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Livonia Dog Trainers

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  • 16 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Ghalib A.
Verified review

Barbara came to our house to help us with our German Shepherd. We rescued our year and a half old GS from a shelter. I'll start this review by explaining what behaviors our dog needed to work on. He would play bite, he wouldn't listen when called, and would tug on his leash NON-STOP when on a walk. He was never aggressive towards us, but he would play bite. Barbara showed us how to get our dog to make eye contact with us, she showed us a variety of training methods to practice with our dog, and she showed us how to be in control when on a walk. We saw major improvements in the dogs attitude towards us within the first session. He no longer play bites, and with all the training methods Barbara showed us our dog is on his way to becoming an extremely well behaved dog. Barbara's session was extremely informative and fun for us and for our dog. We now have a much better understanding of our dog. I highly recommend Barbara to others, she's an expert and knows what shes doing when it comes to dog training and general dog behavior.

Phoenix Dog Care & Training
4.8
from 29 reviews
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Julie W.
Verified review

Jesse is not only nice and easy to talk to, she makes her training techniques easy to understand. She obviously knows and loves dogs. I trust her with my puppies training. Am very happy.

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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
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!

Clever Canine Dog Training
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 25 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
Angela P.
Verified review

Patty is awesome! She gave us the tools and knowledge to start raising a happy and healthy pup. What we've learned is that dog training is more about human training. Patty gives you all the tools and then it's up to you and your family to implement these practices into your everyday interaction with your furry friend. Our pup Yoshi is happier! We can really see the difference since Patty came into the picture.

  • 11 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Bruce O.
Verified review

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
Nancy W.
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Judi is a very patient, thorough teacher who gives clear instruction and demonstrations on how to teach a new puppy how to behave. The training is positive, kind, but teaches the dog who is in charge. We are looking forward to a happy, obedient labrador when Dakoda is full grown. We plan to take her to visit shut-ins and children. She is already wonderful around our 1 year old twin granddaughters. Thanks to Judi's training techniques, she is learning not to jump on people, how to walk on a loose leash, and not to play bite. I recommend Trust and Obey Pawsitive Dog Training to anyone.

  • 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
Cassie D.
Verified review

I was very happy with Tony's training techniquies. I trust him with my pups and in my home. I loved the calm and confident energy that he has when working with dogs that aren't even his own. I would highly recommend him for training your dog for any need at all. I have a very large Great Pyreneese with some food agression and it has beeen amazing to see what just understanding the dog mantality will do for improving the living situation with you and your family dog.

Sarah W.
Verified review

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.

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
Dave E.
Verified review

Tyler has trained my yellow lab for over a year now. I have yet to meet a trainer that cares more for his customer ( canine and human). Beware though, there's a good chance that your dog will end up liking Tyler more than she does you.

  • 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.

All Dogs
5.0
from 1 review
  • 30 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kathleen D.
Verified review

Deborah really knows how to train and communicate with dogs. My dog, Waggs is already learning not to chew on everything. He has some new toys which help a lot. Would recommend to everyone!!

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Dog Trainer for a Small Puppy

Battle Creek, MI

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Small
  • Details
    She is a typical puppy. Has issues with biting/nipping (feet, legs, hands, etc), jumping, also consuming own feces, poor leash manners.
  • $135
    Average price

Need a Dog Training Service

East Lansing, MI

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Large
  • $850
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer

Bowling Green, OH

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Medium
  • Details
    We have 2 female pups, litterates, whelp date Aug 3
  • $1700
    Average price
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