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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 170 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 313 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
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
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Kris F.
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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 71 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
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Bree D.
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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.
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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 55 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 94 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.

  • 7 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Angela P.
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Jerry came to my home to work with my dog (a 10 month old lab) on walking nicely on a leash and other basic obedience. He is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about working with dogs. He started by showing me the different training aids that were available and then suggested one that we might start with. Throughout the session, he told me, then showed me, and then had me employ specific, useful tips and techniques that I could use to train my dog. Jerry spent almost two hours with us and left us with "homework" to continue practicing. It has been a few days, and I can absolutely say that we are making progress! I would not hesitate to recommend Jerry to a dog owner ready to learn how to train his or her dog.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 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.

PackFit
4.5
from 35 reviews
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly C.
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I have followed PackFit for some time, and I have found the dog training articles to be very interesting, and a valuable source of information. I am also thrilled to own their book, which has helped me on a daily basis. Highly recommend PackFit for anyone wanting to help with dog training at "both ends of the leash"! :)

Wag Ur Tail Dog Training
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Candace D.
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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!

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

Off-Leash K9 Training
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Alex D.
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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...

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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.
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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.

Elisa Allen Pet Services
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Megan P.
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Elisa has been wonderful to work with! She has been training our dog Zoe for over 1 month now and we have seen great results! Zoe is a border collie mix and can be very stubborn at times, and as her parents we didn't do the best job with correcting her behaviors when they began. She is now 5, and despite her age Elisa has been able to teach us how to train her properly and address her problematic behaviors. Elisa has a great connection with animals and has done an amazing job with training Zoe and with training us as well. She provides in-home training sessions which are extremely helpful, and she is always flexible with our work schedules, even meeting us on weekends if needed. We really enjoy working with her and are happy with the results so far! We recommend her to anyone who needs training/dogwalking/petsitting services!

  • 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.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
4.4
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 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.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany B.
Verified review

Christine has been friendly, personable, and very knowledgable from the start. I was very impressed with her passion for dog training from the very first conversation I had with her. We spoke on the phone for almost an hour about the issues My 1YO boxer had and she even tried to provide assistance to me over the phone before I commited to any training sessions. Christine definitely knows how to respond to your problem dog, and I saw improvements in the first session, the key is maintaining the training that Christine teaches you. I'm so happy I chose her as my trainer!

Consistent Canine, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea V.
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Kristy is amazing! She will come out and meet you and your pooch and spend time getting to know you and your needs. I dropped my boy (Jax - 90 lb. 9 months German Shephard) Saturday morning and he stayed with her for 3 weeks. A huge bonus is that she has other dogs, kitties, bunnies, and chickens - so Jax was exposed to and learned how to behave and be patient with them. We had a mid-training visit (she will do this with you during, OR after training) and spent two hours going over what he had learned. Even after only a week or so he had picked up many skills. It was me that needed to learn now:). Once home Jax immediately investigated the entire house and literally did some of his initial behaviors (like he was trying to make up for lost time and fit them all in within a few minutes). It was pretty funny actually. He knows the commands he was taught - there is no doubt. The more time I spend with him the more he is learning that he needs to follow those with me, as well, and not just Kristy:) He does test me, and in all honesty, I find myself breaking into laughter with him (not good for reinforcing his learning by the way). But, when I recompose myself and calmly and firmly bring him back to a place of obedience, he does "fall in line". He may not like it (the subtle whining is one indicator), but he does it. Part of the success once you have your pooch home is recognizing when you simply do not have their trainable attention. When Jax's energy and hormones are driving his puppy behavior I've found that isn't the time for me to "win" (frankly, because I don't, and reinforcing him winning is not good). I chose Kristy after connecting with her about in-home visits while I'm at work. That's how I learned of her training business. We met and honestly I just liked her. Jax liked her too - and that was important. My favorite part was the 3-week break and being able to clean my house without Jax thinking everything I was doing was for his enjoyment. Aside from that, it's clearly the effectiveness of Kristy's work. She also stays in touch with you to let you know how things are progressing. The biggest takeaway is learning how to properly use a pinch and/or e-collar, and that I need to be committed to reinforcing all the learned commands. What's truly great about Jax now is that I can, with confidence, take him hiking, out for walks, around other dogs (still a bit of a struggle - but honestly - that's a tough one for any pup!), public places, etc. and I know I have a different kind of control (he'll sit and remain sitting until I say otherwise).

Canine Obsessions
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Darius L.
Verified review

I am grateful for your help and support on training my dog Kane. The E Colar you suggested was a big help, when training without the leash.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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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.

Nozy Dogs, LLC

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  • 5 years in business
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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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