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Raleigh Dog Agility Trainers

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The Canine Coach
4.2
from 90 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shayla B.
Verified review

Dawn Greer is an exceptional dog trainer...my first Great Dane and first time to use a trainer...she is excellent and knows her business...I highly recommend her and her facility...will be back! ...Tks Dawn!

MISSBEHAVIN K9S
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Corey D.
Verified review

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.

The Grateful Dawg NC
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Jim F.
Verified review

Very "down to earth" dog trainers. They use appropriate correction and positive reinforcement. Best of all, we could tell they really enjoyed our dogs

  • 9 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea F.
Verified review

Packman Dog Walking & Better Behavior is AWESOME! The "Better Behavior" is in there for a reason. Not only is Frank a great dog walker, he is also an excellent and effective dog trainer. The concept of combining walking and training is genius - I only wish I had found Packman Dog Walking sooner! I have an 2 y.o. 80lb mixed breed pup. In general, he is well behaved but there were some behaviors that I had just learned to "live with" - i.e. pulling on the leash, barking when the doorbell rings and not always listening when I say "come." We had tried most of the "puppy classes" and trainers in the area and spend a lot of money without much success. Amazingly, within 15 minutes of meeting Captain, Frank had him sitting quietly greeting the postman at our front door. In addition to his excellent dog training, Frank is unique in that he has a keen understanding of dog psychology. Before finding Packman, I was sending my dog to a few different "doggy daycare" facilities in the area. Unfortunately, on a few occasions, my dog came home with cuts and limps and acting out of character. I don't fault these facilities (it is impossible to keep your eye on 20 dogs at one time...), but Frank has offered a great alternative way to socialize my dog in a setting where there is always a human in control. No matter how many dogs Frank is walking, he is always aware of each dog and is therefore able to facilitate healthy, fun socialization. I have a fitness tracker on my dog and I've noticed he gets the same amount of activity in a 1-2hr walk with Frank as he did when he spent a whole day at a daycare facility. Furthermore, Frank is incredibly professional. There is a great deal of trust involved in letting someone into your home while you are not there. Frank has been professional, responsive and respectful of my house and roommates on each and every occasion he has been here. I am at ease knowing that my dog and my home are in great hands while I am working.

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Gray Wolf K9
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shannon F.
Verified review

We got a puppy and were having a lot of potty training issues. Myke was able to put our minds at ease, as I was quickly coming to my wits end. He was very patient with our dog and showed us a lot of good training exercises to work with the puppy’s behavior and potty training problems. Even Myke agreed that our dog was a little stubborn on potty training but didn’t give up until we learned a strategy that worked for our pup. We are happy to report that our puppy is doing a lot better. Some in house accidents, due to her not fully undersnading how to get our attention to go outside, but she at least sits by the back door and tries to wait for us. Life has been difficult with a one year old toddler and a puppy but Myke helped us a lot and we just have to continue with his techniques and I’m sure this pup will be a cherished pet for many years!

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

Alisa had a full schedule so she was unable to fit me in within the timeframe that I needed training done, HOWEVER, she went above and beyond in helping me find a trainer that would meet my needs. She referred me to their Charlotte location for off leash K9 training as well as other trainers in the Raleigh-Durham area that were reputable and trustworthy. I can't emphasize enough how kind and receptive she was to my needs and I would recommend anyone work with their group. Because she was so helpful, I actually decided to stick with Off Leash K9 Training for my dog and I drove down to their Charlotte location (from Durham) because I knew that my dog would receive a quality experience. Brian

  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Darren G.
Verified review

Very knowledgable and professional trainer. Explained what and, more importantly, the why of this natural dog behavior based training program. While not cheap, I think it is a very worthwhile investment for insuring my 8-week-old German Shepherd Sophie will be the great companion dog I want her to be. She and I have a trainer for life and we will have another visit when she is 6 months old.

The Prominent Dog LLC
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley M.
Verified review

Alex has a breadth of experience dealing with basic obedience training all the way to behavior modification, advanced, trick, and beginners agility training. He is professional and takes the time with each owner to explain everything to ensure you can continue working with your dog past his initial training period. He has helped me with both of my dogs to get them off-leash reliable. I’m very happy with his results and would suggest him to anyone looking for help with their dog.

Family Paws LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 16 years in business
Jeremi C.
Verified review

We are expecting our first child in September. We have five dogs and heavily involved in rescue. It is our job as a parent and responsible dog owner to make sure our dogs are properly prepared to welcome a new child into our home and do so safely. We were referred to Jennifer by our normal dog trainer who we have used for 9 years. Not only has Jennifer been incredibly helpful via phone and email but the in home consultation was amazing. She has a lot of dog behavior knowledge and really impressed us with her calm behavior with our dogs (some of which are reactive to strangers). She has offered us lots of methods to prepare ourselves and our dogs for the new baby. She has also provided me (the mom) with advice on just dealing with the struggles/worries of pregnancy and mother hood. I strongly recommend her to anyone with pets that are expecting a child or already have children and dogs. I tell all of my friends about her and constantly post her link on facebook. If only more people would use her service and follow her advice, I think we would have less children bitten by dogs.

