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Sylvia's K-9 Services
from 165 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 277 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
  • 180 hires on Thumbtack
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Rondale W.
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Martha was very helpful and knowledgeable. She was very thorough and helped us better understand our dog's behavior. We adopted our german shepherd mix about a year ago and have been trying to resolve the issues on our own but have been unsuccessful. We are so glad we hired Martha and got her assistance. She showed us how to fix our dog's issues on the leash and now our dog is enjoyable to walk, when before it was always a battle. She also helped us with our dog's barking and anxiety around strangers. Martha seems very passionate about helping dogs and their owners and even gave us a follow up phone call after our visit. We are also glad that we hired her because she is available by phone if we need any further assistance. Overall, great experience!

Dog Gone Good Training, LLC
from 32 reviews
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Derek R.
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Anne is great, and we are seeing constant improvement in our dog's behavior using Anne's recommendations. Super simple and it works!

One On One Dog Training
from 32 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 95 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

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WB K9 Training
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 20 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
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
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!

Curlette's Critter Care
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jason G.
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Nancy is absolutely amazing, having made real, substantive contact with four animals, some of which are wary at best, in the span of just a few minutes. She has a gift. I couldn't recommend her more heartily.

  • 16 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.

Pet Coach to the Rescue
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Betty H.
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My experience has been a very good one. I had been having trouble with my dog biting me when we went for walks. That problem seems to be solved. Shawna's understanding of animals has helped to translate some of the dog speak for me. In other she has been able to explain the dog's actions for me and to tell me how to deal with her, I am very grateful for her help.

the Dog Sensei
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Judi R.
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We have a little Shih Tzu named Oliver. Oliver is a year old and was out of control. He would not listen, sit, or stay. I found Alex and life has been so much better with Oliver!! He sits when told and stays for a little bit. We are still working on it! :) Alex is patient and kind. You can see right away that he loves animals and most importantly, animals love him back! Oliver took to Alex immediately. Alex has a very gently and patient approach. He gets results as after only 2 sessions Oliver was sitting, staying, and listening much better. I highly recommend Alex and I will be continuing our sessions with him and Oliver.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
John L.
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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.

Jacqui of All Trades
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!

Whit's Pet Sits
from 1 review
    Anna S.
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    Whit is truly a dog whisperer, but really she's talented with all animals! She considers them her "patients", and has the best of the best bed side manners. We still call on her for any questions and concerns we have with our pets, and can't wait for her to house sit for us again :) Thanks Whit for all you do.


    I have more than five years experience of having dogs and cats. I am patient. I am nice. I work full time at weekends. Feel free to contact me.


    I love dogs and have three of my own. I am dependable, friendly, responsible and dedicated in taking care of all kinds of animals.


    My home business includes walking dogs, or any animal you need to be walked. I will feed the animals. I do over all great care of your animal(s).

    • 22 years in business

    I am very good with all kinds of ages, religions, cultures and backgrounds.


    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.

    • 9 years in business

    I used to work a full time as well as a part time job while trying to take care of my amazing pets. To me they were family and I was hesitant to trust just anyone to care for them as I would when I was away. After realizing the lack of qualified and trustworthy options there are for pet owners, I became frustrated. I decided to turn that frustration into inspiration. Shortly after that my career and free time changed for the better and I decided to help others with the same dilemma. My goal is to provide you with the confidence and security to leave your pets under the care of someone equally as dedicated to their health, happiness and overall well being. This inspiration started out as an occasional hobby or activity and quickly developed into a fast growing business. I have many loyal customers (owners and pets ). I am grateful to be doing something I love.


    Grooming is more than just a bit of pet pampering; it is an important step in keeping your pet happy and healthy. Regular baths and nail trims help remove harmful germs from fur and paws that get picked up as your dog plays outside. It also provides an opportunity for the groomer to notice and treat dried or cracked paw pads and observe skin issues.

    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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