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Traveling Dog Trainer
4.8
from 226 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 734 hires on Thumbtack
Eddie C.
Verified review

After looking and talking with a host of trainers, I picked Lauren to help me train Sailor. He's a ACD Blueheeler and is typically smart and can be "Hard Headed". Lauren and Sailor hit it off first rattle out of the box and Sailor and I learned a lot. I have purchased many books on dog training, Lauren taught us things that the books never even mentioned. Sailor and I are looking forward to our next lessons here at home, with her. No "Doggy Boot Camp" for us!

WeTrainDogs
4.6
from 73 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
Clay K.
Verified review

Maury is extremely knowledgable when it comes to dog training. Not just a dog sitter! Give him a few minutes and ask about your dog's well-being. You will not be disappointed!

K9 Kountry
4.7
from 71 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 193 hires on Thumbtack
Emily P.
Verified review

Butch is amazing. My dog had severe fear angression and has a bite history. After being with Butch for several weeks, my dog is no longer aggressive and loves meeting new people. Not only did Butch work with my dog pertaining to his aggression, he also taught him skills and I'll continue to see Butch in the future for further training. If you dog needs help with aggression or obedience, K9 Kountry is the place to go! Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

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Net's Happy Pets
4.8
from 51 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tammy R.
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Lynette did a wonderful job training a dog we had rescued. She was very professional and cares about what she does! I would highly recommend Lynette and Happy Pets!!!

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Debidawg LLC
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura G.
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Debi is such a nice person let alone a great dog trainer! She is highly skilled and very knowledgeable! Thanks again!

LISA'S K-9 KIDS
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Evan S.
Verified review

Just completed our first private lesson and Lisa knows what she is doing! She is fantastic to work with and walks you through what you need to do to continue training your dog when you go home.

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Walk of Life Dog Training
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bri C.
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Stephanie was fantastic with Crown. He was a little nipping puppy that wanted to chew on everything AND everyone in the house before she came out for our 1st session and now he's a well behaved little boy (some of it is still a work in progress but the progress with only 3 sessions is INCREDIBLE). My husband and I decided to use Walk of Life Dog Training because of Stephanie's flexibility with our schedule - we both work long hours and don't always have congruent time off and Stephanie was willing to figure out a time that worked best for the both of us! Crown, our puppy, absolutely LOVED his time with her and it was amazing to see how expanding his mind through training was eliminating the unwanted behavior that we'd experienced prior to training with Stephanie. Additionally, she is so incredibly kind and just wants to make sure that your life with your dog is as happy as possible! We would absolutely recommend Stephanie and Walk of Life Dog Training to anyone that's interested in getting their dog trained - puppy or not, I know Stephanie can teach you some tricks and effectively address any concerns you have with your pup! Thanks a bunch!

  • 5 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Melinda S.
Verified review

I can not say enough about the great service I received from Michele. She pet sat my babies (2 dogs) over the 2014 Christmas holiday Dec 22-Dec 26. 1. Communication was excellent. I received a quick response from her on the first day I posted my ad. She was prompt in her replies. 2. We agreed to meet on Monday 12/15 for a meet and greet, but I had to change the appt day due to my work schedule. Michele was very accommodating. We met on 12/17. She was prompt, came with a notebook and asked questions. My dogs took very well to her. You can tell she is an animal lover. 3. My cocker spaniel is very shy and does not eat well when we are away. Michele took great care of him and made sure that he ate his meals and even made boiled chicken and hand fed him to entice his appetite. She brought her girls with her and they helped and played with the dogs. 4. My second dog is an elderly dog (15 years old) who became very ill the day I was leaving. He had been having kidney & back problems leading to this trip and I was so worried to leave him boarded with his condition. Michele assured me that she would take excellent care of him while I was gone. My dog became bed ridden by mid week and Michele kept him comfortable until I was able to come home and make a decision about his health. Michele did everything in her power to ensure he ate, took his medication and cleaned any messes left behind. She was truly an angel. She did this several times a day all thru Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Unfortunately my dog has since then crossed the Rainbow Bridge, I find comfort in knowing that Michele was there with him. She is a trained vet tech and was knowledgable in caring for animals when an emergency situation arrises. She stayed calm and provided me with updates on his condition several times a day. 5. When i arrived home my kitchen was tidy and detailed notes were left on each day including, heart rate, behavior, eating and potty breaks. 6. There was also 2 cats and 2 turtles in the house. Michele filled the cat bowl and scooped out my litter box daily (this was an added bonus). She fed my turtles and even separated them if they got aggressive with each other. 7. Michele brought in my mail and packages (another added bonus). My doors were locked and secure. All in all Michele is excellent at what she does. You can trust your pets and your home to her. I would use her again in a heartbeat the next time I have to go out of town. Melinda S.

