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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 163 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 288 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Alison P.
Verified review

Ryan was able to correct my dog instantly confirming that the humans were the ones in need of training. We took his advice and are working on being consistent with our pooch. He was professional and very knowledgable. I would recommend him to anyone.

Stef's Pet Services
4.8
from 70 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
Mary A.
Verified review

Stephanie was great! We had to go out of town for a couple of days and she was able to stop over 2x a day to feed, walk and play with our dog. Highly recommend.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Anusha I.
Verified review

Gennaro was very professional and did a great job.

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 102 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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  • 7 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer D.
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Walk with Renzo and Ruby has been a God-send! Our dog has been enjoying walks with Natasha since she started with us and seems happier and better exercised. I love the ways that Natasha keeps us informed about her walks - screen shot of her MapMyWalk which shows time, route and updates as well as pictures of Maddie out on the walk! Natasha has shown us how great a dog walker can be and helped us see that our dog didn't need to be treat motivated to walk. It's easy to communicate with Natasha - email, text, or the notebook she provided for daily care and little notes. Her responsiveness makes things incredibly easy for 2 working professionals who need to know their fur baby is in great hands. I give her my highest recommendation!

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Waggy Walkys
4.6
from 32 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kelly H.
Verified review

Great dog walking service! Has both the perks of a large company (e.g., electronic scheduling/email, very responsive) while also connecting you with an individual dog walker who works to address whatever needs you might have. Love that it's automatic credit card billing too and the ability to have an online account.

Pet Adventure
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn B.
Verified review

We found Mindy through Angie's list. She was extremely professional, kind and wonderful with the pets during our absence. We WILL be using her again. Thanks Mindy. The dogs and kitties miss you!

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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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Nina S.
Verified review

Vicky is a dog professional.

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Wag Ur Tail Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sandra S.
Verified review

Our chocolate lab puppy spent a 2-week boot camp with Wag Ur Tail Dog Training. Mike was really kind and attentive to CJ, even posting video updates for us to keep up with his progress. CJ came home with much better manners! We had tried taking him to a local pet store's weekly training but that is a waste of your money. If you have a really smart dog, it needs constant and consistent attention like Mike provides. He's very knowledgeable and top notch in our opinions. Craig and Sandra

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Zorger's Pet Care, LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary S.
Verified review

I returned to my home in Virginia after having been out West for a few years, caring for my parents. Upon my return, I learned that my closest friend had just weeks to live. She wanted me to be with her. At the same time, my little 18 month old dog was not well. We still didn't know exactly what was wrong, but with increasing frequency, she had severe bleeding out of both ends! It turned out to be a serious autoimmune disorder, and she must receive pretty close attention because symptoms are subtle until it is a life-threatening emergency. I was torn, knowing that my friend had two cats and I couldn't take my dog with me. She requires medications and a special, home cooked diet. I placed a notice for an emergency, 24-hour pet sitter who could take my dog in their home, because she wasn't well enough to be alone. I received many responses. I chose Nikki partly because of the caring message she left me, and I was impressed with her medical background. Upon meeting Nikki, I felt reassured, and appreciated her directness and honesty. I felt very little trepidation about leaving my little dog in her care for what could have been a few weeks. Finding Nikki was a gift. Trusting her with my little dog came easy by the second day. She always made time to talk with me when I called to check on my pup, and the details she told me helped me to know that she was keeping a close watch on the little one. Her love for animals is very apparent, and she notices everything. Nikki has, on several occasions, taken my dog into their home on very short notice, and on other occasions, has kept her a day or two longer than planned, again without prior notice. (A couple of times, my home cooked meals for the dog ran out, and Nikki cooked up a batch without being asked.) Nikki is very knowledgeable concerning medical issues and treatments, and I NEVER worry when my dog is with her. My pup enjoys every second with Nikki and her family, and it's a special treat for her to go there. She is well socialized during those visits, with Nikki's family and seven pets, with neighbors and friends, and with other pets that Nikki sometimes has at her home. I have gifted my dog with a 24-hour stay at Nikki's home on quite a few occasions, even when I didn't need a pet sitter! Nikki has far exceeded my expectations of a pet sitter, and I've always received from her so much more than my money's worth. I highly, highly recommend Nikki. She is skilled, patient, reliable, honest and caring; she notices every detail, and she LOVES animals! I'm so thankful to have found her.

