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Happy Pets Training
4.8
from 69 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 273 hires on Thumbtack
Karen R.
Verified review

Christine has taught us effective methods to positively redirect our dog away from his undesirable behaviors. We would highly recommend her to anyone that needs help with training their dog.

Scooby Doos House of Play
4.8
from 37 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
Alexandra C.
Verified review

We just finished week 2 of training with our dog and we have noticed a huge difference already. Can't wait to see how much more we can achieve

  • 17 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Linda K.
Verified review

My dog trainer arrived at my home and took her time to become acquainted with my puppy. She was very thorough in telling me how our lessons would be and a future lesson was scheduled without a problem. She also listened to my concerns and gave valuable input.

  • 10 years in business
Wendy W.
Verified review

Jessica kept our high energy dog, Sookie, for 8 days over Christmas. We were so extremely pleased with the service that she provided. She sent daily updates and even a picture, which was such a comfort to us. Jessica kept a detailed log of food and activities which was also comforting. Even ridiculous things that we dog owners think are important (like special treats and activities on Christmas) were important to Jessica as well. We will leave Sookie with Jessica again and again (as often as she'll say yes!).

  • 16 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Terri N.
Verified review

Fetch Pet Sitting looked after my Bulldog and 2 Kitty Cats while we took a 14 day vacation over the Christmas and New Year Holiday Season. I typically take my dog to a kennel however he is getting up there in years I and would have worried while away. Fetch set up an initial meeting in my home where the 2 sitters came and met my animals and got all the information they needed to take good care of my animals. I provided them with a key each, and on the day of my departure received a text message letting me know they would be there later on that day and to have a great vacation. During my vacation, I received a text from home giving me a quick update on the status. Which allowed me to really relax. Upon my return I found the animals content and happy. The house was left very tidy, the mail had been taken care of, and most of all my pets were all in great shape. In fact - I think they were a little disappointed when we walked through the door rather than the pet sitters - they were completely spoiled while I was away. I fully intend on using Fetch Pet Sitting again and would highly recommend this service to anyone who has pets. They were professional and very thorough, and they obviously have a deep affection for animals as demonstrated by how my pets were upon arrival home. I had the service come to my house 3 times a day - since I was gone for so long. I think the service was good value for money - I would have paid as much to Kennel my Dogs and pay a neighbors kid to look after my cats. Peace of mind - Priceless.

  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Don B.
Verified review

My dogs are old but Carol handled them extremely well for the entire 10 days . I would highly recommend her

  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie C.
Verified review

I hired Erin to watch my 2 dogs and cat a few months prior to my March vacation. Unfortunately, during that time my senior dog got sick. Erin and I communicated the whole time as I got diagnosis. Erin was prepared and experienced with caring for a diabetic dog. This made me feel comfortable hiring her. Sadly my senior dog got very sick and I had to euthanize her. During that time, prior to my vacation I cannot begin to explain how understanding and gracious Erin was. I went on vacation and Erin made it so easy. She put me at ease with updates daily and was very communicative. I will hire her again because I feel comfortable that I have hired a trustworthy pet loving person.

  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ella N.
Verified review

He is the Man I’m going to put it like this he’ll be back 1 or 2 more time, “Excellent” on the first try with my Boy my Big Puppy he’s a Germain Shepherd and he was trying to give him a run for his money but, He ended up give Razor a run for his money, I would suggest him to anyone, he left me with an assignment and I’ve been working razor over time, his Price is worth the money, money I didn’t mind paying and I won’t mind paying when he gets back, if you and your Dog needs some attention, meaning (HELP) he is the man, and “yes” I said You and your Dog, I’m telling y’all don’t hesitate, I really needed his help I did some things, with my dog before he had even gotten here, but I also needed what I didn’t know I’m not to proud, I couldn’t even walk him cause he pulled me so hard, the very next day due to what Razor’s Trainer left me with in one of my assignments because I want my dog to walk proud and No he doesn’t brake your dogs spirit we all know there a part of the family “hell” I know my Dog is He slept until 9:30pm at night he was worn out but he thought me so...much, thank you

  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy H.
Verified review

We learned so much in one hour and already see a difference with training our puppy and him learning his manners.

