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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 164 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 294 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ms. G.
Verified review

I could not believe the expertise and professionalism shown towards my pet as well as towards me. There was some training I also needed. My pet is now relaxed, and obedient when we go for our walks without hardly any prompting from me and it has only been a few days since training. I called him a dog whisperer because I could not believe the change I saw in my pooch. I highly recommend any one who needs assistance in training their pooch how to obey commands and be an absolute joy to be with to use this dog training service. You won't regret it! I know I won't!

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 64 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
KfreeKaren F.
Verified review

Choosing the right trainer is a difficult and overwhelming task. The following is my experience with Kathryn and Perfect Poochies. Summarized: Kathryn is amazing. I have a whole new skillset at my disposal. My dog is calmer, has less anxiety and if new issues surface, I am better prepared to deal with them. If you are a new dog owner looking for a starting point or find yourself struggling with any number of unwanted behavioral issues, she can help. Kathryn is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, versatile and patient. She was never condescending or judgmental while helping me understand areas I needed to improve. She has an uncanny ability to understand dogs and what makes them tick. Once she gets to know you and your dog, she will provide an honest assessment of what she considers to be the underlying issue(s) and lays out a plan for correcting or managing it. The love she puts into her work is evident in everything she does from designing your personalized sessions, her regular follow-up and her encouragement to reach out any time you have questions or issues. Detailed: I am a first-time dog owner. Our 18-month, 170-pound Great Dane, Odin has been part of our family since he was 2-months old. We immediately enrolled in the first two puppy training classes at Pet-Smart. Our family has consistently applied what we learned. Everything was going great with Odin until somewhere around 7-months of age. Odin would occasionally start barking at a person for no apparent reason. This behavior gradually increased to include anyone reaching into his face, unexpected fast movements and large groups of people swarming in on him. We solicited advice from our Pet-Smart trainer and studied tons of training materials – books, training guides, Internet. Some of the techniques we tried helped, but if Odin was truly upset, the only thing we could do was apologize and leave. Odin remained excellent with dogs and children but the number of adults that triggered his barking was increasing. During the summer, I was having work done on my car and I brought Odin because there were plenty of paths nearby. It took longer than expected for the car to be finished and when we returned Odin was exhausted. A young man approached, and I quickly warned about Odin’s anxiety and in his over-tired state, his behavior would probably be worse than normal. The man assured me that he had experience with dogs, and slowly bent down near Odin, leaving plenty of space and not making eye contact. He gave Odin time to get used to him and smell him and soon enough Odin was comfortable and enjoying being petted. Unfortunately, when the man was ready to leave, he jumped up which surprised/scared Odin who then also jumped up and started lunging, growling and barking at him. The man was very kind and understanding, but it was time to seek out professional help. I searched online for trainers and dog-behaviorists and there were a number of options. As we were trying to choose one, I remembered a friendly and outgoing woman who had hosted a free local dog training session. Odin seemed comfortable around her, so I reached out to see if she would be interested in private training sessions. The woman was Kathryn of Perfect Poochies. Not only did she offer private training, but she had ample experience with large dogs and the exact behavior I described. Our first training session involved getting to know our family and Odin. She asked questions about what we were experiencing and what we tried to mitigate it. Next, she analyzed our actions and body language as well as Odin’s behavior, response, reactions, attitude etc. She used this information to create a custom training plan for fear-aggression. We met once a week wherein she would teach me new techniques and verify I could perform them correctly. She would evaluate my actions and behavior and if anything I was doing contributed to his anxiety, she would help me find alternatives. At the end of the session, she always left me with several things to work on before our next session – as with anything in life, the key to success is repetition and consistency. Occasionally, she would introduce me to new products that could help with Odin’s training. The products were not a ‘company product’ or money-making gimmick - they were products she had success using with other dogs. If I wanted to try them, I had to find/order them. Following six sessions, Odin had less anxiety and I am able to successfully manage what remains. Odin now looks to me when he gets nervous instead of instantly reacting. By changing my leadership style, he obeys commands more readily and consistently. Before Odin would lurch and jump to get to anything that excited him (squirrels). Now, he just gives a light tug on the leash or stares. When he is told to “Leave It”, he settles down immediately. Previously, I would make large loops to avoid passing people. I was worried he might start barking at them. Now we can walk right by and all I have to do is tell him to “Leave It.” Odin’s responding immediately to my commands has increased my confidence, which in turn has decreased much of his anxiety. There are a couple of dog walkers in the neighborhood with whom I walk Odin. In the beginning of our training, Odin had limited contact with people and dogs. When I had the chance to meet up with them again, they marveled over the transformation in Odin’s behavior and how calm he bad become. Another technique she suggested is Odin wearing a bright vest that says, ‘In Training’ and lists a couple of items not to do around him (things that trigger his anxiety). The vest has helped make others aware of Odin’s ‘special needs’ well before they approach him. I have also gotten much better at recognizing things that may trigger his anxiety so I can avoid, prevent or discourage it. Thank you for reading my review. I am very grateful for the help I received from Perfect Poochies. It was worth every penny. Speaking of which, don’t stress about the fees, Perfect Poochies is perfectly affordable.

