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Happy Pets Training
4.8
from 67 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 262 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca H.
Verified review

Christine was fantastic and super helpful helping me with my puppy and making me feel hopeful that I can do this. I want to have a well trained dog and I know it starts with her training now and I am well on my way thanks to Christine!

Scooby Doos House of Play
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Deedee is an excellent dog trainer and business woman. Hire her!

Dog Gone Walking, Pittsburgh
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Nate B.
Verified review

Jen provides an amazing service with Dog Gone Walking. Super accommodating, super friendly, and super good with the dogs. They've been walking Lincoln for 2 years now. Can't recommend highly enough!

  • 4 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Emilie B.
Verified review

I had a great experience working with Matt! not only is he personable and easy to work with, but he is an excellent dog trainer. We were able to transform a gigantic stray shepard puppy from a total maniac into a calm, obedient buddy in 2 sessions. This is a very practical and effective method of training. If you're on the fence just go for it. You AND you dog will be much happier.

Paw & Order Dog Training
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda G.
Verified review

Paw & Order Dog Training has been a huge help with my dog. When I came to them I had already been to two different trainers with no luck. My dog is dog & people reactive so he was quite a challenge. Jamie is always a call/text away. Even 2.5 years after starting training, we still attend monthly pack walks to brush up on our skills. They also board Brody for me when I travel as a typical kennel is not an option for him. We are able to do things together that I never thought would be possible for him! I cannot recommend them enough.

  • 10 years in business
Bev M.
Verified review

Jessica has been coming to our home to take care of our three dogs. It's been a great experience. When scheduled, she comes twice a day to let them out and feed them. I used to have a problem getting our border collie to go downstairs for the day when I would leave for work. I've even had to carry him down there. Not anymore. I just say, "Jessica is coming today" and off he goes! I love knowing that my dogs are well taken care of. I also love reading Jessica's notes that she leaves about what went on that day. I would highly recommend Jessica to anyone needing dog care.

  • 16 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Brenda F.
Verified review

I can't brag enough about how great Beth and her Fetch Pet Care Service is...my 1 yr. old bulldog and 16 yr. old mix breed were cared for lovingly in her home, exercised at the dog park, played with by her children, what more could you ask for?? It's above and beyond daycare. While we were on vacation, Chubbz had an infected rash and Beth didn't hesitate to get him to the vet and administer medicine during the week. She sent pix of the dogs and kept us updated...free of worry and able to relax and know my dogs were in good hands. Highly recommend her services.

  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Luke D.
Verified review

My wife and I signed our Weimeraner up for the two week crate and train package and l can say with 100% certainty that it was the best money we've ever spent. Prior to the training my wife simply couldn't handle our dog. He is too big and too strong for her to control (not to mention that it's pretty embarrassing to be pulled around constantly by your dog). We met with the trainers (Buck and Sue) and knew immediately we had found the right place. We dropped our pup off, went on our honeymoon, and picked up a completely different dog. Like night and day. He went from pulling like a sled dog on leash to walking right next to us without one. He listens, obeys, and is overall a pleasure to be around. When we picked him up Buck and Sue took all the time we needed to show us how to properly use his commands and taught us the dos and donts that will insure proper behavior. Now I take him to the trail all the time with no leash in sight and let him do his own thing knowing that at any moment for any reason I can call him right back to my side with no problem whatsoever. We went from embarrassed to gushing with pride as we constantly are receiving praise for how well behaved and trained our dog is. Buck and Sue are the nicest and most genuine people you could ever hope to have molding your dog (they cried when we picked him up just like we did when we dropped him off). They sent us tons of pictures and videos of the training process while we were gone so we could see his progress and never feel like he was too far away. If you want to have the best behaved dog in your neighborhood or are having trouble with at home training then you don't have to look any further than Offleash K9. My friends are all looking to have their pups trained there and any dog we have in the future will absolutely be spending some time with the BEST TRAINERS IN PITTSBURGH. You're the Best Luke, Shelle, and Ruxin

Joyful Heart Pet Care
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Abbi N.
Verified review

Lisa has been stopping by my home to walk my pup for about a month now and I could not be more happy with her service. My dog can be difficult, and does not easily trust new faces, but I can tell that she enjoys Lisa's visits just by how calm she is when I get home. Lisa also takes the time to write notes about her visit each day, which really means a lot to me since sometimes my long work hours keep my from my pup longer than I'd like. I would HIGHLY recommend Lisa to anyone looking for a qualified individual to spend time with their animal.

