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Tonawanda Dog Trainers

Browse these dog trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Tonawanda.

Top Pro
  • 26 years in business
  • 231 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sandy M.
Verified review

Kathy is a great trainer her presence was wonderful my dog seem to take kind to her she taught them to walk on leash without pulling me and taught me things too teach them so they will not jump when people walk through my door I can't say enough kind words about her she's wonderful very friendly we had wonderful conversations about dog training things you should and shouldn't do she gave me great tips I definitely will be calling her again thank you Kathy Sandy

Top Pro
  • 4 years in business
  • 89 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!

Pawsitive Dog Training
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Sarah S.
Verified review

Before puppy school for my little fur child Roxy, she was a little devil. After puppy and adult classes with Lindsay, Roxy is now (mostly) behaved! Lindsay not only helped with training my puppy, but helped me as a first time owner learn not to lose my cool with her. If it wasn’t for Lindsay and her attentiveness and one on one classes I honestly have no idea how my dog would be. Lindsay is an amazing trainer and anytime I bring my dog in to the store she runs right up to Lindsay!! Definitely will recommend her to any friends i have that wants to put their dog in training!!

Sarah DeMerle
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra M.
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Sarah is an absolute wonder. She is a certified dog behaviorist who worked with my cairn terrier puppy. Before she came we called the puppy Devil Dog. Sarah put a huge amount of thought and brought a great amount of expertise into figuring out to help our family and our dog live happily togerher. I feel like we have a new dog. I can't find words to recommend Sarah highly enough. She is the best there is and you will not go wrong in hiring her. I cannot recommend Sarah highly enough!

Dognanny
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Julie M.
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Kristen has been so great with my special needs Sammy senior dog. We're so appreciative of her daily visits.

Dog Obedience Training
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Wayne S.
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Kathy & her staff are vary good. I put pit bull in puppy kindergarten & beginner obedience training. My dog is great with people & loves to be around other dogs. Money & time well spent. I highly recommend ALL DAWGS ACADEMY. Wayne

A Pawsitive Experience
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joie B.
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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.

  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sophia H.
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Lauren takes care of both of my dogs and I can't be more pleased. She is wonderful with them, loves them like her own, and goes above and beyond for them. She is always so responsive and I love that I have direct access to her whenever I need her. Her pricing is reasonable, better than you will find if researching the other, bigger companies in the area. I HIGHLY recommend Lauren!

GoodDog
5.0
from 1 review
    Mary L.
    Verified review

    Very professional, informative and comfortable handling all sized dogs. Derek worked great with one on one commands and behavioral correction. I left with confidence to maintain all of the progress made during the training!

    Dog Walking & Dog Care
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Megan M.
    Verified review

    Ann Marie has been with us and our dog since August. We could not be happier with the work she does for us. Our dog loves the time and attention that Ann Marie gives her. Our schedule changes week to week and Ann Marie is always flexible with us, and is always here when we need her. I have never once worried about the care of my dog, or having someone in our home while we are gone. I would recommend her to anyone! She treats Sadie just like she's her own.

    • 43 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Rihannon N.
    Verified review

    I started as a training client with my then 12 week old shepherd mix puppy. The training and trainers were absolutely amazing. We have attend every training program offered and now use all there services. This facility and staff is the best I've found by far. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and has extremely satisfying customer service. My dog jumps for joy anytime I say do you want to go visit Love your dog. As long as he is happy and seems loved which I know he is I'm happy.

    About

    I love dogs of all kinds, shapes, sizes and different breeds. I will love all dogs until the end. I'm walking dogs.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    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.

    About

    I provide exceptional service. I am timely, friendly, and determined to help you reach your goals. I love seeing people learn about and understand their dogs! Renewing that human-dog bond makes all the effort worth it. Happy dogs and happy people!

    About

    I love animals. I get along with big dogs and little dogs. I would never hit a dog. I love any type of breed and I'm a good person with a good personality.

    About

    I provide house cleaning, gardening, dog walking, giving dogs baths, making sure they have food and water. Anything to help your day go by a little easier.

    About

    Command Control Protection Dogs trains Belgian Malinois and German shepherds to be elite, family, executive protection dogs.

    About

    Not only do I do obedience training and behavior modification in your own home (or board and train at my place!) I provide in-house pet-sitting at your choice! My house or yours? I also provide mid-day dog walking services for those who work long hours. I absolutely love what I do. The bond between dogs and humans is an amazing thing. The companionship of a dog does come with some rough patches sometimes! I'm here to help you through it. Watching people smile and marvel at how smart their dog(s) is/are, is something I'll never get sick of. I've been blessed with a gift of understanding dogs and their behavior. There's nothing I love more than sharing my knowledge with other people. I love sharing in their pride of accomplishing their goals with their dogs.

    About

    I will walk your dog and pet sit while you are away. I clean also. I can take care of any animals you need taken care of. I am a mature woman who you can trust, and I am very reliable. I just love animals and would take care of them like they were my own.

    About

    Purrfect Paws provides the most up-to-date, humane, and effective training, behavior services, and equipment for Western New York pets and their people! Canine services include daycare, training classes, day training, private training, playgroups, and behavior evaluations. Feline services include behavior evaluations, training classes, and kitten socialization classes! Staff includes independently certified trainers and behavior consultants. Make sure you and your pet come to Western New York's pet expert for your training and behavior needs!

    About

    I don't have a business. I'm interested in working for someone. I love dogs. I have one of my own and love to walk him.

    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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