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Knucklehead K9 Services, LLC
4.9
from 133 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 355 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mike P.
Verified review

Tony's training has been outstanding! I thought that training my dog (rescued 2 y/o pit-lab mix) would be relatively simple...until I brought her home. After a month it became clear that I needed professional help and I gave Tony a call. He's worked with us consistently and continued to give his time and advice outside of our scheduled appointments. My dog still has a ways to go but his training has already paid dividends and the difference in her behavior is clearly noticeable.

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Gray House Dog Training
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amy T.
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I fostered a 5 month old Coonhound that was rescued from a neglectful home. She had very little social skills and a slew of medical issues. The immediate issue, after seeing to the medical, was her food aggression because I have two other dogs. After researching and speaking to a few other dog trainers, I chose Gray House Dog Training because Victoria (the trainer) felt each dog she trains is a separate case and she would evaluate her to see what training would best fit the individual dog. The other trainers had a set training system for all cases. She had my insecure, neglected pup sitting on command at her first session! Victoria interacted with and evaluated my pup before she came up with a plan on how to feed her to eliminate the aggression. And it worked! She also worked with her on a structured routine teaching her how to walk on a leash. We learned basic commands as well. Victoria taught me how to continue training on the days she was not here. It was crucial my pup was trained before she was adopted in order for her to make the transition to her forever home successful. Not only did Victoria teach my pup how to live as a part of a family, she taught her acceptance of love and trust. I am happy to say my Coonie is in her forever home happily living with two Coonie sisters! Politely sharing food and love! Victoria played a crucial part of giving this poor pup a second chance for a wonderful life.

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey M.
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I had Rose take care of my dog Rocco for one week. Rose kept me informed on a daily basis and was an outstanding pet sitter for my dog. She took pictures and videos with her and Rocco playing. I felt very comfortable and I knew Rose could get the job done at 110%. I would definitely recommend Rose for any type of pet sitting.

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Obedience and Beyond
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Awesome trainer there was another trainer there that dog came running over not sure what dog was going to do but she prevented a confrontation whereas other trainer did nothing and actually used ecollar in inappropriate way shocking dog when going back to their trainer

Flying High Dog Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey B.
Verified review

Marsha helped us with our 2 dogs we adopted from Mostly Mutts. They have completed Beginner and Intermediate dog training, and she's come to our house to help us with issues around our fence and with our neighbors. She's high energy, dogs just love her! Our dogs walk much better on a leash now and we get lots of compliments on how well they behave out around town and in our yard. We've learned so much from her. Well worth the time and effort to have well behaved dogs! We plan on continuing to advanced and getting our Austin approved so I can take him into work with me as a therapy dog. Best thing we could have done for our mutts! I wouldn't take my dogs anywhere else!

Ducey Dog Walking
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Suzanne H.
Verified review

Courtney is reliable and has worked with our dog since he was a pup at 10 weeks or so. Our dog adores her and so do we! He comes home tired and happy which makes for a well behaved dog!

Spring Canine Academy
3.0
from 3 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Carol W.
Verified review

My dog responded very well to techniques at Spring Canine Academy

Charm City Pet Care
5.0
from 1 review
    Matthew S.
    Verified review

    Charm city pet care has been great. My dog Is always excited to see her and is taken care of very well. Thank you for all your hard work!

    Happy Paws Daycare
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Shelly S.
    Verified review

    The experience was wonderful for my dog Cyra and for us as her "parents". I was apprehensive about it at first because we have never had to find a sitter for our fur baby. We met Jordana a few days beforehand and Cyra was fine with her immediately. Cyra played with their two puppies as well. The first meeting went well. Jordana and I discussed what was needed to make Cyra feel at home and the price. The day we dropped her off....she was familiar with Jordana and her puppies. Cyra had a wonderful time, and we got pictures of her throughout our time away. That was a very nice touch. We will be using her again in the future and would also recommend her to anyone who asks. Shelly

    • 8 years in business
    About

    I do non-toxic detailed cleaning for residential and post-construction. I also provide dog walking services. I employ my 18-year-old daughter, Shelby, for this duty. She is wonderful with all pets. She is even available to exercise horses. She is an avid rider and a great barn hand, if in need.

    About

    I am a dog lover. I was an experienced K9 handler in my past job, and I love to train dogs. I'm happy to work with the dogs.

    • 5 years in business
    About

    We stand out from other trainers by incorporating many different training techniques to fit your dog's attitude and aptitude. We also use k9 psychology and knowledge of k9 body language to determine how your dog is feeling so that we can adjust our approach if need be.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I am a part-time waitress and part-time student in the fall. I enjoy walking and taking care of my own pets. I am just looking to pick up an extra side job.

