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Sylvia's K-9 Services
4.9
from 166 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 289 hires on Thumbtack
Shelton C.
Verified review

Sylvia came over, to give us advice on our 4 month old Yorkie/Havanese pup - Yoda, who is a handful. She answered all our queries and concerns, spent time teaching us commands for Yoda as well as training Yoda to follow them. We were impressed with how well she handled Yoda and taught him to respond. She is very informative, knowledgeable, patient and passionate about what she does. We like the fact that Sylvia came home to train Yoda in his home environment. We also like the fact that she available via a phone call and can be contacted anytime we have any concerns. We recommend her if you are looking for a good dog trainer. We will definitely be using her for our next dog training session.Thanks Sylvia for easing our minds. Yoda is already showing signs of improvement.

Top Pro
  • 32 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer G.
Verified review

Martha helped us with training issues with our 1 year old basset hound and our 13 year old corgi. We recently had a new baby and with the change in the household had issues with fighting between the dogs. We also had other training with the bassett hound such as barking and taking and chewing baby items, shoes, and socks. Martha was wonderful, it has been about a week since she was here and we have seen a large improvement in all the areas needed. I would highly recommend using her if you have any issues to work through with your dogs.

One On One Dog Training
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
Susan T.
Verified review

Cindy was amazing! On our first visit, we learned how to improve everything from the crate we have our dog sleep in, to the food we feed our dog. We learned some basics of dog training, and have seen vast improvements already in his behavior. Cindy is easy to talk to, and non judgmental. She obviously loves animals very much, and wants only the best for you and your pet. We are beyond happy with our experience with Cindy!

Misty Mountain K9
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole A.
Verified review

It's obvious that the trainer, Laura, is truly dedicated to training each K9 according to it's particular personality. I've seen her work with the most timid to the most unruly with diligence and respect. I struggle with complex PTSD and treatment resistant major depressive disorder. My13lb Havanese rescue was already quite attached to me, but needed some basic obedience skills. Informing me that she trains Emotional Support Animals; she trained him in basic as well as advanced obedience skills. Laura took care of all of the paperwork to have my young man certified, she provided the service vest, a certificate, an ID card and all of the equipment and knowledge necessary to personally continue his training so he can accompany me during my day to day activities. Over the phone, I interviewed 3 other trainers and am happy that I chose Blue Ridge Working K9. My boy is well on his way to being able to be by my side in any location or situation. Thank You Laura.

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WB K9 Training
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Caitlin M.
Verified review

We had a great experience with Wendy and WB K9 Training. We did a 2-week board and train with our dog, Magic, and Wendy was able to correct all of the issues we were having with her. Magic listens, follows commands and no longer has leash aggression. Huge improvement all thanks to Wendy!!

Zoom Room Seattle
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa B.
Verified review

We love Zoom Room! The staff are amazing, especially Olivia at the front desk! The owner Cheryl is truly a gifted dog trainer and an all-around awesome person. Zoom Room offers numerous classes and you will find no trainer more dedicated to you and your pup than Cheryl; she has taught me so much about being a good handler and my dog Xedo loves her. Xedo has excelled at Agility under her awesome direction and insight. Even now, while he is recovering from ACL surgery, Cheryl has been so awesome, checking on him and offering ideas and encouragement. Cheryl is going to help us build strength in his knee, by utilizing one of her class specialties, “Puplates”! Best of all Zoom Room is a community gathering place where like-minded, fun loving dog owners and their awesome pups can meet up; whether it’s for "Agility League Night" (a friendly competition for pups and their peeps!) or celebrating while playing games and enjoying lite fare. Xedo even had his 6th birthday party at Zoom Room! Boy was that fun!! We have so many favorite events at Zoom Room it's hard to name them all! Cheryl is so awesome at putting together parties to celebrate every new season, including holiday photos shoots for pups and their owners. There is no better training studio around! If you are looking for a great community to connect with while learning tons about training your dog and having lots of fun while doing it, look no further! Zoom Room is perfect!

  • 16 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Julie C.
Verified review

I've used Bark 'n Ride for the past 4 years for training, doggy day care and boarding. Its great having some you trust to watch over your dogs. Denise goes above and beyond!

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Kim O.
Verified review

Our experience with Latony's Dog Training so far has been exceptional! Very responsive, very professional and very compassionate toward dogs. During our initial meeting they focused on learning exactly what we are looking for in training our dog and are helping us to created a long-term plan. We can't wait to get started on this process!

the Dog Sensei
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Julie L.
Verified review

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.

