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East Providence K9 Trainers

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  • 26 years in business
  • 325 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica D.
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Knowledgeable highly experienced breeder . Exceptional quality GSP and training . Highly recommended

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Training-U To Train Your Dog
from 107 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 224 hires on Thumbtack
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Marylou M.
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His Training With My Mollie, The Dog Is Like Magic. I Noticed My Mollie's Behavior Changes Just Over Night. Peter Is A Wonderful Trainer.

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The Pawsitive Experience
from 49 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
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Heidi P.
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We rescued a shepherd/malamute mix puppy from a shelter out-of-state and hired Sandy to help us with our new addition to the family. Sandy’s experience, dedication, patience and love for dogs is remarkable! From the first few sessions, I was amazed how this little puppy was on his way to become a good listener and follow commands. She is always prepared with each weekly lesson and makes it fun instead of making it a chore. She provides handouts each time she visits so that the family can continue with the lessons. Our puppy is now five months old and loves Sandy when she comes over for training. When we visit our favorite pet store, we are always given compliments on how well our puppy behaves and we credit this to Sandy for training Diesel and the family! I would definitely recommend Sandy to anyone who would like assistance training their dog. 5/5. Heidi P

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All American K9 Academy
from 25 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Evyn H.
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I was in desperate need of help because my two year old Labrador became aggressive over food, toys, and my attention. I had to do something and something fast. I called K9 academy and was in utter shock at how awesome they are! The trainer hung up the phone with me and came right to us to help us. I’m overjoyed with the fact that my dog Whiskey has been doing this for five days and I have a different dog already. I’m so excited for the process to continue and would recommend K9 Academy to anyone and everyone!

from 21 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Beth D.
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John has an objective eye and vast knowledge for training any and all dog types. He truly understands the relationship between a dog and their owner and during training he provides timely and constructive feedback. John helped both myself and my husband be more aware of our body language and how our mannerisms set the tone with how our dog reacts and empowered us to be the "alpha" dog so to speak in order to have a well balanced dog. Without hesitation we would recommend John as a qualified trainer. Beth and Scott D.

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Jezzie Paws Dog Training
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Patricia D.
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Haven’t started training yet. I hired her for her knowledge and experience in training dogs. So easy to talk to. Answered all my questions.

  • 23 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy O.
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Lee was extremely knowledgeable on dog training methods and helped me with training my fearful and reactive dog. I love that all of her methods are force free and positive and that she doesn't use punishment as a means of training behavior. Lee goes above and beyond in the time she gives you in helping to train your dog and makes sure that in between sessions you have things to practice to continue with the training. She was also full of helpful tips and suggestions about keeping my dog active and busy (and therefore keep him out of trouble) when we couldn't go outside during the long cold spell we had this past winter. I would highly recommend Lee for helping with any issues you may be having with your dog!

Common Sense K9
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Katy H.
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Chelsea trained my shepherd mix, Harley, over the last year since he was 2 months old. Not old did she provide effective training, but she also taught me how to properly interact with my dog so I can continue what's she's taught us in our sessions. Whenever I have a question I'm always able to call or text her and she will be right there to help. Her sense of humor and extensive knowledge of dogs made every session enjoyable, I looked forward to every meeting. My fur baby is so well behaved in the house as well as in public settings :)

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  • 22 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Ellen K.
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Excellent is an understatement. This is more than just obedience training. It is insight to the dog/human relationship, from the dogs point of view. I didn't think I could change the behavior of my 4 1/2 year old dog, but I was mistaken. I just needed to stop doing all the wrong things. Don't go elsewhere just to realize you should have made Progressive Canine Dog Training and Behavioral Services your first stop!

The Clever Canine, RI
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn M.
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Katy was so sweet to our new puppy Rylie. Even though we are not new puppy owners, it was so helpful to really understand how to control their behaviors from a young age. She was very patient when sharing information on proper techniques to practice on a daily basis. I would highly recommend a few of the trainings to be one on one so you can ask questions and she can see your dogs training opportunities for future training sessions.

Caliber K-9
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Sharissa E.
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I have known Ken for many years. He has always been so passionate about dogs and training. He trained my dog, and did a fantastic job in such a short amount of time. He does amazing work/training. He's definitely your go-to guy!! He'll get the job done, no doubt about it!

