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Bergenfield Aggressive Dog Trainers

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  • 33 years in business
  • 359 hires on Thumbtack
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Josh R.
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My wife and I recently got married and when we moved in together her dog (a Shiba Inu) which had issues before that hadn't been addressed blew up. He challenged me for dominance with a full blown teeth bared attack. At that point we realized that the previous trainers who had worked with the dog and my wife just didn't have a clue how to work with her dog. We realized we needed to do some really serious research before choosing our next and last trainer. The dog had attacked multiple times in the recent history and this was going to be his last chance. As you can imagine my wife didn't want to give him up so it was imperative that we found the best trainer out there so if we had to give him up we would feel comfortable knowing we did absolutely everything possible. After exhaustive research, we decided on Janice as the best option. The biggest reason we chose her was she told us she was NOT going to train our dog, she was going to train US. That made the most sense for us and we knew it would pay off regardless of what happened with our current dog because we would be better prepared for our next dog. Well, we didn't (and don't) have to worry, because of Janice our dog is a model dog! The things that she taught us about how to treat our dog have completely transformed our dog into a completely different and at peace dog. We really can't thank her enough for all her assistance and for always being available (to this day if we call her!) to us. Janice, you really are amazing!!! We really can't thank you enough but, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! As a side note, the things that Janice taught us are also going to be extremely helpful when we have children as far as how to treat them. The patience, rules, etc all will help us tremendously with how ever many children we have.

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Paws for Applause
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
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Judy C.
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If you are looking for an exceptional dog trainer than Sal is your guy! He was so kind, very patient and helped guide our dog as well as my family with real positive steps toward learning basic commands and understanding our dogs needs as well Sal loves dogs and his knowledge of all dogs was Phenomenal! I am looking forward to hiring him again! You will not be disappointed with this gentle giant! Sal 's fee is extremely affordable and is the best money I have ever spent. In addition our puppy Rocco loved him .

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Suzanne's Pet Services
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
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Cathi O.
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Our new rescue pup Roxie needed basic obedience training and we discovered Suzanne Rodda while searching the internet for local dog trainers. Suzanne knows her stuff ! We have worked with her over the last month and a half and the difference in Roxie is obvious. Suzanne's approach is to not only train your dog, but to train YOU to work with your dog as well. It's a win win combination. We had a few challenges facing us along the way BUT Suzanne's flexibility and commitment to us made working with her easy and a pleasure. She has our recommendation as an excellent trainer.

  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Grisel S.
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Ariana is great with animals. She explains what we need to do in great detail and makes sure we are doing it properly. After only a few sessions we have seen lots of improvement with our aggressive dog. I highly recommend using her services.

  • 8 years in business
  • 174 hires on Thumbtack
Jung C.
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I had the pleasure of working with Caitlin, one of the trainers at The Canine Cure. We ended up board and training one of our dogs and boarding the other one as well. Caitlin took into consideration all of our concerns and did a great job building the foundation for our pups training. She was also very good about keeping us updated about both of our dogs while we were away on vacation and both of our dogs seemed like they were well taken care of during their stay. I will continue to use her services in the future and definitely would recommend her for anyone looking for a dog trainer.

Happy Dog Training
4.4
from 39 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Peter H.
Verified review

Joan's approach to behavioral training is very integrated taking into account the dog's environment, diet, and activity level. It's so nice to have a trainer that can make additional recommendations beyond the standard behavioral instructions to include changes in dietary and health needs to improve the training process. We asked Joan for help with our Dachshund/Poodle cross after repeated accidents in the apartment. Within two sessions we were communicating with our puppy to understand when she needs to go out, when she just wants to play, etc. Joan has been a huge help, she's punctual and extraordinarily good with the dogs and brings a tremendous value to the process beyond just learning how to "sit." As with any dog trainer it's important to know that as the owner you're being trained as well requiring a good dose of humility. Joan handles this without condescension and always remains positive. I recommend her for training and general dog care consulting!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Jackie B.
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Andrew has been great to work with. He has excellent attention to detail, and followed up on all my questions and concerns. He uses a very positive approach, which is very effective. Andrew is a very talented dog trainer, and I highly recommend him.

The CNI
4.8
from 32 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah D.
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My husband and I have always adopted older dogs, and with that, comes a lot of behavioral problems. Two of our dogs were especially aggressive toward children as well as other dogs! Within 15 minutes of his visit with us, Dr. J had those children walking our dog down the street with a loose leash. His training technique, that he utilized at the Seeing Eye, is very unique and extremely effective. His care for the well-being of "hopeless" dogs is very obvious. Remember that if you find yourself with an aggressive dog, you are that dog's last chance! He will be euthanized! Dr J's teachings gave our dogs and us back our sanity, well being and happiness! There is hope and it's called CNI!

