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  • 4 years in business
  • 653 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Bryant K.

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Good Dog Training arrived promptly and immediately got to work helping us with our dogs behavior and ours as well. She gave us sound instruction based on experience and training. Our dog responded very quickly and it making progress! Thank you Good Dog Training!

Francisco G.

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Rona is very informative, and very experienced in dog training. Not only did she give us a lot of information on how to right our dogs fear driven behaviors, she taught US how to be more assertive leaders for our dog to follow. Thank you

Zach S.

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Rona, was great! Very knowledgeable and taught us some new games/tricks for training our dog. Will definitely be completing a few more training sessions with her.

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K9 Kenny

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  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 11 min

Kendra B.

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We highly recommend K-9 Kenny for dog training. We originally wanted to prepare our Pit Bull for our upcoming newborn. Specifically, we thought we needed to introduce Zeus to baby sounds and smells in order to prepare him for the huge addition. K-9 Kenny suggested we work on obedience training instead as a way to maintain control of our pup. The six sessions were money well spent! We now have a 6 week old baby, and Zeus is the most amazing dog and big brother ever. Before the training, I was unable to walk Zeus because I had no control over him. Today, I am able to walk Zeus and the newborn without any reservations or issues. Zeus is so obedient. K-9 Kenny was attentive in listening to our concerns and list of bad behaviors Zeus had, and he successfully developed a strategic plan each week to attack the issues. Kenny followed up each week with an elaborate email describing what we worked on. Not only is K-9 Kenny amazing at training, his friendliness and personality makes the training experience enjoyable. We are forever blessed to have met K-9 Kenny, and Zeus misses him already!

Lindsey S.

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Our very energetic 3 year old Airedale, Winston, was running our household. After our first lesson, it was determined we weren't a lost cause, but had 'a lot of work to do'. We started at the beginning with 'sit'...... And, after quickly crate training, working diligently on recall and being counseled how to take back control, we are well on our way to a well behaved and obedient dog. Our last session with Ken included a successful open field/off leash recall from about 100 yds away. This from the crazy dog who didn't come to his name in the house and door dashed with no return at every opportunity. Not only did Ken work with Winston, but he taught us how to communicate, reward, when and how to reprimand effectively and ultimately train our dog. Our training with Ken literally changed our lives with Winston and in the best way - I don't know what we would have done without it!! Our pup is still full of personality and there is always a time and place to be a dog, but now we get to comfortably take and show him off around town without the anxiety of unknown behaviors.

Joan U.

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Kenny does a great job training dogs AND the people who love them. Our dogs problem behaviors have either been reduced or have disappeared.Highly recommend!

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  • 8 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 8 hours

MaryKate P.

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Really liked working with them. We were super worried about how our Great Dame would react to a trainer, because he has such bad public manners and is super crazy toward people and animals, but they were willing to work with us and meet us a few times before training so our dog would feel comfortable when they did take him for two weeks. We had a great response with their training and are continuing to work with them after the two weeks.

NADINE G.

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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

Bobbie P.

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Although at this time I cannot afford my dog in training. She was so kind to give me some pointers. I'll use her in the future!

  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 11 hours
  • Elgin, TX

Chelsea Y.

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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.

Courtney T.

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I know I read 1000 reviews before I decided to send my dog Webster so I'll share my experience. My husband and I decided to send Webster to participate in Christie's board and train program after a fight at the dog park led to serious behavioral and aggression issues. (To be fair, he had plenty of behavioral problems before that, the aggression is just what finally sent us over the edge and made us realize how much help we really needed). We've had him for a little over a week now, and the progress we've seen in him is amazing! He can sit and stay and walk like a nice, well-trained dog. I will tell you this training is NOT for someone that wants to be lazy. The training is simple enough to follow (corrections if he does something wrong, praise when he does what I'm asking him to), but you have to be willing to set aside time to do training and have to really pay attention every time he's out of the house. Even though it was costly I can't tell you enough how "worth it" it has been to spend the money on this training. We're looking forward to more training in the future and continuing to improve on this great foundation Christie gave us to work with. I'm a more confident dog owner knowing how to correct undesirable behaviors and couldn't be more satisfied with the progress we've seen in our best friend.

