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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 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steve J.
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Amy was very helpful assisting in training our puppy. Will probably use again as needed, and would recommend to anyone needing dog training. Very flexible on schedule, added bonus.

  • 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
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!

STL Dog Training, LLC.
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Teri L.
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I am so happy to have met Jax. She has been such a wonderful instructor for our 2 dogs and for us! We have learned a lot and our new rescue is a more confident pup. I highly recommend STL Dog Training!

Lifetime Canine LLC
from 7 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin T.
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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!

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!

The Dog Walker
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!!!

Jenn Danzo
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Jack R.
Verified review

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.

Carlisa's Pet Care
from 1 review
    Katie H.
    Verified review

    Carlisa went above and beyond to take care of my three dogs while I was away on vacation. She took them to the wash and cleaned them up after they played in the mud. She was able to get them to take their meds without any problem. My dogs love it when I mention her name, they begin to jump and run to the door waiting for her to get there! I would recommend her to ANYONE!

    Susie Mach
    from 1 review
      Bert M.
      Verified review

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


      I am a huge dog lover, and I connect well with them. I am a very reliable worker and enjoy doing what I love.


      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.


      I am full-time student, and I am looking for dogs to walk near my home in the morning hours. I am also interested in pet sitting, and I am willing to travel further for this. I am interested in per sitting overnight.


      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.


      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.


      I never thought of making this a business three years ago. I took in a very mistreated 4-month-old puppy and I've brought her a very long way, so I know what hardwork and dedication it takes to care and raise pets plus I'm a very dog friendly person.


      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.


      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.


      I'm a master behaviorist/trainer, and I specialize in solving problems with your pets! I offer group obedience training, private training and advanced training!


      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.

      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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