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Traveling Dog Trainer
4.8
from 226 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 737 hires on Thumbtack
Schelly W.
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Lauren is very knowledgeable when it comes to training your dog. She provides a lot of information and suggestions.

WeTrainDogs
4.6
from 77 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie A.
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Maury is an excellent trainer. He understand how dogs think and is very good, also, at training owners who are at their wits end. While it was more expensive than I had hoped to put Maizey in board-and-train, it was the best and most expeditious way to deal with her issues and and get us on the road to a happier pack. All three of my dogs have benefited from training Maizey (and us). I've heard negative things about some board-and-train businesses, so I was hesitant, but after meeting Maury, I trusted him to use the right methods that would help Maizey be a happy dog and make life at our house less stressful. If you take your dog to board and train, make sure to ask them what tools you need to get before picking your dog up, so you'll be prepared to continue the methods at home.

K9 Kountry
4.7
from 71 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 194 hires on Thumbtack
Angela V.
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We picked up our 8-month pit/lab mix today following a two-week "board and train" at K9 Kountry. All I can say is "Wow!" She is still her sweet, loving self but responds to us, and others, in a completely different way. Butch went above and beyond to correct her social anxiety, taking her on shopping excursions to Home Depot and Petco. He also socialized her with other dogs and taught basic commands like sit, stay, etc. All of this was accomplished over a holiday season (I don't think he ever takes a day off) and cold, soggy weather conditions. When we arrived to pick her up, Butch spent an hour with my 5-year-old son and I instructing us how to use the commands and reinforce the training he instilled in her. It was like unlocking a secret language but one that is simple to grasp thanks to his teaching technique. Simply put, we are thrilled with the results. I highly recommend K9 Kountry to anyone looking for a professional yet compassionate dog expert.

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Net's Happy Pets
4.8
from 51 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tammy R.
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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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Walk of Life Dog Training
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bri C.
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Stephanie was fantastic with Crown. He was a little nipping puppy that wanted to chew on everything AND everyone in the house before she came out for our 1st session and now he's a well behaved little boy (some of it is still a work in progress but the progress with only 3 sessions is INCREDIBLE). My husband and I decided to use Walk of Life Dog Training because of Stephanie's flexibility with our schedule - we both work long hours and don't always have congruent time off and Stephanie was willing to figure out a time that worked best for the both of us! Crown, our puppy, absolutely LOVED his time with her and it was amazing to see how expanding his mind through training was eliminating the unwanted behavior that we'd experienced prior to training with Stephanie. Additionally, she is so incredibly kind and just wants to make sure that your life with your dog is as happy as possible! We would absolutely recommend Stephanie and Walk of Life Dog Training to anyone that's interested in getting their dog trained - puppy or not, I know Stephanie can teach you some tricks and effectively address any concerns you have with your pup! Thanks a bunch!

  • 29 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley T.
Verified review

Nancy is great! Today we had our first session with my blue heeler ChelseaBlue. Chelsea has anxiety and Nancy was very informative and talked me through Chels' training session. She goes through everything exactly how it's done and makes sure you understand everything. We've already schedule upcoming revisits and I'm very happy I chose Nancy to work with. I already have seen improvement with Chels' behavior.

Hilton Butler's K-9 Bootcamp
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Sara W.
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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
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa W.
Verified review

I would recommend Zoom Room to anyone. Heather is a great trainer and is so encouraging, especially if you have a "hard to handle" dog. The training is a lot of fun and good exercise, as well. Lisa W.

Positively Dog
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Carly G.
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Pamela is a truly wonderful dog trainer. We just completed our fourth session last week and, in just two weeks, my dog is already calmer and more well-behaved. She really gives you the confidence you need to make the training successful. Perhaps the best gift, though, is that in training with Pamela, I feel much closer to my dog. Both him and me couldn't recommend her more!

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THE Pack: Big D's Best Buds
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Jill R.
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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
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Jim A.
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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.

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Canine Perceptions
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ruth C.
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My dog Bruno is a young rowdy pup, very smart but also very strong willed. After attempting to watch You Tube videos and train him myself, it seemed like I was getting nowhere. I was at my wits end and discouraged. I needed serious help! I brought my Bruno to Canine perceptions after reading good reviews elsewhere and needing help with his behaviors. He went through the 6 week off leash program and graduated yesterday. 1st, I'm very happy to have him home for Christmas but the change is so noticeable! I knew he would be super excited to be home and expected bad behaviors once he left. Only one day, but the change is extreme. The Staff of Canine perceptions returned my baby not only well cared for, but well mannered! The training they gave me put everything into perspective and gave me the understanding I needed to continue Bruno's training. I could not begin to explain how grateful I am to them.

