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Sylvia's K-9 Services
from 167 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 293 hires on Thumbtack
Sean M.
Verified review

Sylvia walked into our home and immediately went to work. I would highly recommend to help with any of your dog training/behavior needs. She even gave us advice on nutrition.

Top Pro
  • 32 years in business
  • 190 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rosanna Z.
Verified review

Very knowledgeable trainer . Gave us lots of advices on nutrition, understanding on the behavior of our dog. Our dog who is aggressive to most of our guests at home was so different after Martha came. He was calm and learnt to be respectful to her instantly. Amazing!

Top Pro
Optimum Dog
from 53 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Laura M.
Verified review

Jennifer and her partner Anna are terrific. Their experience shows and their confidence in commanding my puppy is contagious. They come to my house and work wit the whole family, even the cat! I had an alpha before this new puppy and wish I had accessed their expertise back then for my prior dog's problem behavior. They know dogs and are realistic about training. I recommend them highly.

One On One Dog Training
from 33 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff H.
Verified review

From the first 30 minutes of Cindy walking into our home we knew this was a great idea. After our first lesson there was such an amazing difference in the behavior of our two dogs it made our heads spin. Will i continue to use her? YES... will i recommend her? YES

Dog Gone Good Training, LLC
from 32 reviews
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Derek R.
Verified review

Anne is great, and we are seeing constant improvement in our dog's behavior using Anne's recommendations. Super simple and it works!

Paws Afoot
from 21 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
Verified review

Where would we be without Lise? We would be a "dogless" home, and our dog's fate would have been difficult to bear. We brought our Norwegian Elkhound mix home from PAWS in February of 2014. There happened to be someone home over the first several weeks of having her in our home, and there were no problems. We fell head over heels in love with her. However, the first time (and every time thereafter)she was left alone she tore through the trash, chewed on the windowsills, and knocked what she could over that was along the wall (for example, my boxes of pictures organized by date), and spread and chewed up the items throughout the house. We tried to crate her. No go. Chewed through and escaped the first two crates, and then tried to chew through the industrial crate we purchased, but only succeeded in cutting her gums and lips and leaving a small pool of blood on the crate floor. (Her bottom teeth are little worn nubs, so she's apparently been a dog to chew out of places for quite some time ~ she is about 9 years old.) We couldn't trust her inside, so we put her out with a thunder jacket on when no one would be home. She chewed through the fence and escaped. We sheet metaled the interior of the fence. She threw her body weight against the gates until they popped open and escaped. We put locks on the gates. She barked incessantly and we bore the wrath of neighbors. At home, she would follow me from room to room, scared to let me out of her sight. We are first time dog owners. Our love bug was a menace. We needed some serious help. Enter Lise. Lise was friendly, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. She was reliable, trustworthy, sincere, and her love and enthusiasm for her craft is contagious. She was truly empathetic, and, thankfully, reassuring in regards to our “problem child”. She taught us about the tools of the trade, how to read our dog’s behaviors, how to change our dog’s behaviors, and how to interact with her in a positive way that would reinforce the training. Lise follows a positive training model, so we never felt as though we had to hurt or deprive our dog to get results. She was very up front about the commitment it would take from us to work with the tools she would give us to help manage our dog’s separation anxiety. It was going to take a lot. Over a six week period, Lise would come over once a week to check on the progress of the prior week and to teach us how to move into the next phase in her training for the following week. She would call and /or Skype each week in addition to the visit as well. She also worked in tangent with our veterinarian as part of the process in helping our dog cope with her separation anxiety. Because our dog was extremely dog aggressive as well, Lise taught us how to muzzle train her. She doesn’t like wearing it, but now allows us to put it on with no problems and doesn’t make a fuss. Slowly, but surely, we began to see improvements. We would have setbacks, but definitely were moving into a manageable situation. Today, we are in a totally different place from where we were when we brought our dog home seven months ago, and before our 6 week training program with Lise. I can go to work for the day and not have to worry (too much) about what she’s doing at home. She is able to stay in the house with a doggy door access outside without any problems (as long as I put the cat food up, make sure not to leave any food on the counters, and shut the trash cans away in the bathroom). It’s unbelievable! If it were not for Lise’s patience, understanding, never give up attitude, and help in training our 9 year old “pup” to manage her anxiety, we would have been in deep, deep trouble (no shelters would have ever taken her as she is on record for attacking another dog). She saved us a lot of heartache. She is a wonderful dog trainer who I can’t recommend strongly enough. She truly wants the dog and the family to succeed. What she did in my home with our dog is nothing short of a miracle!