Kilted K-9
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Linda M.
Verified review

Based on the recommendation of my veterinarian, who knew Dayton, I contracted with him for 6 weeks of training for a 5 month old German Shepherd. He helped me understand the breed and worked with us as the pup learned basic commands. I was so pleased with my progress with the pup that I contracted for 6 more lessons and later recommended him to a friend who had just rescued a 2 year old greyhound. Dayton obviously loves and respects dogs. He has endless patience for the dog and the owner and is able to clearly explain and demonstrate the lesson being taught. He is very generous with his time and knowledge and he guarantees his training. He is prompt to respond to messages and is always available to address training problems or issues that might develop after the class is over.

BM Dog and Horse Training
5.0
from 1 review
    Heather R.
    Verified review

    Great job with my dog! He was listening better in just one lesson. Bree is very gifted with animals and her knowledge is unbeatable. Thanks Bree! Myself and Freddie will see you soon!

    Steel Valley Kennels llc
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    Johnny R.
    Verified review

    They have the best working dogs in the Ohio valley area and if they don't have 1 they can get 1 in. Definitely the best kennel to get a great dog or puppy from.

    Christy's K-9 Training
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 year in business
    Laura L.
    Verified review

    This trainer has a very confident manner and my dog reacted well to him. I am learning a lot about dog behavior and how to read my dog's body language. He has given me great information and tips covering many different areas of my dog's reactions. I would recommend him highly to anyone serious about doing the work to strengthen their bond with their furry friend. Enjoyable too

    About

    I have been training/raising dogs over the past twenty years. I have a 95% guarantee that I will be able to curve your dogs' bad behavior(s). I specialize in large-breed dogs, but small pets are just as easy to train for me.

    About

    I offer walking, teaching, and behavior training services, as well as teach you how to take care of your dog, voice commands, how to work with children, and helping your children take care of the dog.

    About

    My Chef Station offers catering, private hands-on cooking parties for kids and adults as well as scheduled cooking classes. We have a large commercial kitchen and lovely intimate dining room great for showers and parties of 26 or less. We will work with you to create a menu, class or event that fits your style, taste, and budget.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I'm not aware of others who do this type of work. I'm an honest and trustworthy person. I grew up with dogs.

    About

    I provide dog walking, entertainment, house-sitting and care of the house if odd jobs are needed, such as watering plants. I am a retired veterinarian, so I love to care for pets with health issues and needs of the elderly or anxious pets.

    About

    I would like to help you with your dog. If it's just a potty break while you're at work or a walk because you do not have the time to, I will be glad to help you out!

    About

    I will be able to walk dogs during Friday evenings, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. I am also available during Saturday and Sunday morning, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

    About

    Barb Levenson Dog Training Centers' pet classes have been helping Pittsburgh dog owners train their dogs for 3 decades. All classes are specifically designed to help owners develop a positive canine relationship through positive reinforcement training.

    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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    Need a Dog Trainer

    Friendsville, MD

    • Dog training type
      Obedience
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy - 0-6 months
    • Dog size(s)
      Medium (16-45 lbs)
    • Details
      Jemma is 5 months old as of April 28th. She is a Husky/Pit Bull mix. She is very, very sweet, but has "selective hearing" when she is outside or into something she shouldn't be. She doesn't seem to respond to her name. She is 95% potty-trained.
    • $400
      Average price

    Need Dog Protection Training

    Pittsburgh, PA

    • Dog training type
      Guard / Protection
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy - 0-6 months
    • Dog size
      Large (46-70 lbs), Other (guard dog)

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Canonsburg, PA

    • Dog training type
      Assistance / disabilities
    • Dog age(s)
      3-4 years
    • Dog size
      Small
    • Details
      I need my dog to be trained as a service dog so that she can be registered as such.
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