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Good Dog Training
4.9
from 324 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 726 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jingjing L.
Verified review

Rona was truly a great trainer. I needed a trainer for my rescue dog who is shy and easily scared. I've had dogs before and were able to train them, but this one I had no idea what to do. I needed a way to let my dog know that she can trust me. Without me saying this, Rona taught me and my boyfriend a way to gain our puppy's trust and to build our relationship. It's been a couple of days now and the trick totally works! Even when we go out now our dog would look at us instead of panning left and right. What I truly appreciate from Rona's training is that she taught us just enough for us to get started on the dog training. I wasn't overwhelmed with information and the tricks she taught us were useful ones for this stage of the dog's training. I think dog trainers need to realize that as much as they are training the dogs, their main task is to train the humans on how to train their own dogs, and that's exactly what Rona did. Thank you Rona, Lucy is doing a lot better (still problems here and there but getting better)!

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K9 Kenny
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Guilherme C.
Verified review

Kenny has been fantastic!! In just a few sessions, he has got my little Cosmo listening to me like never before. He is very attentive and listens to any questions or concerns I may have. I've worked with several different dog trainers, but K9 Kenny is by far the best. I've already recommended him to several of my friends!!

  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Freddy G.
Verified review

Kevin is a great trainer. We had our two dogs trained while we were on vacation for 3 weeks. We were a little hesitant at first because of our past experience with a previous kennel. Kevin explained his training to us and assured us that they would be in good hands. With the updated emails every few days and the ability to see our dogs at any time of the day, we knew we were in good hands with Aloha Canine Development Center. Our dogs came back trained, and now we have a good base to grow from. I would recommend his service to anyone I know, and I’ll definitely use Aloha for future kennel stays and training.

  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
NADINE G.
Verified review

Dog trainer seemed very professional got past what I thought he could not get past my dog is very large and has a very mean bark but that did not stop the dog trainer for going in and handling him very gentle of course but affirmative loved it what would make it better is more consecutive sessions I know the days closer together

K9 Mastery LLC
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea Y.
Verified review

My boyfriend and I adopted a 6 week old pit bull named Huck in November 2013 the very first night we brought him home to feed him, I leaned down to pet him and he immediately starting growling. We tried to work with him ourselves but his food aggression started escalating as he got older and he also started being very aggressive towards us and family before he was 4 mo. Old. Our vet at the time told us that he needed to be neutered ASAP. So after we did that, we expected him to be more calm and less aggressive. Nothing really changed except he became more aggressive to the point where he would never let us give him a bath, clip his nails, being at the vet, pet him while he was eating or had any kind of bones to chew on, putting a collar on him, getting close to him and trying to touch his face. He would lash out at us if we did any of those things. It broke my heart more than anyone could understand because I was always so loving and affectionate towards my other dogs and the fact that I couldn't even love on my dog just ate me up. I became very scared of him and anytime he growled at me which was daily, I just left him alone. Me and my boyfriend have taken him to a few dog trainers in the past but we were turned away because they said he was too agressive and he should probably be put down. We even were recommended to go see a (Dog Phychiatrist) so he could be put on meds forever to help him be obedient. When I found out how much that was, it was insanely amount of money that we just couldn't afford. I was actually starting to consider to have him euthanized because so many people have told us that he is just to dangerous. I felt so alone and I just didn't want to be scared of my own dog anymore. My final attempt to get him help was actually on thumbtack. I listed my needs for a dog trainer and explained how agressive he was and expected to get no reply back from anyone because of his behavior. But then within 5 minutes of me posting my request, Christie said that she could help us. My boyfriend and I were kind of skeptical about it at first cause we didn't think she fully understood his condition and that maybe she just turn us away like all the others. But she explained to me that dealing with agressive breeds was actually her specialty which made me feel a lot better. On His very first day there of training he acted up pretty bad and Christie told that Huck needed to stay there for a while so she could work one on one with him without us being around. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make at that point but we decided to leave him there. It was very hard on us but we would have rather had to say goodbye for a little than have to say goodbye to him forever. Christie made us feel better by sending us emails and pictures almost daily about Huck's progress. We were finally able to bring him home 3 months later and we could not be more pleased with his behavior right now. I can finally say that we are able to put Huck's collar on him, clip his nails, and my most favorite part of all, he finally let's us love all over him and get close and touch his face. We know that he still has a long way to go, but he has made so much progress and we are so thankful from the bottom of our hearts for Christie. She is absolutely amazing with all of the dogs. You can really tell that she is genuine and really cares about what she does. We are learning so much from her and Ms.Jessica. That is why we drive 3 hours to see her for Class every Saturday morning from Houston.

