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  • 9 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa D.
Verified review

I need to say some great things about Sit Means Sit, also known as Come on Command. I have had dogs my whole life and never had a problem. Shepherds, beagle mixes, cairne terriors, Australian Shepherds, etc, no problems. I got Gibbs and it was game on. He was smart as a whip and eager to please but scared aggressive. He has given me twisted elbows, sprained wrists, a hurt hip, broken a gentle leader, ignored a prong collar, and laughed at a no-jump harness. We finally met with a trainer and though it seemed pricy at the first we went ahead and paid for a positive reinforcement collar. We are almost done with training and it has been great but tonight I almost wept with relief at watching the lesson with my dog learning to not be crazy, lunging, get them first attack man with other dogs. He's a good dog and we love Gibbs but to see him finally -not- going insane in attempt to get them first made me almost cry. I couldn't have had this moment without the trainers from Sit Means Sit and I greatly greatly appreciate them. I am hopeful to pass the off leash test for all commands next month when we go for it but if we have a relapse or forgotten command, they guarantee it and will keep training Gibbs until he passes with flying colors. Right now though, I am so pleased with his advancement I think it was worth every penny!!!

Katie's Canine Connection
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Kylene B.
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Katie was one of the trainers who trained my service dog as a puppy. Without Katie's hard work, Leni would not be the partner for me that she is. Leni is not a quiet, obedient dog. She has a mind of her own and can be a bit too smart for her own good. Katie set the foundation for Leni's training when she was a puppy so that she could be the dog she is for me today. I now rely on Leni as my medical alert dog to keep me safe, and it is the obedience training foundation and task training that she received that make her able to do her job and do it well. Having Leni has changed my life, and the training Katie did with her has been a huge reason that Leni has become the service dog that she is. Katie is incredibly talented as a trainer and knows how to connect with each dog to get the best out of them. Choosing Katie to train your dog will not disappoint!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julie K.
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Amy has been fantastic to work with. We’ve had many people say they’ve noticed a change since we’ve been working with her. We needed the training just as much as our dog did! I have already recommended her to a few people who told me they needed training for their dogs.

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Pack Boss, LLC
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paula S.
Verified review

We are still a work in progress but after just one visit we can see a major change in Bixby. Tim is a master at not only training our dog but also training us. I look forward to achieving our goals with Bixby.

Get A Cue LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Megan B.
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Very flexible and personalizes training to your dog's needs!

Paradigm K9
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Kate R.
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I had a great experience working with Jeff. I have two active, wild and crazy dogs. Before working with Jeff, I would be nervous to set foot outside with my dogs on a leash. Both are strong and curious to chase squirrels, other dogs, and people. I was pulled and drug through the grass on multiple occasions by them. Both my dogs and I went through Jeff's 12 week off-leash program, and it has changed our lives. I can walk both of my dogs outside, with no leash, and they respond to each command I give. Chasing squirrels, and sniffing other dogs, is now available for them, but only if I give a command that it's okay to do so. And the best part is, Jeff's training actually worked. My dogs are able to be dogs, and enjoy their time outside, while listening to me at the same time. My dogs were extremely different in how they handled training. Mia, did not respond well to the e-collar. But Jeff continued to work with me and her, and she was able to work through her anxiety. Today, you wouldn't notice that she used to hide and shake before every training, because today she looks forward to putting on her collar to have the freedom to run and play like she never had the opportunity to before. My other dog, Dingo, never minded the collar once, and was able to learn and grow just the same. I am proud of both of them for what they were able to accomplish. If you are hesitant about how your dog will handle the e-collar, Jeff is equipped for any experience, and the result will be excellent no matter what.

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Family Dog K9 Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy B.
Verified review

Kathleen did an awesome job training Marley! He goes in his kennel on command, walks so much better on the leash and stays in place when told to do so! The overall function of our house has massively improved thanks to Family Dog K9 Training!!

Ashley C.
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Michael L.
Verified review

We have historically taken our three dogs to a boarding facility during our trips out of town. However, our two English Mastiffs are getting up there in age and our young English Bulldog tends to back-step on her house training after a stay away from home. Our female Mastiff has hip issues and requires a body harness and meds. Ashley actually stayed at the house during our trip, which gave us further peace of mind that she was there for them if something may have happened (they tried to eat a sock or hurt a hip, etc.). We also have a rabbit and leopard gecko and previously had to find someone in addition to take care of them. Ashley did it all. On the first night, to our embarrassment, our oldest Mastiff is a crotchety old man and initially let his frustration known of someone new staying in his house by doing his business in the living room. Ashley was very understanding and cleaned up until he felt comfortable with her. They must have enjoyed her company because they slept in the guest bedroom the night after we got home. She cleaned up the house on her last day and did much more than necessary. It was an extra perk that we were able to come home and get a big welcome home from the crew rather than having to go pick them up. Now, I don't want to give Ashley too good of a review in fear of others minimizing our chances of benefiting from her services, but she really did a great job!

