Smyrna, TN161 Dog Trainers near you

Where do you need the dog trainer?

Answer a few questions

Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right pros.

Get quotes

Receive quotes from pros who meet your needs.

Hire the right pro

Compare quotes, message pros, and hire when ready.

Smyrna Dog Trainers

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

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
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Shawn R.
Verified review

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.

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

John seems to know what he is doing about training a puppy.

  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
John S.
Verified review

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!

Fresh Canine Training
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Kayla T.
Verified review

I have attended both Level 1 Basic Obedience and Level 2 Advanced Obedience classes with my pup Remy. Both classes push the dog and trainer to excel under Charlotte's guidance. She gives direct feedback catered to your specific situation and dog, with small realistic goals to set you up for success. I have enjoyed her classes immensely, and look forward to attending more in the future!

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.

Music City K9 Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tom C.
Verified review

Chris has done a great job teaching my "Old Dog (7 years old) New Tricks" as well as better manners. Not only does Chris use positive reinforcement and unparalleled patience when working with my Fur Baby, but his service also extends to teaching me how to better interact with my dog. I highly recommend Chris if you need effective, kind, and caring help with your puppy, adult, or senior dog. Thanks for everything Chris!

Krishana Futrell
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Chloe S.
    Verified review

    My husband and I always have Krishana house sit and take care of my dog while we are away. I wouldn't ask anyone else to do it! She is amazing with our pup!

    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!

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Brandy E.
      Verified review

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

      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.

        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 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

        I wash dogs walk and try to train them. I will take any pet even snakes but i'm very good at dogs and snakes

        About

        Will always provide your pet with the best care.

        About

        I actually care about what I'm doing.

        About

        I am totally open to walking your fur friends and/or babysitting them for reasonable and affordable prices. I will even run with your dog if it is a runner!

        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.

        • 15 years in business
        About

        I have been taking care of pets for many years and take great pride in my job. I am also Pet First Aid Certified (updated 2014).

        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.

        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.

        Actual Requests

        See other requests for dog trainers in Smyrna

        Need a Dog Trainer

        Evensville, TN

        • Dog training type
          Assistance / Disabilities
        • Dog age(s)
          Puppy - 0-6 months
        • Dog size(s)
          Small (1-15 lbs)
        • Details
          i want to use this dog to help me get around when needed and also to alet me when my health is at risk i can explain. i also have diabetes

        Need Dog Training

        Murfreesboro, TN

        • Dog training type
          Behavioral Modification
        • Dog age(s)
          Puppy - 6-12 months
        • Dog size(s)
          Medium (16-45 lbs)
        • Details
          I want someone who believes in teaching the owner to be a pack leader

        Need a Dog Trainer

        Nashville, TN

        • Dog training type
          Behavioral Modification
        • Dog age(s)
          3+ years
        • Dog size
          Medium (16-45 lbs)
        • Details
          My dog is very well behaved but has horrible dog aggression. I don't want to take a boarding approach and would prefer to be present during the training.
        Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.