Canine Moxy
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Shelly B.
Verified review

From the first day I brough Bambi home from the shelter, she was not a fun dog to walk. She would go crazy if we saw another dog while walking, so I began to avoid other dogs whenever possible. But after five years of that and a few failed attempts with other trainers (who labeled her with "dog aggression" or "barrier frustration"), one day she got off leash and sent a dog to the emergency vet. That's when we met Kris. Despite her history, Kris knew just within minutes after meeting Bambi that it was a socialization issue, not aggression. After just a few hours with Kris, Bambi had made great strides, and after just a few days she was playing at the off leash dog park! Kris understands dogs - from pack dynamics to individual temperament - unlike any trainer I've worked with. He has a calm, confident, and positive training style that relies on the reinforcement of good behavior instead of treats or punishment. He has transformed Bambi into a differnt dog, and I know that there isn't a dog (or owner) out there he can't help.

Redmark Kennels
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy R.
Verified review

Our 18 month old lab, Apollo, stayed at Redmark Kennels for a month of disobedience training last year. Mark and Debbie worked with him daily and gave him the personal attention you would want from a dog trainer. Apollo left Redmark completely "off the leash" trained, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Apollo now knows almost 25 commands, and it wouldn't be possible without the strong foundation he got at Redmark Kennels. We will definitely be using Redmark Kennels for all of our boarding and training, and would strongly recommend anyone to use them to get your puppy into shape. Fantastic family owned and operated kennel! This is one family, that makes you and your dog, feel like family!

Austin Dog Zone
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Karl S.
Verified review

I love Austin Dog Zone! My dog, a Basenji named Loki, has some anxiety issues. After adopting him for the local shelter, it soon became apparent that I would need some help. He was scared of everything: dogs, people, noises, and even things I couldn't see or hear. I turned to Austin Dog Zone for help with this, especially his on-leash reactivity. The moment we met trainer Caitlin Lane I was impressed, she obviously knew what she was doing. Over the course of four private lessons at my home she taught me everything I needed to know to help Loki with his anxiety. 2 and a half years later and Loki and I can go to the park and meet other people and dogs worry-free! I genuinely believe Caitlin is the best dog trainer in Austin. She's naturally good with dogs, she's extremely knowledgeable (I've never had a question that she couldn't answer), and she's infinitely patient. I really like that she focuses not only on training the dogs, but on teaching the owner what they need to progress without her. I've only met fellow ADZ trainer Reed Morgan once, but after talking with her I was very confident she was of similar caliber. Megan Sartori came on board after I moved to Dallas, but I have no doubts she's great. Finally, Laura Neiheisel is always friendly, helpful, and quick to respond over email. I know she does a ton of work behind the scenes, but in addition to that she's a fantastic liaison for the company. To sum up, Caitlin and ADZ have had a lasting impact on my life and the life of my dog. I'm so grateful for all their help!

Julie Bailey
5.0
from 9 reviews
    Debbie L.
    Verified review

    I cannot say enough good things about Julie Bailey's Kennel Service and her expertise with, and love and compassion for dogs. Her overall knowledge of dogs and her professional dog-handling and training skills are outstanding. We have a 10 year old, 120 lb Mastiff (Lady), that Julie has cared for since we first acquired her. She cared for my son's 150 lb mastiff (Kash) as well. Knowing that Lady is in Julie's capable and loving hands when we are away is such a comfort. We know she is securely kenneled but given lots of playtime, affection, and attention too. We are very fortunate to have found Julie Bailey and would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for superior care for their family pet.

    • 10 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Meeta B.
    Verified review

    I think this company does so much more then leave me with confidence that my dog is safe while I'm traveling but also the compassion and dedication to helping and improving my dogs life with in the household as well as in public!! I have so much more fun now knowing that my dog is being trained properly and in a humane manner then others trainers use. My dog is still learning things but I'm glad I use Darling Pet sitting and training to help me in pet sitting stays and to train my dog.

