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Virginia Beach Canine Professionals

Browse these canine professionals with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Virginia Beach.

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Doggy Decorum
from 29 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sharon V.
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I highly recommend Andrea as a professional dog trainer. Not only was she extremely knowledgeable and an excellent teacher, she was readily available and very flexible with her schedule. Her instructions were very clear and beneficial. In addition, I appreciated that her price was reasonable and she made all of her suggestions in one visit. She could have easily and justifiably stretched the training out for multiple private visits. She addressed all issues in one visit but was willing to come back, if necessary.

Erika Bresee, CPDT-KA
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Jerry M.
Verified review

Erika did an amazing job with all 5 of my dogs. She was very professional and very easy to understand and follow. Could see results the first day, would highly recommend her, shes awesome!!!

  • 19 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Adriane P.
Verified review

Learning Bubbles Daycare and Lawncare were professional and prompt with the repair of my lawn.

  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Vivienne G.
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Very professional pet-sitter. From the beginning of the interaction and the interview process, we were impressed with Ms. Cuellar's precise questions regarding all animal care matters and her thorough knowledge on a wide-range of pet subjects. During our one-week long vacation, she made regular contact with us and gave updates on the animals and even sent little videos of them as well. We came home to find our pets well-cared for and our home in good condition. Very much appreciate Ms. Cuellar's pet-sitting and she'll be the first person we call anytime we need a pet-sitter!

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

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!!!

The Keene Pack
from 21 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Pamela T.
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They know exactly what they are doing when it comes to dog training! Excellent customer service they got me started right away and all I had to do is give them a little bit of his intel on what I was looking for. Great experience overall!!

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Whiskers & Tails
from 17 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Gayle S.
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I was very pleased with this service, They are wonderful caring people. Yonne took care of my beagle as if she belonged to her. I didn't have to worry about anything. They kept in touch and sent pictures. Rosie loved them and missed them when I came back home. I would highly recommend this service and will definetly use them again.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Joy B.
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Great first doggie walk!!

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Halle H.
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Andrea is very knowledgable about canine behavior and training. She uses a fun, positive approach that is effective. My dog and I both enjoy our obedience sessions:)

Megan Zinck
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Mark & Kendra B.
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Megan watched our deaf Great Dane Alice Gertrude for a week when we went to the beach. We rescued Alice Gertrude in February of 2015 and we didn't want to board her so soon. Megan watched our other Dane Magi and we knew she would be perfect for our Alice Gertrude. Megan stayed at our house for a week and took awesome care of our girl. Alice immediately loved Megan and they were best pals after 10 minutes. Megan embraced our Dane's "quirky" behaviors...sleeping horizontally, laying on her chest (Alice thinks she is a "lap dog"!!), & being the best leg-dryer after a shower! Megan is wonderful. ..always let us know how Alice Gertrude was doing, plenty of walks, lots of playtime, and I'm pretty sure an "extra treat" when Alice "blinked her baby blues" @ Megan. Megan is honest, trustworthy, dependable, & most importantly, will love, take care, & treat your pet like you do. Please consider Megan for caring for your 4-legged babies!! You will not be disappointed! ! Sincerely, Mark, Kendra, Parker, Sydney, & Alice Gertrude Brandt

  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Natalie L.
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In one word.....WONDERFUL! It was a source of stress to board our fur-baby before we found Happy Cats. We really appreciate their methodical and organized approach to orienting themselves to our kitty's routine, and helping him warm to them. Happy Cats keeps detailed paperwork outlining kitty's medical information, dietary routine, and emergency contacts. On a warm-fuzzy note, I am not ashamed to admit that receiving the daily text updates with accompanying photos and videos was a highlight on my vacation days! Also, I really liked knowing he was getting quality cuddle attention every day. An added bonus was that Happy Cats brought in mail and newspaper, which was not insignificant since it eliminated the cumbersome process of stopping service and the subsequent pickup. Also, it was such a relief that someone was in the house daily to check on things. It is clear that Heidi and Mike are passionate about animal welfare, and it was a gift having two organized and committed humans caring for our feline.

