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Asheville Dog Behavior Specialists

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Ilio Canine Care
from 94 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 193 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julie F.
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James has been super informative and went above and beyond to learn all about our dogs issues. We cannot wait to see what the future holds for our Dogs behavior issues. With James, there is definitely a lot of hope.

Aunt Karen's Lucky Dogs
from 31 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy M.
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I contacted Karen b/c my dog had some behavior problems. It has been 1 year since Karen has worked with us. Our dogs are getting along without any issues. Our hound who had some aggression issues has made a complete personality change is learning day by day in the right direction. She did some one on one training and given us several useful tools, books and ideas to help understand the hounds issues. Karen is very patient, understanding and educated with dog behaviors and training. Our other dog who is a pitbull has gained much more obedience training out of this and is getting along with her hound sister.

Specialized K9 Services
from 28 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Beth W.
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Steve was amazing! I learned more in 1 meeting with him than 4 meetings with another much more expensive dog behavior consultant! I highly recommend!

from 9 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Eve F.
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Darlene came to our house and worked with our family to correct some behavior problems with our puppy. She worked great with all ages and species! I've already recommended her to a friend, and plan to continue using her.

Happy & Healthy Pet Care
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
AnneandMonte B.
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Allison takes care of our furry baby everyday! She walks our border collie, plays with him and spoils him overall. She comes to our place and does this while we are at work. Allison is knowledgeable about animal health and behavior. She stays in touch with any concerns she may have along the way. Our dog looks forward to seeing her, and his day is brighter with Allison in it.

Utopian Canine
from 7 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mary H.
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I have had the pleasure to take instruction with Jennifer in 3 different dog training classes. My dog Morgen, a black lab, and I started with Jennifer in puppy class, moved on to intermediate and then completed advanced training. Morgen is only 10 months old and we are always getting complimented on his great behavior in public at such a young age. Jennifer kept the classes stimulating and fun for both the human and dog. She is very skilled and has abundant knowledge in dog training and handling. Anyone attending Jennifer's training classes will not be disappointed. She is a true professional.

The Loose Leash Academy
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Scott M.
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Joann is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about dog training. When we approached her with questions about our dog, she gave us advice that has helped improve our dog's behavior - making our relationship with our pup much more enjoyable. I highly recommend Loose Leash Academy!

Soul Mutt Training
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Jen B.
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My dog, Tyler, is 11 years old and he had a bad habit of pulling on the leash during his daily walk. Laura Lee, the owner of Soul Mutt Training, proved that you can teach an old dog new tricks. After one session and some follow up email Q&A, Laura Lee taught Tyler (and me) how to walk with a loose leash. Our daily walks are much more enjoyable now. Laura Lee is very knowledgeable and it's obvious that she loves dogs. Tyler responded well to her immediately. And I learned some new tricks too. I highly recommend using Soul Mutt Training if you want to improve your dog's behavior.

  • 36 years in business

I go at the dog and owners pace. My method is very easy to learn, and each dog is trained according to their own needs.


Instead of focusing on vocal cues to get dogs to perform, I concentrate on putting the owner at the center of his dog's world to create a balanced, healthy environment for both humans and dogs. This way the dog is always ready to do whatever its master wants, rather than being confused by a lot of noise.

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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