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Browse these dog trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Philadelphia.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sherry P.
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Steve worked well with not only my dog that I am having some training issues with but also my 15 yo (he was able to pinpoint items on him that I never really noticed but realize now he can improve on). He was wonderful to work with and patient and professional. He was very knowledgeable as well. I would highly recommend.

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Doggies in the Ruff
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan R.
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I have to say when I got my puppy he was so wild and I knew I needed to hire some help. I went to thumbtack and found Deb and it was the best thing I every did. She knew exactly what we needed to. She is so knowledgeable, great with our dog and also fun to be around. Would definitely recommend hiring Deb to anyone who needs dog training!

  • 2 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie W.
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I love this method of dog training! It's easy to learn and working fantastic with my puppy! Steve is super knowledgeable and I highly recommend him for any behavioral dog issues.

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Pam's Pet Sitting Service
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lynn M.
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It is very difficult leaving my dog and cat when going away, but knowing that Pam is taking care of them relieves me of any anxiety I might have. She is reliable, trustworthy and is a true lover of animals. I know they are in excellent hands and recommend highly Pam for any of your pet needs.

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Canines With Class
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Amanda I.
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Lisa is the best! She was so easy to work with and so knowledgeable about all things puppy!! On top of all the info and skills she gave us during her visits she also was willing to answer our questions in between lessons. She was so caring and went out of her way to accommodate our needs and help us to train our puppy into a Canine with a Class. Thank you Lisa — Jetta will definitely miss your visits!

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alison M.
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My two dogs attended Adult Manners I class with Marion O'Neil. Marion did give us many tips on how to help our dogs follow direction. They have both made strides in their behavior. We are pleased that we attended Molasses Creek Dog Training.

Top Pro
  • 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
  • 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.

  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
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Pilar has done a fantastic job training our pup on a leash! I have counted on her to take care of my baby daily for the past 8 years. She did great working with her, as huskies are an intelligent yet stubborn and mischievous breed.

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Sweet Paw Dog Training
4.7
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dominique H.
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Heather is very competent. My very large dog was an obnoxious jumper and had to be locked up every time anyone came into the house. She almost knocked some of my friends to the floor with her jumping!! Now I am able to control her and she no longer jumps up on people. Finally I have a dog with good manners! Heather stressed how important it was for me to be motivated to participate in the training of my dog, so I did my homework faithfully in between sessions, and was incredibly consistent, which really paid off. Heather is an excellent trainer and if you're really ready to work along with her you'll have a well mannered and happy dog.

  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
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They got back to me right away. Not have the dog training yet you seem to always rush the end process meaning Thumbtack you never let the training or whatever happened you just immediately want a response and nobody can judge that quickly if they haven't had the service yet you need to give time for the service to happen

  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Sabine C.
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Matt trained me and my 6 month old German Shepard. He is a wonderful trainer. Very patient and knowledgable. He explained and demonstrated each step during our 8 sessions with him, very focused. He made me and my dog a great successful team. I am comfortable to take Lacey anywhere. Would recommend Matt for any dog training. You can not get a better trainer that Matt.

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha W.
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Ryker LOVES Mark. I've seen such a huge improvement pertaining to many of Ryker's behavioral issues since we started working with Mark and am looking forward to seeing many more. I'd previously done a bit of training with Ryker, but never got these types of results. Extremely happy with his service and would recommend 100%!!!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Christine P.
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Ruby stayed here at our house from 5/2 to 5/.9 with our two dogs, Ozzie and Harriet. She was fantastic!! The dogs just loved her, she messaged me several times, and her knowledge and expertise were excellent. Looking forward to having Ruby stay here again with our pups. Thank you, Ruby!!!

Brian Bowdler
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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!

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

Soph N Bean Pet Care
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn C.
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We hired Jacques and his team of pet companions for a 10 day vacation we went on and had him stay at our place.We also use them to do some regular dog daily walks. They are easy to work with and so compassionate about caring for our pets. We will only use them for all our pet care needs going forward

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

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.

    Bark Busters

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      I come to your home and do the training there; dogs learn better in their own environment. I use voice tones and body language to teach you to communicate with your dog in a way he already knows. Dogs don't have the ability to change the way they think, but people can change and learn how your dog thinks, and that leads to better understanding of each other!

      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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