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Dayton Dog Trainers

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Catherine "CJ" Johnson
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
Carol P.
Verified review

CJ is very knowledgeable about dog training and, I am looking forward to working with her further.

  • 5 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Ken T.
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Initial interview about dog training services. Very congenial and knowledgable owner, answered all questions at length, listened closely and shared own experiences, and demonstrated a great love for animals. I felt very comfortable with him, and signed up for his services.

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BulletProof Dog Training
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Cristi E.
Verified review

Great experience. I highly strongly recommend bulletproof dog training

Raise the Bar Dog Training
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Desirae P.
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Cheryl did an amazing job training my dog. He was only about 12 weeks when she started with him and he has progressed tremendously! She made sure he met all the goals we talked about. I highly recommend her!

  • 5 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Andora K.
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Melissa is amazing! She has transformed our 3 year old lab into a well-behaved, lead-friendly, walking, fun-family dog. Our 80 lb lab was challenged with many physical issues in her first year of life. She had two major surgeries before she turned one year old, which kept her bed ridden in her crate for the next year. Melissa trained her for two weeks in her own home and Jolene came back a new dog. Melissa then gave us written directions on how to continue Joey's training by correcting our own behavior with regards to Jo's training needs. Jolene is now off to college with our daughter and is well-behaved and loved by all. We highly recommend Melissa's Mutts and Mongrel's for all your dog's (and your) training needs! Lee, Andora & Hannah Kockentiet

Offleash K9 Training, LLC
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Michael D.
Verified review

Roger was a wonderful trainer. I still cannot believe the improvement in our dog Ratchet in the 2 weeks that he had him. He wouldn't sit for more than 2 seconds and would run off when we took him outside. He now sits until we release him and always comes when we call him. He lays down, heals, stays in place, touches and more on command. Roger kept us up to date on his progress and sent us pictures throughout Ratchet's stay. I would and will recommend K9 training to anyone looking for dog training. We will use them again with our next dog as well!

  • 21 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Norm F.
Verified review

I use Special Friends frequently and have always gotten outstanding service from Alicia. She treats my dog like her own. I highly recommend her!

Elissa Cline Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Marsha I.
Verified review

On a reference, we hired Elissa Cline Dog Training to help us with our border collie. She was amazing -- always on time, affordable, able to connect with our rescue dog immediately. She gave us written and verbal information that helped us to grow our dog into an intelligent and personable individual.

TR2C Kennels
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Michele B.
Verified review

Tim answers all my questions with care and patience. He was patient with my dog and offered great tips and follow up care. My dog is only aggressive at home, is nice if we take him other places, so Tim coming to us was amazing!

Sit Means Sit Cincinnati
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Tj H.
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I am in the process of training my dog, and am impressed with what I have seen so far. Reed and Heather take the time to fully explain all the details and make sure I'm comfortable with everything. Maggie is doing well so far, and I only expect it to get better.

Clever Canines by Crystal
4.3
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Katie R.
Verified review

Though we have only had one session with Crystal, she is professional and competent and we look forward to learning more about training our dogs!

H3K9 training
4.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
Verified review

100% recommended!!! We searched for a dog trainer on thumbtack not knowing anyone in the area, and we felt that Robert was the most personable and wanting to know what we were looking to achieve..... so we drove the extra distance to have him board and train our rescue dog. The outcome was remarkable and more than we expected with only 10 days with her. He kept in touch with us and even sent photos. She came home happy and listening to commands! Some friends of ours are already booking their dogs with him and I am looking forward to seeing their progress as well. Thanks for your amazing work Robert!!!

Sit Stay Dog Watching LLC
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah P.
Verified review

Such a good service. She takes care of the dogs like they're her own. Highly recommended.

Bark Fitness
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Vicki G.
Verified review

joey is the real deal when it comes to being a dog lover. her pack is her priority and her joy. you can tell she loves what she does but even more, she loves your babies like they were her own. i have highly recommended her to people and will continue to do so.

Peak Performance K-9 LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Lexi G.
    Verified review

    Jeff was amazing! Very personal training between you and your dog. He's always available if you have questions outside of your training time. I loved that he showed us what to do exactly instead of just explaining it and leaving it up to us to figure it out. I will 100% use him again if I get another dog

    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Anita F.
    Verified review

    I like the fact the trainers have knowledge of the maltese breed. They made me feel welcome and that they will work with me and my baby.

    Happy Tails to You
    3.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 16 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Terry T.
    Verified review

    Very helpful in getting my dog to listen to me and help me to understand him.

    • 2 years in business
    Kathy Y.
    Verified review

    Jayme did an awesome job walking my 2 Labradoodles. She was very reliable and took her time giving them the attention they deserved. Her love for animals was very apparent. She treated my dogs as if they were her own.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Sandra K.
    Verified review

    She is the best! Our dogs loves her

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Starla F.
    Verified review

    We have just started working with John regarding our one year old puppy. Each time he has come to our house, he is very attentive to our struggles with our dog. He never makes us feel rushed. He has been very informative and knowledgeable on the behavior of dogs. We are very encouraged to complete the training.

    Animal Ark Pet Resort
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Celeste L.
    Verified review

    They did an excellent job!

    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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