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Champion K9 Companions
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin J.
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I have done 2 of the 3 sessions I purchased. It's been a good experience and I've received a lot of useful tips to help me with my puppy.

  • 8 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Marcela S.
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Bill has done such an amazing job with Aubrey! Before having him as my dog trainer, I thought that training my puppy was impossible. Aubrey was very disobedient, never listened when I called, aggressive with other dogs, and destroyed just about anything. I was running out of options, and considered giving my puppy away. K9 training was my last resort, and my best investment! Just a few days at Off Leash K9 training, and Aubrey transformed into new dog! He contacted me frequently about Aubrey's progress and was always happy to answer any questions I had. I highly recommend him to anyone with dog issues!

Patriot Dog Training
from 14 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Charles H.
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There are many people who call themselves dog trainers but there are very few who can actually produce results and are in fact the best in the business Don't waste your time with anyone else but Benito Olsen & Patriot Dog Training. I guarantee you will not regret using Patriot Dog Training as your dog trainer and you will get outstanding. Don't settle for less or mess with the rest when you can have the best. Benito Olson & Patriot Dog Training are as good as it gets. Cannot recommend highly enough!!!!

  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Alena M.
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Marlene is so great! What I liked most was her experience and knowledge. She isn't just some trainer who went through a seminar and now thinks they are a dog trainer. I wasn't sure I even needed help thinking I could do it myself no problem. But after meeting with her I realized just how little I know about training and my dog's behavior. I realized this was an investment for the next 10-12 years that I would be spending with my pooch and am so grateful for the wealth of knowledge she provided. Marlene loves dogs and helping people and it shows.

  • 12 years in business
Temperance W.
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I have been attending Kevin's dog training classes - both his 6 week basic manners & intermediate class, and his regular Wednesday Back to Basics classes. My dog Rouge has gone from being a skittish dog who while in public wouldn't mind at all to being an example for others to a certain degree. Kevin is very detailed in his training & helps the class to be fun & enjoyable!

Triple R Dog Center
from 5 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
John N.
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Juanea wwhat very good with Mojo our 1 1/2 year old Jack Russell Terrier she had him obeying in a couple of hours. I would highly recommend her to anyone who ask. She also boards.

Knine Training
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Angela H.
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We have a 5 year old pit bull that has been a stubborn, dog aggressive, and high anxiety dog since he was very young. He has a lot of energy but because of his behavior I was unable to take him on walks. Kelly, from Knine training showed me the proper way to use his pinch collar which stopped his pulling on walks all together. He responded extremely well to the corrections I was giving him with the pinch collar. Kelly has personalized the training by listening to our dogs existing problems and showing my husband and I the proper way to correct him. Kelly is always very patient and gives us great feedback which is always effective. Our dog has improved by leaps and bounds in just a matter of weeks with the help from Kelly. We appreciate everything she has done so far to help our dog and we look forward to continuing our training with her.

Total Dog!
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Kris T.
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Sean was the perfect trainer for our German Shepherd Titan.  He was very accommodating with our busy schedule and helped make our 1.5 hour commute worth it. He is very passionate with every dog he trains. Titan and I were able to form a better relationship by following Sean's suggestions and commands. He was very patient and answered all of our questions. He would make sure we understood what we should be doing with Titan at home and on walks. The training sessions were very comfortable and efficient. Not once did my wife and I feel uncomfortable to ask Sean questions. Titan became very comfortable with Sean as well, considering him part of his "pack". Titan looked forward to training with Sean everyday. It wasn’t just training for Titan, Sean helped us better understand the fundamentals of dog training. Overall it was the best training experience we could have asked for and we will definitely be back with our next dog!

