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Abby Lane Dog Training LLC
4.9
from 66 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 147 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David A.
Verified review

The best money I ever spent was on Abby Lane Dog Training! When we got Ginger from the pound, she lacked confidence, was fearful, and impossible to walk on a leash. After just six sessions with Tom, our Ginger is now a dream to take on a walk. She has also learned good behaviors around the house by learning proper boundaries and commands. She is happier, and my husband and I are delighted! Tom even went to the dog park with us to work on Ginger's socialization with other dogs. If you want a dog trainer that uses a gentle approach-no fear and no shock treatment, thenTom is your guy. He is punctual, professional, and willing to take the extra time to solve a problem and really get to know the dog. By the time our classes were over, Tom was a member of the family and Ginger was so sad to see him go! I can't imagine a more enjoyable experience. Abby Lane has my unqualified endorsement and I'm looking forward to continuing lessons for Ginger. She is becoming the perfect dog, thanks to Tom!

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L'Chaim Canine
4.9
from 63 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 165 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda G.
Verified review

We have a puppy that we were struggling with potty training and excessive barking. In fact, for the several months that we had him, I somehow managed to train him to go inside the house - rather than outside. It was stressful on everyone. Poor dog couldn't understand what I wanted, humans were frustrated. We had to go out of town and decided to use that time to send him to a dog trainer for help. Jennifer had him for a little over 2 weeks, training him in her home. When he came back he was about 75% of the way trained to potty outside. We still have accidents, but it was an immense improvement and got us on the right track. Jennifer also worked with his barking. She was able to get him to the point where if she said 'quiet' he would stop barking immediately. That being said, he doesn't always do that for us... but it is better than before and a work in progress. Basically, she took a dog that we loved, but were beginning to think that we'd made a huge mistake in getting and helped us realize his potential. We still have work to do - but Jennifer has been very helpful in answering questions and giving advice.

Darwin Dogs LLC
4.8
from 56 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Erin H.
Verified review

After one session with Kerry, I was amazed how much more control I have had with my dogs. I have two Great Danes, and they can be a little unruly sometimes, to say the least. Recently, one of them has had a couple aggression issues towards other dogs when we go for walks, to the park, etc. Kerry gave me the tools to manage her nervous aggression towards other dogs she perceived as threats. With showing my dogs that I am a leader and making myself more aware of my body language, I am able to put them at ease that I am the one in control whenever we leave the house. Half the battle is making sure you and your dogs are calm and you're the one leading them, and patience is key. Kerry also showed me how to handle my dog when she does get into an aggressive area and how to handle her so she doesn't get hurt, and I don't get hurt. I have done other training techniques with my dogs and other trainers that were not getting the results that I have seen Kerry get within minutes of walking into our house! I would highly recommend Kerry for owners who are really interested in understanding their dogs and understanding their roles in their dogs lives.

Susie Says Sit
4.6
from 47 reviews
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara W.
Verified review

Very good trainer. My dog / puppy was biting she showed me why was needed to stop this behavior. It did work. Very personable and makes you feel comfortable. Good price also. Well worth your money. This is my baby that she has helped

Angels in the Innfield, LLP
4.6
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Kayla H.
Verified review

Awesome with our puppy & very nice people! So glad we went with these trainers. Our pup loved them & learned so much!

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dogtrainer/walker
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeff S.
Verified review

Having had dogs before, I had a basic understanding of the time and effort that goes into training a dog. It has been many years since our last dog and this time, training a puppy also meant training children to the same routine that we want the dog to learn and grow with. Working with Jeff has been a pleasure. He has provided me with good reminders as to how I need to approach our puppy. He has also provided me with my one-on-one training, so that I know how to instruct my wife and kids in their approach to our puppy. Having a dog in the house allows for great companionship as well as security. Having a dog that respects your authority and responds to your commands allows you to have a smooth interaction and a peaceful home!

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey V.
Verified review

Dianne did an exceptional job grooming our Goldendoodle Winnie. Winnie looks beautiful! We felt extremely comfortable leaving our puppy with Dianne. She was warm and welcoming, treating Winnie as if she was one of her own. In the past when we would pick Winnie up from the groomer, she was bolting for the door as if to say "let's get out of this place!". However, when we picked her up from Dianne, she was roaming the house and playing with Dianne's dog. We could tell she was very comfortable and not anxious at all! Dianne has earned our business going forward and we highly recommended her services to any pet owner. Thank you, Dianne!

