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  • 7 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deb V.
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We have gone from a puppy to a "teenage" service dog in training with Kristen. Her knowledge and patients is outstanding. Our rottie will one day be a certified service dog to my disabled veteran husband due to her diligence and expertise.

Lakeside Kennels LLC
from 14 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Dottie T.
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Joe Steen has been wonderful with my initial experience at Lakeside Kennels. He has been very informative, honest, and patient with all the questions and anxiety I have in leaving my 3 year old dog to be trained. He is very flexible in offering a training program that best suits your needs. I have been amazed that he is always available by phone when needed. I'm very excited and look forward to my dog reaching her full potential.

K9 Good Manners
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda H.
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John is an excellent dog trainer! Our German shepherd was not socialized when we got her and would cower and cry at any attempt to put a leash on her. Now she is well socialized, very well behaved and is the great dog she was meant to be. Even our three year old can walk her unattended.

Lexington Pet
from 6 reviews
    Bethann S.
    Verified review

    Lexington Pet is truly a god send. We, my family, can now travel knowing our pups, kitties and pet horse are taken care of. Thank you Alex -a customer for life

    Pawsitively Obedient
    from 4 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    Lauren W.
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    Ginger Hetrick is a great, professional, and loving dog trainer. I met her through our local animal shelter where she helps train the dogs in preparation for adoption. She is always very friendly and I can tell she is highly knowledgeable in her field. Her training methods are positive, which mean better behaved and happier doggies (and their people!) If you need assistance with an unruly pup, I urge you to contact Pawsitively Obedient. You won't regret it!

    Howe Dog Training
    from 3 reviews
      Moriah G.
      Verified review

      Great trainer. Made it easy and fun for my dogs and I to learn proper techniques. Would definitely recommend

      Devil Dog Obedience
      from 3 reviews
      • 1 year in business
      • 4 hires on Thumbtack

      i specialize in service dogs but have been trained to train dogs from puppies to service dogs. from house training to behavior issues. i have my certificate of training at the advanced professional level and currently taking my masters in dog training.

      Rover Dogs of Aiken
      from 1 review
      • 2 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack

      Rover Dogs of Aiken is the leading online service connecting pet owners with over 40,000 loving sitters With our five-star-rated sitters, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo updates, pet parents can travel or drop their furry friends off for daycare or an overnight, with peace of mind. Rover handles insurance, payment, and customer support. As a small business owner, I follow the benchmark for Rover which allowed me to rank at the top of petsitters within the CSRA. My home is located in the Fox Run Community, down the road from Citizens Park, we are a family of 3 who will go the extra mile to ensure your pet has a safe and comfortable stay. My location is ideal as well as very casual. Pets are welcomed on our coaches and chairs. With your permission, your animal can come and go as they please. They have plenty of room to run and play in the fenced-in backyard as well as a separate room where all animals can eat together.

      Sonia S.
      Verified review

      Cat trained both my pitbull and my shiba inu. My shiba use to be aggressive around food as well as new people in our house. Cat worked with us and now our shiba is a sweetie and our pit puppy is fully trained!!


      I clean, organize, and minimize clutter in your home. I also groom dogs -- bathing, nails, fur cutting, and express anal glands.


      Our Training Philosophy We offer step-by-step training which focus on each dog's drives and abilities in order to create a working relationship between the dog and owner. We do this by creating a fair, fun, and progressive training program in which both the owner and the dog grow together and form a deeper bond. Each dog is trained differently, as we do not subscribe to the "cookie-cutter" approach to training in which all dogs are trained alike. All dogs are different in their drives, temperament, age, experiences, breed, etc., and do not all respond to training in the same way. This is why we form our methods around what will work best for a certain dog and the handler team. Our training is fair for the dog as he learns new skills in a manner which is geared specifically for that dog. Dog training however, is not just teaching dogs. It is just as much people training!


      I am willing to provide all sorts of pet care for your beloved animals! I can do simple tasks such as bringing your pets to a local park or trail to give them all the play and exercise that they need and deserve, feed and watch over them for long periods of time, and even stop by just to make sure that they're okay while you're away. I can also provide a bit more professional care such as bathing, nail trimming, and brushing (given that the animal is comfortable with these tasks, as some might require two people to trim nails or even bathe) as well as being able to give pets' medication they are prescribed. I have experience in working with different types of canines and felines alike. All thanks to my time spent on the weekends as a vet technician for Pawmetto Lifeline's Care-A-Van as well as from a previous job that revolved around the boarding of dogs and cats. I also have personal experience with bearded dragons and simple fish (ex: betta and goldfish). I am willing to work with all sorts of animals, provided I am given instructions on what exactly the owner would like me to do. My availability is on the following: Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fridays: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (noon) Saturday and Sunday: unavailable (I apologize for any complications this causes.) Contact info: Phone: (Text only, please. Please provide why you're texting, and at least a first name that I can respond to you with.) E-mail: (I check my e-mail frequently throughout the day, so don't be surprised if you get a response back the same day.)


      I give pets the unconditional love they deserve. I will treat you pet as if it were my own.


      I am so passionate about any animal and give them the care that I would want my dogs to receive. I also love children and have a ton of experience with them. I have been nannying practically my whole life. I am super sweet to the kids and make sure that they have fun.


      I love animals, especially dogs. I do several contract jobs for people, marketing, IT remote support, and social media marketing.


      I walk dogs, clean up after them, wash them and don't let them out of my sight. What makes this job so special to me is that I've had least of them myself.


      I have a passion for animals, and I enjoy walking, feeding, and caring for all pets, especially dogs.


      we train service dogs for disabled veterans at no charge.

      • 18 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack

      Money back guarantee if you're not happy! The gold standard in dog training!


      I have been an ER vet Tech for nine years and studied behavioral modification for seven years. One of the leading causes of canine abandonment is due to behavioral issues that with a little bit of work can be resolved. I want to help owners and their furry friends live a happy stress free life together.


      We are the home of HRCH and UH Tug Boat Annie and HRCH and UH Fancy’s Mighty Sampson. We offer the following services: * Basic obedience (heel, sit, here, and place) * Retriever training * UKC, AKC and Boykin Spaniel hunt test * Upland training * Started dogs * Board and kennel services Rivers Turn Kennel offers 20 years of retriever training experience. We have weekly and monthly training programs. Our standard program, both live and dead birds, includes basic obedience, marking skills, force fetch, advance-marking skills, blind handling, steady to flush and shot. Customized training is also available. Our training grounds are excellent with four ponds, two large fields with medium and heavy cover, and newly-built dog kennels. At Rivers Turn Kennel, the retrievers are trained to their maximum ability. Owner and handlers are co-trained with the retrievers to continue the learning experience and to ensure they know exactly what the dog has been taught. We welcome all retriever owners to contact us, and come visit our training grounds, bring your dog, run marks and blinds, and pick up professional tips.

      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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