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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
Christine C.
Verified review

Easy to talk to, good listener, good with our dog, learned new ways to approach our dog and her training

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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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Wag Ur Tail Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 41 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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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 57 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.

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.

The Perfect Dog
4.2
from 26 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Rita B.
Verified review

This was a 4 week board and train for aggression and obedience. All I can say is wow! And I didn't know😞. Shawn is an excellent trainer who has studied and trained dogs for years and it shows. My pitbull Jersey was always over excited around dogs and people, being such a strong muscular dog I had bruises everywhere from being dragged around all the time. Even a hospital visit once. In the time he has been in training, or should I say WE as in my Son, Daughter, Husband, Myself and Jersey, we realized we were the cause. He is so loving, he just wants to play, I would say all the time. But I learned different. Training a dog is not easy and without Shawns help I was going to lose him one way or another and I couldn't let that happen. Once I explained the situation, Shawn said bring him tonight. The changes have been so great, better then I could have imagined. My Jersey boy is so calm and relaxed now. We will have to be vigilant continuing the training at home but we are committed. The only advice I can offer is go in with an open mind, it will all make a little more sense and sink in every time you visit your dog. Trust me, I'm hard headed. Lol ... If you want to enjoy your dog, I highly recommend Shawn at "The Perfect Dog" The Burgos Family Fredericksburg, VA

Belton Entertainment
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie M.
Verified review

Andrea came to my house to train my Dog, Loki. She was excellent! She observed his negative behaviors and gave me easy and EFFECTIVE ways to deflect his attention onto something more positive. We saw Andrea on Friday, 2/02/18 @ 9am and she was here for a hour. I've been using all of the techniques she taught me and although it's only been over 40 hours since she visited, Loki is already showing excellent improvement. She even called me back later Friday afternoon, to say she researched one of his more unusual behaviors and gave she gave me additional instructions for training Loki regarding this specific issue. I highly recommend Andrea from Belton Entertainment, she understands Dogs, what drives them and how to handle/control those behaviors. Good Luck!

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 29 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. ;-)

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

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...

Jane's Dog Care Service
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
Verified review

Jane took care of our FIVE little fur-bearing family members while we were away for a week. She is by far the best pet-sitter we have ever had! She started with an initial meeting in our home, which was incredibly thorough. It's clear she has a real love for and understanding of dogs, and real skill handling behavioral issues with pets. It's also clear now that we've had her support that the full range of services she offers is delivered with the same gentle, insightful, and steady care that every pet owner wants for their four-legged loved ones. She also retrieved our mail and made sure the house was safe while we were away--a real bonus! Jane provides daily written updates, which were incredibly helpful (she also identified an issue with our bathroom ceiling that would have taken us a few days to notice after we came back). She even found our shy guy, Skinner, every day, even though he is very good at hiding from strangers! We returned home to a happy, snuggly, healthy menagerie that had been expertly cared for. It was such a comfort knowing we had reliable, thoughtful care while we were away. We'll definitely reach out to Jane again the next time we're out of town. Strong endorsements from both of us humans and our furry five-some!

Tiffany Lyon
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Knuckles L.
Verified review

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Paramount Family Services
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ralph M.
Verified review

Paramount Family Services has provided for our family and Christian, our dog, exceptional services for over 2 years! Because of their experience and expertise, they provide more than a dog watching, dog sitting service, but a dog caring, dog vetanarian service. Christian loves Jonise, responds postively to her and looks forward to spending time with her whenever we travel out of town! We highly recommend them to dog owners who want the best possible care provided to their pets while in town or out of town!

RVA Walks for Dogs
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mercedes R.
Verified review

Phaedra was amazing with my dog penny. Whenever I go away,I always know penny is in great hands!

Expedition Canine
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Kim B.
Verified review

Deanna is awesome! I can’t believe how quickly she taught/ trained our dog!

Steve's dog training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Monique K.
Verified review

Amazing work. The changes are immediate and we are able to continue teaching our dogs. Their behavior was truly modified virtually instantly with the training provided by Steve!

  • 5 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Most people just do the job and get paid, but I take care of the pet as if it were my own.

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I have a lot of experience taking care of people’s pets as well as walking dogs. I have always had dogs my whole life as well as other animals too! I love being around animals and making sure they are well-cared for.

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I have over nine years of experience. I offer dog services, including walking, dog sitting, and doggie overnights.

  • New on Thumbtack
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We are here to help better the relationship between you and your canine family member. Even after training, we are still available for questions.

  • New on Thumbtack
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Professional dog care services in Bethesda, Maryland and the surrounding areas. I am a dog care professional at a local pet care business. I have more than 20 years experience caring for dogs. I offer free consultations to help you to determine if I am the right fit for you and your dog(s). I look forward to meeting you! Services: - Dog walking - Group dog walking - Dog sitting - Overnight dog sitting - Doggy playtime Pricing: - Consultation/Meet & Greet - Free - One 15-20 minute visit per day - $18 - One 20-30 minute visit per day - $25 - Two 15-20 minute visits per day - $34 - Each additional dog - $6 - Overnight stay - $60 References available upon request

  • New on Thumbtack
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We have two girls, 3 and 2 years old. We are planning to take care of dogs as well, occasionally. We promise to take care of your pets like our kids.

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Need Dog Training for Obedience

Ashburn, VA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Details
    We rescued him from FOHA, and has no basic training, but is housebroken.
  • $237.5
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer

Manassas, VA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 0-6 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Details
    my puppy already knows sit and down but doesnt do them on every command. Is still in the puppy phase so has alot of energy. german shepherd/boxer mix.
  • $400
    Average price

Need Dog Training

Chesterfield, VA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 0-6 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Small (1-15 lbs)
  • Details
    I have a pitbull puppy approximately 12 weeks old. having issues pOtty training her and calming her for walking and she constantly nibbles no matter what why try. since she is a pit i would like to address her actions early. this is my 4th pit puppy and she appears to be the hardest one I've had.
  • $178.33
    Average price
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