C & D Pet Sitters
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Allison L.
Verified review

She was wonderful. My dogs can be high maintenance and a kennel isn't an option so Tracy was a huge help. We will def. be using in her services again in the near future.

  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
April F.
Verified review

Carol is my new go-to girl. She was so good to my cat Pencils, kept in communication with me while I was on vacation for two weeks - sent me a photo of pencils while we were away - she was great. Super experienced and reassured me that my cat would be just fine while I was away when I was panicking. She certainly was well taken care of! When I picked Pencils up, her fur was super soft and it was clear that she was brushed really well (she usually sheds quite a bit). Carol is great, it doesn't get any better than that. Her prices beat any kennel or cage free cat houses. My cat is adventurous and loved watching the fish in Carol's fish tank and playing with her dogs. Carol even offered to pick Pencils up 30 minutes away from her house. She is very knowledgable and friendly. HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Carrie's Pet Care
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew B.
Verified review

Carrie and her husband took great care of my cat while I was away. She kept me up-to-date on his status with pictures and texts. Would definitely hire again.

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christine F.
Verified review

It’s my pleasure to recommend Stephinie Italiano for dog training, walking and sitting. Stephinie has been my dog sitter for the past 3 years. She is honest, dependable, and goes the extra mile to make sure that my dogs are happy. My dogs are both shy and she was able to make both of them feel at ease quickly with her kind and gentle approach. Stephinie is also an excellent dog trainer. She is highly skilled in helping fearful, aggressive dogs become more confident and therefore no longer aggressive. Dogs that used to be afraid to walk out of their home, are able to enjoy walks after she works with them. Dogs that used to bark, growl and lunge at other dogs and people on walks are able to walk past confidently without become aggressive. I highly recommend Stephinie as a Dog Trainer and Dog Sitter/Walker. You and your dogs will love her!

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara S.
Verified review

Darlene is a delight to work with. I was at first nervous about leaving my 2 pups. They are bigger dogs and love attention. But after meeting with her and her correspondence while we were away, all worries melted away. The dogs seem to love her her and she's very good with them. Highly recommended.

Dogworks Training Center
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michele L.
Verified review

We brought our 12 week old St Bernard to the Star Puppy class at the Canine Club under trainer Stephanie Barber and Toni. Our puppy has retained the good habits we worked on in class. The positive reinforcement training is very effective. Our family was welcome there including our four young children which was the main reason I signed up for the class. I highly recommend Stephanie to anyone looking for a kind, knowledgeable instructor. Sincerely, Michele and AJ Liberatore and family

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen D.
Verified review

I have watch one of my favorite Stays with Thumbtack. Rover isnt A good pick. I had a hard time picking a sitter i could trust. My dogs are like my babies and I am responsible they have no voice . I have to be able to trust thier care I do with Thumbtack and Fetch.

Kilted K-9
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer K.
Verified review

You can tell Dayton's love for dogs. He is very good in training us to help get our springer spaniel puppy under control

Christy's K-9 Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
Laura L.
Verified review

This trainer has a very confident manner and my dog reacted well to him. I am learning a lot about dog behavior and how to read my dog's body language. He has given me great information and tips covering many different areas of my dog's reactions. I would recommend him highly to anyone serious about doing the work to strengthen their bond with their furry friend. Enjoyable too

Stephanie R.
Verified review

Jess took great care with my two dogs and cat while we were on vacation. I knew from the moment I met her that the animals would quickly adapt to her caring for them. They instantly fell in love with her wonderful personality and passion for animals. Dependable, caring, and affordable. Highly recommend.

V Force Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
Kelly K.
Verified review

Melissa is an amazing trainer! She has been helping me train my dog, Boone, in nose work and without her help we wouldn't have made any progress as her hands on lessons made night and day difference. I can see a huge difference in my dogs confidence and in his ability to follow commands. Definitely would recommend V Force training for anyone looking to have fun and excel with creating a better bond with their dog!

Thomas' Trainer for Dog

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    I offer walking, teaching, and behavior training services, as well as teach you how to take care of your dog, voice commands, how to work with children, and helping your children take care of the dog.

    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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