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Music City Pet Sitting
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Elena B.
Verified review

I've been using Danielle's dog walking service since I moved here last July. Knowing Danielle (or her Mom) are visiting with my dog, Kloe, while I'm at work gives me great peace of mind. When I get into a pinch and can't get home from work right away, Danielle is just a "text" message away, and she's always been able to go back to the house to bring Kloe out for another break. Danielle is a natural animal lover - it's clearly her passion, which makes her the kind of person that I want watching my little Kloe. I would highly recommend Danielle and Music City Pet Sitting.

The Balanced Dog
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Jo A.
Verified review

Travis did a wonderful job with our 13 month old German Pinscher Anabel. She now has house manners and walks without tugging when we go out for walks. During her training, he updated us with photos and information on how her training was progressing. When Travis return Anabel, he gave us a lesson on how to continue reinforcing all that he had taught her and a video of her training for reference. We highly recommend Travis for anyone who is looking for knowledgeable dog trainer.

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Thank Dog! Training
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel K.
Verified review

We are very thankful for Noelle/Thank Dog! She has been fantastic in helping train us (including my 13 year old daughter) as we attempt to train our new puppy ;-). Noelle has a peaceful, accommodating and patient presence and has surpassed my expectations in every single way. Both my 8 yr old and 4 month old dogs respond incredibly well to Noelle and her training "style/method". Noelle has done a wonderful job of listening to our concerns and desires in regards to training our puppy and has been extremely accommodating in creating a personalized plan that meets our family's specific goals and needs. Both of our dogs have also borded with Noelle which is honestly icing on an already very sweet cake...we have been able to travel knowing they are in Noelle's excellent, compassionate, expert care. It's hard to put a price tag on peace of mind and we are beyond grateful that we have not only found the very best dog trainer for us and our immediate needs in navigating the crazy challenging puppy phase but also someone that I am confident will be the "go to" resource in any/all future training needs along with providing the perfect home away from home for my dogs whenever travel. R. Knox

  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Mariellen H.
Verified review

We really enjoyed working with Off Leash K9!! They are very knowledgeable about dog training. They came to our house and worked with our puppy, Smokey. They were able to help correct some of his bad behaviors and taught him new commands. Smokey now stays in his "place" while our two little kids eat in their high chairs. He walks so well on a leash now and doesn't pull. Our 2 year old even walks him and isn't pulled down! Definitely recommend Off Leash K9! Thank you, thank you!!

Music City K9 Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle S.
Verified review

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.

The Homeschooled Hound
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen G.
Verified review

I hired John Miller to come to my home to train my 8 month old golden retriever on a few obedience commands and to resolve a couple of issues such as jumping and pulling on the leash when we would go for a walk. I definitely got the results that I was looking for. John's knowledge combined with his patient and friendly personality would make a great choice for anyone looking to hire a dog trainer.

  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole C.
Verified review

Dan and I met while volunteering together at Midde TN Boxer Rescue. His passion for dogs is evident from the moment you meet him. He genuinely enjoys walking, playing and giving love to the dogs he helps and owns! He often fosters dogs from MTBR and helps them to learn house manners. He assesses the dogs interaction with children, cats and other dogs in the home. It takes a great deal of patience, understanding, & compassion . Your pet will definitely enjoy any time it has with Dan!

  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Jill E.
Verified review

Bobby has done such a great job with our Doberman puppy! She's patient, consistent and our puppy loves working with and learning from her. The reason we chose her to train our pup is because she was the only dog trainer we talked to who was consultative and really listened to our wants and needs. All of the other trainers were more interested in telling us how great they were and didn't seem to care about our dog. So, we knew that if she was so kind with us, she'd do a great with our fur kid! I would highly recommend her!!!!

Pupsqueak Dog Care
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Doris L.
Verified review

Hi, Pupsqueak Dog Care was great. Took great of my pup while I was in hospital and walked my dog twice a day, without fail, for several months when I got home. My dog just loved her and she loved my dog.