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    If you practice three principals, • Remember, dog education begins with you. When you are in charge, your dog does not have to be. • Consistency is a requirement on which your dog depends. • Praise and love are the cornerstones that endear you to your dog and him to you. You will have a successful relationship with your dog. Dog training, for the most part, is all about making you and your dog happy. Club Fido trainers use dog-friendly methods, such as food rewards and positive reinforcement. We have 5 trainers on staff, each experienced in their area of expertise. Roseanne Foy trained service dog for many years. She can teach you how to remedy the above behaviors and many, many more in a group class (6 dogs or more) environment. She teaches our Puppy Obedience and Manners classes. Michele Gardner has been training for 10 years. Her Akita won a national event in Rhode Island. She also succeeded in being the number one Akita in the United States for two consecutive years. She is in AKC S.T.A.R. and Puppy classes. She does group, semi-private and private obedience classes, as well as Canine Good Citizen (CGC) classes and testing. Liz Fortna is our agility instructor. She is a knowledgeable agility instructor and a successful competitor with her dogs and handling the dogs of owners. You will experience the bond she develops with the dogs and acknowledge you need to succeed in agility. Beginner Agility is a pre-requisite in basic obedience training. This class will introduce you to the sport of agility at a more competitive level. We will teach your dog how to jump, negotiate the weave poles, teeter and contact equipment. This class will also teach you the beginning stages of maneuvering your dog through a course off leash. Advanced Agility is a pre-requisite in beginner agility class. In this class, you will build on the skills of the beginner class and learn more detailed handling to go around more complex courses. You will fine-tune your weave pole and contacts in this class as well. If you are looking to compete, then this is a great class. Jackie La Palaca run Doga Classes. Experience the ultimate stretching/relaxation dog and owner yoga from her. Doga is a form of yoga that incorporates your dog. Not only is this a great bonding time, it also promotes a healthy lifestyle. Jackie's soothing voice and manner enhances success of her classes. This is also great for those athletic dogs to keep them stretched and healthy. Joyce Bogar teaches our Cart/Draft class. This class is based on the NCA Draft Test Regulations and each step is covered by Joyce Bogar. A swash adjustable freight style harness is required for this class and can be ordered through Club Fido prior to the class. Joyce will help your dog adjust to the harness and cart. You will practice placing the harness correctly on your dog as well as making the connections to the cart. You and your dog will train in backing up, 90 degree turns, and negotiating narrow areas and gates. We also teach the tools needed for a 3-minute in sight and out of sight down stay.

    About

    I use safe, humane, positive reinforcement methods that allow you and your dog to have fun while working.

    About

    I love all animals and have several in my family. I groom, feed, and walk all pets that are possible to walk. I am loving and very caring for all animals.

    About

    I have raised, trained and shown Rottweilers for over 25 years. I am a very dog-friendly person with many skills. I am currently retired and looking to do something I love, to keep me busy.

    About

    I provide dog walking and in-home pet care. I will keep your pets feeling safe and loved while you are away from home, avoiding kennel cough and anxiety.

    About

    I provide pet care in your home and dog lodging in mine. I am a member of Pet Sitters International. I have a certificate in professional pet sitting, and I am pet first aid/CPR trained. This is an insured, bonded and licensed business that is owned and operated by a former teacher.

    About

    We offer one-on-one private in-home dog training. We specialize in basic and advanced obedience and behavior modification.

    • 2 years in business
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    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 Training Services for a Shy Rescue Dog

    Bellefonte, PA

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size(s)
      Large (46-70 lbs)
    • Details
      Rescue dog, very shy. No training at all
    • $250
      Average price

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Shrewsbury, PA

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size(s)
      Small (1-15 lbs), Medium (16-45 lbs)
    • Details
      I have a cockapoo who is a year and a half old who needs some training. My husband and I try our best with him, but have trouble getting him to stop doing some bad behaviors. Is it too late to train him? He has problems with jumping up when he sees you and sometimes nips at your hands. He drags our carpets around from our kitchen. He barks at other dogs when we're out walking or he sees one, not in an aggressive way though. When we walk him on a leash, he constantly pulls. (Sometimes making it as he is walking us) He begs while we eat. My husband and I can't get him to stop doing these things, and are in need of some assistance. I'm sure there are more things that I can't think of, but wanted to start out with this. Is it to late? Hoping to hear from you soon! Have a great evening.
    • $400
      Average price

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Owings Mills, MD

    • Dog training type
      Obedience
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy - 0-6 months
    • Dog size(s)
      Small (1-15 lbs)
    • Details
      I am getting the puppy in June at 9 weeks. I need to know if she can be in a class by herself until she is 16 weeks old and then in a group class.
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