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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 167 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 307 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sandra G.
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I am currently participating in private lessons with Ryan and I am very happy with the training provided. My dog’s behavior was so unpredictable during walks (suddenly trying to chase birds, squirrels and motorcycles) that I was starting to dread taking her out. Ryan immediately took control of the situation providing guidance on using the proper collar and techniques for bringing my dog’s attention back to me during our walks (this only took one lesson). He gives easy to follow instructions and helps you to create a firm foundation for building a great connection with your dog. It is apparent that he really has a special relationship with dogs and knows how to share this with his clients. I highly recommend his services.

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
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Diana F.
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JoJo was very nice to deal with. She instantly saw my dogs problem areas and gave great tips on how to work with him. It’s been two days since she met with my dog and while I’m still working with him I can already see improvements! Looking forward to seeing him improve and pass the leash aggressive phase that was killing me!

PackFit
4.5
from 33 reviews
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer A.
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I've had one lesson with Kimberly and wished I had contacted her sooner to get started on training my German Shepherd rescue. What I like best about Kimberly's approach is her care and attention for the well-being of my dog. Working with Kimberly has helped me to understand that an obedient dog isn't necessarily a happy or well-adjusted dog. Kimberly's method of training takes in the "whole dog" concept addressing nutrition, mental, and physical fitness. As a new dog owner she's helped me to understand how to interpret my dogs behavior and what my dog needs from me as the pack leader. Training is fun, the homework is simple and Kimberly is always on hand to answer a question. The welcome package (lots of goodies) she provided exceeded my expectations and Kimberly has become my "go-to" for additional resources for my dog.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Brian J.
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I used Canine Dominion to help me with my aggressive dog. My dog would go after other animals and sometimes people. Jauvarie the owner took a special interest in my case and came out to help. When the lessons was over my dog was a completely different dog. Jauvarie's knowledge and skills are amazing. I would definitely reomment him to my friends.

Wag Ur Tail Dog Training
4.8
from 30 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Sara L.
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Mike is fantastic ! I was able to schedule our training sessions during the holidays while visiting family. He was very accommodating. Mike's training uses a positive reinforcement - no fear or intimidation and no shock collars! Our 7 month old puppy, Capone, (APBT) was becoming a little stubborn with distractions, making it somewhat difficult to get him out and about. Mike also provided an amazing amount of information on dog behavior and dog psychology. After the first training session I noticed Capone had a change in behavior he was better behaved and within 4 and was obeying commands much better. Mike spent as much time teaching/training us how to react or not react to our puppy in order to discourage or praise him for his certain behaviors. So glad I chose Mike at Quarter Moon Kennels and will be contacting him again if needed!

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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Sonny S.
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I purchased the six week training package with Vicky. On the initial meet and greet I could already see that she had a good rapport with my dog. After the initial meeting we set up a regular date/time and Vicky was always vigilant on sending a reminder text the day before to confirm our appointment and she always arrive on time every time. Vicky does an excellent job in guiding you to train your animal, she provides both positive feedback on the things that you and your animal are doing right and what needs to be corrected. She was able to successfully correct the main issue that I had with my dog which was pulling on the leash.

Zorger's Pet Care, LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Wayne W.
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We had to go out of town and were stressing over leaving our babies. We have 2 dogs 3 cats and a water dragon. Nikki went above and beyond of what we asked her to do for a babies, we were very impressed with her professionalism. She walked our dogs daily, fed them bathed them and trimmed their nails. Our 3 kitties got a lot of love nails trimmed and their boxes cleaned. The water dragon got fed and let out to roam every day, plus his cage cleaned. I would highly recommend Nikki to everyone I know. If you are looking for a professional, reliable, caring Animal lover, Nikki is your GAL.. Your pets needs will always come first!!

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Meg O.
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Jody came by to coach us through some issues we've been having with our puppy: nipping, barking, jumping, and leash pulling. Jody spent 1.5 hours teaching us techniques to work with our puppy, and managing our expectations so that we know what's normal puppy behavior. We're already seeing great results! Jody was very patient, knowledgeable, and helpful as we work to train our puppy to be the best dog she can be! All of her techniques are positive, and reinforced with treats. No awful choke collars, shock callers, or leash jerking necessary.

Elisa Allen Pet Services
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Anita B.
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Elisa is a wonderful and kind person. She is an animal lover and I trust her with all 3 of my dogs. They love her and her Lab, Jack! Elisa is great at what she does...One of the best in the business.

