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Rochester Good Dog Trainers

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  • 4 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kristina S.
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Danielle was very knowledgeable about dogs and training. She had a good understanding of why our dog was acting the way he was. Definitely recommend!

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Good Dog Training Services
4.7
from 23 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Norma C.
Verified review

He is a good trainer.My dog listened to him and most of the time took the command. I have a lot of training for myself and he gave me great info to do that. I am very happy with Nate.

  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Mark R.
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Best dog trainers and dog training company I have ever seen! I highly recommend them!

PawPros, LLC
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Jon G.
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We met with Zach and were pleased with our meeting. We will be using him in the future for our two dogs. We have had good success finding qualified professionals through Thumbtack.

  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Chris O.
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I want to say that Maile is mean to puppies and trashed our house so no one take her away from us, but that would be mean and wholly untrue. Malie is great. Our dog took to her immediately (which is uncommon), she leaves our home cleaner than when she arrived and Westie (our poodle) is happy and healthy.

Calling All Dogs, LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah K.
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Tori and Calling All Dogs is fantastic! She really helped out our fearful dog and I highly recommend her!

Mankind's Best Friendship
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Symeon B.
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We were referred to Ingrid, by another dog trainer, a mutual friend of ours. Before we started working with the trainer who referred us, our dog, Storm, was incredibly shy and fearful. Being the giant dog that he is, that was a serious problem. Since working with Ingrid, Storm has made incredible steps towards becoming more confident and outgoing. While he still doesn't much care for strangers, he is now quite friendly towards family, and it is all thanks to Ingrid. She works flawlessly with Storm, sympathetically guiding his feelings (of which he has many) towards a more optimistic and friendly outlook on life, and family members. She is very friendly towards both people and animals, and very unassuming: not demanding anything that the either one is not ready to do. Her results are excellent.

True Companion Pet Care
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Diane K.
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Kristine watched our dog for a week. She sent daily texts with photos of Eddie - just a great touch to let us know all was well with our dog and our house! Thanks Kristine!

Duty for Dogs
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Marilyn A.
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Loved loved loved Tonia Maier & her private dog training lessons. She is a very caring, dedicated & professional dog trainer & lover of all animals. Her understanding of dogs & her training techniques are superb. She gives you all the necessary training tools and skills needed for success, in being able to work with your dog on a daily bases, in redirecting any bad behaviors and learning new lifetime skills needed for your dog/s to come, stay, sit & leave it. She also teaches you important socialization tools needed in training your dog. She gives you a copy of written weekly follow-up training materials to keep on hand for continued training that has to be done by the dog owner on a consistent day to day bases for complete success. She has taught me that good dog behaviors are the sole responsibility of the owner. A dog is only as good as the owner trains it & allows it to be. Dogs are, and always will be our very best friends! I love them all. Thank you Tonia for your help, skills and patience. You are very talented, loving, kind and simply the BEST dog training professional I have met. KUDOS Tania - me and Milo are pawsatively very thankful and happy with our continued & dedicated daily training techniques you have taught us. Ciao 🐾 👍👏 😎

Life is Golden
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie W.
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Professional and friendly service. The dog's are so well trained and loved.

Rebecca Giannavola
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Sangeetha A.
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    Some skills can’t be taught including passion, compassion, drive, and integrity. Rebecca is a cut above the rest. Her patience and dedication to everything she does is endlessly inspiring. Her work speaks for itself. My Alfredo (lab/shepherd mix) is a handful. Even local boarding facilities don’t get him. Rebecca does. And he knows it. He’s a better dog because of her. I’m a better me because I can rest-easy when I’m out of town knowing that my boy is in the best care with Rebecca. She treats him as her own. I’ve seen Rebecca around other dogs, too. I’m inspired by and grateful for her very earnest love for dogs. She takes time to carefully listen to each unique owner and then selflessly bonds with their dog(s). She’s steadfast, thoughtful, and consistent. I can’t say enough about her. I can’t recommend anyone more highly.

    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Andrea C.
    Verified review

    Carrie took very good care of my cat, Azreal. I loved how she would take a picture of her each day and sent it to me.

    • 8 years in business
    • 12 hires on Thumbtack
    Mark T.
    Verified review

    When Miss Rachel watches my dog when I travel, it's always a load off my mind. I can focus on where I am, rather than worrying about whether the dog is going to be properly fed and cared for. She knows her stuff, is prepared in emergencies, isn't intimidated by size or breed, and keeps the little guy healthy and happy until I get back.

    The Dog House
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
      Phil L.
      Verified review

      Very convenient service. Always know my dog is in good hands.

      Harmony Dog Training
      5.0
      from 3 reviews
      • 7 years in business
      • 6 hires on Thumbtack
      Fred K.
      Verified review

      Karen Drumm did an excellent job training us as owners how to handle our dogs. My dog responded to every command he was tought. We highly recommend Harmony .

      Haven
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 5 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Birgt M.
      Verified review

      Lindsay O'Reilly has watched my Animals repeateatly when we went on vaccations. We were very pleased with her Service. Our Dogs and Cats were taking good care of. And you could tell they liked her because they all ran to her when they saw her. I would use Lindsay again for our next Trip.

      • 4 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Michelle G.
      Verified review

      Holly watched our dog, Rocky, for 2.5 weeks over Xmas. Rocky is a senior and requires medications. Holly was very kind to our old boy. Her fee was very good and level of service far exceeded expectations. I will, without a doubt, use her again and recommend her to everyone I know!

      CujoCop, LLC
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Darcie V.
        Verified review

        Chris Velez is the most competent, knowledgeable, and reliable dog trainer there is! I have seen him work with a variety of breeds all of different personalities and behaviorial issues. He amazes me each time in his ability to quickly assess the dog's problem and correct it. He consistently gets a dog obeying him within minutes as he seems to have a magical connection with all canine. Not only that, but his demeanor and disposition with the human owners is equally excellent as he can easily teach them what needs to be done in order to maintain the correction. His attitude is outstanding...always with the motivation of helping others...not making money.

        Holly Overton
        5.0
        from 1 review
          Sandy O.
          Verified review

          Holly is a certified dog trainer. She has personally trained my chi-pom in basic commands of sit and stay as well as leash walking. She is very down to earth and personable. I would highly recommend her for these services.

          About

          I am a certified dog trainer/canine behaviorist. I do private and group training sessions, dog grooming and overnight boarding.

          • 4 years in business
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          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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