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Shea-9 Dog Training, LLC
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Linda B.
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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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Pawsitive Foundations
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kathryn M.
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Professional , very intelligent, fun and importantlly, successful with 8 month headstrong Yokiie, with 3 sisters who intefere! Available for after session consult, excellent recommendations for in-between trainings. Lovely manner, an excellent experience, and this is after 30 years of dog trainers and loving our previous trainers...didnt think another would be so good. High revommendations! Very very pleased.

Go Fetch! Pet Care LLC
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Sara H.
Verified review

Susan is fantastic with training our dog, Winter. She is also great with our other two dogs (she can teach old dogs new tricks)! She is extremely experienced and able to explain her techniques to our children so they can participate in the training as well. She has been very patient and accommodating with our hectic schedule. She even went above and beyond and found a collar for Winter and brought it over during one of our sessions. I would definitely recommend Susan for dog training!

Off-Leash K9 Training, LLC
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley P.
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My husband and I came to Off-Leash, specifically Rion Ferguson, in need of some obedience/behavioral training for our dog, Cooper. We adopted Cooper from a shelter about 4 years ago. At the time he was good with other dogs and with people. As time went on, we noticed he had become dog-reactive and people-reactive. We consulted a dog trainer about a year ago with our concerns. The trainer came over to our home for an evaluation and Cooper ended up biting her on the arm. At the end of the evaluation we pretty much were told there is something wrong with our dog and there wasn't much hope of being able to train him. Feeling discouraged, we decided to accept the way things were and not pursue this any further. It was at this time that a behaviorist put Cooper on Prozac for aggressive behavior. A few months ago we decided to seek help again for Cooper. That's when we stumbled upon Rion and Off-Leash. I can't even begin to express how much of a game-changer Rion has been for Cooper. In such a small amount of time Rion had Cooper mingling not only with other dogs but with people as well. Rion understood how much anxiety it caused me to be separated from my dog so he took the time to continuously send me videos and text/phone updates. Rion demonstrates passion and an immense understanding of dog behavioral modification training. Not only was Rion amazing during Cooper's training but he's been so helpful in the weeks following Coop's return to our home. My husband and I have tons of questions and Rion is always available to help us through any issues we are having. We now have a happy, confident dog who doesn't need Prozac any more!

Off Leash K9 Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Becky W.
Verified review

Alisa took our Lucas, abused rescue 1/2 German Shepherd and 1/2 Belgium Malinois and got him walking and enjoying his world. He has never barked since we got him. He cowered with his tail between his legs and getting him out of the back of the truck was hard to do. Alisa taught him confidence and peace in his environment. He was a 2 week training session. Lucas is slowly coming out of his shell and is starting to bond with me and not as his caretaker. He truly loves his collar and orange controller…he looks at it when you give him a command just to see if he has to obey. He never bothered to answer to his name, get a treat or play with a toy…Off Leash K9 training gave us our best friend, Lucas, and he got a new lease on life. I thought before Alisa trained him that I was going to have to have him put to sleep b/c he never left his crate, ventured outside his immediate area or even eat in front of us…that was no life for any dog. But after 2 weeks, Lucas started responded with confidence to his surroundings and not running from waving flags, people, loud noises, etc.

  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Heather C.
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When I first came to Jared about 3 years ago, I had just rescued a (what I thought was...) 2 year old silky terrier mix, Buckley. I was in a one bedroom apartment and was certain I was doing a good thing, that would enrich both our lives. After realizing this little guy was actually 6, & had SEVERE separation anxiety, I sought out professional help from one of the best trainers around. After seeing Jared in his element with his 3 dogs living and working effortlessly with his wife and toddler, I knew my problems would be solved! Plenty of hands on training and a better understanding of the way dogs work cured my little guy of his troubles. Jared stressed that the most important thing your dog needs to understand is that you're their leader and provider in virtually every aspect of their lives. Jared taught me how to be in control by educating and coaching me through our struggles. Essentially rooting out Buckley's unwanted behavioral issues, & ultimately leading to a fun, happy and well-balanced relationship with my dog. When you work with Jared he'll teach you how to correct unwanted behaviors and communicate to your dog by using simple easy to understand body language, & voice tones, which is essentially how dogs communicate to each other. Subsequently making your dog comfortable in the world—a dog that knows how to behave around other people and their children, unfamiliar dogs, & more importantly in my case, how to handle themselves when left alone! Best think Buckley and I ever did for each other! Highly recommend Jared to folks seeking any kind of dog training!

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

We have 2 Australian shepherds. One is highly energetic and the other is very protective. Theresa not only trained our dogs and corrected their behaviors but also trained us as owners on how to handle our dogs when guest come over. As soon as she walked in she showed complete assertiveness and leadership and the dogs quickly became aware who was the new alpha. She taught us how to become more assertive and the alpha in our home. Theresa always followed up throughout the week to ensure training was useful and on track. She is extremely knowledgable about dog behaviors and how to correct the behaviors we didn't want. Thanks to Theresa we now have to tools and knowledge and our dogs show promise to allow guest into our home.