  • 33 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff M.
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I started with Academy when our rescue 14 month GSD was a year old and am very pleased with the results. I'm not sure who is being trained though. If you have the time and opportunity definitely take the group class over a period of time. In a subtle way Haywood shows you insights into your dogs behavior while you work with the dog. There are no "trade secrets" in his classes. He explains in a friendly manner the whats, whys, and how to train and its dependent on the particular dog. Some dogs connect differently. You will eventually have a moment when you're home working with your dog when you realize that you're actually communicating with your dog. Reading the dog and answering back. Its amazing. I firmly believe that this is the place if you seriously want to understand your dog and have a well trained dog. There are many options available here for training. You really can't go wrong. Haywood has over 30 years in the business. I'm getting good results with him.

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Dolores Murray
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Carly C.
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Dolores was amazing! We had just rescued our dog, Taylan, from an organization in Thailand and were concerned about her behavior toward our two cats. We didn't want to start right off with bad habits and weren't sure how to desensitize Taylan to our boys, so we hired Dolores. Immediately we felt comfortable with her and were impressed with her expertise and knowledge of dog behaviors. She left us with professional materials and talked with us about strategies for desensitization, which we've been practicing since our session. She validated our work with Taylan and helped give us peace of mind that we weren't ruining our new girl :). I would recommend Dolores to anyone who is seeking professional, knowledgeable help with various dog behaviors...and also help with human uncertainty!

FourDogLovers
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Nika W.
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When I met Kevin my expectations were low for my dog. He seemed to be pretty much out of control and I was told by several other trainers that his breed could not be trained. When Kevin came in the first day he got my dog to sit and actually follow a command. He accomplished more in one day then other trainers did in months. As the time went on I saw my dog's Behavior change drastically. He became an overall better dog and seemed much happier. Also as he was training Kevin trained me as well. I realize that I was doing a lot wrong and that was the cause of a lot of his behaviors. I realized in order for my dog to be better I had to be a better owner. All of this I learned from Kevin. I thought I was a dog whisperer until he showed me the right way to do it. Highly recommend Kevin because he doesn't have a method where one fits all. He takes the time out to learn your dog and customize the training. He also educates himself all things animals. You can contact him and get advice on just about anything for your pet. And if he doesn't know at that moment he will find out for you. It's hard to find people who Do It For the Love of Animals. Kevin is one that clearly has a connection with animals that allows you to be comfortable with him and the care of your dog. Having Kevin train your pet would be the best thing you can do for your family.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
April A.
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This was our first experience with a professional dog trainer. Sharon was very knowledgeable and professional in explaining to us the different types of dog behaviors while explaining at the same time the solutions to correcting bad behavior. Sharon took the time to ensure that we understood the lessons and was more than happy to continue each action until we were comfortable. We are glad that Sharon is available to answer any questions we have. Having a great first time experience with Bark Busters, we would recommend their help to others.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tamyra B.
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I reached out to Anthony to help me potty train my dog and the end result was not just a dog that goes to the bathroom outside rather then in her crate or on my floor, but I ended up with a dog that listened better and because the family was so pleased with her new behaviors our interactions with her changed and she is so much happier. Anthony was extremely thorough and observant. After 10 minutes with Paris-Rose he knew exactly what regimen she would need to meet the expectations of the house. Anthony got all family members involved, even my grumpy husband who is not so much a animal lover. His advice and recommendations are on point, my dog loved every toy and game he recommended. I hired Anthony for one job, to teach my dog to potty outside. I walked a way with a lot of knowledge of what my dog needs and a family pet we can all be proud of and that is so easy to love! Anthony is a super professional, flexible, convenient, affordable and knowledgeable dog 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).

Dawn L.
Verified review

Dom was very professional and helpful. Besides walking, Butchy, he even taught him some better behavior!

Lauren R.
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I have never met anyone that cares for animals the way Jessica does. She gives them so much love and attention that they don't even notice when I'm gone! I highly recommend using Jessica.

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I provide very loving customized care for cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and rodents. I tend to the pet's total well-being -- walking, feeding and fun, gentle playing. I am able to give medications, pills, creams and injections. You will be delighted with the high-level of personal care that I give. Your pets will be happy. I will also see that household things are done such as trash removal, plant care, curtain or blinds opening / closing and mail retrieving. While you are away, I will keep written notes. If you want, you may call me to check on your pets or home.

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I'm a Professional when it comes to caring for pets. I have widespread knowledge in the Pet Industry, wherein I've cared for many different types of pets. I'm experienced in caring for dogs, cats , birds small to exotic and some reptiles, also freshwater aquarium fish.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I thoroughly enjoy training animals whether it be dogs or horses. I have been training for over 30 years. Taining involves spending time with your animal and that is good for everyone.

  • 7 years in business
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My service stand out too please my client. And earn there trust ! maintain there house and take care of any pet

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