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Rutherford Dog Trainers

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  • 13 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Robert W.

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Sal is a warm hearted, gentle soul with a soothing voice & calming demeanor. He has a high level of expertise in training dogs. My wife & I are incredibly happy with his handling & training of our miniature poodle "Lucky". Sal was able to control our very rambunctious dog & calmed him very easily. Sal has a very natural ability to handle dogs. We are more than pleased with both him & his ability to train "Lucky". We highly recommend Sal & can truly say that you get way more than your money's worth with hiring him. He is a true professional & it's quite obvious that he enjoys his craft. You will be very happy with his level of expertise, training methods & overall effectiveness. Thank you Sal for being our "dog whisperer".

Sarah S.

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Sal was wonderful from the minute he arrived. He was patient and dedicated to training our puppy. He made training exciting and informative. We Thank him so much for his help and advice. He really does have such a passion for his profession.

Linda C.

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Very impressed with Sals knowledge of dogs and training.

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  • 10 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 23 min

Larry M.

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Jay is an excellent trainer that will make your dog behave better and understand who is the boss. My 12 year old twin girls had a lot of fun working with him and our 4 month old Golden Retriver. Jay gives you written documentation of what you worked on for reference. The documents are excellent to refer to when needed. Best of all the in house training of your dog in their own environment makes a big difference. It is individual gaining, not a group session like the pet stores. I would definitely recommend Ruff Adjustments. Larry and Cathy Meyrowitz

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

Arnell B.

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Jay is a professional that has a passion for developing relationship with the pet owner and the animal. My 5 month old female Maltese loves Jay and enjoyed her private dog training sessions that involved basic obedience commands from sit, down, stay, leave it , come and etc. Thanks Jay for your help and support. The 5 week training has been a SUCCESS.

TOP PRO
  • 8 years in business
  • 155 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Lauren V.

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Mary Jean has totally transformed our dog. We started training during his puppy stage and continued into part of his adolescence, so Mary Jean was able to curb some behaviors very early on. Her positive attitude, accessibility, and willingness to help have made her a joy to work with. Plus, our dog absolutely adores her. Mary Jean trains both the dog and the owner. Her advice about how to reinforce skills on our own was clear and easy to keep up with. Our time with Mary Jean is over for now, but she instilled key skills that will stay with us and with our dog for a very long time. We highly recommend The Canine Cure!

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.

George T.

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Real professionals and well educated in training your dog! I would recommend to anyone.

  • 33 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 34 min

Katrina B.

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She was very patient with my dog, my dog gravitated to her very quickly, she showed me different techniques to use with my dog to help my dog with his aggressiveness. She arrived early, she started training at arrival and stayed the entire time. She gave the dog treats, I will recommend her, she was very professional and very passionate about her job.

Jean M.

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Joan was good, she came to our home during a snow storm and arrived extra early to training our 3 month old Shih Tzu. Joan is friendly, very knowledgeable about nutrition and training for dogs. She brought lots of treats and toys for our puppy to play with and she spent time getting to know him. By the end of session puppy was sitting on command.

Michelle B.

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Joan is a kind and loving person, and brings these qualities to her superb dog training. She helped Sidney Cha-Cha, our miniature poodle pup, with anxiety and incessant barking. We are grateful for her assistance, and our dogs will miss her presence in our home. Highly recommended!

  • 30 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 38 min

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.

Amie P.

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Being a first time puppy owner Suzanne taught me many great techniques while working with our puppy. She also gave me great feedback and advice on training our puppy. She showed me that with patience and constant practice our puppy's behavior will get better. Thank you for your knowledge.

Messiane C.

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Wonderful experience with Suzanne who has worked beautifully with our 10 month old dog and was able to give us lots of practical advice to train the dog. Suzannne was also very good with the children, helping them understand their role in the dog's training.

TOP PRO
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours
  • Brooklyn, NY

Amy F.

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Words can't describe how much Ariana means to us. After rescuing a 72lb AmStaff with behavioral issues, we asked Ariana to help guide us through training our sweet, strong boy. Ariana's tireless patience, humor and knowledge made training our dog a fun, bonding experience instead of a stressful one. Her commitment to ensuring our collective success and a healthy, happy dog was evident in every hour she spent with us. Work with Ariana- she is a joy who also knows her dog training stuff!

Hailey R.

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Ariana was absolutely amazing!!! She trained our dog to become a service dog and had incredible success. She spent whatever time was needed, never once looking at her watch or paying attention to when the hour was up. She genuinely cares about her work and the animals she works with. We will continue to work with Ariana even now, after the main training is complete. No recommendation will do Ariana justice, she genuinely is incredible!

Jon S.

