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Albany K9 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
Rae D.
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Ms. Parnell works dogs through positive operant training and motivates the owner to want to follow through. She has vast knowledge working with troubled dogs with a positive outcome. I recommend her highly. You will be more than satisfied with her services.

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 22 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Lorraine L.
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She’s very knowledgeable and patient and easy to work with. Ringer and I already are so much more confident after only one training.

Pet Care
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Anne L.
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I started with Lynnae with puppy training. I am now on my 3rd group training. Lynnae is an amazing teacher. She has/is trained me to train my dog. I have learned more than I ever expected and she helps you understand the dogs thought process. She is patient and always willing to help with individual problems. The training stays positive at all times. I highly recommend Lynnae for individual or group lessons.

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  • 17 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bonnie K.
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Melinda is a perfect example of a great teacher. She is kind and supportive with positive reinforcement training methods. She is incredibly patient with dogs and their not so coordinated parents. If you want a trainer with compassion, knowledge and patience, with a keen sense of what you and your dog need, choose Melinda.

Roscoe's Refuge
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Dorenda J.
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I worked with Alyssa when she was employed by PetSmart. She is very talented when it comes to pet training. Alyssa has a great understanding of dog behavior. She worked with all types of breeds of dogs and made training fun and easy to understand

  • 21 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Megan M.
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I can not say enough about how pleased I am with Francine's training of our Doberman, Loki. From our first conversation to the day that Francine brought my boy home, she was completely professional, honest and supportive. I truly feel that we had an individualized training plan and the results are phenomenal. Loki is home and behaving like the dog I have always dreamed of! Francine does not only train your dog, but provides training to the owners so that everyone is happy and on the same page. Thank you is not enough!!

SPECTER K-9
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Char F.
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We had our first training today. Very pleased and excited to learn from these professionals. Hope to do 4 more sessions or so depending on my dog’s progress. Thank you!

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!!

NORTH COUNTRY K9 CREW
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amy R.
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Bri is amazing with new puppies she totally understands their behavior and clearly shows you had to modify it to get results.

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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.

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JAM Pet Sitting is dedicated to make your pet feel comfortable and stress free during your absence. We are insured and bonded. Also, we are New York State-licensed veterinary technicians with years of experience in the animal field. We come to your home and feed, walk, talk, and play with your pet while your away. We also have a K9 fitness program available for dogs that are overweight, energetic or recovering from surgery. On site, we have an enclosed 80 by 40 exercise area, or we can just take your dog for a run on the 120-acre farm.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 4 years in business
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I work from my home. I am more than willing to take any type and size of dogs. I am also more than willing to work out payment. Any age of the dog is fine, but the younger, the more time I would have to train the dog to listen and pay attention to his/her surroundings. I have a good relationship with animals and I myself have a dog. It is beautiful and I love it so much. It just got put as a therapy dog and I am so proud of that. It is only 18 months. Please, if you have any question(s), you are more than welcome to call me.

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I provide dog training using positive reinforcement methods, never coercion or harsh tactics. My goal is to provide owners with the skills that will enable them to best communicate with their dogs and have harmonious lifelong relationships. I have successfully completed Pat Miller's Peaceable Paws Academies, Levels 1 to 3, and I have attained my certification as a professional dog trainer, CPDT-KA. Additionally, I have attended many dog training seminars, and I continue to enhance my knowledge. I teach classes at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, and I also do private consultations.

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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!

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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