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Irving Psychiatric Service Dog Trainers

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Traveling Dog Trainer
from 227 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 745 hires on Thumbtack
Britni H.
Verified review

Lauren was so helpful. She had exactly the training style we appreciated. I was able to watch her do simple things from the moment she walked in to prevent the bad behaviors I was trying to change, they worked! She was so thorough and explained everything so it made sense, but it wasn't hard to learn and easy to facilitate. She showed me areas where I was lacking in my own authority with my dogs that could be contributing to their lack of security in me and causing some of the pushiness, demands for attention and some aggression. Even areas I didn't think my dog needed training with, like the walk, Lauren showed me so many changes i needed to make and it was a move leaps and bounds ahead of where. I'm so proud of my dog (and me for learning what to do!)! I think we are well on our way to our goal. Will definitely use Lauren again! Already know we'll need her when we get our puppy, then I'm sure, refreshers. Thankfully, she comes to Fort Worth. She was worth it and we'll use her again. Highly recommend her.

from 79 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 164 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
from 72 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 194 hires on Thumbtack
Bernardo C.
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I was in a long search for a dog trainer that had ample experience with German Shepherds, as everywhere I looked, it was more of a cookie cutter/group training class where I could not get the results or experience for training this breed that I was looking for. I finally came across Butch through a reference from the DFWGSR, and after having several phone conversations with him, I made a decision that I was going to take my 7 month old German Shepherd with him for a 2 week board and train. His knowledge on GSD's and other working breeds is impressive and the results are great. He does a great job in getting your dog to where you can take over and continue the work at home with much less effort. I can honestly say that this is the best dog trainer that I have come across. The results you get speak for his years of experience and love for dogs. I definitely recommend Butch and his team if you want impressive results, service and the type of experience you get after training dogs for all type of service work for over 30 years.

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Net's Happy Pets
from 52 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tammy R.
Verified review

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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Canine Training Center
from 30 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lacy D.
Verified review

Howard is an excellent dog trainer! His extensive knowledge and expertise in training dogs is very evident. Learning the "Alpha" way definitely helped me reevaluate how I interacted with my dogs and that there were some things I was doing that was contributing to their bad behavior. Howard is not just training your dog, he is really training owners on how to communicate effectively with their dogs. By giving us the power to train, we are able to continue to effectively maintain and extend the correct dog and Alpha communication. And even apply it to new pets! I would definitely recommend dog owners see Howard for training their pets!

Nicole Lounsbury
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
Krystin S.
Verified review

I found Nancy online almost a year ago, and found myself having a hard time figuring out what dog training classes I needed for my dog Bowinkle. We had just adopted Bowinkle and he was about 6 months old and into everything and HORRIBLE at walking on a leash. When I called and spoke to Nancy I immediately felt I had made the right choice in calling her first. I didn't want to have to take Bowinkle to a class group setting and not get one-on-one attention and struggle with Bowinkle being to "interested" in the other dogs. The fact that Nancy does all visits at our house and offers many different types of service plans was a huge plus. I had no clue what we were getting into and how long we may or may not need her. We decided to sign up for a year; since then she has come every 2-3 weeks. What I like most about Bark Busters is we as dog owners are learning the correct way to train our dog(s) and become their Pack Leader. I can have as many dogs as I want from here on out and know that I can train/lead them on my own, and if I have a hard time I can call Nancy and she'll be here to assist. Nancy is a very professional and respectful person whom my pets, and myself have grown to love. I recommend her to everyone who is interested in dog training. I thought my Bowinkle was never going to grow out of his old habits and today I have a completely different dog. Thank you so much Nancy for your help, care and knowledge. Thanks, Krystin Scott

Hilton Butler's K-9 Bootcamp
from 25 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Sara W.
Verified review

Over the last year, I have been fortunate to have Hilton Butler from K-9 Bootcamp train my puppy so he could become a therapy dog. From the first encounter with the Butler family I knew my dog would be in good hands. They understood the purpose of his training and knew what he would have to learn in order to become a therapy dog for kids with special needs. I was greatly relieved to know that my dog would be staying in their house with their children. This meant a lot to me since my dog spent 6 weeks being trained. To know that he would not be neglected in a kennel on a large property was a huge relief. Auggie was immediately welcomed by all family members and was treated like one of their own pets. He was in loving hands from the moment he walked in the door. I felt that Hilton was able to apply various protocols to meet my dog’s needs due to his extensive background with K-9 training in the military, police, and service dog environments. Hilton demonstrates a firm hand while training, but uses positive reinforcement as well, which was needed for my dog. He ensures that you know the protocols to carry over in the home environment after training is complete. If there was any question regarding Auggie’s behaviors at home, Hilton was available by email, phone, and even conducted follow up sessions at my house. K-9 Boot Camp is a professional and loving dog training facility. They excel in providing individual treatment to meet your specific training goals. Customer service and compassion for their work shines through. Hilton, took time on a Sunday in November to drive all the way to Auggie’s therapy test for moral support. Auggie passed with flying colors and now comes to work everyday as a certified therapy dog. He is happy in his new role making sure all kids have a smile on their face while receiving therapy! We could not have done it with out Hilton.