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Ariana was great! She was very professional, and our dog responded well to her training. We learned a lot more than we expected in our first training, and received a ton of value from the session.

TOP PRO
  • 6 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Eric R.

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Karin the trainer was on time,very professional easy to understand everything that she was explaining to us and helped us start with the training of our poodle Biscuit.We are looking forward to more training sessions and I highly recommend her for help with training your,dog in the future

Bonnie R.

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Anna was professional, understanding, and genuinely concerned with helping my dog. She contacted me immediately to begin working on a personalized plan. She is definitely a great choice for private dog training!

Alyssa M.

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Karin has been a tremec help with our two mini Australian shepherds! She is always available if you have any questions and explains everything thoroughly.

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The CNI

4.7

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  • 48 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 6 hours

Christy M.

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Dr. J is amazing! The program he has offered to us is unlike any other we had heard of before...and it works! He has patiently walked us through every problem we have encountered with our puppy and there has been many to say the least. We have learned through Dr. J's training from housebreaking to biting to off leash training just to name a few. I can't recommend this program enough and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with Dr. J- we have learned so much in such a short period of time. We have been so thankful for your attentiveness and knowing you're only a phone call away should we need help! We look forward to continuing our education in puppy training, thank you so much for all you've done for us and our Lucy!!

Karen C.

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Dr. J has a very different approach to dog training. It works because the dog understands completely what is expected. We accomplished in two sessions what I could not with any of my dogs over the years. The crazy barking is a thing of the past and only appropriate bark is heard. I can walk my 7 month old Maltese and 11 year old Yorkie without a leash. Anyone who has a pet should consider having Dr. J visit. You will not only have well behaved pets, but in my opinion, a better relationship.

Sapna K.

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Dr. J helped us with training our puppy who had turned into a vicious biter when he didn't get his way. I am writing this review almost one year after we trained with Dr J. Our dog has not once bitten anyone. He is very well behaved and we receive many compliments on his behavior. The investment is 110% worth it and Dr. J is amazing.

  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 min

Gail T.

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Sarah watched my dogs for 10 days about a month ago. I have two dogs and work from home so they have beyond extreme separation anxiety, so I was very tentative to travel, but had to leave the country so taking my dogs with me was not an option. A close friend of mine recommended her to me and I tried it. I am so beyond grateful for Sarah and her services. She brought my dogs everywhere with her, fortunately she has a job allowing her to bring them to work with her, she brought them to local dog parks and even brought them to a dog bakery to pick out their own snacks and then stopped at PetSmart to let them pick out some new toys, much more than I would ever expect any petsitter to do. She kept me updated sending me at least two texts with pictures of my babies and responded to all my messages. My female dog, Madison, takes a while to warm up to people and can be snippy, Sarah had no issues at all with her and Madison trusted her within minutes of Sarah watching her. I returned home to a wonderful picture collage of my dogs "Vacation with Sarah" and them happily asleep in their beds snuggled with their new toys, I have Sarah routinely come take them on trips now as they love to leave the house and adventure with her, they always come home super happy and then sadly walk around for at least an hour after she leaves. I couldn't have found a better pet sitter if I had duplicated myself! She truly is amazing

Samantha H.

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I have only used Sarah once so far but will not hesitate to again. I moved into a new City and immediately needed to be out of town and have someone lined up to take care of my dog. It could not have been more chaotic with the move, a Holiday, and the last minute request and Sarah was incredibly accommodating for the whole experience. When I arrived home my dog was happy and clearly well taken care of. I will absolutely be calling her again in the future.

Alexandra K.

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Sara is phenomenal. My dog is happier, I am happier. She is always available when I need her. As a surgeon, my schedule is often very unpredictable, and having a trustworthy and fantastic person like Sara taking care of my dog makes me breathe a lot easier

TOP PRO
  • 6 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 min

Janifer R.

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I brought my male boxer/lab mix to Etlon for basic dog training. I got much more than I bargained for. My dog can be extremely stubborn, and I was offered strategies for encouraging him to engage. I really liked the positive based training, and I found results occurred quickly. It was important for me to practice during the week, but it was so worth it! Ken is obviously a huge dog lover. His patience brought results and helped me see how to approach things at home. My dog is a joy to be with and I am more relaxed when others are around because I have confidence that my dog will be able to handle himself with others. Ken also offered to be available for suggestions or questions should anything come up in the future which I really appreciated. I would absolutely recommend Etlon Academy to anyone looking for dog training. J. Robb

Dana P.

