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Salt Lake City Dog Behavior Specialists

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Life is Pawsible
from 107 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 256 hires on Thumbtack
Kristine C.
Verified review

Kim is a fantastic dog trainer! It is night and day with my dogs behavior. She is flexible and works with your schedule. Also, the group classes she provides are paramount for my dogs social manners. Insanely inexpensive for what she provides. Couldn't recommend more.

Solomon's Dog Training
from 53 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
Joshua R.
Verified review

Solomon's dog training really understands dog behavior and their training needs. Our puppy has learned so much and is much more behaved

Speaking K9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Corinna M.
Verified review

My boyfriend and I got our puppy, Luna, last year. She is a mix of high-energy breeds. She was jumping on the back door, jumping on people, constantly pulling on her leash, and could never contain her excitement. To be honest- I'm not a very patient person, so I was having a hard time handling her. We contacted Lindsey, and she came out the next week. The change she initiated in Luna was incredible. Not only did she train Luna, but she trained us. It truly is amazing the knowledge she shared with us on dog behavior and how to modify it. Luna is now a year old, she is obedient, rarely jumps on people (unless specifically asked to), doesn’t pull on her leash, stays on her bed when told, and is much better at controlling her energy. Lindsey also helped me realize that patience is so important when training a dog. Dogs need a positive environment to learn, and being constantly frustrated with them is not helpful. If you’re having trouble with your dog’s behavior, I 100% recommend Lindsey. We couldn’t be happier with Luna’s progress. THANK YOU.

Cache Canyon K9
from 26 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jen B.
Verified review

Winston really knows and understands dogs. I like his approach to training- it’s not based on discipline, but rather correcting a undesired behavior. He helps the dogs to learn and understand what he’s communicating to them with time and patience. He doesn’t reward with treats but engages the dog to want to do a good job for you. (Never boarded with them but did training at my home.)

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Redemption Dog Training
from 20 reviews
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Taylor H.
Verified review

Jasmine helped us get our puppy off to the right start! She was knowledge and super helpful. She offers ongoing support and I feel comfortable shooting her a text when I have a question about my dog's behaviors. I'm also looking forward to participating in her weekly socials, just have to wait till our puppy is fully vaccinated!

Innovative K9 Academy
from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
April G.
Verified review

David and Innovative K9 Academy saved us!!! I was so discouraged about my dog's behavior. He was still a puppy, but his behavior seemed to get progressively worse. As his overall behavior was getting out of control, he also got more and more aggressive. He was attacking our other dogs in our home and dogs at daycare. I was devastated after he attacked a puppy at daycare, and I had to seriously consider giving him up. We found David and Innovative K9 Academy and was given some hope. We signed up Daryl, our dog, for the boot camp program and have never regretted it. After David's boot camp program, Daryl was an entirely different dog. He no longer shows any aggression towards other dogs. He is obedient and the amazing dog we knew he could be. Also, after Daryl returned home, David went above and beyond our expectations in training us on how to keep Daryl's exemplary behavior. I cannot recommend Innovative K9 Academy enough! David is INCREDIBLE with the dogs he trains.

Miller Kennels
from 11 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Emilie H.
Verified review

Roger has worked with several dogs of mine, in all areas of training. His approach is simple and effective. He is an animal lover and understands the needs and strengths of all of my dogs. He is currently helping me train a service dog. He has taught me to listen and observe so that I can be effective in the process instead of only depending on his expertise. I've had friends who pay enormous amounts of money having their dogs trained who end up with huge problems because they have no clue or understanding that they need to be part of the process. Roger's training isn't limited to his magic with my dogs. He's able to educate me so that I can be a part of the process with the best outcome for both of us. Roger's knowledge and experience with dogs in all situations makes him unique. I've been lucky to see him work with other dogs, some with severe behavior issues caused by past trauma and neglect. He is gifted. His work with each dog is unique. His ability to assess the needs of my dogs and provide the training that they need to rehabilitate and grow is profound. Miller Kennels is a great facility. It is clean, spacious and very delightful . If you get the chance to visit, plan on exploring. It's a haven for dogs, birds and humans. Thank you Roger, for your love and dedication to these amazing beings that provide us with the support and work and loyalty they want to provide. Whether you need basic obedience training, bird and retrieval work ,or training a service or search and rescue dog, Roger has skills and the ability to provide the best training for any canine in any job.

Specialized Canines
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Rashelle E.
Verified review

Tiffany was phenomenal and so patient with Bubby! She has such expansive knowledge on dog (and human) behavior. She was able to give me directions I needed to maintain what she taught my pup on my own at home. Thank you!

