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Charlotte Canine Professionals

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CRiv Cleaning Service
4.8
from 138 reviews
  • 213 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Treena Y.
Verified review

Excellent service! Very professional and arrived right on time. Best prices by far. I would recommend them for any of the services that they offer. They offered junk removal service which is what I needed and they did an awesome job. I will be using them again!

Joel's Dog Training
4.4
from 86 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 188 hires on Thumbtack
Richard L.
Verified review

Though we haven't started our training yet, Joel's understanding of canine behavior; his time spent during the initial, no cost, assessment, recommendations for pre-training preparations, promptness and demeanor leads us to believe we will be successful. Several weeks after training starts we will follow up and let you know how things are progressing.

While your away Petsitting
4.3
from 58 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
Tamera D.
Verified review

Very professional. Dogs were better behaved than when I left!!!

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Understanding Our Dogs LLC
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
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We have completed our first of 3 sessions and Lena was excellent with not only the dog but the 'humans' in the house as well. She was very deliberate in her approach and gave specific home work for me and my son. Our dog, Joey is responding already, though we have more work to do. I feel confident I selected the right professional for my dog's needs.

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Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Shawn W.
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We started training our 1yr old standard poodle with the goals of controlling her anxiety. Getting her to respond to commands when she’s distracted, walking better on a leash, with the ultimate goal of being able to run and walk with her safely off leash. I liked that Kevin caters the training to the individual dog and owner, and he taught me how to work with her. After two sessions and me doing my homework she’s walking better and calmer around other dogs. I ran with her for a couple miles off leash and she stayed close to heel the whole time. When we passed a cross country team going the other direction she started getting excited but I told her to “heel” and she tucked back and trotted right past. When we passed a couple other dogs she did the same thing. We’re thrilled!

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Leash Life
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
William S.
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Home Away Pets goes above and beyond to take great care of our two dogs. They are very professional, friendly, and conscientious. Most highly recommended.

Holland K9 Services
4.8
from 35 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 66 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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda B.
Verified review

Brendan was extremely knowledgeable, understanding, professional and has a great personality. He helped me to understand the foundation that has to be built to assure trust in training my dog. I look forward to working with him.

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AEH Services
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Naomi W.
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Alex is excellent, professional and does a great job!

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!

  • 8 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Laura R.
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Excellent, dependable, great with my dog. Highly recommend.

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Dog Pro Services
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Scott Z.
Verified review

I am out of town a lot, so Will from Dog Pro services takes care of my dog Bruno. I like that he also trained my dog with basic obedience. Training was easy and it's affordable Will is an awesome guy.

Happy Tailz PetCare
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Kim B.
Verified review

We've had great experiences with Happy Tailz! Very trustworthy, caring and professional which gives me the peace of mind when traveling. I have a 6 year old Labradoodle who gets anxiety when left alone or at a kennel. I can tell she is well taken care of by Melody because I come home to a happy and health dog. I would highly recommend Happy Tailz to anyone looking for a pet sitter and/or dog walker.

  • 12 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Heather S.
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Katie watched our cats for us while we went away for a week. We have used many pet sitters in the past and Katie is BY FAR the best we have ever had the pleasure of hiring. She was professional and our cats were well taken care of. Katie is the only pet sitter we would consider hiring in future!

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Shiloh Sit (Laura Keistler)
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lorraine J.
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Laura clearly has a way with dogs - my female can be tough on strangers but took to Laura right away! I'm looking forward to engaging her again.

Alpha-Moves Dog Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Doug L.
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Nick with Alpha Moves Dog Training was very the very thing Penny my Leonberger and I needed. Penny is very stubborn and i was at my end for at home training. Nick did a great job teaching Penny and my self the Communication need for a great man/ dog relationship. You will not be disappointed with Alpha Moves Dog Training.

Henry’s Canine Training
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Krista L.
Verified review

Henry is amazing! What he accomplished with my dogs in a matter of hours was mind blowing! He is extremely knowledgeable and my dogs absolutely love it when it’s time to get in the car and go see Henry!

Nanny NoFlea Pet Sitting
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda B.
Verified review

Cris is amazing. She walked all 3 of my dogs. One of which had a lot of special needs. If my dogs had an accident she always cleaned it up. She would update me every day to let me know how my babies were doing. We recently moved out of the area and we are very sad. No one will ever compare to Cris.

Margie Sigal
5.0
from 8 reviews
    Rita A.
    Verified review

    I trust my four dogs to Margie and they are always happy to see her. Enough said.

    Pack Leader K9 Academy
    5.0
    from 7 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Jean H.
    Verified review

    After the passing of our Black lab, last year it was so hard for us to get another dog but we knew we were ready. We seeked out Aaron and he found us the most beautiful chocolate lab puppy!! The kept him for the first few weeks and started him potty training and some basic commands and then they delivered him to us all the way to Virginia from Charlotte!! This company obviously really loves animals and has their best interest at heart. Thank you so much for our good boy!!! He will be continuing his puppy education here soon and we are looking forward to working with them again!

    Carolina Canine Training
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 9 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Patricia A.
    Verified review

    I wish we would have come to Carolina Canine Training years ago! Within the first day, my dog made HUGE gains in his behavior. I think the majority of the training was not even for Cooper, it was for me to learn how to communicate more effectively with him so that expectations were clear. Liz was such a great teacher! Her directions were clear and effective, and she really made learning fun. I would recommend Carolina Canine to anyone who wants a better-behaved, responsive dog. There is hope!