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This past summer Ken worked with Rosie, a 10 month Cavapoo, and myself. He took the time to get to know us in order to adapt the dog training sessions to fit our personalities, comfort level, and goals. Rosie responded quickly to his positive training approach. Ken was also extremely patient in showing me how to continue working with Rosie at home in order to reinforce what was learned in the sessions. Rosie quickly learned all the commands necessary to receive her Good Citizenship certificate. Rosie is now a well-behaved dog who accompanies my family everywhere. Whether attending lacrosse tournaments, school parades, or going to work with my husband, we always receive comments on her behavior and training. I would highly recommend Ken and Etlon Training Academy to anyone.

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.

TOP PRO
  • 27 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours

Susan N.

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Alice is Staten Island's dog whisperer! She is professional, knowledgeable and has an equaled passion for helping people with their dog training needs. Give her a try and you will not be disappointed!

Lesley W.

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Alice is amazing! I don't know how she does it! Alice is training my dog. Milo learns really quickly.He loves Alice. I truly believe she is a dog whisperer1. I am looking forward to the next class!

TOP PRO
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 5 hours
  • Brooklyn, NY

Heather O.

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I came to Sean, with my beautiful, sweet, goofy yet incredibly scary 5-year old pit mix that I had recently rescued. He had never been trained before or truly cared for and came to me with a rap sheet and the behavior to prove it. He is a big dog. He did not trust anyone or anything, was a nervous wreck and had human aggression that put me so on edge we couldn't really function as a unit, nor could I trust anyone else around him. He needed help or else he wouldn't last with me or with anyone else and I knew this was his last chance. I was overwhelmed with uncertainty and fear and exasperated by the trainers and advice that I was coming across. Needless to say, by the time we got to Sean, I didn't have much faith left at that point. I was so hesitant to send my dog to a board and train and I just did not know what to expect at all. And let's be honest - the price is scary for little people like me who really don't have that kind of money to throw around. I bought my English Bulldog from a breeder for that price and trained him at Petsmart, lol! It did not work but he's been mostly easy his whole life. I was so uneducated on proper dog training. I was scared, lost, we needed help and I was determined not to give up on this dog. I put everything I had into trusting Sean with him and I can absolutely say that it paid off for the both of us. He came back a different dog with confidence, attentiveness and a calmness that I never could have achieved on my own. He is a work in progress and always will be, but the foundation that Sean established for us is exactly what I was hoping for. It's only been a few days since he came home but I already feel such a difference in his behavior and our relationship. Sean was able to develop a trust that did not exist before. He trusts me now and respects me and has become so chill, it's just amazing. Sean is a very knowledgeable and realistic trainer that will instill the skills and confidence in you and your dog in a very straight forward and easygoing way. He's unlike any other trainer I've ever worked with before and is the only one whose methods and advice I know will stick with me forever. He teaches in a way that is easy to understand and what he practices just makes sense in the real world. He sends informative and useful reading material and posts videos online throughout the training to keep you engaged and educated. It is extremely helpful and good for visual learners like myself. I am so glad that I took the leap and if you're reading this and my story sounds familiar, then you should too. We couldn't thank you more Sean.

Michael M.

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Our experience with City Wolves NYC and owner Sean has been outstanding. Sean’s knowledge of training and behavior modification as well as commitment and concern for the dogs is second to none. He is truly passionate about his work and most importantly it doesn’t stop after the training sessions or residency. We adopted a 6-month-old pit mix and after about 4 months he was developing a bunch of bad habits including aggression towards certain dogs, issues with skateboards and scooters and anxiety with small spaces; not to mention his “defiant” behavior at home. We had several “positive reinforcement (treat) trainers” which was not working and things were getting worse by the week. I happened upon Sean training a dog in my neighborhood and it couldn't have come at a better time. The 4-week residency program at City Wolves was a game changer for Otis and us and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a well socialized and behaved pooch. He came back a much more confident dog knowing basic commands (place is my favorite) and has all but eliminated the behavioral and socialization issues. Just as important (maybe more), Sean conducts several one on one workshops with the owners making sure you obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to maintain and advance your dog’s level of training. Sean continues to be an invaluable resource for everything from continued training, behavior adjustments to diet questions and recommendations. Otis has never been better and we are now proud owners of one of the most well behaved dogs in the neighborhood. Highly Recommended City Wolves NYC!

Kyle M.

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Sean did a great job training our dog. She came back a totally different and better puppy. And he treated her like one of her one. Highly recommended!

  • 6 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 min

Ursula C.

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Gus has just started walking my dog this week during the day while I'm at work. My dog is shy and within a couple of sessions, he warmed up to Gus and now he wags his tail when he hears him at the door. I am very pleased with Gus' service.

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!

Tracy P.

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Gus was great in getting back to me right away to set up an appointment. He gave me some great pointers to help work on my dog with.

TOP PRO
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

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.

Paul O.

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I have had only one training session with Jessica so far, but I can definitely see improvement in my dog's behaviors. Jessica is very knowledgeable and easy to work with.

