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Arlington Obedience Trainers

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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 163 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 288 hires on Thumbtack
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Debbie Y.
Verified review

Ryan is wonderful! His ability to gather information, access the situation and begin a course of action to guide a family towards a happy life is inspiring. We have had dogs for over 30 years. We had attempted obedience training and decided that we were happy as things were; A contented family with a family dog who ran the home but was so cute! A recent adoption startled us in the realization that we needed help. Our new dog wanted to run the home but wasn’t cute about it. He growled, snarled and barked his demands. Since Ryan’s first session, life has improved dramatically. We are so encouraged that Ryan has given us the tools to begin reclaiming a happy family life. We look forward to continuing with Ryan so we stay on track. When I say “we”, I meant it. My husband and I also needed Ryan’s education and knowledge. Ryan taught us that we were feeding the chaos by how we were handling the situations. We thank Ryan for his help and highly recommend his services!

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  • 17 years in business
  • 164 hires on Thumbtack
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Kris F.
Verified review

Denise helped Zinnie from when she was a pup and now she is almost 3. She has been through Basic and Advanced Obedience training. Denise also worked with me and Zinnie to get her to become a service dog for me. Zinnie is now a service dog that is scent trained for me and retrieved train. Zinnie is over 110 pounds and is able to pick up a credit card off a wood floor. This was all due to the training Denise did with me. If I had questions or issues Denise would work with me and Zinnie to get us through those issues. I wasn't able to for the longest time allow Zinnie to be off leash or she would run from me and wouldn't come back. Now she can be off leash and will mind my calls.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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Bree D.
Verified review

WE LOVE HER! Not only is she smart and clear with her teachings but she is so good with my dog! He loves her the second she enters my home! She has helped us with leash pulling and basic obedience so far. Katherine is also One of the most reasonabley priced and far exceeds what she charges! We are very pleased with how much she cares and treats our Pup like her own.

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  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Gayle L.
Verified review

Brian has done an excellent job helping us train our dog to be the dog we knew he could be! Since starting training, our dog has improved leash skills and obedience in the home.. we are currently working on improving his obedience in more challenging/distracting environments. We are more comfortable being a leader for our dog, which makes training less frustrating.

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer W.
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Obedience training, Jojo was very helpful and taught me a lot of information, I appreciated how she took time to sit and talk with me beforehand and learn the background of my dog.

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Happy B.
Verified review

Jodie has been fantastic with the information and training she provides. She is very organized with her puppy classes and provides additional information on puppy care at the end of each class. She also came to our home for an individual training session and was very insightful and helpful with tips on house training and providing tips on our puppy setup, schedule, and obedience training. She has been very helpful and is clearly very experienced.

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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
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Erin D.
Verified review

Vicki was a wonderful trainer who managed to help us train our 1yo rescue, Penny. She provided tips, advice, and made amazing suggestions to practice while not in training sessions. In the course of 6 weeks, Penny learned several obedience commands (stay, leave it, wait, etc) as well as tricks (sit, down, paw, crawl, etc.) Penny was difficult to teach when we first got her and although I have had a dog before, I have never had a puppy/younger pup and she wasn’t a good listener until we saught help from Paw Patrol of VA, LLC. Vicki was very flexible with our schedule, understanding of our ongoing frustrations in trying to teach her obedience, and was able to help us change our body language and tone to teach Penny what we wanted her to do. After the first 2 sessions, Penny recognized Vicki when she came to our home and LOVED school (mostly because she loves attention, praise, and training treats). I am so thankful my husband and I agreed to get a trainer for Penny and we really lucked out with Vicki. Thank you Vicki, Brittany and Sadie for your kindness. We would gladly hire Vicki again in the future and recommend her to others in the area!

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Wag Ur Tail Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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Candace D.
Verified review

I found Mike through a random local site shortly after I 'rescued' a highly energetic 7 month old Zuchon (Bison/Shih Tzu). While he was a very friendly, attentive and smart pup, there were things we just couldn't get across to him. So we called Mike and we have not regretted doing so since. The first day Mike came to meet Asher, he saw great potential and he hasn't been the same pup since. After 3 sessions and 5 days of board/train, he is calmer, walks more attentively on a leash and is less distracted. I would recommend Quarter Moon to anyone looking to improve their dogs behavior, further there obedience or learn some cute tricks!

PackFit
4.3
from 30 reviews
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Gloriana E.
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After searching multiple sites and trying out two other trainers, we found Kimberly on Thumbtack and liked what we read. Her "holistic" approach to dog training really appealed to us and aligned perfectly with our view of the connection between nutrition, physical and mental health, and behavior. When we did the IBAC, we immediately felt a click between the three humans (Kimberly + puppy parents) and Lucy (puppy). Through our work with Kimberly during the training sessions and our practice at home, Lucy has become more calm, responsive, and seems now to recognize us as the "pack leaders". One of the most important lessons we learned is that adjusting on our own energy and behavior is key to effect change in our dog's energy and behavior. It is important to bear in mind that no trainer - no matter how good - can make a dog's behavior change consistently and permanently after the training program without the owners' follow-through. With Kimberly's guidance and our constant practice, we're confident that we will continue making steady progress and nurture a balanced, well-behaved dog and a loving, respecting bond between us.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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I was worried about going on a work trip and leaving my dogs with a stranger, as well as worried about having a stranger stay in my house. I returned to happy, healthy dogs and a house that was just as I left it (even the sheets were washed!) Still working on the obedience training part but I am confident my dog will improve.

