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Rochester Guard Dog Trainers

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Greystoke Farm, LLC
4.8
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen C.
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Lisa is a highly gifted trainer! Her innate ability to instill calm behavior is unmatched by any trainer. Furthermore, her experience training horses gives her the ability to work with larger more unruly dogs. Where other trainers wanted to break the dog into submission or spoil them, Lisa walked a line that shows the dogs they are loved but are on the bottom of the totem pole. In addition, I was taught how to work with my dog in order to further his training. Her prices are more than fair and her results are amazing!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Edward G.
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Amanda has done wonders for what was already a pretty good dog, but a bit stubborn and way too clever too often. There is still more work to do but I would easily recommend her to anyone looking for a good dog trainer.

K9 to 5 Dog Services
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Walter S.
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Jacqui is an awesome trainer! Through her training & suggestions, our girl Molly has been more responsive to us. Through Jacqui’s positive re-enforcement we also now know a much better way to communicate with Molly. Her methods are basic & simple to follow so we can follow up with Molly’s “homework”. If you want a great dog trainer, Jacqui is the lady for you. She comes highly recommended by our family.

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Burrell Handling LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elizabeth (Betsy Borzoi) D.
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Sue and Catherine have shown dogs for me for about 15 years now. Different breed, different temperaments, and they have ALwAYS been kind to the dogs. I have had other handlers at various times, and Sue is the only one I would EVER leave my dogs WITH!!! You can feel very comfortable about using her---she will care for your dog and train it well. If it can be done, Sue can do it---Catherine too

Olive Paws LLC
4.9
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.

L.E.A.D. Dog
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Jack H.
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Lloyd Mosher is a highly competent dog trainer. He is especially liked by my dog, Jax who has shown remarkable progress under his tutelage. Jax was completely out of control before I hired Lloyd. Although he's experience only one session with Lloyd, I can see that he's responding under Lloyd's instructions. Our first session was spent on teaching Jax who was the leader, and getting him to respond. I was impressed with Lloyd's manner, knowledge, and love for my dog. I recommend him most highly.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Dana H.
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Ashley is a fantastic dog and people trainer! I have learned so much volunteering with Ashley at a local animal shelter. The dogs we work with at the shelter are a wide range of age, breed, and temperament. Ashley does a great job with all of the dogs at their individual level, whether it be with a solid start at the basics or working on problem behaviors such as impulse control, fearfulness, or pulling on the leash. While helping the dogs, she also educates other volunteers about various dog behaviors and what the dogs are communicating. She is very approachable and easy to talk with. Every session is as much about teaching the people as it is about teaching the dogs.

Dog Days New England
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Colleen G.
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Renee was excellent working with our small Lab puppy. She trained us and the dog together :) She seems to really know the nature and behaviors of dogs. I would highly recommend Renee to anyone looking to train their dog!

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda J.
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So thankful to have found Off Leash! We researched several trainers before finding them and are so glad we made this decision. We couldn't be happier with how well they trained our little pup!

Brad M.
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Excellent trainer. Excellent training. Beyond excellent results! So happy we sent our pup here to get trained. Thank you!

  • 14 years in business
Katie L.
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Voted best dog trainer in concord for a reason. She Seems to always have a solution to help you get your dog to where they need to be. And never would put you or your dog in a situation that you couldn't handle. She constantly attends seminars to keep herself up to date with the latest information. And she puts all others before herself. Not only is her business highly professional and a safe place to learn, he staff is wonderful and she is the kindest person I know.

K9 Evolution
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Martha L.
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Jessica has a natural ability to connect with dogs. We were told by many trainers our dachshund was untrainable but she never gave up and now he’s the dog we always hoped for!

On Point Kennel
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Frank B.
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I’ve hunted over labs and pointing breeds for over 40 years and I have known and worked with a number of pro trainers. You can expect all good pros to steady a dog, teach force-fetch, etc. A very big difference is in their attitude and approach. Not the dogs; the trainers. Dave’s style has been refreshing and I enjoy working my dogs with him. I definitely learn, and all that shows up in the dog work.

  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tori K.
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I’ve had an incredible experience at K9’s Training. I brought my dog here after adopting her because of her bite history. Joe, the head trainer was phenomenal. He knew his stuff! I decided on the board and train program because I was making her a service dog. She did a complete 180! She has become the most obedient dog and her temper has changed completly. More importantly, Joe trains YOU! He helps you understand your dog and how to become a better advocate for your dog and communicate with them better. I highly recommend K9’s.

East Coast Field Dog
5.0
from 3 reviews
    James T.
    Verified review

    I have been an avid bird hunter for years but never had a trained dog of my own. Recently I got a new dog and decided this time I wanted to train the dog for the field. I was recommended to EAST COAST FIELD DOG by a friend and went to meet the trainner. We have gotten together several times for training and I can't tell you how much I am impressed with how my dog works. The training has been great. For any one who wants a good hunting buddy and a well trained dog, this is the trainer to see!!!

    Mama Paw's School for Dogs
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Stay On M.
    Verified review

    Paige Button is an excellent dog trainer and her enthusiasm shines in her work. She is fascinated by animals and this shows in her training style. Calm and patient, I highly recommend her to anybody!

    Atlantic K9 Training LLC
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Karen G.
      Verified review

      Kathleen is a skilled dog trainer who intuitively understood the best way to correct unwanted behavior that one of my dog was exhibiting and trained the other not to pull while on a leash. Although our initial work together was over a year ago, we remain in touch and I know I can always turn to her for help with any issue. Having also boarded one of my dogs with her, I know the care and attention each dog staying with her receives.

      • 31 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Fran H.
      Verified review

      Jess was simply the best trainer we have ever had..and we have had airedales since 1981. She is totally professional, firm and compassionate and developed a loving rapport with our dogs. She has kept the dogs while we were out of town and I was always worry-free. We miss her lots now that she is no longer in Santa fe.

      • 11 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Cecily T.
      Verified review

      Susie is a wonderful trainer. She loves dogs and you can tell that in the way she teaches. Hope is learning well from Susie , I am excitted to continue to take lessons from Susie.

      Dog Trainer and Breeder

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        I train dogs. I can clean them, teach them tricks, and do more. I can also teach them to love kids.

        Melanie Nichols

        New To Thumbtack

        • 1 hire on Thumbtack
        About

        I am a professional dog trainer for almost 15 years and also an American Kennel Club evaluator. I have had extensive training and experience in training all breeds of dogs and behavioral modification and use positive reinforcement training.

        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.

        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.

        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?
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