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Maria G.
Verified review

Within one meeting our dog was coming to me and sitting on my feet on command. My initial thought was these collars 'shocked" your dog as a punishment. Actually, it's more of a tap on the shoulder to get their attention back on you. Many times I thought the trainer possessed a magic want. Wonderful to have a well trained dog!

Rachel's Pet Sitting
from 8 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Carla H.
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Have not used her services as yet but she was very responsive to my questions and I feel very comfortable with her as she seems quiet compassionate.. We have set up a meet and greet to get to know each other and this also eases my anxieties.. I'm looking forward to meeting with her and hopefully a long relationship with the cat / pet sitting services she offers.

Pawsatively Wonderful, Inc
from 6 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Deborah J.
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I have used Dawn to watch our two dogs for 5 years now and she is wonderful with them. They are excited to see her and I can relax when I have to go out of town. One of my dogs is very anxious and she handles his condition beautifully. They could not be in better hands. She is very reliable and goes above and beyond e.g. meeting us at the Vet to assist when there was an emergency.

The Cleaning Fairies
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jim A.
Verified review

Very thorough and professional. Kept my house in a "like-new" condition!!

Hannah Gilleland
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Sydney P.
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Hannah frequently watches my two year old cat, Mellie, and she has always been my number one choice for a pet sitter. She has excellent rates, is extremely friendly, and goes above and beyond to care for my cat. I trust her completely, as she has access to my home to pet sit while I am away for multiple day excursions. I would choose Hannah over a boarding place any day, as having Hannah come to my house and spend time with my cat relieves any worry I have when I go on vacation. She is also extremely professional, punctual, and responds quickly. If you'e looking for a pet sitter, pick Hannah!

Need a Walk
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Ed H.
Verified review

I recommend Run Poochie Run for anyone who knows their pets aren't pets but are family. Sterlin was not only professional and knowledgeable but I knew at our first meeting that he was someone I could leave my dog with.

from 1 review
    Katy L.
    Verified review

    Very professional and timely. Would recommend.

    J.C. Canine Training

    New To Thumbtack

    • 10 years in business

    J.C. Canine Training encourages an environment for dogs to receive humane treatment and training for companionship. Our goal is to establish, build, and maintain a healthy relationship between people and their pets by making training a fun and positive experience. Positive methods are reinforced to create desired behaviors. J.C. Canine Training focuses on clear communication, consistency, and positive reinforcement resulting in a well mannered canine that we all seek. If you are serious about establishing a healthy lifelong relationship with your dog (s), then allow J.C. Canine Training to train you dog with the most efficient techniques.

    True Canine Companion

    New To Thumbtack


      We are committed to providing the highest level obedience training and behavior management services possible. Our goal is to assist families with their canine companions who are a bit more challenging, as well as those who are simply interested in obedience training. At True Canine Companion, we are focused on building positive and appropriate relationships between families and their canines; focusing on how we, the humans, interact with, challenge, set boundaries, and find balance within ourselves, in order to create a life-long bond with not only our canine companion, but with the world. Building respect and trust is the basis for all of our training and behavior programs. Each program begins with a relationship building seminar that allows us to set you and your canine up to succeed.

      Greater Coastal Canine

      New To Thumbtack


        We offer full-service professional dog training, behavior modification, and nutrition consultations in Eastern North and North Carolina.

        Q & A

        Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

        What is included in a dog grooming?

        Dog grooming is so much more than giving your dog a bath. Dog grooming is a broad term that covers all aspects of canine cleanliness and hygiene. The services included in dog grooming will vary based on your needs and what you choose to pay. Unless they are rolling in cowpies or playing in mud puddles, most dogs are okay getting a shampoo bath only as needed. You’ll know when they need it if they smell bad or are bringing dirt into the house. Some dogs, like shepherds and shih tzus, have thick coats that can get matted and tangled without regular care. Pro dog groomers can deftly blow dry a dog’s hair after a bath so that it is shiny and smooth. Dog grooming can include brushing that detangles dog hair and also thins the undercoat to minimize shedding.

