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Elyria Dog Trainers

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L'Chaim Canine
from 66 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 168 hires on Thumbtack
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Nancy K.
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Dog training in the home. The trainer and I seemed to click and the dog seemed to like her. She is very businesslike

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Abby Lane Dog Training LLC
from 66 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
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Cheryl N.
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Tom was fabulous to work with and did an amazing job training my dog!! So happy I went with him! The first time Tom was with my dog she wouldn't even walk! She is now a great dog from an obedience standpoint and loves going on walks with my family! Couldn't be happier and highly recommend him as a dog trainer!

Darwin Dogs LLC
from 56 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa A.
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Our time with Kerry was very informational and eye-opening. She helped me to realize that many things I had learned about dog training in the past were setting my puppy up for failure and me up for a lifetime of frustration . And some of his bad habits that I found so frustrating were a result of my own rearing. She showed me products and ways that I could work with him that will help his mental and physical well-being. Just her presence when she walked in the room immediately gained his control and showed me that I could do it to. I can't wait to see how well he progresses and would suggest her services to anyone with a dog who has a big heart (and an affinity for chewing, jumping, and not listening)

Susie Says Sit
from 50 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
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We adopted a lab/pit mix for our first family dog. My husband and I had always grew up with dogs but had no clue how to train one ourselves. Ontop of never training a dog we came to find out that our little pup had post traumatic stress from something that happened to her as a baby. We got in contact with Susie Says Sit for help, she was the best thing we could have done for our puppy! She arrived right on time and taught us exactly how to train our dog. She answered all of our questions settled all of our insecurities and was even available for questions by phone if needed. We would definitely recommend Susie says sit!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
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Linda B.
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My dog was very receptive to her and she worked with the dog until the dog understood what she wanted it to do. She also wrote up the protocol of the things we went over so I could continue with the training. My dog has several problems and she addressed all of them. I know it will take a while to reverse my dog's bad habits but I think we have a very good start. She even took my dog for a little walk which was great since I am unable to do that.

Pawsitively Good Pup
from 19 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Randall D.
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My husband and I got our Border Collie (Isis) when he was 8 weeks old. We started training classes with Cindy soon after. Isis is almost 10 years old now.over those nine plus years we went through basic, Intermediate, clicker, canine good citizen, agility, o-gility...pretty much everything Cindy offers. The classes are fun and informative, a great bonding experience for you and your dog. Once we ran out of classes we just kept going back. Cindy is an excellent teacher and trainer. You will learn just as much as your dog if not more. Isis loves going to "school" as we call it. Just saying the word "school" to him makes his ears perk up then he dashes to the back door ready to go. Cindy makes dog training (school) something to look forward to every week. Thanks Cindy.

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from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeff S.
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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!

K-9 Comfort Zone, Ltd.
from 11 reviews
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa P.
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I am a first time dog owner and the classes were fun, informative and easy to understand for both me and my puppy. You will learn how to train your dog and get lots of practice and feedback in the class. The written materials were helpful.

What's Up, Dog? L.L.C.
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Joedda R.
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Tina has a love and passion for animals. Great to learn from for owner and dog. Would recommend her to anyone!

ROMP Ltd. Run on Mighty Pup
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Denise F.
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My dogs love Paula. I call her the dog whisperer. Paula has groomed and boarded my dogs for a long time and takes great care of them. They always look beautiful after she's groomed them. She also takes loving care of them when we're on vacation so we can relax. When we pick them up, they're beautiful and healthy. And we appreciate the pictures she sends of our dogs while we're away. I can't recommend Paula highly enough. She's an experienced and loving dog handler.

Very Good Dog Training
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Margee D.
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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.

  • 23 years in business
Robert P.
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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.

Michelle C.
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I was very pleased with the service that I received. The service was beyond my expectations as i received pictures and updates daily. Along with a few added extras of picking up my mail and watering my flowers. I will definitely use the dog sitting services again. Thanks for a job well done with my fur baby. You really made me feel at ease.

  • 2 years in business
Sue H.
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Kelly does a great job with our dog, Maria. Maria doesn't get along with just anyone but loves Kelly!


I can train your dog. I have 6 years of experinece. I use to work for the animal protective league, and I am excellent at what I do, any problem with your dogs or pets period I can help, and I'm more than willing to help.


I provide dog walking for all breeds of dogs. I am a dog lover and would love to see your furry loved one gets its needed exercise!


We use only gentle, positive reinforcement methods. We train all breeds and all ages on the comfort of your own home.


I offer a great service and will be on time when you need me Taken care off the animals given them walker when they want to go out side


Our business is all about dogs and dog training. We love all dogs in all forms. Training is our gift.


I am someone who has an unwavering resolve. I am determined to do well in my job. I get to make new friends and learn about every dog's special life.


Cleveland K-9 offers the new line in complete dog training for all breeds at reasonable rates. I have over 35 years of experience in police K-9 training. I am a Schutzhund and behavioral specialist. I deal with aggressive problems, basic and advance obedience, personal protection training, tracking, and A.K.C. and U.C.K. show training. My method is all positive reinforcement. I will train your dog at your home, or in my location. If interested in a one-on-one evaluation with your dog, please send an e-mail with a contact phone number and name, or you can call. If there's no answer, please leave a message with a contact phone number and name, and we will call you back as soon as possible. Thank you!

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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