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

A productive lesson. Rona was great with our timid puppy. She gave us games to help our puppy come out of her shell, and had resource knowledge for us to utilize in the Austin area. Rona was able to help us with the type of collars, leases. & treats that would work best for "positive reinforcement training" our puppy. She is knowledgeable with the special requirements for giant breeds.

Reese's Rascal Roundup
from 30 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Kay B.
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Carrie is awesome! She is prompt arriving at our home and returning texts. We have two dogs, a 6 year old Golden Retriever mix, and a 3 month old Goldendoodle puppy. The puppy is a full time job...much like a baby (i.e. waking at 6:00 a.m. to go potty.) Carrie is very attentive to her needs and gives her lots of attention, as well as our Retriever. They LOVE her! I hesitate to highly recommend her because we plan to use her over and over and I don't want her schedule to fill up... She is seriously that good! 5 stars doesn't do her justice!

  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Winifred B.
Verified review

We have a 7month old yellow lab that was SOOO out of control. Would not do anything we wanted her to do- would not come when called, pulled us over when on a leash, tore up anything she could get her mouth on. This is what Kevin(the owner and trainer) was handed, and we left thinking he had his hands full. In the 2 weeks our pup was in training, Kevin kept us informed with e-mails and photos on the progress. We just picked up our "Terror" and did not know that it was the same puppy that we had left 2 weeks ago. The obedience was amazing, obeying each command, even sitting at the right time without being told to, and with complete focus on the trainer. I would greatly recommend this trainer to anyone in a heart beat.

  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
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.

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.

Canine Moxy
from 12 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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.

  • 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
Scott A.
Verified review

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

Longhorn Pet Services
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Liz H.
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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!

Companion Dog Works
from 2 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Alicia H.
Verified review

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!

  • 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.

Dogs Love Leaders
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lou C.
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Very Precise and clear instructions. Helpful. Will continue.

Zoom Room Dog Training
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mary S.
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My dog responded well to the trainer and her dog even though he is very shy.

from 1 review
    John C.
    Verified review

    Lauren helped take care of our puppy, Pearl, while Pearl's family was out of town. Lot's of details were envolved. Very prompt and thorough, plus, Pearl just loves her, too!


    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.


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

    • 4 years in business

    I specialize in service and hearing dog training. I enjoy training dogs that are given a job to people people.


    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 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."


    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.

    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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