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Voraussehen Kennels
from 85 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 205 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
Verified review

Our dogs came back with the skills to behave. We were not sure that our oldest dog, Dante, would be cooperative. But he amazed us all. Mike and his team did a great job in teaching both dogs obedience. The cost is worth it!

Mayday Dog Training
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Whitney W.
Verified review

Nick is an incredibly talented dog trainer. I tried everything to get my dog to stop jumping on guests and Nick was the only one to come up with a solution that worked. You will notice a difference in behavior after the first session. Nick taught my dog basic obedience (heal, sit, down, etc) and patiently taught me how to consistently repeat these behaviors at home. He also gave me lots of helpful advice on how to teach fun tricks (like getting a drink from the fridge). My dog and I both had a really positive experience with Nick. Don’t waste your time taking a training class with someone else. Nick exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend him.

K-9 Companion Pet Services
from 26 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Janice C.
Verified review

Misty & Wayne did their first session with my dog Bailey on last Saturday and the results have been good. I am very surpised and pleased at the amount of change in my puppy already after just one lesson. She is more controlled and the tips that they left me with really work. We have been working daily since they left and the progress is very clear. We had went to a treat-based puppy training class at a local kennel that taught her commands that she only responded to with treats and totally ignored if treats weren't invoked. After one session, she is responding without treats. I'm impressed! Can't wait to get a few additional classes under my belt.

  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal B.
Verified review

I cannot say enough GREAT things about Justin and the Off Leash K9 training crew! Justin initially started my 10 week old Chocolate Lab (Marley) with basic obedience without the E-Collar. Justin was very thorough with his training technique along with explanation of quick house breaking at an early age. A few months later with much practice and determination Marley was ready for E-Collar training at 5 months of age. After only the first command Marley was on his way to perfection. Marley was good prior to E-collar training but once he started the real training he was on cue every time, and after only 4 short classes Marley has made a complete 180! Marley is just about 6 months now and obeys every command every time (Can your puppy do that?) We will definitely be back for more advanced training classes in the future along with Canine Good Citizen certification in a week or so. Off Leash K9 Training is worth every penny! Don't waste your time with group classes at pet stores, or at your local park! Off Leash K9 Training is the way to go!

Pilla's Pet Services
from 16 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Tracey R.
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I would definitely recommend Pilla's Pet Services, very reasonable, friendly and super knowledgeable! I promise, you won't be disappointed. I have 2 young boys and 2 fur babies at home , 1 of which is a Great Dane. We brought Ema home at 3 months she was the cutest puppy Ever weighing 25lbs. We always thought it was cute how she would run and jump on us or how she would jump so high to look out the window. Well as the months passed Ema grew so fast weighing 100lbs before her 1st birthday. She was out of control, and hard to tame, she would knock us down, she's broken windows, destroyed mini blinds and would eat anything that we left unattended. It got to the point where we were scared of her due to her size and strength. Ema use to pull us while walking her and would choke herself out, we couldn't take her out in public due to her behavior. I read a review a neighbor posted about Pillas Pet Services and decided to give them a call. I called I was in touch with Pilla and told her about Ema , I filled out a form and then was scheduled for a home consultation 2 days later. After the consultation we signed Ema up for the 6 week Dog Obedience Training. From day one Ema was ready to train with Pilla and I, something that I thought was impossible with her since she was already 1 year old. Ema would be so excited to see Pilla and was ready to train, conquering all the commands and games Pilla had in store for us. We now take Ema out in public for walks, and she now knows that we are in control and not her. Pilla has mastered the art of dog training and their owners . She helps you better understand your dog and how to communicate with your dog. Your are not expected to learn everything in one session, Pilla assigns homework for the week until her next visit. I am proud to say that Ema will be graduating Today and has Mastered Dog Obedience training class.

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Barclay Farms
from 15 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary P.
Verified review

Barbara is great!! I would highly recommend her. She has taught me so much on how to have my dog listen to me and follow what I say. I have known Barbara for a 1 1/2 yrs. I first met her when she was an instructor at a pet store. Riley is my first dog and I thought he was only supposed to be a dog. I soon learned that I had no control over him. Walks were difficult with him pulling and trying to run after other dogs and people. Barbara showed me in easy steps how to get Riley to do what I asked like no jumping up on people or not pulling during walks, etc. After training classes ended I began to attend her agility for fun classes. It seems like every class I am learning something new about my dog and what he can do. I now have a dog that will listen to me (well most of the time ) and I am so proud of him. We are still a work in progress but I couldn't have done it without Barbara gentle teaching and encouragement.

