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Doggy Decorum
from 31 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
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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
Selestina H.
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We are a family with kids. She is great at breaking things down for kids to understand the what and why for training our pup. She was engaging and was very knowledgeable. We cannot wait to work with her again and to see the future progress of our furry family member.

  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Mary R.
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Posh Pet Training has been a life saver in my home! Paula has helped us understand our cat's behavior and we are on our way to quelling the aggressive behavior one of our cats is expressing upon the new kitten. She is kind, funny, and really spends the time needed to get to the root of the issue. I'm so glad I've hired her! She really loves every animal in your home and wants everyone to live in harmony (humans and pets alike!) I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an experienced, knowledgeable, friendly trainer!

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
Nora A.
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I rarely give top marks but Dana Kendell is just fantastic! I have learned so much from her. Dana always took her time to explain dog training techniques. Dana always answers questions and absolutely knows what she is doing with her doggy manic. I can not be any more pleased with her services.

  • 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
from 15 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley H.
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Lesa is fabulous! Check her out ! Get your pup the training he/she deserves :)

  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda W.
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My German shepherd Grace was a scared little mouse when we first her her, she wouldn't let anyone touch her or come near her. I was recommended Citizen K9 by my vet, and I am soooo happy I chose to call Brandy. Within a few weeks of training, Grace was more sociable than I ever thought she would be! Before week 4, she was running around with all the other dogs, letting other people pet her and was just all around a more confident dog. We tried everything under the sun that we read on the Internet, other things recommended by other trainers, and then some... None of it compared to the expertise provided to us by, as far as I'm concerned, the only option in dog training. Book with her NOW! 

  • 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!!

From Wags to Whiskers, Inc.
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Lisa S.
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Cindy has been caring for our animals, current and past, for almost ten years. During that time she has helped potty train a new puppy with her daily visits, cared for a couple of senior kitties who just needed a warm lap and some kinds words, a rascally kitten who hides, a lonely lovebird, and fish, fish , fish. Throughout it all, Cindy provided professional service, going beyond the basic petsitter duties to keep our home looking lived in while we're away. Heck, she even waters our Christmas tree! I LOVE her detailed daily journal entries and the extra things she does to keep our animals, and ultimately us, happy and secure. We have never had any difficulty with scheduling care, even at the busy holidays. From Wags to Whiskers is highly recommended!

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.

  • 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!

  • 11 years in business
Devon N.
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Jacqui has been my pet sitter for four years. She has worked with every age from puppy through senior for me and has managed to befriend a particularly skeptical Great Dane along with four others. They adore her and watch for her arrival a couple of days even after we get home from vacation. She also regularly does let outs and evening feeding on weekdays that I have work. I'd be lost without her, as would my dogs. I quite honestly wouldn't trust anyone else like I do her.


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


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.


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!


We do all positive dog training from S.T.A.R. puppy through Novice. We also offer Rally, Tricks class, Outdoor Adventure. We have training centers in Williamsburg, Gloucester, Newport News and Suffolk, Va. We also do private lessons. We enjoy seeing the dogs make progress in their training from week to week.

  • 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. Everything...


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.

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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