A Better Dog Training, Inc.
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shelly R.
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My husband and I have been very happy to have found Janet Echavarry from A Better Dog Training, Inc. We had adopted a rescue dog back in March. The we decided to have him trained as well. Our dog Pistol Pete has been so great since we went through the training. He gets so excited every time Ms. Jan comes over to the house and now since the training is complete, knowing that we can contact her anytime, if we ever need anything or have any questions or concerns. She is wonderful and so helpful. We also take Pistol Pete over to spend time boarding with Ms. Jan for a few days to a week when we are out of town. We are very happy knowing he is being taken care of when we can't be home with him. She has the most clean environment for your pets and they all have a great space to run around and meet new friends. Every dog we saw there were so happy and comfortable in their own kennel. That made me happy knowing when we leave our dog there, he is kept comfortable, happy and spoiled in his air conditioned area and it was always clean!!! And it does not smell like a kennel in there and that really made me happy! If you are thinking about getting your pet trained, you could not pick a better person, or company to do this. We did our homework before choosing her. We contacted several other places in our area but was not happy with any of them and then Ms. Jan was recommended to us by our Vet's office. She came highly recommended and we are so glad we have her taking care of our dog. She is like family to us now and couldn't be happier with the professionalism and services she provides to her clients. So if you are in need of a wonderful, caring and loving person to take care of your pets or need them trained, you really need to check out Janet Echavarry from A Better Dog Training, Inc. You will be very satisfied that you did.

Rover Misbehaving?
from 2 reviews
    Taylor J.
    Verified review

    Sharon is a gem! I have taken my dog Gus to her for both boarding and puppy classes. She is by far one of the most patient animal trainers that I know. Her heart is devoted to loving and caring for animals. She is also very experienced, professional, and flexible with schedules. Your animal will have top notch care at her boarding facility where she spends many hours of her day walking with your pet. Her small operation ensures that your pet gets the care it deserves and is treated like family.


    I specialize in behavior modification -- from something so small as puppy basics, agility, neat little tricks like praying (much more fun ones) to aggression out! I'm the one here to help, and we will have fun doing and watching your beloved. Become exactly what you have imagined, and I meet new challenges.

    • 14 years in business

    My passion is pets. I quit my job to focus on my rescue. Animals love me and I love them. They are family.


    I take care of animals and children. I have worked as a veterinary technician and a babysitter for the past 5 years. I also have given many horseback riding lessons and love working with animals and children as well.


    I have been working with several dog breeds for a month on obedience training. I will be certified in December 2014. I have been a dog lover with all my love. It is not magic to train a dog; it's just discipline and dedication. I have been a veterinarian assistant for the past eight years. I also have a pet sitting service and dog walking business.

    • 5 years in business

    San Antonio Dog Training Co. is a premier canine center that is serving San Antonio, Leon Valley, Boerne, New Braunfels, and the surrounding areas. Our services include professional dog training and overnight boarding. We offer individualized and professional training that provides results which last a lifetime. Our boarding facility offers a beautifully calm atmosphere and personalized attention.


    I am a dog trainer for the DoD. I specify in on- and off-leash obedience using a variety of methods tailored to each dog individually. To top it off, I'll assist the handler (you) on how to maintain the drills. That way, you know you're making an actual investment and not just spending money!


    I'm very good at training dogs; whether it's basic training or if you need a dog sitter. I am very reliable and trustworthy.


    Not only do my customers have my utmost respect, their dogs do as well. Any boundaries a dog has will be taken into consideration from being dominant to being too submissive.


    We specialize in dog boarding and obedience training. We have large, air-conditioned indoor/outdoor runs and large play yards. We are family-owned and operated. We also have the owner on-site.

    • 16 years in business

    Services: Problem Solving, Board and Train, Obedience Training, Protection Training, Article Scent Training, Socialization, Puppy Training, Good Manners, Yard Clean up, Personalized Supplies


    Hello. My name is Alex Hakspiel, and I love to help out as many paws as possible. I have experience not only with house training, but with personal protection as well. Does your dog like to bark at everything or even chase cars? I can assure you that we can change all of that with a peaceful method of using verbal and hand commands. We'll be using all sorts of different approaches to rid of the problem without using negative punishment because I believe hitting your dog is like hitting your grandmother -- you just don't do it. My clients have a guarantee that my training will work, and if not, I'll fully refund the cost for the training sessions.

    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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