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Suffolk Dog Socialization Classes

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Doggy Decorum
4.9
from 29 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nancy H.
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The service was excellent. Andrea was very knowledgeable and extremely patient with us and our 2 puppies. She was flexible with her scheduling and generous with good advice. We will be using Andrea again for the continuation of the dog training.

  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney G.
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If I could give Paula ten stars, I would. We recently rescued our dog, and this was the first time we would be leaving her. As you can imagine, we were very nervous about this. When we met Paula for the meet and greet, I knew I could relax. She is incredibly experienced and professional and thoroughly went over everything with us. Together, we walked through the routine for both our dog and cat. She even offered to check our mail for us, which had completely slipped my mind. Because of what we imagine to be a rough past, Mochi (our dog) did not respond well to us leaving. She became very guarded of our house. Despite the difficult situation, Paula went above and beyond to make her comfortable. She worked with her and created a routine that made her feel less stressed. She even cooked rice and gravy for her when she wasn't eating enough of her food. We came home to a happy dog and cat. Paula left us a note and called us to give us the play by play when we got home. I will only trust Paula to take care of our family when we are away. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Thanks, Paula!

Lifestyle Obedience
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 42 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Jill W.
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I would highly recommend Gail for any type of dog obedience or training. She is extremely knowledgeable, professional and a true dog whisperer. Her guidance in correcting behavior in my adult dog and training lessons with our large puppy was spot on and successful. I continue to go to her for advice when I face challenges and most of the time the problem is with me not the dog because the dog responds to the training when done positively and correctly per her directions.

  • 8 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea B.
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I am completely thrilled with my experience with Dana. She is patient (especially with owners!), knowledgeable, and very flexible in her teaching methods. Even though we are only a few weeks into training, she has already turned my crazy lab-mix puppy into a well behaved/controllable member of our household. I can not say enough good things about Pawsitively Rewarding Dog Training and Behavior Modification!

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Silke S.
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Andrea is not only a certified trick dog instructor, has a dog obedience instructor diploma and is an AKC Evaluator for S.T.A.R. puppy, Canine Good Citizen,  Advanced CGC and Urban CGC, she also is great with all kinds of animals. By teaching classes as well as competing with her one dogs in varies dog sports (Agility, Obedience, Rally-O, Flyball, Barnhunt, Tricks, Tracking and  K9 Nose Work ) she improves and offers the most effective and suitable ways to teach people how to train their dogs. Her training method is based on positive reinforcement and with that technique she can train any animal even cats. She continuously keeps education herself and has taken several training workshops and seminars: *Dr. Ian Dunbar's Sirius Dog trainer Academy *Growl class- workshop for Reactive dogs *Science-based Dog training *Kyra Sundance dog trick workshop * Reliability & games workshop I have the pleasure to teach, train, compete with her what also turned in to a great friendship and I only can say that anyone that can get her services can call themselves lucky.

Oceanfront Dog Training
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Beth M.
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We got a new puppy & we enrolled her in puppy classes at one of the local pet stores. They quickly decided that she was too rambunctious for them to teach. I didn't know exactly what to do until I saw an advertisement for oceanfront dog training. I called Lesa right away & she came to our home promptly. Within just a few minutes she had taught our girl a new trick & some basic obedience. Well it was a done deal for us right then. Lesa came to our house each week & taught us how to train our girl Biba. She gave us homework & more importantly she gave us the confidence to teach our pup. When I would have trouble Lesa would jump right in & show me what I was doing wrong & she would praise what we were doing well. We set up group events so we could still socialize Biba & we went out to different locations so Biba wouldn't tire of the sameness. Lesa is an amazing person & trainer. She has a special bond with animals & it's evident as soon as meets them. She has the ability to put owners & pets at ease. She speaks dog!! Biba loves her & if I ever had a question she would be the first one I call. I have a new dog that is a rescue & Lesa will be the one I call when training is called for. I have recommended her to people in the grocery store, people in the pet store & absolutely here. You cannot go wrong with Lesa. I love these group activities we're doing this winter too.

  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Bennie R.
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I had my Lab Molly go through 2 of Citizen K9 courses..Brandy the trainer is very good at helping you understand your dog..They are group classes which makes it good for the dogs because they are with other dogs of all ages...Also during the class there is a lot of one on one with problem solving...overall..Citizeen K9 is outstanding in my bood.. Bennie Roughton bennie@bennieroughton.com

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Alecia J.
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Most people say, "My crazy puppy/dog needs training." The great thing about Off Leash K9 is that they train the person and the dog reaps the benefit of a knowledgable owner. Moose, my high energy Hungarian Vizsla loves working with the trainers as it gives him job to do. He loves working for verbal affirmation vs. treats as do most dogs. Off Leash K9 also delivers on their method and it's instant which goes to show how smart dogs are when paired up with a well 'trained' owner!!

The Canine Class LLC
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Anna M.
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We first contacted Ron because of an aggressive presa canario puppy. Ron was extremely helpful in not only teaching the dog behavior but teaching us how to work with the dog. He is patient and helped me work through my fears of the dog to become a confident dog owner. I am not a first time dog owner and yet I was able to learn many new techniques in helping my dog get over many of her fears. I couldn't recommend Ron enough and have nothing but the utmost respect and gratitude for his expertise.

