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Charleston Dog Trainers

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Coastal Canine Academy LLC
4.7
from 63 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Jill was great... low key and very effective for my 10 month old Golden Retriever who has had some group puppy training elsewhere but needed some one on one for her demand barking (my fault), jumping up on guests out of exuberance, play biting my arms (ouch). We also did some initial mat training teaching her to "place" (my choice of command word). It was all effective positive re-enforcement training - no "collar (shock, vibration, etc) which I personally like. I highly recommend her .

Happy Owner Happy Dog
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy L.
Verified review

Very prompt response to our inquiry. Told us what we could expect and how to prepare. Worked closely with our 16 year old daughter to show her how to train the dog. Gave her confidence. We were amazed with the resultsame after the first session. We would recommend Heather to anyone!

Top Pro
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thomas G.
Verified review

Our experience with Chad has been exceptional! The first thing I think of to describe him would be: integrity! He has what we would consider "old school" characteristics. The quality of his work is proven through videos while training our pets, once they returned to our home they knew their commands and responded well. We have contacted him many times "after the sale" and he has responded quickly with help, tips, and support. He is punctual! Always early! He has a quality, and efficient program which makes him a true professional! The return on our investment is priceless! We no longer worry about the one pet with aggression, as Chad has trained both Jerry and us on the pack structure, and we are the leaders!

  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jode G.
Verified review

We all go to a trainer for a reason we have a problem with our dog. Marissa was able to recognize Rocco's problem immediately. She changed his collar and within 40 minutes there was a big change in him. I have Marissa's brochures and business cards in my place of business because I would highly recommend her. Jode Gammon

Nancy's Doggy Care
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ann Marie C.
Verified review

Dog Sitter and Walker

Bark Avenue Pet Resort
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Sabra H.
Verified review

We love Bark Avenue! Robin is so caring and sweet and our 2 pups love staying there! They get excited when we pull into the driveway! Facilities are comfortable and clean with many options for any dog...I would definitely recommend!

  • 6 years in business
Rosette S.
Verified review

Have to say I am very happy with the care that K-9 Trail Blazers Dog Walking Service has given to both of my doggies. Memphis and Sierra are happy and tired after they go out for their walk. Salix takes them to the local dog park and they love it. I could not be happier and I know my kiddo are happy too. Thanks Salix at K-9 Trail Blazers.

Charles Neace
5.0
from 1 review
    Jan N.
    Verified review

    I travel often for my job and have to leave my pets with others. It was fantastic to have Charlie out to the home this last month during my travels. I came home to find my four legged kids well cared for and a home that was as well. There were no accidents that I could find (or smell) and there was a new toy that was added to the mix. The furry kiddos love that toy! Charlie was attentive to my pets, home and my directions. Charlie earned my trust and I will be hiring him to care for my dogs for my next trip.

    Michelle G.
    Verified review

    We met Melinda as our second training class trainer. We had been through puppy training class and were looking for a more advanced class for our second class. Melinda scheduled a meet and greet with my dog and I. She wanted to get to know us, review what we had learned, where we were struggling and what our goal for this training class should be. When we began our training class, I was frustrated with my 1 year old puppy and his listening skills. He seemed to have stopped listening to his basic commands and I didn't understand how to get him to listen again. She structured our training class to meet our needs. We met for 6 weeks. Each week she would teach me a skill to teach and work with my dog. She taught me how to read and work with my dog's personality. When one technique wasn't working, she taught me how to use a different technique. By the end of the six weeks, I was able to recognize when my dog was stressed and when he was ready to learn. For the end of the class, she asked me to teach my dog a new trick. I wasn't sure what to teach him, so she suggested simple trick with a twist. I had a lot of fun teaching him this trick and he learned it in about a day or two, so I found and began teaching him a more difficult trick. Melinda guided me while I was teaching him these new tricks. It was very rewarding for both my dog and myself! I would encourage anybody to hire Melinda as their trainer. She not only works with your dog, but she's training you as well. She was able to teach me how to have a better, less frustrating, loving relationship with my dog. After training with Melinda, the training goals that I thought were unreachable became very attainable! Helping you to train your dog is not only Melinda's career, but it's also her passion.

    The Learning Canine
    4.0
    from 1 review
      Debra H.
      Verified review

      Good training class so far, training not completed as of yet.

      Pawsative K9 Training
      1.0
      from 1 review
      • 4 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      About

      I have been training dogs professionally for 7 years. I believe in using positive reinforcement when training. I do not use fear or intimidation when training. I believe that a dog that is well trained us a joy to you and your family. I believe that training should fun for you and your dog.

      • 4 years in business
      About

      I am willing to come to your home and stay overnight with your pet(s).

      • 10 years in business
      About

      We always leave a report card after each visit so clients know when we were there and how your pet was for us.

      About

      Do you need pet services? Bad 2 the Bone Dog Services LLC can help! Bad 2 the Bone Dog Services LLC is Red Cross pet CPR/First Aid certified, licensed, insured and bonded. We offer the following pet services: * Dog walking * Dog Running * In-home pet sitting (dog and cat) * Puppy care * Daily in-home pet sitting (dog and cat) * Hotel pet visits * Pet waste cleanup (dog and cat) Our pet services are offered in the Charleston, SC and surrounding areas, including the following: * Mount Pleasant * Awendaw * Isle of Palms * Sullivan's Island * Daniel Island * Downtown Charleston If your area is not listed above, feel free to contact us. To find out more about the pet services that Bad 2 the Bone Dog Services LLC offer, check out us online.

      • 4 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      About

      Custom Personalized In-home dog training service that instructs the Dog(s) as well as the client in proper techniques for a well behaved animal I have been training dogs professionally for 7 years. I believe in using positive reinforcement when training. I do not use fear or intimidation when training. I believe that a dog that is well trained us a joy to you and your family. I believe that training should fun for you and your dog

      About

      I am good in the way I handle the dogs I take care of. I was in the army and was handling police dogs for forty seven years. My name is Paul Kleiman.

      About

      I have over thirty years of training experience and compete successfully in Obedience Trials. No dog is too tough for me to train.

      About

      I love all animals and have three dogs and a cat. I enjoy taking care of pets for folks that have to be away from their special friends!

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      we provide a wide array of services for all your dog walking or pet sitting needs

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      we can turn around any dogs bad behavior. we also offer many other services such as grooming and walking.

      About

      As a long-time dog, cat and horse owner, I have the compassion and understanding of animals. I enjoy the thrill in a dog's expression when going for a walk, catching a ball or playing with other dogs. Fitness and health are important for me and all my dogs!

      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 Dog Training

      Summerville, SC

      • Dog training type
        Obedience
      • Dog age(s)
        1-2 years
      • Dog size
        Medium (16-45 lbs)
      • Details
        i need her to obey me and follow directions
      • $85
        Average price

      Need Dog Trainer

      North Charleston, SC

      • Dog training type
        Obedience, Behavioral Modification
      • Dog age(s)
        Puppy
      • Dog size
        Small
      • Details
        I work long hours,help! i need potty training, and behavioral issues he's a mini pinn.
      • $90
        Average price

      Need a Dog Trainer for a Dog Obedience

      Orangeburg, SC

      • Dog training type
        Law enforcement
      • Dog age(s)
        Puppy
      • Dog size
        Small
      • Details
        no
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