Eye-to-Eye Dog Training
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Laurie R.
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Kim is a natural with dogs. Her training methods are easy to follow for both dog and handler, and her kind but firm approach is well received by her furry clients. If you are looking to improve on your ability to effectively communicate with your dog to strengthen your bond and improve his/her manners both on and off leash, I would highly recommend Eye-to-Eye Dog Training!

from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
Tina E.
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I have been using Bea for fifteen years for all of my dog training. I have come to her with behavior problem dogs and have had wonderful results! They became well behaved members of my family. I would highly recommend Bea for any of your dog training!

T&J’s K9 Academy
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin B.
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T&J’s K9 Academy has been great to us. We were lucky enough to be the new home for our wonderful dog Tito. Tito’s previous owners couldn’t keep him and needed help finding him a new home. It turned out to be a perfect fit for us. We took Tito in and he immediately became best friends with our other dog. We had a few issues with Tito listening to certain commands from us. Joe at T&J’s K9 academy was more than helpful with some extra training. He explained that it’s a completely new environment for him and that it would take a little work to teach him. He helped us the entire way giving us tips to help us train him. We love Tito and couldn’t be happier with how things turned out!

Paws Up Malden
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Vinny, his wife, and the rest of the staff at Paws Up are incredible. What’s great about this dog day care is they actually will work with the dogs instead of just leaving them to do whatever they want. There’s structure and my pitbull loves going. Vinny has also been very helpful with any questions I’ve had and helped refer to me a great veterinarian. I’m a big supporter of family owned businesses and I highly recommend using paws up for day care, private training, and boarding.

  • 42 years in business
Paula R.
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K-9 Master Trainer recently obedience training my dog. I was s o impressed with his knowledge and professionalism. A year later I asked him to train him in protection training. I highly recommend him to all my family and friends.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christine C.
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Zephyr has mastered the art of dog training. Within minutes of our first session our previously untrained, recently adopted dog was sitting and heeling. We were trying to reduce his low level anxiety by working with him on basic obedience skills. Zephyr was very patient with me as I learned how to give the commands and how to use the leash. He was also very kind and loving to my dog, which I know is very important to most dog owners. My dog has shown less anxiety and greatly increased obedience skills in just three sessions with Zephyr. We are already recommending his services to family and friends with dogs!


I offer dog sitting. I treat them as if they were my own. I have 5 dogs and 2 cats. I interview them to check if they gets along with my dogs and if they become one of the pack. They go out often. I have a large kennel with many acres of woods. They can sleep with me in the bed, if so desired.


I am an experienced vet tech, groomer and dog trainer who provides pet care, training and grooming. I am experienced in horse and exotic animal care as well.


As a trainer, I specialize in basic through advanced obedience, behavior modification, tracking, agility, and protection sport. I live and breathe customer service, and I haven't met a dog I can't help yet!


Best Friends Pet Care in Wakefield, MA offers training for all levels and ages, from puppy kindergarten to advance. We use positive reinforcement to teach your dog to produce the behaviors which you are looking for. Best Friends Wakefield is offering dog training classes such as: AKC Star Puppy: This teaches you how to best communicate with your puppy. It provides an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs and information on all your puppy-raising questions such as house training and chewing. It also teaches basic commands, and is a natural lead into the AKC Canine Good Citizens Program. The cost is $150 / 6 weeks. Basic Obedience: This class is the basic level for dogs who need to learn the basic commands and prevent problem behaviors. This is a great class for young dogs, older dogs, shelter dogs, and any dog who needs some work. This teaches sit, sit for dinner, down, come when called, wait, sit/down stay, and loose leash walking. The rate is $140 / 6 weeks. AKC Canine Good Citizens: Basic obedience classes are required. This prepares for the AKC CGC test. It teaches sit and down with hand signals, stay with distractions, stand, front, heeling, and place. The rate is $140 / 6 weeks. There is an additional $10 if CGC test is desired. Beginner Attention: No other classes are required. This teaches your dog to pay 100% attention to you on a verbal cue. The rate is $140 / 6 weeks. Enrollment for classes is ongoing. Please call us for more information or to enroll. Best Friends Pet Care is located at 15 Main Street, Wakefield, MA 01880

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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