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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

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

Jen provides an amazing service with Dog Gone Walking. Super accommodating, super friendly, and super good with the dogs. They've been walking Lincoln for 2 years now. Can't recommend highly enough!

  • 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!!

  • 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!).

  • 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

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara S.
Verified review

Darlene is a delight to work with. I was at first nervous about leaving my 2 pups. They are bigger dogs and love attention. But after meeting with her and her correspondence while we were away, all worries melted away. The dogs seem to love her her and she's very good with them. Highly recommended.

  • 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

Splash 'N Dash K9 Sports
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 32 years in business
Rob T.
Verified review

I’ve learned more at a couple of classes at Splash n Dash than in all the books I have read and 40 years of dog ownership. Agility training and Flyball have changed my dog Dougal from a frustrated and slightly destructive dog into a very happy and well behaved companion and established a special bond between us.

  • 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.

Nose To Toes Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Angela J.
Verified review

Vironica is very responsible and dependable. Love her caring manner

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!

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.

About

I treat each pet as if they are my own. When I walk a dog, I take additional time to make sure they get what they need to make them happy. Whether it's sniffing longer in one place, running for a while, or playing in the yard, it's their time, and I want to do all that they need, so their owners have a balanced and happy pet when they come home. Additionally, if I am responsible to give a pet a meal or treats, I only feed them organic foods from USA/Canada.

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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.

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I walk, feed and play with dogs, and I love them so much, and I would take very good care for your dog.

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!

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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.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
About

We offer dog training done in groups on Monday evenings. Our private lessons are only available on request. Nail trims are also available on Monday evenings.

About

I am an 18-year old student from West Allegheny. I own a mini dachshund that is seven years old. I love it deeply, and I think we all could benefit from this position. You get a doggie walker and Bobo gains a new friend.

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 Whisperer

Hudson, OH

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 6-12 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Small (1-15 lbs)
  • Details
    Rescue,probably abused from a mill ....awestruck highland terrier
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