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  • 3 years in business
  • 281 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Steven C.

Verified review

We found out about Ryan when researching Northern VA dog trainers. We had a 6 month old German Shepherd and didn't know where to turn. To complicate things I was trying to also groom him to be a working dog which requires excellent obedience. After dropping a couple of hundred on a group class at Petco I feel we barely scratched the surface let alone had an obedient dog. Ryan offered exactly what we wanted. A reasonable intensive in-home solution that incorporated the whole family. Ryan was able to see how he interacts at home, on walks and we even go into public areas to increase socialization. After 6 weeks we have seen a dramatic change. K9 Sigmund is now even more prepared to start his career as a K9 SAR member thanks to Ryan.

Ambre A.

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We recent bought a golden doodle puppy for our kids and knew we wanted to find a dog trainer to come to our home verses going to a group training lesson. Hiring Ryan was the absolute best decision! He was very proffessional, had great communication and was very knowledgeable especially working with our kids. Zarak loved working with Ryan and adapted to training very easily. If your considering personalize training, you will not be disappointed with choosing Ruff House. Thanks for everything, Ryan!

Madison B.

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Ryan is my third dog trainer and the only one that has worked -- and is fairly priced! My English Bulldog was being extremely aggressive -- barking, pulling on lease, etc. He showed me how to fix all of those things! Thank you, Ryan!

TOP PRO
  • 2 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours

KfreeKaren F.

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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.

Christina D.

Verified review

Kathryn was everything we were looking for in a trainer, and more. Our dog now walks really nicely on a leash, lays on his bed instead of begging while we eat, and in general has learned to focus on us, not everything else around him. Most importantly, she gave us the tools and insights to be able to communicate better with him - I think she trained us as much as she trained him! She was incredibly responsive to questions and was willing to work us unexpectedly into her schedule when we were struggling to work with him effectively one week. I can't recommend Kathryn more - we'll definitely be working with her in the future!

Abilia B.

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Kathryn, as a dog trainer, was extremely professional and knowledgeable. I needed help with my 2 yr old male Dachshund who barked and lunged at people and at other dogs. Kathryn did not waste any time teaching me all the skills I needed to have an obedient dog when it came to barking and walking. I loved that she provided services by the hour and accomplished exactly what I wanted during the allotted time. I was definitely impressed by her skills and will use her again for correcting other behaviors.

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  • 6 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Lindsey W.

Verified review

Jo came to my house for some basic training guidance for my dog Olive. She was excellent with Olive! She gave me some really great advice, showed me some of the simple mistakes I had been making, and really helped us to control Olive when people come to the door and also when she is on the leash. I would recommend Jo to anyone looking for some one-to-one training for their dog!

Leota L.

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JoJo did a great job training my dog, Keesha. In just a few sessions she had Keesha following basic commands such as sit, stay and come. By following her directions I am now able to have a much better behaved dog. Kudos to JoJo. I can,t thank you enough !!!!!

Jon D.

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Jojo did an awesome job with our vizsla pup, Argos. She's very meticulous and articulate in training our dog. Her strategies are very effective especially with a very hyper dog. We love her and we would recommend her to anybody looking for in-home dog training.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 2 hours

Rebecca A.

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I couldn't be happier with the training that we've received from Social Tailwaggers. Jodie, our trainer. is so patient and very knowledgeable. The first time we met, we discussed what training I was interested in and what goals we were trying to achieve for my dog, Cooper. Cooper was around 10-11 months old when we began our first training session. She immediately began to introduce new skills and commands to work on training Cooper. After each lesson, Jodie sends a detailed email outlining all of the skills we worked on and suggestions to help with practicing on my own. Jodie was also helpful with recommendations on types of toys and feeding bowls to help with the energy level of my dog. I would highly recommend Social Tailwaggers to anyone who needs help training a new puppy or an older dog. It is well worth the time, money and effort to have a well trained dog and not only are you going to have a well trained, better behaved dog, it's also a lot of fun time spent with your dog.

Holly C.

