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

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Good Dog Training
4.9
from 329 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 749 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lorena T.
Verified review

My experience with Rona: She was on time. Actually she came earlier. She taught us step by step training for our dog and gave us tips. She showed us how to train our dog in a positive and calm way. She practiced along with us some exercises and games. She was very clear with the information. We learned new things we didn't know before. She gave us good direction and focus us on the things we wanted for our dog to learn overall nice experience. thanks Rona

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K9 Kenny
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsey S.
Verified review

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.

  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Bobbie P.
Verified review

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!

K9 Mastery LLC
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia P.
Verified review

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.

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

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.

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The Dog Chick
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michaela B.
Verified review

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!

  • 13 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Suz M.
Verified review

Brought both our 'boys' (Bouvier des Flanders - head strong!) to Canine Academy for puppy training nearly 10 years ago and have continued to use them for boarding since then. Can't say enough good things about Lisa and her crew. The boys are so well-behaved (and know some pretty great tricks) and perk up when we say "Are we going to see Lisa?" Highly Recommend for training and/or boarding!

Pink Poodle
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Antoinette J.
Verified review

Our 2 dogs were groomed the same day I first called Pink Poodle. They were way overdue for a grooming and Pink Poodle had them looking like a million bucks! The owner. Diana Gonzales, is very friendly and quite pleasant. Her groomers did an excellent job. We are very pleased with the grooming and will take them there again.

  • 9 years in business
Hank A.
Verified review

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.

Texas pet sitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany B.
Verified review

Upon the first meeting with Hilary, I felt that she had a really great attitude and willingness to do whatever it took to make my dog feel comfortable. Super Big Plus...She was able to start right away, which took a lot of stress off of my mind. She's also very easy to work with for any adjustments to the daily/weekly walking schedule. I have a lot of gratitude for her choice to work with animals and it gives me peace of mind, that she knows her stuff.

My Love Fur Paws Pet Care
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Barbara P.
Verified review

Wonderful personalized care for our dog. We especially liked his overnight accommodations, including his own plush chair!

Dogs Love Leaders
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lou C.
Verified review

Very Precise and clear instructions. Helpful. Will continue.

Amanda Morrisey
5.0
from 1 review
    Melissa M.
    Verified review

    Amanda is the best groomer I have ever had for my terrier mix dog. She knows how to bring out the best look for each breed. Also she is an experienced and certified cat groomer.

    • 3 years in business
    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.

    About

    Let me help you keep your dog happy! I'm an Austin based military service member and animal lover. I have two pampered pooches of my own. I can walk, feed, play with, brush, or give medicine to your dog.

    About

    Are you too busy to walk your dog or just need some extra help juggling a work/travel schedule with being a pet owner? Are you going out of town for the weekend? Then look no further. My name is Lia Martinez and I want to help you out. I, myself, am a dog owner with a 60 lb. half Australian Sheppard and half Black Lab and have experience walking an 85 lb. Akita, so size and power is of no matter. I have a part time job, so I have a pretty flexible schedule and can work around what you may need. My prices vary depending on the size of the dog and what you may need. They are as follows in dollars: * Dog walking 10-15 * Pet sitting 15-20

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I described my services to be fun, unique and easy to work with, and I'm very affordable. I love having fun with all dogs. I play with the dogs while I work just have fun.

    About

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

    About

    Honestly, my dog walking business is just getting started! I have a bachelor's degree in English and taught high school English for 10th and 11th graders. I'm now a stay-at-home mom with three children, and I am just looking for a part-time job that I will enjoy, so that I can still pick up my kids from school, get outdoors, enjoy the sunshine and make your dog happy with a walk!

    About

    "We help to strengthen the bond between human and dog. Clear communication is key. To achieve this communication, we make training a way of life. Training your dog should never be a burden. Our mission is to give you a harmonious life with your dog."

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I specialize in service and hearing dog training. I enjoy training dogs that are given a job to people people. I love the unconditional love that dogs bing for people as well as stability.

    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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