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Philadelphia Aggressive Dog Trainers

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Elaine Cury Dog Obedience
4.8
from 78 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Stacey E.
Verified review

Despite the last review, which I view as a case of poor owners. The fact rings true that there is no bad dog just bad owners. Even if you watch "Caesar Milan" he says the same thing repeatedly and his techniques are also the same if not similar to Elaine's. Regardless, we adopted a Pitt Bull from the local SPCA on January 30,2016 she was very good with my husband and I but aggressive with ANYONE else and with other dogs as well. We knew we had a problem when we could not have people come inside of the house and even when people walked into the vets office she would get aggressive. I researched and talked to many dog trainers and to my shock a few of them said my Dallas was pretty much a lost cause and just an affressive dog. After Elaine's first visit with us we learned the tools we needed to have a happy balanced dog which to make a dog balanced and a happy dog does not require what we need and want to be happy as most think, as I thought before. Elaine knew exactly what Dallas needed and how to work with us to be able to help her. After her first visit was over we had a new dog instantly! The main concerns were covered in only 1.5hrs, this amazed us! We did use the gentle leader and we still use it every time we go on walks, she doesn't like it but she responds much better with it on and we both get an enjoyable walk. Now, 3 lessons in we are confident that we can take her places and know how to handle situations if they occur because with our dog it's all time and repetition at this point. We had a great experience with Elaine and would recommend her to anyone. She knows what she's doing and just go in knowing it's the owners who give their dogs these behaviors not the dogs. Trust me I found out I was making her worse by trying to baby her, I changed my behavior and energy and she changed pretty instantly. Personally I trust the care of my dog in Elaine's hands and you should too, she really does know her stuff and keep in mind being a dog owner does not make us experts so let's leave it to the actual expert!

  • 6 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
James S.
Verified review

I have known Steve for 10 years. He is the guru of dog trainers, in my book. He is an amazing trainer of retrievers, diabetic dogs, house dogs and dogs with behavior issues. He can pinpoint issues with the dogs that others just can not see. Steve is prompt, responsible and a super nice guy. You can not go wrong with Sassafras Canine Service Academy and Steve Basht.

Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
4.7
from 51 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Erin C.
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Wonderful trainer! She was so patient with my dog who is very fearful and with my four year old who wanted to be part of the training. And she gave lots of tips and home work to follow up with! I would definitely recommend her without hesitation!

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Doggies in the Ruff
4.9
from 40 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Jack D.
Verified review

Deb just left the house after a wonderful 2 hour session. I have always had dogs but never ever thought about using a dog trainer. Well I must say that Deb brought so much to the training of our Lab that it was invaluable. She is so knowledgeable, professional and very personable making the session a fun' experience for all of us. We highly, highly recommend Deb to anyone looking for a dog trainer!

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Pine Street Dogs
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
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Richard P.
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Nico is very knowledgeable and experienced in training dogs. My dog really likes him. I highly recommend him.

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Canines With Class
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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David S.
Verified review

Lisa is not just a dog trainer she's a great person. She's very dedicated to her profession and cares about her clients. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a trainer.

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  • 9 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Nora S.
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We recently completed Adult 1 Manners with our 10 month old puppy, Foxy. It was so much fun to watch her "get it". As this is our first dog, much of the training helped us get comfortable with her. House breaking, biting, and jumping has improved with lighting speed. Her leash skills are much improved; she learned to wait for us as we go out the a door; she has learned how to go home to her bed; she responds to the word, "come" so much better then before. She has also learned to sit, lie down, stay and to leave it. We are looking forward to starting the Canine Good Citizen class. Marion has a way of balancing her professionalism with her humor. She is available for questions during class or afterwards by phone or email. She has a way of letting you know that you need to work a bit more if you want your dog to improve without putting pressure on you to do so. In addition to the skills we have learned in class we have learned things about the best kind of leash for our dog; when to use what kinds of treats; the best way to crate and ideas for practicing at home with the emphasis on a few minutes throughout the day rather than time consuming practices. We feel it has been well worth the 1/2 hour drive to Molasses Creek and recommend Marion as a trainer. Her greatest strength is her undeniable love of dog

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  • 11 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kerry S.
Verified review

Steve's been great with our big baby Zeta. Zeta is a LARGE dog who gets over excited and lunges at other dogs while on a leash. Steve has helped train zeta (and us) to greet guests more calmly, walk better on a leash and come when called. We continue to work with Zeta on these skills but we wouldn't be where we are today without Steve. He has been an amazing trainer! I highly recommend him!

