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Critters
4.9
from 99 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 292 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Peter E.
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We have hired several dog trainers with varying degrees of success. When we rescued Raven he was a wild man. Kari's Critters Training is different. With her background in psychology she approaches training as a behavioral scientist with compassion and a clear and easy to follow plan. Kari came to our home and customized a training plan to fit our needs and for our boy Raven. The results were immediate and remarkable. She gave us a written summary of each session with clear instructions for 'home work'. We highly recommend Critters.

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DOG SPECIALTIES
4.8
from 44 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Denise F.
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I hired Cynthia as my dog trainer for several reasons. She got back to me right away, she was reasonably priced, she had great reviews, she has worked with a lot of German Shepherds, and she comes to my home. She has been here twice and is teaching me how to train my dog. She is patient, kind, and really knows her business. She is always encouraging, never impatient or unkind. I am looking forward to more lessons and I plan to take my dog to her for a two week stay so that she can really get my girl going in the right direction. Keesha is somewhat fearful so I feel that for Cynthia to be able work her magic she needs to have Keesha close by on a daily bases.

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Growing Up K9
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Wendy C.
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Molly Wong came today and after just an hour and a half I knew she was the perfect trainer. Our dog responded very quickly and we learned so much that we can immediately put into our daily routine. I'm very grateful.

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Yappy to Happy
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Linda H.
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She took great care of my dog Gilly

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Nakama Dog Training
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Rie M.
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very pleased with her service. She is knowledgeable and professional. my dog has responded to the techniques she taught us and we are very happy with the result!

Brenda's Good Dogs
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Regina S.
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I would recommend Brenda for dog training. Her rates are very reasonable and she does the fair thing if time adjustments are needed. Brenda was patient and accommodating to our schedules. We'll be using her again as our puppy continues to grow and needs follow-up lessons or advanced lessons. Our puppy loves Brenda and gets very excited to see her when she comes for training. It was a win-win for us. Thanks Brenda!

Naughty Dogs PDX
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Kellie S.
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I feel I need to chime in on Kendra's innate ability with boarding animals. To say Kendra is good with pets is an understatement. Kendra goes the extra mile with each creature she comes in contact with; she has an animal rescue kit in her van just in case she comes across an animal in need! A few summers ago, I had a temporary job take me out of state for a month and couldn't take my cat with me. Frantically, I tried to think of a caregiver who would put up with my temperamental feline friend. My cat is not really a "people cat" and prefers not to be touched by anyone other than me; I was truly panicked about finding a place for her. Somehow my kitty was relaxed and at ease while purring and sitting on Kendra's lap only within a few short minutes of reaching the house (not something I have ever seen). Needless to say, all of my worries were put at ease immediately. If your loved one needs a place to stay, look no further! Kendra's compassion, openness and knowledge of dogs, cats, and other furry or feathered friends will amaze you.

Pawcific NW Training
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Cody S.
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Kymber began working with our dog Otis a couple months ago. Before meeting Kymber, Otis was extremely timid and lacked much confidence around other dogs. These personality traits definitely impacted his obedience in the house as well. Throughout our training, we worked on creating environments that would allow Otis to gain confidence and let his true personality shine. The result has been a much more confident, obedient, and happy dog. We could not be happier with the progress Otis has made and would recommend Kymber to any dog owner who needs some training help.

Patient Pawz
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Joy B.
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Debbie has been training my dog after I spoiled her and taught her a few ban habits. Debbie has always been very patient with both my dog and me. I feel that my dog has come a long way with the training Debbie gave to both of us. I have a new puppy that I intend to have her train as well - I trust her abilities and she is very caring with the animals. I often recommend her to friends that have pets. Jojo loves her.

Linda's Dog Walking Service
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy L.
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I broke my leg a while back and have been unable to get my very active dog out for exercise. I found out about Linda on this website and have been extremely happy with her abilities. Linda is one of the friendliest people I have ever met and absolutely loves dogs. She has been walking my dog for almost 2 months now and my dog worships her. He anxiously awaits her arrival on those special days and they always have great walks. She is also quick to note when he wants to play and gladly accommodates him. I would highly recommend Linda for anyone who is interested in this type of service.