Verified review

Jody came over for our first session last night and it was wonderful! She took all the time we needed to talk through a variety of dog behavioral topics, answering all our questions and giving us a lot of advice, including advice outside of the scope of basic training or what we had discussed initially. She brought interactive food dispensing toys to show us, gave us handouts of what we talked about, and showed us how to work on specific commands, coaching us through it. Jody also educated us on a lot of different ways to ensure our dog is safe, healthy, and mentally/physically stimulated - I really appreciated how we looked at how to care for and work with our dog on the whole, not simply to teach commands. The entire session was so helpful to us, and Jody was a pleasure to work with! We're excited for either more one-on-one sessions and/or a class with Social Tailwaggers!

Meg O.

Verified review

Jody came by to coach us through some issues we've been having with our puppy: nipping, barking, jumping, and leash pulling. Jody spent 1.5 hours teaching us techniques to work with our puppy, and managing our expectations so that we know what's normal puppy behavior. We're already seeing great results! Jody was very patient, knowledgeable, and helpful as we work to train our puppy to be the best dog she can be! All of her techniques are positive, and reinforced with treats. No awful choke collars, shock callers, or leash jerking necessary.

PackFit

4.3

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  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 3 hours
  • Lorton, VA

Gloriana E.

Verified review

After searching multiple sites and trying out two other trainers, we found Kimberly on Thumbtack and liked what we read. Her "holistic" approach to dog training really appealed to us and aligned perfectly with our view of the connection between nutrition, physical and mental health, and behavior. When we did the IBAC, we immediately felt a click between the three humans (Kimberly + puppy parents) and Lucy (puppy). Through our work with Kimberly during the training sessions and our practice at home, Lucy has become more calm, responsive, and seems now to recognize us as the "pack leaders". One of the most important lessons we learned is that adjusting on our own energy and behavior is key to effect change in our dog's energy and behavior. It is important to bear in mind that no trainer - no matter how good - can make a dog's behavior change consistently and permanently after the training program without the owners' follow-through. With Kimberly's guidance and our constant practice, we're confident that we will continue making steady progress and nurture a balanced, well-behaved dog and a loving, respecting bond between us.

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.

Dennis F.

Verified review

Kim has been an amazing resource for us and our two k9 companions. We have 2 rescue dogs and one has some deep rooted fear issues from her time in a puppy mill. Kim helped us to understand dog behavior and communication which laid the foundation to better develop ways to help our dog Kona adjust to her new life. It's been a long process but Kim as been there for us in so many ways. She is not only the best dog trainer we have ever met, she is an amazing human being. It's been a joy to work with her and most importantly to have her guidance on our journey. You can't find a better person to not only help your dog but to help the humans on the other end of the leash. :)

  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Vienna, VA

Jennifer J.

Verified review

Ricky and Orla first came to the house two weeks ago to meet my lovely pup Charlie. It was the initial "meet and greet" and couldn't have gone smoother! Ricky was very communicative about what to expect, and he met all of my expectations. After the initial visit - Ricky sent me an email which was inclusive of his evaluation of Charlie, his recollection of what I voiced was important to achieve through training, as well as his broad plan for Charlie. I was in the market for a dog trainer to help me with some restructuring for my puppy and Ricky so far has been a perfect fit. This past week was the second time Ricky came to the house to train Charlie, prior to the visit he sent me an email breakdown of how he was going to spend the session, which was very helpful! After the first true training session which was this past Tuesday I was very impressed with the repoire Ricky and Orla are developing with Charlie. He is a very smart dog - and is taking to their training tactics well. Their pricing is affordable in my price range and they have great customer support. My plan is to have Ricky train Charlie twice a week - and I am very hopeful for the results I desire! So far so good! I am hoping after each week to get feedback from Ricky as to the progress he feels he is making, in addition to more short term details as to his plan and how he will intensify the training. Basics are one thing - which Charlie has down pat - and I am interested to see how he specifically plans to continue the progression with Charlie. Overall - I couldn't be happier!

Audrey W.

