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Troy Guard Dog Trainers

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  • 16 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Brenda H.
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Barb is wonderful and worth every penny! She is helping us with our Shih Tzu Abby and our Pit Bull King. She has empowered us with the skills to raise well trained dogs. A well trained dog is a dog well loved!

  • 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...

Clever Canine Dog Training
from 18 reviews
  • 24 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
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca M.
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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!

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

Sit Stay Swim
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Lisa H.
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Great dog trainer and a great person, period!!

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!

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

K9 AdvantEDGE
from 6 reviews
    Brittany G.
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    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!

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

    The Learning Dog Academy
    from 3 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Jo A.
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    I highly recommend this dog trainer. She agreed to travel to my son's home to accommodate his crazy work schedule.

    K9 Heights
    from 3 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Eric H.
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    Excellent service with well educated staff that really cares about making sure u get what u paid for and then some..... I appreciated how honest they were and they wouldn't recommend or charge for something that wasn't a necessity . My first choice for all things dog training.

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

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

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

    PRO K-9
    from 1 review
    • 17 years in business
    Kimberly S.
    Verified review

    My initial meeting with the trainer was excellent. She was very thorough and informative. She was very timely and accommodating. I was so confident in the service that I am seriously considering upgrading my package. I will definitely recommend Pro K-9 to anyone searching for a dog trainer.


    With the exception of two years in college, I've had dogs my whole life long, so it is second-nature to me to live with, care for, and train them. I've been through "obedience," "puppy school," etc. classes, with my own dogs, so I've been exposed to a the techniques used by a number of trainers. I'd call myself eclectic in my training approach, though I think that dogs, like people, require individualized approaches. In general, I think that dogs (again, like people) perform best when strong motivators are used to elicit desired behaviors.

    • 18 years in business

    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.


    Having a well trained. Obedience. Dog walking down the street and in public places


    "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!

    • 23 years in business

    I take pride in working with all dogs I teach. I'm passionate about getting the lines of communication open between Canine and Pet Parent. I want the dog to look up their owner for Guidance and not be an unruly dog. We all need to teach our Dogs Boundaries, Limitation and Rules and make everyone Happy. I will continue my services with a client til I feel they are confident in keeping up the training on their own. I guarantee My Services, if your Unhappy I will come back and give you 2 more sessions FREE!!

    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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