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Hopewell Boxer Dog Trainers

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Lucky Dogs Training and More
4.6
from 31 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Patty M.
Verified review

So far it is going great. Katie seems to know what needs to be done to help Tugger become a less fearful dog, which is the root of all his issues. She suggested her two-week boarding and training program, since we are in the process of moving, which is very upsetting to Tugger. He is in a safe environment with other dogs and caring trainers. When we pick him up, Katie will provide us with suggestions to continue on the right path to a peaceful dog.

Erika Bresee, CPDT-KA
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Kendyl M.
Verified review

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.

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REACH K9
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bernadette B.
Verified review

Bridgette Ashmore, owner of REACHK9, is an exceptional dog trainer. It was important that I begin the dog training very quickly. I reviewed 3 companies, spoke with 2, and invited Bridgette to visit. I was definately impressed. She is professional, extremely knowledgeable, patient, friendly, and supportive. She provides demonstrations, practice sessions, printed material, videos, dog supplies and food. She arrived at my home promptly on Tuesday and Friday and trained us for 4 hours. Her business is open 24/7 and responded to my phone calls, texts, and emails with suggestions and support. Bridgette Ashmore, REACHK9, is a wonderful choice. I have signed up as her client and look forward to our next session. I definitely see improvement in our dog. Bernadette Ervin

Practical Dog Training
4.5
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Ericka K.
Verified review

Joey was absolutely fantastic with our 1 year old Boxer. By the time she came back home from her four week stay at Animal Motel, she could actually stay in one place! We're very impressed with the change in her, all thanks to Joey.

  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Margie R.
Verified review

I hired Lisa to care for two Great Danes and a Boxer for the weekend so all of our family could vacation together. She was awesome in keeping the dogs on their schedule with feeding and letting out. She sent me texts each day to let me know how they were doing. It was such a relief to entrust our pets to a reliable, capable and caring pet care provider.

TNT Dog Training
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica M.
Verified review

I have worked with TNT Dog Training before and they provide great training with reasonable prices. I can't wait to get more training for my Braxton here soon :)

Off Leash K9 Training
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin H.
Verified review

I have 3 GSD, 2 of which were only days away from going to a rescue, or worse. We were at our wits end with them. That is until we found OLK9, I did all my home work (tried to find something bad) found no issues with OLK9. Got the money together and off the first one went to see joey he kept in constant contact with us while he had out first of 3 babies. The day we got karma back I knew we had made the right decision and had no problem bringing the next 2 for him change, joey and OLK9 are not dog trainers they are dog savers. If more people would make an investment into their dogs as quickly as we do our cars there would be a lot less animals in the shelter. Joey transformed all 3 of our dogs, I have had to call for advice here and there. Almost all the time it has been my mistake not the dogs. Not only do we still have all 3 of our dogs but one of the dogs that was on her way out, made such a turn around that we decided to breed her (never would have done that in her past). It's impossible to give joey and his staff enough stars, so I guess 5 will have to do.

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Maria G.
Verified review

Within one meeting our dog was coming to me and sitting on my feet on command. My initial thought was these collars 'shocked" your dog as a punishment. Actually, it's more of a tap on the shoulder to get their attention back on you. Many times I thought the trainer possessed a magic want. Wonderful to have a well trained dog!

Priddy Positive K9s, LLC
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dory D.
Verified review

We have loved working with Ann to train our Toller. She gives great advice and uses wonderful techniques that really do work. With her help, we have a very well-trained dog.

East Coast Dog Whisperer
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Karen D.
Verified review

Rose Freguson is not the dog whisperer - she is the dog hypnotist, the ultimate trainer of dogs. I hired Rose for a few sessions with my dogs to help me get them under control for my disabled husband. What she taught them in a few sessions has resulted in a permanent change in their behavior. They are responsive, obedient, and they get along perfectly now with our neighbor dogs. If you don't hire Rose, you're wasting your money.