Zoom Room Trophy Club
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Breanna P.
Verified review

I initially chose Zoom Room to enroll my 8 week old puppy into puppy preschool for socialization and basic obedience. This was the best decision! Heather is great and my puppy just passed his AKC S.T.A.R. puppy test! He will now be moving on to puppy obedience and we will definitely keep coming back here! There is outstanding agility equipment here and my puppy loves learning the agility course mixed in with his obedience training! A great way to keep them engaged and learning and also super fun for the owners too! I highly recommend coming to Zoom Room for your dog/puppy training needs! We will keep coming!

Positively Dog
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.

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THE Pack: Big D's Best Buds
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jill R.
Verified review

A great dog trainer. We saw progress instantly. Very easy going and friendly. On time and very polite. Gave us very good tips to work on and I liked how he has a balanced approach towards dog training.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jim A.
Verified review

Brian was very good with our dog. He's much better walking on a leash and listens to us better than when he left. The only downside to training our dog this way is that it's a remote location so we have far more distractions in our neighborhood than out on the ranch. But Brian did some socialization training and left us with good tips and instructions for continuing to help our dog learn that he needs to be calm when approaches other dogs. Our dog was sad to see Brian leave.

  • 15 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Angie K.
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Beth was called to our house to help us with our rescue pit bull. She is a people person but most importantly she is knowledgeable trainer. Her philosophy on training meshed well with my family. She does not implemented dominance strategies which is unlike some other trainors here in the area. We want a family pet not an animal that fears us. I feel confident that with her helpful tips and training we will have the dog of our dreams. Our dog was abused prior to us having him. Already I see a significant improvement. I would strongly recommend her to anyone that has doggy behavior issues.

Cosmic Canine Training
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa B.
Verified review

Very attentive to my needs for dog training. Very knowledgeable, and obviously loves dogs!

Stacey W.
Verified review

Brandon did a great job training my dog, Tobias. He took the time and was patient with my boxer/lab mix. Tobias had a large problem with obeying my commands in public with distractions. He now is able to focus on me! I just need to keep up all the hard work Brandon put in! Thank you Brandon for everything!

Aspen’s K9 University
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ginger C.
Verified review

Great class. The trainer is very patient with the dogs and their owners and you can tell that she loves dogs. She gives you homework to do with your dog for the next class and if you follow her directions, you’ll see the progress with your dog. The trainer provider great info on dog behavior.

Good Dog Dallas
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business

I am certified in dog training and dog rehabilitation, I can work with not only basic obedience, but puppy classes and dogs that have behavior problems.

Phoenix Canine Services
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica S.
Verified review

We have two terriers, ages 4 and 5. We adopted both animals well into their adulthood, and neither had any training. We put up with the accidents in the house, the nipping, and the complete lack of obedience for far too long because we wanted our new additions to settle in before we started correcting their behavior. Well, that is where Damon came in. He assured us that our dogs could behave AND go to the bathroom outside. That they were not the worlds worst (although cutest) dogs, but actually good dogs! What? My dogs can be trained? I was a little skeptical. Initially, we signed up for a private session. We love our dogs, but surely he would change his mind when he met them. Our dogs interacted with Damon wonderfully. They are a little much at times, and he knew exactly how to handle them to get them to calm down or play. We worked on some potty training techniques and talked about the format of his training class. Sure enough, we enrolled our dogs into a six week beginner course and they really responded. They enjoyed going to the park once a week, interacting with other dogs and humans, and best of all, working for food! Never in a million years did I think my dog would "sit" on command. Now they sit, wait, lay down, touch, and leave it! AND THEY POTTY OUTSIDE. I know these things may seem extremely basic to some people, but I honestly didn't think my dogs could be trained - not even to sit. I know some of you out there have dogs like mine. I do want to say, Damon only provides the tools. If you do not reinforce the expected behavior at home then your dogs will not respond. Our dogs were ready to work every Saturday morning, but not so much when we got home. Once we started enforcing those expected behaviors we got much better results. Be prepared to put in just as much work as your pup. I highly recommend Damon! Can't wait to enroll our dogs in more advanced training!

Experience Walkers

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    I became a professional dog trainer in 2011. My passion are dogs with no structure. I provide 30-minute to an-hour walks. I do accept aggressive dogs.

    Marleys Paws

    New To Thumbtack


      I can train dogs. I am a dog person. I feed pets and pet sit for people who are out of town. I walk dogs, bathe them, exercise them and do everything else that you need me for.

      Canine Capable

      New To Thumbtack


        Here at Canine Capable, we approach training and rehabilitation with positive and effective techniques. Here, we believe anything is "pawsible"!

        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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