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Traveling Dog Trainer
from 226 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 735 hires on Thumbtack
Sara G.
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I would highly recommend Lauren. The one on one guidance she provides is great. After only a few days, I can already see an improvement in my dog's behavior. I look forward to our future lessons.

from 74 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanne G.
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After the first session, there was a huge improvement in my dogs behavior, and the instructions were easy to follow and continue after the instructor left the house.

K9 Kountry
from 71 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 193 hires on Thumbtack
Paulette W.
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The K9 Kountry folks are flat out wonderful! What a difference they made in my dog's behavior. The best part was how she loved Butch. It is obvious that he loves his dogs and they love him right back. We will continue to use K9 Kountry for kenneling as well as training. I highly recommend K9 Kountry for their behavioral training, kenneling, and, most of all, for the love relationship they developed with my dog. She is happy to go there, and so am I!

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Net's Happy Pets
from 51 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren P.
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Everything about Lynette is amazing. She treats my dogs like her own and has done amazing things with their behavior. I'm so happy I found her.

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Walk of Life Dog Training
from 32 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephanie L.
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Stephanie is a wonderful dog trainer! She helps me train my 4 month old puppy. She is very knowledgeable of dog behavior in general, and breed specific behavior, too. She teaches only positive reinforcement training techniques and is very sweet with my pup. Lola loves her, too!

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Canine Training Center
from 29 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kirsten W.
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Working with Howard was a great experience. Anyone looking for a caring, compassionate but firm animal lover will find it in him. He has taught us how to be alphas in our home and earn the respect of our 3 furry pets. They are all challenging in their own way but working with Howard has taught us how to read each one and to communicate effectively with them.

  • 29 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Laura L.
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We had a very good and interactive first meeting, where we learned some valuable information and techniques that immediately began improving our dog’s behavior.

Positively Dog
from 22 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Megan M.
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Pamela did amazing with our dog. She was very good at explaining our dogs behavior and how to correct it. We were able to conquer basic commands and break his jumping habit. She was a pleasure to work with and very flexible with our schedule.

All About Dogs
from 23 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Susan G.
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She was able to answer all questions about my puppy with ideas on how to correct unwanted behaviors. All training is positive.

In Home Dog Training
from 16 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Cyndi L.
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Tena is amazing! I had two badly behaved dogs that needed training. Tena helped me set up a list of behavioral goals for my dogs. She then provided a detailed training schedule to help accomplish those goals. After just a few weeks of weekly training sessions, my dogs can now sit, lie down, stay, and “leave it” on command. They now walk on a leash without pulling – something I was unable to accomplish on my own. Tena is affordable, knowledgeable, patient, and dependable. She teaches you how to train your dog so that you can practice commands on your own. I highly recommend Tena for any dog training needs. Cyndi L.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tarek S.
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He is excellent trainer he correct a lot of behavior to my Akita dog and Brian did a fantastic job with hachi overall from obiedence till all the bad behavior that my dog used to do , I will defenetly suggest him to all my friends and family .

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Canine Perceptions
from 13 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 39 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.

  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Gail K.
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Amber is very personable and seems to love animals. Her dog was really trained well and got along with ours right away. I will know more once we get our BG back when she is done. I was very impressed with her place. There weren't a bunch of kennels all over and it was spotlessly clean. I think we made the right choice...

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Arlene Ruiz
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Absolutely a delight to work with. This is my first time to have a dog and Arlene is helping me alleviate my fears. Knowledge is power. And all the informative tools, techniques and skills she is sharing with me helps me embrace and celebrate the joys of having Noelle( my sweet labradoodle)!!!

  • 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.

Peace4Paws Pet Services
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Sharon K.
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She was timely and animals live her

Perfect Pack Dog Training
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Christina W.
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My dogs absolutely love working with Perfect Pack!! They take the time to help you understand your dogs behavior! I would highly recommend anyone to use Perfect Pack!!

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

Happy Dog Happy Mom

New To Thumbtack


    I treat each animal as the precious gifts they are.


    New To Thumbtack

    • 4 years in business

    We have been involved with animal handling and behavior for over 40 years. We love all animals and believe they are a gift. We offer all sorts of services but not limited to pet evaluation, education and instruction, amazing photography, pet sitting, walking and in some cases boarding. We specialize in difficult, hard cases or "wild, untrainable" animals. We are a company that prides ourselves on dealing with the impossible. Satisfaction is guaranteed. Depending on your needs, some services are free or included. We do not charge for most evaluations and will give quotes over the phone when possible, so please feel free to contact us 24/7. We look forward to your business.


    because we treat animals like humans

    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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