Whispering Hills Kennels
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bill H.
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My wife and I found Jeff at the sportsmen show earlier this year. We carefully explained to Jeff that I have had many dogs in the past but had always wanted a proffesionaly trained retiever. I explained I was adamant about the limited use of shock collar and a dog focused on hunting from a boat. Jeff said he focused on my concerns and the type of hunting I wanted a partner for. Jeff took my 90 lb over weight dog and returned to me a 70 lb dog that was all about hunting. After working her for two months I asked Jeff for some help with advanced tactics that I was struggling with, he provided me with advice that I found invaluable in completing my dogs training. After this season I intend to use Jeff's facility for another week of his proffesional training help to give closure to any new tactics I may want to add to my dogs abilities. Both Heather (Jeff's wife) and Jeff provide a environment that was easy for my dog to acclimate too and quickly be ready to meet the challenge given her.

Effie's Pet Services
5.0
from 1 review
    Jackie S.
    Verified review

    Kristin has been my dog walker on two separate occasions each for a period of 2-3 months, she has very special way with dogs having them obey her with a gentle hand. My dog goes absolutely ballistic joy when Kristin arrives, Kristin is on time and often stays longer to help with a specific behavior we are trying to teach. She carries water and all sorts of things she made me during the walk. You could have a better person to trust with your pet.

    About

    We offer professional dog training and boarding services for all breeds, ages, and sizes of dogs. We provide custom programming to fit you and your dog where every dog is treated like one of our own. We used fair and balanced methods to achieve best results with a happy dog and owner! We are owned by a master certified trainer.

    • 2 years in business
    About

    I have taken care of and trained dogs my whole life. They are not only wonderful companions but, often your best friend. Dogs love unconditionally but, need tender loving care. I will care for your dog as you do-always. My available times are evenings- Tues, Thursday Friday , and weekends.

    About

    Patty’s Precious Pets offers home-style dog boarding for smaller dogs, 25 pounds and under. We feature a comfortable, enjoyable “bed and biscuit” for your canine family member. In addition, we provide overnight boarding with no hidden charges. We charge $25 for 24 hours of kennel boarding. We also offer doggy day care. Schedule a “meet and greet” today and board your dog with the assurance that they will be healthy, happy, and safe, while they are in our care!

    • 26 years in business
    About

    We use positive encouragement combined with intellectual stimulation to provide effective dog training that works in real life. Our dogs will be obedient not only in class but also at home where it counts most.

    About

    We provide dog walking & pet care services for all breeds. Whether your dog needs a quick 15 minute potty break or prefers an hour long stroll through the park, we're happy to spend time with your pooch while you are away. We also provide pet sitting services for cats, rabbits and all your other furry friends.

    About

    Offer experience to assist dog owners in correcting behavioral issues. Rehabilitate unwanted behaviors such as aggression, possession, excitability, excessive barking, lead pulling, etc. Handle a wide variety of breeds (pit bulls, bulldogs, hounds, Labradors, mixes, etc.) No behavioral problem is too large! I will always work to the best of my ability to help you and your dog experience a more balanced life. *I am also available to walk, pet-sit, and for basic grooming.

    About

    I love dogs, and I love animals that are happy and excited to have a friend. I love being active, and because I live where I can't have animals, I found a way to make sure I can put that love to others who need it. My service starts at 10 dollars and up for any kind of service you're looking for. Thank you!

    About

    I'm a very savvy animal care taker! You can be assured your furry family member will be safely looked after and I will be able to do any task you need. Including caring for your dogs, cats, birds, and or reptiles. Will feed/water, administer medicine/prescription, walk/play, bath, transfer to and from appointments, ect.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I'm young and like to do anything possible to make the dogs happy and they make me happy.

    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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