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Charlottesville Dog Trainers

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Top Pro
from 20 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janet H.
Verified review

Bridget is caring and amazing. She knows how to teach both the dog & owner. My rescue responded immediately. She uses no choke collars, has a full understanding of dogs & behaviors and gives you all the material so that you & your dog can practice.

TNT Dog Training
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole R.
Verified review

TNT Dog training is the best of the best! She is such a hard worker and dedicated to the dogs that she works with! I recommend her over anybody around!

Rod Jackson
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
James T.
Verified review

This is a great place with great people. My dog Shakka loves it there and is thriving. His love for all animals is unmatched by many and generosity is endless. He became my friend the first day we met and been great every since. His home environment allowed Shakka to transition very easily and allowed her to grow and not stress. I recommend Charlottesville pet care to anyone and everyone. It's great. It's home away from home for your fury friends and children.

Shady Mountain Pet Retreat
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Barry G.
Verified review

Our dog Klementine had a wonderful 10 day stay! Daily exercise, the company of some new canine friends, and most of all her time in the pool! We can rest easy in the future when we are travelling somewhere she cannot.

K-9 Life
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ben H.
Verified review

I just wanted to post to say how amazing my first lesson was. My dog Maddie is a very “scared “dog, so I thought she would be harder to get through than most. She is frightened by noises, won’t walk on a leash (unless it is a trail with no one around) and if she is scared for whatever reason, she won’t even go in our own back yard. She, in essence, is a homebody (and very well behaved there). The first lesson Jessica came and Maddie was doing her normal barking, tail tucked between her legs running around the house, afraid of strangers. However, within the first 10 minutes, she got Maddie to warm up, the tail was un-tucked and she was playing! The best part was she was able to get Maddie to walk on her leash outside, around the block. Normally, when I try and walk her anywhere near cars, noises and people, she immediately freezes and refuses to walk. Jessica got her to walk around our apartment complex, no problem. I was amazed. I have been using the same techniques and have been able to walk her much farther distances these past few days. I highly recommend Jessica and I can’t wait until I have more lessons to work out all Maddie’s little quirks.

Peak Performance Dog Sports
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Eileen H.
Verified review

Down to earth easy tips for training that even us senior citizens can do with their dog. Thanks Wendy

Jennifer's Pet Care
from 5 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren R.
Verified review

Jennifer took excellent care of my 3 cats while I was out of town. She's very polite and thorough and treated my cats like her own. I will definitely use her services again.

Joe's Dog Walking
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Joe has been great with communication and our dog & cat took to him right away!

Emily Houk
from 2 reviews
    Steven J.
    Verified review

    I contacted Mrs. Houk with the hopes and intentions of getting my 1 year old doberman to gather some house training and potentially some obedience so that me and my family wouldn't be so stressed about his manners or him tearing up our house while we were gone, not to mention his manners when guests would come over. However, I was thoroughly impressed when we received the dog back. His manners were impeccable; he no longer jumped on people when they came over, when told to get in his bed, (which is an open kennel crate) he would go in it and lay down with no issues and would stay until told to leave. Not to mention his attentiveness seems to have improved. Overall a FAR more manageable dog and me and my family could be more happy with the work that Emily Houk has done. I would highly recommend any one who is seeking the betterment of their dogs to seek out Emily.

    Perfect Pet's Paradise
    from 1 review
      Jill P.
      Verified review

      Heidi has an innate talent with animals of all sorts. She does an excellent job handling and caring for my rabbits. She has also been a big part of my 2 rescued dogs lives. She walks them, trains them, and provides 24 hour care by pet sitting in my home when I need to go out of town. She does exactly what I ask her to do regarding walking, exercising, feeding and bathing the dogs and they really enjoy her company. I highly recommend her services to anyone who wants outstanding care for their animals. If you are considering hiring her feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

      Fuzzy Logic Dog Training
      from 1 review
      • 2 years in business
      Scott K.
      Verified review

      Merissa has helped me with the training of several of my dogs! Her knowledge of dog training and behavior are outstanding, and she has a way of presenting that knowledge that makes it interesting, relatable, and useful, no matter what topic or trick she's teaching. It's clear that she loves working with dogs and their people, and I can't recommend her highly enough.


      We are the home-away-from-home kennel alternative. We offer dog boarding in my home and yard. We are best described as a sleepover dog park, where the dogs have hours of access to the outdoors daily with other friendly dogs. In addition, they receive lots of interaction with people.


      I can help with behavioral problems, basic dog training, puppy training, and aggressive dog problems. I will drive to client's location.


      I promote positive reinforcement and force-free methods when training puppies and dogs. I promote physical activity and mental stimulation to keep your pet happy, healthy and balanced. I train in manners, agility and obedience. I work toward meeting your personal goals and accomplishments for you and your dog, to make them a great companion.


      I walk dogs and feed dogs as well. I'm willing to do any extra care needed to provide the animals a safe environment.


      We are offering quality pet care for the Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and surrounding areas of Central Virginia.


      We provide the best dog training available. We have over 20 years of experience in training all sorts of dogs and puppies for all problems and all ages, from 8 weeks and more. We are vet recommended. We use humane methods based on rewards and learning theory.


      I will walk dogs whenever you would like and provide any services you may need. If you hire me, you can surely trust your dogs are in great hands.


      Our personality we are down to earth kind of people . We believe open heartily that a animal can sense it .

      • 4 years in business

      i offer reasonable prices depending on dog size and breed.


      I'm a veterinary technician student looking to make some extra money during the summer taking care of animals!

      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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