Pet Sitting
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Lydia L.
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Often times, our lives get so complicated that we lose track of important details like - having a backup dog sitter! Well, that was most certainly the case; however, Jenny came to our rescue. From the moment we left to go on vacation, we felt comfortable and never worried. Jenny took exceptional care of our Labradoodle. We received pictures every day and upon our return, she provided a journal! Jenny has a true and sincere love for animals. Her kindness and willingness to go that extra mile is far beyond any human comprehension. I can’t wait for our training sessions to begin! Five Stars for Jenny … it is most certainly well deserved!!

Off-Leash K9 Training
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Alex D.
Verified review

The OLK9 crew has given us a whole new perspective on dog training and obedience. We went to OLK9 with the goal of having our APBT "Casino" stop pulling on leash during walks and to stop mild dog aggression. At first we were hesitant with using an e-collar for training, but Garry was able to address all of our concerns during our first lesson and made us feel at ease with the training regimen. One month and 2 lessons later, and we couldn't be more impressed with the results we've seen so far. Our training has given us and Casino more confidence not only on leash, but we are now comfortable walking him off leash even with distractions. We have two basic classes left and have already registered for our advanced lessons. Nick comes highly recommended and responds quickly to any questions you may have regarding training or the e-collar. We've already recommended other family members to enroll in the program and look forward to the continued confidence gained from training. Our only regret is not starting our training sooner...

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy M.
Verified review

I got Pete as a 15 month old rescue. He had no obedience training at all. The only thing he would do was sit after I said it about 5 times. Haywood was very patient with him and spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort to teach Pete everything he needed to know. He went out of his way to work with me both in my home and in groups to make my dog the happy, well-adjusted and well-behaved guy that he is today. There was a point where I wanted to give up and Haywood wouldn't let me. Thanks to him, Pete and I are very happy now! I can't thank Haywood enough.

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Justice K9 Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Lee C.
Verified review

Sarah is awesome. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about dogs and their training. She is patient and explained what we needed to do and why. We can't thank her enough for turning our out of control Lab in to a fantastic family pet.

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Animal Paradise Pet Care
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica W.
Verified review

I can't speak highly enough about Laura and Animal Paradise Pet Care and Sitting. My husband and I needed help working with and training our rescue pup, and from our initial contact with Laura, we were certain we made the right choice. After discussing our needs over the phone, we met in person to allow Laura to make her assessment and create a plan. Throughout our time working together, Laura was always quick to respond, flexible with scheduling training sessions, and displayed the utmost in professionalism. Laura effectively customized (and modified as needed) our pup's training needs, ensuring that everything requiring attention was properly addressed. Again, I can't say enough great things about Animal Paradise Pet Care and Sitting, and HIGHLY recommend you consider working with Laura before going elsewhere. (And this bit of advice is coming from someone who exhaustively researched dog trainers before choosing to work with Animal Paradise.)

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Bertillia L.
Verified review

Sharon is a wonderful, professional, examplatory of a Bark Busters’ Employee. I was so impressed with the training methods for my dog, Greta - a Gremen Rottweiler. Greta was confused at first but with Sharon’s patience and having willing students we were able to become a true family and in Greta’s case; know where she is in the pack order. Greta is well adjusted and now plays with other dogs very well! Thank you, Bark Busters for training a wonderful loving person like Sharon. Thank you Sharon for being you!!! We are happy to call you family!

Funky Frogs Canine
4.5
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Michael K.
Verified review

I had hoped Williams come to my house to help me train basic obedience to my boxer pup I could not walk him without him dragging me around the neighborhood after the first visit I can pretty much walk him loose leash with out him pulling me around the neighborhood she did an outstanding job she comes back once a week to my house and teaches him one more command she does an awesome job I would highly recommend her

  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Corey C.
Verified review

Paul is a great Dog training, not only is he knowledgeable but also his enthusiasm about what he does. I am a first time puppy owner and we often think that it’s the dog that has the issue. But Paul teaches us that it’s all about being able to communicate with your dog because all they do is want to make you proud. I took Paul’s training class and after 4 weeks I seem to have a new dog. No the dog was the same he just though me to be patient and help me to relay what I wanted my dog to do. The environment is very welcome not to mention how clean it is. I would advise anyone who thinks they have an issue with their dog to visit Pawsitive Paul's Dog Training. You and your dog will leave with a smile on your face.

Steve's dog training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Monique K.
Verified review

Amazing work. The changes are immediate and we are able to continue teaching our dogs. Their behavior was truly modified virtually instantly with the training provided by Steve!

Prudent K9 Training

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I teach dogs a new set of default behaviors and habits; establishing a new baseline that does not include their harmful, unwanted behaviors. My approach to dog training and rehabilitation is relatively simple; change a dog’s perspective and behaviors to empower the human-canine relationship. I focus my effort on four key areas which create the foundation required to make these life altering changes possible: Leadership, Structure, Clear Expectations, and Accountability.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I have worked in the Veterinary field for the past 4 years, in that time the majority of emergency patients came in because the patient got hit by a car, ate a foreign object, or was in a fight with another pet. Owners pay so much money to fix their now sick pet but all these things can be prevented by good training. Good training actually saves you money.

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