The Bark Resort
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Janice B.
Verified review

I've had dogs my whole life. I've taken puppy classes and know quite.a bit about dogs. I've never had a problem with dogs. I've often had people come to me asking me questions. But every so often you meet a dog who is a challenge. We took in a stray German Shepherd who the previously ownera literally got out of the car, released the dog and got back in and drove away. That should have been our first clue. She was very unruly. Very dominant. Very strong willed and uncontrolable. Tammy came in and taught us what we needed to control her. She now sits on command, we are now able to take her for walks and actually play with her and she will.sit with you for 20-30 minutes so you can love on her. Thia juat lows mu mind because I have never met a more high strung hyper wont calm down and rwlax dog before!. She still has a lot of work to do, but i know that with Tammy we will get there. Tammy helped when the dog got pregnant. She helped us pick out a pup so it could become a service dog for my daughter who has severe panics attack occasionally. Tammy has been also working with my daughter to train the pup and helps my daughter to recognize her triggers and how to channel her thoughts and let the pup do his job. Tammy also has boarded all 4 of our dogs and we know they are in great hands while we are gone...she even sent us pictures when we had to goit out of state for a family emergency that took over 2 weeks. (We missed our fur babies). Tammy also grooms my sheltie and does a great job. Tammy know her stuff and i cant sing her praises enough.

Wholistic Woofers & Co.
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon S.
Verified review

I used Vivian to train 2 dogs in the past for a total of 5 classes ending with both dogs achieving CGC recognition. When we recently added a new puppy to the family I knew I wanted to have Vivian help me train him as well. We are now well on our way to achieving CGC recognition for the puppy.

Life and K9s
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Noelle Cutler
Verified review

Modern K9 are dedicated to both you and your dog. Training your dog is one part of what they do, but the commitment to being sure you are comfortable and able to continue training, at home, on your own is also very important to them. Offering advice and reassurance as well as sticking with you if your having trouble is what sets them apart. Many thanks for all the help they have given to me. I'd be lost without them!!!

  • 30 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia B.
Verified review

Carmen did a great job teaching our dogs basic obedience commands in preparation for a new baby in our home. They are still just as loveable but much better behave. She also pet sat for us when we were gone on vacation and we loved not having to worry about our fur babies. Excellent job and would highly recommend!

Anthony Beckett
from 6 reviews
    Michelle B.
    Verified review

    I own 2 Doberman Pinschers and hired Anthony Beckett as their trainer. He worked very well with both the dogs and myself as he taught me how to train them. I would highly recommend Anthony Beckett to anyone.

    Mutts With Manners
    from 3 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Cheri L.
    Verified review

    We have canine rescues and didn't know how to even begin with training them. With Trelle's help we have taught our big dogs the basics. In the process we have learned skills to use on our other dogs as well. She is always ready to help over the phone or by email, too.

    JoAnneBruce S.
    Verified review

    We have used Pawfect Manners for puppy training for two of our very active dogs. A border collie and a Jack Russell. These breeds can be a challenge to train. We were very happy with the results. Our BC Strider is one of the best behaved dogs we have ever had the pleasure to own. We really love Judy's positive/rewarding approach to training and our dogs loved her. Both dogs have benefited greatly from this training as have their owners. Strider competes in canine flyball and is one of the fastest dogs in our region. Our Jack Russell Iggy is following in his big brothers footsteps. We would recommend Pawfect Manners Dog training to anyone who believes in positive reinforcement training and anyone who loves their dog and would like to have a well behaved pet. The small size of the classes gives every dog a chance to shine!

    Brooke L.
    Verified review

    Ashley is one of the most amazing, experienced and open-minded trainers I have ever known. She is able to come up with solutions to every issue by thinking outside of the box and relaying information in a way that can be easily understood and put into action. She is great with aggression, behavior modification and basic obedience. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a wonderfully patient trainer!:)

    • 23 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Anais U.
    Verified review

    Randolph knows what he is talking about! I felt like he was very knowledgeable, understanding and really does care about dogs! I came to him for a consult and I left very impressed. He had great command of his own dog and seemed very comfortable with my own dog. He seems like a people person and a dog person! My dog has socialization issues with other dogs and I had trouble finding a trainer because he is considered a "giant breed". Randolph taught me a lot about the issues with my dog and presented me with different options for training (board and train & private sessions). My only issue is the cost. I will have to wait to begin training because the training will negatively affect my budget...more than expected.

    K9 Social Club
    from 1 review
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Michelle K.
    Verified review

    Vickie groomed my 2 Austrailan shepherds. She was very knowledgeable about the breed and handling of the dogs.

    Kathy's Pet Care
    from 1 review
      Kim H.
      Verified review

      I can’t say enough positive things about my experience with Kathy. She is incredibly thorough and thoughtful in her service and genuinely cares about the animals she is working with. To be honest, there is not another person my dogs get more excited to see than her when she would show up for their time together. Depending on the day, she might take them to the dog park or a good brisk walk around the neighborhood and then home for grooming (if needed) and some play time. Living in a large apartment community with lots of dogs, it was extremely important to me that my dogs be comfortable and friendly with people and animals and this is exactly what I've gotten with Kathy’s help. In fact, he is pretty much THE friendly and comfortable dog around the community now. I receive compliments on nearly every walk I take my dogs on about how well behaved and friendly they are. What I appreciated most about this service was how much Kathy went above and beyond what I was paying for. She has constantly given me pointers and resources on how to best train and handle my dog, has kept an eye on dog food recalls that could possibly affect us and even caught what turned out to be an ear infection that my vet overlooked when I first brought him home. This, in addition to just how thorough and detailed her socialization recaps were, made me feel very pleased with my decision to enlist her help. Based on my experience with Kathy, I would highly recommend her to any and all who wants someone that truly loves animals and will provide quality work.

      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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