  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Joan S.
Verified review

Janet is a miracle worker. She has helped me (in my home) for 18 months with a pit bull (rescue) that was globally terrified. This was a dog that didn't leave the dressing room for a year. She was able to accomplish things with the dog that I wouldn't have thought possible. (Ex. Getting the dog to walk calmly into the house instead of crashing into the door in her frenzy to get in). Helping me teach my dog to relieve herself outside. She also was able to train dog #2 (who I got to help with the pit bull), to go in a crate - which she had never before used - in just a few minutes. I would give her the highest possible rating....beyond excellent. She is truly outstanding. She is soooo knowledgeable - about why dogs do what they do, what it means, and how to handle it. Yes - she went way above and beyond. Ex: spending 45 minutes on the phone with me one night when I was trying to decide whether or not to keep the dog. Enlisting the help of a vet behavior specialist in Texas in determining what meds would help (which one, dosage, etc.) She was always on time, and her work was of the highest quality. Not a thing went wrong. She could not possibly do better.

Canine Corral
4.4
from 5 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Gary B.
Verified review

Gail is an amazing dog trainer and person! She was always patient, answered all of my questions and taught me the foundations for dog ownership. Because of her training, my dogs are well behaved and loved in my community. She is truly one of the best and I am so glad to have had the experience of allowing her to help train my dogs.

Nicholas Salzberg
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Chris V.
    Verified review

    I hired Nicholas Salzberg to care for my 6yr old Boxer, 3yr old domestic short hair cat, and 3 sugargliders. Nick is dependable and always the first person I call when I need to travel. The animals love him and it's clear that hes is an animal lover. He's especially great with dogs.

    Fetching K9 Manners
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Michelle K.
      Verified review

      Nikki is a wonderful trainer. She is very thorough in her training. I like that she explains the pack mentality before she begins her training and gives a background of her relationships with her dogs she has had and currently has. She make me understand what it is like to be the " leader" of your dog and thathat discipline is not bad for my dog. She always uses a pleasant and calm demeanor when training even in correction and using that on my dog has worked wonders. She always explains the commands for them and the reasons why they are the commands. I havery had dogs before and very little knowledge of their behaviors and what to look for and I can now proudly walk my dog knowing that he loves me and I completely happy that I am the one that leads him. I am able to take him everywhere with me without any doubt on his behavior towards people or other animals and that he is happy. Thank you Nikki!!

      Peninsula K9 Training
      4.5
      from 2 reviews
      • 4 years in business
      • 11 hires on Thumbtack
      Rachel L.
      Verified review

      Kristin from the Peninsula K9 group was absolutely AWESOME to work with. As a first time dog owner, I was so excited when I got my puppy, Gunner, but I was also nervous because I had a no idea how to train a dog. I watched a few YouTube videos and learned a couple commands to teach him, but when I lost his attention (he was less than 3 months at the time) I became frustrated and knew I needed some help. Peninsula K9 Training was by far the best deal of all the organizations that provided Puppy Obedience Classes. They offered classes by a well-qualified trainer, at my home, once a week for six weeks and the price was unbeatable!! I immediately scheduled an interest meeting with Kristin to learn more about her and the PK9 group. We met at my home, and she brought me information packets about training my new puppy and other pet health and safety information. We discussed what I was looking for in training classes, and what I wanted to him to learn. After that meeting, I signed Gunner and I up for 6 weeks of training classes with Kristin. We both enjoyed classes - he caught on quickly to commands and I learned how to give the commands and what ways he responded to best. Kristin made things very easy to understand and was very helpful. If I ever had a schedule conflict or a busy week, she was very responsive and flexible, and allowed me to move training days/times! She was always very professional and punctual. She even offered to answer any questions I may have between classes, which came in handy when I had to deal with Gunner's first upset stomach. After six short weeks I have a 4 month old puppy that can sit, lay down, stay, leave it, wait for my command, come when called, and even play hide and seek! I am amazed by how well he's caught on to everything and how he has become a much better listener! I cannot say enough great things about my experience with Peninsula K9 Training and Trainer Kristin. Gunner and I will definitely be returning when it's time for his Basic Obedience Training when he gets to be a little older!

      We Know Dogs
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Jay B.
        Verified review

        I was skeptical to let strangers help me woth my dog, but they were friendly and really helpfuI. I learned alot, and so did my boxer. For the price and what they do, I reccommend!

        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.

        DOG TRAINING

        New To Thumbtack

        • 2 hires on Thumbtack
        About

        Experience, patience and the ability to inform you of what is and is not reasonable to expect in a given period of time.

        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.

        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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