Patter Paws
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Carol M.
Verified review

I was flying to Canada to visit my daughter and I was really nervous about leaving my 5year old chihuahua at the vet. She is tiny and not use to cages or seclusion. I started googling and I found Patter Paws. It was short notice, I was promised that my baby would be well taken care of and spoiled. Which she was lol. She was so busy playing with the dogs and family that when I went to pick her up, she took a while to notice me. She was excited to see me but did not do her desperate cry sound she makes when I pick her up from the vet. I will be using Patter Paws from now on and I highly recommend them.

Nashville Runs with Dogs
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kim C.
Verified review

my dog Roscoe loves beth.when my dog first met bed my dog does not like just anybody he took up to her and her husband. when I come home all days that she's been here he's so happy

Tatiana Vazquez
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Kelsey F.
Verified review

Tatiana is wonderful! She truly has a passion for animals and has taken care of and loved on our fur babies many times. She's great with our two giant dogs (70 and 60 lbs) and our cat. My husband and I love that she has so much experience at the vet and we can always count on her professional knowledge of what's going on if we are noticing any certain symptoms our animals are experiencing. I would highly recommend her. She's responsible, understands animal behavior, and most importantly our animals love her!

Ali Akey - Pet Caretaker
5.0
from 1 review
    Tina P.
    Verified review

    Ali takes care of our dogs when we go on vacation. She feeds them and walks them every day plays with them to make sure they aren't too lonely without us. She is easy to communicate with and responds very quickly to our questions. Since hiring Ali to care for our precious babies, we haven't hired anyone else.

    Dog walker and pet sitter
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Danielle K.
      Verified review

      Lee Ann, is an incredible person. I have used her while on vacation and for general daily walking of my dog. She's honest, trustworthy, and extremely dependable. She has a real connection with my dog, you can see it when they greet each other. I have owned dogs for 20 years and I've never found somebody more reliable,fair and committed then Lee Ann and I so appreciate her professionalism.

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Brandy E.
      Verified review

      Jackie is such a joy to work with! Highly recommended!

      • 4 years in business
      About

      Audrey's House is a single-family home with a fully fenced yard located in West Nashville. We board only one dog or one family of dogs at a time, so your best friend will receive constant, individualized love and care. Audrey's House has two loving pet residents, Audrey and Ginny. Audrey is an eight-year-old Weimaraner, and Ginny is a six-year-old Weimaraner. They love other dogs and are extremely friendly and submissive. There are no children in the home. A variety of housing and sleeping options are available, including free reign of the home, secure gating in the tiled kitchen area of the home, or crating, if requested. We charge $25 a night for one dog. Additional family dogs are only $10 more per night, per pet! Please visit my website for detailed information, including pictures. Call to schedule a time to meet us. Thank you so much!

      About

      I do doggy walking, pet sitting, pet feeding and giving plenty of exercise. I have my I own doggy, and he is willing to share his mommy with your fur baby.

      About

      My husband and I are looking for any kind of odd jobs that you may have. Whether it might be some type of construction or lawn care maintenance, handyman need or some type of help with a pet sitting, dog walking, housecleaning, paying bills for you, shopping or any type of help at all you may need. No job is too big or small.

      About

      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.

      About

      Don't let just anyone take care of your precious fur baby; our clients will tell you we are the best! With 35 years of pet care experience, Southern Paws offers professional in-home, personalized care for your pets. Pets are pampered using games, toys, walks and grooming methods that you specify while staying in the comfort of their own home. Do you work for long hours? Ask about our daily dog walking that provides them with exercise and fresh air. We offer daily text messages with photos giving you peace of mind during your long workday or travel. We have competitive rates to fit your budget. We do our very best to accomodate short notice bookings. Let’s face it. At Southern Paws, we understand how much your pet means to you. They’re like your children, and in those times, when you can’t take them with you on trips or to the work place, you can keep all your pets together in the comfort of their home. We offer free in-home consultations. We're members of PSI (Pet Sitters International). We are insured and bonded! Your pet says you need to know us.

      About

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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?
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