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Sylvia's K-9 Services
4.9
from 166 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 290 hires on Thumbtack
Mary J.
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Sylvia is super knowledgeable with dogs. She understands the psychology of dogs and really helped us with our dog's behavior! We found her to be super efficient and gave us a lot of help in training our dog. When she walked through the door, my dog immediately behaved and did exactly what Sylvia asked of him. She worked on our dog's barking, and other behavior. We immediately saw results in the first hour, and continue to see improvement after she left. She was extremely gentle , and uses only positive reinforcement with our dog. She also answered our many phone calls to her afterwards and she was always gracious. We like her very much and will not hesitate recommending her. Jim from Redmond, WA

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  • 32 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Phil R.
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Remarkable change in our dog's behavior and demeanor with one 3 1/2 hour session with Martha. Well worth the time, effort and $$$

One On One Dog Training
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Staci S.
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Already seeing improvement after one session. She caught a lot of little issues we hadn’t thought were issues as we just dismissed them as puppy behavior or a phase

Misty Mountain K9
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Vania S.
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Laura brought a much needed personal touch to the training of our dog. Behavior modification - Coco no longer has that wild and crazy uncontrolled energy she had before training. Children are no longer afraid to pet her and my 9yr old is no longer her chew toy😆. She comes when you call, respond quickly when chastised and walking her is a joy!!

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WB K9 Training
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Kippy B.
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Wendy has done such a good job working with our St. Bernard puppy. She was very patient but firm and consistent with our stubborn dog. :) She truly loves dogs and I have already recommended her to several of my friends. Thanks Wendy!

Zoom Room Seattle
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Kendra A.
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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!

Emerald Meadows K-9
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Briana S.
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We went through Belynda's 8 week training course with our 7 month old boston terrier, Lucy. Lucy started out as a goofy, easily distracted puppy who walked zigzag on a leash. Belynda helped turn Lucy into an obedient little puppy. She also helped us better understand: the training process, Lucy's behavior & how to react to or correct Lucy to get the best results out of the training program. She was also able to help us address some of the small issues we were having at home with Lucy (jumping up on people, chewing on inappropriate things, etc.) It was a great course for all of us!

  • 16 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Nona P.
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Denise tolerated my wild dog and took him on as a client with all his bad behavior. Hope that she can work miracles.

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Pam M.
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We have a 100 pound 5 year old German Shepard that was aggressive to other dogs while on leash. They helped us understand his behavior on leash. They are still helping me be more consistent and watch and understand the cues my dog is giving me. I appreciate their patience and true passion for helping did owners help their dogs.

the Dog Sensei
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Julie L.
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We have met with Alex once, and have scheduled another session this week. He has such a calm and reassuring demeanor, and our dog responded very well to him! We've been implementing his advice in our training routine and have seen results already! Our energetic 1 year old puppy is jumping less, barking less, and listens to us more.

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Emily M.
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My husband and I went on a two week road trip out of state to visit family. We needed a sitter to look after our two cats, one of whom has emotional attachment issues to the point that he develops health issues if he doesn't get consistent attention (he's even had to go to the hospital in the past). We are so, so thankful we found Angelica!! Angelica has pets on her own and "gets it"- she gave our cats (and two mice) consistent daily cuddles, food, water, and even cleaned the cat box for us. She also sent daily updates which we really appreciated. Our overly-attached kitty was happy as a clam when we returned; no health issues at all!! And all for a super reasonable fee. We will absolutely be using Leash the Dog Services again in the future!!

Karen's critters
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine W.
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Karen is extremely knowledgable in animal care, placement and training. Her passion for these animals drives her to find and utilize every possible resource to find animals the best forever homes and the training necessary for a long happy life for the animals and their new families. You won't find anyone else with her amazing capabilities.

Jacqui of All Trades
4.3
from 7 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Ben W.
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Jacqui was asked to jump into a very difficult situation and she was absolutely marvelous. I watched Jacqui train four dogs for a commercial shoot, in which, she had very little time to prepare and time was of the essence. It was a complete success! Jacqui has a confident demeanor and knows how to work with animals proficiently. With over 6 years of experience, I can't think of a better trainer for our commercial shoot. Jacqui is kind and respectful and was the lynchpin in ensuring the success of our shoot and ultimately our commercial spot. We could not have done it without her. If you need your dog trained, call her right now! You will not be disappointed. Thank you, Jacqui for all of your help! I will be calling you again, when my director tells me that our talent is a bunch of pooches. You rock!

Fall City Puppy School
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer I.
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Janet was a pleasure to work with! She came to our home to help us manage our dogs fear/phobia that was progressively getting worse. She had great ideas that we would have never thought of and helped us practice and refine some training techniques. She even helped us with our other dog and issues we hadn't planned on dealing with in that session. She answered all our questions and made sure we felt good about everything before she left. Highly recommend working with Janet who clearly loves animals and is good at what she does.

Dog Walking by Cassie
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca H.
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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.

Asya
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Jane T.
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Asya is amazing worker! She really takes care of my animals with love and big responsibility. Thanks a lot!

Diana wijgand
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Sandra W.
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Diana always takes care of our 2 guinea pigs when we are abroad. They are not the hardest pets to take care of but they do need attention and to be fet. Diana does it so well the animals come back more social then we left them. She also cuts their nails and grooms them. Because of her background in the veterinary field she also keeps an close eye on their health and wellbeing.Diana also knows how to treat small ailments and when to go to the vet. With her your pets are save, healthy and most importantly well loved.

  • 22 years in business
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I am very good with all kinds of ages, religions, cultures and backgrounds.

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I have always loved animals my whole life. I have never not had a pet such as dogs, cats, chickens, horses, a bunny, fish etc. Taking care of animals is practically in my nature.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I am a Deland based animal lover/dog trainer. I was raised surrounded by animals and began with training my own dogs. I have experience with dogs, cats, birds, some reptiles and horses. I can provide pet sitting, dog walking, assistance with problem behaviors and dog training.

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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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