Verified review

Orla, the owner of Adventure Paws, is great! I cannot recommend her highly enough. We moved to Allston with our 7 year old Norwich terrier, who was not very happy about the change. Orla has patiently worked with our dog to make her more comfortable in the new neighborhood and with new dogs. Orla has been great about reinforcing training and working to curb bad behaviors/encouraging good behaviors. Our dog has been much better behaved since Orla came into the picture. She is highly responsive and flexible. We get text updates about our dog's daily walk and anything they worked on/fun things they did. If we ever need a change in timing Orla makes sure our dog is taken care of. Aside from daily walks Orla has stayed for overnight stays when we have been away - it was great to know that our dog was well taken care of when we were gone. If you need a dog walker in the Allston area Adventure Paws is the place!

Nancy B.

Verified review

Orla watched our 10 year old shih tzu for a week in our home. Orla was on time and the dog looked good when we returned.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 1 hours

Sonny S.

Verified review

I purchased the six week training package with Vicky. On the initial meet and greet I could already see that she had a good rapport with my dog. After the initial meeting we set up a regular date/time and Vicky was always vigilant on sending a reminder text the day before to confirm our appointment and she always arrive on time every time. Vicky does an excellent job in guiding you to train your animal, she provides both positive feedback on the things that you and your animal are doing right and what needs to be corrected. She was able to successfully correct the main issue that I had with my dog which was pulling on the leash.

Cynthia M.

Verified review

Vicki was very patient with me in learning how to work with my dog. We are on the road to success! Harley LOVES Vicky! and I can see that she is truly a dog person! Lessons are going well and Harley is a joy to walk now!

Nina S.

Verified review

Vicky is a dog professional.

  • 38 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 16 hours

Megan D.

Verified review

We've had two sessions with Maxine (an initial 3 hour visit and an hour long follow up visit) and couldn't be happier. We took in a 3 year old lab/beagle mix named Hamish about two months ago and needed some help with basic obedience training and also some specific problems: nuisance barking, pulling on the leash, and some occasional guarding behavior. After just one session, we were able to communicate much more effectively with Hamish and his problem behaviors lessened. And the extra guidance we got at our follow up session today has already proven extremely useful. Hamish used to bark and bark at passersby and not heed any of our efforts to quiet him. Now he barks less frequently and when he does we're able to get his attention and he stops. His recall has also improved dramatically. Overall, he's also much calmer - it's obvious he feels more comfortable now that he understands our respective roles and what's expected of him. We feel fully supported by Maxine and highly recommend her services.

Michelle C.

Verified review

Maxine has truly been a life saver for me!!! We have been working with her over a month now and the results in our new puppy is amazing!! If you have problems with your pup she definitely has the answers!! You will not be disappointed with her training!! She has been very patient in teaching me the steps to success with my puppy . She has been available whenever I have an issue that needs working on and I am confident that I will have the best pup around with her continued support!!! My experience has been a great one with her!! Thanks Maxine!!

Cymone S.

Verified review

Ms Maxine and Her Husband are exemplary trainers. They are very flexible, and very effective. Their instructions are clear. I saw a great turnaround in my dog's behavior immediately after the training session, and continued to improve from then on. This is a great program.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 9 min

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. ;-)

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!

Brian J.

Verified review

I used Canine Dominion to help me with my aggressive dog. My dog would go after other animals and sometimes people. Jauvarie the owner took a special interest in my case and came out to help. When the lessons was over my dog was a completely different dog. Jauvarie's knowledge and skills are amazing. I would definitely reomment him to my friends.

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  • 17 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 14 hours

Carly C.

Verified review

Dolores was amazing! We had just rescued our dog, Taylan, from an organization in Thailand and were concerned about her behavior toward our two cats. We didn't want to start right off with bad habits and weren't sure how to desensitize Taylan to our boys, so we hired Dolores. Immediately we felt comfortable with her and were impressed with her expertise and knowledge of dog behaviors. She left us with professional materials and talked with us about strategies for desensitization, which we've been practicing since our session. She validated our work with Taylan and helped give us peace of mind that we weren't ruining our new girl :). I would recommend Dolores to anyone who is seeking professional, knowledgeable help with various dog behaviors...and also help with human uncertainty!

Douglas P.

