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Harrisonburg Dog Trainers

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Kelly's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Susan S.
Verified review

We have had Kelly take care of our 3 dogs twice when going out of town and have been very satisfied with the service. He was very detailed in the information he needed us to leave for him and very personable and we could tell he enjoys caring for animals. Everything that was requested as far as their care was done. It has been a big help and relief to have someone reliable to care for our pets.

K-9 Life
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ben H.
Verified review

I just wanted to post to say how amazing my first lesson was. My dog Maddie is a very “scared “dog, so I thought she would be harder to get through than most. She is frightened by noises, won’t walk on a leash (unless it is a trail with no one around) and if she is scared for whatever reason, she won’t even go in our own back yard. She, in essence, is a homebody (and very well behaved there). The first lesson Jessica came and Maddie was doing her normal barking, tail tucked between her legs running around the house, afraid of strangers. However, within the first 10 minutes, she got Maddie to warm up, the tail was un-tucked and she was playing! The best part was she was able to get Maddie to walk on her leash outside, around the block. Normally, when I try and walk her anywhere near cars, noises and people, she immediately freezes and refuses to walk. Jessica got her to walk around our apartment complex, no problem. I was amazed. I have been using the same techniques and have been able to walk her much farther distances these past few days. I highly recommend Jessica and I can’t wait until I have more lessons to work out all Maddie’s little quirks.

Peak Performance Dog Sports
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Eileen H.
Verified review

Down to earth easy tips for training that even us senior citizens can do with their dog. Thanks Wendy

Mahogany Ridge
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Sara M.
    Verified review

    my daughter has been to her camp 2 years in a row and has made wonderful progress with her dog..i would recommend (and have) her to many people..she is the best at what she does

    Emily Houk
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Steven J.
      Verified review

      I contacted Mrs. Houk with the hopes and intentions of getting my 1 year old doberman to gather some house training and potentially some obedience so that me and my family wouldn't be so stressed about his manners or him tearing up our house while we were gone, not to mention his manners when guests would come over. However, I was thoroughly impressed when we received the dog back. His manners were impeccable; he no longer jumped on people when they came over, when told to get in his bed, (which is an open kennel crate) he would go in it and lay down with no issues and would stay until told to leave. Not to mention his attentiveness seems to have improved. Overall a FAR more manageable dog and me and my family could be more happy with the work that Emily Houk has done. I would highly recommend any one who is seeking the betterment of their dogs to seek out Emily.

      Joe's Dog Walking
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 8 years in business
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Thumbtack Customer
      Verified review

      Joe has been great with communication and our dog & cat took to him right away!

      Sadie's Rules K9 Training
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 2 years in business
      Cari M.
      Verified review

      Jess is an amazing trainer. She is so patient with all of her clients (dogs and humans alike). She is willing to help in any way possible to ensure my peace of mind while working with my dog. She has revolutionized my relationship with my dog as well. I am so pleased with how my dog responds to me because of the foundation Jess started.

      Creature Comfort Inn
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 12 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Laurie M.
      Verified review

      Tammy and her crew did a fantastic job working with my stubborn Great Dane, Stella!!!! She was a different dog when I picked her up and, she LOVED her trainers!! I got updates along the way and pictures to hold me over until I could pick her up again. I would definitely use Creature Comfort Inn again if needed!!!

      Perfect Pet's Paradise
      5.0
      from 1 review
        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

        Pet Care Services
        5.0
        from 1 review
        • 1 hire on Thumbtack
        Anna C.
        Verified review

        My dog loved Tammy. She took great care of him while I was away. She not only fed, groomed, and provided exercise for him but gave him lots of love. I felt very comfortable leaving my fur baby with her and would definitely recommend. I've already arranged to have my dog stay with her in the future.

        • 3 years in business
        About

        I take time to listen then apply what I learned from the owner. I have patience and years of experience from personal and professional.

        About

        We are the home-away-from-home kennel alternative. We offer dog boarding in my home and yard. We are best described as a sleepover dog park, where the dogs have hours of access to the outdoors daily with other friendly dogs. In addition, they receive lots of interaction with people.

        About

        Atlantic Coast K-9 has been in business since 1999. I (Ralph Smith) have personally trained over 3,000 dogs and am recognized as one of the Top Trainers in the country. Most trainers in today's world are extremely basic and gimmicky in what they train your dog to do. That's a sure sign of an amateur. There are no gimmicks with me. I didn't get the reputation that I have for giving subpar training. My slogan is that we offer "Competition Level Obedience for the Average Dog". You can easily pick a dog out of a crowd that I have trained because that dog will be far superior to any of the other dogs around. I have titled more dogs than most other trainers and I am a National Level Competitor in Sport Dog Competition. Simply put, to get to the level that I have attained, you have to be the best of the best. That's what I have to offer you. My prices are reasonable but I'm sure that you can find someone cheaper. Just remember that you get what you pay for. I also offer a 100% guarantee that your dog will be exactly what you want it to be when I train it and I will continue to work with the dog to reach that goal for as long as it takes. See how many other trainers will offer you that. I also offer many services that very few trainers offer. This is a testament to my experience. Those services are: Basic and Advanced Obedience, Behavior Counseling, Protection Training, Schutzhund Training, Explosives and Narcotics Detection, K-9 Security Services, Search and Rescue Training, Show Dog Handling and Training Seminars.

        About

        Our personality we are down to earth kind of people . We believe open heartily that a animal can sense it .

        About

        We are offering quality pet care for the Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and surrounding areas of Central Virginia.

        About

        We provide the best dog training available. We have over 20 years of experience in training all sorts of dogs and puppies for all problems and all ages, from 8 weeks and more. We are vet recommended. We use humane methods based on rewards and learning theory.

        • 4 years in business
        About

        i offer reasonable prices depending on dog size and breed.

        About

        I can help with behavioral problems, basic dog training, puppy training, and aggressive dog problems. I will drive to client's location.

        About

        I provide pet sitting, dog walking, and light housekeeping services. I can sit for your pets in your home, or I can take your pets home with me.

        About

        I walk multiple dogs for however long you want me to. I will come to the house of the dogs. I will walk him however long you want.

        About

        Mt work stands apart due to the personal care each and every dog receives. I truly love dogs and they can sense that. I do what I do because I care and have made the life choice to do this over other types of careers.

        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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        Need Dog Training

        Chesterfield, VA

        • Dog training type
          Obedience
        • Dog age(s)
          1-2 years
        • Dog size
          Other (German Shepherd Dog (female))
        • Details
          She tears up items out in the yard, barks at visitors and scares them, she also needs to learn not to jump and be annoying while we have friends over

        Need a Dog Trainer for a Large Dog

        Waynesboro, VA

        • Dog training type
          Obedience
        • Dog age(s)
          1-2 years
        • Dog size
          Large
        • Details
          problems with jumping up, growled at my daughter for the first time last night
        • $90
          Average price

        Need a Dog Trainer for a Large Puppy

        Flemington, WV

        • Dog training type
          Obedience, Guard / Protection
        • Dog age(s)
          Puppy
        • Dog size
          Large
        • $20
          Average price
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