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Good Dog Training
from 319 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 715 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Darcy S.
Verified review

I was really skeptical about behavioral training with my dog. I was worried that Newton would just be anxious forever, by nature. Rona very patiently walked us through games and training tricks -- and she explained everything so I understood how they would help. I have asked her to come back for at least one more session. I would highly recommend her.

Reese's Rascal Roundup
from 30 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Ted R.
Verified review

Carrie was a great dog sitter; prompt and on time and my dog was happy and well-fed when I returned!

  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Madison A.
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I have an 11 month pup that I was quite frankly having a hard time getting under control. She's my first dog out of college and I quickly realized that I was in over my head. After searching the internet, I decided to give Kevin with Aloha Canine a call. From my initial phone call to my drop off- Kevin was ready to answer any question and walk me through the game plan with my pup. He outlined a training program that was easy to follow and individually tailored to my dog's needs. She spent 3 weeks with Aloha Canine and I can honestly say she is a changed dog. She is much calmer and responds quickly to my commands. I am absolutely thrilled. I know that training a dog is a daily habit, but I am sure that with the foundation that Aloha Canine has now provided we will be A-OK! I look forward to working with my pup and mastering all of her new commands together. And I'm sure that if I have any questions in the future- Kevin will be there to help. Thank you so much Aloha Canine!!

  • 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
from 22 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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.

  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Suz M.
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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!

Honorable Hounds
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa W.
Verified review

We just got our dog Zeus back this Saturday from his home and bored training, he was gone for 4 weeks. It's like he is totally a new dog. He is 10 weeks old and doing amazing for being that young. He can sit, lay down, walk on his leash, place, and is potty trained!!!! It's amazing I am so happy with his results, would recommend Keith to anyone. Thank you so much!

Training Tails
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Victoria G.
Verified review

Had a great first training lesson and i’m Looking forward to more lessons. I already learned a lot about working with my dogs.

  • 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.

Cindy Stewart
from 2 reviews
    Terrie M.
    Verified review

    I hire Cindy to take care of my animals when I am out of town. Not one time have I ever worried about my horses or dogs. I know they are in the best hands ever.

    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Deborah T.
    Verified review

    Lu is wonderful! My two 80+ lb older dogs (8 and 6) were having behavioral issues and Lu taught us how to properly train them. I referred Lu to my parents who have a stubborn Dachshund who are also very happy.

    Her & Him Dog Training
    from 1 review
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack

    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.

    Zoom Room Dog Training
    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.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

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


    "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."


    Pet Boarding Service, Dog Sitter, Pet Groomer, Dog Walking, Day Care & Sitting

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I described my services to be fun, unique and easy to work with, and I'm very affordable.


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    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!


    I like to offer polite people training for a well mannered pup. I encourage gentle, positive training methods to help create a bond between the human & canine family members. Together we will focus on calm, concise communication skills. One of my canine family members is deaf, so you have to option to learn an assortment of non-verbal cues as well as traditional verbal cues. We will customize your training to the goals & priorities of your family expectations. I grew up in the North-East, always having had "fuzzy family" and a love for their companionship and antics. I received my formal training through Animal Behavioral College. Additionally, as a rescue volunteer, not only do I get to enjoy being part of the process of helping pups find their new forever homes, I get to interact with a variety of canine personalities. I look forward to meeting your family team and helping guide your quest for a Happy Household.


    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".

    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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    Need a Dog Training Service

    Converse, TX

    • Dog training type
      Guard / Protection
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size(s)
      Large (46-70 lbs)

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Georgetown, TX

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Guard / Protection
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size
      Other (english mastiff/female)
    • Details
      Strong willed/very smart

    Need a Dog Trainer for Obedience and Behavioral Modification

    San Marcos, TX

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size
    • Details
      My dog has been chewing and digging up stuff in the yard. I also want her to listen to me better.
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