Nicole Lounsbury
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Kim R.
Verified review

Nicole came to our home to provide dog training services. She was professional and personable. Our dog responded great to her. We are working on the skills she taught us and are having good success. Would highly recommend her!

  • 29 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Grace B.
Verified review

Our dog training was very good and we learned a lot our self.

Zoom Room Trophy Club
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa W.
Verified review

I would recommend Zoom Room to anyone. Heather is a great trainer and is so encouraging, especially if you have a "hard to handle" dog. The training is a lot of fun and good exercise, as well. Lisa W.

Positively Dog
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Tabitha B.
Verified review

Pamela provides personal, professional service that fits your schedule and needs. She trained our Havanese and he is a happy, better dog because of it. I can walk with him off leash and he will stay with me or on walks he never pulls his leash and follows simple commands. I highly recommend Positively Dog and Pamela Christy for your dog training needs.

In Home Dog Training
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Billie C.
Verified review

Tena is very professional and knowledgeable about training dogs. She has a very pleasing personality and I really like her. I would recommend her to help you with your dog training needs.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bree W.
Verified review

With my job we travel a lot. I didn't need a full time dog nanny, but someone who could be there whenever I have to leave town or when we both have long work days. I have three dogs...they are not easy, one is on medication and the other two are hyper. Furbabies was able to find the perfect pet nannies for me. Medication is always administered on time, logged and they are able to run with the two high energy dogs. My husband and I appreciate their helping hand and I know Tamale, Max and Sophie are happy too.

  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Eboni G.
Verified review

This review is only based on customer service, not the dog training as I have not dropped my pup off for board and train yet. I will this weekend. Amber made me feel comfortable with her personable attitude and extensive knowledge of dog training. I'm expecting a positive experience and will update after training!

Petsmart Dog Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Marci R.
Verified review

Our dog has been in training with Peggy for the past 6 months. She has taught us how to takes cues from our dog to know what is the best way to proceed to get the results we desire. She goes above and beyond each week to make sure we understand the proper mechanics involved to properly train our dog. Peggy is also very knowledgeable on behavior issues that we have encountered and she is always willing to help. Our Puppy has earned the status as a STAR Puppy! I recommed Peggy Chisolm to anyone who wants to train their dog at all levels. Thanks Peggy for helping our dog be the best she can be!

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Here Meow Pet Sitting
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chuck G.
Verified review

Dayna was so amazing! She was so caring and flexible with my busy schedule. She would send photos of my dog when she was taking care of him. I would highly recommend using Her pet sitting service.

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Mallory Moffat 🐶
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tyler C.
Verified review

Mallory has taken care of my dog for over a year now whenever needed. She also spent some time training my dog. Mallory is very dependable and reliable, and great with my dog.

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North Dallas Pet Haus
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Katie H.
Verified review

Ashley was great! We left our dog Hattie for two weeks. She was communicative throughout her stay, providing great updates on how Hattie was doing and it seems like Hattie had the best time. She also offered grooming services, so it was great to pick up a clean pup. Would highly recommend and plan to use North Dallas Pet Haus again!

Paws and Reflect Pet Spa
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Maryjo W.
Verified review

Amanda did a great job with my little dog. He looks so cute in his summer cut! It was a great experience.

GO Pets
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel S.
Verified review

At the time of this review, Galia only had a few reviews, so I was hesitant to try her out. After speaking with her on the phone, I was convinced she would be a good fit our two morkie puppies. Since our initial conversation, we have had 3 visits with her. Our puppies can already sit, stay, and have learned obedience. She also gave us a lot of good techniques on how to potty train them and make them stop biting/chewing on things. I would highly recommend Galia to friends and family looking for a dog trainer. Her reviews do not do her enough justice - she is an amazing dog trainer with a lot of experience.

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 Trainer for a German Shepherd Akita Mix

Grapevine, TX

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Sports/hunting, Law enforcement
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size
    Large
  • Details
    would like to eventually train for search and rescue Meka is a german shepherd akita mix
  • $153.33
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer for a Puppy

Mckinney, TX

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Small
  • $216.67
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer for 2 Border Collies

Dallas, TX

  • Dog age(s)
    3-4 years
  • Dog size
    Medium
  • Details
    two border collies-- 1 1/2 yr, 1 5 1/2
  • $50
    Average price
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