San Marcos, TX125 puppy trainerss near you

Where do you need the puppy trainers?

Answer a few questions

Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right pros.

Get quotes

Receive quotes from pros who meet your needs.

Hire the right pro

Compare quotes, message pros, and hire when ready.

San Marcos Puppy Trainerss

Browse these puppy trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in San Marcos.

Top Pro
Good Dog Training
4.9
from 324 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 721 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
Verified review

A productive lesson. Rona was great with our timid puppy. She gave us games to help our puppy come out of her shell, and had resource knowledge for us to utilize in the Austin area. Rona was able to help us with the type of collars, leases. & treats that would work best for "positive reinforcement training" our puppy. She is knowledgeable with the special requirements for giant breeds.

Top Pro
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephanie G.
Verified review

Taylor knows her stuff. She always tells you the reasoning for her methods and helps you to understand what your dog is feeling. Tay is very gentle with our puppy and works incredibly hard the entire time she is with you for training.

Top Pro
K9 Kenny
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsey S.
Verified review

Our very energetic 3 year old Airedale, Winston, was running our household. After our first lesson, it was determined we weren't a lost cause, but had 'a lot of work to do'. We started at the beginning with 'sit'...... And, after quickly crate training, working diligently on recall and being counseled how to take back control, we are well on our way to a well behaved and obedient dog. Our last session with Ken included a successful open field/off leash recall from about 100 yds away. This from the crazy dog who didn't come to his name in the house and door dashed with no return at every opportunity. Not only did Ken work with Winston, but he taught us how to communicate, reward, when and how to reprimand effectively and ultimately train our dog. Our training with Ken literally changed our lives with Winston and in the best way - I don't know what we would have done without it!! Our pup is still full of personality and there is always a time and place to be a dog, but now we get to comfortably take and show him off around town without the anxiety of unknown behaviors.

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

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.

  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Allyson B.
Verified review

Kevin provided an introductory training for our pup with great results. We now have the basics to work with, hoping that he will continue to progress as we reinforce the basic behavior training taught at Aloha.

  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Bobbie P.
Verified review

Although at this time I cannot afford my dog in training. She was so kind to give me some pointers. I'll use her in the future!

K9 Mastery LLC
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia P.
Verified review

My 16 mos. old dog learns so fast after her first dog training recently. It is amazing to watch how she improves so much in a short time. Christie did an outstanding job with her.

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

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.

  • 13 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Suz M.
Verified review

Brought both our 'boys' (Bouvier des Flanders - head strong!) to Canine Academy for puppy training nearly 10 years ago and have continued to use them for boarding since then. Can't say enough good things about Lisa and her crew. The boys are so well-behaved (and know some pretty great tricks) and perk up when we say "Are we going to see Lisa?" Highly Recommend for training and/or boarding!

Pooch and Purr
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Richard W.
Verified review

Michele was awesome and took great care of our puppies.

Training Tails
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Scott A.
Verified review

Wonderful to work with listening to my requests. Also, the pup came back even better behaved!

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.

The Wise Hound
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Henry J.
Verified review

Working with The Wise Hound has been an absolute pleasure! Her knowledge of dogs and her passion for teaching really made training my dog so much fun! I never would have imaged the transformation my dog went through as a result of her fantastic guidance. If you are thinking about getting your dog trained, you can't go wrong with The Wise Hound! Thank you so much for everything you did for me and my pup!

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.

Her & Him Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
About

Her & Him Dog Training is a local Austin dog training company, we use positive reinforcement. Our philosophy is not to use pain, fear, or intimidation; but rather to make training fun for you and your dog and to create a solid foundation for your team work to help your dog become a welcomed member of society. Reed Villarreal has 8+ years of dog training experience working with anything from basic obedience to behavior modification for problems such as separation anxiety, reactivity (barking and lunging at other dogs), and aggression. We offer both private and in home day training options to help you reach your goals.

Dogs Love Leaders
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lou C.
Verified review

Very Precise and clear instructions. Helpful. Will continue.

About

"We help to strengthen the bond between human and dog. Clear communication is key. To achieve this communication, we make training a way of life. Training your dog should never be a burden. Our mission is to give you a harmonious life with your dog."

About

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

About

I help you and your dog bond with basic life skills to make living together easier. I also work on foundations for performance sports (agility, obedience, etc.)

About

I like to offer polite people training for a well mannered pup. I encourage gentle, positive training methods to help create a bond between the human & canine family members. Together we will focus on calm, concise communication skills. One of my canine family members is deaf, so you have to option to learn an assortment of non-verbal cues as well as traditional verbal cues. We will customize your training to the goals & priorities of your family expectations. I grew up in the North-East, always having had "fuzzy family" and a love for their companionship and antics. I received my formal training through Animal Behavioral College. Additionally, as a rescue volunteer, not only do I get to enjoy being part of the process of helping pups find their new forever homes, I get to interact with a variety of canine personalities. I look forward to meeting your family team and helping guide your quest for a Happy Household.

  • 4 years in business
About

I specialize in service and hearing dog training. I enjoy training dogs that are given a job to people people.

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.

Hire skilled professionals for absolutely everything.