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  • 6 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sara B.
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Steve has exactly the skill set I need to bring along my 7 month old Bouvier des Flandres puppy. He combines knowledge of dog behavior, techniques that really work, and respect and patience for the dog and owner. Without Thumbtack, I would have never found him, and I am very glad I did!

Phenomenal Fur Freinds
from 51 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 112 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy K.
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Janice has an excellent knowledge of dogs and their behavior. My barkers were quickly calmed by her gentle manner, and the most anxious pups were eating out of her hand and doing tricks at her request within the one visit. Changing the behavior of the humans in the household will take a bit longer, but we expect, with consistency of our new system, to be able to improve the behavior of the pack.

  • 2 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Alessina B.
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Steve is a very sensitive, warm individual who has a wealth of knowledge about Dog behavior. He worked wonders with my super charged rescue kelpie and I couldn’t recommend him more highly.

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Pam's Pet Sitting Service
from 30 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Paul H.
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Reliable, shows up when she says every time. Hard to say dog interaction since we are not home when she walks the dogs. Will continue to use her.

Top Pro
  • 9 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tarah B.
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Marion is very knowledge in her skills. She is always very responsive to me and we make our schedules work. You can tell she loves her job and does great work with my dog.

Top Pro
  • 11 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ann M.
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Within one visit there was a significant positive change in my dog's behavior. I know there is still work to do, however, this small change has made a big difference in our lives. I look forward to learning more how to train my dog.

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Sweet Paw Dog Training
from 16 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

  • 11 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!

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey M.
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I had Rose take care of my dog Rocco for one week. Rose kept me informed on a daily basis and was an outstanding pet sitter for my dog. She took pictures and videos with her and Rocco playing. I felt very comfortable and I knew Rose could get the job done at 110%. I would definitely recommend Rose for any type of pet sitting.

Alpha Beta K-9
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Jeff C.
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Ryan is an excellent trainer. During the training sessions Ryan was extremely informative. He is very well educated in dog behavior and how to correct problems. Also Ryan sets rules for you and your pet to follow for a lifetime. My dog is very well behaved with people in and out of the home thanks to Ryan's expertise.

Dog Charmer LLC
from 7 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Scott R.
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Working with Bridget has been an amazing learning experience for myself (as a dog owner & handler) and my dogs. She was able to identify and teach me how to help them be calmer and more integrated as a pack. She also pointed out subtle differences in the dog's behavior that could lead to bigger problems in the future, helping me to address issues quicker and more effectively. Bridget made it possible for me to work with additional dogs in my house as well as become a more confident dog handler for other dogs. She has the experience and knowledge to help you help your dog(s) become one of the family. I do highly recommend Bridget based on my experience working directly with her for any dog behavior issue. I have seen the positive results from her consultation, training and knowledge.

  • 16 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!

Muddy Paws Pet Services
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
David F.
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Loren is an absolute find! Having used dog sitters before I was never so comfortable leaving my pack in her care. She provided me with updates and videos every day and was so wonderful to my dogs! You can completely feel the love she has for animals and the care that she takes to make you comfortable while away is second to none! Awesome job! David

  • 3 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Gary S.
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Caring for animals in a very caring way.

Brian Bowdler
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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!

Heart & Soul Pet Care
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa H.
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Nikki has the highest standards for pet care and we wouldn't trust anyone else to take care of our cats. We have called her on multiple occasions when we have been concerned about our animals well being and her advice has always been extremely helpful. She is just the best!!!

K9 Guardian Inc
from 3 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lori M.
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After our first session with our Mastiff Mac...we received the tools we needed to make him a better pet. We saw and felt a noticeable improvement in his behavior. We have a lot more work to do but feel Gary will help us all the way!

Spring Canine Academy
from 5 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Carol W.
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My dog responded very well to techniques at Spring Canine Academy

Katie B
from 1 review
    Linda B.
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    Katie has stayed at my home in Philadelphia to watch my three dogs multiple times. She is extremely professional and caring. I would trust her in any situation to take care of my home/animal. If you are looking for great help, you have found her!


    We are a team of 5 pet sitters; we are bonded and insured. Our passion is animals! We have been in business for over six years. I, as the owner operator, have been heavily involved in dog rescue for many years. We are animal lovers and your neighbors, and we would love to care for your animals while you are traveling and/or while you are at work!

    CC's Pet Services

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      Do you need some guidance in training your puppy? Are you constantly trying to keep peace in your multi-pet household? Is your dog or cat's behavioral issues getting out of control? Contact me. I'm an experienced animal behavior consultant.

      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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