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Traveling Dog Trainer
4.8
from 225 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 727 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!

K9 Kountry
4.7
from 71 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 193 hires on Thumbtack
Chuck H.
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I got my yellow Labrador Retriever from K9 Kountry, but will not get him until next week. K9 Kountry takes the time to insure the dog is properly and correctly trained. My dog is being trained to be a service dog for me. I have watched my dog in training and I have total confidence in the quality of training he is receiving. Very anxious to bring my new service dog home.

WeTrainDogs
4.6
from 72 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 155 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 51 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
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Nancy C.
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Lynette was great with our puppy training needs. We look forward to Thursday's session. He's already calmer since the training.

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Debidawg LLC
5.0
from 43 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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Matt H.
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she's very prompt and very reasonable, she found where my Peke had a couple ingrown nails (that my former groomer apparently "missed" which is not good) and I am very happy and thankful she took time to take proper care of our puppy... she also did the Chiu on short notice, no problem... she needed some care too. Will be calling her back often- we are very happy and our dogs are too.

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Walk of Life Dog Training
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin F.
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We've only had a couple of sessions with Stephanie and our two French Bulldogs but we already know she was a great choice for our dog training needs. First of all - she loves what she does and it shows in her work. Stephanie is also very responsive to the behaviors that we want to change in our dogs, and is able to make the training fun. Additionally, my wife and I have busy schedules, and Stephanie is very flexible to finding training times that work for us. I highly recommend Stephanie to anyone considering training for their dogs.

  • 29 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Grace B.
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Our dog training was very good and we learned a lot our self.

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Canine Training Center
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 57 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!

Wanda Woof Dog Training
4.7
from 25 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth K.
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I have talked with Wanda on the phone. She was very thorough and explained her program to me. I have not had a class yet. Puppy is not with me yet. I feel she is the right trainer for me. Thank you Wanda for your time. I look forward to meeting you in a few weeks.

Zoom Room Trophy Club
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Breanna P.
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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
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Tabitha B.
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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
SHELBY O.
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Tammy is amazing! Very knowledgeable in puppy training.

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Canine Perceptions
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Shawn C.
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They did a great job with our Puppy

  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Rachael K.
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Liz was great with us! She taught my husband and me how to use clicker training with our dogs. She arrived promptly and was professional and courteous. She explained what she did as she was doing it and helped us understand how to continue with them.

Come, Sit, Stay
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Angela S.
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Shiloh is Awesome!! My mom broke her shoulder because her dog knocked her down and She was going to get rid of him. We hired Shiloh to come out and work with my moms dog Clifford and now she is able to keep him. Thanks for everything!! :-)

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Mallory Moffat 🐶
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 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.

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

TDS CANINE SOLUTIONS
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Debra H.
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We are blown away with the progress of our rescued Border Collie puppy. The trainers at TDS Canine Solutions took our fear agressive 6-month old to a well behaved puppy in just 5 weeks. We could not be more impressed with their style and results. Loving traing that not only taught our puppy how to behave, but professional expertise that taught us how to raise this sweet boy. We are forever grateful. By the way, we've had more than 10 dogs in the past, but simply couldn't figure out how to deal with with fear agression. This team knows their stuff!

The Rational Dog
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Susan B.
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Sarah is an excellent trainer, with expertise in helping dogs manage their behavior and emotions and become responsible citizens and valued family members. And she makes it fun for the dogs and their people. Worth every penny!

Aspen’s K9 University
5.0
from 1 review
  • 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.

  • 8 years in business
About

We are passionate, caring, loving, and we feel like our clients and their pets become our family and pets also. We have more than a decade of experience in caring for animals. We take great pride in our attention to health and safety of the pets we care for. We pride ourselves in honesty, integrity, and staying up to date with current pet news and trends. This helps us in making recommendations about your pets health, nutrition, and overall well-being.

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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