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Pine Street Dogs
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 103 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Megan C.
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I worked with Nico and he was extremely effective and knowledgeable about addressing aggressive behavior in my dog, Buddy. Nico's approach was easy to follow, and was applicable to the circumstances. He provided me with tools to establish good behavior habits with Buddy, and I saw vast improvements within just a couple of sessions. The service price was a very reasonable option for my family. Before working with Nico, I was strongly considering re-homing my dog, however, since completing the training sessions I now feel equipped to perpetuate the good behavior and feel that Buddy is a happier dog as a result!

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Doggies in the Ruff
5.0
from 40 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Irene T.
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Deb from Doggies in the Ruff had my exuberant adult Lab and Shorkie puppy eating out of her hand within minutes of meeting them. In addition to Deb's dog walking service, I've also taken advantage of her separate dog training service and have seen improvements in my Shorkie puppy already. Her rates are very reasonable and the peace of mind I have knowing I can rely on someone as experienced as her is priceless.

  • 2 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Jacqueline E.
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Steve was so excellent. He came out on extremely short notice and spent hours with me and my dog, going over not just what to do to train her but why each training tool/technique was important for my dog's safety and wellbeing, as well as the whole family and neighborhood. I would never have realized how many behaviors I was exhibiting that were giving my dog the wrong message, and thanks to Steve we are well on our way to a happier and calmer doggie life! I feel confident that I know how to handle my dog's behavior, and better yet I know how to behave around her to make sure she knows she is safe and cared for. I am so grateful.

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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
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Makenzie M.
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We rescued a 12 month old Aussie/Collie mix who is extremely smart but at the time, only knew how to sit when asked, was terrible on a leash, had zero ability to stay and jumped all over us every time we entered the home. After several sessions with Steve, we are happy to share that she now walks well on a leash, doesn't jump when we walk in the door (next step is training her for visitors), and stays when asked among many other new 'tricks'. Steve was very knowledeable and trained us how to train our dog. There's still plenty of room for additional training but Steve set us up in the right direction. I would highly recommend his services for dogs of any age!

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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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Ankea L.
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She was on time and very professional.. will hire again .. very good with my pet pit/lab mix .. he was very stubborn but after training a different dog.. thank you great job!!

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
Caroline F.
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Training my dog with DeNovo Canine was a wonderful experience. Kayla makes everything so easy and simple, even for first time owners like us, and now my dog listens to every command. We get compliments everywhere we go about our dogs behavior and could not be more thrilled with our results!

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 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.

Bark U
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Kathleen S.
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My son bought a puppy while away at college and brought him home over thanksgiving break. We never had a dog and were at a loss as to how to train him or care for him. We hired Christine/Bark U to help us. She taught our whole family so much during our session. Helped us understand positive reinforcement and how to get him to come when his name is called. She is amazing and gave us the tools to build a foundation for a great relationship with this puppy. She knows the characteristics of the breeds and was able to teach us how we can expect the puppy to act. She shared some great tips on playing with the puppy and some fun toys to get. Can't say enough about her professionalism and the quality of information Christine shared with us!! Wish the puppy could spend more time at Bark U but he is back at college!!

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Great experience working with Mr. B! Patient with both my dog and myself, collaborative and professional. Highly recommend!

Mind Your Pawz
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Susan F.
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I reached out to Mind Your Pawz for assistance with a rescue dog with fear based issues. Being a new human to this delicate dog I did not not have the confidence needed to get her past her fears. Angela gave me the tools, training and built the confidence needed within me to take allow my rescue to gain the social confidence she needed to enjoy a more fulfilled life. I have also used the boarding services provided by Mind Your Pawz. I highly recommend this loving and safe environment for your pet. I would not leave my dog anywhere else.

Dog Charmer LLC
5.0
from 6 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.

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I am very easy to talk to. I have a lot of respect to others, take care of what needs to be done and will do it right.

  • 5 years in business
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I create a personal relationship not only between me and the dog but me and the owner as well. So I can better understand how both parties work.

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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.

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When your dog doesn't come to you, you should come to Happy Dogs Boarding and Training. We are a dog training and boarding facility specializing in basic and advanced obedience, behavior modification, aggressive dog training, and one-on-one and group training. With flexible doggy day care services in our fully licensed and insured kennel, your best friend can enjoy unprecedented services in a calm, clean environment and a staff of professional dog trainers with over 25 years of experience.

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I help owners and dogs to make their families better. I give dogs the training they need to become better dogs.

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Allow your family to have that well-behaved yet strictly trained dog. Dogs will listen to all of your commands as fast as you can sign by hand motion or orally command your family companion. For those of us who need a guard dog as well as a great family companion, you have come to the right place. German commands and English commands are available, while in the same hands be people, kid and animal friendly. Come and see your best friend and family companion transform!

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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.

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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