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Browse these puppy trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Pittsburgh.

Happy Pets Training
4.8
from 67 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 262 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa C.
Verified review

Christine was outstanding! She was patient and genuinely interested in getting to know my 2 dogs and help with our situation. (new puppy intro to established dog) She came with SO many wonderful toys, treats and puzzles and assessed our situation quickly. She offered me invaluable information from personal info to handouts to new ways to do things. She gave me confidence! Christine has a calm way about her, a calm confidence! Christine is prompt with her initial response as well as returning phone calls and setting up the appointment. She accommodated me within 1 day! Christine has equipped ME with the confidence and knowledge to make our home peaceful in the midst of the chaos of a new puppy. I will definitely be using her for puppy training and anything we need in the future!

Scooby Doos House of Play
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 86 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

Dog Gone Walking, Pittsburgh
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah T.
Verified review

As the owner of a puppy, we needed care midday. Dog Gone Walking has provided the care we need. They arrange appropriate play dates along with individual walks. The daily journal is great so we can see when they were here and what our dog did. Scheduling was fast and easy. I highly recommend their services.

  • 4 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Sue G.
Verified review

We sent our dog for training and boarding with Matt. It has been wonderful experience. She listens without yelling. No more jumping, barking, nipping...Matt did a fantastic job training our dog and us! Matt is calm, kind and extremely good at his job!!

  • 16 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn H.
Verified review

I have use Fetch several times for the care of my two, now three dogs. I have a 15 year old Lhasa and 5 year old lab mix. Brownie likes to stay at home. Valerie from Fetch has watched him and my 5 year old Jasmine several times when we go out of town. Jasmine is very shy but she adores Valerie. The in house care is so much better for my dogs They are not " strange" when we return and most importantly, they have not picked up any kennel disease - pink eye, runs etc I now have a new puppy.. a surprise puppy. Fetch sitter Beth was able to take her home ... where she was with Beth all day. No long day in the cage for her. She did not regress in her house breaking. I recommend Fetch to all my friends !

  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Maria,tim, And Romeo K.
Verified review

Buck and Sue are very interactive, pleasant and kind. They were concerned with out needs and fit the lessons to fit our needs. We had a lot of fun. And are better dog owners and dog for having trained with Buck. I highly recommend this training.

  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Robin W.
Verified review

Thank you, Puppy A Go Go! We couldn't have been happier with your service! We really loved all the text updates, pictures and videos sent of them playing! We felt such comfort being away from our pups knowing they were being loved and cared for so well!

Joyful Heart Pet Care
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Christina S.
Verified review

Lisa comes to my home daily to walk my puppy and he loves her! She leaves me a written note describing each visit, which assures me that my puppy is doing well when I'm away at work. I'm so happy I found her through thumbtack!

Aunt Penny's Pet Services
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle W.
Verified review

I attended puppy classes with each of my two dogs with Penny. Penny is great and has lots of ideas for all types of behaviors. I will definitely go back for more classes and training.

C & D Pet Sitters
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kody O.
Verified review

Tracy has been very cooperative and works around our schedule to ensure our puppy gets the attention she needs while we are away. We feel extremely comfortable having her come and take care of Nala, whom seems to love her. I would highly recommend her for your services.

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christine F.
Verified review

It’s my pleasure to recommend Stephinie Italiano for dog training, walking and sitting. Stephinie has been my dog sitter for the past 3 years. She is honest, dependable, and goes the extra mile to make sure that my dogs are happy. My dogs are both shy and she was able to make both of them feel at ease quickly with her kind and gentle approach. Stephinie is also an excellent dog trainer. She is highly skilled in helping fearful, aggressive dogs become more confident and therefore no longer aggressive. Dogs that used to be afraid to walk out of their home, are able to enjoy walks after she works with them. Dogs that used to bark, growl and lunge at other dogs and people on walks are able to walk past confidently without become aggressive. I highly recommend Stephinie as a Dog Trainer and Dog Sitter/Walker. You and your dogs will love her!

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

You can tell Dayton's love for dogs. He is very good in training us to help get our springer spaniel puppy under control

  • 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.

Puppy Strut
5.0
from 1 review
    About

    I have very flexible scheduling and my own transportation. Contact me as I'm available 24/7. Resume and references are available. I can start immediately.

    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!

      V Force Dog Training
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 1 year in business
      Kelly K.
      Verified review

      Melissa is an amazing trainer! She has been helping me train my dog, Boone, in nose work and without her help we wouldn't have made any progress as her hands on lessons made night and day difference. I can see a huge difference in my dogs confidence and in his ability to follow commands. Definitely would recommend V Force training for anyone looking to have fun and excel with creating a better bond with their dog!

      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

      SES Image Consulting

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        Personal training is available to individuals and/or groups. Here, we will talk about your goals, make a plan of action on how to reach them and create a change in your lifestyle that promotes positivity, health and fun!

        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

        We help people train their dogs to be well-behaved canines. We use positive methods and the clicker. A Plus offers private lessons, a board and train and boarding while you are on vacation. Marcy Niedbala is the owner and has been in business since 1994. Please take a look at our website.

        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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