Verified review

She showed up a couple minutes early and immediately jumped into the training. She helped my girlfriend and I understand the possible reasons as to why our dog does what he does. Her instruction was easy to follow, and she also explained why she was training him in this specific fashion. We are extremely happy with everything! He has had an incredible change already! And it's still the first day!

Jon M.

Verified review

Dolores is a true professional and clearly an expert in her field. Beyond that she seemed to truly care about our dog and really went above and beyond to tailor the training to our needs. Highly recommend her to work with your dog!

  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Columbia, MD

Megan P.

Verified review

Elisa has been wonderful to work with! She has been training our dog Zoe for over 1 month now and we have seen great results! Zoe is a border collie mix and can be very stubborn at times, and as her parents we didn't do the best job with correcting her behaviors when they began. She is now 5, and despite her age Elisa has been able to teach us how to train her properly and address her problematic behaviors. Elisa has a great connection with animals and has done an amazing job with training Zoe and with training us as well. She provides in-home training sessions which are extremely helpful, and she is always flexible with our work schedules, even meeting us on weekends if needed. We really enjoy working with her and are happy with the results so far! We recommend her to anyone who needs training/dogwalking/petsitting services!

Barbara A.

Verified review

Elisa is excellent with my dog. She is professional and a real dog person. I would highly recommend her.

Jeannie L.

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Elisa is a great trainer. My puppy has made great improvements. Highly recommend her.

  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 4 hours

Rob B.

Verified review

My wife and I recently completed a 8 training sessions with our 16 month old Vizsla. Our sessions were held on Saturdays at thier facility in Woodbridge, which we scheduled a few months in advance. John was our trainer for 7 of the sessions and was excellent. We were very comfortable with him handling our dog and teaching the commands. His technique is clearly very well rehearsed... consistent & firm (without being 'heavy handed') with lots of positive reinforcement. John was also very helpful working with my wife and I to ensure we could reinforce the training at home. Our dog responded exceptionally well to the training. We had him walking off leash in the woods (heel, break & come) after the 2nd session. Thanks to John and the rest of the Off-Leash team for everything. We learned a ton and would highly recommend to any of our friends.

Joseph G.

Verified review

I enjoy training with these guys and gals. They always have answered the "hard" questions whenever they eventually do come up. Nick has mastered the nuance of dog obidience training and doesn't mind sharing his knowlege with his students and being available for questions by text, email, or cellphone at all hours of the night and day. Nick's motto is "contact me anytime, day or night, rather than train incorrectly for 7 days". I highly recommend the "package deals" being offered rather than purchasing single lessons saving $50 right off the bat on four lessons.

Richard G.

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Don't waste your time- GET YOUR DOG TRAINED HERE. My dog is wrapping up her 2 week board and train and all I can say is these guys really are pros and leaders in dog training. Amazing results are seen from day one (you get daily updates with pics and videos) and my pup was a VERY special case. I couldn't be happier and thankful I found this place! My pups life has been greatly improved and a happy obedient pup means happy house. The sooner the better for proper amazing dog training. If any one has questions hit me up I am more than happy to share my experience.

  • 5 years in business
  • Response time: 4 hours
  • Sterling, VA

Andrea L.

Verified review

I am so grateful to Julie of PuppyLovin for her work with my dogs and can not recommend her and her services highly enough! Julie loves and cares for my dogs like they’re her own, and they adore and respect her back. She has been taking care of them for 2.5 years now, providing them daily walks during the workweek that feature exercise, adventure, and training, and boarding them often at her place when I travel. Of the numerous area dog care providers I’ve used over the past 7 years, Julie is hands-down the best and I’ve not considered using anyone else since I met her. What she has provided that the others have not is knowledgeable, consistent training, in particular for my anxious rescue mutt. The change in him through Julie’s loving but disciplined care and expertise has been remarkable -- he’s become much more relaxed overall, and now welcomes comfort and takes my lead when he’s anxious rather than acting out. He’s truly a changed dog, which brings me such relief! Both of my dogs have also become much better walkers and much better behaved when in proximity to other dogs, all thanks to Julie, who has involved her own dogs in the training of mine, to great effect. Julie is very generous with her time -- she updates me on her progress and explains what I can do to ensure I get the same great results she does. I’m confident you won’t find a more caring, committed, and professional trainer to work with you and your dog(s)!