East Coast Dog Whisperer
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Carol A.
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We loved our training session with Rose! We learned so much from her. It is important to her that training be fun for you and your dog. We have a puppy that hasn't had all her puppy shots so a puppy class was not an option. Rose arrived at our home with a suitcase and backpack full of equipment, toys, treats. She believes in praise, treats, kindness, not discipline. She spent over 3 hours (with appropriate breaks) last Sunday afternoon helping us with our very energetic Boston Terrier. She is a happier dog now and we are much happier with our puppy. We learned a lot!! I highly recommend Rose Ferguson!

Duality K9
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Joseph W.
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I can't even believe how amazing my personal training session went with Heather! I have been so nervous about going through training for my dog just because I wasn't sure what I was getting into and I thought I would feel embarrassed because of his behavior. She not only made me feel comfortable, but my dog as well. I have been trying for ever to get my dog to walk good on a leash and it is not even fun to walk him sometimes. Heather had my dog walking perfectly in a matter of minutes! It was crazy. She also brought one of her dogs because my dog goes crazy on dogs when we are on walks. She had him not even wanting to look at her dog after probably 1-2 minutes! I really did not expect things to go this way. I was expecting her to come here tell me what I was doing wrong and then tell me to work on it for the next week or so and then schedule another appointment for more. NOT at ALL. I just want to walk all day now. After she left we went on a walk and it was amazing. We are going to Pet Smart now to give it a go. Cannot wait to attend one of her group classes. Not to mention her prices are unbeatable. If you really love your dog, like me and my family do, give her a try, it will change your life with your dog. She ABSOLUTELY knows what she is doing.

Cavalier K9
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bridget H.
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Victoria Harter has trained my now 2 year old German shepherd to not only be obedient, which is essential for a 98 pound dog, but also to act as my service dog specializing in stability. I have illnesses which cause me to be unsteady and sometimes fall and my GSD is ready to pull me to where I direct her, to stand still while I lean on her, to escort me up escalators and into elevators. She is my guard dog, companion and confident. With Victoria's help, my shepherd is so socialized that I take her everywhere with me - shopping, to the mall, restaurants or to the park. She loves children and all dogs, all the while keeping an eye on me. I highly recommend Victoria for all aspects of dog training, but especially for stability and mobility help.

Zoom Room Virginia Beach
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Diane J.
Verified review

My 15-month-old Coton de Tulear, Jazzy, and I found Zoom Room in February 2016, and we are sorry we didn't find it sooner! There is so much great to say, we don't know where to start! Before we even turn the corner heading to Zoom Room, Jazzy is crying to get out of the car! And when we get there, she jumps out and heads to the store! She wants one of everything, and she's on her way to having it all! :-) Their store carries only the highest quality products! The owners, John and Christie Cotthaus, are very knowledgeable trainers, and they are so sweet and patient with all the dogs. Jazzy would rather be with them than me! Just ask, they will laugh and agree!! And their staff is great too! Besides having fun, my goal for Jazzy is to be a Therapy Dog. She has already passed Obedience 1 - 3 and received her Canine Good Citizen certificate. So, she is well on her way! With Zoom Room's help, it shouldn't take too much longer. Besides that, Jazzy loves her Tricks and Agility classes, and I haven't even mentioned how much she enjoys her Small Breed Group!! There is no better place to take her on these hot, sweltering summer days! So, do Jazzy and I recommend Zoom Room? That would be a wholehearted YES! Thanks Zoom Room! Jazzy and Diane

Peninsula K9 Training
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel L.
Verified review

Kristin from the Peninsula K9 group was absolutely AWESOME to work with. As a first time dog owner, I was so excited when I got my puppy, Gunner, but I was also nervous because I had a no idea how to train a dog. I watched a few YouTube videos and learned a couple commands to teach him, but when I lost his attention (he was less than 3 months at the time) I became frustrated and knew I needed some help. Peninsula K9 Training was by far the best deal of all the organizations that provided Puppy Obedience Classes. They offered classes by a well-qualified trainer, at my home, once a week for six weeks and the price was unbeatable!! I immediately scheduled an interest meeting with Kristin to learn more about her and the PK9 group. We met at my home, and she brought me information packets about training my new puppy and other pet health and safety information. We discussed what I was looking for in training classes, and what I wanted to him to learn. After that meeting, I signed Gunner and I up for 6 weeks of training classes with Kristin. We both enjoyed classes - he caught on quickly to commands and I learned how to give the commands and what ways he responded to best. Kristin made things very easy to understand and was very helpful. If I ever had a schedule conflict or a busy week, she was very responsive and flexible, and allowed me to move training days/times! She was always very professional and punctual. She even offered to answer any questions I may have between classes, which came in handy when I had to deal with Gunner's first upset stomach. After six short weeks I have a 4 month old puppy that can sit, lay down, stay, leave it, wait for my command, come when called, and even play hide and seek! I am amazed by how well he's caught on to everything and how he has become a much better listener! I cannot say enough great things about my experience with Peninsula K9 Training and Trainer Kristin. Gunner and I will definitely be returning when it's time for his Basic Obedience Training when he gets to be a little older!

Step Up Dog Training

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    Step Up Dog Training classes are about more than just getting your dog to sit and stay; it is about building confidence in both owner and dog to foster a working relationship. As you and your dog develop new skills, you will learn more about your canine friend and how to encourage the behavior you need from it. We do group or private training for all breeds and ages of dogs. We hold group or private classes at our center, Surf Dog in York County, but at-home training is available to clients in the Hampton Roads area. Group classes are $100 for a seven-week course or $50 for a four-week course. Please contact us for information on all of our rates.

    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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