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Hampton Dog Agility Trainers

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Doggy Decorum
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sharon V.
Verified review

I highly recommend Andrea as a professional dog trainer. Not only was she extremely knowledgeable and an excellent teacher, she was readily available and very flexible with her schedule. Her instructions were very clear and beneficial. In addition, I appreciated that her price was reasonable and she made all of her suggestions in one visit. She could have easily and justifiably stretched the training out for multiple private visits. She addressed all issues in one visit but was willing to come back, if necessary.

Erika Bresee, CPDT-KA
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Kendyl M.
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Erika is my go-to person for dog training and dog sitting! I have two rescue dogs, both adopted at the age of two with no training. Needless to say I needed help badly! Now my pups sit and wait to go in and out of doors, and they will do most anything for a treat. It's also nice to be able to go out of town and not have to worry about my fur babies! She's the only one I trust with them (and also to stay at my home with them), and she sends me plenty of updates while I'm gone.

  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
William E.
Verified review

Paula made a site visit to my apartment and met with my Dog and me. She quickly identified the problem I was having with my Shiba, and drew up a plan on steps we can try to fix the fear aggression that my dog displayed. Paula asked quite a few questions which were right on queue with all the concerns I had with my dog. I look forward to seeing the results in my dog in the following weeks to come. My main goal is to have a people friendly dog, and I would like to be able to bring my dog to dog parks so she can interact with other people and dogs.

Sky's Playground, LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine F.
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I had never used a pet sitter before and was desperate to find someone to watch my 3 dogs on the 4th of July so we could attend our nephews wedding in Pa. (who knew how difficult that would be!) Ali watched my 14 year old blind/deaf dog and my 8 month old and 8 week old puppy. She was so attentive and even sent me pictures while we were gone! 2 weeks later we had her come back for training of the babies and they went crazy when they saw her... it was like she was a member of the family. I have done a lot of internet searching for dog training and am amazed at what Ali was able to accomplish in just one hour. I cannot recommend her enough, she is wonderful!!!

Lifestyle Obedience
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Jill W.
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I would highly recommend Gail for any type of dog obedience or training. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional and a true dog whisperer. Her guidance in correcting behavior in my adult dog and training lessons with our large puppy was spot on and successful. I continue to go to her for advice when I face challenges and most of the time the problem is with me not the dog because the dog responds to the training when done positively and correctly per her directions.

  • 20 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Karen K.
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Carla and Fred at Dutcheast Dog Training are simply the best. I have been working with Carla since 2002 with my mothers Show dogs as she wanted obedience tiltles on her Flatcoat ret. since then I have acquired a German Shepherd that I am trialling in IPO aka shuzthund I also had a problem with our American Water Spaniel in the show ring. After a few sessions he got a reserved winner dog at the show this weekend! No matter if it's the family pet or your valued show dog. Dutch East is where to go

The Keene Pack
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Kendra M.
Verified review

The dog trainer is amazing!! I didn't think Aria could be trained at all but she came in and taught her all the basics. Now Aria is a much calmer and obedient dog, she is great to have around now. Thank you

Doggie Zen
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Kellie A.
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I have a giant massao mastiff we have been working with brenda for 3 weeks. Brenda knows her stuff and is very good at dog training. She is always on time and very professional.

  • 8 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Laurie L.
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Its too early to tell how things will go with our dog and Dana. Perhaps once we move past the initial appointment and onto the actual training with our dog, I can give a better review. I do have to say she is very polite, and knowledgeable about dog personality and she takes into account other observations from people in our dog's past in order to better approach the training method she will use with dogs. Our family is looking forward to having a better and improved relationship with our new family member!

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Silke S.
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Andrea is not only a certified trick dog instructor, has a dog obedience instructor diploma and is an AKC Evaluator for S.T.A.R. puppy, Canine Good Citizen,  Advanced CGC and Urban CGC, she also is great with all kinds of animals. By teaching classes as well as competing with her one dogs in varies dog sports (Agility, Obedience, Rally-O, Flyball, Barnhunt, Tricks, Tracking and  K9 Nose Work ) she improves and offers the most effective and suitable ways to teach people how to train their dogs. Her training method is based on positive reinforcement and with that technique she can train any animal even cats. She continuously keeps education herself and has taken several training workshops and seminars: *Dr. Ian Dunbar's Sirius Dog trainer Academy *Growl class- workshop for Reactive dogs *Science-based Dog training *Kyra Sundance dog trick workshop * Reliability & games workshop I have the pleasure to teach, train, compete with her what also turned in to a great friendship and I only can say that anyone that can get her services can call themselves lucky.

Oceanfront Dog Training
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Trish M.
Verified review

The best dog trainer in Virginia Beach! Whatever your dog's needs are Lesa can deliver.She's professional and extremely talented. You won't be disappointed!

