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Ruff House Dog Training
4.9
from 168 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 310 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Quinn S.
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I cannot say enough good things about Ryan at Ruff House Dog Training! I would recommend his services to anyone. We have a wild 3 year old lab mix who struggled with leash aggression. Two weeks with Ryan and we can walk her down a city street with no issue. Not only did he train our dog, but he gave us great instruction/guidance on how to continue the training. It was an all around a great experience for us. Thank you!!

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  • 17 years in business
  • 196 hires on Thumbtack
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Jen H.
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Denise helped us with our 70-lb 2-year-old rescue dog who has terrible anxiety and was afraid to go outside of the house. It was pretty much impossible to walk her on a leash. We can now walk her without any problems, which feels like a miracle in our house. Denise shows up on time and does what she says she is going to do. She gave my husband a lot of great tools to continue our dog's training. Highly recommend--thank you, Denise!

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Perfect Poochies
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 123 hires on Thumbtack
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Jean B.
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I would highly recommend Perfect Poochies for dog training.

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  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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Dana S.
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Brian has such a calm demeanor and gave us simple directions for helping with our dog's behavior. We chose to have Brian "train us to train our dog" and it has been working beautifully. Brian is easy to communicate with and we would highly recommend him to anyone who needs dog training help.

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Horse and Hound Wellness
5.0
from 53 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 93 hires on Thumbtack
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Leota L.
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JoJo did a great job training my dog, Keesha. In just a few sessions she had Keesha following basic commands such as sit, stay and come. By following her directions I am now able to have a much better behaved dog. Kudos to JoJo. I can,t thank you enough !!!!!

  • 7 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Lynda B.
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Jerry was prompt, pleasant, and seemed to have a good understanding of dogs. Although I haven't implemented all of his recommendations, I have seen some improvement in my dog. I would surely recommend him to others looking for dog training.

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Canine Dominion
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Jay of Canine Dominion is more than just the best dog trainer ever. Once you hire him, it's as if he's become a member of your family -- a really smart, experienced, savvy member of your family who's truly invested in the successful training of your dog. He stands behind his dog training 100% too -- willing to provide additional sessions if needed at no additional charge. Jay brings amazing skills plus integrity to boot. Now if only I could find an auto mechanic version of Jay. ;-)

PackFit
4.5
from 34 reviews
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Gloriana E.
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After searching multiple sites and trying out two other trainers, we found Kimberly on Thumbtack and liked what we read. Her "holistic" approach to dog training really appealed to us and aligned perfectly with our view of the connection between nutrition, physical and mental health, and behavior. When we did the IBAC, we immediately felt a click between the three humans (Kimberly + puppy parents) and Lucy (puppy). Through our work with Kimberly during the training sessions and our practice at home, Lucy has become more calm, responsive, and seems now to recognize us as the "pack leaders". One of the most important lessons we learned is that adjusting on our own energy and behavior is key to effect change in our dog's energy and behavior. It is important to bear in mind that no trainer - no matter how good - can make a dog's behavior change consistently and permanently after the training program without the owners' follow-through. With Kimberly's guidance and our constant practice, we're confident that we will continue making steady progress and nurture a balanced, well-behaved dog and a loving, respecting bond between us.

Wag Ur Tail Dog Training
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra S.
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Our chocolate lab puppy spent a 2-week boot camp with Wag Ur Tail Dog Training. Mike was really kind and attentive to CJ, even posting video updates for us to keep up with his progress. CJ came home with much better manners! We had tried taking him to a local pet store's weekly training but that is a waste of your money. If you have a really smart dog, it needs constant and consistent attention like Mike provides. He's very knowledgeable and top notch in our opinions. Craig and Sandra

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Paw Patrol of VA LLC
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Uttara K.
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Vicky went above and beyond to help me train our new dog and my family. To train our dog to be around d other dogs, she brought her own dogs to the training session! That really helped me and made a big difference! She was very responsive over emails throughout the session and responded to my questions/concerns over email within few hours. She adjusted the training to suit my specific needs. Will definitely recommend to friends.

