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

Katie was so helpful and professional, and the chest harness she recommended for walking our dog worked like a charm! I felt comfortable discussing our issues without feeling judged, and Katie helped us come up with a plan to boost our puppy's confidence. I had contacted several other area trainers and was extremely disappointed in all of them, so we're so happy we found Lucky Dogs Training!

Erika Bresee, CPDT-KA
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
Kendyl M.
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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
Janet H.
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Bridget is caring and amazing. She knows how to teach both the dog & owner. My rescue responded immediately. She uses no choke collars, has a full understanding of dogs & behaviors and gives you all the material so that you & your dog can practice.

Practical Dog Training
4.5
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.
Verified review

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
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole R.
Verified review

TNT Dog training is the best of the best! She is such a hard worker and dedicated to the dogs that she works with! I recommend her over anybody around!

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

Working with Joe on the advanced obedience of my 9-month old puppy has been an incredible experience! Joe is so positive in his interactions with Willow, and he stresses that obedience is really about building her confidence. Not only is Willow incredibly responsive and controlled in her commands now, but her overall demeanor has changed. After being a timid puppy, she is becoming confident, calm, and the kind of dog that other people tell us they wish they had. Joe is also knowledgeable about canines outside of the training given, and was able to give us pointers on issues like Willow's tendency to get carsick. He really provides an experience that helps you understand your dog on a deeper level, and I strongly recommend him to anyone looking for any level of training.

  • 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.

  • 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
5.0
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.

About

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.

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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.

About

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.

  • 34 years in business
About

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.

  • 4 years in business
About

I talk to them, they talk back, it is really that kind of simple. Dogs are people too! Cats are just superior, they will tell you this! Seriously, I just enjoy the company and they help me unwind.

About

You no longer have to worry about the happiness of your pets or imposing on busy friends, family or neighbors when you are on a vacation or working for long hours away from home. Your animals can enjoy the comfort and stress-free environment of their own homes. Your home looks lived in to the casual observer, and your dog is exercised in its own familiar territory keeping it happy and your home clean. A Puppy's Prayer LLC will provide loving personalized pet care services in your own home for a reasonable per-visit rate.

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

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

  • 9 years in business
About

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!

  • 1 year in business
About

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.

  • 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.

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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