Zoom Room Seattle
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Kendra A.
Verified review

I have loved my experience at Zoom Room! The prices are reasonable and positive training is working very well for me and my pup. Cheryl is extremely knowledgeable and intuitive about my dog's behavior and has been patient with me as I learn how to use the clicker. Also, she was understanding when I had a problem with my payment card, which I feel is an example of her non-judgmental and easy-going attitude. I will definitely continue my training at Zoom Room!

Harmony at Home
from 17 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
David T.
Verified review

I've known Ana for several years. She helped me so much with my dog and did my dog's service training. You will not find a more capable trainer for either animals or humans. I recently watched her break up what was going to be a dog fight while talking to a client on the telephone without hesitation and while maintaining her conversation with the client. We are still laughing about that.

K9 Command
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Duncan H.
Verified review

After just 2 sessions I'm already seeing tremendous improvements with my dog, an 11 year old shepherd mix rescue with dog-aggression issues. I recently started working at Amazon and want to take my dog to work, but her behavior with other dogs (barking, growling, lunging) would be unacceptable in the workplace. I am confident Jevry will quickly get my dog to be well-behaved around other dogs. Jevry also very honest, talking me out of a 9 session training plan, telling me she thinks a 5 session plan would be enough. Her price is a great deal; it would be hard to find such a good trainer at this price.

Curlette's Critter Care
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Linda A.
Verified review

Nancy Curlette provides exceptional pet-sitting services! She goes above and beyond the call of duty and spends considerable time bonding with pets and owners alike. She is conscientious and dependable at all times. I have pets with special needs and she has even taken them to the vet while I have been away. Nancy has taken the time to educate me regarding my pets' health issues and behaviors. Her communication with pet owners while they are away is informative and comforting. Nancy's pet-sitting services are exemplary - her professionalism shines through! I highly recommend Curlette's Critter Care.

Pet Coach to the Rescue
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Jackie B.
Verified review

We recently adopted our dog and noticed some behavior issues resulting from previous abuse. The rescue organization recommended that we contact Shawna for advice. I told Shawna the problems we were experiencing and she gave me some suggestions over the phone. We set up an appointment for her to meet our new dog and evaluate the situation. After our first meeting it was clear that she could help us. She was able to identify the cause of the behavior we were dealing with and gave us effective tips to help us deal with his triggers and build his confidence so that he could feel safe. The training sessions that we have had so far have shown remarkable results. Our dog is more relaxed and looks forward to his training every day. He is happy to show off his skills to Shawna at his next session with her. Shawna has a very common sense approach to training and her advise if followed provides an opportunity for any dog to be successful. My husband and I believe in giving rescue dogs a home whenever possible and if we adopt another dog in the future Shawna will be the first call we make to help us navigate the unknown of our new pet's history. I cannot say enough good things about our experience dealing with her.

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
John L.
Verified review

Julie's knowledge and expertise were evident from the clear instructions she provided to me and the way she interacted with my Husky-Mal mix, Koda. Koda would go crazy whenever she encountered other dogs when we took our walks, so I sought Julie's help in finding ways to deal with those situations, as well as ways to help introduce her to known friendly dogs. She brought her dogs (Malamutes) to assess Koda's reactivity and we worked on exercises to divert her attention and to gradually approach and greet her dog in a more controlled manner. She also showed me how to prevent Koda from jumping up when greeting people and tips on training her to greet people politely. I've been practicing what I learned with Koda and her behavior has definitely improved. I'd recommend Julie/Learning 4 Life Dog Training to anyone looking for training and practical advice using positive reinforcement.

