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Apex Dog Trainers

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Top Pro
The Canine Coach
4.2
from 90 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alyssa L.
Verified review

The moment I posted that I needed help with my puppy, Dawn answered me and was able to come to my home THAT DAY! She was so good with our dogs and not only taught them many tricks and manners we had been trying for months, but also taught me and my family so much about her breed and how to continue our training with our dog. She knew her facts and has a lot of knowledge on dogs. Very impressed and will 100% recommend Dawn to everyone who needs dog training.

MISSBEHAVIN K9S
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon M.
Verified review

What is there not to say?! Shawn knows how to train but more importantly, she knows how to train people. A dog is trainable . . . give the dog the command and the dog will follow. Reinforcement and the training of people is where the key to success of dog training is or not. Got it Shawn. Your words did not fall short on this girls ears. If you are looking for someone who will get you to start believing that your pet can truly behave then you need not look farther. Shawn Kwiatkowski will get both pet and owner walking in line together... The end result a behavin' relationship.

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Gray Wolf K9
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shannon F.
Verified review

We got a puppy and were having a lot of potty training issues. Myke was able to put our minds at ease, as I was quickly coming to my wits end. He was very patient with our dog and showed us a lot of good training exercises to work with the puppy’s behavior and potty training problems. Even Myke agreed that our dog was a little stubborn on potty training but didn’t give up until we learned a strategy that worked for our pup. We are happy to report that our puppy is doing a lot better. Some in house accidents, due to her not fully undersnading how to get our attention to go outside, but she at least sits by the back door and tries to wait for us. Life has been difficult with a one year old toddler and a puppy but Myke helped us a lot and we just have to continue with his techniques and I’m sure this pup will be a cherished pet for many years!

Raleigh Pet Sitters
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley M.
Verified review

I have been using Raleigh Pet Sitters for over three years now. They are amazing! The dog walkers are responsible, knowledgeable, and reliable. I have had the pleasure of working with Jess for about a year now and she is so easy to reach-just a simple text away. I love that she leaves a note about their walk! Jess has walked some of my foster dogs as well as my own puppies and they are always happy and tired when I come home! My schedule is constantly changing and there have been several times where I have needed a dog walker with only a few hours notice. Cindy and Jess have always managed to make sure that my dogs are taken care of and for that, I highly recommend Raleigh Pet Sitters!

  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Robyn P.
Verified review

Ashley was wonderful with my anxious and hyperactive dog! He was tearing everything up and jumping on everyone that came over. Not to mention humping me. I tried obedience training, and figured I was the problem, but I didn't know how (or how to fix it). After ONE visit from Ashley, he has already improved, and I am excited to show off his progress once he has really gotten into his new routine

Pawsitive Focus
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Cathryn H.
Verified review

I had a red-zone young dog and had gone through numerous trainers who could not make him stop attacking everyone...he was very aggressive. Stacy was a God-send. She very quickly won his trust and immediately helped him and me. She worked with us with care and expertise and I shall always be beholding to her for saving my dog. It is nine years later and he is one of the greatest dogs I have ever had...thanks to Stacy's magic.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sara T.
Verified review

I work for Weber County Animal Services - and while Suzannah was in Utah, she would come in and help me with dogs that I was having trouble with. There were a couple of dogs that I couldn't get out of the kennel because they were too aggressive, and she would work with them through the kennel and get them to come out to us. There were a few that had behavioral issues and she would come in and walk me through how to work with them - whether it was dog-on-dog issues that she would show me how to handle and help fix, or ones that would just randomly turn on me and become aggressive. She would also bring in her wonderful dogs with her and help me dog test some of our dogs that I had a harder time reading and figuring out if they would be okay with other dogs. She also has shown me things that I can take home and use on my own personal pets to help them be better and happier. Thanks to her, so many dogs lives were saved at the shelter - because we were able to help them get to where they needed to be, rather than euthanized because we couldn't help them. She doesn't just help the dogs, but she also helps us as people. She never judges us, or makes us feel stupid for not knowing something. She is AMAZING, to say the least, at what she does. We definitely miss her here in Utah.

Working Dog Pet Care
4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Ingrid M.
Verified review

I can't recommend Paula/Working Dog Care highly enough. She's conscientious, responsible and treats the dogs in her care like her own. I have an Australian Shepherd and she's spent quite a bit of time helping me get him off to a good start. We've worked in social settings, honed his manners in public (no jumping, etc), and worked on a toning down some of his natural instincts as a herder (barking etc). The training has been enormously beneficial, especially the overnight stays. He comes back to me happy, healthy and better behaved. Paula/working dog care is my #1 choice for dog training and/or boarding.

