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Ruff Adjustments
4.8
from 64 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
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Denise D.
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I hired Jay because I had two puppies and didn't know how I was going to train them together. Jay gave me lots of helpful tips & helped me to train them. They now know commands such as sit, down, stay & come. Jay answered all of my questions & concerns. My puppies were very excited everytime Jay came to the door & couldn't wait for him to give them treats for a job well done. He made training the puppies fun for my kids too & got them involved. I can truly tell Jay loves what he does.

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Paws for Applause
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 124 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah S.
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Sal was wonderful from the minute he arrived. He was patient and dedicated to training our puppy. He made training exciting and informative. We Thank him so much for his help and advice. He really does have such a passion for his profession.

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Suzanne's Pet Services
4.8
from 45 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Amie P.
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Being a first time puppy owner Suzanne taught me many great techniques while working with our puppy. She also gave me great feedback and advice on training our puppy. She showed me that with patience and constant practice our puppy's behavior will get better. Thank you for your knowledge.

  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Jonathan B.
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Ariana is a true professional and expert when it comes to dog training. I have two small dogs that needed training for pulling and aggression on walks and Ariana provided specific, hands-on, training and tips while we went on our evening walk. Ariana is invested in my dogs improving their behavior and I am forever grateful!

  • 8 years in business
  • 175 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren V.
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Mary Jean has totally transformed our dog. We started training during his puppy stage and continued into part of his adolescence, so Mary Jean was able to curb some behaviors very early on. Her positive attitude, accessibility, and willingness to help have made her a joy to work with. Plus, our dog absolutely adores her. Mary Jean trains both the dog and the owner. Her advice about how to reinforce skills on our own was clear and easy to keep up with. Our time with Mary Jean is over for now, but she instilled key skills that will stay with us and with our dog for a very long time. We highly recommend The Canine Cure!

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suki lau
4.7
from 41 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
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Liz H.
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Suki watched my puppy while I was at work. She arrived early and was very excited to see my dog and very happy to help. I definitely recommend her to take care of your pets!

Happy Dog Training
4.4
from 39 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
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Joan is a kind and loving person, and brings these qualities to her superb dog training. She helped Sidney Cha-Cha, our miniature poodle pup, with anxiety and incessant barking. We are grateful for her assistance, and our dogs will miss her presence in our home. Highly recommended!

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  • 5 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Gina L.
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Andrew was a pleasure to work with. He provided the necessary tools and tips for training our dog. Within a few sessions our dog 'mastered' the commands. Key to success which Andrew stresses is working with your dog on a continued basis. Training is done with all family members. I'm truly grateful for your services Andrew. Looking forward to working with you again. Much Thanks!

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Flipz Pet Care
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Nancy H.
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Jenn, the owner , I so impressive. I needed advice on care and training of my puppy. Her suggestions were practical, realistic and they are working. Jenn is professional, bright and fun to work with.

  • 6 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Eric R.
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Karin the trainer was on time,very professional easy to understand everything that she was explaining to us and helped us start with the training of our poodle Biscuit.We are looking forward to more training sessions and I highly recommend her for help with training your,dog in the future

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Pack in Harmony
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Arielle S.
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Very nice and seems like she knows a lot about dog training!

City Wolves NYC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Michael M.
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Our experience with City Wolves NYC and owner Sean has been outstanding. Sean’s knowledge of training and behavior modification as well as commitment and concern for the dogs is second to none. He is truly passionate about his work and most importantly it doesn’t stop after the training sessions or residency. We adopted a 6-month-old pit mix and after about 4 months he was developing a bunch of bad habits including aggression towards certain dogs, issues with skateboards and scooters and anxiety with small spaces; not to mention his “defiant” behavior at home. We had several “positive reinforcement (treat) trainers” which was not working and things were getting worse by the week. I happened upon Sean training a dog in my neighborhood and it couldn't have come at a better time. The 4-week residency program at City Wolves was a game changer for Otis and us and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a well socialized and behaved pooch. He came back a much more confident dog knowing basic commands (place is my favorite) and has all but eliminated the behavioral and socialization issues. Just as important (maybe more), Sean conducts several one on one workshops with the owners making sure you obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to maintain and advance your dog’s level of training. Sean continues to be an invaluable resource for everything from continued training, behavior adjustments to diet questions and recommendations. Otis has never been better and we are now proud owners of one of the most well behaved dogs in the neighborhood. Highly Recommended City Wolves NYC!

