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While your away Petsitting
4.3
from 62 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Anna T.
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Tina obviously is a dog lover. This was the first time we've left our dog behind & we I was a nervous mom. Our Elvis can be a runner & we needed a safe yard so Tina stayed at our home for 4 days. We knew our dog & home were both safe. Tina did a good job. I would reccommend her & use her again.

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Understanding Our Dogs LLC
5.0
from 47 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Megan H.
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We have had only one session with Lena and have already seen amazing results with our 1 y.o. dog. Lena gives hands-on training to you and your dog. We are training our pup to be a therapy dog, and he is already well on his way to having the skills needed to pass the test. Well done Lena Skov! Glad we found you on Thumbtack!!!

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Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rhonda R.
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I could not be more satisfied with Kevin's K-9 Academy. My puppy did a 3 week train and board and wow was it worth every penny! Kevin updated me throughout the training with videos and progress. Kevin followed up to every question I had and I had many. When my puppy came home, Kevin took the time to review the commands and how he worked with my puppy. My puppy is trained with his same personality (which was really important to me). Now that my puppy is back home I can tell how much good the training did him, Kevin was a complete advocate for my puppy and his training. With that said, the training was so amazing I am sending my other dog too! Thank you Kevin, we could not be more pleased and appreciative.

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Leash Life
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Liz G.
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I am so happy I went with Leashlife as my dog walker. My dog loves getting the extra attention and I never have to worry about him while I am at work. They leave notes and give updates on a regular basis, I would recommend them to anyone. I also love seeing their Instagram post of their other dogs they are all adorable and happy!

Holland K9 Services
4.8
from 37 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 72 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.
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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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Dog Pro Services
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Scott Z.
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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.

Alpha-Moves Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Alexis E.
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I needed some last minute important training for my Dog Maverick. He is overall a great dog, but there were some key things missing in his behavior. Alpha-moves dog training was not only responsive, punctual, and honest, but I saw amazing results in the first hour of training. It works and is definitely worth your time!!!

Pack Leader K9 Academy
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsey B.
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They trained our dog Zane! He was crazy and is now very enjoyable to be around. Best dog trainers around!!

Henry’s Canine Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Anastasia T.
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If you're looking for a dog trainer, THIS IS YOUR GUY! His puppy boot camp literally worked miracles with our sassy, biting, crazy 12 we old puppy! Henry is super communicative and helpful (before, during & after training) which makes the entire process much easier! He is smart, very professional, incredibly likeable and extremely good at what he does. I also really appreciated his reward based training system. We could tell how much he loves and respects dogs by how he immediately interacted with Bailey... he was nice, but in charge. All I can say is, he left with a crazy 'cujo' puppy lol and returned with a lovable, obedient muffin! We can't thank him enough!

KAM does it all
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Veronica Morris
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Kate did a Awesome! job training our puppy my husband and I have a very busy schedule and needed assistance. However Knowing that we would miss our puppy while he was away Kate made us very comfortable and gave us daily updates by sending pictures and keeping us informed on how the training progress was going. Kate is Awesome! and we were very pleased with the service she provided for our family.

Sky's the Limit Dog Sitting
4.2
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Ruby W.
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Amy was awesome! She was super sweet and answered my calls/texts when I reached out to her. I was very concerned since this was my dog's first time with her but she assured me that all was well. She even kept my dog overnight and when I told her I woukd be late she didn't complain. If you book Amy you will not be disappointed. I wouldn't let anyone else dog sit for me. Awesome job!

Furbaby Country Club
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
David B.
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We had a great experience. It was very apparent our 6 month-old little beagle did too. He came home so happy. He had learned many things needed to become a good family pet. Now, if we, the humans, can follow our instructions to keep reinforcing the learning. You know, it's hard to teach an old dog (human) new tricks. Heather was great with Shylo and we would recommend her to anyone looking for super dog training.

Triana Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jenna M.
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He took great care of our dog during training. He was responsive to me, kept me informed on progress, gave updates and spent time explaining the training before and at graduation, so that we all could be successful. Very pleased with his training.

About

I serve both people and their animals, especially busy people and their animals. I offer dog walking, pet sitting, cat care, house sitting, and transportation services for your animals. I will gladly take additional duties you might find helpful in your daily life (i.e. errand running, trips to the store, and dry cleaning pickups/drop-offs). If you are interested in learning what I can do for you, your family and your pets, call me and see how I can help.

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I am reliable and responsible. I also love animals and will take great care of your pets. I am available at anytime.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
About

4 Positive Paws, LLC is pleased to offer the following: * Positive reinforcement rewards-based training * Socialization and manners group classes * Basic obedience and manners group classes * AKC S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible Owner), Puppy Classes, evaluations and testing * AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizenship) classes, evaluations and testing * Understanding dog body language and calming signals * Potty training (puppies and older dogs) * Barking, chewing, digging and other doggy problem resolutions * Separation anxiety assistance * Private sessions in your home * Fun, games and doggy tricks

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

We teach not only obedience but also how to communicate with your dog in a clear, positive manner. We also work with severe behavioral problems including, but not limited to, aggression, fear, lack of socialization, and neurotic tendencies. Please contact us with your next dog training need.

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I do professional dog grooming. I offer only top care and quality for all fur babies. I am trained and certified through Petsmart Academy.

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I love big or small dogs. My business is just getting started. I walk them, feed them, play with them, teach them new tricks, and love them like my own.

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I provide dog training services, including behavior, basic, advanced, and customized training for the dog and the fur parent. Training sessions are fun and friendly. Behavior sessions are intense and inspiring.

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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