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Tonawanda Good Dog Trainers

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  • 26 years in business
  • 231 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly P.
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Kathy is one of the best dog trainers in Buffalo. She personally helps my family understand our dog’s behavior and mannerism and gives us tips and advice on how to work through any challenges we are facing. She is truly passionate about what she does for dogs and its shows! When we mention going to play group to see Kathy, Lucy will runs circles around the house! Play groups are run in a controlled and safe environment where the dogs are monitored closely.

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  • 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!

Meghan Stith
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine T.
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I was very satisfied with Meghan as a dog sitter. She seemed to really enjoy my dog so I know he was happy. Also, we had a big snow storm and she had to dig out, but we were in contact with her via text and email and didn't have to worry about our house or pooch, despite 10 inches of snow at the house.

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!

Pawsitive Dog Training
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Alyssa V.
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Lindsay was very informative and very helpful when working with my dog. He was hard to train with certain tasks, but she made sure she kept on him and he managed to learn with dedication and obedience. Literally any question I had she knew the answer, and if she didn't she would find out and let me know the next day. She was on time for every training, and she truly cares about the animals. She is a friendly person who is understanding if things come up. I have recommended her before and I will continue to do so. I've never met someone so good at training dogs than her. Keep up the awesome work!

Sarah DeMerle
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Monica M.
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This went very well. So good that we are keeping Sarah walking my 2 small dogs. They are sister and brother. They are impossible to walk together. But not for Sarah. She walks my two and a pack of them too. If you want someone passionate about their job than you will need Sarah. Sweet, patient, positive dependable trustworthy. I guarantee you will be happy with her Dog Walking services.

Dognanny
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Annie B.
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Kristin recently sat for our cats while we were on vacation. We didn't have to ask for an update once, she texted us every day with updates and pictures. There was a certain piece of mind that came with getting notifications instead of having to ask about them or wonder. We came back to the house NEATER than we left it, and both cats chipper and well fed. If you're going out of town, Kristin is 100% the way to go! Instead of having to text and guess how your pets are, you'll know that their in good hands and be able to focus on vacation or work or whatever it is you went out of town for.

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
Cheryl S.
Verified review

Very much in tune to my dogs needs My dog is well socialized from all the great activity she has available to her

Très Chic Pet Boutique
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kim T.
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Excellent grooming experience. They are so good with my little dog and she seems to like going there.

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

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

Angie Garris
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Meghan M.
Verified review

Angie was great - very open even though one dog was diapered to prevent him marking and the other was prone to chewing things up. Never boarded them before but they were fine and my Border Collie had been exercised so well that he slept on the trip home - boy has so much energy that he's never slept in the car before. GOOD job, very kind person and easy to get to as well. KUDOS! I couldn't be happier.

Q & A

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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.

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.

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?
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