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Ruff Adjustments
from 64 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
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David W.
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I have the trainers with other dogs come in three times a week for two months and didn’t come close to getting the results that I got with Jay after five visits. He was prompt courteous and very patient with not only the dog but with me as well. I have a two-year-old daughter who Jay was absolutely fantastic with and integrated her into the training with the dog. If you care about you dog and want the best training possible cal Jay

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Paws for Applause
from 60 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 122 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 .

  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany P.
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So far Ariana is great! In one lesson she was able to teach me how to walk with my two 50+ pounds boys. I am excited to see what she will be able to do about the aggression in my puppy.

  • 8 years in business
  • 174 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine Z.
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Excellent dog/people trainer! It is obvious that Mary Jean loves what she does.

Happy Dog Training
from 39 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Grace T.
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Joan was easy to work with and helped me with 2 specific techniques that I’m working on with Bella. I would work with Joan again!

  • 2 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren S.
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When I was looking for training for my lab mix ruby I didn’t feel that she would get anything out of the experience from a franchise pet store so I started my search for dog trainers who knew how to read and work with dogs on a one to one level. Steve came to our apartment and showed us exactly how to handle ruby. We already had a good base from watching a lot of ceasar millan (haha) but we needed more and steve guided us. Even after one day with his methods, ruby is a completely different dog. It will take take with her but now we have the confidence she will be a very well rounded dog. We will send an update in about a month to show her progress.

from 32 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
James M.
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My father is quite possible the worst dog trainer there is. In came Dr. J and within MINUTES had his dog walking obediently at his side! This is a bird dog that is used to ranging out far and wide. Amazing! Not only good results but a FUN experience with a constant patter of enjoyable jokes. Dr. J seems to have a sixth sense about animals. Highly recommended!

Etlon Dog Training Academy
from 31 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Laura R.
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Ken was my first experience with professional dog training. I'm Amazed! Simple applicable success from the very first session. Positive reinforcement and strategies for overcoming frustration (more for the humans than the puppies) transformed the behavior of our Wilson - a rescue with a little bit of shyness inside a large body. Ken's guidance and constant reassurance gave me confidence and helped Wilson transfer energy into play resulting in a puppy who is undercontrol and safe in any environment.

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Pack in Harmony
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
from 24 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Shelly A.
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Sean Ryan at City Wolves provided board-and-train services for my six year old dog, who had aggression and other social issues. I couldn't be happier with the results. Sean worked magic with the dog while she was with him and then followed up with thorough, specific strategies for me to work on when she came home. The transformation has been amazing. And even after the training was done, Sean has been readily available to answer any questions and address any residual issues I might be having.

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  • 39 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Elaina A.
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Mr. Stone is extremely professional and spent a lot of time with me wallking me through the process of what it would take to get my dog trained with the skills I require

Super Fine K9
from 20 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Amelia W.
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Although my puppy and I had initial training at a storefront situation, I didn't feel that I had a good knowledge of how to help my cockapoo puppy to be a well-behaved and happy dog. Margaret has given us very specific tasks to obtain the right behavior. She is helping me to think like a dog so I can see how my behaviors are interpreted by my puppy. Each hour is full of hands on instruction with plenty of fun for my puppy and me. She is very encouraging and is a delightful person. We have worked on sit, stay, down, wait, hush (for barking) and most importantly to come when called in a situation where my puppy would rather chase that bunny or squirrel. I highly recommend her as a talented and professional dog trainer.

  • 20 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Amy S.
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Kristin was amazing, so patient,and so knowledgeable . She was so helpful,and listened to all of my questions and concerns about my puppy,including her separation issues. She gave me so many helpful suggestions,and that was just from our phone conversation! I can't wait to meet her. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs a dog trainer!

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Sundog Pet Care
from 16 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 9 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.