  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Brendan M.
Verified review

We have been customers for over a year and have been very happy to have someone dependable and trustworthy to take care of our dog. Our dog has been walked every day that we have needed help without exception.

Lead the Way K9 Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas B.
Verified review

Josh and Brittany are incredible. We signed up our 10 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback for their 2 week program and had an awesome experience. As soon as we walked in the door, we knew Nala was in good hands. They treat each dog as if it's their own. Nala came into the program with several bad habits (jumping, nipping, counter surfing, barking, etc.). The typical puppy stuff. The drop off was fantastic. Josh and Brittany explained the program in detail and made sure they addressed all of our concerns. Not more than a half hour after drop off, Josh had already sent me an email with an update saying Nala had settled in nicely. Every thing about these folks is first class. Throughout the two weeks, we were provided with updates through social media and email. Our minds were at complete ease throughout the two weeks. Pick up went amazing as well. Josh and Brittany went over everything they had taught Nala and made sure we were comfortable and set up for success at home. Nala has only been home a couple days now and her bad behaviors have essentially disappeared. And, she hasn't lost any of her personality. A miracle! We cannot promote Lead the Way enough. Great program and great people. They are on a different level from any other training program. Thank you so much Josh and Brittany!

Cheyanne Carter
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Maggi M.
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Shes on time. Flexible on time & day. Abby gets sooo excited to see her everytime we train. Great lady.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Holli D.
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Tiffany was great to work with and did an excellent job with Lulu, our goldendoodle puppy. I would highly recommend her!

Sky dogs
5.0
from 1 review
    MJ W.
    Verified review

    I was referred to Sky Dogs when I adopted a deaf dog from Spreak! for the Unspoken. Allison Holloway teaches a special needs class for deaf, blind, and deaf-blind dogs and puppies. Once we got the basics down, we found the training staff was open to us joining in other classes. Nosework, treibball, flyball, agility, and many other courses are open to all dogs. If you need help improving your dog's social skills, there are behavioral classes as well. The cost is very reasonable. The center is located at Central Point in Columbus and there is plenty of well lit parking. Besides the affordable prices and friendly atmosphere, Sky Dogs fosters a sense of community among participants and provides opportunities for people (and their dogs) to volunteer to help out in rescue efforts.

    About

    Meet me at my training site, The Green Barn 4 Dogs, and I will help you learn how to train/communicate with your dog. I'll show you ways to have fun, so both you and your dog will learn new skills.

    About

    I train dogs with reward training. I train the person how to train their dog and show them how to put it in place.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    Do you have to bribe, threaten, or trick your dog into listening? Does your dog have to be shut away instead of enjoying life with you? Do you know your dog could be great, if only he wasn’t so wild and out of control? If your dog is barking, biting, chasing, running away, and in general ruining your life, we can help. If your dog listens when there’s nothing better to do, but does what he wants as soon as something more interesting comes along, we can fix that too. The worse your dog is today, the better he can be tomorrow.

    About

    17years experience in careing for pets and owners. Ultiment loyalty and patients.

    About

    All breeds are welcome. Our training centers on aggression issues, basic training, and house training. If your dog has some problems in these areas, we can help you. We only use positive reinforcement and tons of love to train your baby. We also work with many rescues in the Central Ohio area.

    About

    We are primarily a dog rescue. We offer certified dog obedience. We also help with behaviors and great results with scared and feral dogs.

    About

    We can train any dog for any task, obedience or behavioral. Your problem can be trusted with us. Your dog will receive challenging exercise and work for his rewards, resulting in learning and overall mental and physical wellness for your companion. They will be desensitized to a multitude of distraction and be given black and white directions on how to respond to those distractions through praise or corrections. I also provide FitPet daycare for owners seeking to get their dogs well exercised or advanced classes such as agility, sports and protection.

    About

    I specialize in basic dog obedience training (sub-novice and novice levels) and 4-H showmanship. I have taught obedience and showmanship for 16 years, and currently serve as a 4-H dog judge in Ohio. I am willing to travel to you, or meet you for classes.

    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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