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Good Dog Training
4.9
from 320 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 716 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jingjing L.
Verified review

Rona was truly a great trainer. I needed a trainer for my rescue dog who is shy and easily scared. I've had dogs before and were able to train them, but this one I had no idea what to do. I needed a way to let my dog know that she can trust me. Without me saying this, Rona taught me and my boyfriend a way to gain our puppy's trust and to build our relationship. It's been a couple of days now and the trick totally works! Even when we go out now our dog would look at us instead of panning left and right. What I truly appreciate from Rona's training is that she taught us just enough for us to get started on the dog training. I wasn't overwhelmed with information and the tricks she taught us were useful ones for this stage of the dog's training. I think dog trainers need to realize that as much as they are training the dogs, their main task is to train the humans on how to train their own dogs, and that's exactly what Rona did. Thank you Rona, Lucy is doing a lot better (still problems here and there but getting better)!

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julie K.
Verified review

Taylor is a professional in every way. She came prepared for the problem and offered and demonstrated techniques that worked immediately. It was really an eye opener. Her confidence with and in the dogs made a world of difference in their behavior. We were having problems with our dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior towards other dogs. By the end of the session, we had both dogs inside the dog park, showing no aggression. She followed up with a written synopsis of the problem and steps to take for behavior change. I would highly recommend Taylor. She has a complete grasp of dogs and their behavior, and is not afraid to " think outside the box" to problem solve. She is a pleasure to work with, and dogs respond very positively to her!

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Champion K9 Companions
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patricia C.
Verified review

My little dog is very fearful.-frightened of strangers. Not the K9 trainer! My dog was analyzed and I was told exactly what could be done to help her. And how it would be done

Reese's Rascal Roundup
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Robert G.
Verified review

I am happy to write the first review for Ms. Reese. Our experience with her was superb. We have used many dog-sitters before and they have never been as happy and relaxed when we came home as this time. Our dogs, also, are a bit finicky with new people. They absolutely loved Carrie. We have already requested her service for another trip, and will continue to do so in the future.

  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Paulette B.
Verified review

Kevin has been a great trainer for our two dogs. He has been very accommodating and flexible to work with us and our schedules. Our girls love going to Camp Aloha. The care and training available is what you want for your pets when you can't be there. Thanks Kevin, we appreciate all you do for "the Smirhwick Sisters"

  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
NADINE G.
Verified review

Dog trainer seemed very professional got past what I thought he could not get past my dog is very large and has a very mean bark but that did not stop the dog trainer for going in and handling him very gentle of course but affirmative loved it what would make it better is more consecutive sessions I know the days closer together

K9 Mastery LLC
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea Y.
Verified review

My boyfriend and I adopted a 6 week old pit bull named Huck in November 2013 the very first night we brought him home to feed him, I leaned down to pet him and he immediately starting growling. We tried to work with him ourselves but his food aggression started escalating as he got older and he also started being very aggressive towards us and family before he was 4 mo. Old. Our vet at the time told us that he needed to be neutered ASAP. So after we did that, we expected him to be more calm and less aggressive. Nothing really changed except he became more aggressive to the point where he would never let us give him a bath, clip his nails, being at the vet, pet him while he was eating or had any kind of bones to chew on, putting a collar on him, getting close to him and trying to touch his face. He would lash out at us if we did any of those things. It broke my heart more than anyone could understand because I was always so loving and affectionate towards my other dogs and the fact that I couldn't even love on my dog just ate me up. I became very scared of him and anytime he growled at me which was daily, I just left him alone. Me and my boyfriend have taken him to a few dog trainers in the past but we were turned away because they said he was too agressive and he should probably be put down. We even were recommended to go see a (Dog Phychiatrist) so he could be put on meds forever to help him be obedient. When I found out how much that was, it was insanely amount of money that we just couldn't afford. I was actually starting to consider to have him euthanized because so many people have told us that he is just to dangerous. I felt so alone and I just didn't want to be scared of my own dog anymore. My final attempt to get him help was actually on thumbtack. I listed my needs for a dog trainer and explained how agressive he was and expected to get no reply back from anyone because of his behavior. But then within 5 minutes of me posting my request, Christie said that she could help us. My boyfriend and I were kind of skeptical about it at first cause we didn't think she fully understood his condition and that maybe she just turn us away like all the others. But she explained to me that dealing with agressive breeds was actually her specialty which made me feel a lot better. On His very first day there of training he acted up pretty bad and Christie told that Huck needed to stay there for a while so she could work one on one with him without us being around. It was the hardest decision I ever had to make at that point but we decided to leave him there. It was very hard on us but we would have rather had to say goodbye for a little than have to say goodbye to him forever. Christie made us feel better by sending us emails and pictures almost daily about Huck's progress. We were finally able to bring him home 3 months later and we could not be more pleased with his behavior right now. I can finally say that we are able to put Huck's collar on him, clip his nails, and my most favorite part of all, he finally let's us love all over him and get close and touch his face. We know that he still has a long way to go, but he has made so much progress and we are so thankful from the bottom of our hearts for Christie. She is absolutely amazing with all of the dogs. You can really tell that she is genuine and really cares about what she does. We are learning so much from her and Ms.Jessica. That is why we drive 3 hours to see her for Class every Saturday morning from Houston.