  • 6 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Christina B.
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Anna was great from the start—immediately responded to my initial inquiry and had wonderful followup, but most importantly, she's just a wonderful dog trainer. Our 11-month-old terrier responded so well to here, and she was great in giving us the knowledge of how our puppy thinks, which allows us to be better at understanding our dog.

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Pack in Harmony
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Charlotte E.
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Jessica has been instrumental in helping us transition to our new life as dog owners! She is super competent/ experienced with dogs, training and dog behavior/ psychology. She is also super reliable, trustworthy and kind. I couldn’t recommend her more.

City Wolves NYC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Diane M.
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When my physician recommended I take on a new addition to my life, i.e., a puppy; I selected one small enough to handle given my multiple disabilities and one who could grow into a service dog. Although my pup arrived at only five pounds, he proved to be too much for me to take care of while living alone without assistance. So I began researching dog trainers who utilize the ‘board and train’ approach. I knew my pup (Cakebear) needed concentrated training in order to assist rather than hinder me. Of course, I also wanted the training to be compassionate as well as intensive. After interviewing twenty-four trainers, I selected the best in show and substance - Sean Ryan of City Wolves NYC. Our first communication imbued me with confidence in Sean and his abilities and he did not disappoint. Rarely today does anyone deliver the service they claim to offer but Sean is fortunately the welcome exception. During our initial meeting, Sean asked me as many questions as I did him- as we wanted to be on the same page regarding my needs and those of my dog. My puppy’s immediate response to Sean was one of attention and affection, a unique combination which makes for a happy dog and owner. After spending a significant amount of time with me and my pup, Sean evaluated our particular situation and explained fully what he determined were the most critical training points and how he would work with Cakebear. He then patiently detailed every aspect of the process. Although my pup would be away for one month, I knew he’d be in the best of care. In addition to training, a huge plus was that my dog would be socialized with Sean’s own beloved dogs. I knew Sean would be in touch with me throughout the month but I was pleasantly surprised to receive consistent contact via videos, photos and detailed updates. This constant, detailed communication throughout the training period provided me the opportunity to share in my pup’s progress as a virtual participant. In each image, with each command, my dog’s respect for Sean was evident and mirrored the high regard I have for Sean. My little one was returned to me transformed from a fluffy ruffian to a ‘by the book’ soldier, fresh from boot camp, albeit in a loving yet structured setting. I’m sure Cakebear wouldn’t mind reenlisting if given the option for Sean’s agility work with my dog resulted in blossoming confidence, something difficult for a five pound puppy to have, especially in a new environment with dogs larger than him. With Sean my pup grew into a muscular, helpful, emotionally supportive, task performing adult (in spirit and ability) far exceeding what I had expected- the usual commands of heel, come, sit, etc. As I am routinely in Manhattan, it was critical to have a trainer work with my pup in a congested, city setting and City Wolves NYC was the perfect fit. While most ‘board and trains’ are located in Jersey or Long Island, City Wolves is exactly as its name states- city-bred through and through. Cakebear is now unafraid of buses, the honking of cars, screeching sirens and the stampeding of pedestrian feet around him, sights and sounds that often frighten even larger dogs. My dog is now undaunted by noise and commotion and this enables him to keep us both safe in the city. Sean Ryan goes far beyond the celeb-trainers such as The Dog Whisperer or Victoria Stilwell. He treats dogs with a philosophy- the wolf mentality- for even though my dog is small, he is, at his core, a wolf. Sean is not just a brilliant trainer who understands the innate character of dogs, he is an intelligent, compassionate, genuine and spiritual person whose love for his work as well as canines and humans, shines through with each tail wag my dog so eagerly gives me. Not only did my dog return trained, I too was trained in the process, for the handler/owner of a dog needs to be familiar with the commands, structure and more, all of which Sean covered with me in detail. At first meeting and upon Cakebear’s graduation, Sean spent an enormous amount of time with me and my dog, demonstrating how I should work with Cakebear to maintain the structure Sean instilled in him. Then, it was my turn. Sean patiently watched as my dog and I went through the training paces. Soloing in front of Sean was without fear, as corrections for my dog and me were non-judgmental, kind and welcome. To aid in my remembering the command language, Sean prepared a custom booklet outlining the commands my dog now knew as well as detailed steps for me to keep up the training process. Graduation day was a proud moment for me and my dog. My expertly trained dog is respectful, happy and buoyant, much like Sean himself. From graduation day onward, I work with my dog to enforce the training for both of us. As questions arise, Sean promptly addresses them rapidly, no matter how many or how often they occur. Sean’s dedication to each dog he trains extends past the day a dog earns his cap and gown. It is an everlasting relationship which my dog and I evolve within with Sean as our nurturing guide. Sean Ryan possesses a unique ability to transform any canine into a loving, obedient and enjoyable companion. In my case, this is essential to my health and for those who are able-bodied; it is necessary for a successful and fun dog/owner relationship. The skill set Sean brings to the table in dealing with dogs AND humans is exceptional. Although I interviewed twenty-four trainers before choosing, my homework paid off as I made the ideal choice for Sean Ryan of City Wolves NYC is one in a million!

