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Vigilant K9 Services
from 49 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
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Julie C.
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I waited to write a review so I could really give the training time for an honest review. I started working with Vigilant K9 Services in October 2016. I have a German Shepherd that had not responded to two previous trainers and did not have high expectations for Vigilant. I am so glad I gave it a chance and started working with Vigilant and Deb. Deb is a straight shooter, she tells you like it is, but without honest feedback from the trainer how could I effectively work/train my dog when Deb isn't around. What I learned is most problems lay with the owner, not the dog...I needed to know what I was doing wrong to help my dog be successful. Also, be prepared for homework. You need to put in the time. Deb can bring you back the most well behaved & trained dog, but you have to put in the time and effort to continue helping your dog succeed. A little background on my pup, Layla was 2.5 years when we started training, she was aggressive to most dogs and people. We walked her very early in the mornings and late at night to avoid interactions. Even then, walking her was a chore I dreaded. She pulled so hard that my shoulders were always sore from struggling to hold her back. After working with Deb, Layla now has a very good heel and we can walk at normal times without fear that Layla will act like a fool. Walks are now enjoyable! That's just one of the commands we've learned that made life so much easier. There's several others I could write about. Further, after a few weeks at board and train, Deb had some concerns about Layla. Layla's had a head tremor since we got her that our vet said was not something to be concerned about. Deb thought it could be neurological and a reason for her behavior. Sure enough, we took her to see a neurologist and Layla does have some neurological issues. There is nothing to be done for it, but at least we know the root of her behavioral issues. Deb quickly changed the training program to accommodate the issue. Knowing the issue allows us not to put undue pressure on Layla and her abilities, in turn saving our family a lot of frustration. After the last five months of working with Deb & Vigilant K9 Services and based on our family's experience, I can highly recommend them. It has been money and time well spent.

Givens School of the Dog
from 29 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Denise B.
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I met Elizabeth Givens at her store and doggie daycare, The Woof Store. After a few visits at the daycare both me and my dog loved Elizabeth and her staff. Elizabeth is very knowledgeable about dog training and behavior. My dog looked forward to going to the day care. After the store and daycare closed, I hired Elizabeth for individual dog training sessions. I never had much success with dog training in the past with other dogs. Her method of dog training is based on positive reinforcement. The philosophy behind the method and process she uses is not only very effective but once you understand it makes a lot of sense and works! My dog and I plan to do further training with Elizabeth in the future.

  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Renee A.
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Kirsten is compassionate, dedicated and has a deep understanding of canines. Her expertize on dogs help me understanding more my own dogs. I am glad I had the opportunity to meet her and experience the hands-on training she delivered during our sessions. Thanks to Thumbtack, I found the perfect trainer for my dogs! Renee Armenta

Off Leash K9 Training
from 5 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
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The trainers were very professional and always on time! Our dog is now amazing! He has manners finally. We love taking him everywhere with us now. Thank you for such a gift of our well trained dog.

Etta's Pet Services
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Susan J.
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Jessica is wonderful! She sent a photo and an update on my little dog, Milo, each day. I am impressed that she is currently pursuing certification as a dog trainer and is also learning grooming skills. I highly recommend her services!

Custom K9 Performance
from 3 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Janelle C.
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We took 2 of our dogs through training here and they are awesome!! Lisa was very patient with everyone and I feel we learned a lot during the classes. Just a really great experience and her dogs are all amazingly trained. I have never seen such well behaved dogs. I have been through other classes and the dogs must be on leash even with the trainer. Her dogs all are perfect during class!!!

Arie's DogLand LLC
from 3 reviews
    Donna B.
    Verified review

    I learned more from Arie in 60 minutes than I did in 6 weeks at another puppy training business. She understood my puppy and me, what I needed and what my puppy was into. She gave me helpful ideas and suggestions. I will sign up for one of her classes as soon as her business is up and running.

    Givens School of the Dog
    from 3 reviews
    • 18 years in business
    • 9 hires on Thumbtack
    Leroy P.
    Verified review

    Very knowledgeable and easy to work with

    Pawsitive Training ABQ
    from 2 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Lauren C.
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    We've just started our training sessions with Georgette, and, I'm VERY happy with her, so far! All dog trainers do things differently / have different philosophies. As I'm learning her philosophy, I have had questions. Even before our first training session, but, after the initial consultation, I had several questions. She answered them all very quickly, without any defensiveness or irritation. She is incredibly open and happy to discuss any concerns. She made it clear that I could call her, and we could discuss it, further. When she came to my house, she talked to me, further, and made sure I felt good about the direction. She even brought me literature to read to help me better understand her methods. She took a lot of time to really listen to my specific needs, concerns, and goals for training, and, even in the first session, demonstrated how we will accomplish those goals. She is more than willing to come to my office, house, church - every environment where my dogs may need a little help. My dogs REALLY like her, and, she truly seems to like them, a lot, too! I am very optimistic for our future training sessions (and, she's super sweet, so, it makes it that much more fun!)

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      We do everything from basic obedience to leash walking and advanced trick training. We use positive reinforcement.

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      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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