The Dog Tamer
from 13 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lincy J.
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Tom was referred to me by a friend who had previously hired him to help work with her new puppy. I was a little reluctant at first because my dog was not a puppy. He is an adult dog who suffered from severe food aggression. I have two dogs (Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) in the home. Xander has been with me since he was 3 months old. Chuck was adopted at age 5, although I had been babysitting him for weeks at a time since he was about 2 years old. Both boys are now 6, but as different as night and day. Xander is easy going and very trusting, but Chuck has had rough past. His previous owner neglected him horribly. Chuck was left alone for many days without proper food. There may have also been possible physical abuse. When I discovered that his owner was neglectful, I took Chuck into my home permanently. He was a nervous, skittish dog who hoarded food and would bite me, Xander or my younger sister if we went anywhere near him or his food during feeding. Other than food issues, he was a sweet , timid and lovable dog. Meal times, however, were highly stressful for all of us, especially Chuck. We had tried so many different behavioral methods but nothing worked. Finally I decided to give Tom a call. It was the best decision I ever made! Tom is a wonderful person. Chuck was a different dog after the first visit! After 2 more sessions, (but we purchased a few more sessions because we loved working with Tom!) Chuck was no longer growling, and could be fed without gates separating him from Xander. I was able to feed him without restrictive gates, near Xander and without Chuck lunging and biting anyone. Tom has changed our lives and saved Chuck. Chuck is now the sweet tempered, lovable guy we always knew he was, even during meal times! He patiently waits for his prepared meal and will no longer bite me as I place the bowl down. There is no barking or lunging. He is calm during meal times. After working with Tom, I noticed other changes in Chuck as well. He is more sociable at the dog park and will leave my side to interact with other dogs, something he never did before. He is more trusting of visitors that come into my home. He doesn’t bark madly at every sound. The nervousness has decreased considerably. I am so grateful to Tom and all the knowledge, patience and empathy he brought to our lives. Plus my dogs love him! I have recommended Tom to all my friends who have dogs. He is truly the best at what he does.

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Casper Dog Training
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.

Giacomo Podavini
from 7 reviews
    Jake G.
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    Giacomo is the best! I know people say that all the time, but this time I really mean it. He is just such a good dog trainer. Aside from the fact that our dog LOVES him, he made learning how to train a dog feel easy and gave us the confidence to tackle it (all while using positive reinforcement, both for us and for our dog!). Each class, he broke down three commands for us, giving us the tools to teach it to our dog both in class and once we got home. His handouts have proved invaluable and are like our bible at home. Giacomo's easy-going attitude, competence, and wide knowledge base make him stand out from every other dog trainer, and I can't wait to continue training with him (we've already done two six-week sessions and I want more!).

    Dogspeak LLC
    from 7 reviews
    • 14 years in business
    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Erika B.
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    Working with Faryn was great. Fenway loved her and listened! She did well at training not only the dog but my husband and me!!! She was clear on her instructions, consistent and helped Fenway understand the basic commands. Faryn is very professional and at the same time is warm and engaging. Her methods for training Fenway worked and her love of animals was very obvious. I would highly recommend her. Thanks Faryn!!!

    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    SANDI M.
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    It is with great pleasure that we write a note recommending New Beginnings Dog Training ! We are absolutely delighted with the experience Raffie, our 7 month old Standard Poodle had with Kristy at her home...she did a wonderful job with him. Don't hesitate to call her if you want your dog trained properly ..... showing caring and kindness while getting wonderful results....she's terrific and we highly endorse her work. Raffie had all kinds of experiences while he was living with her to board and train over a two week period; she's the best ! Tom and Sandi....Reading, Pa.

    J9 Dog Training
    from 3 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Benjamin R.
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    John is great! Very knowledgeable and great with our pets. We’ll be working with John continually until we’re comfortable with where we’re at with the dog training.

    Royah The Dog Trainer
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 year in business
    Lanna N.
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    Royah is an amazing dog trainer! She had so much patience teaching my Doberman to tolerate and play gently with my Yorkie. Not only was she fantastic with the dogs, but she also involved my littles ones in the training process. Thanks for all your help, Royah!

    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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