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For Paw Drive
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Giovanni C.
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We had one session today and my dog responded very well. Trainer is professional, caring, and addressed all of our questions. We signed up for 5 additional lessons.

Sweet Paw Dog Training
4.6
from 14 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Gwen N.
Verified review

Heather accomplished more in 3 sessions than previous dog trainers who spent much, much more time, but were less knowledgeable about how to effectively handle my dog's behavioral problems. She went directly to the problem behavior and after each session had produced lasting results. Everyone says my dog is like a whole different dog while maintaining his great enthusiasm for being alive. Positive training and rewards all the way. I would highly recommend her services. She doesn't just talk, she delivers.

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Curiosity Satisfied Dog Camp
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jeannie W.
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Steve is a very knowledgeable dog trainer. His method of dog training is so easy to learn and has proven excellent results raising my puppy. Highly recommend him for any dog behavior problems!

J Mac K-9 Academy
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 43 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Gusmel S.
Verified review

My female Dog is still in training . But as so far , its been great having J-mac K 9 deal with the situation we have with the dog . Our communication has been really supportive for us . Thank you.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Renee J.
Verified review

I tried 2 other dog trainers before working with Matt Ferramosca @ OLK9 training...what a difference! Matt is the best trainer I have ever worked with! I have a 2yr old energetic and very verbal German Shepherd .After his 2 week board and train, Alex is a different dog! I have walked him off leash in a park during a very busy weekend with people kids bikes and other dogs and he was wonderful! I rec'd many complements but referred the compliments to Matt at OLK9 Training. And the training doesn't end there! Matt is always available via phone text or email for questions and concerns! I highly recommend Matt and OLK9 Training for all of your training needs for big and small dogs of all breeds!

Bark U
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Nancy L.
Verified review

Excellent dog trainer and dog sitter. We have been with Bark U since we got our puppy a year ago. They are very caring, trustworthy and responsible. Easily reached for advice and questions. Christine is like a second mommy to our dog. I don't have to look to a kennel because Bark U also provides boarding. My dog gets to stay with someone he knows and trusts, gets to continue his schooling with his canine buddies and training while we are away. I never have to worry. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

Pet Parent Allies: CPDT:KA
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sheila S.
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Curt is an extremely professional and personable trainer. My two dogs absolutely love him and he saved my sanity by training me on how to be a more effective dog owner. He sincerely understands the impact of positive reinforcement and I highly recommend him to anyone who requires help in dog training.

Dog Charmer LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Craig W.
Verified review

If you are like me, I want to know if Bridget Gallagher is good without a lot of words. In short, my wife and I highly recommend Bridget for any issues you may be having. Even if you are not having issues, it was well worth the time to be taught how to handle your dog and to know what works with them. We had Sully doing more after 4 hours than 6 weeks of obedience classes.` Now for those who would like more info. Here is the longer story: We adopted Sully from a breeder in Maryland. We met Sully and his brothers and sisters at the breeder and fell in love. Sully was a very calm 5 ½ month old puppy that played well with his family and enjoyed our touch. His personality fit in perfectly. Sully came home with us and was an angel in the car. We introduced him to others and took him out to stores with no issues except he was shy. After a couple of weeks, he started barking and growing at anyone who came into the house and out in public. Our son, who is attending college, came home for a week and Sully would bark and growl at him every time he saw him. He never really warmed up to our son. This behavior seemed to be getting worse (nipping started) and we wanted to find someone who could help us. We were told he would be okay after going to obedience training which we were doing. The class taught us to give him treats. That never really did work. He would do the commands but it never helped with the barking and growling. I felt he had either a fear of people, lacked confidence or we were not doing something right. I owed several dogs and never had a problem. I reached out to a lot of trainers and dog behaviorists who said that they could help but I had seen mixed reviews with all of them. Some were using a prong collar and tough love. I just did not get a good feeling. I called my vet for a reference (who never got back to me) and others to no avail. I did some other searches and finally found Bridget. We saw her testimonials on line, talked with her on the phone and found other reviews not associated with her web site. My wife and I finally made a decision and had Bridget come to our house. When she arrived, Sully growled and barked at her when she met him outside. The next 4 hours were simple AMAZING. She explained to us what we had to do and how to do it. It was just SO simple. Bridget has a wealth of knowledge and experience with dogs and how and why they behave as they do. She is so committed to helping and educating you so you are able to work with your dog’s behavior problem. She even went with us to 2 pet stores to see strangers so she could show us how to stop the barking and growing and how to introduce him to strangers. By the end of the 4 hours, we had Sully: • Being introduced to strangers with VERY little barking and almost no growling • Staying in place with NO words – just hand motions and body language • Sat at the door and staying there without rushing outside – waited to be told to go out • No jumping or counter surfing Understanding how the dog thought was fantastic and so very cool. Just amazing what she taught us and what she could have us do that worked right away. The next day my wife and I took him separately on walks that met strangers and our training worked. He barked a little but we stepped in to stop the barking before the growling started. He calmed down and was able to greet the stranger with no issues.