    Artemis Canine Club, LLC
    5.0
    from 7 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 13 hires on Thumbtack
    Victoria S.
    Verified review

    Hunter is truly as good as it gets! We have a 5 month old Golden Retriever puppy and can't thank Hunter enough for the work she has done. She takes the time to asses your dog's behavior, interaction with owners, and makes sure your goals with training based on individualized needs. She methodically uses techniques that will work for you! With Hunter's training, our pup no longer jumps on people, comes when called, walks off leash, lays, stays, no longer gets on the couch/bed unless asked, and is no longer aggressive when it comes to her food. Other than her training skills, Hunter comes to your home and is ALWAYS on time or early- which makes training super convenient! She is an absolute pleasure to work with, and we would definitely recommend her!

    Lucky Star Dog Training
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    Chris E.
    Verified review

    Jennifer at Lucky Star is an excellent dog trainer. She is extremely knowledgeable and she truly cares about the well being of your dog. We started taking our border collie to her at a young age and we constantly get compliments on how well behaved our (very hyper) dog is. Whether you’re looking for general obedience training, boarding, or doggy daycare, Jennifer at Lucky Star is the among the best there is.

    Riverdog Academy
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
      Brenda A.
      Verified review

      I adopted a dog that was totally out of control. I took 5 training lessons from Tori at Riverdog Academy and it was life changing. She taught me how to train my dog and she helped me understand how to “talk”to my dog. Now my beautiful pup is a wonderful, well behaved, energetic, member of our household. I have recommended her to all of my dog owning friends. Brenda

      The Wise Hound
      5.0
      from 3 reviews
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Henry J.
      Verified review

      Working with The Wise Hound has been an absolute pleasure! Her knowledge of dogs and her passion for teaching really made training my dog so much fun! I never would have imaged the transformation my dog went through as a result of her fantastic guidance. If you are thinking about getting your dog trained, you can't go wrong with The Wise Hound! Thank you so much for everything you did for me and my pup!

      Sherry M.
      Verified review

      We have been depending on Kim and his expertise for over 10 years. Our dog Sadie has anxiety issues, but the personal attention she receives during "training" sessions with Kim has allowed us to continue to travel with confidence and peace of mind. Now that Sadie is older Kim's personal care is even more critical for her comfort and ours! Thank you, KIM!!!

      In Balance Dog
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 5 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Nick N.
      Verified review

      Nikolas is a very insightful and knowledgeable dog trainer, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a personal trainer.

      4 On The Floor
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 12 years in business
      Eileen P.
      Verified review

      Jennifer has been Jamie's trainer for over a year. Her knowledge, guidance and passion have brought Jamie from a scared shelter dog to a therapy dog. If it wasn't for Jennifer, we wouldn't have known how to handle Jamie's delicate timid, reluctant, needy, anxiety personality. I wouldn’t trust Jamie with anyone other than Jennifer St. John. Thank you Jennifer for your commitment and love for Jamie.

      Zoom Room Dog Training
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Mary S.
      Verified review

      My dog responded well to the trainer and her dog even though he is very shy.

      Dog Manners

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        I specialize in "bully breeds", but work great with all dogs. I do basic training, including walking on a loose leash, down, sit and stay, tricks, socializing, etc. At the end of the course, your dog does get a diploma if they pass the exam. I have never had a dog fail. I use only positive reinforcement, and also do agility courses and even boarding once your dog has passed. I also love my felines!!!! I do have 8 years in aviary too!!! I have worked with every bird...big or small (from cockatiels to macaws).

        Tony's Dog Services

        New To Thumbtack

          About

          Hello, my name is Tony. I am a local dog trainer looking for clients who need their dogs walked or trained. I recently got my license as a dog obedience instructor through Animal Behavior College. I would love to help you care for your dogs.

          Kim the Dog Trainer

          New To Thumbtack

            About

            Kim Roche tailors her dog-friendly and scientifically proven training methods to real people with busy lives. The goal? Relaxed and attentive dogs, strong relationships, and clear communication. There is an undercurrent of kind-hearted, calm and consistent leadership combined with a joyful sense of play in all of her training. Vets, rescue groups and past clients all recommend Kim Roche because she gets long-lasting results. Group Classes: The pace and structure of our small workshop-style classes are the easiest and fastest way for most owners to achieve their obedience goals. You will love the changes you will see in your dog, and your dog will learn how much fun good behavior can be. All classes are led by Kim Roche herself, never an assistant or intern. JumpStart! Boot Camps: At the end of your rope, do want to see results fast? We can turn your dog around. Let us do the training for you while you are at work with an intensive training plan designed especially for you and 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.

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