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Music City Pet Sitting
from 21 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Roxann F.
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Danielle has been a huge help taking care of my puppy during the work day. She's working with 'Shelby' to reinforce good habits, potty training and play time. It gives me peace of mind! Thanks Danielle!!

The Balanced Dog
from 17 reviews
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Shawn R.
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We took both our dogs to training. They both are doing much better and are much easier to manage. It has really made our house calmer and the dogs continue to progress and behave much better. We would highly recommend the two week program.

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Thank Dog! Training
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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We are in the beginning stages of training but Noelle was very professional and knowledgeable.

The Homeschooled Hound
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Pat P.
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John seems to know what he is doing about training a puppy.

  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Meredith R.
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Dan is amazing with our dogs and he is very knowledgable about training and teaching them manners. He truly loves animals and they love him too.

  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Laura D.
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I hired Bobbie to train my lab Shadow after paying another trainer in the area with zero results. Shadow was a food vacuum off of my kids' plates, barked incessantly and dragged me down the street on our daily walks. He often broke free from his leash and collar and we spent hours chasing him through the neighborhood with less than enthusiastic neighbors. We did the 2 week board and train program and I got back a brand new dog! He no longer gobbles up a whole pizza from the counter. He waits at the door for me to open it and he comes when I call him each and every time. I was skeptical that my crazy dog could be trained but Bobbie was confident that she could deliver results. You will not find another dog trainer that is more professional, knowledgeable or experienced. We couldn't be happier with Shadow and are thankful for Bobbie and Offleash K9 Training.

Fresh Canine Training
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Christa G.
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We love our sweet furry baby and needed a little guidance to curb some mischievous behavior. Charlotte's training instruction has been nothing short of miraculous. She has given us the tools to tame the beast so to speak. And our pup loves to go visit her and all her furry friends. Can't say enough about her training expertise.

Music City K9 Training
from 6 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Danielle S.
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Chris is great to work with! He gives easy tips for training your dog. We loved working with him to learn a variety training commands. He gives out homework sheets each week that help you remember what to work on and is also available to chat if you have questions.

Patter Paws
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
LaDonna S.
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Jaimie has our pocket beagle right now & she is doing an awesome job of training our 4 month old baby girl. She sends pictures & texts constantly with info about our pup. She is an amazing woman! Her house is spotless & the set-up room etc. is perfect in every way. I highly endorse her professionalism, manners & kindness to all of us especially our baby Pearl!! LaDonna Swaim, Smyrna, TN

from 2 reviews
    Pam F.
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    Nikki's seminars, "Real Life Rover" training and all around comprehension into dog communications is unmatched. She is an outstanding canine behaviorist/trainer and I have recommended her to everyone I know.

    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Jeremiah M.
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    Angie has nearly nipped some serious behavior in the bud. I doubt we would have had that success in a group class. Excellent teacher for my wife and me. Highly recommend her!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Brandy E.
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    Jackie is such a joy to work with! Highly recommended!

    Runaway Dog Train
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I have the patience that other dog trainers simply do not have. You tell me what you'd like done, I'll find out what your pup's incentive is, and your best friend will be just that.


    We would be more than happy to help train and work with bulldogs that can be stubborn at times, when at a young age. Having worked with this majestic and awesome breed for twelve years, we can help assist frustrated owners. Whether it be potty training, or walking on a harness, we can make a difference in your new addition of a bulldog, making true family harmony happen.


    My passion as a dog trainer is teaching people to properly train their dogs to be a welcome part of the family. Behavioral problems are one of the main reasons dogs are surrendered to shelters. Proper training can save these types of dogs. Everyone likes a well-trained dog. It's the only way to have a dog and truly enjoy them. I became a dog enthusiast because I was given an adult dog that had many behavioral problems. I worked with several trainers to make her a wonderful companion that I could truly enjoy. My show experience includes obedience and agility. My golden retriever Kula has received the following titles from AKC and United Kennel Club (UKC): Companion Dog (CD), Rally Excellent (RE), United Companion Dog(UCD) and Canine Good Citizen (CGC).


    Will always provide your pet with the best care.


    I am a dog trainer based in Fairview, TN. My passion for all animals has driven me to become a dog trainer. I am dedicated to turning any dog into our best friend.


    I have been training dogs for 7 years. I teach a dog training class for kids in 4-H. I can also groom dogs and express their anal glands. I have worked at a vet's office, so I know a lot of medical information that may come in handy when teaching your dog.


    I have 35 years of one-on-one training with all breeds; the dog and people tell me where to go with training. I have trained a balance dog for MS people, personal protection dogs, tracking dogs for search work, plus competed in a sport called schutzhund with my dogs. I run a club as the training director of several people at one time. I have put together and hosted championships for working dogs. The obedience is something all dogs should do, for you to learn temperament and drives of your dog and how to handle it properly.


    My passion is incomparable


    I love training different type of dogs. Dog treats are used to train them. I teach new commands and tricks also.

    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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