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Social Tailwaggers, LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca A.
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I couldn't be happier with the training that we've received from Social Tailwaggers. Jodie, our trainer. is so patient and very knowledgeable. The first time we met, we discussed what training I was interested in and what goals we were trying to achieve for my dog, Cooper. Cooper was around 10-11 months old when we began our first training session. She immediately began to introduce new skills and commands to work on training Cooper. After each lesson, Jodie sends a detailed email outlining all of the skills we worked on and suggestions to help with practicing on my own. Jodie was also helpful with recommendations on types of toys and feeding bowls to help with the energy level of my dog. I would highly recommend Social Tailwaggers to anyone who needs help training a new puppy or an older dog. It is well worth the time, money and effort to have a well trained dog and not only are you going to have a well trained, better behaved dog, it's also a lot of fun time spent with your dog.

FourDogLovers
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Saudia J.
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My experience with Kevin was phenomenal! He is EXTREMELY knowledgeable on dog behaviors and helped me to understand too! His level of care and service is very interspesonal. I went out of the country for a week and Kevin took awesome care of my puppy as well as had very successful training sessions with him. What I liked most, he made sure I learned along with my puppy so that I could work on the same things he did in his trainings. He has turned out life around. My pup had no training and now we have a new schedule for everything and I see awesome results! Thank You again Kevin! We will be back and I'll be sure the refer some people to you.

Family Dog Business (FDB)
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Gerald A.
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Mr. Anthony arrived 15 mins early and immediately got to work with my dog. He was extremely professional and well knowledgeable about dogs. He was able to walk my family and I through the entire process of training ourselves and training our dog. I loved his energy and warm spirit. With all that he taught us on how to train our dog I know we’re looking towards a brighter future for our family. Our baby Dice is already getting the hang of the training. He’s so excited to learn. Thank you Anthony for all of your help and knowledge I will DEFINITELY be passing your Information off to other pet lovers.

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  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Donna S.
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We had our first lesson today. Sharon was great with our dog and with us as the owners. She demonstrated how to work with our dog and then had us do the training exercises. She gave us feedback on how to do them which was very helpful. I would highly recommend BarkBusters and in particular, Sharon.

Doggydawgs Pet Services LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Daniela M.
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The best dog care and professional in this area. Honest! Accountable, reliable, fair and affordable. Very accommodating and loving of your pet. Have been using her for YEARS.

Consistent Canine, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna P.
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I have a 5 year old, 85 pound pit bull/boxer mix named Bella, who is as sweet as they come, but she was a beast on the leash....pulling and choking herself making walks really unpleasant for everyone. We tried many different things with her, but nothing seemed to be working. We had Kristy over for 1 hour for training. She gave us some new tools to work with and some new techniques and literally I was able to walk her within 15 minutes!! She is like a new dog, and we are BOTH loving the walks together. I HIGHLY recommend Kristy for any dog training that you need. She is fantastic!!!

Urban Canine
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kate O.
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I was a little nervous about sending my puppy away for puppy camp but Jessica made it so easy. We were in touch multiple times a day, my dog had THE BEST time and came out of it no longer afraid of people and other dogs. At a small gathering of friends the other night, I beamed with pride as my friends described her as just "loving everyone." This is in part because she learned socialization early and it's easier for her to bond and trust (and learn!) Thank you Jessica!

  • 10 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Whiskey D.
Verified review

We have been with Spoiled Paws for almost 9 years now. It is worth having her stop by the house to let my dog out and enjoy the sun for some time during the day. Caroline does a great job with our dog.

The Pet Stop
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna S.
Verified review

Theresia provides the best pet sitting service available. We have two 80 lb. adopted dogs that come with their quirks. Theresia watches them in her house and treats them as part of her family. They are always so excited to visit her that they pull us to her door. We are blessed to have her and you can travel without worries knowing your dogs are being treated as they would be in your own home.

Jordan U.
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My dog LOVES Jessica. She's watched him many times and he never is frightened to be left at her place (or left at my apt with her watching). She's a friend to all animals and hiring her would be a great decision. A+!

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    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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