Kelley Trainspawsitive
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jo A.
Verified review

We met Kelley 5 yrs ago when I was looking for a puppy trainer. I was Given a business card from my vet. I contacted Kelley and we decided to meet. I was so impressed how she worked . It became so clear it was not puppy training but human training. I enjoyed my first meeting it went by so fast I could not wait till it was time for another visit. And Toby couldn’t wait for the amazing treats she had. Kelley is a very passionate in what she does to help everyone learn how to work together. Her knowledge in her craft is second to none in my opinion. I have recommended Kelley now for 5 years.

LeighAnn's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jacob C.
Verified review

LeighAnn always does the best job pet sitting for me while I am gone. She sends pictures and updates. She always goes above and beyond and exceeds my expectations when she cares for my 3 dogs and 2 cats. I love that she travels to me so my dogs never have to leave their safe space. She does her very best to accommodate all of my pets needs and has the best pricing in the area. I have never had any worries about her being in my house. She is very trustworthy and I will continue to use her and refer her for all pet sitting needs.

Robin's Nest Canine Care
5.0
from 1 review
  • 20 years in business
Annette K.
Verified review

Robin has been looking after my dog "Daisy" for three years. She can always be counted on to love and care for my girl as much as I do. I count on Robin to take care of all of my pet care needs and highly recommend her to everyone who wants their pet treated like family!" She truely loves and cares for your dog. : )

About

I hope you will consider me for your dog walking and caring needs. I am available during the day and each weekday while my daughters are in school and on the weekends and would love to walk/care for your dogs. I would be more than happy to give your dogs the daily exercise and special attention they need while you are away. Please ask me for any more questions that you may have or if you would like to set up a play date/interview with me and your dogs. I look forward to hearing from you!

About

I walk/run dogs. I watch them to make sure their safe. I also feed the dogs to keep them healthy. I love all sorts of dogs and play with them.

About

I do basic manners training to behavior modification training and everything in between. I am an ABC certified dog trainer.

About

I am very about passionate about animals, specifically dogs! I am one of the few (and very lucky, I must say) who are able to get paid to do what they love. I am a part-time vet assistant and foster as well. I would love to be able to help both you and your pet(s) out by giving them that extra attention and/or time when you're not able to! I can provide anything, from walks to possible overnight sitting, medication administration, flexibility if your pet(s) have specific needs, along with not only my personal experience but professional as well.

About

I offer basic training, including, "sit," "wait," "come," and loose leash walking, using positive reinforcement only. I am sensitive to the needs of each animal, and provide individualized walk and play experiences for dogs and cats. I am responsible and reliable, and will carry out your instructions to a "T." Here are some of the comments that clients have made about my services: "You are a very caring steward of animals. The world is a better place for them and all of us because of you." P. Heartway "You've got the magic!" K. Harwood "She is a very caring person who loves animals and intuitively understands their needs.” E. Giefer

About

I dog/cat sit. I will walk, feed, and take care of the dog(s). I am a very reliable and a responsible person.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I have had five years of experience working with dogs.

  • 3 years in business
About

I will treat your pet as I treat my five babies. I will make sure that they are fed and have clean water. I can give any medications. I have a dog of my own that requires that. I will walk them and play with them. I can do anything you need me to do. I can also take care of other animals; I grew up on a farm. I have no problem with anything but lizards and snakes.

  • 5 years in business
About

I'm more passionate and my attention to detail is also what separates me from the rest of the pack.

  • 50 years in business
About

I just believe that my trust with dogs and the love and happiness that I show them stands out alone a person can write anything on here but my actions have to be seen to fully know how much I care for dogs.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Dog Behavioral Modification Trainer

Fuquay Varina, NC

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 0-6 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Small (1-15 lbs)
  • Details
    9 week old pomeranian who needs potty training in my home

Need a Dog Trainer

Greensboro, NC

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    3+ years
  • Dog size(s)
    Large (46-70 lbs)
  • Details
    One on one, my dog is great. He was crate trained for his first year and a half and now has complete freedom without and issues. He is obedient, loyal, etc., but he does have some fear aggression issues. He cant handle children and gets very protective of me around strangers and individuals who show any sort of discomfort/fear around him. Id really like to get this fixed so that I can involve him in more social activities without it becoming a problem.
  • $25
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer

Richlands, NC

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Sports Training, Assistance / Disabilities
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 0-6 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Details
    i have a puppy bull terrier that i would like to raise as a therapy dog.
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