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

We love working with Dawn! She’s fanstastic at her job. Our puppy took to her immediately and she’s given us great tools to continue the work she does after she leaves. We love being able to report back Bogey’s successes when she comes back. She answers all of our many (many) questions. She works so well with my kids and helps them to be active puppy training participants. I highly recommend The Canine Coach!

MISSBEHAVIN K9S
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly F.
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Shawn did a great job training us!! LoL... really Shawn knows her stuff. We just added a puppy to our family and Shawn came out to help with our older golden retriever Molly and the puppy Mabel. We needed to be retrained on how to walk Molly so she doesn't pull or get aggressive when other dogs pass us. This was especially important because we didn't want the puppy to pick up these bad habits. We didn't do a lot of training with the puppy as she is very timid. We discussed how to socialize Mabel more so she doesn't freak every time she sees a person. It was a great session and we got a lot of great tips! If we ever need training again we'll definitely call Shawn!

Ellie Lewis
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Dana M.
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I run a dog training business (sk9t.net) and at any one time can have up to 3 dozen dogs in my facility. Ellie has shown great care with larger dogs and smaller, calm and anxiety ridden, long and short haired. She took time to familiarize herself with each and do a wonderful job caring for them. I'd hire Ellie again in a heart beat. For my dogs or my clients' needs. Thanks, Ellie!

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Gray Wolf K9
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Shannon F.
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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!

  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Erin B.
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Very knowledgeable and passionate about what she does. I've already noticed positive changes with my puppy and it hasn't even been 24 hours.

SHEAR DELIGHTS PET CARE
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Diana L.
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We brought our standard poodle to Joyce after a recommendation. We've been looking for a new groomer for our standard as we've heard he can be difficult to groom and may be afraid of grooming equipment. We keep him in a pretty regular puppy cut but our previous groomer was never able to round out his top knot, straighten the ends of his ears, or shave his face and feet very close. We dropped our dog off at Joyce's house and she texted us when he ready. It didn't take that long at all, especially given that Monty is 68 pounds and needs every part of his groomed in some way. This was the best groom job I've seen on him! She told me he wasn't misbehaved at all and handled everything really well. I like that he's the only dog she focuses on during the grooming time and even stops to have a play or bathroom session when he needs it. I feel like Joyce genuinely cares about my dog which is the best thing I could ask of a groomer. He also came out with a cute bowtie. I'll definitely be taking Monty back to Joyce for his next session.

Pawsitive Focus
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Cathryn H.
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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
Lydia K.
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Suzannah is amazing. 1 weekend and she was able to turn my foster puppy around and give her a solid base for manners to make her more adoptable. Excellent work!

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

Blue Ribbon K9
5.0
from 1 review
  • 24 years in business
Shenna C.
Verified review

Excellent service provided. I have had the honor to see training sessions with Mr. McCall and it is amazing to see how he can easily train you to train your dog. I have also seen the outcome of him raising an intelligent American Bulldog, dash. The things dash was able to do after Mr. McCall worked with him would blow your mind. Dash is always loved and truly missed. Much success to your Mr. McCall.

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I am an ABC certified Dog Trainer and have been training dogs for over 10 years now. Right now my main focus is family dog training - I can help you to have a well trained companion which makes both owner and dog happy! My training approach is largely positive reinforcement based, I believe in having a trusting relationship with your dog.

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

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

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I do dog training, behavior modification, and dog walking! More services are coming soon.

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I provide dog training with all ages. I teach ability, agility and obedience. Dogs are able to respond well after a couple sessions.

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We provide basic obedience, advanced obedience and behavioral modifications. Our training is done one-on-one in your home to provide the most convenient service for you. We will come and provide a free evaluation of your dog to attain which general program you need. Then, based on our findings, we will provide a detailed action plan, setting you on the road to the companion you want and deserve. Problem areas we specialize in are: * dog aggression * bolting * biting * jumping * chewing * food aggression After working with JBBDogs, you will be the leader that your dog wants and needs, and you will be amazed at the obedient companion your dog has become.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I have had five years of experience working with dogs.

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I am an individual dog lover and accomplished trainer. I am here to spend time walking, socializing and training your dog to be an improved canine good citizen.

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I love to be around pets. I love to take care of them, make sure they're in good condition, and make sure that they are eating healthy.

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We specialize in behavior and socialization. We don't use a "one size fits all" approach; we observe both humans and dogs to try and identify the root cause of the issue. We then work with you to develop a force-free training approach.

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Evolutionize your dog! Darwin K9 is a full-service dog training and behavioral problem-solving company that can handle any dog-related needs or issues you may have, regardless of the breed, age, or personality of your pup. Our trainers and behavioral consultants have worked extensively with dogs in obedience training, both on and off leash, as well as behavior modification and problem solving with issues such as dog aggression, jumping, barking, pulling on a leash, and any other unwanted behaviors. Darwin K9 offers Board and Train programs, private in-home lessons, and group classes to best suit your dog's needs. Call or email us today to set up your free evaluation!

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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