K-9 Comfort Zone, Ltd.
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Mary beth J.
Verified review

Jennifer watched and trained my dog and did an excellent job with her I would highly recommend her, she is excellent with dogs.

What's Up, Dog? L.L.C.
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy R.
Verified review

Was the stranger for the session and Tina was very careful and explained everything to the dog owners prior to tasks. Owners looked very comfortable working with her as well as the dogs

  • 23 years in business
Robert P.
Verified review

Excellent experience. Gina did a great job walking us through potty training our dogs. She really knows her stuff and the dogs relate well to her. Gina also does a great job with children. She has a former teaching background. As a result, she can really get the dog training points across to the children as well as the owners. Would highly recommend a few sessions with Gina.

Saving Grace K9s
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Lyn G.
Verified review

Really nice will go beyond what her job is pickedup Samson so he can be exposed to new place I don't drive to to many places so jean offered I am so thankful to have her to help me with my dog he is not aggressive but really reactive to anything new

Very Good Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Margee D.
    Verified review

    Alicia is very passionate about training your pet to be a welcomed Family member. She listens to you and gets a better understanding of what problems you are having with your pet. She puts together a plan to correct this behavior . She has been very successful with both of our dogs. I would highly recommend her.

    The Poop Dudes
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 year in business
    Timothy B.
    Verified review

    Called when they were on their way. Removed a lot of dog waste from the home! So thankful for them so I do not have to do it. My elderly mother uses them as well since she isn't physically able to do it! Would definitely recommend!

    • 5 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    We are boutique style, so we offer individual attention and personal care. Dawn Pokorny, founder of Dawning Of a New Dog, offers customized training for your pooch, obedience training, home training, and behavior training – all right here in-house at Pay It Forward For Pets! Techniques used are dog-friendly, results-oriented and guaranteed for life. Doggie Daycare is an off-leash environment. Our goal is to socialize all guests and having “fun” is the name of the game. Bring your dog in for Doggie Daycare / Boarding and have Dawn work with them and schedule a training session session with just you and your pup! 100% of proceeds benefit Pay It Forward For Pets 6 programs for animal rescue in our community. We also provide overnight boarding, Our unique alternative to standard kenneling. All overnight guests rest comfortably on a 4-foot, low-rise, twin bed in a Private Club or Luxury Suite. Club Suite accommodations measure 5’ x 5’ and Luxury Suite accommodations measure 6’ x 6’. Two large-screen televisions offer the coziness and sound of a home setting and the day is filled with indoor-outdoor play. Request extra amenities to enhance your pet’s experience!

    About

    Tonia, an ABC certified dog trainer, is specializing in basic obedience and dog walking. We can meet at a park or your house. I use the basics of both food based and mild-correction training methods.

    About

    We offer our services daily, weekly and on your vacation times. We are available to walk your dogs or feed and play with your animals.

    About

    I am hardworking. I pay attention to detail. I have good attitude towards working. I never let the outside world affect my work habits.

    About

    We offer a variety of group training classes such as obedience, dog parkour, trick training, disc training, and nosework. In addition, we also offer private training sessions as well. We utilize positive training methods. Heather actively train and competes in a multitude of sports such as agility, flyball, and herding. Her dogs hold multiple championship titles in sports such as agility and flyball. She is also a AKC CGC Evaluator and Certified Canine Massage Therapist. Currently working on certification for canine conditioning and fitness.

    About

    KNOWN AS ONE OF THE LONGEST AND MOST RESPECTED DOG TRAINERS IN MY AREA. 35+ YEARS OF TRAINING ALL DIFFERENT BREEDS OF DOGS. i WILL TACKLE ANY BEHAVIORAL PROBLEM AND HELP FORM A LOYAL AND TRUSTING BOND BETWEEN OWNER AND DOG!

    About

    We can train any dog! We have our dogs with us at all times to show you how well we can train your dog! We are a results oriented training company with fast and efficient training methods! Call us today for your FREE demonstration!

    • 24 years in business
    About

    Located near Sandusky, Ohio, we have been breeding Alaskan Malamutes since 1994. All are pups are AKC registered. Our Kennel is USDA licensed, and I am also a certified dog obedience trainer. We also have adults and rescues available at times. Our pups come with shots to date, vet checked, microchipped and a health guarantee. Contact us for available.

    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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