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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
Bud H.
Verified review

My 6 month old German Shepherd became pushy and started to become defiant. Elaine showed me that I gave him to many liberties when he was smaller and now he is beginning to understand that I am the Alpha

  • 6 years in business
  • 132 hires on Thumbtack
Shawn B.
Verified review

The absolute BEST! We have 6 dogs and had him come in to help with our rescued German Shepherd. Within 5 minutes he assessed the problem and now we have a wonderful family member and protector. The change is amazing. We would recommend him for all types of training. Scarlet has blossomed into the happiest dog. Without Steve this would have never happened. We recommend him all the time. He is 5☆☆☆☆☆

Bad Dog to Good Dog, LLC
4.7
from 51 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
Robert M.
Verified review

Sandy was very helpful in training and calming down my 9 week old German Shepard puppy. She taught her how to sit and respond to her name in just the first session! She came to the house today at 2 and brought us treats and other helpful training items to use when she left. I started reinforcing the commands she showed her today and I can't believe how much progress she's made over just 24 hours! Sandys the best and I highly recommmend her to anyone with a wild, out of control dog.

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Doggies in the Ruff
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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!

Gray Wolf Dog Training
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Adam N.
Verified review

SUSAN WAS GREAT. We look forward to seeing her again next week to continue with our training for our German shepherd and Chihuahua mix

Bad Dog -- Good Dog Trainer
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Peter A.
Verified review

CJ is a great dog-trainer/human-teacher, and a very good deal. She helped us better understand how to develop our relationship with our dog, gave us a number of fun ways to play games that simultaneously helped our dog better understand HOW to learn (and that learning itself is a fun game), and left us with lots of good ideas for how to continue on our own. CJ is very flexible in finding a mutually good time to meet. She brings a lot of experience to her work. She pushed the humans in the family to become more comfortable with our dog's unique personality while also making us feel good about what we are able to do. When we became busy and didn't schedule follow-up meetings, she gently (professionally) prodded us to make sure we took advantage of the full five sessions we had pre-paid for. She was generous with each session's time, and enjoyed working with us and our dog. Unlike dog training classes we've attended with dogs in the past, which are impersonal and which do not necessarily help you figure out what to do when the dog does not respond right away, CJ's private sessions focus on the unique talents and dispositions of the dog in the family, as well as how to break training into small enough parts so that the dog can succeed. We highly recommend her.

For the Love of Dogs LLC
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Laura D.
Verified review

We have been utilizing For the Love of Dogs, LLC for the past 7 weeks and we are so pleased with the personalized service we have received. We have been receiving training catered to the needs of our 17 month old German Shepard, Bane. We have also used them for dog walking when we were out of town. They are amazing, completely unique to other companies and 100% dedicated to their dogs. We are in love! Bane seems to be a fan too! ;)

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

We hired Heather to help us with our incredibly smart but VERY willful Australian Shepherd puppy. I felt fairly confident in raising a puppy who was high drive, after having a border collie, but this puppy definitely challenges us. Her advice has been wonderful and is helping greatly. It's clear she has an understanding of how a dog's mind works and we love her approach. We have one more session to go but feel confident that we have it under control. An added bonus is that she assured us that she's always just an email/text/phone call away, well after we are done our training. I'm not sure what else we could ask for.

Ruff Recruits
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Sara C.
Verified review

Emma (Ruff Recruits) is amazing! She is super accommodating and someone I can trust when I have last minute change of plans that require someone to look after my two boys. There are tons of dog walkers in Philadelphia and I've tried a few, but Emma is my go to. She has full of energy and knows how to control my two crazy pups (they are two hyper golden retrievers). After a dog walk with Emma, I come home to 2 content pups instead of the usual hyperness. She is the best!!!!!!!!!

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

J Mac trained out Rots many years ago. Two of the best dogs we ever had. He will be training our two Aussie’s ships once it starts to warm up a little. Does a great job

Joe's K9 Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Felicia R.
Verified review

I do competitive dog sports. I have gone to Joe's K9 Training for coaching this past year.Joe has such a vast knowledge of dog behavior and training and is so willing to share it. Really enjoy watching his nationally competitive dog, Graff. Joe's K9 Training is fairly priced for high quality training. Due to Joe's help I and my female German Shepherd Dog have won High in Trial twice. i have observed Joe training clients with their dogs and the results are consistently above the rest.

Nora's Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Charles B.
Verified review

Nora Stotz and her trainers are all great! We get so many compliments on how well behaved our two dogs are. It is so worth the investment and time involved to have such well trained dogs. We highly recommend Nora's Dog Training Company!

  • 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!

  • 26 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Peter M.
Verified review

Chris is extremely patient. He made sure that I knew how to work with the commands. He spent time with me and did a great job training my German Shepard.

  • 16 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Alyssa L.
Verified review

Bryan is amazing with dogs! Bryan trained our Rhodesian Ridgeback to heal and listen off leash. We also purchased a German Shepherd from Bryan who we absolutely love. Moving forward we would only purchase German Shepherds from Bryan. He knew our family and our dog is a perfect for for us. You can see that Bryan knows and understands a dogs behavior and temperament. He is also always very responsive to my questions and available to work with the dogs if we have something in particular we we want reinforced.

Proud Paws
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Joan R.
Verified review

We had adopted an older german shepherd who seemed sweet and we figured we'd just let her live out her life in our nice little home. Unfortunately, very quickly we found that she was food aggressive and would suddenly snap at us and anyone we came in contact with, for no apparent reason. Within 15 minutes of meeting our Mattie, Jodi informed us she was deaf! The shelter hadn't known that, and of course, neither had we. Once she had identified Mattie's hearing problem, and after she had been been seen by our vet, to rule out any other medical issues, Jodi began re-teaching her & us, good manner using hand motion signals. Jodi even suggested a harness that Mattie could wear during walks that was printed with her name & would warn folks that she couldn't hear and to ask before petting! What a difference! Now she is a favorite among our neighborhood since everyone makes sure they treat her appropriately. Jodi also taught us tactics to reduce her food agression and it is a rare day that she exhibits anything but perfect manners! Thanks Jodi.

The Proper Pup
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Bernadette F.
Verified review

I had a lot of options for training my puppy Larry. So many training schools believe their methods are the best and will try to sell you everything. From the first time I spoke with Maryanne I knew my puppy was going to be trained well but in the most humane, positive, and capable environment. Maryanne takes the time to work her puppy parents and lends so much insight and knowledge to dog training. If you have the opportunity to work with Maryanne or attend classes with The Proper Pup, know your dog is in the best hands out there! If I could give them 20 stars I would. Bernadette (Larry's Mom)

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!

  • New on Thumbtack
About

Dolly's Pet Sitting Services provides professional pet sitting and residential dog training services. They also provide services like dog walking and overnight boarding, among others.

Star Pet Care
4.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dolores Z.
Verified review

We're just beginning . Karen spent time getting to know Sasha who is a very energetic pup. She was able to work her out to tire her out and teach some very basic skills. I will follow her lead in attempts to make this process work. Sasha is young and had no training. Found wandering the streets.

Mid-Atlantic K9 Services
3.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Erin R.
Verified review

I hired Sam when I brought home a German Shepherd pup from a rescue and knew I would need someone to help me learn to train him. Sam had the experience and discipline my dog needed and the patience that I needed. I have learned so much from Sam and so has my pup. We highly recommend him for all aspects of training.

Mush! by Shawn Michael

New To Thumbtack

  • 4 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Shawn Michael is among the knowledgeable dog trainers who provide quality and friendly services. he is well-versed in leash and potty training, among others. He offers dog walking as well.

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