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Gracious Grooming
from 88 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
Robyn S.
Verified review

Grace did a great job grooming my two dogs this past week. I have a nervous older dog and a puppy getting her first hair cut. Grace kept them calm and did an awesome job on grooming them with their breed specific haircut (schnauzer cut). She left my kitchen as clean as when she dog hair flying around. Looking forward to their next haircut.

PawPrints 2015
from 29 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Miles D.
Verified review

John worked with my away schedule to come up with the best time to come walk my dog! My dog is able to relieve herself while I am away from work and get some exercise, which she needs. The price is also reasonable.

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RufF lOve dOg traiNIng inC.
from 25 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan A.
Verified review

Alice is a fantastic trainer. My dogs have gone to the free doggie boot camp and the regular group classes. Not only did the dogs learn a lot but so did we! I highly recommend her.

City Wolves NYC
from 24 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Diane M.
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When my physician recommended I take on a new addition to my life, i.e., a puppy; I selected one small enough to handle given my multiple disabilities and one who could grow into a service dog. Although my pup arrived at only five pounds, he proved to be too much for me to take care of while living alone without assistance. So I began researching dog trainers who utilize the ‘board and train’ approach. I knew my pup (Cakebear) needed concentrated training in order to assist rather than hinder me. Of course, I also wanted the training to be compassionate as well as intensive. After interviewing twenty-four trainers, I selected the best in show and substance - Sean Ryan of City Wolves NYC. Our first communication imbued me with confidence in Sean and his abilities and he did not disappoint. Rarely today does anyone deliver the service they claim to offer but Sean is fortunately the welcome exception. During our initial meeting, Sean asked me as many questions as I did him- as we wanted to be on the same page regarding my needs and those of my dog. My puppy’s immediate response to Sean was one of attention and affection, a unique combination which makes for a happy dog and owner. After spending a significant amount of time with me and my pup, Sean evaluated our particular situation and explained fully what he determined were the most critical training points and how he would work with Cakebear. He then patiently detailed every aspect of the process. Although my pup would be away for one month, I knew he’d be in the best of care. In addition to training, a huge plus was that my dog would be socialized with Sean’s own beloved dogs. I knew Sean would be in touch with me throughout the month but I was pleasantly surprised to receive consistent contact via videos, photos and detailed updates. This constant, detailed communication throughout the training period provided me the opportunity to share in my pup’s progress as a virtual participant. In each image, with each command, my dog’s respect for Sean was evident and mirrored the high regard I have for Sean. My little one was returned to me transformed from a fluffy ruffian to a ‘by the book’ soldier, fresh from boot camp, albeit in a loving yet structured setting. I’m sure Cakebear wouldn’t mind reenlisting if given the option for Sean’s agility work with my dog resulted in blossoming confidence, something difficult for a five pound puppy to have, especially in a new environment with dogs larger than him. With Sean my pup grew into a muscular, helpful, emotionally supportive, task performing adult (in spirit and ability) far exceeding what I had expected- the usual commands of heel, come, sit, etc. As I am routinely in Manhattan, it was critical to have a trainer work with my pup in a congested, city setting and City Wolves NYC was the perfect fit. While most ‘board and trains’ are located in Jersey or Long Island, City Wolves is exactly as its name states- city-bred through and through. Cakebear is now unafraid of buses, the honking of cars, screeching sirens and the stampeding of pedestrian feet around him, sights and sounds that often frighten even larger dogs. My dog is now undaunted by noise and commotion and this enables him to keep us both safe in the city. Sean Ryan goes far beyond the celeb-trainers such as The Dog Whisperer or Victoria Stilwell. He treats dogs with a philosophy- the wolf mentality- for even though my dog is small, he is, at his core, a wolf. Sean is not just a brilliant trainer who understands the innate character of dogs, he is an intelligent, compassionate, genuine and spiritual person whose love for his work as well as canines and humans, shines through with each tail wag my dog so eagerly gives me. Not only did my dog return trained, I too was trained in the process, for the handler/owner of a dog needs to be familiar with the commands, structure and more, all of which Sean covered with me in detail. At first meeting and upon Cakebear’s graduation, Sean spent an enormous amount of time with me and my dog, demonstrating how I should work with Cakebear to maintain the structure Sean instilled in him. Then, it was my turn. Sean patiently watched as my dog and I went through the training paces. Soloing in front of Sean was without fear, as corrections for my dog and me were non-judgmental, kind and welcome. To aid in my remembering the command language, Sean prepared a custom booklet outlining the commands my dog now knew as well as detailed steps for me to keep up the training process. Graduation day was a proud moment for me and my dog. My expertly trained dog is respectful, happy and buoyant, much like Sean himself. From graduation day onward, I work with my dog to enforce the training for both of us. As questions arise, Sean promptly addresses them rapidly, no matter how many or how often they occur. Sean’s dedication to each dog he trains extends past the day a dog earns his cap and gown. It is an everlasting relationship which my dog and I evolve within with Sean as our nurturing guide. Sean Ryan possesses a unique ability to transform any canine into a loving, obedient and enjoyable companion. In my case, this is essential to my health and for those who are able-bodied; it is necessary for a successful and fun dog/owner relationship. The skill set Sean brings to the table in dealing with dogs AND humans is exceptional. Although I interviewed twenty-four trainers before choosing, my homework paid off as I made the ideal choice for Sean Ryan of City Wolves NYC is one in a million!

