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Durham K9 Trainers

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

The moment I posted that I needed help with my puppy, Dawn answered me and was able to come to my home THAT DAY! She was so good with our dogs and not only taught them many tricks and manners we had been trying for months, but also taught me and my family so much about her breed and how to continue our training with our dog. She knew her facts and has a lot of knowledge on dogs. Very impressed and will 100% recommend Dawn to everyone who needs dog training.

MISSBEHAVIN K9S
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon M.
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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.

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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Wendy W.
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Myke has done a great job with us and our 2 year old rescue, Hattie Mae. He has helped our family understand her special needs and gave us much needed guidance on how to help her work through her anxiety. He is knowledgeable, experienced and has a patient demeanor with our family members (including Hattie Mae). He arrives on time and is professional. We would highly recommend Myke and Gray Wolf K9 to those looking to better understand their dogs behavior and personal training lessons to correct unwanted behavior.

  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Mary A.
Verified review

Ashley was very professional, knowledgeable, and easy to talk to. This is type of training is exactly what we were looking for in classes. No clickers. No bribes. Just basic understanding of our puppy's thought and learning process and consistency. We look forward to a harmonious home thanks to Ashley.

Pawsitive Focus
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Linda S.
Verified review

Stacy helped me with a few behavioral problems with my shihtzu/bichon pup. She was excitedly peeing whenever she met anyone new, and she would bolt out the door with my 6 yo boxer. We worked on "come" and calming techniques. We had 5 visits and by the end of our time together Harley was able to be calm while meeting new people, which meant less peeing, and would come to her "come" command. It's been months since our training sessions and she still doesn't pee and ALWAYS comes when called!! I highly recommend her!

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Peggy C.
Verified review

Suzannah's vast knowledge of dog behavior and training skills is quite impressive. I have had many conversations with her concerning dog behavior and training and have personally observed her training a scared, timid dog as well as a quite energetic, uncontrolled dog. I am quite impressed seeing the results of that training as those two dogs have come such a long, long way from how they were when I first observed her in action. I highly recommend Synergetic Canine.

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.

Kelley Trainspawsitive
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Martha T.
Verified review

Kelley was an absolute lifesaver for us and our Goldendoodle, Reuben! She has a unique and very effective method of training canines of any breed We we're amazed with Kelley's 'calm sense' that truly transposed Reuben's demeanor and responsiveness to commands. We learned simple commands that made it easy for us. The wealth of knowledge and experience Kelley shares during training is invaluable!

Coldwater Canine Academy
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Cathy and Jonathan F.
Verified review

Robin is a great and knowledgeable trainer who spends quality time with our dogs to help train them. She is patient with our sometimes hyper active dogs! We absolutely would recommend her to anybody that needs help with their dogs.

Piedmont K9
5.0
from 1 review
    Jasper H.
    Verified review

    They did a great job with my 2 year old German Shepherd. She was out of control and now she's a pleasure to be around every day.

    About

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

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

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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!

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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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    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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    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.

    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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