Come, Sit, Stay
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen B.
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Shiloh helped me resolve my service dog’s fearful isssues after a trauma. Had it not been for Shiloh we would not b a working team again. She has excellent training skills.

  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie W.
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Korri is very trust worthy , patient and passionate person. She loves animals and it shows in her training. She has trained several dogs, one of the dogs had a problem with food aggression and would growl and snap. He would also guard his toys. She was able to correct the issue. I would definitely recommend her..

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Mallory Moffat 🐶
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tyler C.
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Mallory has taken care of my dog for over a year now whenever needed. She also spent some time training my dog. Mallory is very dependable and reliable, and great with my dog.

Perfect Pack Dog Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Chris M.
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Chris is amazing with any personality of dog. I have an extremely stubborn male lab and a very timid female lab and both absolutely adore him. They have made huge strides since they started training with Chris. Not to mention - we have too! He not only trains the dogs but the humans as well!!! We have learned how to communicate with our dogs versus screaming and getting no response. Lol best decision we’ve made is hiring Chris!

TDS CANINE SOLUTIONS
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Joe H.
Verified review

We signed up Emmitt (strong-willed 3 year-old Lab/Great Pyrenees Mix) for training with TDS. Emmitt had always been a good dog, with potential to be great if he could overcome this one very annoying and troublesome flaw – reactivity to other dogs. (He thought he needed to protect us.) Also, we have a new grandson on the way, and wanted to make sure Emmitt would be in control around the baby. So, we began goal-based training sessions to 1) desensitize his reactivity issue and 2) get him ready for the baby. I have to say, the benefits have gone way beyond the goals set. Emmitt is a completely different dog. He has progressed tremendously beginning with the first session. The way he recognizes me as his “leader” and his rapid progress on his obedience training has been amazing. At first I was skeptical of some of the methods. For example, having him tethered to me with a 6 foot leash when I was doing my routine around the house seemed crazy. However, after doing it for a week, even without the leash, he happily followed me everywhere and looked to me to tell him what to do! All instruction is based on positive reinforcement only. The trainers are great to work with. They come to you (to your house or another designated location). For us, it was a park near our house that we used for some of the training sessions. This is much better and more sustainable, since the dog is being trained in his regular environment. In our case, they even brought their own dogs to help work with Emmitt, and left a baby stroller & doll at our house to acclimate him to having a baby around. Emmitt still has a ways to go, but is much less reactive to other dogs. And most importantly, we are confident he will not be problem around the new baby either. My experience with TDS has been outstanding. I highly recommend them, especially if you have a unique training need.

Sit Stay Play
4.3
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Patti D.
Verified review

So far I'm very pleased with Karen and Park Cities Obedience school. Cooper begins training on the 20th and I have no doubt that he'll do great with Karen!

Aspen’s K9 University
5.0
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.

Feather & Fur Pet Care
5.0
from 1 review
    Koy B.
    Verified review

    Kate and the crew at Feather & Fur Pet Care are amazing. They are very friendly, knowledge, and enthusiastic. I had Kate help me out with my new adopted bernese mix. She took awesome care of her when I needed a hand when I was away for business. She has also helped me with the training of our new girl. We have covered the basics so far, a lot of fun and helpful info, and we plan on continuing our training as far as we can go!!!

    Big Dog Fitness Training

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      About

      If you want a trainer who is professional and who wants to see you reach your fitness goals, I am the one. I specialize in sports training and pageant training as well. I've trained Miss Virginia 2013, Miss Dallas 2011, Miss Us. Runway Teen 2009, Miss Dallas County Runway Teen 2009, Miss Orlando USA 2009, Miss Denton Teen 2008, Miss Dallas Teen 2008, Miss America's Perfect Miss 2008, and Miss Texas Perfect Miss 2008. Under my training, these girls have won multiple swimwear awards. I've also trained Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Holly Squier Hubbard. I'm also available for the following: * Big Dog Fitness Training * Personal One-on-One Fitness Training * Couples Fitness Training * Group Training Specials Improve your appearance and improve your health. A New Year and a new you begins with you. I also provide a free complimentary workout. I will work with to meet your fitness goals and needs.

      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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