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Raleigh Dog 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
Andrea B.
Verified review

Dawn was very attentive to our needs and a very good trainer. She took the time to listen not only to us, but to our ten year old daughter, who is the dog's main handler. Within an hour, she had our dog sitting and laying down on command. When our other two children returned during the session, our dog listened to their commands and responded appropriately as well. I would highly recommend Dawn for anyone wishing to hire a dog trainer. Additionally, her rates are much more reasonable than many other trainers we researched.

MISSBEHAVIN K9S
5.0
from 37 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon M.
Verified review

What is there not to say?! Shawn knows how to train but more importantly, she knows how to train people. A dog is trainable . . . give the dog the command and the dog will follow. Reinforcement and the training of people is where the key to success of dog training is or not. Got it Shawn. Your words did not fall short on this girls ears. If you are looking for someone who will get you to start believing that your pet can truly behave then you need not look farther. Shawn Kwiatkowski will get both pet and owner walking in line together... The end result a behavin' relationship.

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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!

  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
Verified review

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!

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sara T.
Verified review

I work for Weber County Animal Services - and while Suzannah was in Utah, she would come in and help me with dogs that I was having trouble with. There were a couple of dogs that I couldn't get out of the kennel because they were too aggressive, and she would work with them through the kennel and get them to come out to us. There were a few that had behavioral issues and she would come in and walk me through how to work with them - whether it was dog-on-dog issues that she would show me how to handle and help fix, or ones that would just randomly turn on me and become aggressive. She would also bring in her wonderful dogs with her and help me dog test some of our dogs that I had a harder time reading and figuring out if they would be okay with other dogs. She also has shown me things that I can take home and use on my own personal pets to help them be better and happier. Thanks to her, so many dogs lives were saved at the shelter - because we were able to help them get to where they needed to be, rather than euthanized because we couldn't help them. She doesn't just help the dogs, but she also helps us as people. She never judges us, or makes us feel stupid for not knowing something. She is AMAZING, to say the least, at what she does. We definitely miss her here in Utah.

Working Dog Pet Care
4.7
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Deanna M.
Verified review

Paula has been caring for and training my dog for almost the last 3 years. I have a rescue dog that had so many issues including pulling on the leash, reactivity to other dogs, and he would not jump into the car or on a couch when invited to name a few. Paula worked with Joey and taught me how to continue the training at home. I now have a very well behaved dog and Joey has an Aunt for life. I can take him out to social events and I often get compliments on his good behavior. I don't know what we would have done without her!

Awesome Pets Care
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Laura B.
Verified review

Emilio cared for my elderly dog over the last year of her life. He was great with medications and dealing with her slower pace, but most of all he was incredible with his care and love for her. He has a huge heart and takes the responsibility of caring for pets very seriously. I have never worried about a thing when I have known that Emilio is in charge!

LeighAnn's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jacob C.
Verified review

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.

Russy's Pet Care
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Margie S.
    Verified review

    Russiana is a super dog lover! my dogs were treat as kings in her care!

    Robin's Nest Canine Care
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 20 years in business
    Annette K.
    Verified review

    Robin has been looking after my dog "Daisy" for three years. She can always be counted on to love and care for my girl as much as I do. I count on Robin to take care of all of my pet care needs and highly recommend her to everyone who wants their pet treated like family!" She truely loves and cares for your dog. : )

    • 5 years in business
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    I'm more passionate and my attention to detail is also what separates me from the rest of the pack.

    • 50 years in business
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    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.

    About

    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!

    About

    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.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    I have had five years of experience working with dogs.

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    I am very about passionate about animals, specifically dogs! I am one of the few (and very lucky, I must say) who are able to get paid to do what they love. I am a part-time vet assistant and foster as well. I would love to be able to help both you and your pet(s) out by giving them that extra attention and/or time when you're not able to! I can provide anything, from walks to possible overnight sitting, medication administration, flexibility if your pet(s) have specific needs, along with not only my personal experience but professional as well.

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    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.

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    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

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    I do basic manners training to behavior modification training and everything in between. I am an ABC certified dog trainer.

    • 9 years in business
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    Whenever the need arise, Call Imma's. No job is too large or small. You've tried the rest, now try the best.

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

    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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