Pampered Pals Pet Care
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Gina D.
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Sarah is wonderful. Very responsible and has a good understanding of different dogs temperaments. Communicates quickly and sends wonderful pictures of the dogs out on their walks. My dog is loving her! I have owned dogs for over 40 years and would highly recommend her to any dog owner.

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Backcountry K-9
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Chanee C.
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Joshua was amazing with my families two dogs. He genuinely cares about the dogs he works with and is great with them. Our puppy is doing so much better and has come such a long way thanks to him. Even after the training sessions were complete Joshua was still there months later to help me with any questions or concerns that I had. Would recommend Backcountry K-9 to everyone who is looking for a very experienced and caring trainer. Thank you!

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Sundog Pet Care
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Helaina H.
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We tried two other dog trainers before we came across Chelsea, and after speaking with her on the phone I immediately knew something was different about her, in the best possible way. She talked with us about focusing on what was causing our little guy to act out in the ways he had been, what we could and couldn't reasonably expect (this one was huge, and took a bit of vital human training on our part) and took the time to start us out with a strong foundation using techniques that worked—and that we were comfortable with—to create a lasting change in our rescue dog. You can tell Chelsea loves what she does and that she positively adores dogs and their people, too. Her approach is so affective because she treats dog psychology the same way the best specialists approach human psychology: by addressing the source of the behavior that causes the symptoms, and taking each dog's personality into account. At the same time, her methods seem to work magnificently across the board. She is brilliant, her methods are affective, she is highly professional but also extremely friendly and approachable. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to treat problematic behaviors in their beloved rescue dogs, but in any dog, really—it just takes a special person to have the knowledge and patience to work with a dog who has trauma they can never communicate with words.

Gus Trains Us, Inc.
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Lana P.
Verified review

Gus is very professional and knowledgeable about dog psychology and is great in explaining dog behavior. We consulted with him to try to figure out the causes of our dog's aggressive behavior towards other dogs and the best ways of dealing with it. Gus was able to pinpoint the issue right away and gave us some hands on tips that we are going to use going forward. I would highly recommend him as a trainer.

Leash and Learn
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Maua N.
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Rachel is an incredible dog walker and trainer. She has been steadily transforming my two little rescue dogs into world class acrobats and has been instrumental in making them feel safe and calm and happy. She is an honest, caring, professional who leaves messages, sends texts AND pictures describing how my dogs are doing- the good, the bad, the ugly. I trust her completely!!

  • 1 year in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Sara B.
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Tim was such a huge help with my dogs. I was looking for a trainer to help get my 3 boys under control. Walking them all at once was impossible! Now, because of Tim, I'm even able to take them all to the vet together! This guy is amazing at what he does. Trust his process. If he can get my 3 sled dogs (not literally sled dogs although they pull like they are) walking beautifully beside me, he can do anything! Tim's also been so helpful in teaching my boys to behave around the house. Until recently I had the house nobody wanted to visit because they'd be trampled by my hooligans. Yesterday I had people coming and going at a party AND a pizza delivered with my boys out and about with us. They were so well behaved! I can't thank Tim enough for all of his help. I still have more that I want to accomplish with my boys, and I know Tim will be helping us reach those goals!

  • 5 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
EDDIE D.
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Great training, fully satified with our trainer. and how our dogs respond to us now.

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Casper Dog Training
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Aidyn T.
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Very professional and very fast to respond and would recommend to anyone looking for an amazing dog trainer.

K9 Boot Camp
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Francine M.
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Emily is an excellent trainer. My dog learned so much from her I wouldn't settle for anyone else.

  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Adam B.
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I adopted a one year old lab –pit mix a month ago. Soon after I brought him home-I realized that he is not really house broken and loves to chew on everything. I did some research on dog trainers in my area and man- they are pricey. Came across Anastasia’s profile -prices seemed fair plus looked like she was offering more than just an obedience training for the same price. I am so happy we hired her. Sammy learned how settle and get in into his crate with no fuss in a matter of few minutes on a first session, we also established a few house rules and thanks to her recommendation for food – Sammy’s coat improved and poop too. Thank you Anastasia!

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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