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Ruff Adjustments
4.8
from 63 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 74 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
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 116 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 .

  • 63 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

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suki lau
4.7
from 39 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Margo T.
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Delightful and easy going. Arrived on time and my dog, and I immediately liked her!

Happy Dog Training
4.4
from 38 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 72 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!

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
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Charlotte O.
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She is unbelievably patient and kind and I can't wait to see my new puppy after all 6 sessions with her. First night and day with the puppy and her methods for potty training already work so well, plus other fantastic techniques in training. Can't wait for our next session! So excited to be working with someone so excellent! I couldn't recommend more! Bruno is one lucky puppy to have such a wonderful dog trainer. Me mostly! :)

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Flipz Pet Care
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Nancy H.
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Jenn, the owner , I so impressive. I needed advice on care and training of my puppy. Her suggestions were practical, realistic and they are working. Jenn is professional, bright and fun to work with.

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Pack in Harmony
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Arielle S.
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Very nice and seems like she knows a lot about dog training!

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!

The Ultimate Dog Lady
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Natalie H.
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Nancy is absolutely an outstanding dog trainer. Over the years, I've hired more than 5 different dog trainers to help me with my pets and now I will never have to look for anyone else. Nancy has taught me how to understand and communicate with dogs better than any other trainer I've worked with or book I've read. If you want a happy and obedient dog then Nancy will be able to help. My dog walks by my side on a leash, comes when called off leash, goes and lays down when I load my dishwasher, sits politely when I greet people at my door, stays on my unfenced property and does lots more fun tricks too, all thanks to Nancy's help.

Michael Sparano Fitness
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Max F.
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Mike is one of the most educated, unique trainers around! I've tried a lot of PT's over the years.. but he has given me the best workouts and advice that I have witnessed. He tailored to my mediocre-fitness level when we first started, giving me enough of a challenge to keep me guessing each workout, but not overwhelming me. His education and level of knowledge is great, he always is available to me for questions (diet, etc.) Also a funny guy (or tries to be haha!)

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  • 39 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Bruce has been very patient and informative. He has helped me decide whether a service dog was right for me by providing the crucial information that I couldn't find online. The guidance has been extremely reassuring. I look forward to the process of finding and training a dog with Bruce.

Super Fine K9
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 25 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.

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Happily Wagging Tails Corp.
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Jim M.
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The perfect help we needed to train frankie... put us on the right track...we couldn't be happier

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For Paw Drive
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Giovanni C.
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We had one session today and my dog responded very well. Trainer is professional, caring, and addressed all of our questions. We signed up for 5 additional lessons.

Gus Trains Us, Inc.
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Nick P.
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Gus was great with our dog and us! Clearly shared what out mindset needs to be for first time dog owners. Still use his basics 2 years later!

Leash and Learn
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Kerry M.
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Rachel has helped immensely improve the relationship I have with my dog. Thanks to Rachel, I can read the body language cues my dog is giving me. She taught me that my dog, Sasha, is uncomfortable when strollers, lawn movers or certain dogs pass, which is why she'll pull the other way or try to eat grass. Rachel is always reliable, professional, friendly, patient and understanding. Above all, she loves my dog, and my dog LOVES Rachel.

Edz Pet Walking
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle L.
Verified review

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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Aidyn T.
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Very professional and very fast to respond and would recommend to anyone looking for an amazing dog trainer.

Athena Jones
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole B.
Verified review

Athena is a wonderful caring trainer who has a passion for rescuing dogs and helping them find their forever homes. She has worked with all range of dog types, breeds including aggressive dogs. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants a caring dog training professional!

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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