Cynthia P.

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My 16 mos. old dog learns so fast after her first dog training recently. It is amazing to watch how she improves so much in a short time. Christie did an outstanding job with her.

  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 18 hours
  • San Marcos, TX

Nancy W.

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I began obedience training with my new dog (new to me, but one-year-old) highly skeptical that either of us would learn a thing. I was absolutely wrong--Gretta learned to heel, sit, lie down, go to her "place," and stay; I learned all the things I'd been doing wrong for so many years! Amy is an amazing instructor--knowledgeable, systematic, patient, and so much fun. I wholeheartedly recommend Paws About Town to anyone wishing to have a more obedient and therefore safer dog.

Debra S.

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Very pleased with Amy's methods. Helped us to understand our dogs behavior based on her breed's prey instinct & how repetition is key. She lent us a special collar to work with our dog between training sessions. Very positive experience for us & our dog.

Elizabeth H.

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This was my first experience taking a dog to obedience classes. Amy was knowledgable, patient, and fun to work with. My dog made lots of progress.

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  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 min
  • Liberty Hill, TX

Lauren H.

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First of all, it's obvious that Casey really cares about helping people/families to be trained to get the best out of their dog. He works to set up a good foundation of the basics, then identifies issues and the best way to approach them. He also gives plenty of tasks to do between sessions. In a month I've already seen tremendous improvement in my puppy's training and behaviors. I would highly recommend Casey for individualized training for your new or old family member!

Mary K.

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We had a great experience. He was very willing to share all his knowledge and gave us great pointers as new dog owners. Looking forward to working with Casey to train our puppy.

Lena C.

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Casey taught us a lot about how to train a puppy and be patient as he was learning

  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Buda, TX

Michelle C.

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Kris is awesome! I would highly recommend him to anyone. I got my dog, Apollo, almost a year ago at the age of a year and a half. He was the easiest dog at the beginning, did everything I asked. A few months ago, Apollo, started to challenge me on everything, going on walks became impossible because he was so hyper. Then he became aggressive or at least I thought he was. When we'd walk, he'd try to attack any walker, biker, or runner that came near me. He started to growl and act like he was going to attack anyone that would come into my house. It got to the point, I was about to take him back to the pet shelter I got him at. I was terrified he'd bite someone and then he'd be put down. I was pretty against professional dog training, as I've heard horror stories from friends of spending a large sum of money with no results. After a very close encounter of Apollo almost biting a girl renting a room in my house for the weekend, I gave in and thats when I met Kris. Kris came to my house for a free two hour evaluation with Apollo, in which he got to know Apollo, I told him about the struggles, and then we went on a walk. Kris showed me several training techniques even during the elevation. He cares far more about helping your dog and you build a stronger relationship, in which both parties are happier, than just getting his money for the training. Kris is very passionate about what he does, which helps create a fun, exciting, training environment. I have never felt stupid for not knowing how to handle my own dog, or for asking questions, even if I had to ask the same one several times. Kris doesn't just take your dog and train him, he involves you, the owner, a great deal. This helps me a lot, because I didn’t know anything about how to train a dog before this. Kris will give me pointers, or explain why Apollo is acting a certain way when I do something. I feel very lucky that I have a dog trainer who is not only patient with Apollo, but so amazing at training me on how to train my dog. Kris is truly amazing at what he does, and seeing his connection with animals is extraordinary. I’m telling you, if you want to see immediate improvements hire Kris. I highly recommend not waiting to contact him, with his results his services will be in high demand soon. Thank you Kris, I can’t tell you how much it means to me that Apollo is such an obedient, loving dog now, our relationship/connection is so strong, it’s incredible.

Susan V.

