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Voraussehen Kennels
4.9
from 84 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Judith S.
Verified review

Thoroughly impressed with the training Bella received at VK and by Mike and Dee. Their facility is clean and totally dedicated to the best training a dog can receive. I definitely will recommend them to my friends.

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Animal Talker
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kimberly V.
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She takes her time training my dog! I enjoy it!

Barks 5th Avenue
4.7
from 41 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Robert M.
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Mike and family at barks 5th Avenue have changed our life with our german shepard. She was wild and we thought we were going to have to give her away. There training gave our dog fina....another chance to be truly a house dog with manners. I can't thank them enough they are truly professional dog trainer. I would recommend them to everyone....my friend also had his dog trained there with the same results. Once again if you need a referral to call me that is not a problem

Canine Counselor
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Marni G.
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Lee is very energetic and patient both with the Dogs and with us people!! She is very thorough and observes our dogs behaviours while training and tailors the training to our specific needs.

FURever Home
4.6
from 32 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Liz S.
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AMY IS THE MOST AMAZING PERSON, AND THE DOG TRAINER I HAVE EVER MET. WITH IN MINUTES SHE HAD CHANGED MY DOG. WITH IN 20 MINUTES SHE WAS ALSO TRAINIG ME. WE HAD A 2 HOUR SESSION. TRUST ME IT WAS HARDER FOR ME, THAN MY DOG. HANNAH (MY DOG), AND I, ARE ALREADY HAVING THE BEST WALKS EVER. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE AMY AGAIN NEXT WEEK, TO SHOW HER THE IMPROVEMENTS WE HAVE MADE. MY GOAL IS TO GO THE BEACH AGAIN, AND LET HANNAH PLAY IN THE WATER. IF THERE IS ANYONE WHO NEEDS A REALLY GOOD DOG TRAINER, PLEASE CALL AMY. THANK YOU, LIZ SENSBAUGH

Mayday Dog Training
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Shannel G.
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We have 2 dogs, both are under 1 year, that were in desperate need for some obedience training. They basically ran the house and were both starting to become destructive and unruly. The fact that Nick would come to our house when it was convenient for us was awesome since the idea of dragging 2 dogs to a packed training class on work nights was not ideal. Nick suggested the use of both training collars and shock collars which have really helped in getting the dogs to behave and follow commands. Nick also helped me understand how my behavior was only making the dogs worse. One thing to keep in mind when hiring a dog trainer is that you are a big part of the training once the trainer leaves. We have been active in their training and are seeing dramatic results so far. Nick was always accommodating to our schedules, always on time and very professional.

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Texas Modern K9s
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deidre V.
Verified review

Modern K9s provides great dog training. They came to my home to consult and meet my dog and we agreed on a package to help him learn. What I like best is they train and work with you and your dog in your home, in your real life situation. My pug loves them and they have made themselves available to answer questions and help retrain me. My dog could hardly sit still for 5 minutes, but after working with him, he is a joy to be around. Highly attentive and will sit as long as I want him to. They customize their program based on your needs and the needs of your dog. I am so happy I went with them over other choices.

Come And Train It K9
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas Z.
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Great trainers, very helpful. Willing to go above and beyond to accommodate and help the customer get the results they want.

  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Sue F.
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Great, great Trainer!!! Anyone with a dog needs to go and see Justin Bailey @ Off Leash K9 Training. His techniques are truly innovative but at the same time provide common sense, simple solutions to any issue with your dog. Weather your dog has been trained or not you need to take your dog here and REAP THE BENEFITS AND REWARDS of having your dog e-collar trained by the best dog trainer in the country. You and your dog will live a much less stressful and funner life once the training occurs...and it only take 4-1 hour lessons to transform you and your dog. If you need validation check out there YouTube page and watch all of the success stories like our dogs Penny and Capone.

Pilla's Pet Services
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Jok M.
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Pilla is an excellent dog trainer. I have a English cream golden retriever who was really shy and submissive. Since we began our training, it’s like she is a different dog. I love the positive training and how firm yet loving she is with the dog. I am definitely a better pet owner with everything I have learned. I would recommend her reasonable services any day.

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Cherie’s Mobile Grooming
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
JOHN T.
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worked very good with our older dog.

  • 9 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth P.
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Cassidy is great with my dogs. We have had issues with trainers in the past but knew it would be different from the first time we met her! Our dogs love her and she is always available to use day or night when we have questions!

