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L&S Pets
4.9
from 42 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
Coelleen B.
Verified review

Although I have zero professional dog training experience, I do have a human/animal psychology degree, so I know which schools of thought work best and which are pseudoscience and Lisa uses the best current method available called operant conditioning, or positive reinforcement. It sounds simple, but without professional help it can be hard to figure out what exercises to use when you want to remove unwanted behaviors instead of just training your dog to do tricks. It can also be difficult to phase out treat use once a behavior is mastered (since no one wants to need perpetual treats to achieve good behavior). Lisa makes all that guesswork easy by giving you training exercise "homework" each week customized to your dog's behavioral needs, which will lead to newly shaped desirable behaviors to replace undesirable ones. You can tell she is really passionate about what she does. She doesn't judge or try to correct what you find acceptable behavior in your own dog as some trainers will (i.e. allowing dogs on furniture) but she instead listens to YOUR behavioral goals for your dog and helps get you there. Last but not least, her price is the best I've seen for her amazing skill level. To compare, I sent my dog to a training center for just a week, and it was $750 for him to come back with sit, stay, lay down, and heel which are great commands, but at that price Lisa could have come to my house 13 times. Plus, they used a prong collar on unwanted behaviors that we're still using as management only (even in the house which I fear will cause injury) which is why we called Lisa. We're already on a path to no leash indoors with a 6 month old goldendoodle.

  • 9 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Mike B.
Verified review

My wife and I are completely overwhelmed by the resullts Terry Cook and the dog training services he provided our almost 2 year old lab. As Terry advertises not only did he have our Lab off leash in three appointments,he also had him sitting and staying until we gave the command word to come to us. Also he had him at the door sitting until we released him both to go out and to come back in. It is now a pleasure to walk our dog with him right by our side. No more leash pulling or not coming as soon as we tell him to come. He literally changed our whole dog owning experience. We STRONGLY and without any reservations recommend Terry Cook for any doggie bad habits. Just expect a long,but well worth it wait, because the word is out how successful a dog trainer Terry is. THANK YOU TERRY !! Mike and Gale Bordner

Katie's Canine Connection
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy S.
Verified review

We were thrilled with Katie's skills and abilities from the first lesson. Katie is very personable, our dogs were very responsive to her training techniques. Katie demonstrates the techniques than has us practice in her presence so that we get the commands and techniques in place.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patti S.
Verified review

I've worked with Julie as a dog trainer in both group classes and private sessions. I find her to be very knowledgeable with an infectious enthusiasm and an ability to explain things in a way that is easy to understand. Also available for phone consults. Very professional and always responds in a timely fashion. I highly recommend her to anyone I speak to.

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Pack Boss, LLC
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paula S.
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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.

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Perfect Pooches Dog Training
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
Verified review

Sean did a great job working with our dog. Our pup had some issues with aggression towards strangers, and Sean did a great job of working through those issues, and giving us tools to help us continue to teach him good habits!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sally D.
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Amy is a great resource. She is an experienced dog trainer and we learned so much from her gentle but firm training methods. Our growing puppy is doing well because of the structure Amy helped us put in place. She is reliable, responsible and trustworthy. I am looking forward to working with her for animal watching (have chickens, too) in the future. And maybe another puppy! Thank you and have a great day!

Pin Up Pup Training
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Noemi R.
Verified review

Not only is Megan incredibly afforable, but she is very patient, laidback, and serious about dogs! She has worked wonderfully with my schedule and has never scold me for having to reschedule training (I am a student). She is very patient with my corgi, Gravity, and only uses positive reinforcement. Gravity loves her! Because she is younger than a lot of dog trainers out there, I felt a lot more comfortable with her. No intimidation whatsoever. As a plus, Megan has been completely open about me texting her questions about training, problems.etc and gets back with thorough replies quickly everytime! She even writes clear, easy to read 'homework' for me after each session, so I can successfully continue Gravitys training. She is definitely be my 'go-to' dog trainer from now on!

Get A Cue LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Susan S.
Verified review

Ami is an excellent trainer! We started working with her when our puppy was 3 months old. After we filled out Ami's questionnaire, she came up with a training plan. She immediately stressed the importance of socialization at this age and got our puppy started with basic commands (I didn't even realize you could teach commands to puppies that young!). But most importantly, Ami got us off to a great start and she set us up for success. She is outgoing and personable and can teach both dog and owner. Training sessions were always fun. I know she will always be a great resource for us. And I know we'll reap the benefits of a well behaved, happy dog for many years to come! Our puppy loves Ami and so do we! So glad we found her!

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Family Dog K9 Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 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!!

Paradigm K9
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Kate R.
Verified review

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.

  • 19 years in business
Stephanie N.
Verified review

The owner Brian is very good with our dog. He treated him like he was his. He was very professional and patient with him. He was very very good.

Kurtz's K-9 Solutions
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Jo D.
Verified review

After 2 sessions, Scarlett is a new dog! She is more relaxed and happy...as am I! Life is so much better!! Thank you so much from both Scarlett and I!!!

Happy Life Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joanna G.
Verified review

A talented dog trainer who knows how to work with my dogs and with me! Often my dogs are responding to something I'm doing (wrong) and I don't realize it. Lauren is able to see how my actions and emotions play into my dog's behavior. Her experience with rescue groups also provides background knowledge on animals and how they interact with other dogs and with people that just can't be taught. She's put in years of time with dogs and people and you can tell. I highly recommend her as a trainer!!

Barker Behavior, Inc.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 12 years in business
Caroline V.
Verified review

Three weeks after I adopted my dog, it became clear that I was in over my head. My city-living pup was aggressive when we walked anywhere near another dog and I hated that walks were stressful for us both rather than fun bonding time. I had heard amazing things about Brandi and Barker Behavior and I truly can't sing her praises enough. She is professional and insanely knowledgeable, but she's also fun, kind and a joy to work with. I quickly learned that training wasn't so much about teaching my dog, but rather about teaching me. Brandi was patient and great at communicating and helping me to tweak how I was engaging with my pup and handling situations. We now can happily go out and about -- he's a rockstar loose-leash walker, has great "tricks" to help him walk by other dogs and is so much happier and more confident. I recommend Barker Behavior to everyone I know who is bringing home a new puppy or adopting a dog. And everyone who takes that recommendation has always become her newest fan!

About

I have had many years of experience with animals. I have a unique way with bonding with and training dogs. I use commands and signals that are very easy to use and remember. I also use a reward system every time an animal does the command I asked. I will reward them with a treat. If they don't do the command I ask them to do, I repeat over and over again until they get it. Remember, things just don't happen overnight; it takes time and patience. I treat dogs a lot like children. My two dogs are a lot like my two-year-old daughter to me. If you are interested, you can contact me. Please tell your name and a brief message, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I do charge $10 an hour, and there is a contract we will have to go over and sign. I only work an animal 3 to 4 days a week for about 3 hours a day. The contract will also have information I need to know to know about the animal attached to it. Thanks a lot.

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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