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My dog needed to be trained as a mobility service animal. I found Kris quite by chance, at my vet's office. It turned out to be a great match for us. He is very experienced and talented. He trained my dog in such a timely and effective way, that I didn't think was possible. Kris went above and beyond my expectations as a trainer. He has been a tremendous help in training my dog to be an effective tool for me to be an independent individual, and function on my own and get around without anyone's help. I recommend Kris to anyone how needs to train their dog as service animals.

Chad G.

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Kris at Canine Moxy is very knowledgable about dog behavior, especially big/working dogs like our Malamute and Husky/Shepherd mix. He is a great instructor, giving you simple exercises to do with your dogs between training to continue the lessons, and is at your service anytime you have questions. Price can't be beat for all you get with Canine Moxy.

  • 12 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 42 min

Jiletta K.

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Corey has been working with my dogs and entire family for the past few weeks. He is caring and considerate. He spends as much time as we need to help us improve our pups’ behaviors. He is passionate about what he does, and we are already seeing positive changes in our dogs!! He has been a life saver to this household.

Abigail M.

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My dog has made a lot of progress in just two visits so far. Corey is professional and very knowledgeable about dog training. I like that he comes to my house and works with both of us on setting boundaries around the house and with the cat. I highly recommend using this trainer.

Samantha S.

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So far everything about 1st Class K-9 is amazing. In just 2 sessions I've already seen an improvement in my dogs behavior!

  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

Nic A.

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We have been super pleased with Tiffany and her reliability. She is so easy to work with and helpful in a pinch with her "can-do" attitude. She is a genuine animal lover, and our dogs are always happy to see her. She's very responsive, and we've been so glad to have found her for home care instead of kennels!

Michaela B.

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Tiffany was wonderful with our old man (dog) Carl! He had some medical issues and needed attention throughout the day while we were at work. Tiffany went above and beyond to make sure his needs were met! Thank you Tiffany!

Nicole Z.

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Tiffany has taken care of my kitties twice and has always done a great job! I wouldn't consider anyone else for the job. I highly recommend her for kitties OR dogs or both!

  • 9 years in business
  • Leander, TX

Hank A.

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I found Julie while I was exploring the variety of things (shows, events, competitions) my dog could experience. I was referred to her for instruction in what is called Nosework (a fun search and scenting activity). Through this experience Julie has introduced me to methods of training that have developed my relationship with my dog I didn’t know was possible. Buddy (my 70 lb rescued mutt) and I are growing every day in our understanding of each other. I can better understand his behavior cues and He understands what I’m asking of Him.

James S.

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My companion Jake, Julie, and I have been friends since Jake was a pup and Julie was working at Petsmart. Since then, she has broadened where she wanted to take her career and has taken the bull by the horns! There is no one besides my family I trust more than her taking the proper care and attention I would give him. I love her care, compassion and who she made Jake to be!

Brandi M.

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Julie is the Texas dog whisperer. Thank you for you god given talents and hard work that you put into all the four legged friends you work with! 🐶

  • Austin, TX

Steve Q.

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Good job to Amy!! She's been running my dogs off and on for the past 8 months and I love the fact that I don't have to worry about them while at work, or if I take a short vacation out of town. Boxer and Tina get plenty of exercise when I'm away -- twice a day! It's that time of the year for me -- VERY busy -- and it's one less thing that I have to worry about if I'm on a business trip. I also have Amy come over to walk them around the noon hour so they're not inside for 9-10 hrs while at work. The best thing is that both Boxer and Tina seem to be more relaxed when I come home from work. They're behaving much better in the apartment and when I take them on walks! It's a win-win with less stress on them, and me!! Amy is GREAT with both of my dogs and really cares about the well being of animals in general! If you're in need of pet services -- I HIGHLY RECOMMEND AMY'S JOGGIN DOGS!!

Doug H.

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Amy has been jogging with our Doberman "Moose" for the last couple of months. Moose was a rescue dog and is quite shy around strangers and new surroundings. She has does an absolutely wonderful job with him and he now adores her. She has helped him tremendously with his socialization. I would highly recommend Amy or Germaine.

