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Nashville Dog Trainers

Browse these dog trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Nashville.

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

Noelle Blessey is responsive and very skilled, Our first lesson with our dogs has already shown results and we are looking forward to continuing to work with her!

  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Mariellen H.
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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
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Pat P.
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John seems to know what he is doing about training a puppy.

Pet Prep Academy, LLC
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Susan M.
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Cindy reestablished my trust that I do know how to be a good dog owner😊🐕😚

  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
John S.
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Amazing is the only thing I can say about Bobbie and the result of her training. After her two week board and train, my 12 month old German Shepard is a new dog. Before her training he would rip my arm off every time he was on a leash and he would see a person or another dog. Yesterday I took him for a walk around the neighborhood without a leash. We passed two poodles, a boxer, a jogger, and a cat that ran right in front of us. He never left my side, not even once. He sat at the corner on command and would stay even when I walked off. Then he would come to me on command. The freedom of an off leash dog is amazing. I would recommend Bobbie, and her training, to anyone who truly wants to treat their dog like they are part of their family!

Good Mojo Pet Care
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren D.
Verified review

Trish and Kim have exceeded my pet care expectations! From day one I could tell that they were going to treat and care for my dog as if he were their own. They have been timely, provided feedback during the walk, and even offered to help work with my dog on his leash-walking struggles (i.e. pulling and squirrel obsession). I would recommend Good Mojo Pet Care to anyone and everyone who loves their pet and wants to provide them with the best!

Furry Angel's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth P.
Verified review

Christy was my dog's sitter for over 7 years. I can honestly say that I have never found anyone that I trust more than her to watch my furbabies! She is absolutely amazing!!!

Anna's Pet & Home Care
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kim F.
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Anna was wonderful in every aspect. She was great with all three of my pets - parrot, cat and dog. She was accomodating and visited an extra time just because she was in the area! I feel confident that I am able to leave them in her care whenever I need to go out of town.

COMMAND Canine Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Pamela D.
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If you have any experience with Akitas, you know they are not the easiest dog to train. So my expectations to "train" my girl to be less animal aggressive and more responsive on leash were minimal on the first training day with Miss Jaime. However, from the getgo, my Akita loved Jaime but also learned right away she was no longer in charge of human/dog situations. There was an immediate respect for Jaime although a lot of testing "who was in charge" kinds of behaviors. Although even Jaime could not take all the natural Akita instincts out of her, my gal became more relaxed, very responsive to commands on leash and more of a joy to walk. The success of dog training depends as much on the "training" of the owner as of the dog. Miss Jaime works at success by working with the dog and owner. She explained clearly what to expect of my Akita according to my girl's nature and temperament, and especially all I needed to do to be part of the success of my Akita's behavioral changes. Miss Jaime is not a "bronco busting, beat them into submission" type of trainer. She understands the individuality of the dog (and the owner) and works wonders with those variables and constraints - to bring about the desired behaviors and outcomes. I highly recommend her and respect her training abilities because of my own experience with her training methods with my difficult Akita....

DogSpeak
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Paul G.
    Verified review

    Nikki's understanding of animal behavior is unimaginable, and her ability to teach people how to have a more enjoyable relationship with their dog is far beyond comprehension. My wife and I had Nikki come out to our home and teach us how to work with our German Shepherd puppy, Veda. Nikki's lessons are straight to the point, and the results are evident immediately. She is a huge proponent of not "over commanding" your dog. To hear it from Nikki, she'd tell you that you shouldn't have to constantly tell your dog what to do (or what NOT to do)...your dog should know what is expected and just do it without a command. To alot of people that sounds daunting, if not laughable, as a training method. You can laugh or shrug off that line of thinking if you want, but we're here to tell you that it works! Dog dragging you down the street on your "walk"? Nikki will fix it! Dog jumping at the door to greet visitors? Nikki will fix it! Ever feel like you're not the one in charge? Nikki will fix it! Quit reading the Leerburg site wondering about prong collars. Quit wasting your hard earned money at Petsmart and Petco on their clicker classes where you make the funny noises to distract the dog from what it's focusing on. Call Nikki. Tell her what's going on with your pet. Setup an appointment, and start enjoying your relationship with your pet (and other humans in the house) again. Her abilities with animals and their owners will change the dynamic in your house in a very short period of time. It does cost a little bit more than those other training classes...but the results are far better in our opinion.

    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!

    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

    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Jeremiah M.
    Verified review

    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!

    Melonie's Service Co.
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jessyca M.
    Verified review

    Melonie was wonderful! She fed my dog while I was on vacation and took great care of her. She even played with cat and kept her company. I would highly recommend 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.

      • 4 years in business
      About

      Im a great worker and I go the extra mile. Working with people

      About

      I walk dogs for owners who are unable to walk their dogs; the owners may have other obligations such as travel out of town.

      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 love animals of all kinds. Keeping them healthy is my top priority. I will even watch them overnight if the need arises.

      About

      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).

      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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