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Good Dog Training
from 326 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 741 hires on Thumbtack
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Patricia E.
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Rona was incredibly helpful! I have taken my puppy to group training for the past few months and needed help with only specific issues. Jumping, walking on a leash, and darting in and out of any open door. She addressed all these issues effectively. Just one day later and our evening dark was a complete change. We even has neighbors compliment us !!! Thank you Rona!!

  • 5 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Brenda H.
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Kevin was able to evaluate my rescue dog and me very quickly. Kevin is very straightforward and I like that. He gets right to the core of things. He has a great way with dogs and people. As it turned out, I needed training as well as my dog Calli. I would strongly recommend Aloha Canine Development Center. Kevin is very knowledgable and pleasant to be around! I know Calli is NOW the dog of my dreams because of Kevin! B Hill

  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
MaryKate P.
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Really liked working with them. We were super worried about how our Great Dame would react to a trainer, because he has such bad public manners and is super crazy toward people and animals, but they were willing to work with us and meet us a few times before training so our dog would feel comfortable when they did take him for two weeks. We had a great response with their training and are continuing to work with them after the two weeks.

K9 Mastery LLC
from 22 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Erin C.
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I've had the pleasure of working with Christie both recently and over the last several years. She is an excellent trainer! She has saved many shelter dogs that would have otherwise had a very unhappy ending. She is professional, punctual, very knowledgeable about dog behavior, and her training program has wonderful results. I look forward to working with her for years to come! I would highly recommend her services if are looking for a trainer in general or if your dog has aggression issues.

1st Class K-9 Dog Training
from 15 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Skipper K.
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At this time I'm quite pleased with 1st Class K9 Dog Training and Cory V. Very professional, respectful, responsive and punctual. Cory up on meeting my puppy went wright to worke and had him work in a more positive manner is short order. I believe this company is going to be a good value for the money!

  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Debra S.
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Very pleased with Amy's methods. Helped us to understand our dogs behavior based on her breed's prey instinct & how repetition is key. She lent us a special collar to work with our dog between training sessions. Very positive experience for us & our dog.

Green Mountain K-9
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Beth A.
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When I received my dog back after the training she was much more relaxed. Following commands better and just overall fits better into our household. Daniel was very professional and courteous.

  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Alena M.
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Marlene is so great! What I liked most was her experience and knowledge. She isn't just some trainer who went through a seminar and now thinks they are a dog trainer. I wasn't sure I even needed help thinking I could do it myself no problem. But after meeting with her I realized just how little I know about training and my dog's behavior. I realized this was an investment for the next 10-12 years that I would be spending with my pooch and am so grateful for the wealth of knowledge she provided. Marlene loves dogs and helping people and it shows.

Serenity Pet Care
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Denise T.
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I've worked with Becca for almost a year. I started as a volunteer under her supervision, and I began fostering a service dog in training (4 month old lab puppy) shortly thereafter. I've attended several of her classes and participated in service dog specific training with my foster dog puppy. Her methods are totally volitional, which was a new concept for me for training a dog, and I was amazed to see the results. There was nothing but positive reinforcement and an overabundant desire to educate her students so that they would get visible results. Becca always clearly communicated the lesson, outlined the steps, the goal of the exercise, and assisted her students personally when they struggled with either their dog or the concept. She is extremely patient, an effective speaker, provides awesome illustrative examples of the topic, and writes notes for those to practice at home. She is clearly passionate about her work and dedicated to dog owners and their dogs. I highly recommend Becca for assessments, training of all kinds, and boarding services. She is truly a dog lover and understands our four-legged friends more than I could hope to.

Pup Pup & Away
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew G.
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I am so thankful I found Stephanie and Pup Pup & Away! She is very knowledgeable and provides multiple services ranging from Dog training and puppy classes, to at home visits and pet sitting!

The Wise Hound
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Renata V.
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The services Corinna provides are invaluable. My fiancé and I adopted a 1 year old Shetland Sheepdog, Roy, half a year ago and we have been struggling with his behavioral issues on a daily basis ever since. As responsible dog parents, we immediately signed Roy up for a 6 week training session at Petco. While it was a great start, it did not fix our main problem of him barking and lunging at strangers. A few weeks later, being at a desperate state of mind, we signed him up for 10 more training sessions with a different trainer that came highly recommended by a peer. Thousands of dollars later and we did not see the results. We began to lose hope. We finally decided to give Roy to Corinna for board and train. I was hesitant at first because I wanted to be the one to do the training so Roy can learn to listen to me. However, Corinna explained that everything Roy will learn is transferable. Corinna was very patient and answered all of our questions to make us feel comfortable with the process. She even sent us photos and videos of Roy and the progress they were making every couple of days. We were in complete disbelief to see what Corinna has done. She completely transformed Roy from an anxious and stressed out dog into an obedient, happy dog. She has done the unimaginable in just 2 weeks. We saw significant improvement after just a few days and the progress that other trainers were not able to achieve in months. When it was time for us to take Roy back, Corinna spent hours teaching us how to speak/interact with Roy. She was completely accurate in saying that everything she has taught Roy is transferable. We are finally able to take Roy out for long walks stress free! If you want to enjoy your dog sign him up for classes with Corinna! She is a magician :)

Pamela R.
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Kim has worked with two of my rotties. Bucky was the first several years ago and now he has trained Beau. I could not have asked or found a better caring person to train my babies. We also continue to do refresher classes just because Beau loves Kim. You mention Kim's name and Beau is all excited to go see him. Thank you Kim for your amazing work.

Q & A

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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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