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Alexandria Dog Trainers

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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 168 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 310 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heidi P.
Verified review

I HIGHLY recommend Ryan from Ruff House Dog Training! To say that he is great at what he does is an underestimate! I must say that I was hesitant at first as our dog has been really aggressive. Ryan assured me not to worry and that he could handle himself. After 10 minutes with Bruno, Ryan had him under control. He was super informative and knew exactly what he was talking about. In only ONE session, Bruno is a completely different dog. We have a lot of work to go with him, but the foundation has been laid and it is now up to us to continue to improve our role as the Alpha. Thank you so much, Ryan! Gone are the days of living in fear and hello to tomorrow!

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  • 17 years in business
  • 191 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Denise has been wonderful. She is board training my dog for two weeks. Looking forward to seeing him.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 70 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tiffany H.
Verified review

Kathryn has been a wonderful trainer to our 10 month golden retriever. She is warm, friendly, and very easy to work and coordinate with. She is an effective trainer and within 2 visits we were seeing positive improvements in our dog's behavior and ability to respond appropriately to commands. She has a firm, but gentle approach to dog training which I appreciate having worked with another trainer in the past who was quite harsh with our former dog.

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 52 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jon D.
Verified review

Jojo did an awesome job with our vizsla pup, Argos. She's very meticulous and articulate in training our dog. Her strategies are very effective especially with a very hyper dog. We love her and we would recommend her to anybody looking for in-home dog training.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Jay of Canine Dominion is more than just the best dog trainer ever. Once you hire him, it's as if he's become a member of your family -- a really smart, experienced, savvy member of your family who's truly invested in the successful training of your dog. He stands behind his dog training 100% too -- willing to provide additional sessions if needed at no additional charge. Jay brings amazing skills plus integrity to boot. Now if only I could find an auto mechanic version of Jay. ;-)

PackFit
4.5
from 34 reviews
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Jessie P.
Verified review

My sister and I first approached PackFit in 2014 for help with our Chihuahua Mix – her name is Mandu – that we had adopted from the shelter. She was terrified of anything that moved and coped by barking. We tried different methods that other dog trainers offered to no avail. Ms. Kimberly is excellent with both dogs and people – her dedication to them is awe-inspiring. The time and effort she’ll put into making your life and your dog’s life better shows her passion to her cause: “training dogs, empowering people, and changing lives.” PackFit offers more than dog training; PackFit gives you a role model that will help you with your own issues – without you even noticing – so that your dog won’t feed off of those anxious and negative cues. Now, this doesn’t mean that Mandu and I are perfect after our in-home sessions with Ms. Kimberly. However, two years later, we’re still taking baby steps in the right direction. I miss Ms. Kimberly and her own pack ever since our in-home sessions ended but thanks to her, Mandu and I are slowly conquering our fears.

Wag Ur Tail Dog Training
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Susan M.
Verified review

I have been working with Mike Morrison of Wag Ur Tail Dog Training since the day we adopted our Shepherd/ Lab mix from the shelter. We saw great potential in the dog, but he had some destructive behaviors we could not deal with without a professional. We give Mike all the credit for helping us with our dog, who we can now take for walks and play with safely. Mike encouraged us and shared so much information about care, training and even feeding the dog. I highly recommend him for basic as well complicated behavioral training needs. It's money well spent to see my kids able to play with this great dog who needed our help to get along with people. Thanks Mike!

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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Uttara K.
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Vicky went above and beyond to help me train our new dog and my family. To train our dog to be around d other dogs, she brought her own dogs to the training session! That really helped me and made a big difference! She was very responsive over emails throughout the session and responded to my questions/concerns over email within few hours. She adjusted the training to suit my specific needs. Will definitely recommend to friends.

For Pup's Sake, LLC
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry P.
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I had a 9 year old dog who had not been through any training since he was a pup. I was unsure how to go about "re-training" him. Lara was great and got the situation quickly corrected.

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rebecca A.
Verified review

I couldn't be happier with the training that we've received from Social Tailwaggers. Jodie, our trainer. is so patient and very knowledgeable. The first time we met, we discussed what training I was interested in and what goals we were trying to achieve for my dog, Cooper. Cooper was around 10-11 months old when we began our first training session. She immediately began to introduce new skills and commands to work on training Cooper. After each lesson, Jodie sends a detailed email outlining all of the skills we worked on and suggestions to help with practicing on my own. Jodie was also helpful with recommendations on types of toys and feeding bowls to help with the energy level of my dog. I would highly recommend Social Tailwaggers to anyone who needs help training a new puppy or an older dog. It is well worth the time, money and effort to have a well trained dog and not only are you going to have a well trained, better behaved dog, it's also a lot of fun time spent with your dog.

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jean S.
Verified review

Haywood and Alexa are fantastic trainers. They are patient and smart and knowledgeable and they know how to work with both the dogs and the owners! They are very clear about how to practice commands at home. They helped me get basic control over my dog at first, in one on one sessions (he was a very exuberant and strong large rescue dog who I was afraid would pull me down the street). And then when he was calmer, we joined the group lessons so that he would learn to follow commands despite lots of distractions from other dogs and traffic and people. My friends are amazed at our dog's progress and people stop me on the street to compliment his good behavior! I highly recommend Academy Dog Training by Haywood.