Arielle S.

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Very nice and seems like she knows a lot about dog training!

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  • 39 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 7 hours

Elton S.

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The best way for me to describe my experience with Bruce Stone and Interdyne International K-9 would be to say that I feel like I hit the dog training lottery. I was recommended by a friend, but for anyone out there that really wants to see how well behaved their dog has the capacity to be, he IS the answer. He is a phenomenal teacher, extremely knowledgeable and absolutely a true professional in every respect. His always prepared, straightforward, and confident approach immediately gives you the feeling that you and your dog are both in extremely competent hands. It was some of the best money I've ever spent.

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.

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

  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 min

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!!

Jill B.

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Josh is extremely knowledgeable and presents all training options clearly so we could decide the best approach with our 2 dogs. He truly cared about the dogs success and we trusted him 100%. We are able to live ( not to mention hike) happily with our 2 dogs now and are thinking about a third that we will have Josh train from the start!!! We would absolutely recommend Backcountry K-9 to anyone who needs help with their dog.

Gul T.

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We have not completed our puppy training yet but so far all is going well. Josh connected with my puppy right away as if she knew him already and responded to his reward-based training technique right away. He also gave us a lot of information on how to care for our puppy.

VIP Canine

4.6

(8)

  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Emily T.

Verified review

Andrea and her husband John go above and beyond to take care of our dog, a shy rescue who needed help to open up. Great value for our money. Our pup is tired out from having so much fun with her doggy friends during her walks and greets us calmly when we get home. She's also now better about welcoming strangers to pet her. Highly recommend!

Lauren H.

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We have been having VIP walk our pup for over a year now and they are great! Always on time and always walk our dog longer than normal! They leave the cutest notes too!

  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 36 min

Cesar S.

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My dog training session with Faryn was impressive and her professional way of teaching is definitely 100% outstanding. Faryn provided helpful tips to improve my dog’s response when giving certain commands. When I first adopted my dog, one of the many challenging obstacles I came across was the constant pulling on the leash my dog will do. Before meeting with Faryn I was contemplating on how to improve my walks with my dog, WOW was that difficult and annoying. However, after the first training session with Faryn, my dog no longer pulls on the leash as much as before. In fact, these last couple of days I enjoy my long walks at the park with my dog. Thank You Faryn,

Matt L.

Verified review

Faryn was referred to me by a mutual friend. I rescued a dog from euthanasia from an abusive house in Newark. She trained Luca to sit, come, heel, and walk next to me. I do think with her professionalism and my devotion that Luca is the best dog I have ever seen. He is calm doesn't bark much and an absolute pleasure, I am blessed and love him like a son. He will be 9 in August. I am very confident in Faryn's program and her love for animals shows through her very hard work.

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!!!

  • Response time: 3 min
  • Brooklyn, NY

Julie W.

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December 2016 Julie W. Exotic Parrot sitting I was a little reluctant to leave our newly rescued Eclectus parrot for more than just a couple of days, for fear that he might start plucking his feathers again. I instantly liked Katie and knew that this wasn’t just another job for her, but rather her passion. She was not only great around the parrot, but my dog took to her as well. Katie went above and beyond caring for our parrot. She sent me a video of him playing in his water bowl and pictures every day. I absolutely wasn’t worried about him for a minute while we were away. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for someone to care for their pet.

Jim M.

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I know Anthony as a former teacher and take pleasure in attesting to his pleasant personally and the sense of personal responsibility that he brings to all of his work.

  • 1 year in business
  • Response time: 16 min
  • New York, NY

Kelly C.

Verified review

I needed pet-sitting for 2 cats while out of town - I had a bad experience with a prior cat-sitter but Ana was great to work with. When I came home, the cats were happy & fed, there was clean water available & the litter was clean. I will definitely use this service again for my next trip!

Tanee H.

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I almost don't want to share my positive experience with Anastasia with fear she'll get to busy, but she is amazing. I know she is well known for her background with dogs; she is excellent with the feline variety. I have trust in Anastasia to take care of my cat while I'm out of town. :)

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 20 min

Krista M.

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Cindy is truly one in a million. If it wasn't for her we probably would have been able to keep my now 9 year old dog. The amount of work she was able to do with him surpassed my expectation and then some. Cindy is as sweet as can be, I hired her as a trainer without even really knowing her, and now we have become friends 9 years later

Dawn S.

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Not only did Cindy work with my crazy Jack Russell, Havoc, need I say more, but I watched her work her magic on many other dogs and their owners. She is the best of the best. ❤️

Steve M.

Verified review

Cindy is amazing. She is New York and Long Islands Dog Whisperer. She worked wonders with our problem child rescue pit mix. Thank you for restoring sanity to our lives

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