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Rock Hill Dog Trainers

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Joel's Dog Training
4.4
from 92 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
Abby K.
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Joel was great to work with! He was always prompt to appointments, conveniently came to our home to train, was reasonably priced and proved his knowledge in working with our dog to eliminate jumping. After several weeks of training, our dog significantly improved. We continue to enforce tricks and tips given by Joel and were satisfied with his service.

While your away Petsitting
4.3
from 62 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
Anna T.
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Tina obviously is a dog lover. This was the first time we've left our dog behind & we I was a nervous mom. Our Elvis can be a runner & we needed a safe yard so Tina stayed at our home for 4 days. We knew our dog & home were both safe. Tina did a good job. I would reccommend her & use her again.

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Understanding Our Dogs LLC
5.0
from 47 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Megan H.
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We have had only one session with Lena and have already seen amazing results with our 1 y.o. dog. Lena gives hands-on training to you and your dog. We are training our pup to be a therapy dog, and he is already well on his way to having the skills needed to pass the test. Well done Lena Skov! Glad we found you on Thumbtack!!!

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Kevin's K-9 Academy, LLC
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Alison K.
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We were so very pleased w Kevin’s work with our puppy. Can’t say enough good things. We did the 10 day plan for general obedience training for the puppy. The change in his behavior is amazing (and he was already a good puppy). Kevin picked him up and brought him home daily. Worked with him at our house, his house, and in public. Focused on areas we wanted but included other important issues we didn’t think of. He sent us multiple videos of training daily with explanations. We loved these and they taught us a lot. He also met with us with the dog to instruct us. Always wanted to make sure we understood what to do and why. We feel both the dog and us have a great foundation now to continue training. Would highly recommend.

Holland K9 Services
4.8
from 38 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica D.
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John is not only a trainer, but a valuable resource- makes himself available to do what it takes. We acquired our 3 yo GS from a kennel so he needed to be household/ young family trained- jumping up, command/response, dog aggression. John communicated our dog’s progress throughout his training and provided the training our dog needed. John also provides the opportunity for follow up and refresh to reinforce the initial training. This is key for my household as all our humans need to be in the same page, using the same vocabulary, as our GS was trained. Very pleased!

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Leash Life
5.0
from 36 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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Theresa S.
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Drew has been great with my dog and my dog seems to love him.

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Dog Pro Services
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Scott Z.
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I am out of town a lot, so Will from Dog Pro services takes care of my dog Bruno. I like that he also trained my dog with basic obedience. Training was easy and it's affordable Will is an awesome guy.

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My K9 Behavior
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary Susan H.
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Mariah did an awesome job with our 2 year old Husky Leonidas. We could barely walk him before hiring her and now he is perfect on a leash. He is perfect walking buddy now! We would definitely recommend her for all of your puppy and even older dogs training needs!

Murphdog & Company
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Don S.
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Jenna is very knowledgeable about dogs, she gave us the advice we needed. She will be training our dog further, very satisfied!

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Dog Gone Good K-9 Training
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Cassie K.
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I cannot recommend Jarod highly enough. The work he put into training my dog was unbelievable and he has absolutely transformed my dog. My fearful, anxiety ridden pup came home confident and obedient and full of life. You WILL NOT find a better or more dedicated trainer.

Pack Leader K9 Academy
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsey B.
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They trained our dog Zane! He was crazy and is now very enjoyable to be around. Best dog trainers around!!

Alpha-Moves Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Doug L.
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Nick with Alpha Moves Dog Training was very the very thing Penny my Leonberger and I needed. Penny is very stubborn and i was at my end for at home training. Nick did a great job teaching Penny and my self the Communication need for a great man/ dog relationship. You will not be disappointed with Alpha Moves Dog Training.

Henry’s Canine Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Anastasia T.
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If you're looking for a dog trainer, THIS IS YOUR GUY! His puppy boot camp literally worked miracles with our sassy, biting, crazy 12 we old puppy! Henry is super communicative and helpful (before, during & after training) which makes the entire process much easier! He is smart, very professional, incredibly likeable and extremely good at what he does. I also really appreciated his reward based training system. We could tell how much he loves and respects dogs by how he immediately interacted with Bailey... he was nice, but in charge. All I can say is, he left with a crazy 'cujo' puppy lol and returned with a lovable, obedient muffin! We can't thank him enough!

Heart Dog Behavior Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Michele T.
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I worked with Blair for a few months following her, after extensive schooling for dog training. Despite my schooling, I found her to be incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and easy to talk to. She knows so much about dogs, their needs, and their abilities. From questions regarding my own problem dogs, to conversations with clients regarding tough behavior modification, she's a wonderful lady to talk to. I would recommend her to my friends, family, and colleagues!

The K9 Institute LLC
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
SHANNON B.
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Amazing dog training! Within the first few lessons, my dogs were so well behaved! They taught us a lot about training and were available if we ever had any questions. I definitely recommend them to everyone I know!

Furbaby Country Club
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
David B.
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We had a great experience. It was very apparent our 6 month-old little beagle did too. He came home so happy. He had learned many things needed to become a good family pet. Now, if we, the humans, can follow our instructions to keep reinforcing the learning. You know, it's hard to teach an old dog (human) new tricks. Heather was great with Shylo and we would recommend her to anyone looking for super dog training.

A Dogs Life Inc
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney E.
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Samantha, is hands down the best! Lucy spent two weeks with her, during the board and train program. Thanks to A Dog's Life, I can take Lucy ANYWHERE and know that she will listen and be well behaved. I can't thank Samantha enough!

  • 5 years in business
About

I'm an in-home pet sitter and dog walker. I guarantee to treat your pets like royalty while you're away, whether that be for the day or while you're on vacation.

About

My unique approach to dog training is not just teaching your dogs mindless tricks, but addressing the dog's state of mind and building their confidence by teaching them life skills and how to live happily by your side. I also teach you how to be a confident and trustworthy leader that your dog will respect and not take advantage of. I love seeing the drastic transformation of the human/dog relationship by providing both with a skill set to build their confidence and make everyday life happy and stress free.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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4 Positive Paws, LLC is pleased to offer the following: * Positive reinforcement rewards-based training * Socialization and manners group classes * Basic obedience and manners group classes * AKC S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible Owner), Puppy Classes, evaluations and testing * AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizenship) classes, evaluations and testing * Understanding dog body language and calming signals * Potty training (puppies and older dogs) * Barking, chewing, digging and other doggy problem resolutions * Separation anxiety assistance * Private sessions in your home * Fun, games and doggy tricks

About

I am a very social person who loves to deal with pets and children. I give tutoring classes, and I also babysit. I love dog walking as well since I have two 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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