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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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Jason P.
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Deb is an extraordinary dog trainer and is well worth a visit or two, she is fantastic! Our dog loves her and so does our family. She is so positive and ready to spread her knowledge to everyone in the family to get the puppy or dog to be its best! Highly recommend hiring Deb! Especially after I was looking for a great puppy trainer and came upon her 5 star reviews..now we know why! Thanks Deb!!! Kaiser is doing great!

  • 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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Pam's Pet Sitting Service
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Philomena D.
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My experience with Pam was A+. She took good care of both of my dogs, ages 15 & 4. They have special needs and she did everything as requested. Both of my dogs warmed up nicely to her. I would have her pet sit again.

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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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Kelly P.
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I have had only one session with Marion and in just a short period of time I have learned so much about dogs and the best training methods. We are looking forward to our next session.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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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!!

  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Faith B.
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I have an older dog, Madison, who needs to be let outside more than a younger dog. I really appreciated that Jordan didn't mind that, and was attentive to her needs. Jordan is very professional, caring & loving. After introducing her to Madison, I knew my dog would be in good hands. While I was away, I was equally grateful that she texted me photos of Madison at her home, with her. It allowed me to be able to relax, seeing that my dog was happy and having a great time. I can't say enough great things about Jordan's services. I feel her fees are very reasonable, and I am just so grateful to know that I have someone I can trust Madison with, who will love her & care for her as I would.

  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Grace K.
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We have had Pilar for over 2 years now and the progress in my rescue American Staffy is remarkable. He is dog reactive and neighbors and strangers I have seen on my walks have remarked on his incredible improvement. She has a special way with dogs and they trust her. The best pack leader! I have complete faith and trust in Pilar and would highly recommend her for training and/or walking your dog.

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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
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
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!

Alpha Beta K-9
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Michelle W.
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I have worked with Ryan with my both my personal dogs and my foster dogs, and he has made a world of difference with them. His years and years of experience show in his work and ability to handle any foster dog I've introduced him to, and trust me, there have been some EXTREMELY difficult ones. Not only has he helped me with difficult cases, he takes a personal interest in my fosters. There was one particular dog who needed a very specific home, and Ryan was more than willing to meet the potential family to ensure that it was the perfect fit for both the family and the dog. I will be forever grateful for all he's taught me and I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a dog trainer!

  • 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!!!

  • 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!

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.

    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.

      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.

      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?
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