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  • 33 years in business
  • 359 hires on Thumbtack
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Carol Z.
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Janice changed our life together. I have hope, and important insights into both my and my rescue dog’s behavior. Linus is already happier - and I certainly am!

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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
Dominic G.
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Ariana was more than what we expected she was so knowelageable and made us all feel so comfortable we made the right choice selecting her services. I would recommend her very highly for anyone’s dog trainer

  • 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
4.4
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!

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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
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!

  • 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.

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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Sammy S.
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I reached out to Josh for help because my dog would lash out at other dogs when we went for walks, hikes, etc. I was very pleased with his work! He arrived on time, earlier than expected, to really make sure I got the most out of my session. The quality of his work is very professional and you could tell he truly cares about helping you and your dog! He is very knowledgeable in numerous different behavioral issues, which was impressive. He taught me how to take control of my dog and now my dog is doing much better socially. Josh also responded to my emails in a timely mannner when I would have quick questions. I would highly recommend this service!!

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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.

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
Cindy M.
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Great, great Trainer!!! Anyone with a dog needs to go and see Alex @ Off Leash K9 Training. Her techniques are innovative but at the same time provide common sense, easy to follow skills that anyone can do with their dog. Whether your dog has been trained or not you need to take your dog here and have your dog e-collar trained, it makes such a difference. You and your dog will live a much less stressful and enjoyable life once the training occurs...we saw so much improvement in our 4, 1 hour lessons. Our success story is on their YouTube Channel (Penny and Capone). - Cindy Martenson

Edz Pet Walking
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle L.
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I was in desperate need for an experienced dog-walker who could handle my anxious Mini Pinscher and my 75 lb American Bulldog foster with guarding issues. I was very pleased with his service. Super reliable!

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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!

NYC Dog Training, LLC
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Mike C.
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Jennie is a hidden gem! I was very impressed with her intense background in animal training. I am already seeing huge improvements in my dog only after a few sessions! I loved how she is also teaching me how to train my dog when she isn't there. I have worked with trainers in the past and the all had one way of training. Jennie is using mutiple techniques of problem solving with my dog's behavorial issues. My advice is to book her before she becomes too popular and unavailable.

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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