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Joel's Dog Training
4.4
from 86 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
Helena B.
Verified review

Joel has been a great dog trainer! It has taken him a few short days to accomplish what we have been trying to do for months. Very reasonable too!

While your away Petsitting
4.3
from 58 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Tamera D.
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Very professional. Dogs were better behaved than when I left!!!

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Understanding Our Dogs LLC
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 126 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kari A.
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Lena came to our house to help us with training our puppy. She was here for over 2 hours and she gave us a lot of very useful information. She was extremely patient with both of our children and our puppy. The information that she gave us was extremely relevant to what we wanted to know and when she left, we definitely felt like we had all the tools we needed to train our dog. She was very nice, prompt and I would recommend her services to anyone looking for a private dog trainer. I've actually already given her name to two of my friends who need help with their dogs.

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Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
5.0
from 39 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Maria K.
Verified review

I don’t know where to begin... I contacted Kevin’s K-9 Accademy to help me with a rescue boxer I saved off of Craig’s list. I talked with Kevin at great length about Bentley’s background and his severe fear based aggression. He asked me questions about what my goals and expectations were with training. Finally Kevin’s schedule permitted him to meet Bentley in person. He came to my home and talked with me and at the same time studied Bentley. Kevin knew from the moment he met Benny that he was a challenge, but he also knew he could handle it. For the first time since Benny came to me I felt optimistic, I felt hope that soon he would be an active furry family member. The day of training came. Kevin came mentally and physically prepared. We talked over the game plan and then went in the backyard to begin. Bentley was explosive. Kevin had anticipated that. But within less than 10 minutes, Kevin had Bentley walking at a medium pace next to him doing laps in my yard. I was in total AMAZEMENT. Now Bentley is the same dog that for the last 4 months would not let anyone except me within 6 feet of him without him lunging. WOW! Kevin is a highly qualified dog trainer. He wears his love and passion for animals on his sleeve. I can’t say enough good things about Kevin’s K-9 Accademy and the compassion the showed to Bentley and me. On a scale from 1-10 I give 💯!

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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 35 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Laura P.
Verified review

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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Dog Gone Good K-9 Training
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren M.
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Hiring Jarod was one of the best things I ever did . I was very weary about choosing a dog trainer for our 1st puppy because he was my baby . Jarod put all my doubts at ease . after training our little ankle biter was no longer biting , he had no accidents in the house and he was much more obedient ! The best thing jarod did for us was train our puppy to behave around our baby when he was born . one of a mother's worst fears is having their pet and new baby not get along , jarod helped put our worries behind us . when we hired jarod he told us he sticks with you for the life of the dog . he sticks to his word, he helps us any way he can with our fur baby! I wouldn't trust my dog with anyone else

Murphdog & Company
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Don S.
Verified review

Jenna is very knowledgeable about dogs, she gave us the advice we needed. She will be training our dog further, very satisfied!

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Dog Pro Services
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

  • 12 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy L.
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Katie has done a wonderful job working with our dog Gibbs and has helped us learn how to to keep him under control when he is in new situations and meeting new people. She is very patient with Gibbs and with us and has made it possible for us to enjoy Gibbs even more. I would highly recommend Katie to help with your dog training needs!

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Shiloh Sit (Laura Keistler)
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rhonda C.
Verified review

We were so pleased with how things went when we left our dogs in Laura's care! I appreciated how she visited beforehand to meet them, and how she took detailed notes on everything. One of our dogs tends to be very anxious and I could tell that he felt totally comfortable and safe while in Laura's care. She really is a compassionate professional who listens - I highly recommend her services!

Alpha-Moves Dog Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Doug L.
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Nick with Alpha Moves Dog Training was very the very thing Penny my Leonberger and I needed. Penny is very stubborn and i was at my end for at home training. Nick did a great job teaching Penny and my self the Communication need for a great man/ dog relationship. You will not be disappointed with Alpha Moves Dog Training.

Henry’s Canine Training
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Justin S.
Verified review

He does a fantastic job. Through his work you can clearly see he loves what he does and not only that he truly cares the animals he’s working with. There’s plenty of people who claim they train dogs, this guy is the real deal

Pack Leader K9 Academy
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jean H.
Verified review

After the passing of our Black lab, last year it was so hard for us to get another dog but we knew we were ready. We seeked out Aaron and he found us the most beautiful chocolate lab puppy!! The kept him for the first few weeks and started him potty training and some basic commands and then they delivered him to us all the way to Virginia from Charlotte!! This company obviously really loves animals and has their best interest at heart. Thank you so much for our good boy!!! He will be continuing his puppy education here soon and we are looking forward to working with them again!

Train Play Live
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren A.
Verified review

We had a great overall experience with Glenn as he trained our dog and us. :) Glenn was patient, well-informed and friendly. He answered all of our follow-up questions throroughly and made sure we felt comfortable throughout the training process. The one caveat I would suggest is to establish a communication plan upfront with him. Once we addressed that email was his preferred channel, things went more smoothly. We would recommend Glenn and his family to anyone looking for an educated dog trainer!

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sylvia S.
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Christian does a fantastic job of grooming our dog, Marley. She actually enjoys going to get groomed!! I would highly recommend to others!!

Stephanie Brewer
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kellie E.
Verified review

Stephanie was fantastic with our dog and I would highly recommend her! She was very diligent and flexible when our trip had to adjust last minute and our dog seemed to really enjoy her time with her. If you are looking for someone who will care for your pets as their own, Stephanie is an excellent selection! She even sent us photos while we were away. Thank you for your care with our pup!

CLT Dog Walking
5.0
from 1 review
    Alyssa B.
    Verified review

    Stephanie is without a doubt the perfect pet sitter!! She’s responsible, friendly, loves dogs and her background as a vet technician is a major plus! She’s a great dog mom and will treat yours as if they were her own!

    About

    I do a little bit of everything. I also clean houses, walk doggies and house-sit for the doggies. I have references if needed, and I would love to help you out.

    Pawfection

    New To Thumbtack

      About

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

      Danielle's Dog Walking

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        I'm a college student looking for a job. I own two dogs, and I am good with animals. I get along with animals.

        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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