Dogs Anonymous

Greensboro, NC

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

One of the things I do when taking on new clients is to allow their dogs to come to ME and not me to THEM. This establishes from the start a good working relationship. I also am not a dog trainer who believes in taking the dog away and returning it to the owner "fixed". I prefer for the owners to get involved with the rehabilitation or training from the start in order to make sure what I do will remain longer after I'm gone.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I LOVE WORKING WITH DOGS! I get up every morning knowing that I'm making a living doing what I love. There is no better life I could be living right now.

Location

Greensboro, NC 27408

Years in business

6

Number of employees

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

43

Reviews

28 Reviews
  • Barbara O. Jan 31, 2016
    Dog Training - Board and Train
    Verified Review
  • Jan H. Nov 11, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    I was wanting help with Rosie and loose leash walking. She also had some excitement issues. Chris was very patient and informative. Rosie is doing so much better. I NOW actually enjoy our walks.
  • Eddie S. Nov 1, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Becky S. Sep 27, 2015
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Chris has been walking our dogs since moving to the area in March 2015. We love Chris and trust him with our fur babies :) Chris is accommodating to our needs and dogs needs. They love when he shows up and stand at the front door (at his normal weekday time) waiting for him on the weekends. We've appreciated having Chris in our life to make juggling our time commitments easier.
  • patricia g. Sep 1, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
    Christopher is an excellant trainer. In a few shout sessions he has helped my husband and I to help our dog be social with other dogs and be an excellant leash walker. We highly recommend Christopher for your dog training needs. He has helped turn my wild puppy into a tame and well mannered boy.
  • Catrina G. Aug 22, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
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  • Lindsey M. Jul 9, 2015
    Dog Training - Private Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Jennifer H. Jun 8, 2015
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Christopher Martin walks our dogs 5 days a week. He is professional with dog owners, and kind and caring with the dogs. We've used Chris for almost a year now. He is completely reliable, and accommodates changes in schedule. And importantly, the dogs are very fond of him. I highly recommend Chris Martin.
  • Linda A. Apr 25, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Eddie C. Mar 28, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Chris is obviously very fond of animals. He explained everything we were doing and why we were doing it. He was kind & considerate to both our little dog and to us. He arrived when he said he would each & every time! This was impressive to me - 3:00 p.m. meant 3:00 p.m.! Abby was shy the first visit but the next week she was all over Chris. He was very patient with her, his background (certification) was very important to us. We would highly recommend Chris and would use his services again should the need arise.
  • Molly R. Mar 22, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Chris was very helpful with my hyper dog. I noticed a difference in her behavior for the rest of the day after he left. She was much calmer. I will be using his helpful training tips every day with her to keep up the good behavior. Chris was very nice and professional, I would recommend him for someone else looking for a dog trainer.
  • Chris C. Mar 13, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We adopted a gentle, lovable, 3 y/o shelter dog who did not know any of the basic commands. We hired Chris, and only three sessions in, our dog can now follow instruction to come and sit. We are working on stay and down. He is definitely a more manageable dog now..
  • Jane K. Jan 18, 2015
    Dog Training
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  • Catherine D. Dec 15, 2014
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
  • Chris F. Nov 24, 2014
    We had recently moved to the area and our sheltie (Kody, 1-1/2 years old) was experiencing a lot of anxiety. Kody's barking was almost constant and he was also starting to display some aggression towards us. We needed help. We found Chris Martin through a web search and decided to give him a call to see if he could help. Chris was very professional and came to our house for a consultation. We agreed to work with Chris and began to see immediate results. Chris's method of teaching was to address our areas of concern and teach us how to work with Kody to correct those concerns. Though this is still an ongoing process, I am pleased with our results so far and would recommend Chris Martin to anyone who needs professional help with their dog.
  • Melissa M. Nov 12, 2014
    Dog Walking
    Verified Review
    Chris took care of walking my dogs for 5 days while I was out of town. He was very professional and accommodating, making sure to keep the boys regular schedule even though it meant early mornings. I felt confident while I was gone, knowing that Chris could handle anything that arose. I highly recommend Dogs Anonymous and Chris. He's great.
  • Monty D. Oct 20, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Our experience working with dogs anonymous and Chris has been fantastic. We cannot speak highly enough of his professionalism and the impact it is having on our dog. We recommend dogs anonymous without any hesitation!
