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Chapel Hill Dog Trainers

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MISSBEHAVIN K9S
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 61 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.

The Grateful Dawg NC
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Jim F.
Verified review

Very "down to earth" dog trainers. They use appropriate correction and positive reinforcement. Best of all, we could tell they really enjoyed our dogs

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Gray Wolf K9
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 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.
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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!

Imagine Dog Training
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 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.

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Angel's Paw Academy
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Vickie D.
Verified review

Angel took care of our two cats while we were on a beach trip and our dog accompanied. Next time we hire Angels Paw Academy our dog will be at home. All went well and we are pleased with her.

Kelley Trainspawsitive
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 7 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.

Pet Behavior Help
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Linda D.
Verified review

We're looking around for a puppy training class in a reasonably convenient location. Val responded the same day with information about this, and an open invitation to check back with her once we acquire our puppy. Couldn't ask for more.

Pinnacle Pet Training, LLC
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Keegan M.
Verified review

Friendly but professional demeanor. Really knows how to teach you to work with your dog so you can have a better bond. Excellent coaching in force-free techniques and strategies to get your dog (and cat!) more comfortable with things like nail trimming, vet exam or wearing a muzzle. A+ Thank you Paisley!

Awesome Pets Care
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Laura B.
Verified review

Emilio cared for my elderly dog over the last year of her life. He was great with medications and dealing with her slower pace, but most of all he was incredible with his care and love for her. He has a huge heart and takes the responsibility of caring for pets very seriously. I have never worried about a thing when I have known that Emilio is in charge!

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.

Haven Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Marc M.
    Verified review

    Through implementing the training strategies shown us by Ben with Haven Dog Training, we have seen vast improvement in the areas of problem behavior in our dogs.

    Russy's Pet Care
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Margie S.
      Verified review

      Russiana is a super dog lover! my dogs were treat as kings in her care!

      Begum Tolgay
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 5 hires on Thumbtack
      Leigh A.
      Verified review

      Wonderful experience for our dog. Highly recommend.

      About

      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.

      • 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.

      About

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

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

      About

      I provide boarding, grooming and gifts training. I have been in the business for 45 years. I am a certified master groomer. I am an active licensed professional handler. I am also a winner of the Gaines Award and the Delta Society Award.

      About

      The parts that make me excited are that I got to take care of my favorite animals I enjoy helping people when they are busy and can't take of their dog at that moment

      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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