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Doggy Decorum
from 31 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 87 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.

Erika Bresee, CPDT-KA
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 52 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.

  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
William E.
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Paula made a site visit to my apartment and met with my Dog and me. She quickly identified the problem I was having with my Shiba, and drew up a plan on steps we can try to fix the fear aggression that my dog displayed. Paula asked quite a few questions which were right on queue with all the concerns I had with my dog. I look forward to seeing the results in my dog in the following weeks to come. My main goal is to have a people friendly dog, and I would like to be able to bring my dog to dog parks so she can interact with other people and dogs.

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

  • 8 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
S. G.
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Dana is welcoming, pleasant, positive and honest. I have only done 1 session with her and I'm already excited for the additional 6 sessions. She was on time, professional and gave great guidance to dealing with my dog's behavioral problems. She is helping me with my dog's resource guarding and territorial aggression in the house. It is super important to me that Dana offers home evals and sessions. She offers great availability and travels to your home. Within that first home eval, I was able to learn a couple new tricks to deal with and prevent my dog's behaviors. She even gave me some fun treat recipes! I will have to re-review this dog training after the six sessions to comment more on her specific skills and techniques. But, I can tell you, this trainer is great!

Oceanfront Dog Training
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.

  • 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.

  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea W.
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I was referred to Brandy at Citizen K9 Dog Training after adopting my 5 month old German Shepherd from a local rescue. My boy, Kota, was all male, puppy, and not well socialized; It was play time, all the time. I emailed Brandy the Friday I adopted him because I didn't want to waste time getting him into obedience classes and working on his issues. She assured me that my concerns were not uncommon and that she could absolutely help me/him. Kota also had severe car anxiety. I dreaded taking him with me when I went somewhere because of the excessive drooling and car sickness. Brandy help me understand that his issues were reversible with a little patience. She is amazing at what she does and the dogs love her. Not only did my boy learn basic obedience and now has good social skills, but I learned a few new tricks myself. Kota is free of car anxiety and loves to go places with me. The caliber of training that you receive at Citizen K9 Dog Training is first rate. The group atmosphere allows for many distractions for the dogs to learn to focus solely on you; building your confidence and bond with your dog. I could not have asked for better training for my Kota.

From Wags to Whiskers, Inc.
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Darril G.
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Cindy has been dog sitting our dogs when we go out on trips and vacations for about five years now. We love the way she keeps a diary of the trips which gives insight into how the dogs were while we were away. She was also very flexible, but tends to book up so it's best to reserve her services in advance.

  • 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!!

Stephanie Bass
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene H.
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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.

Joshua Cropper
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Love the business name! Training is a piece of cake one the dog is motivated learn.

Endless Pawsibilities
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Michael G.
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Todd is great! Our dog is so much better now !

  • 12 years in business
Chris A.
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She actually worked with my dog, took the time to find out what needed to be done, what he responded to more and he actually learned from. Definitely recommend to everyone!

Crystal Clear Canine
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
Lydia Wicks W.
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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!


Is your dog out of control? Maybe you just got a dog and you want him or her to be well-behaved and listen to you? Here at K9 Connections, I can give your dog the foundation of basic obedience! He or she will learn to follow orders such as sit, down, heel, come, wait, and "leave it" after I teach him! I can help with behavior modifications also! I am a private dog trainer, which also means one-on-one training with your dog. I can come to you or you can drop off your dog to be trained! Hourly training is available also!


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.


I have a genuine interest in helping clients and their pet ,I address the whole dog not just basic commands .Every dog is different and I believe training should be geared to each pet ,pet owner and their particular life style. In short I don't use a cookie cutter approach with my training. The dogs of course .I love getting to know their individual personallitys and quirks.I love helping them and watching them learn.


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.

  • 17 years in business

Local dog owner and trainer with over ten years experience training all breeds of dog. I used to train in big box stores and didn't like the methods they urged me to use. I focus on positive reinforcement training and behavior modification. I offer advice and support long after our sessions are over. I also believe in giving back to the community and donate a portion of my profits to a local shelter. The whole goal is to create a happy and harmonious relationship between owners and pet. If I can stop a person from giving up their dog then I consider it a job well done


I am a certified dog trainer and instructor from basic training to behavior modification. I am experienced with large and dominant breeds, and aggressive dogs.

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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