Pawsitive Focus
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Linda S.
Verified review

Stacy helped me with a few behavioral problems with my shihtzu/bichon pup. She was excitedly peeing whenever she met anyone new, and she would bolt out the door with my 6 yo boxer. We worked on "come" and calming techniques. We had 5 visits and by the end of our time together Harley was able to be calm while meeting new people, which meant less peeing, and would come to her "come" command. It's been months since our training sessions and she still doesn't pee and ALWAYS comes when called!! I highly recommend her!

Quality Pet Solutions
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Peggy P.
Verified review

I have used other trainers for other pets and Alvin is among the best. He learns your dogs personality and teaches how to reward train. My dog, Desi, is a bit shy and slow to learn. He is doing things I never thought he would learn. Alvin is patient in training the person as well as the dog, since most problems are with the human not the dog. I highly recommend Quality Pet Solutions-I will probably use him for further training. I give 5 stars. Desi and Peggy P. 8/24/15

Pet Behavior Help
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda S.
Verified review

I have been training under Val's tutelage for over 10 years. I reached the highest level of agility competition with my FIRST agility dog under her instruction and coaching in about 3 years. Her group obedience program is targeted for a well-rounded and fun furry family member. Val's behavioral counseling are superb and tailored to you and your dog's needs and environment. I would recommend a one-on-one counseling or group training session anytime.

Dutchess Canine Academy
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Denny H.
Verified review

Excellent dog trainer! My dog came back to me smarter than ever and he listens to all of my commands. Could not be happier! She is highly recommended!

CanineKlik Connection
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mary B.
Verified review

Carolyn is a great trainer. I saw a difference with my dog after the first training session. My dog has anxiety and gets aggressive when she is anxious loves to work with Carolyn. She has been very helpful with training and giving information on working with my dog. Highly recommend her to others.

Good Guy Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Diana R.
Verified review

He did an excellent job and gave me great advice. Very, very helpful and spent a lot of time with me and my dog. Great service.

NC K9 LLC.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Billy W.
Verified review

Jim is very knowledgeable and driven to achieve results when it comes to dog training whether it’s a working dog or a house pet

Pet-Risky Business
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
John T.
Verified review

Anna was wonderful with helping my dog not pull on the leash as well as, other behaviors which needed correction like jumping and crate training. My dog loved her and I would recommend her as your dog trainer!

Always Pawsitive, LLC
5.0
from 1 review
    Ariella A.
    Verified review

    My 2-year-old Lab Mix Bailey is a pretty well-behaved pup, but it was time to start working on more advanced skills. Her recall was great inside the yard, but not so on the outside of that fence. As she got older we had to worry less about her bolting out the door, but we couldn't trust her to stay inside if the door wasn't immediately closed. As my husband and I planned to expand our family from fur babies to human babies we wanted to work on these skills, along with some others before the stress of bringing our first child into the world. I had such a hard time finding a trainer that uses science-based training methods so imagine my relief when I found Kassondra. With her help and plenty of consistency, Bailey's recall is getting much better though we're not ready for work outside the yard just yet. She waits at doors before going out and I no longer worry that she will scoot by us as we're coming in with a bag of groceries. Recently, I was able to open the door for guests while she waited on her bed. Kassondra has been absolutely wonderful to work with. I love that she helps you train the dog that you want, not the dog anyone thinks you should have. She asked me what kind of goals I had for Bailey and my family and worked to accomplish those goals. I recommend her to anyone looking for a dog trainer and I'm looking forward to working with her again.

    The Raleigh Dog Trainer

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      I provide in-home training one dog/handler at a time! It's a training session not an hourly price. No treats or clickers, prong or shock, gentle leader type collars. Why yell at the dog when you can learn how to whisper. Don't drive all over town for 4-8 weeks to wait a turn in class. Save time, money, and gas.

      Born to Lead K-9 Academy

      New To Thumbtack

      • 22 years in business
      About

      My approach will save you well over a thousand dollars! Sending your dog away to work with a trainer can easily cost $2000 for simple obedience. The stress induced by sending your dog away to be trained with harsh, aversive techniques can cause unwanted psychological and physical symptoms. In my 20 years of experience, I have NEVER met a dog that was well behaved simply because he knew obedience commands. 100% of the adult dogs I see are well versed in obedience, yet they all have behavioral issues. If simple obedience is the answer, why do all of our dogs have these problems? Why pay for multiple visits when you can see real results in 1? Furthermore, why pay someone else to bond with your dog? My training will make you more knowledgeable, more confident and more successful than ever in effectively managing your dog’s behavior. My easy to apply methods will transform your dog into the dog you've always wanted. My goal is simple. I want to be the last dog trainer you'll ever need to hire for any reason!

      Sitdog, LLC

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        I go to the clients in their homes or other locations as needed

        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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