Gb B.

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Amy's Joggin' Dogs in exceptional! I have had the privledge of knowing Ms. Amy for two years. She loves animals and is a guru when it comes to dogs. I will always attain her services for my dog and continue to refer her out to my friends and family. Thank you, Amy. You are the best!!! G-Plano, TX

  • 17 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Austin, TX

Alicia H.

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Michelle was fantastic! She came to my home to work with me and my puppy, Bennet. We worked on all kinds of things from obedience to loose leash walking to greeting other people and dogs. Bennet has been making such progress, I don't know what we would do without Michelle's help!

Sarah R.

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Michelle was great: positive, consistent, and encouraging. She was prompt to all appointments and email responses. Patient, comfortable to be around, and highly informative. We'd highly recommend her to anyone.

  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 31 min

Thumbtack Customer

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We got immediate and positive results with sarah of Training Tails. We plan a follow up and highly recommend her methods and training

Scott A.

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Wonderful to work with listening to my requests. Also, the pup came back even better behaved!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Austin, TX

Mary S.

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

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
  • Austin, TX

About

Her & Him Dog Training is a local Austin dog training company, we use positive reinforcement. Our philosophy is not to use pain, fear, or intimidation; but rather to make training fun for you and your dog and to create a solid foundation for your team work to help your dog become a welcomed member of society. Reed Villarreal has 8+ years of dog training experience working with anything from basic obedience to behavior modification for problems such as separation anxiety, reactivity (barking and lunging at other dogs), and aggression. We offer both private and in home day training options to help you reach your goals.

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We offer affordable, reliable, and loving pet services to residents of the Circle C Ranch area in Austin, TX. We treat our animals gently and with care, whether it's training your dog to fetch a stick or administering his medication. We are backed by years of experience of pet ownership, and treat each animals as if they were our own. We are respectful to pet owners, and do our best to create a complete solution for our clients.

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We offer a full range of classes to fit everybody's needs within your family. From puppy training, family-friendly classes, adolescent to adult dog training, agility dog training, stay and train, private lessons, outdoor behavior training, to fear and aggression behavior counseling, and more. In all our training programs, our main purpose is to support quality relationships between canine and human family members. Hearts and Paws programs, based on learning theory, use reward-based methods. Educating the dog the proper behavior as the best choice minimizes the need for frequent corrections and lessens the frequency of the wrong behavior. This methodology promotes more attention and affinity from your dog to you. Attending one of our regularly scheduled home manners classes is a good way to know more about all of our classes. "Together For Life" is our motto. We offer free home manner classes, because national studies reveal that most dogs handed over to shelters are owner-surrendered-misbehaving adolescents. This class is designed to provide you strategies and information that will help you deal with problems such as digging, barking, chewing, running off, house-training, jumping up, and more. We want to assist you in keeping your dog and having a quality relationship. To find out how you can attend, visit our website, and click on "Home Manners".

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Austin, TX

About

I am a nationally certified professional dog trainer by CPDT-KA and work with dogs and their people in obedience and behavior modification.

  • 3 years in business
  • Seguin, TX

About

Well, I can take care of them. I make sure they are fed, had a good walk and bath and got treats to eat. I love them the right way, and it has a cost if you work late.

  • Kingsbury, TX

About

My service is passionately helping to build a better bond between humans and dogs. I am experienced in basic obedience, novice behaviors, recovery from simple behavioral problems and training dogs to help with anxiety and other likewise disorders! I also work for a company that trains service dogs for wounded warriors and people with disabilities... Fun and fitness are also included. I learn something new about the dogs I work with on a daily basis. And step by step I help dogs with issues like anxiety and stress and fear aggression to soothe out their stressors in the moment. Building confidence trust and respect. I by no means am an intrepid expert yet, but I am good with animals, (especially dogs) good at what I do, and I certainly love what I do.

  • Leander, TX

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I help train behavior dogs and give basic help to owners having issues. Examples are chewing, biting, jumping, barking, and many more.

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