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Trenton Dog Trainers

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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 .

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Pine Street Dogs
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
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Yiming Y.
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The best dog trainer!

  • 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

  • 2 years in business
  • 48 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.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Nicole R.
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Marion is a great trainer! She takes pride in helping you as well as your fur baby in achieving your training goals. I highly recommend Molasses Creek Dog Training!!

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.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer B.
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My husband and I are so happy that we have discovered Steve Broadwell from Diamonds In The Woof to help us with our dog, Winston. Steve has been a life-saver and we are so pleased working with him. He is professional, highly knowledgeable, and has not only helped our dog, but has helped us, too. Our dog is a handful and we're still a work in progress, but Winston has really come a long way, all thanks to Steve. We not only feel as though we have hired the best dog-trainer in the area (we have!), but we have also made a friend who truly loves and cares about our dog.

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!)

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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For Paw Drive
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Ruff Recruits
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Sara C.
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Emma (Ruff Recruits) is amazing! She is super accommodating and someone I can trust when I have last minute change of plans that require someone to look after my two boys. There are tons of dog walkers in Philadelphia and I've tried a few, but Emma is my go to. She has full of energy and knows how to control my two crazy pups (they are two hyper golden retrievers). After a dog walk with Emma, I come home to 2 content pups instead of the usual hyperness. She is the best!!!!!!!!!

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Paige W.
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Kayla is great- I couldn’t ask for a better training expirience. She was extremely patient, thorough, and compassionate with my pup. I was so impressed with how quickly he was able to respond and learn from her! Kayla was also very communicative and patient with me, as this was my first time training a dog. I’d highly recommend Kayla for your doggie needs!

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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.

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
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Pilar has done a fantastic job training our pup on a leash! I have counted on her to take care of my baby daily for the past 8 years. She did great working with her, as huskies are an intelligent yet stubborn and mischievous breed.

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Laura F.
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We hired Mark to train our female Rescue 5 year old Rotty/lab mix. This rescue was very snappy, nipped a neighbor & didn’t walk, but ran on leach. We’re still at the beginning of training but so far Mark has trained us to walk slowly, directing our dog and we already can touch & love up our girl. I made a connection with my dog that I didn’t have before Mark. She trusts me more & is looking at me for guidance. We were ready to give her back to the pound because no non-kills would take her with her anxiety. Thank you Mark for giving our rescue a stable home! Xoxoxo!!!!!! 💜🤗💜🤗🤗🤗

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

  • 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.

Soph N Bean Pet Care
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Julie O.
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We have 2 dogs, one of whom is very difficult to work with. I didn’t think the dog would let someone unknown ever come into the house. Jacques has been great. He responded immediately and came to meet the dogs the next day. It was clear he had the experience he had the experience we needed. He is just wonderful. Just one week out and all is going so well. 5 stars to Jacques.

Courageous Canines LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Ruth R.
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After having Collin's professional help with my dog Reiko, I can't say how thrilled I am! He has both an interest and dedication to the care of dogs and a passion for the active care and well being of dogs as pets. Collin got to know my dog individually, taking time to evaluate his personality and moods, so Reiko felt comfortable and engaged. Collin knew how to create a stress-free environment for my dog and a safe, fun environment for training, play and walk time. He told us he really cares about the communication between pet parents and pets and it really shows through the lessons he leaves with us through his training. My favorite part about Collin as a trainer was his Q&A portion, he loved listening to any questions I had, even small ones, he knows I just love my fur baby!

Buck’s dog training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
Marcia J.
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Tim is very responsive, and professional. Thank you for your time.

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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