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Good Dog Training
4.9
from 324 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 726 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jingjing L.
Verified review

Rona was truly a great trainer. I needed a trainer for my rescue dog who is shy and easily scared. I've had dogs before and were able to train them, but this one I had no idea what to do. I needed a way to let my dog know that she can trust me. Without me saying this, Rona taught me and my boyfriend a way to gain our puppy's trust and to build our relationship. It's been a couple of days now and the trick totally works! Even when we go out now our dog would look at us instead of panning left and right. What I truly appreciate from Rona's training is that she taught us just enough for us to get started on the dog training. I wasn't overwhelmed with information and the tricks she taught us were useful ones for this stage of the dog's training. I think dog trainers need to realize that as much as they are training the dogs, their main task is to train the humans on how to train their own dogs, and that's exactly what Rona did. Thank you Rona, Lucy is doing a lot better (still problems here and there but getting better)!

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K9 Kenny
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Guilherme C.
Verified review

Kenny has been fantastic!! In just a few sessions, he has got my little Cosmo listening to me like never before. He is very attentive and listens to any questions or concerns I may have. I've worked with several different dog trainers, but K9 Kenny is by far the best. I've already recommended him to several of my friends!!

  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Bridgette D.
Verified review

Kevin is very professional and skilled in his dog training abilities. My Frenchie completed a 2 week board and train program. She is much calmer and has MANNERS! I am continuing her training at home and it's been great. The Easy to follow instructional video using my own cute puppy doing her new skills has been very helpful for the whole family! We are so happy to have the Lola we new she could be🐶

  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
NADINE G.
Verified review

Dog trainer seemed very professional got past what I thought he could not get past my dog is very large and has a very mean bark but that did not stop the dog trainer for going in and handling him very gentle of course but affirmative loved it what would make it better is more consecutive sessions I know the days closer together

K9 Mastery LLC
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea Y.
Verified review

My boyfriend and I adopted a 6 week old pit bull named Huck in November 2013 the very first night we brought him home to feed him, I leaned down to pet him and he immediately starting growling. We tried to work with him ourselves but his food aggression started escalating as he got older and he also started being very aggressive towards us and family before he was 4 mo. Old. Our vet at the time told us that he needed to be neutered ASAP. So after we did that, we expected him to be more calm and less aggressive. Nothing really changed except he became more aggressive to the point where he would never let us give him a bath, clip his nails, being at the vet, pet him while he was eating or had any kind of bones to chew on, putting a collar on him, getting close to him and trying to touch his face. He would lash out at us if we did any of those things. It broke my heart more than anyone could understand because I was always so loving and affectionate towards my other dogs and the fact that I couldn't even love on my dog just ate me up. I became very scared of him and anytime he growled at me which was daily, I just left him alone. Me and my boyfriend have taken him to a few dog trainers in the past but we were turned away because they said he was too agressive and he should probably be put down. We even were recommended to go see a (Dog Phychiatrist) so he could be put on meds forever to help him be obedient. When I found out how much that was, it was insanely amount of money that we just couldn't afford. I was actually starting to consider to have him euthanized because so many people have told us that he is just to dangerous. I felt so alone and I just didn't want to be scared of my own dog anymore. My final attempt to get him help was actually on thumbtack. I listed my needs for a dog trainer and explained how agressive he was and expected to get no reply back from anyone because of his behavior. But then within 5 minutes of me posting my request, Christie said that she could help us. My boyfriend and I were kind of skeptical about it at first cause we didn't think she fully understood his condition and that maybe she just turn us away like all the others. But she explained to me that dealing with agressive breeds was actually her specialty which made me feel a lot better. On His very first day there of training he acted up pretty bad and Christie told that Huck needed to stay there for a while so she could work one on one with him without us being around. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make at that point but we decided to leave him there. It was very hard on us but we would have rather had to say goodbye for a little than have to say goodbye to him forever. Christie made us feel better by sending us emails and pictures almost daily about Huck's progress. We were finally able to bring him home 3 months later and we could not be more pleased with his behavior right now. I can finally say that we are able to put Huck's collar on him, clip his nails, and my most favorite part of all, he finally let's us love all over him and get close and touch his face. We know that he still has a long way to go, but he has made so much progress and we are so thankful from the bottom of our hearts for Christie. She is absolutely amazing with all of the dogs. You can really tell that she is genuine and really cares about what she does. We are learning so much from her and Ms.Jessica. That is why we drive 3 hours to see her for Class every Saturday morning from Houston.

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.

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The Dog Chick
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nic A.
Verified review

We have been super pleased with Tiffany and her reliability. She is so easy to work with and helpful in a pinch with her "can-do" attitude. She is a genuine animal lover, and our dogs are always happy to see her. She's very responsive, and we've been so glad to have found her for home care instead of kennels!

  • 13 years in business
  • 5 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!

Divine Dynasty K9
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Stan Z.
Verified review

They take a genuine interest in the health and happiness of our dogs. They truly care about them and how they interact with us in our personal situation. We have had three dogs trained by them and all three have come home as pets adaptable to nearly any type of situation. We have also been thoroughly pleased with their grooming services. Our dogs come back to us as “show” quality and we have personally witnessed the effort they take to achieve this result.

Training Tails
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 24 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.

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!

Game Time Dog Services
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Gb B.
    Verified review

    Amy's Joggin' Dogs in exceptional! I have had the privledge of knowing Ms. Amy for two years. She loves animals and is a guru when it comes to dogs. I will always attain her services for my dog and continue to refer her out to my friends and family. Thank you, Amy. You are the best!!! G-Plano, TX

    • 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.

    Pamela
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Teri R.
      Verified review

      Pamela groomed my dog and she did a phenomenal job. Super professional and friendly and my pup felt like a million bucks afterward.

      About

      We offer affordable, reliable, and loving pet services to residents of the Circle C Ranch area in Austin, TX. We treat our animals gently and with care, whether it's training your dog to fetch a stick or administering his medication. We are backed by years of experience of pet ownership, and treat each animals as if they were our own. We are respectful to pet owners, and do our best to create a complete solution for our clients.

      About

      Are you too busy to walk your dog or just need some extra help juggling a work/travel schedule with being a pet owner? Are you going out of town for the weekend? Then look no further. My name is Lia Martinez and I want to help you out. I, myself, am a dog owner with a 60 lb. half Australian Sheppard and half Black Lab and have experience walking an 85 lb. Akita, so size and power is of no matter. I have a part time job, so I have a pretty flexible schedule and can work around what you may need. My prices vary depending on the size of the dog and what you may need. They are as follows in dollars: * Dog walking 10-15 * Pet sitting 15-20

      About

      "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

      I have always been a lifetime lover of dogs. When I had to leave my puppy behind and move across the country to attend college, I still wanted to be able to do all the things I enjoyed doing with my own dog. Happy Hounds is a business that provides services such as dog walks, play time, checkups, or feeding when you're away. It's great for anyone who may have a busy schedule and wants to give his/her dog some extra exercise or fun time!

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

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

      • 4 years in business
      About

      I love dogs and have had many in the past. I know how hard it is to leave them alone for hours so I am the person who knows how to take care for your baby.

      About

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

      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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