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McKeesport Dog Trainers

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Happy Pets Training
4.8
from 67 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 266 hires on Thumbtack
Dan W.
Verified review

We had personal dog training in our home and it was invaluable! Christine was easy to work with and came prepare with a variety of toys, treats, and great ideas. She obviously has a love of dogs!

Scooby Doos House of Play
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra C.
Verified review

We just finished week 2 of training with our dog and we have noticed a huge difference already. Can't wait to see how much more we can achieve

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

  • 16 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Terri N.
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Fetch Pet Sitting looked after my Bulldog and 2 Kitty Cats while we took a 14 day vacation over the Christmas and New Year Holiday Season. I typically take my dog to a kennel however he is getting up there in years I and would have worried while away. Fetch set up an initial meeting in my home where the 2 sitters came and met my animals and got all the information they needed to take good care of my animals. I provided them with a key each, and on the day of my departure received a text message letting me know they would be there later on that day and to have a great vacation. During my vacation, I received a text from home giving me a quick update on the status. Which allowed me to really relax. Upon my return I found the animals content and happy. The house was left very tidy, the mail had been taken care of, and most of all my pets were all in great shape. In fact - I think they were a little disappointed when we walked through the door rather than the pet sitters - they were completely spoiled while I was away. I fully intend on using Fetch Pet Sitting again and would highly recommend this service to anyone who has pets. They were professional and very thorough, and they obviously have a deep affection for animals as demonstrated by how my pets were upon arrival home. I had the service come to my house 3 times a day - since I was gone for so long. I think the service was good value for money - I would have paid as much to Kennel my Dogs and pay a neighbors kid to look after my cats. Peace of mind - Priceless.

Aunt Penny's Pet Services
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Tina O.
Verified review

We use Aunt Penny's Fur Heaven for our pet sitting needs and to us it is a gift from heaven! For years we could not find a place where we felt comfortable leaving our 2 beagles. They would be stressed and upset and not get the one on one attention we feel they deserved. But then we found Aunt Penny and Fur Heaven and all that changed the instant the dogs arrived! It is a relaxing, home environment and most importantly they are the only dogs in it so they receive the utmost care and attention. Penny plays games with them and provides a comforting, stress free environment. When we drop off and pick up our dogs they are completely relaxed and happy. We can finally not feel guilty or stressed when we have to leave them. Plus Aunt Penny keeps in touch with us via pictures, texts, and videos showing what a great time the dogs are having. Penny is VERY professional and we always learn something every visit that can help our dogs at home as well. I have also attended a few of Aunt Penny's classes and they are extremely well done. You learn A LOT about dogs and dog behavior that is extremely helpful! I highly recommend all of Aunt Penny's services.

C & D Pet Sitters
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
William W.
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When our dog reached 7 years of age, we used Tracy to stop by, to walk and let our dog out for bathroom breaks, while we were working. Tracy is very caring, trustworthy and reliable. Tracy would stop by when we were home, and our dog would be excited to see her! I wouldn't hesitate to utilize Tracy's services again.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara S.
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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.

  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy H.
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We learned so much in one hour and already see a difference with training our puppy and him learning his manners.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kim B.
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I hired Ed for my daughter & her dogs. She calls him the dog whisperer! She has posted wonderful reviews of his training program on her social media accounts. She & I highly recommend him!

Steel Valley Kennels llc
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Johnny R.
Verified review

They have the best working dogs in the Ohio valley area and if they don't have 1 they can get 1 in. Definitely the best kennel to get a great dog or puppy from.

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!

Nose To Toes Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Angela J.
Verified review

Vironica is very responsible and dependable. Love her caring manner

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.

About

I am an 18-year old student from West Allegheny. I own a mini dachshund that is seven years old. I love it deeply, and I think we all could benefit from this position. You get a doggie walker and Bobo gains a new friend.

About

We provide dog walking as well as bathing, pet sitting, overnight care, pickup and drop-off services as well as food/water and bathroom break services!

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I provide dog walking, entertainment, house-sitting and care of the house if odd jobs are needed, such as watering plants. I am a retired veterinarian, so I love to care for pets with health issues and needs of the elderly or anxious pets.

  • 4 years in business
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I'm not aware of others who do this type of work. I'm an honest and trustworthy person. I grew up with dogs.

About

Barb Levenson Dog Training Centers' pet classes have been helping Pittsburgh dog owners train their dogs for 3 decades. All classes are specifically designed to help owners develop a positive canine relationship through positive reinforcement training.

About

I will be able to walk dogs during Friday evenings, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. I am also available during Saturday and Sunday morning, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

About

My wife and I are both pet lovers and live in the South Hills. We can provide 24-hour care for your dog at our house, or visit your dog or cat in your house. We can work around your schedule and provide whatever your pet may need. We also bring in mail and will water plants. We can provide background checks and references. We are looking forward to meeting you and your pet. Mike & Jen's Pet Sitting

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

Bridgeville, PA

  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 6-12 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Other (48 lb Goldendoodle)
  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Details
    Great dog until attacked and now is aggressive toward all other dogs
  • $60
    Average price

Need Dog Training for Behavioral Modification

Cuyahoga Falls, OH

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 0-6 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Details
    Dog is hostile to people on bikes, likes to chase cars and likes to bite when she is overly excited or mad.
  • $200
    Average price
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