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Joel's Dog Training
4.4
from 90 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
Amber B.
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Joel was very professional and personable. Our dog was very aggressive and after the first session we saw a huge improvement. By the last session he “graduated” with gold stars!

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Blue Ribbon K9 Academy
5.0
from 57 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
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Bonnie B.
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I have been involved in the professional dog world for over 35 years and I feel Carol Lynn Fox is one of the best dog trainers I have met. She is not only knowledgeable with the many different breeds of dogs and personalities, but also keeps updated on new training techniques. She is calm, patient and kind, which gives her the ability to make sure every student, feels special. It’s almost as if you, and your dog, are the only students in the class, or in the least, her favorite! One of her best qualities, in my opinion, is her unique ability to connect with the humans! Most dog trainers find this their most difficult task, yet Carol Lynn makes the complete novice feel welcome and at ease. Bonnie Best

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Understanding Our Dogs LLC
5.0
from 47 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
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Kari A.
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Lena came to our house to help us with training our puppy. She was here for over 2 hours and she gave us a lot of very useful information. She was extremely patient with both of our children and our puppy. The information that she gave us was extremely relevant to what we wanted to know and when she left, we definitely felt like we had all the tools we needed to train our dog. She was very nice, prompt and I would recommend her services to anyone looking for a private dog trainer. I've actually already given her name to two of my friends who need help with their dogs.

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Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathy C.
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Kevin was a wonderful trainer from the beginning! My dog was usually fearful and stressed but took to Kevin within their first meeting. By the end of the week he was walking on the leash beyond our expectations. He was finally not scared to go into public, we even took him to Birkdale the next week! The best part is that Cooper was so excited every time he saw Kevin so we knew he was not only learning but loved the training.

Holland K9 Services
4.8
from 35 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Laura P.
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I have worked with Holland K9 services for 3.5 years and I would whole heartedly recommend him to anyone. When we adopted our dog Buddy, he was so high energy that we had to let him run off leash to burn that energy off and be a happy dog. However he was completely unresponsive to commands off leash, and would charge (friendly and excited, but still) any dog or person he spotted. After a bad experience with another dog training group, we found John. He helped us to transition to using an E-collar (shock collar) in order to enforce off-leash commands. I was initially nervous about that type of training due to our prior experience but with John it went great. Buddy was never fearful like he was with the other trainers. Our dog became wonderful and basically 100% reliable off-leash, and all of us were so much happier. We hired him again when we got our second dog, and he helped us train her as well as brush up Buddy on his skills again. Training with him is definitely worth every cent.

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Shea-9 Dog Training, LLC
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Melonie R.
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Brendan is amazing! He met with us and listened to the concerns and issues we are having. He had immediate feedback and gave us the much needed tools that we need to begin working with our dominant/aggressive rescue dog. We left with so much hope!! We will definitely be working with Brendan again.

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My K9 Behavior
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Brittney M.
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Mariah is great to work with! She is doing great working with my rescue dog. She has been patient with my dog who is a bit shy but my dog has also been doing really well and learning a lot from her! I would highly recommend Mariah to anyone!

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Dog Gone Good K-9 Training
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Madison G.
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Jarod came to our home and gave a FREE (through & unhurried) evaluation of our two dogs. He answered all of my questions, gave us tips, advice, and even brought along one of his dogs to show us what ours would be learning. He is 100% the most genuine, caring, passionate dog trainer I have met and I recommend his services to anyone looking to their dog trained, behavior modifications, boarded,etc. He gained the trust and respect of my very abused, anxious Pitbull, and my stubborn German Shepherd!

Furever Home Training
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Floyd S.
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Angie Epling is very good at training your dog and my dog Becky loves her . My dog just is too young still to really get it .

Murphdog & Company
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Don S.
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Jenna is very knowledgeable about dogs, she gave us the advice we needed. She will be training our dog further, very satisfied!

My Dog and Me NC
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Gail M.
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Amanda is a compassionate, Gentle and knowledgeable trainer for your furry best friend? Amanda fits the bill. She has taught us so much in training our Shih Tzu puppy. She has come to our home and offered over-the-phone emergency help when our puppy decided he didn't want to sleep in his crate anymore. Amanda has practical advice and was able to give us creative solutions. She KNOWS dogs, knows how they will behave and knows how to communicate with the owners. Very pleased to recommend Amanda for any dog training needs.

Alpha-Moves Dog Training
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Alexis E.
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I needed some last minute important training for my Dog Maverick. He is overall a great dog, but there were some key things missing in his behavior. Alpha-moves dog training was not only responsive, punctual, and honest, but I saw amazing results in the first hour of training. It works and is definitely worth your time!!!

