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Newport Dog Agility Trainers

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  • 26 years in business
  • 342 hires on Thumbtack
Julie G.
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I am giving 5 stars because she did a very amazing job with my dog, she was rescued and needed to get GROOMED ASAP! She was really matted, she had about 4 inches of thick fur coat. Cathy had the patience and did a lovely job. I definitely will keep using her for my dogs grooming. She dematted my dog and now she’s running around happy. Thank You! I appreciate the fact you came in less than a 24hr notice. Reasonable price as well.

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Training-U To Train Your Dog
4.8
from 109 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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All American K9 Academy
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Jared B.
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Very knowledgeable and professional, only a few weeks in of training and I will only bring my dog ( future dogs) to All American K9. I love the attentiveness Stephen has/ pays to not only my dog but my wife and myself, he teaches you ways you wouldnt think of AND IT ACTUALLY WORKS. 3 weeks in and it's the best thing I could've done for my dog as well as myself

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  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
donna e.
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I adopted my 2 year old dog Kayla only 3 months ago and Mike, along with help from his 2 wonderful dogs, has helped us reach several milestones: teaching her to get in the car, introducing her to the dog park experience, learning to walk on the leash, and most importantly, building up my confidence so I can help Kayla build up hers. I highly recommend his services.

  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Reyna R.
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We used Providence Dog Trainers:Off Leash K9 Training LLC to help us with our dog Eve. Becca our trainer was top notch!! Our dog needed some help with socialization skills as well as general obedience training. You've come to the absolute best dog trainers around!! I would highly recommend them!!!

Common Sense K9
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
SiGina C.
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We love common Sense K9 Chelsea has done an amazing job with our labradors in training and obedience . I highly recommend to any new Puppy parent or for an adult dog that needs better control.

Cloud 9 Canine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany H.
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Blake was a great trainer in helping me with my dog who had crate anxiety. When I got my dog he couldn't even stay in the crate for an hour without hurting himself, Blake was caring and helped train him to where he can stay in the crate for full work days no problem. She also cared enough to teach him obedience and helped my dog become confident in being away from me. Being trained by her was the best thing that could have happened for my dog.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amanda R.
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Last night I received my new boy, Abel from Jenny McPhee at Omni K9. Abel was shipped from Massachusetts to my place in California, and when Abel was unloaded from the transport van, I called his name and it was like an instant bond. I have never seen a bad pup come from Omni K9, they are all stable, level headed, excellently bred working dogs. Jenny sent Abel's x-rays of his hips and elbows, and they are excellent. No issues at all! Abel is a year and a half old and was started on his training when he was a pup by Jenny and Nick. I can vouch for their training as I was playing around with some obedience work with Abel today. His recall, heel, down/stay are all on point! More so that I thought it would be since he is a green dog. The amount of time, love, care and training Jenny has for all of her dogs is phenomenal and it all shows through each of them. Abel was her boy, her companion, and his demeanor is amazing. I HIGHLY recommend Nick and Jenny's training at Omni K9 and Jenny for her Omni K9 Gear products to anyone looking for an excellent training equipment and amazing working dogs!!

Caliber K-9
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jodie G.
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We couldn't be any more pleased with our training from Ken at Caliber K-9 and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for training for their dogs. We have a 4 year old Boxer mix named Wrigley who started nipping at our 8 and 11 year old children about the time that I got pregnant. With twins on the way, we needed a solution for our dog quickly. We interviewed multiple trainers including a few very highly rated trainers in Boston. We were told a variety of things about our dog including that the only option was the put him down. My husband and I were at a loss of what to do and didn't have a good feeling about what anyone was telling us. And then Ken came over for a free evaluation. He was the only trainer to focus on Wrigley just as much as us. This made a huge impression on us, along with Ken's approach and dedication. We decided to hire Ken on the spot without needing to discuss it privately. I'm writing this during our fifth week of training and our dog isn't even home for good yet. I hope this shows how much we would recommend Ken. Wrigley was a challenge for him due to the "squirrels in his head" and his lack of drive. We feel confident that we will be able to take over when Wrigley comes home and continue onto a better path with Wrigley in our home. Ken has boosted his confidence, addressed many handling issues, taught him obedience and taught us and our children how to continue the work at home. Wrigley came home for a night's stay this week and things were great during the trial run. The other trainers sold an idea of a guaranteed fix and then would send your dog home. This just wasn't realistic for our situation. Ken has offered to keep Wrigley for an extra week at no cost in order to have a smoother transition when coming home. We've also discussed additional ways that Ken can help us in the months to come including helping me take Wrigley to an anxiety-fueled vet appt., boarding Wrigley when our twins come and helping to introduce Wrigley to the new babies. Also, the one-on-one attention that your dog would get with Ken is far and above what anyone else is offering! I feel like Ken could double his price and still be worth it compared to the others we interviewed. We feel so incredibly fortunate that Ken was available when we needed his help. He's also a friend now for many years to come. You won't be disappointed in hiring him.

Nicholas Galvan
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Vanessa P.
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I worked closely with Nicholas for life coaching for over a year now and I couldn't be happier. He is a phenomenal speaker and wonderful mentor who has an innate ability to track your negative thoughts and emotions and turn your mental state around to a more positive one. Because of him, I am now pursuing full recovery with my eating disorder, have now fully embraced my hearing disability, and am now helping other women learn to love themselves and recognize their worth. I also recently hired Nicholas as my personal service dog trainer (talk about a multi-faceted individual!), and he has quickly established a wonderful, respectable, and loving relationship with my dog. Nicholas exhibits patience, professionalism, and quality in his work. Don't miss out on working with this amazing individual!

  • 23 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Charles P.
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Robin is fabulous, a terrific dog trainer, and a wonderful person to interact with.

The Clever Canine, RI
4.5
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.

Eye-to-Eye Dog Training
5.0
from 5 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!

  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Maggs truly cares about the dogs she cares for. She specializes with dogs who have dog socialization issues and trains while she boards, Huge Plus!

T&J’s K9 Academy
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jay M.
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T&J’s were very quick to respond to my phone call inquiring about dog training. The trainer was very professional and came out immediately to fix the problems we were dealing with.

Fido & Freud
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jillian M.
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Amazing!! I couldn't be happier with the training my two shepherds recieved. They are wonderful off leash, I can bring them anywhere! I get compliments on how well they are trained all the time. If you want high quality training of your dog you've found the perfect place. I would and will take all my future dogs here. Titan (17 months when trained) and Layla (7 months when trained) are still well behaved and listen. Yet act like dogs, they still have their own personalities, that was no broken from them in training as some other trainers have done.

  • 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.

About

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!

About

I live in Norwich, CT, and I graduated from animal behavior college spring of 2014. I work as an animal control officer, and I also train dogs. I have basic obedience classes and will travel to your home for private lessons for tougher problems.

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I teach dog owners how their dog's mind works, and how to connect to the dog in a way it understands. I teach the dog owner how to be an effective pack leader so the dog will follow the owner out of respect, not because they have food treats.

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K-9 Master Trainer Ernie Trafford is a former U.S. Army Special Forces protection soldier, dog trainer, and physical fitness and life coach. K-9 Master Trainer offers the following: * obedience protection * dog training * guard dogs for hire * pet taxi * fully trained K-9s protection dogs for sale * K-9 security service * dog training K-9 Master Trainer has been serving Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New England areas.

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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