PackFit
4.3
from 30 reviews
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Jessie P.
Verified review

My sister and I first approached PackFit in 2014 for help with our Chihuahua Mix – her name is Mandu – that we had adopted from the shelter. She was terrified of anything that moved and coped by barking. We tried different methods that other dog trainers offered to no avail. Ms. Kimberly is excellent with both dogs and people – her dedication to them is awe-inspiring. The time and effort she’ll put into making your life and your dog’s life better shows her passion to her cause: “training dogs, empowering people, and changing lives.” PackFit offers more than dog training; PackFit gives you a role model that will help you with your own issues – without you even noticing – so that your dog won’t feed off of those anxious and negative cues. Now, this doesn’t mean that Mandu and I are perfect after our in-home sessions with Ms. Kimberly. However, two years later, we’re still taking baby steps in the right direction. I miss Ms. Kimberly and her own pack ever since our in-home sessions ended but thanks to her, Mandu and I are slowly conquering our fears.

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Lots O' Paws Dog Grooming
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Susan A.
Verified review

Kelly is awesome!!! Very professional! My pup looks amazing. And she loved Kelly, which is important to me. We are going to have a long term relationship

The Perfect Dog
4.2
from 26 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Joshua D.
Verified review

Bottom line, best bang for the buck. Shawn is very knowledgeable and takes the time to educate the owners as well, as working with the dog. The biggest thing I can say, as a pet owner don't get hung up on personal ideals, keep and open mind, remember that it's about the endstate. We trained our dog Murphy, not because he had an obedience problem, but as a piece of mind with our 10 mo son. I can say the training has paid off. that being said. it's on the owners to continue to work with their pet.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Fernando K.
Verified review

Jay Lewis, owner of Canine Dominion, is a master at working with dogs. Our dog responded to him instantly with trust, respect, & affection. He works closely with the family/owners, which is very productive for all. Your dog (and you) learn so much, so quickly. Canine Dominion also offers boarding, which we can vouch for as excellent. CD is the best!

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Fabiola's Pet Care
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Myles M.
Verified review

She took great care of my doggie. I highly recommend her!

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

Nick and his team took in my 9 month American Labrador for their two week training program. When I dropped off my pup, he pulled so hard on the leash that he would practically choke himself. No female could walk him because he would knock them over or practically dislocate their shoulder. He now heels perfectly off leash, right by my side with distractions. He also would not drop toys, socks, or trash. Now he ignores trash on the street and will drop whatever I want by using "off". The level of obedience your canine will obtain from Off Leash K9 is unparalleled with any other training service in the area. The customer service is amazing, and they responded to any question or concern I had extremely fast, even during off-hours. I like to think of it as doggy college, if the college were an ivy league shcool like Harvard. The training they offer will drastically improve not only your life, but your dog's entire life as well. More walks, more play time, more happiness and less frustration and irritation.

The Unleashed Pet, LLC
4.6
from 8 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Susan K.
Verified review

We were very pleased with the dog walking services that Christy provided this past week for our dog. She was very professional and we really liked getting daily email updates with all the details of the visit. Thanks, Christy!

Loudoun Pet Care
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kent R.
Verified review

Tyler has been outstanding with our dogs! Very professional and affordable. Highly recommended

Happy Tails Dog Walking LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sheryl W.
Verified review

Happy Tails Dog Walking is an excellent company! We have tried other dog walking services, and none compare to the value, reliability, professionalism and caring of Happy Tails. The owner and her team take great care of our 4-year old Labradoodle!

Ellie's Pet Service
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Dee D.
Verified review

Ellie is the dog whisperer! Our two miniature American Eskimos hated to get griomed, however since day one they get super excited to see Ellie when we take them to her! She pampers them and they love their spa day!

Jessica Clean Ups
5.0
from 1 review
  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Danielle G.
Verified review

My home is just shy of 5000 ft.². I have children, puppy dogs, and my lovely husband. We cleaned daily in this home but I wanted someone to come in and do all the nooks and crannies. My intentions are to do it about every three months. She did such a wonderful job I wasn’t sure if I want to let the rest the family in. She was able to be professional, worked quietly even as I set my kids off for a day trip. She was responsive to everything that I wanted done and got things I didn’t even think about, the value was wonderful, and being retired military punctuality is extremely important to me. Oh I forgot to mention she had absolutely full respect for everything in my home to include taking down my children’s artwork and putting it back up. The last thing you want is something absolutely broken and that did not happen. I have every full intention of continuing! I hope this will give you an idea of what you’re in for if you ever decide to use her services

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