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A Pawsitive Experience
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joie B.
Verified review

I just realized that 10 years has passed since I wrote a review of Susan and Pawsitive Experience. Time passes, puppies grow up, and some have even passed on .... but through all those many years, Susan has remained an amazing advocate, trainer, and friend who cares deeply about nurturing the relationship between people and their dogs so they can all live "happily ever after". She truly wants the best for all concerned. I have known her with my own dogs since 2003 and have observed her with many others through the years. She is always there to speak for the dog and help people understand the canine messages that elude them and help them build the positive bond with their dog that will last a lifetime. Her approach is positive, individualized, honest, direct, and humorous in teaching both the dog and the person, and I have really valued learning from her. Over the years, I have participated in her weekly happy hour where the dogs play together and also in her training classes. It has truly been a great place to learn and share with my dogs in the beautiful country setting of Pawsitive Experience. A great example that demonstrates what Susan has created comes from my first meeting with her at a birthday party for one of her wonderful Shiloh Shepherds. Not knowing what to expect, I found not only her own dogs there, but a total of 100 dogs, all playing happily off-leash. I counted them multiple times - there were 100! There were lots of fun activities for all the dogs ranging from agility to Canine Good Citizen testing, delicious food, and of course, the companionship of all those other dog lovers and their dogs. What I truly found amazing that day, and remains vivid in my mind even after all these years, was that 100 dogs could play together for 3 hours and get along without any issues ~ really, I watched them all ! No issues. These were the dogs of Susan's client's and friends. It was very clear to me that anyone who could create a harmonious dog environment like that, clearly knew what she was doing. Her cat wasn't even phased by all those dogs ! Most recently, Susan took in a dog from a friend of mine who died suddenly. She was in need of a lot of tlc and support, yet Susan took her in without hesitation and made her one of her own and gave her the care and acceptance she needed. She has always taken in rescue dogs needing someone to care and understand them and has given them a second (or third or fourth) chance. She has been an angel to them all, and to me, too. I appreciate, beyond words, Susan and all she has done and continues to do on behalf of dogs and their people.

  • 4 years in business
Danielle S.
Verified review

Great experience. Shared a lot of wonderful ideas for an extremely active dog. Benita is very attentive to the needs and always has a solution to a problem.

Phillips Command Dogs
from 1 review
  • 40 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Linda L.
Verified review

Phillips Command Dogs was excellent. Would refer Stephen Phillips to anyone with a dog that needs training. Very satisfied

Jess' Dog Sitting Service
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
Gail B.
Verified review

Jess is very conscientious. She is great with our dogs and treats them like family. They love to go to her house. She has also come to our house and walked them here. I highly recommend her. : )

L&L's Canine Services
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Michael P.
Verified review

Very pleased! Taught me some tricks that I can personal do to help with my dogs behavior. As well as taught her the right way to go about meeting other dogs


I work with you and your pet to ensure a well-behaved, socialized, and manageable pet who is a pleasure to be around.


We come directly to your home and provide complete behavior analysis, and design individual programs to meet the training goals you want to accomplish with your pet. What we teach you don't learn in the classroom. Our programs bring harmony to the chaos created the home because the humans finally learn and understand the nuances of how dogs use pack mentality to influence and direct their behavior. We will travel outside of the Erie area based on the client need. Call us for our affordable pricing information and availability.

  • 6 years in business

My work stands out because I understand the animals and what they need. I am also young and can keep up with them and take them running and playing. I have been around animals my whole life and have three dogs of my own. I understand not everyone has time to walk or play with their dogs while working; that's where i come in.


I provide dog sitting and care, including feeding, washing, playing, and walking. Housecleaning and painting are also available.


We have been in business since 1995. We have over 15 years experience and we get results with problem dog that have failed out of other programs


My name is Lindsey Wheeler I'm 20 years old. I just recently had a daughter. I love animals. I promise your dog will be in good hands. If you let me take care of them, please contact me.


I have always loved animals. I grew up on a farm. Love sunny days and walks with my pups.


I recently graduated, with my dog obedience trainer certification. I am the owner/mommy of two large dogs and have years of personal experience working with dogs.

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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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