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Stealth k9
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Inga J.
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We had a wonderful experience with our dog Boo being trained at Stealth K9. Boo was with Michael for a week and it was a dramatic difference. He is no longer pulling "us" along for his walks. He was a good dog but now he is a much better dog. Walking him is so much less stressful. Thank you so much! We are all happier!

Wholistic Woofers & Co.
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Linda T.
Verified review

Took my Cavalier King Charles spaniel at 5 months old to Vivian for puppy training and continued with 3 additional 6 week classes. Vivian was great in training me on how to work with my dog and also in getting us prepared for being certified as a therapy pet. Very pleased with the results.

  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie M.
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Aedan is an amazing dog trainer!! I have a red heeler who I adopted at three years old. He used to bark constantly at anything that moved. He also would pull on the leash outside and would try to run after bicycles (Maybe he thought they were cattle?). It was hard to interrupt his barking or chasing behaviors. Aedan was able to get him to focus on just me when we were outside and to even get him to obey off leash!! He is able to not react around people on bikes now and he has great manners now! Tucker, my dog, has also been sprayed by a skunk twice. Aedan was able to help Tucker focus on activities outside rather than going after small animals. He is a wonderful trainer! I highly highly recommend this guy if you need a dog trainer!

FaBi
4.5
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney R.
Verified review

Wonderful!! My dogs look great!

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Paw Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Arianna A.
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Caroline is an amazing trainer! Our puppy learned so much in only one session! She Ian very calm and she explains every little detail of what she is doing and why she is doing it! We couldn't ask for anyone better!

Good Boy Obedience
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Connor B.
Verified review

Sarah is absolutely amazing! Where do I begin? As soon as you start speaking with Sarah you can immediately tell how much her profession means to her. It is clear that she is in it for the dogs and it’s obvious that she is doing exactly what she was meant to do. She will take the time to explain to you the reasons behind doing things which helps to give you a better understanding of the training and your dog. If you are looking for a dog trainer, I highly recommend Sarah!

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Donna P.
Verified review

Terry, the dog trainer, has been a great dog trainer. I have tried out many in and around the area where I live, and have never had any success. This time I am seeing successes that I never thought possible. My dog is making great strides. Yes, she has a long way to go, and so do I, but with Terry's help, I believe we are achieving that goal well. Terry is very professional, yet very down to earth, and will talk to you about what he wants you to do. He models everything for you, then he gives you the leash and lets you do the work with your dog. He offers good information and helps you to correct the areas in which you might be doing something wrong. He also seems to do so until he sees you are getting it right. He explains well, and he doesn't just say ok, now you do it. He observes closely and helps you. His work quality is tip top, and he is very responsive to the dog's needs as well as any needs the owner has in working with the dog. He knows what he is doing, and he knows how to teach people . Terry is rarely ever late, but if for some reason, he is going to be a few minutes late, he always calls me to let me know this. Value can mean one of two things to me. I always think of it in a monetary way first, and as far as the money that I have spent and am spending, I believe these lessons are a great price for the money. I think they are worth every penny I have put out for them. I think about not only being worth the money for the lessons, but when I think about it, this man drives all over the place, and the price is worth it for the 35 - 40 mi drive he makes to come help and teach me to teach my dog. I realize too, that he has expenses, and he has to pay for gasoline, so the monetary price I pay is definitely worth it. I really cannot express what kind of value Terry and the lessons exhibit on a teaching and content level. I think this is the most valuable thing I have learned in a long time. I cannot measure the value that the lessons have for my dog and me. I believe she feels like she has more structure, and I am feeling positive and excited , because I am learning to be her leader instead of the other way around. I am also feeling more respected by her. I am so happy that I found Always Faithful Dog Training and that I have Terry to help me and show me how to handle my dog !

Sue's Petsitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Toby C.
Verified review

After meeting sue and introducing her to all my fur babies ..I decided to go for long weekend Feb 12-15..came back all 11 of my dogs were happy n healthy and house,was secure as well as maintained ..I would recommend her highly. Very personable and trustworthy

Sit Means Sit West Houston
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
K. R.
Verified review

I used David's Dog Training for the training of our new puppy. When we first got our Miniature Schnauzer he was an absolute mess, jumping on guests, furniture, dragging us down the street, and uncontrollably excited all the time. After a 8 week session with David's Dog Training, he was controllable and walking (not pulling) on a leash. Most of his training, believe it or not, had more to do with us as the owners than with the dog. We were the ones who needed to step up and communicate with the dog. He is now content, controllable, sociable, and a very good boy. I honestly don't know what we would have done without his help. Thank you!

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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