Canine Moxy
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Shelly B.
Verified review

From the first day I brough Bambi home from the shelter, she was not a fun dog to walk. She would go crazy if we saw another dog while walking, so I began to avoid other dogs whenever possible. But after five years of that and a few failed attempts with other trainers (who labeled her with "dog aggression" or "barrier frustration"), one day she got off leash and sent a dog to the emergency vet. That's when we met Kris. Despite her history, Kris knew just within minutes after meeting Bambi that it was a socialization issue, not aggression. After just a few hours with Kris, Bambi had made great strides, and after just a few days she was playing at the off leash dog park! Kris understands dogs - from pack dynamics to individual temperament - unlike any trainer I've worked with. He has a calm, confident, and positive training style that relies on the reinforcement of good behavior instead of treats or punishment. He has transformed Bambi into a differnt dog, and I know that there isn't a dog (or owner) out there he can't help.

Blue Rose Pet Care
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Amber P.
Verified review

Marissa was wonderful!! On time and fabulous with geriatric dogs! (13yo, 11yo & 5yo) Thank you, Marissa!

Green Mountain K-9
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Beth A.
Verified review

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.

Kit + Kaboodle
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas H.
Verified review

I am a new dog owner so I really did not know what to expect. Adrianna was so sweet and professional. You need to give Kit + Kaboodle a shot, you won't need another dog groomer once you meet Adrianna :)

  • 13 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Candace N.
Verified review

Canine Academy will love your dogs like you do! They will take great care of them, play with them, and make sure they are happy and safe when they're not at home with you. And if your dogs need help behaving, this is the place to take them. They will teach you how to work with your dog, and a well behaved dog is happier and so are his parents!

Honorable Hounds
3.6
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa W.
Verified review

We just got our dog Zeus back this Saturday from his home and bored training, he was gone for 4 weeks. It's like he is totally a new dog. He is 10 weeks old and doing amazing for being that young. He can sit, lay down, walk on his leash, place, and is potty trained!!!! It's amazing I am so happy with his results, would recommend Keith to anyone. Thank you so much!

Elisha's Positive Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Coleen M.
Verified review

Highly Recommend Elisha!! One of our dogs was about to find a new forever home. After a few sessions, Elisha trained all of us, we were able to keep the dog and everyone lives happily together.

Game Time Dog Services
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Doug H.
    Verified review

    Amy has been jogging with our Doberman "Moose" for the last couple of months. Moose was a rescue dog and is quite shy around strangers and new surroundings. She has does an absolutely wonderful job with him and he now adores her. She has helped him tremendously with his socialization. I would highly recommend Amy or Germaine.

    Companion Dog Works
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 17 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Alicia H.
    Verified review

    Michelle was fantastic! She came to my home to work with me and my puppy, Bennet. We worked on all kinds of things from obedience to loose leash walking to greeting other people and dogs. Bennet has been making such progress, I don't know what we would do without Michelle's help!

    My Love Fur Paws Pet Care
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    Barbara P.
    Verified review

    Wonderful personalized care for our dog. We especially liked his overnight accommodations, including his own plush chair!

    A Better Dog Training, Inc.
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Shelly R.
    Verified review

    My husband and I have been very happy to have found Janet Echavarry from A Better Dog Training, Inc. We had adopted a rescue dog back in March. The we decided to have him trained as well. Our dog Pistol Pete has been so great since we went through the training. He gets so excited every time Ms. Jan comes over to the house and now since the training is complete, knowing that we can contact her anytime, if we ever need anything or have any questions or concerns. She is wonderful and so helpful. We also take Pistol Pete over to spend time boarding with Ms. Jan for a few days to a week when we are out of town. We are very happy knowing he is being taken care of when we can't be home with him. She has the most clean environment for your pets and they all have a great space to run around and meet new friends. Every dog we saw there were so happy and comfortable in their own kennel. That made me happy knowing when we leave our dog there, he is kept comfortable, happy and spoiled in his air conditioned area and it was always clean!!! And it does not smell like a kennel in there and that really made me happy! If you are thinking about getting your pet trained, you could not pick a better person, or company to do this. We did our homework before choosing her. We contacted several other places in our area but was not happy with any of them and then Ms. Jan was recommended to us by our Vet's office. She came highly recommended and we are so glad we have her taking care of our dog. She is like family to us now and couldn't be happier with the professionalism and services she provides to her clients. So if you are in need of a wonderful, caring and loving person to take care of your pets or need them trained, you really need to check out Janet Echavarry from A Better Dog Training, Inc. You will be very satisfied that you did.

    Zoom Room Dog Training
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Mary S.
    Verified review

    My dog responded well to the trainer and her dog even though he is very shy.

    • 10 years in business
    Brittany D.
    Verified review

    Glenda was very professional and responded to emails promptly. She asked questions to make sure she understood fully what I was needing help with and offered solid advice and a training plan to accomplish those goals. She was never late and provided great quality work. The issues I had with my dogs were resolved with Glenda's help. She uses only modern training methods of positive reinforcement rather than rely on shock collars, prong collars, or other punishments so I felt very comfortable with her around my dogs. This is unlike most trainers who want quick results through old methods of training at the cost of your relationship with your dogs.The cost of her training was very reasonable and the service she provided well exceeded the cost. She is a great trainer with tons of experience. She is patient and knows the best way to help you (or will direct you to someone who can if she cannot which is a huge indicator of the level of care she has for her job... she isn't just going to take every case just for the money, she really wants to help you out, even if its with someone else). She's incredible and you won't regret working with her.

    At Home Personal Trainer

    New To Thumbtack

    • 5 years in business
    About

    Personal training is a very wide industry. I have been taught under the wing of professional weight and power lifters the past 2 years and have learned a lot from them i would like to pass on that knowledge down to my clients who deserve to be healthy and fit. i genuily care about others well being. thats why i travel to them wake them up in the am and get them motivated to start their day !

    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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