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

We met Kelley 5 yrs ago when I was looking for a puppy trainer. I was Given a business card from my vet. I contacted Kelley and we decided to meet. I was so impressed how she worked . It became so clear it was not puppy training but human training. I enjoyed my first meeting it went by so fast I could not wait till it was time for another visit. And Toby couldn’t wait for the amazing treats she had. Kelley is a very passionate in what she does to help everyone learn how to work together. Her knowledge in her craft is second to none in my opinion. I have recommended Kelley now for 5 years.

  • 2 years in business
Gretchen B.
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Meghan is the best dog handler, trainer, and source of information I know, and I have worked at dog daycare facilities. She's kind, understanding, uses positive reinforcement methods, and is unfailingly consistent in her work with animals. She seems to have an intuitive sense of a dog's potential and their needs. Bonus: she's a great animal photographer. Your dog will be in the very best of hands!

  • 3 years in business
Kim O.
Verified review

My sweet boy Bowen is a Spitz mix with lots of aggression issues towards strangers, especially on a leash. Melissa has been an amazing help! I tried multiple trainers before finding Melissa, and she has been exactly what I'm looking for. She is great with dogs and only uses positive methods to help with behavioral issues.

Victory K9 Training, Inc.
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Teresa W.
    Verified review

    I have researched several trainers around the state and found Victory K9 Training to be very dedicated and excellent trainers. We had tried 2 other trainers who were a waste of time. The kennels were clean and cared for and they gave us great training success with our dogs, We will definitely use them again!

    Friendly Hounds
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Carrie H.
    Verified review

    Wonderful dog trainer! My terrier mix was a terror on the leash and I couldn't get her under control. After one session with Mary, she was so much better, and after a complete course she was cured! Mary is knowledgeable about dog training and I appreciated her prompt response on e-mails that I sent when I had concerns. Overall an excellent experience.

    Bayer K9
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Andy S.
    Verified review

    Melissa did a great job with my very large dog. He had trouble on a leash meeting new people and dogs, and she had the proper tools available and was able work those issues at her location. Because he is so large it was so important to be able to control him and she helped show me how, so that he is a joy to walk now (where he was very difficult before we started). She effectively introduced the tools and techniques we could use , training us both, and I am using those same techniques with my other dogs. Very impressive. Cannot say enough, and we are so grateful for what we were able to accomplish.

    K9 Good Dog
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    Heather T.
    Verified review

    Michael has been working with my bloodhound, Moonshine. If he can train him, he can train anyone haha. Michael really makes the dogs want to learn, and uses only postive reinforcement. His dog, Xyla, is incredible and is really a testament to his skills as a dog trainer. I highly recommend him. Best of all, his basic obedience training is free! Can't beat that.

    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.

      • 12 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      Highland Canine Training LLC, has provided versatile types of dog training services to those in North Carolina and throughout the Southeastern States. We provide dependable, clear, and adequate information to clients looking for dog obedience to behavior modification. We are dedicated to provide our clients with solutions that will apply to their needs and the needs of the dog.

      • 5 years in business
      • 6 hires on Thumbtack
      Carolyn M.
      Verified review

      I discovered Heidi at least six months ago, and she has been training my dogs ever since. She is wonderful with both dogs and humans, having a special gift for teaching both. I have multiple breeds of different sizes, temperaments, ages, and abilities, and I have been so pleased with what Heidi has done that I am now having her handle two of my dogs in the Conformation show ring. She is also preparing them to win Obedience titles as well. I had never really thought about going beyond basic Obedience until I saw how much the dogs truly enjoyed working with her. We may also pursue Agility if the dogs are keen on it. I have had several other trainers and handlers in the past, but I think I have learned more from Heidi than any of the others. And her new facility should be fabulous; the setting is absolutely gorgeous!

      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.

      GMA Canine
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 3 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Helene H.
      Verified review

      I am on the process of looking for a trainer for a service dog. GMA canine was great! Grayson took the time to answer my questions, understands my sons needs and was very upfront and honest! As soon as we are ready and we are able to obtain our new service dog, we will be working with them. We are very excited! Thank you!

      Sirius Canine
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 5 years in business
      • 6 hires on Thumbtack
      Russ K.
      Verified review

      Kendra was fantastic and did an awesome job with our Malinois. Highly reccommend her to anyone looking for a great trainer.

      Central Carolina Canine

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        About

        We are a small family owned business located in Greensboro and the Triad area. We specialize in private one-on-one lessons with our clients and their dogs to develop long lasting and meaningful relationships between them. Our training methods are based on positive motivation and classical conditioning, and we believe that training should be fun for both the dog and its owners.

        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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