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While your away Petsitting
4.3
from 58 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Anna T.
Verified review

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 45 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 126 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 39 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carole K.
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I discussed training both my puppy and older dog with Kevin. He is very professional and seemed to know what he's doing, so no qualms about his services. Unfortunately, we had an unusual and very costly repair come up suddenly for our home, so are putting off training for now.

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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
Jessica D.
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John is not only a trainer, but a valuable resource- makes himself available to do what it takes. We acquired our 3 yo GS from a kennel so he needed to be household/ young family trained- jumping up, command/response, dog aggression. John communicated our dog’s progress throughout his training and provided the training our dog needed. John also provides the opportunity for follow up and refresh to reinforce the initial training. This is key for my household as all our humans need to be in the same page, using the same vocabulary, as our GS was trained. Very pleased!

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

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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.
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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
Max F.
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Very professional and reliable, did a wonderful job with my dog and made sure we understood every part of the training process. Would definitely recommend.

Heart Dog Behavior Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly B.
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Blair is an amazing trainer! We have experience with her training our dog Jetta in classes (agility, rally obedience, general obedience) as well as private training in our home for resource guarding and walking on leash with neighborhood distractions. While Jetta is not a perfect dog, we certainly gained many valuable tools from Blair to help Jetta be the best dog she can be. Blair is excellent at finding different ways to help clients understand her comprehensive knowledge of dog behavior. We consider Blair's training to be a "gold standard," and would recommend her without hesitation.

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

  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren C.
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Stephanie helped us with our dogs after we brought our daughter home from the hospital. We had some introduction issues that were quite frightening for us as new parents. Not only did Stephanie empathize with our concerns, she was extremely patient with our never ending questions during the training process. Stephanie's way of explaining dog training is extremely easy to understand and helped us achieve very fast results. We would recommend Stephanie to anyone with a dog, whether they are new to the family or have been a longtime member.

Furbaby Country Club
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 7 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.

  • 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!

    Kat the Dog Trainer
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Alex H.
    Verified review

    Kat was able to help me after I adopted my 5 year old, Rufus. He was a rescue dog that didn't have the greatest go at life for the first 5 years. Sweet, loving boy, but he definitely needed some guidance as far as training and obedience went. She came over to our house- met with us- and put together a plan to help get him on the fast track to where he needed to be. Through very thorough one on one training she was able to get him to *not* jump with excitement on to visitors (and even me) when they came through the door, she trained him to always stay in "place" when commanded, and the biggest thing of all was that she was able to train him to walk on a leash. I know that sounds silly, but before she worked with him- he was all over the place on a leash. With her tools and methods, he now walks by my side as if the leash isn't even there. Even more so, I can now walk him (where it's permitted) OFF of the leash and he obeys every command. He's still the same sweet boy I adopted, but he wouldn't be the well trained boy he is today without the work and training she did with him.

    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.

      LKN K9 Connection

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        My unique approach to dog training is not just teaching your dogs mindless tricks, but addressing the dog's state of mind and building their confidence by teaching them life skills and how to live happily by your side. I also teach you how to be a confident and trustworthy leader that your dog will respect and not take advantage of.

        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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