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 86 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Leota L.
Verified review

JoJo did a great job training my dog, Keesha. In just a few sessions she had Keesha following basic commands such as sit, stay and come. By following her directions I am now able to have a much better behaved dog. Kudos to JoJo. I can,t thank you enough !!!!!

PackFit
4.5
from 30 reviews
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
M Scott B.
Verified review

Kimberly brings 5-Star experience, client education, and long-term after-program support to training dogs and their soon-to-be ecstatic owners. If you are looking for a trainer to bring peace and joy to you and your dog, you found her!

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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Uttara K.
Verified review

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.

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Wag Ur Tail Dog Training
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro 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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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 30 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. ;-)

For Pup's Sake, LLC
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Michael Chelo G.
Verified review

Lara Cohn assisted us with puppy training. She was very specific with milestones she was looking to accomplish and the plan that was needed to get there. We spent an hour session one day a week for 4 weeks and the progress we saw was incredible. She made herself available any time we needed her and showed great passion for her job. Looking forward to more sessions with her soon.

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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.

Off-Leash K9 Training
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Piehler M.
Verified review

I recently had my dog participate in the basic obedience class. Bijou is a rhodesian ridgeback and I adopted her 3 months ago and she was 1 year old. I quickly learned that Bijou was extremely smart but very stubborn. She would only listen to my commands if I had a treat and would basically pull my arm off on walks. Bijou was also house trained but because of her stubbornness she would have "accidents" in the house every single day not matter how often we took her out to go to the bathroom. In addition, Bijou got attacked by 3 dogs at a dog park and it changed her personality from playful to scared and she would get nasty every time she saw another dog out of her fear of being attacked. After day 1 of training Bijou was completely different. She was listening to all of my commands and it was obvious her confidence was coming back. After the 2nd training session Bijou stopped having "accidents" in the house and started going to the bathroom on command outside when I asked her to. Using the instructors approach to training we've been able to teach Bijou endless tricks and quickly. It's been a pleasure being able to take her on runs in the city off leash (and she'll stay right next to me even with other dogs around) and eat at resturants outside and not have her freak out. The best part is she plays so nicely with dogs again, and we were able to take her back to "A Dogs Day Out" because she plays so well again and it's due to having her confidence back. My sister stayed with me the past weekend and brought her dog Huck, a golden doodle, and everything was so peaceful in the house and they played so nicely outside together. One of the biggest compliments is when we are eating outside in the city and people stop in Aw of Bijou’s obedience and we get asked by complete strangers where she was trained and wish their dog was as well behaved. I think Nick's training is so effective because he discovered a way to communicate to dogs that fills that gap and better connects dogs with their owners. My sister was so impressed by Bijous improvement in obedience when she visited with her dog that she is now driving all the way from North Carolina to get Nicks training. My sister has completed 3 other dog training courses with little results. The best part is Nick guarantees results, and it's because he has a 100% success rate. Because Bijou is so obedient I’m excited to take her to more places and on more adventures like camping in the Boundary Waters, I know she’ll stay where I tell her to in the canoe and will stay close to me on the trails. It’s so great being able to take my dog out with me vs. leaving her at home because I know she’ll behave. Thank you for all of your help Nick, you've truely improved Bijou and my quality of life!