K9 Boot Camp
from 10 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Tania M.
Verified review

She is an amazing trainer! Gentle, intuitive, kind and patient. She speaks dog and will help you and your dog understand each other! Watson and I love her. She changed my relationship with my dog!

  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Loretta S.
Verified review

Barbara has been nothing short of outstanding as my dog's walker and sitter. I sometimes refer to her as my personal dog whisperer. On the days that Barbara does take my dog, he is so content, I swear if he could speak he would tell me what a great day he has had. In addition to walking and sitting, Barbara has also taken my dog to the groomer and to the vet on several occasions. I have requested this because I often find that the vet and groomer understandably have very full calendars on the weekends when I would be able to go. Having someone that I fully trust to do this during the week when the vet and the groomer are not as booked up is just a huge help. All instructions are followed to the letter, and if any questions do come up Barbara contacts me immediately. I would not feel comfortable asking anyone else to do this. Lastly, Barbara's true love of animals is so evident; there is no doubt in my mind that the animals sense this and that is why they are so comfortable and happy with her.

Dedicated Dog Training
from 10 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
Verified review

I hired James after interviewing a few other trainers. I must say, I was very impressed with James from the beginning. We first spoke at length on the telephone and then during an in home evaluation. Being that my puppy was new, James recommended the evaluation take place after a week or so just to let the puppy get comfortable in my environment so he could get a good sense of the puppy's personality. When James arrived at my home he was the only trainer to actually spend time getting to know my puppy. Yes, he explained training options like the others, but none of them spent time really getting to know the puppy, not to mention no one brought him a bone, as James did. After reviewing training options and expectations for each training method, I hired James. A week or so later Oakley, my rambunctious leash biting puppy was off for two weeks of doggie boot camp. James kept in contact with me via email and telephone, posted videos of Oakley's progress (and play time) and even let my puppy-sick children come for a mid-training visit. When Oakley was returned every one was impressed. Oakley was the same fun lovable puppy, just very well-behaved. James taught everyone in my family the commands and within a hour we all had Oakley heeling, sitting and laying, even my 9 year old had full control of Oakley. It's been a week since Oakley came home and I'm still impressed with my pup and the training he received. He is very well-behaved, listens to all commands, and is very happy. I couldn't ask for a better experience, nor could I get the same results myself. I highly recommend James. Oakley is a 6 month old male husky/shepherd mix.

Camp Ruff Ruff
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Ann O.
Verified review

I have boarded my 60 pound lap dog, Hudson with Camp Ruff Ruff 4 different times. Last one was last minute because I had to travel due to family emergency. Hudson LOVES Vinny and Isabel and is excited to see them when I drop him off. The Spa in PA is amazing and the quarters in Staten Island are cozy and clean.

Personal Touch Pet Services
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
J. P.
Verified review

Barrie trained our dog, whom we adopted from a local shelter. She also trained us to be knowledgeable owners. To start the process, she got to know and worked with our dog through a three-day boot camp session, which included a briefing and guidance for us afterward. She then worked with each family member, our dog walker, and our babysitters who interact with our dog, in the comfort of our home. Barrrie now includes our dog in group hikes with other dogs three times a week. She is always available for trouble shooting and ad hoc help. She shows so much compassion for our family, including our new dog. Without her, we could not have responsibly kept our rescued pet because he needed a lot of support for living with a family. He had likely been wandering the streets in another part of the country previously and really needed a loving home. Our original family dog died last year, so we are very happy that we, especially our children, can once again enjoy a beloved family pet.