        Dog grooming also includes hygiene services such as toothbrushing and ear cleaning. Clean teeth are important to the health of your dog, and the pros have the patience and proper technique to get it done. Regular dog grooming can stave off tear stains, those reddish stains below your dog’s eyes. Anal gland expression is something not many people want to do on their own, even if they love their dog. A dog groomer can safely and efficiently release any blocked anal gland fluid. Other dog grooming services include nail trimming and clipping. Nationally, dog grooming prices range from $60 to $80. Most dog groomers offer discounts to customers who purchase monthly packages or bundle multiple grooming services at one time.

        What does a dog walker do?

        We all know our dogs love going on long, adventure-filled walks, but jobs and family and commuting can make it difficult to give them the leash time they deserve. You can hire a professional dog walker to make sure your furry friend gets adequate exercise and outdoor time each day. A professional dog walker may be an individual contractor or work for a dedicated dog-walking company. In either case, you want to make sure the pro has the appropriate insurance in case of an emergency. Some people opt to give the dog walker a key to their house; others to have them pick up the dog from the yard. Dog walking can happen as often as multiple times per day, or just a few times a month as needed. Here are some questions to ask when you are interviewing a new dog walker:  

        • Will you or someone else be walking my dog?
        • Do you have a backup plan if you can’t make it for a scheduled walk?
        • Will you walk my dog by itself, or do you walk several dogs at once?
        • What are your different walk routes?
        • When will you pick up and drop off?
        • How will we communicate?
        • Do I have to commit to a schedule or are you flexible?
        • What’s your cancellation policy?
        • What’s your response plan if my dog gets injured or becomes sick?
        • How and how often do I pay you?
        • Do you offer package pricing if I buy multiple dog walks up front?

        What is a dog groomer?

        A dog groomer is a service professional who provides dog grooming and basic hygiene care for your dog. Dog groomers are typically animal lovers who are competent and comfortable working with a wide range of dog breeds and temperaments. Dog groomers are knowledgeable about the care needs for different kinds of dog coats. A poodle will have different haircut needs than a shih tzu, for example, so it pays to have a trained pro provide the proper cut. Good dog groomers know how to safely clean your dog’s teeth, bathe your dog, and cut their nails without going too short. They understand how to trim the hair from around your dog’s face, express anal glands, and clean your dog’s ears. Many people who choose dog grooming as a profession also pursue other dog services such as attending veterinary school, running a doggy day care center, working as a professional dog walker, and more.

        What is a dog groomer?

        Keep your family dogs happy, healthy and clean with regular dog grooming. A dog groomer is a business owner or employee of a dog grooming business who specializes in dog hygiene and grooming. To find a reputable dog groomer, research reviews, ask for references and confirm that the groomer has good standing in the dog grooming community.

        A dog groomer should be comfortable and competent working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. Typically a groomer will have trained with other groomers and taken educational courses to keep abreast of the latest safety information and techniques. There are brick-and-mortar dog grooming businesses, as well as mobile dog groomers who bring all their equipment and provide their services at your home or location. In some cases, brick-and-mortar businesses will also pick up and return your dog for an additional fee.

        What vaccines do dogs need to be groomed?

        It’s important to make sure your dog is up to date on its vaccines before taking it to a groomer. Vaccinations keep your dog and the other dogs that use the establishment healthy. Viruses can linger long after a dog is gone, so an unvaccinated dog can infect a number of other dogs days or even months after their visit. Find out about your dog groomer’s vaccination policies, and think carefully about receiving services from a company that does not require vaccinations. Here are the main vaccinations that are generally required for dog grooming:

        • Parvovirus: Parvo is a nasty virus that can kill dogs within 48-72 hours of infection. The virus is incredibly persistent and, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, is resistant to heat, cold, humidity and drying. It’s spread by dog-to-dog contact or contact with contaminated feces, environments (food and water bowls, collars and leashes, etc.,) or people.
        • Adenovirus 2: Dogs receive this vaccination to protect against canine infectious hepatitis. The vaccination can also helps prevent canine cough.
        • Canine distemper virus: Distemper has no known cure and can cause serious pain, illness, and even death, although recovery is possible with medical intervention.  
        • Rabies: This disease attacks the central nervous system and — when untreated — will
        • lead to death. The CDC recommends euthanizing an unvaccinated animal that has been exposed to rabies, although six-month isolation followed by vaccination is also permissible.
        • Para-influenza: Canine para-influenza leads to kennel cough and an unhappy dog.
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