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

Haywood and his staff of experts give each client the individual attention needed to help solve any dog behavioral issue. Sessions are tailored to specific needs, and classes are fun and educational. Haywood and staff helped me transform my shy/timid/over-protective poodle into an obedient and happy and social member of the family. Haywood dog training is the concierge of dog training. I highly recommend them. Top dog for this outfit!

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Animal Paradise Pet Care
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Alan R.
Verified review

Laura is fantastic! I started working with Laura for my two dogs who needed training. We started with puppy basics, and are currently in adult 1. Laura not only trained my dogs, but she really trained me, gave me pointers and made training easy and fun. Now, I use Animal Paradise for all my needs! Laura comes twice a week to walk my dogs, and soon will be watching them while I go on vacation. I could not be happier with Animal Paradise. Hands down best business in Fairfax, can’t believe it’s literally brand new!

PuppyLovin
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Kenneth S.
Verified review

The owner of PuppyLovin, Julie, is one awesome dog trainer and a wonderful person. My wife and I have been taking our German Shepherd to her for training, boarding, and day care for about a year and a half now. She has really been a godsend when it comes to dog training. Without her training, assistance, and consultation, we would have had our hands full with our GSD. I highly recommend PuppyLovin for all three of the services stated above. Julie will cater her services to the needs of your dog and develope comprehensive plan for your pet.

  • New on Thumbtack
George G.
Verified review

Susan is the dog walker, trainer, running companion, and home away from home for our three year old Carolina dog Sandy. The American Kennel Club says Carolina dogs are the most hierarchical breed which means until you establish yourself as their alpha, they can be willful, exhibit dominance (i.e., they want to be at your face level so they jump up), and have almost boundless energy. We were told that Sandy would be as energetic at 13 years as she was at 13 months. We said, What have we gotten ourselves into? But Susan has turned Sandy into a perfect lady. First she taught her to sit in the care\ and not bother the driver. Sandy now loves her rides. Susan took Sandy on long runs. Sandy came home so tuckered out she only wanted to lie on her pillow and sleep. When Susan arrives for Sandy’s run, Sandy gets so excited she wants to jump up and kiss Susan’s face (remember dominance). Susan uses that as a teaching moment so that Sandy minds her manners and has to wait and sit before she gets to go on her run. Susan has four dogs of her own and when she boards Sandy for the weekend the dogs have a wonderful time together. Susan's dogs teach Sandy their good manners. In short, Susan has taken one of the most difficult breeds to train and turned her into almost the perfect pet, because once Sandy learned her manners all she wants to do is kiss and hug you. We love Sandy and she is a full member of our family and we cannot thank Susan enough for helping us train her. In short if you are looking for help with your dog from simple regular exercise, to boarding, to basic and then complex training, we cannot recommend anyone more highly than Susan Rubin for that service.

Perfect Pet's Paradise
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
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! jpartin26@gmail.com

Angie Madden
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Kiffanh L.
Verified review

Angie helped us to work with our very young, energetic black lab puppy. She came to our house and also worked to train our family on how to train the dog. She is very kind, caring and knowledgeable! I highly recommend her services!

  • New on Thumbtack
About

Wholistic Hound Academy teaches you how to train your dog so that they make incredibly brilliant choices! We do more than just teach sit and down. We teach your dog the life skills that are so necessary for living in the human home. Our goal is help you and your dog enjoy living together...as it should be.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I give the best in care when you can't be there. I also teach them to be a good companion to you and you to them. When it is time for them to go, I offer support and guidance. I have made it my work to become a part of their lives in all aspects. I have now taken this one step further. I have become a vet tech, an ABC DT (certified dog trainer), and an animal shepherd. I can help with all phases of you and your companion's lives. I will watch them when you can't. I will show you both how to become well-trained partners.

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I will walk, train, or sit for your dog while you are at or away from home. Multiple-dog homes are welcome.

  • New on Thumbtack
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Leash Free Living opened for business to make effective, relationship-based training which is readily available to the local dog community. We offer training in multiple formats so we can accommodate all dogs and owners. With private, semi-private, group and in kennel training offered at two training locations or at your home, finding the right program for you and your dog is a breeze!

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We believe we can help you build a happy relationship with your dog with constancy love and guidance. We do not use harsh training methods.

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