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Good Dog Training
4.9
from 319 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 715 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jana K.
Verified review

Rona was great helping us understand why Addie, our German Shepherd was barking and not listening to commands. We need more training! Addie loved and listened to Rona from the minute she came to our house. No shock collar...just training!!!

  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Martha W.
Verified review

I live in Galveston and I took my 10 month old corgi pup to Aloha after not being very satisfied with the results from local obedience classes. Taking Macy to Kevin and the Aloha facility was well worth the drive! I couldn't be happier with the training Macy received there. She came home a much calmer and mannerly dog, while still retaining her cute, saucy personality. We live in a high rise condo and it's important to me to have a well behaved dog. Macy is now very well versed in basic commands and Kevin also helped us address a couple of unique issues with city traffic and condo living. The Aloha facility itself is very impressive. It's is well planned out and the board and train program offers some extras I thought were really great. The ability to to remotely view the dogs in real time was a major comfort, especially the first few days when separation anxiety was high. Kevin communicated with us on a daily basis and sent many pictures showing their activities at every step of the training program. He also promptly addressed all of our questions and concerns throughout, with the added bonus of his very likeable, approachable personality and great sense of humor. One of the components I liked best about Kevin's program were the multiple daily "pack walks". Macy got to experience off leash walks with other dogs who were being boarded or trained at the facility which includes acres of fenced in gorgeous, natural terrain. The pictures Kevin sent reflected just how much Macy enjoyed the walks. As a result, she is now very calm when we encounter other dogs in our dog friendly complex and on walks, or at the dog park. I'm happy to say I received exactly what I hoped for for Macy with Kevin at Aloha. I honestly and without reservation give Aloha my highest recommendation. It's worth the drive, however far!

  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Julie F.
Verified review

Selene did a wonderful job with Harvey! He is a challenge but has improved so much! I would recommend K9 training to anyone.

K9 Mastery LLC
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Dale M.
Verified review

I took my 2 Akitas to K9 Mastery after exhausting all other options. Kobe, my 120 Lb male was extremely dog aggressive and had already been kicked out of Triple Crown/Starmark's basic obedience class. Not only was he aggressive towards other dogs, but he would redirect at me when I tried to control him. Previous trainers were scared of him and frankly I don't blame them. I had pretty much given up on getting him under control when someone told me about Christie. She said that she never turns any dog away so I immediately enrolled him. Christie made remarkable progress in the first lesson and by the second class he was completely under control around other dogs. He graduated basic obedience and I was even able to take him to Dogtoberfest at the Domain, where we were surrounded by other dogs. That would never have been possible before training with Christie. Kobe is so well behaved that I enrolled Keiko, my female Akita at K9 Mastery as well. Keiko had already graduated from Triple Crown/Starmark but she was not nearly as obedient as Kobe. Now when I take them in public, everyone mentions how well behaved they are. I plan to take them through all levels of training up to advanced. If you have an aggressive dog, Christie is the only option in my opinion.

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

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.

  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Don L.
Verified review

Went to Canine Academy for training with my 9 month old German Shepherd puppy. He had reached the stage where if something doesn't change, he would have to go. I talked to Lisa, the owner, who told me that the toughest time was between 8 and 14 months, and that she was confident training would help. We went, and it did! The training was casual but focused. My 11 y/o daughter came with and spent a lot of time working with the dog. It's obvious the instructors know what they are doing and have had experience with many types of dogs. I would absolutely recommend this place...and I have!

Honorable Hounds
3.6
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Bach L.
Verified review

Keith is very helpful, even after training, he spend time and guided me for further needs. I recommend his service to anyone who need it. Thanks Keith.

Training Tails
4.8
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.

Longhorn Pet Services
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Liz H.
Verified review

We have only spoke on the phone so far but have training sessions set up! Ryan seems very knowledgeable and I look forward to working with him!

  • 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.

  • 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
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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.

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

Very Precise and clear instructions. Helpful. Will continue.

About

My training methods are gentle, allowing the animal I work with to choose the to shape themselves to the behaviors I am offering to them in my program.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

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

About

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.

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"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."

About

We have over twenty years of experience working with dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds. Our specialty is rehabilitating "hopeless cases," especially aggressive and reactive dogs. Through our work with area shelters and rescue groups, we have reformed many dogs who would have been euthanized, and made them suitable for adoption. We offer classes on various topics that are limited to only 4 dogs, so that everyone gets ample one-on-one attention and practice. Some of our customers prefer the convenience and flexible schedule of our private, customized sessions held at our facility in East Austin or at their location. Finally, we have our board and train program of intense behavioral modification for truly tough cases or just a basic brush-up on manners and obedience, while the owners are on vacation or traveling. Please visit our website for more details about schedules and pricing, training tips, articles, videos, and other information.

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
About

At Precision K9 Work we come to work everyday with one goal in mind: To strengthen the bond between dog and owner. We understand every dog is different and what’s right for one dog may not be right for yours. Whether your dog is jumping on the couch, chewing your favorite pair of shoes, barking at every deliveryman that comes to the door, or if you just want to start your dog on the right track with some obedience training, Precision K9 Work is here to help. From new puppies to “old dogs” we’ve seen every problem under the sun and have years of experience training dogs to behave like the best friend you envisioned when you first brought them home. We’ve trained hundreds of dogs to be lovable pets, valuable members of the law enforcement community, and everything in between.

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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".

  • 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.

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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