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Ruff Life
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Sheila K.
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I met Ben and his wife and was really impressed with their ideas for training my dog. Can't wait to get started.

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Happy Pups Dog Training, LLC
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janet S.
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Amy was so knowledgeable and did a great job training our dog and showing us how to continue the training on our own.

  • 29 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Carol S.
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Sully has a "way" with handling dogs and puppies. She tells the clients what she wants them to do, demonstrates the technique with the clients' dogs, and then critiques the clients as each person tries the lesson with their dogs. My dog and I were in a group lesson, and I saw success with all of the participants. She taught us how to earn the respect of our dog. I'm signing up for the next session (off-leash training).

Casey Ray's STL Dog Trainers
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Diana K.
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We met with Casey yesterday and set up training for our dog and are looking very forward to starting this process with Casey and his staff. We were very impressed with their philosophy of training not only the pet but the owners. Can't wait to get started!

Multi Sport K-9
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Katie M.
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Miranda is AMAZING! I would never go to anyone else for dog training or caring for! She trained our service dog Ryder for us and she has helped us with dog sitting multiple times. We love her!

STL Dog Training, LLC.
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne G.
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I would highly recommend STL Dog Training for anyone interested in training their dog. Jax Emerson is professional and knowledgeable. My dog is learning new skills quickly and adores his trainer. I have learned a lot too! J. Graham DVM, MS

Lifetime Canine LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin T.
Verified review

Joey is amazing! He has been working with my dog for four days now and I’m already seeing behavior improvements! Can’t wait to see how great things are in a couple weeks!

The Dog Walker
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christy J.
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I can’t say enough about Sarah, I feel absolutely comfortable with her around my dogs and they adore her. I love they get some exercise while we are at work. And she is really reasonable!!!

DogSmarts Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
    Allie G.
    Verified review

    Casey and Shelly have made a tremendous impact on training our Jack Russell Terrier(5)and Australian Shepherd mix(4). In preparation for our move to Switzerland we knew we had a lot of work to do. Casey and Shelly worked with us one on one and helped to train our dogs on and off the leash. People are amazed at how well behaved our dogs are and how well they listen to us. Once important thing I learned from Casey and Shelly is it's not all about training your dog it's also about training you. Put forth the effort and have fun with the training and it will come back to you ten fold. We have two well-behaved and happy companions for life. Thanks Casey and Shelly!

    Susie Mach
    4.0
    from 1 review
      Bert M.
      Verified review

      Walking my dog and giving care also. All was left secure at my home. Very happy

      About

      We do basic and advanced obedience training. Also, we specialize in hunting dogs, upland game, waterfowl and tracking. We are Navhda and Verin Deutsch - Drahthaar associated.

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      I have experience training my dog with PetSmart training style of positive reinforcement with rewards.

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      I have a Passion for Dogs I want a job that i can work with them! I love being around dogs and exercising them. I have always be partial to dogs. I prefer dogs to most people.

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      I take care of your dogs like feeding, playing, walking and napping. I also have a dog so hopefully your dog is friendly.

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      I am calm yet assertive when working with dogs. I have the ability to listen to the owner and transform what they want to their dog, and teach the owner how to perform it over and over.

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      I play with dogs. I walk, feed and give baths to dogs. If needed, I clean up behind dogs. I spend quality time with dogs. I brush hair and teeth if needed.

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      I train dogs; I have one of my own. My dog, Hunter, is my example as to what I can do. I have over 40 years of experience and I love working with dogs. I can also train people when it comes to fitness for themselves.

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      I offer walking, training and various needs! I have a poop scooper in hand when needed. I provide tender, loving care, understanding needs of loved ones. I follow through with obedience.

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      I will walk your (four legged family members) dogs or let them out for a potty break anytime 24/7. I have years of experience, and have a gift with dogs. I am trained in CPR, dog first aid, and a member of the professional association P.U.P.S.

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      I honestly don't have my own business, but I love dogs with all my heart. I've had so many dogs throughout my life; I can't live without them. I have a nice-size gated fence. There are a lot of rooms in my house for your furry friend. I will clean your dogs' ears, clip their nails, give baths, brush their fur, walk them and teach them a few tricks. Please just call or text me, and give me times and dates. I'm available anytime after 2:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and anytime on Saturday and Sunday.

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      I do positive reinforcement and breed-specific training and in-home private dog obedience lessons for six weeks long.

      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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