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What is included in a dog grooming?

    Dog grooming is so much more than giving your dog a bath. Dog grooming is a broad term that covers all aspects of canine cleanliness and hygiene. The services included in dog grooming will vary based on your needs and what you choose to pay. Unless they are rolling in cowpies or playing in mud puddles, most dogs are okay getting a shampoo bath only as needed. You’ll know when they need it if they smell bad or are bringing dirt into the house. Some dogs, like shepherds and shih tzus, have thick coats that can get matted and tangled without regular care. Pro dog groomers can deftly blow dry a dog’s hair after a bath so that it is shiny and smooth. Dog grooming can include brushing that detangles dog hair and also thins the undercoat to minimize shedding.

    Dog grooming also includes hygiene services such as toothbrushing and ear cleaning. Clean teeth are important to the health of your dog, and the pros have the patience and proper technique to get it done. Regular dog grooming can stave off tear stains, those reddish stains below your dog’s eyes. Anal gland expression is something not many people want to do on their own, even if they love their dog. A dog groomer can safely and efficiently release any blocked anal gland fluid. Other dog grooming services include nail trimming and clipping. Nationally, dog grooming prices range from $60 to $80. Most dog groomers offer discounts to customers who purchase monthly packages or bundle multiple grooming services at one time.

    What does a dog walker do?

    We all know our dogs love going on long, adventure-filled walks, but jobs and family and commuting can make it difficult to give them the leash time they deserve. You can hire a professional dog walker to make sure your furry friend gets adequate exercise and outdoor time each day. A professional dog walker may be an individual contractor or work for a dedicated dog-walking company. In either case, you want to make sure the pro has the appropriate insurance in case of an emergency. Some people opt to give the dog walker a key to their house; others to have them pick up the dog from the yard. Dog walking can happen as often as multiple times per day, or just a few times a month as needed. Here are some questions to ask when you are interviewing a new dog walker:  

    • Will you or someone else be walking my dog?
    • Do you have a backup plan if you can’t make it for a scheduled walk?
    • Will you walk my dog by itself, or do you walk several dogs at once?
    • What are your different walk routes?
    • When will you pick up and drop off?
    • How will we communicate?
    • Do I have to commit to a schedule or are you flexible?
    • What’s your cancellation policy?
    • What’s your response plan if my dog gets injured or becomes sick?
    • How and how often do I pay you?
    • Do you offer package pricing if I buy multiple dog walks up front?

    What is a dog groomer?

    A dog groomer is a service professional who provides dog grooming and basic hygiene care for your dog. Dog groomers are typically animal lovers who are competent and comfortable working with a wide range of dog breeds and temperaments. Dog groomers are knowledgeable about the care needs for different kinds of dog coats. A poodle will have different haircut needs than a shih tzu, for example, so it pays to have a trained pro provide the proper cut. Good dog groomers know how to safely clean your dog’s teeth, bathe your dog, and cut their nails without going too short. They understand how to trim the hair from around your dog’s face, express anal glands, and clean your dog’s ears. Many people who choose dog grooming as a profession also pursue other dog services such as attending veterinary school, running a doggy day care center, working as a professional dog walker, and more.

    What is a dog groomer?

    Keep your family dogs happy, healthy and clean with regular dog grooming. A dog groomer is a business owner or employee of a dog grooming business who specializes in dog hygiene and grooming. To find a reputable dog groomer, research reviews, ask for references and confirm that the groomer has good standing in the dog grooming community.

    A dog groomer should be comfortable and competent working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. Typically a groomer will have trained with other groomers and taken educational courses to keep abreast of the latest safety information and techniques. There are brick-and-mortar dog grooming businesses, as well as mobile dog groomers who bring all their equipment and provide their services at your home or location. In some cases, brick-and-mortar businesses will also pick up and return your dog for an additional fee.

    What vaccines do dogs need to be groomed?

    It’s important to make sure your dog is up to date on its vaccines before taking it to a groomer. Vaccinations keep your dog and the other dogs that use the establishment healthy. Viruses can linger long after a dog is gone, so an unvaccinated dog can infect a number of other dogs days or even months after their visit. Find out about your dog groomer’s vaccination policies, and think carefully about receiving services from a company that does not require vaccinations. Here are the main vaccinations that are generally required for dog grooming:

    • Parvovirus: Parvo is a nasty virus that can kill dogs within 48-72 hours of infection. The virus is incredibly persistent and, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, is resistant to heat, cold, humidity and drying. It’s spread by dog-to-dog contact or contact with contaminated feces, environments (food and water bowls, collars and leashes, etc.,) or people.
    • Adenovirus 2: Dogs receive this vaccination to protect against canine infectious hepatitis. The vaccination can also helps prevent canine cough.
    • Canine distemper virus: Distemper has no known cure and can cause serious pain, illness, and even death, although recovery is possible with medical intervention.  
    • Rabies: This disease attacks the central nervous system and — when untreated — will
    • lead to death. The CDC recommends euthanizing an unvaccinated animal that has been exposed to rabies, although six-month isolation followed by vaccination is also permissible.
    • Para-influenza: Canine para-influenza leads to kennel cough and an unhappy dog.
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