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Portland Dog Trainers

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Critters
4.9
from 99 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 294 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cheryl S.
Verified review

I have been in the dog training profession for over forty years and have known Kari Kerr as a dog training professional for over fifteen years. She has always demonstrated a very high standard of knowledge and customer service. I recommend her highly to anyone. Sincerely Cheryl Smith Forever Friends Dog Training School 17 Grenfell Cres.,Unit 1 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2G 0G3 (613) 619-5608 foreverfriendsdogtraining@rogers.com

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DOG SPECIALTIES
4.8
from 45 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Angela E.
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I highly recommend Cynthia and assure you will be extremely happy with her services. I left my 7 month old German Shepherd,Kobe, with her for 3 weeks. It was difficult to be away from him for so long but worth it. Kobe walks great on a leash now. He follows commands sit, stay, off, come, place, and down. He even sits and waits at the door nicely before being released to go through the doorway. Cynthia treats your dog as her own. While Kobe was in her care, she identified some stomach issues and changed his food, with my permission. As a result, Kobe's stomach issues improved. It was evident upon picking Kobe up, at the end of his 3 weeks of training, that Kobe had bonded with Cynthia. On pickup day, she spends the time needed for you to feel comfortable learning all the commands your dog has learned and teaches you how to walk with your dog correctly. Please choose Cynthia for your dog's training needs. You will be very satisfied with your pup's progress.

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Growing Up K9
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah B.
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We have seen great improvement with our puppy thanks to Molly, our Great Dane has been leash reactive and would not listen to us when there were other dogs around. she has shown huge improvement and we are very happy with the training that both we and our dog received. I totally recommend her services.

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Yappy to Happy
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

Healing Meadows
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Conrad B.
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Our experience working with Jamie to help train our dogs has been excellent. She involves the entire family and worked very well helping our kids work with the dogs. Her approach and techniques have been very effective with our dogs, especially our rescue. We highly recommend Jamie for any dog training assistance and will continue to have her work with our family for future dog training.

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The Blue Leash
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alexsa S.
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Nicole was amazing! We only had a few days with her and she taught us everything she possibly could. She was assertive with our pup and help us do the same. My husband did the sessions with me and while he practiced with our dog, I practiced with Flynn, Nicole's well trained Australian Shepherd. That proved to best way for us to learn as we were both able to be active. Watching her with her dog provided a great example to us if what we were training our dog to do. Nicole was patient and very helpful. He repeated herself often and encouraged us to take notes to ensure that we grasped every concept she taught us. Our 6 month old puppy is doing great! He walks well on a leash and obeys commands like come, sit, down, stay, and heel. We are now practicing of leash training and with Nicole's help he is doing great! I would recommend her to anyone who has adopted a dog of any age.

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.

Charlo Training
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Was very prompt in setting up an in home demo and we feel confident in their skills!

Sit. Stay. Petsitting
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Aaron C.
Verified review

Gail has been very professional. She has walked our sometimes stubborn and hard to manage Dalmatian for several months. She even takes pictures to let us see our dog when he takes a walk. She has given us advice about how to calm our dog for his separation anxiety and even given us a collar to help with his whining and barking. I cannot say enough about the level of professionalim and passion she has for animals. Hire her, she will take care of your animals with love, compassion and kindness like they are her own. Highly Recommended!

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.

Paradise Pet Service
5.0
from 1 review
    Joan B.
    Verified review

    Sheri Raynor has watched over my 2 dogs on a 5day a week schedule for over 3 years. She is very knowledgeable and has administered medications for them, groomed them and made them exceedingly happy! She is very trustworthy and flexible. When my husband died Sheri kept my household in one piece and absolutely kept my Labrador from being overwhelmed by the loss of his best friend. I highly recommend Sheri Raynor. She is the best!!!

    Loving Pet Care
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 6 years in business
    Ronnie C.
    Verified review

    Ginger has house sat and taken care of my dogs on two separate occasions and did an excellent job. My dogs love her. When I returned home my house was clean, dogs feed and happy, and an extra nice surprise waiting for me. I travel worry free with Ginger house sitting and caring for my furry family members.

    About

    I love walking dogs, grooming, feeding them and playing with them with love and care with patience and kindness.

    • 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 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.

    About

    Giving your dog the best care is my top concern! I offer walks, some training, and feeding.

    • 12 years in business
    About

    At Safe Journey Dog Boarding, we offer home-style doggie day care. There will be no crates, pens or kennels. They spend their visit with us in a comfortable environment among us and other dogs in our Victorian style home.

    About

    We provide equine massage and microcurrent therapy for the horse industry to aid in the healing and discomfort of horses due to injury, chronic pain and sickness. Microcurrent aids in the healing of chronic pain, bowed tendons, laminitis, burns, bruising, stress, anxiety, inflammation, cuts and large open wounds, navicular problems, tendon issues, abscesses, arthritis, and cartilage issues. The massage is also great for aiding in the pain of these animals. Microcurrent and massage has been around since the 1900s and is an accredited aid for the last 40 years. It's been recognized from vets and the race horse industries and is mostly known through the Kentucky derby and the Thorp Equine Peek Performace Race Horse industry as well as The Center on Herion Hill and Sovereign Healthy Alternatives and Dr. David Young.

    • 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.

    Actual Requests

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    Need a Dog Trainer

    Forest Grove, OR

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification, Assistance / disabilities
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy
    • Dog size
      Other (Giant)

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Vancouver, WA

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      5 or more years
    • Dog size
      Medium
    • Details
      We have two dogs. The beagle barks and go crazy when walking when we see other dogs she is just saying hi. Would be nice to be able to take her out and not have to explain that she is friendly and would be nice to learn how to get her to stop.

    Need Dog Training Services

    Fairview, OR

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      3-4 years
    • Dog size
      Small
    • $75
      Average price
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