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McKinney Dog Trainers

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Traveling Dog Trainer
4.8
from 227 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 746 hires on Thumbtack
Eddie C.
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After looking and talking with a host of trainers, I picked Lauren to help me train Sailor. He's a ACD Blueheeler and is typically smart and can be "Hard Headed". Lauren and Sailor hit it off first rattle out of the box and Sailor and I learned a lot. I have purchased many books on dog training, Lauren taught us things that the books never even mentioned. Sailor and I are looking forward to our next lessons here at home, with her. No "Doggy Boot Camp" for us!

WeTrainDogs
4.5
from 79 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
Clay K.
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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!

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Net's Happy Pets
4.8
from 52 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 128 hires on Thumbtack
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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 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 87 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!

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Canine Training Center
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Lacy D.
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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!

  • 29 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Krystin S.
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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
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.
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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
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.

All About Dogs
4.7
from 23 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
Verified review

Tammy was wonderful! She took the time to train us all and gave such great advice and suggestions that we can put in to practice. She is very knowledgeable and patient and I would definitely recommend her for any dog training needs.

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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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Sue H.
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I appreciate Brian's approach to dog training. He establishes a relationship with the dog to create a desire within the dog to want to please him. I also believe that takes time. Every other trainer I talked to only wanted the dog for two weeks, which in my opinion is not enough time to really teach a dog obedience. I have been visiting Brian and Harry once a week and I'm very pleased with Harry's progress. I'm also learning how to reinforce the training once Harry comes back home. Brian has been a pleasure to work with and a very competent trainer.

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Canine Perceptions
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Randy M.
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The team at Canine Perceptions exhibit a great caring attitude toward the animals they train. They were more concerned about getting Daisy trained properly than they were with trying to get her through the program in as little time as possible or have her back on a set schedule. This is the third dog we have had trained by a professional trainer and of the 3 trainers we have used Canine Perceptions is by far at the top of the list.

Kays Pet Care
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mary Ann H.
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I have worked with Kay for about 7 years. She is reliable and always has a watchful eye on your pets and home. I have a dog and a cat. We even owned a horse in years past and she took care of it as well. Would totally recommend her services.

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Mallory Moffat 🐶
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Mobile Master Dog Training
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Bev L.
Verified review

Vicki worked with a recently acquired rescue dog, a 1 year old yellow Lab which was tied to a tree on a short rope. The pup was ill mannered and had no training of any kind. In a very short time Vicki shaped the dog into a well mannered, indoor dog. We were able to place her with a family which included a young toddler. Gracie and her new family are doing great and the parents are so grateful the the training that Vicki put into her to insure that she is the perfect fit for them. I recommend her services for small or big dog training needs.

Comfort Crew Pet Sitters
4.6
from 9 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Colette F.
Verified review

Comfort Crew provides great care for our dogs! We've used them during extended vacations and also for occasional single afternoon visits. Belinda and Daniel go above and beyond! They always spend a lot of time playing with the pups and showing them love so that they don't feel lonely. They've even stayed extra time to keep the pups company during scary thunderstorms! Every time we travel, we call Comfort Crew. The email updates after each visit keep us updated during our travels. It's great peace of mind having them take care of our fur babies!

Perfect Pack Dog Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Anna W.
Verified review

I recently rescued 2 puppies that are just under a year. Never having puppies before, I had no clue what was in store for me. Both puppies were out of control and I was miserable. I have completed 3 lessons (with 3 left to go) with Chris and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! Training puppies is a lot of work but with Chris’ help, I have begun to build a good foundation for me and the puppies! Chris’ techniques and training style truly work and are allowing me to enjoy the puppies while keeping them under control. I highly recommend Chris!!!

Cosmic Canine Training
5.0
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!

936
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Rick R.
Verified review

We had 2 puppies that needed basic obedience training. Wendy gave us real helpful advice and demonstrated some techniques that we still use. She has a good understanding of dogs behavior and tailors the training as needed.

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.

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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