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Dolores Murray
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Douglas P.
Verified review

She showed up a couple minutes early and immediately jumped into the training. She helped my girlfriend and I understand the possible reasons as to why our dog does what he does. Her instruction was easy to follow, and she also explained why she was training him in this specific fashion. We are extremely happy with everything! He has had an incredible change already! And it's still the first day!

Debbie's critter sitters
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Sheila C.
Verified review

We could not have asked for a more attentive, caring, person to watch our fur babies, our dog, cat and guinea pig. She gave them plenty of attention. I highly recommend Debbie to take care of your pets. We will definitely be asking for Debbie's services in the future.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Donna S.
Verified review

We had our first lesson today. Sharon was great with our dog and with us as the owners. She demonstrated how to work with our dog and then had us do the training exercises. She gave us feedback on how to do them which was very helpful. I would highly recommend BarkBusters and in particular, Sharon.

FourDogLovers
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Saudia J.
Verified review

My experience with Kevin was phenomenal! He is EXTREMELY knowledgeable on dog behaviors and helped me to understand too! His level of care and service is very interspesonal. I went out of the country for a week and Kevin took awesome care of my puppy as well as had very successful training sessions with him. What I liked most, he made sure I learned along with my puppy so that I could work on the same things he did in his trainings. He has turned out life around. My pup had no training and now we have a new schedule for everything and I see awesome results! Thank You again Kevin! We will be back and I'll be sure the refer some people to you.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Gerald A.
Verified review

Mr. Anthony arrived 15 mins early and immediately got to work with my dog. He was extremely professional and well knowledgeable about dogs. He was able to walk my family and I through the entire process of training ourselves and training our dog. I loved his energy and warm spirit. With all that he taught us on how to train our dog I know we’re looking towards a brighter future for our family. Our baby Dice is already getting the hang of the training. He’s so excited to learn. Thank you Anthony for all of your help and knowledge I will DEFINITELY be passing your Information off to other pet lovers.

Doggydawgs Pet Services LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Daniela M.
Verified review

The best dog care and professional in this area. Honest! Accountable, reliable, fair and affordable. Very accommodating and loving of your pet. Have been using her for YEARS.

Consistent Canine, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna P.
Verified review

I have a 5 year old, 85 pound pit bull/boxer mix named Bella, who is as sweet as they come, but she was a beast on the leash....pulling and choking herself making walks really unpleasant for everyone. We tried many different things with her, but nothing seemed to be working. We had Kristy over for 1 hour for training. She gave us some new tools to work with and some new techniques and literally I was able to walk her within 15 minutes!! She is like a new dog, and we are BOTH loving the walks together. I HIGHLY recommend Kristy for any dog training that you need. She is fantastic!!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Whiskey D.
Verified review

We have been with Spoiled Paws for almost 9 years now. It is worth having her stop by the house to let my dog out and enjoy the sun for some time during the day. Caroline does a great job with our dog.

Crofton Dog Walkers

New To Thumbtack

  • 4 years in business
About

We turned our passion into our job! Hi! We are Crofton Dog Walkers, a team truly dedicated to caring for your pets and all of their needs! We're a fun team, and we love what we do! Crofton Dog Walkers was founded after experiencing firsthand frustrations with poor quality pet care. We have since made it our mission to provide top-notch, affordable pet care to all of our furry clients. More importantly, though, we wanted to create unique dog walking and pet sitting programs in Anne Arundel county that focused on the health and overall happiness of the pets in our care through exercise and socialization. We hope to meet your pets and welcome them to one of our programs. Our pets are our babies, and we promise to care for yours just as we do our own!

Philippe

New To Thumbtack

    About

    I'm willing to walk with dogs for a long time. I used to have a dog myself, so I know how they are.

    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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    Need a Puppy Trainer

    Frederick, MD

    • Dog training type
      Obedience
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy - 0-6 months
    • Dog size(s)
      Medium (16-45 lbs)
    • Details
      We are planning to get a dog in the next few months-we are looking for a puppy training boarding program. My husband and I work full time and we would like to get the puppy off to a good start with behavior and a good routine. We also have children, ages 5 and 7 and would like support on helping them to promote positive behaviors in the puppy and for them to learn good owner behaviors.

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Rosedale, MD

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy - 0-6 months, Puppy - 6-12 months
    • Dog size(s)
      Small (1-15 lbs), Medium (16-45 lbs), Large (46-70 lbs)
    • Details
      We have 3 dogs. One being a new Cairn terrier puppy. She needs training as well as my other two who are afraid of her. One of the dogs has retreated mentally and I'm afraid he won't come around. I can explain better over the phone.
    • $600
      Average price

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Brandywine, MD

    • Dog training type
      Obedience
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy - 0-6 months
    • Dog size(s)
      Small (1-15 lbs)
    • Details
      He is a cockapoo puppy but will be a medium size. 25-30 lbs. I want him to learn basic commands on demand and lots of english words
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