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Browse these puppy trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Clarksville.

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Good Dog Training
4.9
from 326 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 741 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.

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K9 Kenny
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 66 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.

  • 5 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Allyson B.
Verified review

Kevin provided an introductory training for our pup with great results. We now have the basics to work with, hoping that he will continue to progress as we reinforce the basic behavior training taught at Aloha.

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

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
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
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
  • 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!

Riverdog Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Patrick Steger
    Verified review

    I highly recommend M. Victoria Garcia (Tori). She invests time in you and your dog(s); getting to know the "family" and building a training plan that will really work for you and your dog(s). I cannot stress strongly enough how knowledgable Tori is regarding dog training and behavior. She knows her stuff! Take the time to have a consultation with her and you will learn that you, and more importantly your dog(s) are in expert hands. Stop reading and call her now!

    Training Tails
    4.8
    from 5 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 25 hires on Thumbtack
    Scott A.
    Verified review

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

    Viri Cereceres
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Kathleen F.
    Verified review

    Viri did a board and train for my 5 year old dog, Nona. Up until Viri took her in, she would not listen and was just very high energy. 2 weeks after leaving Nona with Viri she was a whole new dog. She learned multiple commands and actually holds those commands until told it is ok to move around. I'm giving Viri a 5 star rating because I never thought Nona had a chance to be an obedient dog until Viri gave her a chance. You can also tell she just has a way with dogs.

    The Wise Hound
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Henry J.
    Verified review

    Working with The Wise Hound has been an absolute pleasure! Her knowledge of dogs and her passion for teaching really made training my dog so much fun! I never would have imaged the transformation my dog went through as a result of her fantastic guidance. If you are thinking about getting your dog trained, you can't go wrong with The Wise Hound! Thank you so much for everything you did for me and my pup!

    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!

    Companion Dog Works
    5.0
    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!

    Lazo
    5.0
    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!

      Zoom Room Dog Training
      5.0
      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.

      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.

      • 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.

      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.

      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.

      About

      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.

      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.

      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?
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