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Philadelphia K9 Trainers

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Pine Street Dogs
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
David R.
Verified review

Nico is absolutely incredible. My dog has come so far and truly enjoys his training. I used to pull my hair out over my dogs behavior, but since Nico came along my dog is patient, focused, and always eager to learn something new. I will definitely be continuing to advanced training with Nico.

  • 2 years in business
  • 48 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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Canines With Class
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven G.
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My family and myself gained a lot of information on training our dog. We feel that we now have the building blocks to keep up with his training and we believe he will improve with time. Thanks Lisa we really enjoyed training with you

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  • 9 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nicole R.
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Marion is a great trainer! She takes pride in helping you as well as your fur baby in achieving your training goals. I highly recommend Molasses Creek Dog Training!!

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  • 11 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gary C.
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We have a dog that was really poorly behaved and he has trained up beyond expectations. Training is very kind and hands on. Highly recommended

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For Paw Drive
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 30 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.

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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.

Buck’s Dog Training, LLC
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
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I had an amazing experience with Buck’s Dog Training! Both of my dogs came back after 2 weeks and were so very obedient and well mannered. I highly recommend her services to anyone and everyone.

Ruff Recruits
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannine D.
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No exaggeration -- Emma Keeler is the BEST dog walker I've ever had. But she's much more than just a dog walker -- thanks to Emma's training and behavior expertise, my dog and I can communicate more effectively, and our relationship is now practically stress free. Emma is kind and friendly, and truly invested in the well-being of ALL her clients -- both four- and two-legged :) I'm so glad (and VERY thankful) I found her!

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha S.
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Kayla is awesome! We enrolled our two and a half month old Doberman Pinscher puppy in training classes learning how to do basic comands. She is very flexible with our schedule and we meet at a local park to do our training. Kayla connected with our puppy immediately. After our first class she was successful in teaching our dog the basic sit and stay. She really focuses on us the owners how to teach our puppy the correct way to train our dog. We have had a total of four classes and we have been successful in teaching our dog sit, stay, lay, come, paw, heel, long leash training and walk wonderfully on a leash! Since we meet at a local park there are lots of distractions like people, children, other dogs and even a horse and she was able to keep his attention and keep him focused on the tasks at hand. I would recommend her to anyone! I wish I knew about her sooner for my other pups!

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene Z.
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Pilar has been a huge help for our family. She helped us with our senior dog who was very weak in his back end. She carried him down the stairs of our back yard when he was unable to do it himself. She helped us when we got a puppy with leash training and potty training. She was always trying to find items that would make our very energetic puppy more controllable for leash walking. Ten years later, my puppy is a senior dog with several medical issues. She has helped with insulin shots when I was not able to be home I time for them. She has helped our family adapt to my dog's sudden blindness. She walks him daily making him feel comfortable and safe. My dog was having incontinence issues and she went out of her way to bring pads and a band over to the house to prevent any more accidents from occurring. I do not know what I would do without Pilar's service. She has been incredibly helpful and selfless when it comes to the care of my dog.

  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Amy K.
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Matt was a wonderful trainer and helped us tremendously! I had adopted an abused 8 month old untrained Great Dane and he has become a loving member of our family now and a lot of that was due to Matt's training. Thanks a million to Matt and Off Leash K9 Training Richmond!!

  • 13 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%!!!!

Athena Jones
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 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!

The Unmistakable Dog
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Linda M.
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I have a 3 year old miniature schnauzer named Gia. My reason for having her join the pack was to get her more comfortable around other dogs. I spent a lot of time working with Gia and she is a good well trained dog except in this area. I couldn't get her over her fear of other dogs. She would bark and carry on whenever she saw another dog. She has been walking with the pack for a few months now and when Melissa picks her up she runs to the car and jumps in, she can't wait to see the other dogs. I would recommend Unmistakable Dog to anyone. Melissa does a wonderfully professional job. Linda M.

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.

Courageous Canines LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Ruth R.
Verified review

After having Collin's professional help with my dog Reiko, I can't say how thrilled I am! He has both an interest and dedication to the care of dogs and a passion for the active care and well being of dogs as pets. Collin got to know my dog individually, taking time to evaluate his personality and moods, so Reiko felt comfortable and engaged. Collin knew how to create a stress-free environment for my dog and a safe, fun environment for training, play and walk time. He told us he really cares about the communication between pet parents and pets and it really shows through the lessons he leaves with us through his training. My favorite part about Collin as a trainer was his Q&A portion, he loved listening to any questions I had, even small ones, he knows I just love my fur baby!

  • 15 years in business
Mickey K.
Verified review

Very Helpful and professional

Buck’s dog training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
Marcia J.
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Tim is very responsive, and professional. Thank you for your time.

About

I offer in-home dog training and behavior modification specializing with puppies. I also provide daily dog walking, vacation pet sitting and separation anxiety issue services.

Holly Quinn Trainer

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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.

    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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