Wasatch Canine Camp, LLC
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Missi F.
Verified review

I have been going to Wasatch Canine Camps dog social class for over a year. They are fun for both me and my dog Brewzer and best of all there free. I have also seen the results of their training on the dogs in the class and I'm very impressed with the results. I'm excited to get my dog trained in the spring. Their website also has a lot of information on nutrition.

  • 19 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel C.
Verified review

Great Place! Great People! When I was searching for a dog training school I was searching for the best and I'm glad I found it. I looked around and I found a couple dog training schools in the area. When I first got a quote from Dan got my attention because his prices were below the others around the area. So I decided to do my homework, I picked the top 5 dog training schools and I visited each of them and let me tell as soon I got to Dan's property I new that was the perfect place for my dogs. Beautiful property with big open space for the dogs to run and play. Other dog school were like in a warehouse buildings which I didn't like. The dogs were locked all the time they not even see the sun, that was like a dog prison. I was looking for a place where my dog get train but also have fun. By the end of the training Dan did a demo to show us what my dogs learned and let me tell you they were totally different, very well behave dogs, they looked happy, they love Dan and his dogs, they had tons of fun while they were in training, Dan sent me an update of their training 1-2 times per week, pictures and videos etc... We are very happy we choose the right place for our dogs. If you are looking for a place to get your Dogs trained and have fun at the same time VMS Shepherds & Dog Training is the way to go. We highly recommend them. Thanks Dan for helping us to have a good relationship with our dogs, they are doing fantastic! Sincerely, Karl Campbell

Train Walk Poop
from 5 reviews
    Priscilla C.
    Verified review

    Jackie is amazing! Our consultation went better than I expected. I was instantly reassured and comforted. She leaves me texts after she walks Gunner and I also have a little note waiting for me when I get home. I appreciate the GPS tracker and the "appointment started/completed" emails. It's great to know my baby dog is being taken care of when I'm not at home. THANK YOU!

    • 4 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Leslie S.
    Verified review

    Michelle has been taking care of our 7 month old puppy as I recently had to go back to work full time. Me and my husband were EXTREMELY nervous thinking about hiring someone to walk him during the day who was unknown to us and our pup, and to come into our home. But once we met Michelle we knew he'd be just fine because she is wonderful!! She is prompt to our home and always makes sure he gets in a good hour walk and some fresh water and food. We told Michelle that we were working with him on walking with a "loose leash" where he doesn't pull the walker, and Michelle took this to heart and makes sure he doesn't do it with her either. We can tell during our evening walks with him that he's not being taught two different things because he's still listening to our commands and not testing us. Michelle is wonderful at maintaining the rules we have already set up for him. She will also send me a picture and brief text about how the day went with our dog. It is so nice being at work knowing he's taken care of. We haven't noticed any negative changes in his puppy behavior and we attribute that to his long daily walks and play sessions with Michelle, who is helping keep him stimulated and active while we're away. I am rambling, but for having to hire someone for the first time to care for our dog, which was scary and nerve-wracking (I felt like I was abandoning him), Michelle eased my fears quickly. I would highly recommend Michelle to anybody. You can tell she truly loves the animals she cares for.

    • 18 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Christina N.
    Verified review

    Tonya was quick to respond. She was very professional and prepared for our 1 hour training session. She worked very well with my dogs and helped my dog's behavioral issue in 1 session!

    Alpha Dog Training
    from 1 review
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Brandon W.
    Verified review

    I have a young Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix. He is an extremely playful and energetic dog, however he took out most of his energy through biting and "herding" us. He had extreme aggression that was uncontrollable. I had no other choice than to call Alpha Dog Training. I got an appointment the very next day! It was an extremely reasonable price compared to competitors. Not only that, but within a few hours after my training session, my dogs behavioral issues had immediately started to go away! I would strongly recommend to anyone with having troubles with their dog.

    K-9 Master Commands

    New To Thumbtack

    • 16 years in business

    I offer all dog training and behavior modification, specializing in aggression. I offer the following services: * puppy testing and training, including litter testing * basic to advanced obedience and everything in between * All behavior modification, specializing in aggression * personal protection and guard dog training

    • 4 years in business

    My name is Franklin, and my goal is to bring pet parents closer to their dog(s). I have been training dogs to be companion and/or working animals since 1998. With my experience, I have the feeling that I know how the K9 mind operates. I use positive reinforcement techniques with pet parents and their animals. Also, I have the ability to rehabilitate the worst behaviors. I believe that for a healthy mind, you need exercise, play time and a healthy diet; and that goes for our animal companions as well. I deal with any breed and size of dogs on routine basis, so bring me your challenge and lets make this relationship grow between humans and dogs alike. Please email me for more information.


    I offer basic dog training for pets and people. I help people interact with their pets as well as behavior modification.

    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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