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Albany Dog Trainers

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Bearon's Legacy
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chelsie M.
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Cindy was amazing! She was so knowledgable, as long as you listen and do your homework with your pup... Your dog training should go great! She started working with my puppy when she was about 4 months old.. She is now 6 months old and listens to every cue I give her! I honestly can't thank her enough. She even came to my house to see Bailey in her natural environment.

Dog Days Farm
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Monique R.
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We have a 10 months old French Bulldog that was showing some kind of general disobedience and misbehaving especially when we had strangers in the house, so we decided to look for help. Sarah was great from the first e-mail/call to the actual dog training session. She seems to know a lot about dogs and we can definitely see improvements in his behavior after we started doing what Sarah taught us. Her notes after the session were very detailed and even the books she recommended us have been very helpful to continue his training.

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At Home Obedience
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy H.
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Carol is such a great dog trainer! She was wonderful with our previous dog, so when we got a new dog we sought her out for training again. She has so much experience and really knows dogs, especially breed-specific tendencies. She takes charge and doesn't let the dog act out. She's the best trainer in the Albany area.

Pet Care
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Karen S.
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Lynnae is amazing!! She is patient, positive and really helped me understand how to work with my dog. My dog was super excited every time he saw Lynnae. He loved "practicing" with her! I would highly recommend Lynnae to anyone who is interested in not only training their dog but understanding them too!

Top Pro
  • 17 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Judith J.
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I took my new young dog for a private lesson with Melinda. We were already taking beginner agility lessons in a class at local dog club.. but Melinda's one-on-one was tailored for me and my dog. I've been trialing in agility for 13 years ... but Melinda has taught me new and better ways to train and practice. She is up to date on the latest techniques. She is over an hour drive for me, but well worth it.

  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline M.
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Alice is wonderful and did an excellent job taking care of our dog! We felt very comfortable leaving him under her care.

SPECTER K-9
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Linda W.
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Dog is set to work with Jerry in August. So far he's been responsive and helpful!!?

Tabitha's Pet Sitting
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Betsy B.
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Tabitha has been a lifesaver for us! She has made herself available on our timeframe, has always shown up on time, and our puppy Wendell loves her :-)

Elite Instinct K9 Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Elisabeth G.
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Jenn helped my husband and me in dealing with and managing our aggressive dog, and eventually helped us in coping with the loss of him. After that, Jenn never lost touch, checking in with us to see how we were doing and even inviting us to watch a Search and Rescue training with her team (to this day one of the coolest, most impressive things I've ever witnessed). What we didn't realize was that Jenn would not only help us in dealing with the early loss of our pet, but she would help us become better dog owners. She has taught us everything from animal behavior to human behavior, how to effectively communicate with our canine companions, and how to lead a happy, balanced life with them. What impresses me about Jenn is not only her professionalism when meeting with clients, but her energy, passion and knowledge for dogs and helping others. Jenn spent countless hours with us offering us advice, pointing out to us what she was seeing in our dog and why it was happening, and what we could do to modify the behavior. Jenn takes a genuine, caring interest in the dogs she trains and the families she helps. I simply cannot put a price tag on what Jenn has done for my family (2-legged and 4-legged). If you are noticing issues in your dog, or are just interested in learning more about dog behavior (and in turn human behavior), I would not hesitate in the slightest to recommend Jenn to anyone and everyone. Don't bother looking anywhere else - the quality of her service is unrivaled!!

APF Pet Academy
5.0
from 1 review
    Ashley M.
    Verified review

    Great Trainers that are always willing to help. My dog is a different dog after attending classes at the APF. She is much more obedient and manageable. The bond I have with my dog is now stronger then ever and a large part of that is because of the APF Classes

    Justina's Dog Walking
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Shannon S.
    Verified review

    Justina is amazing when we need a pet sitter we will only hire her! Our animals were so happy and well taken care of!

    About

    Unlike some competitors, I treat my dogs like humans not numbers. Willing to do free evaluations and demo my training methods for free I'm willing to customize and tailor my training to your needs! I'm very big on customer service, communication and assuring you that your dog is in amazing hands!

    About

    I love walking dogs. I'm a big dog lover, and I love to play fetch with dogs. I love to feed and water dogs.

    About

    I do positive dog training, and I am certified with ABC dog trainers. I have owned many types of dogs and worked with them also.

    About

    Direct Canine offers free evaluations and discounted in-home private lessons. We also offer in-board training as well. We've been training dogs for 10 yr all over the country. We specialize in off-leash training as well as working with aggression and other behavioral issues.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I am originally from Rochester, New York. I've been training dogs for over five years. The main thing that I have learned in doing this is to be patient. Some dogs can be trained faster than others. It really depends on the breed, but all dogs are trainable. You just have to know and use their own instincts that they are born with. I train dogs that are not housebroken, jumping on people, biting, barking, and pulling when you walk them. I can also teach commands depending what your needs are and what you want from your pet. I can come to you or you to me, whichever makes you comfortable. I am looking forward for all of you dog lovers out there to contact me, so you can have control for your family member and not have family, friends or guests be afraid to enter your home or even to lock your family member away when you do have visitors.

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    I will walk dogs and sit pets while you're out for the night or away on a vacation. I will take them to the dog park.

    About

    I do house sitting and dog sitting. I am a certified dog trainer. I can provide you with references. I travel as far as Florida. I have clients there.

    About

    I do dog grooming and training. I have been raising dogs for over 30 years. I have tought all levels of obedience and conformation handling. I have shown dogs in AKC shows and I have put championship titles on many different breeds of my own and I handled for others. I have owned my dog-grooming shop for 20 years.

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    I have been a pet enthusiast and dog owner since childhood. I walk dogs, care for cats, give shots and administer medicine to pets, and of course, play with them!

    About

    Our services include dog and cat boarding, kennel, doggie daycare, animal clinic, veterinary services, grooming, pet food and supplies, and total pet care. You will find everything you are looking for all under one roof.

    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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    Need a Dog Trainer

    Fair Haven, VT

    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size(s)
      Large (46-70 lbs)
    • Dog training type
      Behavioral Modification
    • Details
      Buster attended doggy book camp for 2 weeks which made a huge difference in his behavior. We've worked with him diligently. This is something new, he charges people walking past our house (the driveway is 1/4 of a mile) and has nipped people on our property - men. He's a rescue from a high kill shelter in the south. We're very concerned we may be forced to put him down, but he's not at all vicious or really aggressive. I think its important the trainer see him in his own environment

    Need Dog Training Service

    Utica, NY

    • Dog training type
      Assistance / disabilities
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size
      Medium
    • Details
      I am disabled. Looking to train this rescue GSD to help in my difficulty.
    • $35
      Average price

    Need a Dog Trainer to Help my Giant Schnauzer Develop Basic Obedience

    Utica, NY

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Guard / Protection
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy
    • Dog size
      Large
    • Details
      He needs to be socialized he barks at everything and it is embarrassing. He also does not listen in public but in the hoe he listens just fine.
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