  • Bill G. Aug 2, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Chris did an amazing job. My dog was leash aggressive, really a complete challenge going on a walk if any other dog passed by. Chris worked with him for two weeks while I was out of town, then came over and taught me what to do. The difference is amazing. Now my dog easily walks by other dogs and is no problem to walk. I couldn't recommend Chris more highly.
  • Ryan S. Jan 14, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I have 2 male pitbulls about 3 years old. When I came to Chris I was in a situation where there was a lot of aggression building between them, could not figure out why, and really did not know how to fix the issue. Chris came right in a began correcting the issues he saw from day one. He identified key contributors to the aggression and trained myself and my girlfriend how to identify and correct behaviors that could escalate into fighting. The best part about Chris' program is he encourages the owners to be very hands on and provides us with the tools to continue his program after his sessions are over. If you are having aggression issues with your dogs I strongly recommend Chris. He is always on time, works with your schedule and is flexible to last minute changes.
  • Stacey W. Oct 28, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I found Dogs Anonymous here on Thumbtack after inquiring about dog training for Axl, my 1.5 year old German Shepherd. He is a smart obedient dog, however we were having issues with his dominant/excitement behavior at home and in public places. Chris established specific guidelines for tackling Axl's behavior and regaining our household and control of the walk. I am very pleased with the service and flexibility Chris with Dogs Anonymous offers. I highly recommend him! I will be using his service again soon for helping Axl's socialization around other dogs.
  • Lisa H. May 5, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We contacted Chris to help us with our miniature schnauzer. Our dog would bark and snap at any guests we had in our home. Chris helped us learn how to get Ty under control. He was very knowledgeable about dog behavior. It was both interesting and exciting to see Ty behaving for the first time!
  • Elaine S. Apr 27, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Chris is a very professional, knowledgeable dog trainer. He helped train our shelter dog (and us) in basic obedience. He has a very good training system and is very reasonable in his fee. He is a pleasure to work with.
  • Katie S. Apr 23, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    It was comfortable to work with Chris. His schedule was flexible which made training possible for us.
  • Lori L. Mar 30, 2013
    Dog Training
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    I originally contacted Chris to help our young, very high-energy GSP, Lucy, with loose-leash walking, coming when called and not completely assaulting visitors at the door. These issues have improved tremendously, as well as our knowledge of how to address them. Chris is professional, knowledgeable and personable. We had a great experience all around!
  • Pam M. Mar 27, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Chris worked with me and my 4 month old puppy on basic obedience. We trained for 1 hour weekly for six weeks, over which time Chris was very flexible with the schedule when necessary. Chris worked with me on how to train my puppy so that we can continue practicing and progressing. Ugie just loved working with him and is doing great!
  • Tammy A. Mar 18, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    The best in the field!! I will continue to use Chris Awesome experience!!!!
  • Angela H. Dec 6, 2012
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I have been very pleased with Chris. He came over and met Gizmo before we set up any training and discussed what I needed help with. He addressed her recall and anxiety when others come to my house. He has been very flexible with his time and reasonably priced. Chris has given me a plan and suggestions on how to remain calm and maintain control of the situation. I would recommend Chris if you need help with an energetic dog.
  • Aylin T. Nov 5, 2012
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Great professional dog trainer at an affordable price. He is very experienced and knows exactly what to do around dogs. I am a first time dog owner and I adopted a 2 year old shephard mix, Hailey, who had mostly been an 'outdoor dog.' Chris helped her get comfortable in my apartment and taught her basic commands. He sent out summary emails with what we had gone over in our training sessions and even brought his own dog on the last day to play with Hailey. Definitely recommended.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a member of IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) and I keep current on all new dog learning theory, and training techniques with either self motivated study or by attending seminars for CEUs (Continuing Education Units). The most recent seminar was a 3 day long course with the legendary veterinarian and dog behaviorist Dr Ian Dunbar where we studied socialization, biting and fighting. It was an amazing 3 days!
What types of customers have you worked with?
I primarily work with private clients whose dogs are having specific behavioral issues such as aggression or fearfulness. Some of my clients, however, have hired me for basic obedience training in combination with behavior modification for their dogs.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure that the trainer you have contacted has gone through SOME kind of certification program. Too many people are calling themselves "dog pros" now without having had any kind of training or hands-on experience whatsoever.