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Lucky Dogs Training and More
from 31 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Pat O.
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Katie was very knowledgeable and I was able to use what she told us into Maddi's training schedule. She was especially helpful in getting her to walk well on the leash. I would recommend her. \

Erika Bresee, CPDT-KA
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Shelia A.
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Ericka is everything we were looking for in a trainer for our two little buddies and needless to say my husband and me. She had the boys sitting in less than five minutes from when she walked in the door. She had us trained to have them sit in less than ten minutes from her arrival. Ericka's training techniques are based on positive reinforcement . We recognized her genuine love for animals from our first phone interview. The boys loved her the very first time they laid eyes on her...or maybe it was her bag of treats she keeps around her hip 😉. We have just completed our fourth session and are absolutely amazed at our progression. Looking forward to our future sessions and seeing how smart our boys are. Danny and Shelia Adams

Top Pro
from 20 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bernadette B.
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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
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
David H.
Verified review

We did Board&Train for a very wild but lovable Pug, Jack. Jack was 10 months old when we got him and obviously did not get proper attention prior to our adoption. Jack was wild and very skiddish. I had trained him a little but marginal success. Joseph took over while we went on vacation. He went above and beyond. Jack now responds to his commands and is a regular member of the family (instead of being a wild Pug). Joseph was very patient with the dog & the family (with kids). He has a passion for training dogs & it shows. Joseph is very conscientious and insightful. I highly recommend Board & Train, a very efficient & effective way to train your dog. Plus, Joseph's prices are very reasonable. Lastly & importantly, Joseph is an Army Veteran. It's great to support a veteran!

  • 8 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie M.
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Andrea came to my house to train my Dog, Loki. She was excellent! She observed his negative behaviors and gave me easy and EFFECTIVE ways to deflect his attention onto something more positive. We saw Andrea on Friday, 2/02/18 @ 9am and she was here for a hour. I've been using all of the techniques she taught me and although it's only been over 40 hours since she visited, Loki is already showing excellent improvement. She even called me back later Friday afternoon, to say she researched one of his more unusual behaviors and gave she gave me additional instructions for training Loki regarding this specific issue. I highly recommend Andrea from Belton Entertainment, she understands Dogs, what drives them and how to handle/control those behaviors. Good Luck!

TNT Dog Training
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica M.
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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
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas M.
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Awesome Trainers! They have a unique, extremely effective & gentle technique of stimulating your dog to enjoy complying to your every command. Your dog will be 100% focused on YOU. The communication between you and your dog is something to behold. Whether it be obedience or just having fun showing off. Love this K9 training organization of professionals.

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

  • 3 years in business
George T.
Verified review

Stephanie is very good at what she does!!! She is a true animal lover and it's obvious when she talks about all of her bully breed rescues turned therapy dogs! She expects them to behave well and can train them to do so, but she treats them like their people as in always makes sure they are provided for: they always have food and water, are emotionally and physically sound, and happy even away from their owners. Highly recommended !

Fuzzy Logic Dog Training
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
Scott K.
Verified review

Merissa has helped me with the training of several of my dogs! Her knowledge of dog training and behavior are outstanding, and she has a way of presenting that knowledge that makes it interesting, relatable, and useful, no matter what topic or trick she's teaching. It's clear that she loves working with dogs and their people, and I can't recommend her highly enough.


I offer all-breed dog grooming and training, either big or small. I groom and train them all. I am an all-around pet-care professional.

  • 9 years in business

We provide extra TLC for your pets as all of pur sutter are pet owners and love animals. If wr need to spend extra time to make sure your pet is tended to, we will. Who knows, maybe you will come home one day and he might have learned an extra trick from us!

  • 34 years in business

We offer training, starters, duck dogs, AKC hunt tests, puppies, obedience, land and water blinds, live ducks, and bumpers. About Us Owned and operated by Kim and Robert Johnson, our goal is to offer and develop exceptional retrievers. We have over 30 years of experience. Our kennel is centrally located in Virginia, 30 minutes south of Richmond, between interstates 85 and 95. Excellent family companions, field trials, hunt tests and gun dogs are present in our bloodline. Training is available.


I promote positive reinforcement and force-free methods when training puppies and dogs. I promote physical activity and mental stimulation to keep your pet happy, healthy and balanced. I train in manners, agility and obedience. I work toward meeting your personal goals and accomplishments for you and your dog, to make them a great companion.

  • 1 year in business

I love being able to work with people's pets and getting to know them and being able to see them grow into the pets that their owners always wanted.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

We are a family owned business and we treat your dog like one of our own. We have extensive experience with problem dogs of all breeds. We do problem solving, obedience training, and competition coaching.


We have specialization in grooming and training your special companion. Grooming and training by Tonya provides private or group training.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack

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


We can handle training, grooming, behavior modification, boarding, day care, pet sitting and walking. We offer the basic necessities and safety services to all K9s and pet parents.


We train and overnite board large dogs. I used to raise black labs and golden retrievers. I have excellent dog communication skills.


I breed and train Flat-Coated Retrievers; however, I have owned and trained many different breeds in the past. I have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, which is an autoimmune disease which may disrupt my schedule on days that I am not feeling well.

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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