Kenneth S.

Verified review

The owner of PuppyLovin, Julie, is one awesome dog trainer and a wonderful person. My wife and I have been taking our German Shepherd to her for training, boarding, and day care for about a year and a half now. She has really been a godsend when it comes to dog training. Without her training, assistance, and consultation, we would have had our hands full with our GSD. I highly recommend PuppyLovin for all three of the services stated above. Julie will cater her services to the needs of your dog and develope comprehensive plan for your pet.

Amanda W.

Verified review

Julie is amazing! My dogs have been training with her for over a year and they are truly different dogs. They come home tires and happy. And they have learned so much. Highly recommend.

  • 33 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Response time: 34 min

Earl D.

Verified review

The training that my husband and I got with Haywood was an investment in our relationship with our French Bulldog, who was leash reactive with other dogs. When we met Haywood in the initial consultation, we immediately felt confident that we would be in good hands, and we weren't disappointed. Haywood and David were in tune to our personality and our dog's, and trained us in the techniques and strategies of positive reinforcement and correction so that our dog could relax and we could enjoy our walks through the neighborhood. We had several weeks of individualized training, during which we learned how to get our Frenchie to consistently and reliably follow the essential commands of sit, down, stay and let's go, followed by a few weeks of group instruction, in which several of the dogs in training were brought together and taught to stay obedient and relaxed in a more interactive and stimulating environment. The training resulted in a relationship with our dog that is positive and rewarding, and we can't recommend Academy Dog Training by Haywood enough.

Beth S.

Verified review

Haywood and his staff of experts give each client the individual attention needed to help solve any dog behavioral issue. Sessions are tailored to specific needs, and classes are fun and educational. Haywood and staff helped me transform my shy/timid/over-protective poodle into an obedient and happy and social member of the family. Haywood dog training is the concierge of dog training. I highly recommend them. Top dog for this outfit!

Michael C.

Verified review

Mr. Haywood and his dog trainers could not be any nicer. Our Wheaten Terrier is much smarter then we thought she was and is listening to us better then we could have imagined. We have also continued to use their services for boarding when we are away. We have been super happy with the results and on going work.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
  • Fairfax, VA

Jessica W.

Verified review

I can't speak highly enough about Laura and Animal Paradise Pet Care and Sitting. My husband and I needed help working with and training our rescue pup, and from our initial contact with Laura, we were certain we made the right choice. After discussing our needs over the phone, we met in person to allow Laura to make her assessment and create a plan. Throughout our time working together, Laura was always quick to respond, flexible with scheduling training sessions, and displayed the utmost in professionalism. Laura effectively customized (and modified as needed) our pup's training needs, ensuring that everything requiring attention was properly addressed. Again, I can't say enough great things about Animal Paradise Pet Care and Sitting, and HIGHLY recommend you consider working with Laura before going elsewhere. (And this bit of advice is coming from someone who exhaustively researched dog trainers before choosing to work with Animal Paradise.)

Alan R.

Verified review

Laura is fantastic! I started working with Laura for my two dogs who needed training. We started with puppy basics, and are currently in adult 1. Laura not only trained my dogs, but she really trained me, gave me pointers and made training easy and fun. Now, I use Animal Paradise for all my needs! Laura comes twice a week to walk my dogs, and soon will be watching them while I go on vacation. I could not be happier with Animal Paradise. Hands down best business in Fairfax, can’t believe it’s literally brand new!

Chris M.

Verified review

Laura has been absolutely incredible. Not only has she greatly helped and improved all the areas we originally asked about, but she's also helped us improve as dog owners all around. Immensely knowledgeable and open to any and all questions. Would absolutely recommend.

  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Hyattsville, MD

Sarah G.

