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from 37 reviews
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Corey D.
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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
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Jim F.
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Very "down to earth" dog trainers. They use appropriate correction and positive reinforcement. Best of all, we could tell they really enjoyed our dogs

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Gray Wolf K9
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Shannon F.
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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!

Imagine Dog Training
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Ingrid M.
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I can't recommend Paula/Working Dog Care highly enough. She's conscientious, responsible and treats the dogs in her care like her own. I have an Australian Shepherd and she's spent quite a bit of time helping me get him off to a good start. We've worked in social settings, honed his manners in public (no jumping, etc), and worked on a toning down some of his natural instincts as a herder (barking etc). The training has been enormously beneficial, especially the overnight stays. He comes back to me happy, healthy and better behaved. Paula/working dog care is my #1 choice for dog training and/or boarding.

  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
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Working with Ashley was very easy and efficient. In the matter of an afternoon she taught us the knowledge and tools we needed to continue working with our new 1 year old dog as well as our 10 year old dog. We love that this form of teaching does not include treats and can be used at all times. We are very pleased how well our dogs responded to the teaching and behavior modification. Thank you Ashley!

from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Dale M.
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I made an extensive search finally, NCK9 LL. was referred by an acquaintance. A conversation with Jim O' Brien convinced me he could improve the obedience of my dog. Initially, it was a broad train arrangement, followed by one on with me and my young German Shepherd. Prowler's obedience is remarkable and my handling has greatly improved. I have worked with other dog trainers with other dogs, Jim demonstrated knowledge, thoroughness in training my pet and me. He has a passion for training dogs and ensure owners are completely satisfied. I am a happy owner of a happy dog. It is now enjoyable to walk Prowler in crowded public places. Should I ever need a refresher or train another dog, Jim and NCK9 LLC. is the one to use.

Pet Behavior Help
from 5 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Linda D.
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We're looking around for a puppy training class in a reasonably convenient location. Val responded the same day with information about this, and an open invitation to check back with her once we acquire our puppy. Couldn't ask for more.

Pinnacle Pet Training, LLC
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Keegan M.
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Friendly but professional demeanor. Really knows how to teach you to work with your dog so you can have a better bond. Excellent coaching in force-free techniques and strategies to get your dog (and cat!) more comfortable with things like nail trimming, vet exam or wearing a muzzle. A+ Thank you Paisley!

LeighAnn's Pet Sitting
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jacob C.
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LeighAnn always does the best job pet sitting for me while I am gone. She sends pictures and updates. She always goes above and beyond and exceeds my expectations when she cares for my 3 dogs and 2 cats. I love that she travels to me so my dogs never have to leave their safe space. She does her very best to accommodate all of my pets needs and has the best pricing in the area. I have never had any worries about her being in my house. She is very trustworthy and I will continue to use her and refer her for all pet sitting needs.

Haven Dog Training
from 2 reviews
    Sophia E.
    Verified review

    Ben at Haven Dog Training helped my rescue dog learn how to behave around other dogs and walk nicely on a leash. It was excellent to see how she seemed happier and more relaxed with the boundaries that Ben taught her. Most of all Ben did such a good job teaching me and my family how to continue her training and maintain her good behavior so we truly have a changed dog!

    Begum Tolgay
    from 1 review
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Leigh A.
    Verified review

    Wonderful experience for our dog. Highly recommend.


    We specialize in behavior and socialization. We don't use a "one size fits all" approach; we observe both humans and dogs to try and identify the root cause of the issue. We then work with you to develop a force-free training approach. I love seeing the joy on both the human's and dog's face when the begin to build trust in each other and confidence in themselves!

    • 50 years in business

    I just believe that my trust with dogs and the love and happiness that I show them stands out alone a person can write anything on here but my actions have to be seen to fully know how much I care for dogs. The company of dogs walking them, taking care of them the love and respect they give to me is reward enough for me just to be able to make new friends and gain there trust and love.


    I provide dog training with all ages. I teach ability, agility and obedience. Dogs are able to respond well after a couple sessions.


    I do dog training, behavior modification, and dog walking! More services are coming soon.


    I dog/cat sit. I will walk, feed, and take care of the dog(s). I am a very reliable and a responsible person.


    I offer basic training, including, "sit," "wait," "come," and loose leash walking, using positive reinforcement only. I am sensitive to the needs of each animal, and provide individualized walk and play experiences for dogs and cats. I am responsible and reliable, and will carry out your instructions to a "T." Here are some of the comments that clients have made about my services: "You are a very caring steward of animals. The world is a better place for them and all of us because of you." P. Heartway "You've got the magic!" K. Harwood "She is a very caring person who loves animals and intuitively understands their needs.” E. Giefer I love to walk, and have always had a strong appreciation for the outdoors and nature. I share the dogs' enthusiasm for being outside. When I can contribute to owners' peace of mind, by caring for their animals when they are away, and enhance an animal's health by providing exercise, play, food, water, and/or needed medications, I find this very satisfying.


    Evolutionize your dog! Darwin K9 is a full-service dog training and behavioral problem-solving company that can handle any dog-related needs or issues you may have, regardless of the breed, age, or personality of your pup. Our trainers and behavioral consultants have worked extensively with dogs in obedience training, both on and off leash, as well as behavior modification and problem solving with issues such as dog aggression, jumping, barking, pulling on a leash, and any other unwanted behaviors. Darwin K9 offers Board and Train programs, private in-home lessons, and group classes to best suit your dog's needs. Call or email us today to set up your free evaluation!


    I am a 14 year old pet sitter. I love taking care of pets. If they need to be walked, get bathed, and etc., I am the perfect person to do it. I do not charge much. We will work out a price if hired depending on hours needed and health of dog.


    I am willing to travel to you to walk your dogs, pet sit during your vacations, and many other pet-related services.


    I walk/run dogs. I watch them to make sure their safe. I also feed the dogs to keep them healthy. I love all sorts of dogs and play with them.

    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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