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Salem Dog Trainers

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Woofin. Good Time
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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She was very hands on with my dogs; training, walking, and playing with them. She would send me photo and videos of them during the 2 week board and crate process.

  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Nick R.
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Amazing experience! My dog has completetly transformed and my family now understands how to properly handle him! Thank you Off Leash K9!!!

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Dogs Gone Good
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
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Megan N.
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Sue was absolutely excellent! She provided a wonderful two hour session, in our home (where our dog would be most comfortable), and continuously provides updates and assistance via email. Our dog, Penelope, loved Sue and learned from her so quickly! Highly recommended.

  • 29 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Melissa R.
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Grooming Tails is my dog's home away from home. She practically pushes the door open and whines with excitement when we take her there! You could not ask for better care anywhere!

Cera W.
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Chad D.
    Verified review

    We brought Cera in as first time dog owners in need of help training our dog - as well as ourselves. She was a complete natural with our dog, and her calm, professional manner also helped calm our nerves. She was a steady, knowledgeable presence that got us through the first few months of owning a dog.

    Cam Cooper
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 31 years in business
    Jay B.
    Verified review

    Cam was fantastic with all of our animals. She critter-sat for a week this summer and honestly I swear they're all better behaved now than when we left on vacation! I'm almost jealous of how well she got along with our two jack russells, barncats, and three horses. Her rates were very compete as well. We'll be giving her all our pet training and sitting business from now on. So glad we connected with her.

    • 21 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Emily P.
    Verified review

    Gary was great. I took his puppy preschool class and I am looking forward to working with him more in the future as my dog gets older! I’d recommend to anyone.

    About

    I have spent most of my life with all sorts of animals. Our house was the place that all discarded pets made their way to. Not a one was ever turned away. They became our pets & spent their days on a 30 acre farm. Not one was ever turned away or sent to the pound. We even adopted a very pregnant hound that had 11 puppies. We found homes for all. I have a good relationship with dogs. They will always get love & attention from me.

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    I am very available every day of the week and really enjoy animals and have my own dog that I often walk!

    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I offer dog training (one-on-one sessions or 3-week bootcamp), behavior modification and boarding for your four-legged kids. Boarding is done at my house, so they don't sit in kennels all day.

    About

    When hiring me, you are hiring someone who will ensure the training, exercising, and the complete and total health of all your pets. I develop exercise routines, create schedules, perform any type of training that they may need, and correct natural behavioral problems. Your pets' needs are always first with me, so you can feel confident that they are being well taken care of!

    About

    We board dogs, groom dogs and train dogs. This is a dog's home away from home. We take pawdicures. We have puppy classes. We have home obedience training.

    • 5 years in business
    About

    We offer pet sitting and dog walking services for your beloved companions. I have 2 years of veterinary experience. I am veterinary-assistant certified.

    About

    I am a professional dog trainer who specializes in basic obedience, disc, flyball, and behavior modification. I have over five years of hands-on experience in dog training as well as boarding and daycare management. Let me help you develop a positive and rewarding relationship with your canine companion.

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    I am good with dogs. I will take the dog to get fresh air, play with it and take a walk. Dogs like parks, so I will take the dog to a park to walk.

    • 20 years in business
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    I've been training for Petsmart for 8 years with a background in horse training and animal behavior (emphasis on reactive retraining). I'm also an area trainer which means that I train incoming trainers for the company in my area. Emphasis placed on understanding the reasoning behind issues and creating strategies that can be utilized by the owners. Offering group classes in obedience, trick training and therapy. Also offering private sessions for almost any need. Evaluator for CGC and STAR Puppy for AKC as well.

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    Gun Dog & Behavioral trainer for upland hunring pointing breeds. Breeder of English & Llewellin setters.

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    I understand that most dog trainers can make a dog do whatever task a client wants, however without being able to convey, to the client, how and why the dog is performing the tasks the dog will quickly decline. I am able to help the client understand this information.

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    I offer individual dog training services in your home or mine. I have almost 20 years of dog training experience. I provide positive reinforcement training, focusing on building your relationship with your dog and teaching you how your dog thinks, so that you can later tackle problems head on! I have trained and worked with service dogs for adults and children with disabilities, police and protection dogs, and even exotic animals, like large cats.

    About

    I train dogs and specialize in behavior modification. I focus on obedience and use positive reinforcement as my primary training method. I am located in the Lynchburg area, but am willing to travel. I also have trainers in the Richmond, Petersburg and Williamsburg areas.

    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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