Jessica Renon
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle R.
Verified review

I started training with Jessica in December (2014) and I am crazy about her! I have never had good luck with personal trainers, they never seemed to sincerely care about me and my success. But Jessica is truly one of a kind. She is excited about the workout, and that is contagious! She modifies the workout based on my capabilities and never ever makes me feel bad or like a failure for needing the modifications. She sets the bar extremely high, expects you to clear it and encourages you the entire time. I find myself wanting to work harder and push myself harder just to make her proud! She is the best, you won't be sorry when you sign up with her.

Karen's critters
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine W.
Verified review

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.

  • 2 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.

Fall City Puppy School
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer I.
Verified review

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.

Any Breed Training
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Linda K.
Verified review

Nikki is awesome! I have 2 dogs, one is older and the other is just under two years old. Neither is out of control or major nuisance, but there was room for improvement. The younger one is leery of people and a bit skittish. At our first meeting the young walked up to Nikki and allowed herself to be pet and she was at ease. We are just about a month into training and all is going well. The dogs have responded well to the training and I've seen significant improvement.

Honest To Dog Training LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Thomas A.
    Verified review

    This was my first time sending my dogs off for professional training, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. My wife and I have 2 60-lb hounds, 4 and 5 years old. Throughout their lives, we have spent a lot of time working working with them on our own, using what knowledge and techniques we could gain from books and YouTube videos (and there are a lot). But the two weeks Gillie and Bronson spent with Charli brought them further than anything toward their path to the well-behaved dogs we’ve been striving for. The best part about the training, though, was the tools and skills Charli gave us to practice with at home. She met us at our level and taught us just what we need to feel confident. We are very satisfied, thanks Charli!!

    Nascent Phoenix
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 4 hires on Thumbtack
    Jas D.
    Verified review

    Janelle responded to my call right away. She came out the same day as I had to separate my dogs with the issue I was having. She has years of experience and it shows. As soon as she walked through the gate my dogs knew she was in charge. She thoroughly explained what the issue was and how to correct it. My dogs are now super happy together. We are following all the advise she has given us. I am so Thankful that I found her. I would highly recommend Janelle to anyone with any type of dog training .

    • 8 years in business
    John B.
    Verified review

    I highly recommend the Pawsitive Packleader whether you are getting a puppy, having issues with an older dog, or need guidance for whatever stage your dog is in. They are incredibly committed and are in your corner when you are their client. Prescott helped train my dog when he was a puppy, and he and Richard keep coming up with new training and exercise ideas as he moves into adulthood. They also referred me to an nutritionist (Patti) who was helpful as I looked towards an overwhelming amount of dietary choices for my dog.

    Sound Animal Services
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Jo C.
      Verified review

      I have worked with other dog trainers but Jeff goes so much further than most. He gave our border terrier the chance she needed and all our lives are so much the better for it.

      Mighty Mutt

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        Maggi McClure is a certified dog trainer (CPDT), and she holds a professional membership with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. For over 15 years, Maggi has been coaching people and their dogs in a broad capacity. She has taught and trained family dog obedience at some of the top training and boarding kennels in Western Washington both as a staff trainer and head trainer. Maggi assisted and taught agility for the Rainier Agility Team and MAC Agility Center. As a head trainer at the Canine Country Club, she created a new training program that focused on the use of positive feedback to the dog for behavioral issues, socialization, and manners. Maggi now resides on Vashon Island where she offers her training services to the island community and surrounding Puget Sound area. In-home consultations, teaching classes and coaching other canine professionals has all been part of her path as a trainer. Maggi has also worked as a commercial and movie animal trainer, and she has trained for companies such as Panasonic, Warner Brothers, Iams, and PetSmart. With such a broad background in training and her experience competing and teaching in agility, herding, and having two Delta Society therapy dogs, Maggi brings both a high-skill level and a creative approach in helping owners resolve issues or setting new goals for their pets. We offer creative solutions for you and your dog or puppy.

        Clare's Pet Sitting

        New To Thumbtack

          About

          I have taken care of several animals (cats, dogs, horses, and all small pets), either of my own or for others. I volunteered with a dog rescue and have learned valuable dog safety and training skills. I have a passion for animals and grant the best and very thorough care for your pets!

          Dog Training with Becc

          New To Thumbtack

            About

            You can think of training as learning life lessons. Pet dogs have the capacity to become a loving, even tempered, and well-mannered member of the family. All it takes is hard work dedicated to teaching dogs according to how they learn individually. My understanding of dog communication and cognition allows me to accommodate various levels of intelligence and energy in order to structure a lesson plan for individual dog needs. Training should motivate confidence and problem solving which can be built upon to gain consistency in proper behavior, end unwanted behaviors and strengthen the bond of your family.

            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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