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Rochester Dog Trainers

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  • 3 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Arielle L.
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Amanda is an outstanding dog trainer who has helped tremendously with ongoing training for my Service Dog. She not only does a phenomenal job working with dogs but also provides extensive notes for their Handlers. I would reccommend her in a heartbeat.

Alpha Dog Services
from 25 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Naomi G.
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We had a wonderful experience with Alpha dog trainer.She has been very helpful with our puppies

Olive Paws LLC
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas R.
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Very well mannered and very comfortable to be around. If anyone is looking for a dog trainer/sitter/walker then she is your lady.

Dog Days New England
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Michael F.
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Renee was so great training our dog Emma who we adopted from Forever Home Rescue NE. Renee really has an insight into working with rescue dogs and knows how to cater to their different backgrounds and experiences. Emma is doing great and even passed her Canine Good Citizen Test!

Happy At Home Pet Sitting
from 6 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Cheryl C.
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Karen is wonderful with my dog! Usually after the initial meet & greet I prefer to be at the first few visits until I know my dog and the pet sitter are comfortable with each other. But my dog took yo Karen immediately and I was able to skip that step very comfortably. My dog fell in love with her instantly, and he is usually a very cautious dog. And as dog lovers know, we can trust their instincts. Karen has been so flexible and goes above & beyond. I'm so grateful I found her!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dan B.
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Greg Palmer has watched my dog many times. I work 12 hours and only have 3 days out of the week I can walk my pup. It is a great relief to have someone responsible who can help me. Whenever I get home from work my dog is relaxed and calm because Greg has given excellent care.

  • 15 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Christine D.
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Kendra has been watching my dog Cooper for 5 years now. I can't think of enough good things to say about her!! It is such a relief to go on vacation and have her stay at our house. Not only does she give my dog excellent care, somehow my house is cleaner then when I left! On one particular trip as we were leaving my dog had a little cough, a couple of days later it got worse and Kendra took him to the vet, picked up medicine and made sure he was well. When we came home he was back to normal. Kendra is always reliable she has never once cancelled and has actually gone out of her way to help us out on last minute trips or emergencies. Most importantly is how much my dog loves her! I have recommended Kendra to many friends and all have been thrilled with her services.

Comfy Critters Pet Sitting
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Lori C.
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Sarah of Comfy Critters has been taking care of my dog, cat and rabbit for awhile and I completely trust her abilities! She provides daily walks for my dog, and gives them loving care multiple times a day when I am away. My pets always seem happy and relaxed, and they are always happy to see her! She also takes in my mail when I travel and makes it look like someone is home. My pets love her, and it makes me comfortable knowing they are in her care when I am away.

  • 2 years in business
Nicole M.
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Tracy was very professional and knowledgeable! Our puppy Minnie just graduated from puppy training and we are excited to move onto beginners with Tracy!!

  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy F.
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She made me see it was one of my other dogs causing the little one to act out.

Barking Cat & Meowing Dog
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Linda K.
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What a wonderful surprise to come across a gem like Veronica! It's clear that she loves dogs because my dog took to her immediately! She sends me photos of her visits with him, is reasonably priced, professional and friendly, all rolled together! She has done dog walking and care for me. I cannot ask for any more because I found the care that I needed for my dog in her!


I am highly trained, specifically in animal behavior and psychology. I have deep love for animals. I've worked as a volunteer at the animal shelter where among other responsibilities was taking dogs for day long hikes on the mountain trails.

  • 4 years in business

Im more of a motivated person if I jave a day off and I.get called into work on my day off I'm willing to do that. Plus I'm 17 years old


I will walk and/or exercise and play with your dog(s). Also, I pet sit, whether you need me to take care of or just feed and water your pet because you're going on vacation or you just need me to do a little bit of daily help because you work long hours. I am more than happy to help. I love animals and enjoy being around them! I also have experience working with them professionally and personally.


Education: New Hampshire Institute Of Canine Cosmetology - I have successfully completed the intermediate program that involves the basic skills required to prepare a dog for finish grooming in addition to bathing and drying techniques. I have learned about breed identification, characteristics and behavior awareness. I understand the fundamentals to assist a professional groomer demonstrating the skills needed for preparation, brush outs, nail trimming, ear cleaning and basic clipper and scissoring techniques to address most breeds, skin and behaviors. Assist in the daily duties required at A Dogs Walk Doggie Day Care such as walking dogs, cleaning play area, clipping nails and bathing.


We offer a more relaxed home environment for dogs than your typical "kennel". That's why we are also senior dog friendly. A lot of places say that they treat your dog like their own however we truly do. When and if we can, we go above and beyond for our clients. Dogs don't need to be in a room with 30 dogs to get the socialization skills they need for everyday life. It is actually the opposite. We keep our groups smaller and safe, supervision even at night is available. Our sanitary levels has never had a dog leave sick. Many of our clients become our friends, not just our clients. It is a true personal service that simply does not exist anymore.

  • 5 years in business

I am a dog walker and pet sitter in Southern NH. I cover Derry, Hampstead, Chester, and Sandown. I want to be able to make your life easier, knowing your pet is in good hands, and also enhance the quality of your pet's life.


I've grownup around dogs all my life. I have done anything from training to walking. I offer big dogs to small dogs.


I am a licensed canine acupuncturist, dog sitter, walker, trainer, behaviorist, and boarder. It can be your place, depending on the service, or mine. I also humanely remove and/or rehabilitate wildlife.


From puppy kindergarten through advance competition classes, we can provide all levels of training. We are committed to help you build a healthy relationship with your canine friend. Our training includes: • Agility • Rally • Canine good citizen • Manners and more Day and evening classes are available. We only use positive motivational training methods to acquire a tail-wagging working attitude. Our classes are held in a heated and fully matted facility. During the summer months, some of the classes are held outside in a fenced outdoor ring on the grass.


I love animals. I walk up to five miles a day, so having a companion next to me would make it fun. I will provide for animals' needs while in my care, and the pay is negotiable. Please contact me asap.

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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