Big Tail Waggin'
from 2 reviews
    Nancy B.
    Verified review

    What can I say about Roseann? She has been more than a "help" with my rescued lab Rocky. From the moment she and I spoke on the phone for the 1st time, to the present, she has gone above and beyond the call of duty! Let me digress. Rocky was our 2nd rescued lab. He came to us afraid, but was sweet and reserved . Eventually, he let us into his heart. It took him 3 months to give me a kiss. He then became, what we thought, aggressive. Not to us - just didnt like anyone in the house, other than his 'family'. Then they couldnt go into the kitchen or upstairs. He would get in their face, or, piddle on the floor and cower. Go crazy when someone walked near the house - even a car going by! Forget other dogs! Seeing a dog while we walked was a nightmare! Didnt like them. Yet loved to go to doggie day camp. He was such a contradiction in many ways So many problems, I cant list them all... I consider myself pretty good with dogs. I love them have always had a 'connection', I guess you could call it. But Rocky was out of my league. I tried other dog trainers, spending almost $1000.00 dollars. Nothing helped. Then I called Big Tail Waggin. Once I spoke with Roseann, I felt like someone FINALLY got 'it'!! She came to my home, since she knew he couldnt be in a group setting. She spent sooooo much time with me. Calling me before she came to the door, so we could 'set him up'. Led me step by step, by step, by step. Patient? Wow, is she ever - Im the type that has a lot of questions. Likes to know 'Why?'. She explained his behavior in detail. He was fearful aggressive. A jumble of emotions - why would he 1/2 squeal, 1/2 bark, run around in a frenzy looking for the person in or outside the house. Explained why and when positive reinforcement is the best and ONLY way to go when training. She trained ME! Explained his movements, posture etc. Told ME what to do if a certain behavior came up. She set ME up for success. At some point, I was feeling guilty about my lack of time spent with my other dog. Being overwhemed was taking its toll. Spending a lot of time training, then life got in the way and I had to back off the training. Mentally, Roseann was my rock. I called her one day very upset. Feeling I wasnt doing my job - feeling I was failing him AND my other dog. She actually spent time talking about ME and giving me a pep talk!!!! I hung up feeling recharged and IN charge! We have made much progress with Rocky. He has actually made it to the fence at the Thompson Park dog park without having a meltdown! I know what his limitations are, and how to challenge him. Roseann explained that he will always BE a challenge... but we love him and he, us. We continue to make progress, too. Rocky has found Agility, as has my daughter, and Roseann has instructed them on a few occassions. We will see how this new adventure turns out for them. They both love it! And I can see how much joy Roseann gets watching and teaching them both too! Let me tell you, she is the real deal! Not only is she a wonderful trainer, she is a wonderful person. She is a bevy of information... and is always willing to share it! I will forever be grateful to her for everything she has done for Rocky and our family. She is the best!!!

    NJ Fix My Dog, LLC
    from 2 reviews
    • 38 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Elaine N.
    Verified review

    Our 9 week old puppy went to Puppy Boot Camp for 2 weeks and came home with some basic skills that we can now build on. The trainer provided regular updates on his progress and we were not disappointed! Thank you, Lisa!

    Thea C.
    Verified review

    house and dog sat while i was away. the dog and the house were in perfect order when i returned. he is a delightful fellow and quite trustworthy. i will use him again next time i have to go away.

    Beau's Pawsitive Pack
    from 1 review
    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Carrie O.
    Verified review

    Beau was knowledgeable, patient and persistent in his training techniques. He not only explained to me what he was doing, but why he was doing it. He had various packages to choose from and they were all very affordable. I originally had a three-day package and was so happy with my Boston's results that I actually purchased a boot camp package! He was effective and very personable. I couldn't believe how he turned my once timid dog, who constantly pulled on the leash, into a dog who can not only walk properly but has confidence!


    My services include walking dogs, camp counseling, etc. I take my job seriously and am willing to work to the best of my ability.

    Linda's Dog Camp

    New To Thumbtack


      Dogs are kept in a cage-free, clean environment in my private home. Well behaved Rottweilers and Pit Bulls are welcome. Play time is the specialty of the house. Dogs are grouped according to size, age and activity level in a double-gated locked yard. Grooming is one-on-one in a safe and quiet grooming room with soothing music. Training for housebreaking puppies and obedience, as well as nutrition consultations are available. Call for a meet-and-greet consultation. References available upon request. I am a member of Northeast Boston Terrier Rescue for 12 years and my primary group function is foster care. I also rescued, rehabilitated and raised 5 Rottweilers. I've been grooming since I could reach the table with my father at my side since I was 12 years old. I was raised running this business.

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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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