  • 25 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Ken M.
Verified review

Steve, Stacey the boys and I would like to thank you for training our dog and training us. Dakota is doing great and we are a happy family. I would like to tell everyone some background of our dog. We got Dakota at 10 weeks old (pure bred German Shepard) and everything was good. As she got older she became too protective, to the point where she would not let anyone into our house or anybody even around my family. My wife would bring Dakota to my son's sporting events and would have to stand far away from everyone. We decided we needed to take her for training. The first two places we took her to were 2 local trainers and Petsmart, both places separated us from the rest of the class. Even though Dakota "graduated" from both schools none of our problems were solved. The next in home trainer (Bark Busters) we called had a 100% guarantee or your money back offer. This trainer ended up trying to train our dog from behind our fence he was also scared of her. After two sessions he never came back and also called us and told us to get rid of the dog because it was too aggressive and could not be trained. A friend of mine told me about A-1 Total control dog training academy and he said “he’s the best I've ever seen." I called A-1 and was offered a FREE 21/2 hour class. The class was over an hour from our house, but we decided to give it a shot because it was free and if we didn't get Dakota under control she would have to be put down. My wife and I took Dakota to the class and as Steve was approaching Dakota snapped and bit Steve on the leg. By the way Steve reacted when this happened we knew he knew how to handle her and he was going to have fun doing it. It only took us about 5 minutes to decide to sign up for the class even though it was far from home. We spent 5 Monday nights driving 1hour and 15 minutes each way trying to save our dog's life. Today we have a dog that we can take everywhere. We can have people over into our house and we are the envy of every dog owner in the neighborhood because our dog is the best behaved. Everyone that knew Dakota before cannot believe that this is the same dog. Many people stop me when I am walking Dakota and ask me how I got my dog to be so good, I tell them all about A-1. It took us four trainers to find Steve, but you are the last trainer we will ever need. Anyone who has any type of dog training concerns should bring their dog to A-1. Steve I have given you my home phone number and will talk to anybody that wants to know more, I would be glad to do it because we are forever grateful to Steve. Thanks again!

Buck’s Dog Training, LLC
3.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Alisa R.
Verified review

Nicole is a fantastic trainer. She treated our dog as if he were her own! She has a real passion for training done in a safe, effective way. We were thrilled with the results. As we continued to train our dog on our own, we saw how important the foundation was that she had prepared for him. We recommended all our friends to her and have not had any regrets since!

Holly Quinn Trainer

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  • New on Thumbtack
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I help train puppies to become well-behaved adult dogs with well manners. I help them be the pet you'll love.

Dave's Dog Training

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  • New on Thumbtack
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I train people to help their fuzzy family members to be well-behaved. I specialize in obedience, such as leash walking. I also do sit, come, and stay as well as other commands.

Brody's Williamstown

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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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We train our dogs in obedience and sport-work control protection. We are pit bull-friendly and we love them here at Brody’s. We watch dogs while people are at work and when they are away. Our training is like no other. We do not put a time frame on dogs. We stand behind it! We have trained police dogs and our customers highly praise our work.

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