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Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
4.7
from 51 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Donna C.
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She was kind and patient. We have two dogs with two different needs. She showed us how to train both of them on the same day. She spent as much time as needed. I highly recommend Bad dog to Good dog!

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Doggies in the Ruff
5.0
from 41 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Jack D.
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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!

  • 2 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren S.
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When I was looking for training for my lab mix ruby I didn’t feel that she would get anything out of the experience from a franchise pet store so I started my search for dog trainers who knew how to read and work with dogs on a one to one level. Steve came to our apartment and showed us exactly how to handle ruby. We already had a good base from watching a lot of ceasar millan (haha) but we needed more and steve guided us. Even after one day with his methods, ruby is a completely different dog. It will take take with her but now we have the confidence she will be a very well rounded dog. We will send an update in about a month to show her progress.

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Canines With Class
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
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David S.
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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
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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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
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer B.
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My husband and I are so happy that we have discovered Steve Broadwell from Diamonds In The Woof to help us with our dog, Winston. Steve has been a life-saver and we are so pleased working with him. He is professional, highly knowledgeable, and has not only helped our dog, but has helped us, too. Our dog is a handful and we're still a work in progress, but Winston has really come a long way, all thanks to Steve. We not only feel as though we have hired the best dog-trainer in the area (we have!), but we have also made a friend who truly loves and cares about our dog.

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For Paw Drive
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Meg M.
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Trish has been great with our pup. She has helped train our whole family ((including my two young boys)) on how to help our puppy have a good foundation. She is always available to bounce things off of and has been nothing but patient with us. We love her!!

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Sweet Paw Dog Training
4.7
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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Gwen N.
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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.

  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa M.
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We had two separate vacations this Summer, with one week home in-between. We did the two week training package and used one week per vacation. Kayla usually likes to have both weeks run consecutively, but she agreed to do them separate for us. We understood that the week in-between we really had to work with our dog. Our dog is a 1 year old German Shephard. He was a kind dog before Kayla, but he has surpassed our expectations. He is so well behaved and responds to the commands she told us about. Everything we asked her to work on and things we did not think of, Kayla got our dog to do it all. He is so amazing and we are so proud of him. We are so grateful to Kayla. She was wonderful to work with and we will be using her in the future for boarding (our dog loved her). We can't brag enough about her and we would refer her to anyone for training or boarding. She has a special way with animals.

  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Renee J.
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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!

Dog Charmer LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Craig W.
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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.

  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole B.
Verified review

Athena is a wonderful caring trainer who has a passion for rescuing dogs and helping them find their forever homes. She has worked with all range of dog types, breeds including aggressive dogs. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants a caring dog training professional!

Pet Parent Allies: CPDT:KA
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Sheila S.
Verified review

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.

Placid Paws Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Brian Bowdler
    Verified review

    Sunghee does a fantastic job teaching good behavior to both my dog and I. Grady loves training time and has learned so much in the process of becoming a well-trained dog!

    Buck’s Dog Training
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Jennifer M.
    Verified review

    Andrea has an amazing talent when it comes to training dogs. She is very passionate about her work and it shows! I would absolutely recommend her.

    J9 Dog Training
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Benjamin R.
    Verified review

    John is great! Very knowledgeable and great with our pets. We’ll be working with John continually until we’re comfortable with where we’re at with the dog training.

    • 25 years in business
    Shaun S.
    Verified review

    If you are looking for a dog trainer, your search ends here. I purchased a 10-week-old Australian Cattle Dog in late September and about two weeks after, we were at our wits end with the dog, and considered taking the three and a half hour drive back to the breeder. From not being able to walk around the house without having your pant legs pulled at, to sleepless nights (or nights spent on the floor with the pup), and not being able to sit on the couch without being bit, it was becoming too much to handle. Then we decided to go to Steve at A-1 Total Control Dog Training. Years ago, I lived in a development with the most well trained dog I’ve ever encountered. Being only about 5-6 years old, I vaguely remember my neighbors, my house, and even my friends, but I will never forget this dog. While living here, my family got a Great Pyrenees puppy that enjoyed nothing more than slipping out the door and taking off around the development. Luckily, when the trained dog’s owner would see this, he would send his dog in a full sprint to circle around our puppy until we were able to get to her to bring her home. The dog was simply amazing, and was trained by Steve. Now, in just our fifth week of training, our puppy is on track to rival this dog from my childhood. Though she is still young and has a long way to go, Steve gives the tools and instruction for everybody to be able to do so, and we are confident she will get to this level of obedience. Do not waste your time or money elsewhere and take your dog of any age to Steve at A-1 Total Control Dog Training. It will be the best decision you will ever make for you and your dog.

    Ray Of Hope Dog Training
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Brett R.
    Verified review

    Cyndi trained our dog for us. I never imagined our dog could learn so much. She also takes her and brushes her up on her basics as our pet sitter when we go out of town. We are so glad we found such a great trainer!

    Holly Quinn Trainer

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      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

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        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

        New To Thumbtack

        • 1 hire on Thumbtack
        About

        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.

        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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