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Goldsboro Dog Trainers

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The Canine Coach
from 90 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Annelis P.
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Dawn is seriously such a great trainer, she is currently training our dog Mia for aggression, and after just 2 sessions we have seen so much improvement already. We are truly blessed to have found her and we cannot wait to keep working with her. We truly recommend her for anyone that is having trouble with their dogs!

from 37 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Corey D.
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Execellan help at a fraction of the price. I looked into other trainers that cost 10 times as much for the same advice. Regardless of who you use, if you are not willing to put in the work your dog will not get the training needed. All my boys have a hand now in training our dog and she has accepted the training and each day becomes more behaved than the day before.

Ellie Lewis
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Dana M.
Verified review

I run a dog training business ( 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!

Raleigh Pet Sitters
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!

  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Megan S.
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United K9 has been great so far! It's not like obedience training and really does take a more deep-rooted approach to change behavior rather than simple commands and repetition. We have a lab/boxer mix who's very high energy and tends to be anxious and dominant. We have worked with Ashley and she's gone over the basic rules of the house as well as nutrition and other key pieces of information - our dog has responded well to the rules so far and it's allowed her to have more confidence in us as her leaders. Ashley has also been very prompt with setting up last minute visits to go over some of our dog's more difficult behaviors and we appreciate her patience while we continue to work through things! We would definitely recommend United K9, especially if you have a stubborn pup and think you'll need multiple sessions.

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.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sara T.
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I work for Weber County Animal Services - and while Suzannah was in Utah, she would come in and help me with dogs that I was having trouble with. There were a couple of dogs that I couldn't get out of the kennel because they were too aggressive, and she would work with them through the kennel and get them to come out to us. There were a few that had behavioral issues and she would come in and walk me through how to work with them - whether it was dog-on-dog issues that she would show me how to handle and help fix, or ones that would just randomly turn on me and become aggressive. She would also bring in her wonderful dogs with her and help me dog test some of our dogs that I had a harder time reading and figuring out if they would be okay with other dogs. She also has shown me things that I can take home and use on my own personal pets to help them be better and happier. Thanks to her, so many dogs lives were saved at the shelter - because we were able to help them get to where they needed to be, rather than euthanized because we couldn't help them. She doesn't just help the dogs, but she also helps us as people. She never judges us, or makes us feel stupid for not knowing something. She is AMAZING, to say the least, at what she does. We definitely miss her here in Utah.

Quality Pet Solutions
from 6 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Krissa S.
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We were very impressed by Alvin's timeliness, professionalism, and passion for working with animals (and pet owners!). He is incredibly kind and generous with his time, and left us with thorough instructions for us to follow during the week. Alvin's willingness to be contacted with questions or problems outside of official training sessions gave us comfort that we have found a real partner committed to helping us. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for pet training guidance.

Awesome Pets Care
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Laura B.
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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!

Robin's Nest Canine Care
from 1 review
  • 20 years in business
Annette K.
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Robin has been looking after my dog "Daisy" for three years. She can always be counted on to love and care for my girl as much as I do. I count on Robin to take care of all of my pet care needs and highly recommend her to everyone who wants their pet treated like family!" She truely loves and cares for your dog. : )


I am willing to travel to you to walk your dogs, pet sit during your vacations, and many other pet-related services.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I have had five years of experience working with dogs.


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

  • 3 years in business

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.


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.


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


I am an Animal Behavioral College certified professional dog trainer. I have experience working with rescue dogs including those with mild aggression. I am available to do overnight dog sitting as well as dog walking. Large dog breeds are my specialty. I am also available to do some minor horse care such as feeding, mucking stalls, grooming and turning out. Housecleaning and house sitting services are also available.


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.


I walk/run dogs. I watch them to make sure their safe. I also feed the dogs to keep them healthy. I love all sorts of dogs and play with them.


We will walk 1-4 dogs. We will come to you if needed. Our business hours are weekdays after 4 PM and weekends after 12 PM. We look forward to meeting you soon.


I am a 14 year old pet sitter. I love taking care of pets. If they need to be walked, get bathed, and etc., I am the perfect person to do it. I do not charge much. We will work out a price if hired depending on hours needed and health of 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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