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Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Courtney K.
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I was very happy with Taylor and will continue to work with her. I'm always concerned having someone new come to my home which is busy with kids. She was able to work with me and my dog throughout the distractions that are typical for our household. She was also friendly and comfortable to be around. She helped me figure out things I can improve on and implement some new things to work on! I'm so excited 👍🏻

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Champion K9 Companions
from 39 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 74 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.

  • 7 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Monica R.
Verified review

Carol was very helpful in my dog's training experience. She was calm, informative and knowledgeable. Will be using again!!

Green Mountain K-9
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
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What a great dog trainer! His experience and ongoing refresher training is exemplary. Great personal touch explaining his protocol and then our big sweet pit bull responded very well. She did very well in our first training and learned a lot. Couldn’t be happier.

Riverdog Academy
from 5 reviews
    Patrick Steger
    Verified review

    I highly recommend M. Victoria Garcia (Tori). She invests time in you and your dog(s); getting to know the "family" and building a training plan that will really work for you and your dog(s). I cannot stress strongly enough how knowledgable Tori is regarding dog training and behavior. She knows her stuff! Take the time to have a consultation with her and you will learn that you, and more importantly your dog(s) are in expert hands. Stop reading and call her now!

    Knine Training
    from 4 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    Courtney R.
    Verified review

    I'm working with Kelly to train a service dog for myself. She has been absolutely wonderful every step of the way (she even went with me to meet my SD prospect). Kelly's approach to training is customized to each individual dog/handler pair. At our first training session she assessed our dog/handler relationship as well as my dog's personality to determine the best training methods for us. Kelly is wonderful about making sure you understand the reasoning behind the methods used, and she is quick to make adjustments based on your dog's response or lack there of to each method. Even after the first session, I saw a huge improvement with my dog after applying Kelly's suggestions. In addition to being an amazing dog trainer, she is an all around joy to work with. I highly recommend hiring Kelly as your trainer. You won't regret it!

    Texas pet sitting
    from 3 reviews
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Tiffany B.
    Verified review

    Upon the first meeting with Hilary, I felt that she had a really great attitude and willingness to do whatever it took to make my dog feel comfortable. Super Big Plus...She was able to start right away, which took a lot of stress off of my mind. She's also very easy to work with for any adjustments to the daily/weekly walking schedule. I have a lot of gratitude for her choice to work with animals and it gives me peace of mind, that she knows her stuff.

    Bulletproof Dog Training
    from 3 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Casey L.
    Verified review

    We have a 9 month old French Mastiff who is a big big dog and we couldn’t even walk him because he was just tugging and impossible to manage. After his two weeks with Bill and Megan he was walking off leash and obeying several important commands. It’s like we have the dog we always dreamed of owning. Now we will have our French Bulldog go in and be transformed as well. Can’t wait to continue working with our dogs so we can all have the best relationship. Thank you Bulletproof!

    Rosie's Buddys
    from 2 reviews
      Virginia D.
      Verified review

      Rosie volunteered her time as a foster mom for Alamo Rescue Friends, a non-profit dog rescue group in San Antonio. She provided wonderful canine care. Rosie is committed to the best interests and well-being of the dogs in her care. She is responsible, attentive, and a pleasure to work with.

      CISCO K9
      from 1 review
      • 20 years in business
      Drake Gleason
      Verified review

      CISCO K9 has highly skilled trainers, and would 10/10 recommend CISCO K9. The Owner is an highly skilled trainer, with over 20 years experience. Their ability to read dogs, and problem solve is extremely impressive, while creating an easy learning environment for new owners to learn, and experienced owners. Speaking from experience you wont find a higher level of knowledge, and experience than CISCO K9.


      I am an experienced house sitter, dog sitter, cleaner, landscaper, and general contractor. I am prompt and thorough, and I take pride in my work. I am a people person and work well with direct instruction. Getting the job done exactly to the customer's satisfaction is of the utmost importance to me.


      Because I am kind and I am respectful to others


      We know that every pet has their own personality, needs, etc. and we customize everything we do to accommodate those requirements. Nothing is routine when providing the best care in the business!

      • 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


      I do pet sitting and dog walking. I am really good with animals and of course I love being with them. I pet sit and dog walk any kind of animals. I charge $10 to $20 for one dog per day.


      I love & care about these pet and animals. That's what I have done since I was young. It's what I love doing, taking and caring for these animals that need the love and action. I'm a big animal lover, it's what I love.


      I train dogs to obey and learn. While I can, I also train mobility and PTSD service dogs. I am taking the time to learn about your needs and the needs of your dog.


      I don't have a business, but I love animals. I have 3 dogs myself. I will be at school in some hours, but I will take care of the dogs.


      I am a senior looking for ways to save up for college. I do babysitting, dog walking and house-sitting, you name it! I have a car, so I am able to travel to you. Thanks for stopping by; have a great day!

      • 3 years in business

      I specialize in dogs behaving off leash with distractions! Ducks, cattle, horses, other dogs, cats, squirrels, birds, people you name it! Your dog no matter the age can be a well mannered dog that doesn't bolt and is well behaved OFF LEASH! I am a CGC evaluator for the AKC and have over 10 years experience in dog training. I train from basic behaviors to advanced for ex. Sit, down, stay, leave it, come, heel, distance down/stay etc. all with distractions! If your dog pulls, jumps, bolts, or has no manners look no further I am here to help you! Feel free to ask me anything! PRICING VARIES but I do a FREE EVALUATION and give you multiple different options to work wit your budget and schedule. Board and train, weekly sessions, daily sessions, and at home training! Session times book fast so get with me asap to see the days/times available!


      I am an ABC certified dog trainer in the San Antonio area. I specialize in behavior problems as well as basic and advanced obedience.

      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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      Austin, TX

      • Dog training type
        Behavioral Modification
      • Dog age(s)
        Puppy - 6-12 months
      • Dog size(s)
        Small (1-15 lbs)
      • Details
        Male Yorkie marking & peeing inside
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