about her ability with training dogs or working with their owners... She's outstanding!!!

Phoenix Dog Care & Training
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Mary A.
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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!

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Club Canine of Michigan
4.6
from 24 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel K.
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Jessica was a miracle worker with our pomsky Miney. She came and picked her up and spent the next 10 days training her. Miney has come home a completely different dog. Jessica is an animal expert like I've never seen before. She has an ability to tap into exactly what the dog and the owner needs to have a successful training experience. When she brought Miney back she gave me an extensive worksheet on everything about my dog and a complete breakdown of everything I need to do to insure that her training continues successfully at home. I'm completely blown away and would highly recommend Jessica to anyone with any dog training or boarding needs. I cannot thank her enough for all of her help with Miney!

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  • 4 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah M.
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Paws Around Motown has been walking our dog for close to a year now. They have been phenomenal-- very flexible with our constantly changing flexible and very reliable. We look forward to getting a photo & report each day!

Clever Canine Dog Training
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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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
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Bruce O.
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Extremely professional. My dog is behaving so much better. I would recommend to everyone

  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jon A.
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Steve has been a great professional to work with throughout the training of our German Shepard. His training techniques have worked great, and has shown over the first 6 weeks of training. The results have been so successful, that we just signed a second contract for his level 2 training course. I would recommend Best of Friends Dog Training to anyone looking for an experienced dog trainer with results that work!

  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Caitlin R.
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Judi Hales is a fantastic dog trainer! My husband and I have attended group classes and individual training sessions with Judi, and she is excellent. We have two dogs, one of whom has significant anxiety issues. Judi takes the time to listen, gets to know you and your dog, and makes sure you leave feeling like your goals were accomplished. She has incredibly reasonable rates given the quality of her services. I highly recommend her as a dog trainer.

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine B.
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We hired Desiree to walk and play with our high energy 49 pound dog. We could tell at our initial home visit she was a perfect fit. Our dog never left her side. Very professional, very organized, very very caring. Will be using her service exclusively.

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

We hired Tony because we had a vicious German Shepherd Dog and in 1 hour Tony broke our dog's willingness to attack anything and anyone. He is now calm submissive . Tony is an excellent dog trainer we highly recommend him.Tony said Ares was his hardest case to date. Thank you Tony we love you. You are very brave!

Sarah W.
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Mandi has opened our eyes to the value of positive training - in just a few sessions we fell in love again with our rescue dog kiko I don't know where we would be without her help, patience and guidance. She also has given us much more confidence too!

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.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Friendly on the phone, Scheduled classes in the future, gave me a competitors name who will work with my young puppy until he's old enough for them. Thats how you get a customer

Diamond Dog
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Monique T.
Verified review

Mr. Cooper explained what we would be receiving with the dog training sessions.

Furry Footsteps LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Janie A.
Verified review

I have hired them as dog walkers. They are the BEST. Very flexible, love my dog, honest, easy to work with, and I would recommend them.

TLC Animal Care
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Rex L.
    Verified review

    Top notch dog walker. My dog is in love with her! Rex Lester

    Tails Without Voices
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Robert C.
    Verified review

    Tiyanna's ability to train a service dog was excellent. Her dog KUF--worked with individuals who need to use wheelchair for mobility. KUF helped them while in and out of their chair making life easier. He was also a great companion to them while be their side. Mimi is our other dog who assists with service related therapy. As a smaller dog Tiyanna trained her to help stroke patients gain or increase the use of hands and arms affected by their stroke. Mini is a snuggle dog, fluffy and sweet with just the right temperament and training to help keep her friends in need get better. Tiyanna is an awesome trainer!!

    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.

    • 31 years in business
    Taylor W.
    Verified review

    Amazing experience. Great communication and trust that my dog would be in good care and learn daily. Highly recommend. My pup and i are happy and healthy thanks to this training!

    My Hero Dog Training
    3.5
    from 2 reviews
    • 15 years in business
    AJ G.
    Verified review

    I have been taking lessons with My Hero and I have ,earned an quite a bit from Roz's technique and knowledge. I highly recommend them for Agility and Obedience training.

    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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