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Kipp’s K9 Training, LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janelle F.
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Working with Renee was the most informative and thorough dog training experience I've had. She asks questions about EVERY aspect of the dog's routine upfront so that she has a full understanding of the dog's background. She will also put you through "human training" so you understand how the dog learns commands and tasks. My hyperactive German Shepherd used to run incessantly in circles and I had a difficult time getting his attention and she successful navigated these issues - when another trainer was hopeless and thought he needed to see a behavioral therapist! She is professional, prompt, and expects you to work with your dog outside of sessions so that the training sticks rapidly! THANK YOU!

  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea W.
Verified review

I was referred to Brandy at Citizen K9 Dog Training after adopting my 5 month old German Shepherd from a local rescue. My boy, Kota, was all male, puppy, and not well socialized; It was play time, all the time. I emailed Brandy the Friday I adopted him because I didn't want to waste time getting him into obedience classes and working on his issues. She assured me that my concerns were not uncommon and that she could absolutely help me/him. Kota also had severe car anxiety. I dreaded taking him with me when I went somewhere because of the excessive drooling and car sickness. Brandy help me understand that his issues were reversible with a little patience. She is amazing at what she does and the dogs love her. Not only did my boy learn basic obedience and now has good social skills, but I learned a few new tricks myself. Kota is free of car anxiety and loves to go places with me. The caliber of training that you receive at Citizen K9 Dog Training is first rate. The group atmosphere allows for many distractions for the dogs to learn to focus solely on you; building your confidence and bond with your dog. I could not have asked for better training for my Kota.

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Alecia J.
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Most people say, "My crazy puppy/dog needs training." The great thing about Off Leash K9 is that they train the person and the dog reaps the benefit of a knowledgable owner. Moose, my high energy Hungarian Vizsla loves working with the trainers as it gives him job to do. He loves working for verbal affirmation vs. treats as do most dogs. Off Leash K9 also delivers on their method and it's instant which goes to show how smart dogs are when paired up with a well 'trained' owner!!

EinsteinK9 Dog Training
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Ebony T.
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I recommend Einsteink9 dog training to anyone who is having problems with their furry friend or just wanting to touch up on some basic training. Chelsea is wonderful she takes the time to train not only your furry friend but also the not so furry human lol. She is all about positive reinforcement and takes her time making sure you know the steps you need to make it a great experience for you and your furry baby. She is absolutely amazing !!!!!!

The Canine Class LLC
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Dana E.
Verified review

Ron took our puppy Dakota for a 2 week boot camp. Just when I thought Santa's gift of a dog would have to go back, he came home a completely different, better dog! Not only does Ron work with the dog, but he teaches the family how to be better pet owners. He worked great with my daughter, which was very needed to get control over this dog. Dakota is mostly behaved now, and when he isn't, we know from our lessons at Canine Class, that we need to focus more- not Dakota. I've recommended Ron to many others. Fantastic dog trainer!

Stephanie Bass
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene H.
Verified review

Stephanie was fantastic with my dog Adi. She clearly knew what she was doing and she was more than happy to answer all of my questions. Training a dog is more than the pet it is so much about the owner and how they behave and she helped me to understand that. I would recommend her to everyone I know with a dog.

Crystal Clear Canine
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
Lydia Wicks W.
Verified review

I take my dog Barkley to Jordan for schutzhund and scent detection training. He has done wonders with Barkley and keeps his mind active the whole time we are there! He knows exactly how to keep him focused and stimulated and I always come back with a worn out dog. His prices are unbeatable compared to what other trainers charge for this kind of work. Jordan has a lot of experience and really knows what he's doing. I definitely recommend him to anyone that has a working dog or a dog that needs some training!

Diana J. Marahrens

New To Thumbtack

  • 14 years in business
About

I can handle positive reinforcement training and behavioral modification for dogs and cats. I have been training for over 10 years, and I am certified by the APDT a national volunteering certification council. I also certified as a trick dog trainer.

About

Don't blame them, train them. I offer dog training with a gentle touch. I like to teach the dog how to think and watch the dog process a given command and have the dog not be afraid to try the command for fear of being wrong. Using positive methods enables the dog to want to learn. Owners love my training because it is really quite easy, and they are able to see their dog's arability to learn fast. My special skills I have are many years studying and understanding dog behavior, and the best skill of all is I can share my skills with you, the dog's owner, in a way you have not seen before.

Jennifer's Dog Training

New To Thumbtack

    About

    I train all types of dogs, but mostly, I train people too. It's not all about the dog's behavior. It is also the people's behavior. I communicate the way dogs think and the way they want to live. The people can explain the behaviors that they need help on breaking, and I help solve the problem. As long as the client is willing to be consistent with their pets, everyone will be happy.

    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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