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Ruff Life
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Bob S.
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Ben has proven that you can teach an old dog new tricks! Our 10-year-old Sheltie was going berserk when anyone came to the door and he guarded his food aggressively. But after a few lessons Ben has taught our dog to be well mannered and he learned basic obedience. The owner has learned a lot too! Ben does a great job training the dog and teaching me how to reinforce the lessons. I recommend Ben without reservation.

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Happy Pups Dog Training, LLC
from 33 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Bravo K9 Dog Training
from 23 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Tamiko R.
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Danielle is an excellent dog trainer. My dogs and I have taken group classes with her for obedience and agility, and they have also taken semi private lessons in disc. She explains things in a way that is easy to understand and my dogs love her!

Casey Ray's STL Dog Trainers
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Chris M.
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I rescued my dog when she was 5 months old and full of energy. After her training with casey , she is still very energetic but I can now control her energy in a more positive way. Casey has always been available and able to provide his clients with tips based on their needs. She has received obedience training and is now in the off leash classes which she loves going to.

Matty B's Dog Training
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jodie E.
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Best money I've ever spent. I can't believe what a two week boot camp did for my babies. Both are golden retrievers, one is almost 2yrs and the other was 3 months at the time. The older boy really needed help with distractions and learning how to control his excitement when meeting new people. The puppy needed basic obedience training. Both dogs came back to us so much more obedient and all around smarter than I ever anticipated. My house guests can't get over how much the older pup has calmed down and how smart the new puppy is already. I can't say enough about Matt and the way he cares for all of his "students". I, like most pet owners, was leery about leaving a member of my family with a stranger, but given Matt's many years of experience, and the fact that his wife is a vet tech, I couldn't have asked for a better combo. It was reassuring to know that my dogs' health would be monitored all the while they were becoming canine geniuses. Thanks Matt! I still can't believe the difference.

STL K9 Academy
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole W.
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So far, Jamey has been understanding, professional, and very helpful. I look forward to working more with him to help me grow my relationship with my dog through training.

Midwest Canine Company
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Anna T.
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Shawn has given me complete confidence that I'll be able to better communicate with and understand my dog after he is done with his training. We have completed 1 week of a four-week session, but I already see a huge improvement. Highly recommend.

Trinity Tails Training
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Pam E.
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There are not enough positive words to describe my experience with Trinity Tails Training. From day one, the employees of TTT have been very understanding and compassionate to the issues we were experiencing and needing help with. I never once felt like a failure in the dog training world and I have learned so much in just a few sessions with my own personal Great Dane and Great Dane fosters. I can reach out to TTT at anytime, with any issue (even if it seems trivial) and will be given direction on how to handle it until I could meet up with a trainer in person. I have recommended and will continue to recommend TTT to everyone I know. Being in the rescue world, finding a good dog trainer, is like finding gold. Thank you Trinity Tails Training! You are quite a blessing!

Multi Sport K-9
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel B.
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Miranda is a GREAT trainer. She is professional and patient with dogs and humans. I strongly recommend her trainings services.

Jenn Danzo
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Jack R.
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Jenn is a terrific dog trainer. She not only trained Boulder, our English Springer Spaniel but also we learned a great deal about training a dog. We would definitely contact Jenn whenever we get another dog.


We specialize in helping families find the right dog to be a pet and companion and address any assistance training and special skills to be a certified K9 assistance dog. If you need a puppy trained for a good family pet, a dog for a child with autism, or an assistance dog for any-age human, we customize the training and provide the guidance to meet your needs and desires. If you're not sure if a K9 can help you, contact us for a free consultation and learn all of the options available. Organizations from puppy to full-service dog provide a full level of skills, but if you need a helping K9 while on the waiting list or just a helping paw to make life easier, let us help you.


If you want to form a deeper bond with your dog, basic obedience training is where to start. I teach all levels of obedience training from basic to advanced. I also offer unique classes such as agility, fido fitness and out and about classes. I am a AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator and a Therapy Pets Unlimited evaluator and volunteer. I offer group classes and private training. Starting this year I will also be offering pet sitting in the owners home.


We offer dog training, whether for agility, obedience, competition level or just having fun. Lots of classes are offered during the week; some agility are offered on the weekends. Our indoor is 10,000 square feet and climate controlled. Contact us for more info.


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


We are veterinary technicians who pet sit for all pets, specializing in special needs pets that need medical care or treatment while their people are away. We also do some training and behavioral consultations.


Are you worried about your dog while you're away at work? Many pet parents worry their dog is bored, not getting enough exercise and/or damaging belongings or furnishings while they're at work. Rosie's Doggie Daycare provides fun cage-free doggie day care that can make a major difference in your and your dog's life. Our day care includes exercise, playtime, fresh air, and an opportunity to build socialization skills and most importantly, a chance to burn off all that pent-up energy! Give your dog something fun to look forward to every day! Our day care attendants have years of dog handling experience and are dog behavior experts -- ensuring that your pet will have a safe, fun, and enriching experience while at Rosie's. Rosie's also features a full-service grooming Salon with highly experienced and gentle groomers. We customize each haircut to your desires and offer specialty services such as creative coloring, de-skunking and FURminator de-shedding. Do you have a dog that could brush up on his/her manners? We offer many training packages and classes with our certified dog trainer. Training enhances communication between dog and owner and can help immensely with problem behaviors.


My desire is to provide high-quality low-cost dog training. My per session fee starts at $10 per session, with price increases depending on how far the drive, to accommodate for gas money. In addition, 80% of the proceeds I make will go back to the animal rescue of your choice! Some background on my training experience: I have taken several dogs through their basic obedience, and two of my own canine companions have received their CGC. In addition, I owner trained my own service dog, which is no small feat! Dog training is something I not only have confidence in, but have experience in as well. I am willing to work with all dogs other than those exhibiting highly aggressive behaviors, as I do not feel qualified to handle those situations.


I can do obedience-training to dogs. I will teach dogs to heel, sit and stay, down and stay, come, 2heel, on and off the leash. I will teach them not to jump on people, unless asked to. I will teach dog not to bite. Dog will also learn to stay calm in a social setting.


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.


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.

  • 5 years in business

Have 4 Dogs That We Love Dearly..Love 4 All Animals. .

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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