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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.

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At Home Obedience
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Dog Days Farm
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Robert K.
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I can't say enough positive things about Sarah Todd and the help she provided in the area of dog training for our problem. She came to our house and met our dogs and instructed us in a variety of ways about how to deal with the difficulties we were having with one of our dogs with regard to her (the dog) reactions to other dogs and certain other triggers that caused her to show aggression. Sarah was very patient and understanding providing insight into the reasons for our problem. In a very short time we have noticed a great deal of improvement in our dog. We would highly recommend Sarah as a dog trainer and behaviorist to anyone who needs these kind of services.

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!

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  • 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.

SPECTER K-9
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 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!!

Justina's Dog Walking
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shannon S.
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Justina is amazing when we need a pet sitter we will only hire her! Our animals were so happy and well taken care of!

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Positive reinforcement training for total behavior transformation. Qualified to train and transform all dogs, ages 10 weeks and up.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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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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Direct K9 is a training business where you and your dog will be treated like family! with 11 yrs of experience working with every breed you can imagine with every type of temperament you could imagine! Direct K9 does not discriminate against any breed and or situation! Direct K9 models the Mom & PA's type of environment! with above-average results!! we specialize in off-leash training! and are one of the only dog training businesses that offer a FREE LIFETIME program, so you can continue to work with your dog for the entire life of your dog!!! if you want above-average results at a price that's lower than most training businesses in the area then please contact Direct K9 to set up a free evaluation!

About

Many people train their pets, or at least attempt to. But I go beyond that. I love dogs and want to do what I can to make living with them as easy as I can. A lot of people get frustrated because their dog pulls to much when they walk them, or because it won't learn to sit or lay down. I want to alieviate that frustration. I have trained many dogs, both my own and friends and they are amazed. When new people come over and see how many tricks/commands my dogs know and how well behaved they are they say how shocked they are. I own large dogs and I always get people that are scared because of their size. I promise them that they will do nothing other than sniff you, lick you, and wait for you to pet them. By the end of the evening, most want to take them home. I enjoy working with dogs, so I don't see it as a job that needs to be done, but a job that yes, needs to be done, but that I love every minute doing. Spending the time with the animal and getting to know them and play with them.

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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!

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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.

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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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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! 100% guaranteed results for life! I am also willing to charge lower than any competitor doing alike training! I would love to tell you more about the work we do! Please contact us to discuss how we can help you.

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I will walk your dogs and take good care of them. I am retired. I also have two dogs of my own and I love them very much. This would be a good job for me.

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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.

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The mission at Sit Happenz is to help dogs live in our human world through better communication and understanding. This in turn will bring harmony and happiness to the home for everyone involved. Effective dog training leads to a happy dog. Sit Happenz leads you to success with clear communication, patience, and proactive learning skills. Sit Happenz has different obedience training programs to suit your needs, including puppy training, crate training, obedience training, eliminating barking, stopping chewing, and other skills designed to train a well-behaved dog.

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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.

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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