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Just as I was losing hope for my little yorkie, Finnegan, Niecy saved the day! We asked for her to help with leash reactivity with other dogs. You may think why is this such a big deal as Finnegan is a 5 pounder, but it was terrible walking him in our neighborhood since we would run into at least 5 dogs on our short walks. At first we started with a prong collar and then since he was only slightly better, went to a neck stimulating collar. I was nervous about both because of Finn's size , but she was great with teaching us proper techniques and making us feel comfortable using these tools. She took him for a week to train him more intensely since he is stubborn joker. He was a new dog. Laying down without barking while dogs walked past him at the dog park; I was amazed!! I was extremely impressed with how much changed in just one week. What I also liked about her program was the 100% money back guarantee since we had poor results with other trainers. She is also available between sessions. The pricing was reasonable especially with everything that is included. Most important of all is that we were happy with the results. I would highly recommend her! Thanks again Niecy!!!!

Mary J.

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We have a three year old dog that we adopted from a shelter. She was having major dog walking issues. She was pulling so hard on her leash, it was miserable. No one wanted to walk her because she would pull so hard, it literally hurt your hand. One lesson with Niecy and she walked with ease. No pulling at all. She gave us the skills to continue working with her and things have only improved. She also taught her to walk off leash, which I did not think would ever be possible. I was so nervous to let her off the leash the first time, and now we have no worries about being able to control her off leash. I would highly recommend working with Niecy! She was professional, personable, friendly, and was extremely patient. She meets you at your level, and your dogs level and goes from there. You will not regret working with her!

Sigma D.

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Niecy was kind, understanding, and went above and beyond in delivering an excellent training service. My dog's focus has never been better. This is the only person to go to in DC!

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Strasburg, VA

Laurie M.

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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!!!

Rob E.

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The folks at CC Inn are fantastic. They treat every furry friend as though they were their own. Wouldn't take my boys any where else.

George G.

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Susan is the dog walker, trainer, running companion, and home away from home for our three year old Carolina dog Sandy. The American Kennel Club says Carolina dogs are the most hierarchical breed which means until you establish yourself as their alpha, they can be willful, exhibit dominance (i.e., they want to be at your face level so they jump up), and have almost boundless energy. We were told that Sandy would be as energetic at 13 years as she was at 13 months. We said, What have we gotten ourselves into? But Susan has turned Sandy into a perfect lady. First she taught her to sit in the care\ and not bother the driver. Sandy now loves her rides. Susan took Sandy on long runs. Sandy came home so tuckered out she only wanted to lie on her pillow and sleep. When Susan arrives for Sandy’s run, Sandy gets so excited she wants to jump up and kiss Susan’s face (remember dominance). Susan uses that as a teaching moment so that Sandy minds her manners and has to wait and sit before she gets to go on her run. Susan has four dogs of her own and when she boards Sandy for the weekend the dogs have a wonderful time together. Susan's dogs teach Sandy their good manners. In short, Susan has taken one of the most difficult breeds to train and turned her into almost the perfect pet, because once Sandy learned her manners all she wants to do is kiss and hug you. We love Sandy and she is a full member of our family and we cannot thank Susan enough for helping us train her. In short if you are looking for help with your dog from simple regular exercise, to boarding, to basic and then complex training, we cannot recommend anyone more highly than Susan Rubin for that service.

Jenn B.

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Susie was excellent and did a great job of creating strategies to help our entire family including young children train our new puppy. She was easy to work with and was able to provide additional support to help socialize our puppy.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Reston, VA

Linda W.

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I just want to thank Sarka so much for helping us out with training our dog, Hnupka. We had a very difficult time coping with Hnupka before we decided to contact Sarka and ask her for her expert help. Sarka taught Hnupka basic obedience and helped him to socialize with other dogs, humans and daily busy city life. Sarka also showed us techniques on how to handle Hnupka ourselves, set his expectations, and build his respect for us in a humane and loving way so that he would obey. Hnupka is now a much more manageable part of our family. I would highly recommend Sarka as an obedience trainer. She loves dogs and they love her back. Linda

  • Washington, DC

About

I train dogs so that you and your pet may have a better relationship. I specialize in dog training but also do pet sitting. If you have any question regarding my experience or other questions, feel free to contact me whenever.

Tessa Rinn, ABCDT

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  • 12 years in business
  • Gaithersburg, MD

About

My passion for dogs and their well being comes first in my own home. I have made lifestyle changes for my dogs.

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