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Phoenix Dog Care & Training
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 46 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!

  • 12 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
John S.
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She taught me how to teach Sarah Palin every thing she knows.. Anna real good dog trainer. Plus she is a good hard working person...

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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!

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.

Sit Means Sit
4.4
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
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Sit Means Sit, Metro Detroit is amazing. Amy (and Nick) runs a fabulous training service. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. The trainers are something to behold. They truly have a gift with dogs, and people alike. I've been to group class with 20 or so dogs and was still able to receive individual attention. I adopted a 4-year old Black & Tan Coon Hound/Great Dane mix and was rather scared that I might not be able to handle him in social settings because of his size. Luckily he was a fairly well-behaved dog when I adopted him, but he was in no way perfect. He took me for a kite ride across a neighbor's yard trying to chase a cat. It was then that I realized I needed help and called around. I took advantage of the at-home free demo and I was sold. I liked their attention-based training philosophy. It is a very positive approach and really helps reinforce the positive bond between dog and human. It also didn't hurt that from the moment the trainer walked up the driveway my dog was smitten with him. After one in-home session I was able to take him for a walk without fear. After two in-home sessions I was able to have him off-leash. I highly recommend Sit Means Sit, Metro Detroit. Your dog deserves it!

  • 11 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Bruce O.
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Extremely professional. My dog is behaving so much better. I would recommend to everyone

  • 13 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!

  • 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.

Motor City K9 Solutions LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jay L.
Verified review

My experience with the Motor City K-9 Solutions was pretty amazing they were very detail with the structure of the program how it worked willing to answer any questions whenever I had them to make sure I was aware of what was going on at any time of the training. They even offered structure payments for me to fit into my budget which allowed me to get dogs trained sooner than later without an extra strain of a big payment. I recommend anyone and everyone to Motor City K-9 Solutions for all your dog training needs they get 2 Paws up from us!

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!

    Owana Dog Training Services
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Susan Bican Kozora
      Verified review

      James has a great way with animals! He knew exactly what to do to get our dogs into the behavior modes we needed. We had great training and he gave us a lot of exercises to do and commands to help us continually train our dogs. I highly recommend him for any type of training! He also makes himself available through Facebook and texts with follow up questions and issues.

      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.

      • 31 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      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!

      Paws Down Pet Care
      3.3
      from 3 reviews
      • 1 year in business
      • 4 hires on Thumbtack
      Sally M.
      Verified review

      Kasie is very gentle with the dogs and yet she is firm with them.

      • 18 years in business
      • 17 hires on Thumbtack
      Renee C.
      Verified review

      Bonny is very knowledgeable and experienced and you can tell she loves dogs. She gave me very thorough instruction on training my dog. She is patient and understanding and knows that every dog is different and she tailors her lessons based on the dog and myself. I would hire her again in a minute - highly recommended!

      • 11 years in business
      • 4 hires on Thumbtack
      About

      I am a licensed Veterinary technician that spends time with animals all day. Your furry loved one could not be in better hands! I love making your pets happy and make sure they have everything they need while your are gone!

      Haley L.
      Verified review

      Amanda is reliable and responsibile with a passion for animals. She treats my animals like they are her own. I would highly recommend Amanda as a caretaker for your furry friends!

      About

      Services we offer: - Individualized dog training to meet your lifestyle needs - Doggy daycare and extended stay We offer doggy daycare and extended dog sitting services in my home. The rate is $20 to $30 per day. Visitation to your home is by special request, and pricing varies upon the needs. We offer private dog training in your home or public place, new puppy lifestyle training, behavior issues correction, and general obedience. Our rates vary by needs, but start at $50 and up per session. We are serving metro Detroit, Flint, and Lapeer.

      • 5 years in business
      About

      I love the animals

      About

      I can walk or pet sit any type of dog. I have experience in watching and pet sitting my and my family's dogs.

      About

      I can come to your home or office and walk or sit your dogs. I just graduated from high school. I have my own car and am available immediately. My hours are very flexible.

      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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