  • 39 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
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I began working with Rick about a month ago to assist with my 18-month old pitbull, Petunia. Petunia had become aggressive to strangers (e.g., lunging, barking aggressively) when out in public and in the home and I was very much beside myself with how to address the behaviors. We had attempted obedience training at the pet store which did not correct the problem and she continued to worsen. People were afraid of my little pitty and I was developing a sense of hopelessness and resignation where I no longer even wanted to take her for walks and just figured we would have to live a limited lifestyle with her. As a last ditch effort to address Petunia's aggression, I had a consultation with Rick. He took an hour to meet with us to evaluate her. Petunia aggressively barked and lunged the whole time at Rick, but he thought she could be helped and we signed on for the ride. What a journey it has been. In less than a month, I have a restored sense of hope that Petunia can reach her full potential as a wonderful pet. With several training sessions and several trips to stay with Rick, Petunia is now heeling, is much more under control, is not barking aggressively or lunging on walks, and appears more calm and mellow overall. Rick has also taken much time to continuously meet and/or consult with me and my boyfriend on how to maintain the progress by teaching us how to handle Petunia on our own. We are still in the midst of Petunia's training, but I can see a complete 180 in her and am forever grateful that we made the decision to work with Rick. I highly recommend him without hesitation.

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  • 39 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elton S.
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The best way for me to describe my experience with Bruce Stone and Interdyne International K-9 would be to say that I feel like I hit the dog training lottery. I was recommended by a friend, but for anyone out there that really wants to see how well behaved their dog has the capacity to be, he IS the answer. He is a phenomenal teacher, extremely knowledgeable and absolutely a true professional in every respect. His always prepared, straightforward, and confident approach immediately gives you the feeling that you and your dog are both in extremely competent hands. It was some of the best money I've ever spent.

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Backcountry K-9
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Gul T.
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We have not completed our puppy training yet but so far all is going well. Josh connected with my puppy right away as if she knew him already and responded to his reward-based training technique right away. He also gave us a lot of information on how to care for our puppy.

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Sundog Pet Care
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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Sophie G.
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Truly fantastic and unique dog training experience. Chelsea had so much patience and genuine interest as I spoke with her (endlessly, on multiple occasions) about all of my concerns about my 11-year old adopted Shiba mix who grew up as a street dog in China. Gingko has not been an easy dog for me to deal with, but Chelsea has helped me not only manage but understand her barking and snapping behaviors. She's not just interested in obedience - she wants to help create a symbiotic relationship between you and your dog, so that each of you are happy and safe. I always imagined training to be just lots of clicker-treat-clicker-treat stuff (doesn't work with Gingko, who thinks treats are a trap). But Chelsea's full of clever, practical, and easy solutions that prevent unwanted behaviors from happening in the first place. Can't recommend her highly enough.

Luxury Leash Pet Care
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Stella F.
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Susan did an amazing job grooming our mini goldendoodle. She came to our apartment with her tools and took extra time to make sure our puppy was comfortable. Susan had great prices and most importantly our dog looks fabulous!

Gus Trains Us, Inc.
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Akanksha G.
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We have been working with Gus for the last month. Our new puppy adores him. He comes twice a day to play with her/bathroom breaks. We hope to utilize his training abilities in the near future. Highly recommend Gus!

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Casper Dog Training
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Krista D.
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I cannot recommend Adam from Casper Dog Training enough! He took his time to tailor his training to our needs with our dog, making sure we understood what he was doing the entire time. His patience, understanding, and professionalism made him amazing to work with without feeling overwhelmed or pressured. We will definitely continue dog training with Adam, he was a very calming presence and made sure to answer all of our questions and concerns before he finished. He was very thorough and left us with great tips to make sure we knew exactly how to continue to work with our dog.

Your Dog's Best Friend
4.4
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca Y.
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YDBF provided a relief walk for my puppy and cleaned his paws before bringing him back in the house. They went above and beyond to make me happy. I couldn't ask for a better team of walkers!

Fido Fidelis Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Vinny M.
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Great experience with my dog, he really turned him around!

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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