  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rick And Tammy F.
Verified review

Gina's business is 'One Good Dog' and Gina is 'One Good Trainer'!! We got a new puppy and asked Gina to help us with training her. It was amazing watching how our dog's behavior changed before our eyes as Gina worked with her. By Gina's 3rd session (over about two-three months), we had gotten a second puppy and she was able to help with the transition of our 2nd puppy into our home. Gina is a professional, has the education and experience to understand both animal behavior and nutrition. We feel we were extremely fortunate to learn of Gina's services and are very happy with the results. Gina is also very personable and we very much enjoyed our sessions with her. We highly recommend Gina's training to anyone who wants good behaviour in their pets.

K-9 Partnership
from 5 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michael A.
Verified review

What makes Daphne stand out as a trainer is that her competence, integrity and authenticity in what she does shines through. There is a level of ability Daphne has to not just understand canine behavior, but a Deep Understanding of the mechanics in dog psychology. This is something not all trainers have!! Her website was a major selling point for us. She volunteered lots of information that other trainers are charging for. All in all, Daphne is highly professional, personable and immensely knowledgeable. I would recommend her services to any dog owner.

Dog Walking by Cassie
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca H.
Verified review

Cassie started walking my dog every day while I'm at work a couple of weeks ago. She's been very reliable and conscientious, and understands dog behavior, so I'm confident my dog is getting a great walk while I'm not there to take her out.

Northwest Dog Retreat
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Hailee H.
Verified review

Carol at Northwest Dog Retreat is truly exceptional. I adopted a small dog from an animal shelter and was extremely overwhelmed in the beginning when I first began to discover some of his behavioral issues. As a first time dog owner, I was unsure how to deal with his fears and also my own. I knew I was not equipped to train a dog with fears and aggressions on my own and I was thankful to have been able to find Carol at Northwest Dog Retreat. Carol really took the time to listen to me and my concerns, and with her knowledge, help and guidance, Bruno has totally turned around and is more outgoing and expressive than ever. She is caring, intuitive and truly has a special way with animals. She has given me tools, tips and support through out the process and I am so grateful to have met her! Not only does she help with behavioral training in her own home and well as public arenas, she has boarding and the retreat location is beautiful! Plenty of space for dogs to run and play and enjoy. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone. Her true passion sets her apart from the others. Thank you Carol!

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tanya J.
Verified review

I truly love Christy’s skill and common sense in her training and techniques. Her simple training solution to my pups behavior with potty training, jumping, biting, and bolting out the front door have diminished with her easy daily training solutions and commands in just weeks. My dogs really enjoy her fun training games and her kind patients and loving nature. Christy works with you and your schedule and comes to your home to assist in the training process. Her prices are reasonable and affordable too! I highly recommended Christy for anyone with dog behavior or training needs.

City Pets
from 2 reviews
    Elizabeth E.
    Verified review

    I have worked with Cheryl on several occassions and she has been instrumental in introducing me to Animal Communication. We have worked together with my own personal pets as well as some of my clients animals. She has dealt situations that were both behavioral and emotional in nature with very accurate and positive outcomes after her connection. Cheryl's communication skills and insght into these pets has been invaluable and very beneficial. Cheryl worked with my cat Emi who began displaying inappropriate peeing and pooping behavior. Through her animal communication she was able to talk with Emi and find out why she was unahappy. I was able to change some situations and thankfully this behavior has stopped! Words cannot express my gratitude to Cheryl for her insight ,compassion and kindness while communicating with Casey, my Cairn Terrier of 19 1/2 years. She helped guide us to a very bittersweet yet peaceful parting. I will be eternally grateful. Elizabeth

    The Dog Within
    from 1 review
    • 10 years in business
    Margaret K.
    Verified review

    Phenomenal trainer! Great at helping animals with behavioral problems or if you just want to teach your dog to sit and stay he can do that too. He has been able to make aggressive animals adoptable and trained many animals for television roles.


    I have worked with behavior modification with abused, neglected, and/or mistreated animals for about 11 years now. My full-time job is working as a veterinary technician, and I have always done behavior work on the side with local rescues and shelters. I generally work with those dogs that "no one can get through to." My goal is to help bring families and their pets closer and to help educate families on how to better understand and read their four- legged companions. I offer behavior modification to obtain a happy family and pet.


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      We help with your unruly pet! What we offer: - Basic and advanced obedience training - Behavior problems - Canine Good Citizen - C.L.A.S.S. teacher and evaluator We offer fun training for the whole family. We have over 30 years of professional experience.

      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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