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  • 5 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Jerad W.
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BEST DOG TRAINING AVAILABLE IN THE UNITED STATES...PROVEN OVER AND OVER!!!

  • 2 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
Tracey J.
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Donna and her assistant did a great job. I moved out and left a real mess of a place with cat and dog hair and bad odor. They worked for over 3 hours and left the place much better than it was. I would refer them and use them again.

  • 5 years in business
  • 70 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

Katie's Canine Connection
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Katy D.
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Katie was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was knowledgeable and friendly. She taught us so much about our dog’s body language and behavior; and gave us great strategies to help our dog’s fear aggression. I would absolutely hire her again for any dog training needs. She knows her stuff and has an obvious passion for helping dogs!

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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.
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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.

  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Selina M.
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Ms. Pomales was available for us when needed. Our dog Leuie loves her.

Ashley C.
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Grace H.
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Ashley dog sat my dog for me while I was out of town for a few days. She did a wonderful job and my dog loves her! Ashley fed, watered, walked, and even played and spent time with my yorkie everyday I was gone. She even went above & beyond and tidied up for me. Absolutely outstanding! I definitely recommend her and will be using her in the future.

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

Sit Stay Dog Watching LLC
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah P.
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Such a good service. She takes care of the dogs like they're her own. Highly recommended.

  • 1 year in business
Jenna H.
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This gal is the best! Our dogs don’t get stressed nearly as much as with other groomers! We won’t go anywhere else! She uses all-natural products, which are much better on their fur & skin, files the nails, as well as trimming them, so no sharp edges. Our dogs even get a treat to take home!

RoseHaven Kennel
5.0
from 1 review
    Shannon S.
    Verified review

    Marnie and Aaron have been great! All questions answered and they have really nice quality dogs . Great respectable breeders

    • 5 years in business
    About

    My husband and I have been providing pet sitting services for several years now! We are no longer offering boarding in our home (we recently moved to a different state and are living in an apartment until we buy a new home), but I am still offering pet sitting and overnight stays. I'd be happy to send you a link to our old website, so you can check out all of our positive reviews! Previous families we used to care for are also available as references. In addition to our own little business, I worked with a pet sitting company in Tampa, FL, carrying for a variety of pets, for a couple years. The owner of the company is likewise willing to vouch for us!

    About

    Peaceful Paws gives you peace of mind. While you're at work or on vacation, we will walk your dog or dogs and feed them. We also take care of other animals and offer other services. Your pets are your family, so don't worry. Call Peaceful Paws for all your pet's needs.

    About

    If you're against boarding your dog, then give me a call! I'll make sure your furry friend gets the exercise he or she needs as well as socialization (with your permission!) at the local dog parks. I have plenty of experience with dogs and no dog is too big or small (or crazy) to handle! I am willing to bathe, feed, play and cuddle as much as necessary - either your place or mine! This can be a regular arrangement or whenever you need me! Give me a call :)

    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

    I've always loved being around animals, especially dogs. I would love to be able to start pet sitting and dog walking again. 'll do whatever I can to make you and your pets happy.

    About

    I do not work outside the home and there is always someone here. The dogs who stay with us are treated as family including cuddling on the furniture with us and hopping in our beds at night if they wish. I provide brushing, bathing, trimming, ear care, and nail care at no extra charge.

    About

    Hi, I have owned many dogs over the years and have helped out at the humane center, so I'll take very good care of your dog!

    • 3 years in business
    About

    Working with both K9s and their families to better understand each other so they have a happy and healthy relationship.

    About

    I will make sure sure dog and cats are alright. I will give food and water and spend significant time with them. I will also provide dog walking services. I have a diploma in dog care and am a veterinary assistant.

    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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    Need a Dog Trainer

    Cincinnati, OH

    • Dog training type
      Assistance / Disabilities
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size(s)
      Large (46-70 lbs)
    • Details
      Baxter is a Labradoodle, 18 months old, who has passed his Canine Good Citizen test. However, he becomes distracted easily. I need him to be focused on what he is required to do. My main goal is to have Baxter become a Therapy Dog. He has to be focused to pass the test. He is obedient but dogs distract him.

    Need a Dog Trainer for a Dog Obedience

    Cincinnati, OH

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size(s)
      Medium (16-45 lbs)
    • Details
      2 dogs. One Saluki mix and other German Shepherd. Both are rescues. The first is 2 1/2 y/o and the second 1 1/2 y/o. They were adopted in Dubai and brought to Cincinnati. Both are intact males and have begun fighting each other.
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