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Doggy Decorum
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 87 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
4.8
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 51 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.

  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Alexis C.
Verified review

Paula helped make my wedding day stress free by taking care of my fur babies in my home. She is so sweet and very knowledgeable about animals which made me feel even more comfortable with her. She took great care of my dog as well as my sister's and parent's dogs. Thank you so much Paula. I highly recommend her!

Sky's Playground, LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine F.
Verified review

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
  • 42 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Jasmine J.
Verified review

Gail knows what she is doing, she is the best dog trainer in the USA. She is realistic, fair, reasonable, and completely honest. Throw away your clickers, throw away your e-collars, and find someone who can COMMUNICATE with your dog fairly, with clarity, and get the job done! Training method is totally transferrable, you don't have to take home a dog that only listens to the trainer! Take home a dog that listens to and RESPECTS YOU! Have an off-leash, trustworthy companion. Gail is the only person in the world who can do what she does- Cesar Millan, move aside!

  • 8 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie T.
Verified review

We were very impressed with Dana, the dog trainer. She is very personable and you can tell she really loves the dogs! She already had our dog listening to her commands at the Consultation visit! I would highly recommend her.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Angela D.
Verified review

Andrea is an outstanding dog trainer and pet sitter. She has been helping me with my pets for years now. My dog Chaos is pit-lab mix and she is very hyper. Andrea has calmed her down significantly over the past year. Chaos loves Andrea and is excited to spend time with her and learn what she is teaching. I don’t know what I would do without her.

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!

  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Amy P.
Verified review

My Frenchie Kenzie just went through training with Brandi and I had the best experience and so did my dog! Brandi is very good at what she does and she really is a great "go to" person for help. I haven't had a dog since my teens and she really provided lots of information. Kenzie enjoyed all her classes and really enjoyed Brandi. Brandi really takes the time to work with you and your dog. I felt that she really cares about animals and has a great love for what she does! I will be taking more classes in the future! My dog Kenzie had so much fun going it was a treat for her to go to class!

All For Paws
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tanya O.
Verified review

My 2 Malamutes & I have moved several times around the country & I travel a lot for work. I have been here 5 yrs & Erica is the best dog sitter I have ever had, or even heard of. I've experienced very good and very poor (inc. family members) and no one is as reliable, thoughtful & caring as Erica. I once put out a bottle of antibiotics w instructions while I was away, but actually grabbed a pain killer. Erica caught it because she read the bottles instead of blindly giving it to my dog. That degree of attention to detail is something you cannot put a price on. She is always there for us and I trust her implicitly. She is worth far more than what she charges in peace of mind alone. Last, but hardly least, my dogs adore her!

From Wags to Whiskers, Inc.
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Mike P.
Verified review

Been using this service since I moved to Virginia Beach in 2013. They are Excellent! I know Cindy and her associates always take good care of my dogs, cats, and birds. It is a good feeling to know that when I have to go away, I don't have to worry about my pets, because they are in good hands. I highly recommend From Wags to Whiskers, Inc.!!!!!

  • 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!

EinsteinK9 Dog Training
4.7
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Ebony T.
Verified review

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.

Pawsatively Wonderful, Inc
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Claudia B.
Verified review

Great with all my dogs and they really like her even the mean old bird is nice to Dawn. Leaves notes on pets while you are gone,things are left clean. Super house sitter!!!!!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Abby M.
Verified review

Caitlin has pet/house sat for our dogs for the last 5 years. She has always been dependable and trustworthy. I appreciate that Caitlin respects our routines with our dogs and cares for them as we would. Caitlin typically stays with our dogs when we leave for vacations. Our home was in the same condition it was left and our dogs were in good spirits. I believe Caitlin goes above and beyond during her pet and home care jobs. I honestly cannot think of any improvements-she seems to have a natural gift for this :)

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!

Chris Robinson
5.0
from 1 review
    Billie jo G.
    Verified review

    Went out of town for 2 weeks. Chris took very good care of my 3 dogs. He sent me videos of them playing all the time. Pictures of them sleeping. And basically let me know how they were doing daily. It's apparent he has a heart for animals. I have and trusted him many times with them and will continue to in the future.

    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.

      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.

      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.

      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?
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