The Dog Professor
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Marie F.
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After almost 4 months of trying to deal with our Golden Retriever puppy not listening to us, jumping up onto the couches, surfing the counters, wandering upstairs and chewing on everything, we finally decided it was time to find a professional to work with him. We received Paul's number from our vet, and boy are we glad we did! Paul has been nothing short of amazing! He came to our house every morning for 4 weeks straight to train our puppy and work with him one-on-one. Toward the end of training, Paul even took him to the park and hardware store many days to allow for distractions. He showed my husband and I exactly the kind of training he was doing with our dog and let us know exactly what we needed to do in order to keep our dog in tip-top shape for the rest of our lives. It was incredible to see the transformation of our puppy over those 4 weeks. He now knows the commands- heel, sit, down, sitting at entryways, place, off and free. Also, his behavior has improved significantly. We couldn't be happier with our decision to use Paul. His professionalism, dedication, positive attitude and excellence in dog training certainly make him what he is- "The Dog Professor!" And the best part is there is a lifetime guarantee- if our puppy regresses in any way, we just call Paul up and he will be back to train him! If you are looking for that right person to change both your's and your dog's life for the best, please do yourself a favor and call Paul! This is one decision you will not regret! Thank you, Paul, for everything you have done to make our lives so much easier and happier with our pup!

Pack Leader K9 Academy
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsey B.
Verified review

They trained our dog Zane! He was crazy and is now very enjoyable to be around. Best dog trainers around!!

Henry’s Canine Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Anastasia T.
Verified review

If you're looking for a dog trainer, THIS IS YOUR GUY! His puppy boot camp literally worked miracles with our sassy, biting, crazy 12 we old puppy! Henry is super communicative and helpful (before, during & after training) which makes the entire process much easier! He is smart, very professional, incredibly likeable and extremely good at what he does. I also really appreciated his reward based training system. We could tell how much he loves and respects dogs by how he immediately interacted with Bailey... he was nice, but in charge. All I can say is, he left with a crazy 'cujo' puppy lol and returned with a lovable, obedient muffin! We can't thank him enough!

  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna C.
Verified review

Great team of Dog Trainers. They really follow through with what they advertise. Did the 2 week train and board and have a brand new dog! He's happy and obedient! Definitely recommend!

Understanding Your Dog
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Maggie T.
Verified review

Theresa was very good at listening to what we described about our dog's behaviors, daily habits, and overall personality, and she seemed to customize her training for our dog. Within only a couple of visits, we have seen marked improvement in our dog's transition from the shelter to our home, as well as a decrease in her overall anxiety. Additionally, Theresa was able to provide references for trainers that can help where she can't, for instance in group dog training for our dog. Her love of dogs is easy to see, and we would recommend her to anyone needing help with their pup.

Heart Dog Behavior Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsay S.
Verified review

Blair is the best dog trainer! I'm so sad she's not in MN anymore. I loved taking group classes and private lessons from her. She gave me more confidence and helped me communicate better with my dog Ruby. Ruby was reactive to dogs and people, growling, barking, and lunging at them. We now enjoy peaceful walks. Ruby can let other dogs walk past her and she walks perfectly in heel. With Blair's guidance, I feel I can tackle any situation. She always answered my questions and had advice for the different difficulties I was having with Ruby's behavior. Blair is funny and very personable. She works great with the dog and owner. I highly recommend Heart Dog Behavior Training!!! We love you Blair!

UberDog Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Brandi M.
Verified review

Über dog is the best!! We got our dog Charlotte as a puppy and as usual she acted like a puppy. Biting, pulling on the leash, not listening. I checked out several trainers in the area and I was very pleased with the initial meeting I had with Katrina at Uber dog. She was kind, knowledgable and professional. I sent Charlotte off to boot camp for 2 weeks and it was the best money I have ever spent. We now have a polite, sweet, fun loving dog that brings much joy to our family. After having a dog for 15 years that was treated like a "baby" I now know how much better and easier it is to have a trained dog. AND charlottes happy! You can't go wrong with Uberdog! Oh and they have classes that you can go to after the training! Just like a refresher for owner and dog!!

Will Carmack Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Chris S.
Verified review

My dog was banned from PetSmart grooming after trying numerous groomers and dog trainer, Will Carmack was the only dog groomer and trainer that she would allow to cut her hair. Will provides a loving environment and has an uncanny ability to cut her hair while keeping her calm the entire time!!!

AAA K9 Academy
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ragon B.
Verified review

Ashley is ahh-mazing!! Our dog, Stryker, came from a bad situation. When we got him, he was unruly, aggressive, untamable and destructive. We were concerned that we weren't going to be able to ever have control of him. Ashley came to our home to do an assessment and from the moment she met Stryker, she was immediately able to take command of him and make him listen. After seeing how quickly Ashley was able to control Stryker, and after meeting her personal dog, we immediately decided to utilize her services. Since she has been coming and working with us, Stryker is a completely different dog. She concentrates on training the owners as much as the dog. We highly recommend Ashley for relieving any anxiety you have towards choosing a trainer for your dog.

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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