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Sylvia's K-9 Services
4.9
from 165 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 285 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel L.
Verified review

Sylvia is a true dog whisperer and she has saved our family many times. The first time I was almost in tears because my puppies were fighting all the time and I was afraid I might have to re-home one of them. She calmly told me that all I needed to do was learn how to be the pack leader. She was right! Once the dogs knew my husband and I were in charge, they no longer fought each other for dominance. The next time was when my husband was away in the army and I became too sick to take care of my dogs. My dogs are my babies and I'm so grateful that Sylvia was there to watch over them. She took care of them as if they were her own until I got better and my husband came home. They were so happy and healthy and vibrant when we picked them up. Sylvia has also taught me how to do service dog training with my dog, Ike. Sylvia loves all creatures, human or animal, and has a big heart. She especially reaches out to help veterans and the disabled. There is no one else I would trust more with my family, you can trust her with yours.

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Riverside Dog Training
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patricia J.
Verified review

Ada was prompt in responding to my initial request for dog trainers near my home and after discussing what needs to be accomplished explained what she believed would be necessary and how much it would cost giving me the opportunity to talk it over with my daughter (the dog's real owner) who will get back with me tomorrow about the degree of commitment to help pay for the service. Ada kindly accepted the delay and pleasantly offered the suggestion that if it didn't work out just now she would be happy to help whenever we were ready. So, I already know we are going to hire her because she is so flexible and considerate regarding our circumstances and needs.

Dog Gone Good Training, LLC
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah F.
Verified review

Anne is fantastic! If you are looking for any kind of behavior issues such as obsessive barking, anxiety, dog aggression and the like, she is the best trainer to go for and at a great price! My rescued pitbull is aggressive towards other dogs and Anne started by observing his behavior on a walk around my house. She carefully listened to my stories about when dog fights would happen. My pitbull gave no sign of attack until after latching on. Later, Anne asked any family members to bring their dog to see how mine would react if properly introduced. It is always moment to moment training, meaning: Anne will instruct me to walk by the other dog or let my dog see another and when he is calm, he can proceed to the next step. ONLY after we have achieved a level a calmness and proper body language will the dogs go closer to one another. And it is always at YOUR comfort level. If you think your dog will react, you can take precautions or if your dog is in the same room as another, Anne does not push for a greeting if it doesn't seem to be happening. I would highly recommend for anyone.

One On One Dog Training
4.8
from 32 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Catrina S.
Verified review

Cindy Wilson is an excellent dog trainer. She even trained my dog to ring the bill to let me know when he wants to go out. I still call her till this day when I have dog training questions. Even though she's now in another state. I highly recommend her services.

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WB K9 Training
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeff A.
Verified review

Wendy is the best dog trainer by far in this area. Totally legit and amazing what she can do for your dog. I guarantee you won't be disappointed and you will be seriously amazed at the results. Worth every penny!!!

Misty Mountain K9
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Lorraine K.
Verified review

Laura has been excellent to work with. She is still training my dog, but keeps me updated every couple days.

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

OMG- GREAT! Cheryl was the third trainer for my dog. 1st trainer: Said my dog was aggressive and would not work with him until put in 3 weeks of work. 2nd trainer: said my dog was reactive, was willing to work with me, however was on travel for 6 weeks. Cheryl: day one (eval) was growled at by my dog- but was super duper patience and was able to PET him by the end of the session! We started with 4 personal sessions for me and my dog (to keep everyone safe and be smart). Two session in - I was able to move to classes! We are have passed obedience level 1 and are now on to obedience 2 and agility and still WOW! I have an awesome dog that I am proud of. Also, I am a better paw-rent for the training i have received. I shopped around for trainer-- learn from me and go with the Zoom Room!!

  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Teresa S.
Verified review

We have been working with April for a little over a month to train our rescue dog Milo. April is easy to work with and our dog responds positively to her. I like how she has goals for us to work on, but also addresses any issues we have with Milo during the week. I also appreciate that she comes to our house, so we can work on issues specific to our environment. I highly recommend April if you are looking for a dog (or people) trainer.

  • 16 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Pam N.
Verified review

I work with Denise at Bark & Ride, I also board my 2 dogs with her when I am out of town. My dogs & all the dogs she cares for LOVE her, I trust her implicitly with my dogs, she has double gates at the entrance, a very large play yard (she picks up poop several times a day), the dogs are brought inside a smaller yard next to the house at night, where they can go inside the heated sleeping quarters if they choose. I pick up & take 10 -12 of her dogs to the dog park twice a week, I work closely with all of her clients & they trust her absolutely. The only negative feedback I have ever heard was from a helper that was let go.

Emerald Meadows K-9
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Kyle M.
Verified review

The trainer is clear with instructions and patient. She is clearly knowledgeable and has a love for dogs as well as training.

K9 Command
4.4
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene L.
Verified review

Jevry is an outstanding dog trainer. She is very patient, clear with commands and knowledgeable. My dog instantly responded to her training techniques and she helped me get a very reactive dog under control. I highly recommend K9 Command.

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Pam M.
Verified review

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.
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.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sh B.
Verified review

In the past 15 years we have used several dog trainers and Thomas is by far the most knowledgable in terms of understanding dog psychology. He takes a training approach much like the parenting approach that I take with my children. The dogs are able to understand what you want from them without the need to be domineering or requiring any type of negative reinforcement. He has been able to answer and address all of my questions/issues and explain a solution in a very concise and pragmatic way!

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
KADEANA R.
Verified review

Awesome experience. I have an older dog who is getting more aggressive with strangers and she managed to win him over and one dog that is much younger and a total sweetheart. She successfully help me while I was on vacation and my husband and daughter works long and odd hours. We did not want to leave them created for too long. Angelica came in with a key and walked the dogs. I really loved her app, that shared with me pictures and their adventures together. I am very grateful for her help.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Luke P.
Verified review

We have a 4 year old German Shepherd Dog, Lila, that is a perpetual puppy--extremely high energy and playful. We were having a lot of issues while out walking or hiking with her because of constant pulling and leash reactivity around other dogs. We found Julie and were immediately impressed with her resume of handling large dogs (Malamutes) and training them through positive reinforcement. Julie has been full of valuable tips and strategies that have focused on positive reinforcement, repetition, and the gradual increase of distractions when training. After several sessions and lots of practice in the neighborhood, we are really starting to see results. Taking Lila out for a stroll is now much more pleasant and manageable. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Julie and would absolutely recommend her!

WonderDog Pet Care
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Bryan T.
Verified review

Isis walks our two Saint Bernards twice a week for us. She is always there, communicates if there will be a change in time or a change in dates. She is accommodating when we have changes. My dogs LOVE Isis and view her as a treat to their week. Isis also helps us be better doggie parents with training tips. One of our Saints is aggressive to smaller dogs and some people and Isis always has her under control and she is behaving better when we walk her. I can not say enough good things about her, we have used her services for over a year now and will continue to do so till our dogs pass away.

Jacqui of All Trades
4.3
from 7 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Ben W.
Verified review

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!

Supersonic Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Nicole H.
Verified review

Cameron is an awesome dog trainer! He took my concerns seriously and gave me hope when I thought my dog could not be trained and the problems couldn't be fixed. He was very professional and explained everything thoroughly and made sure I was comfortable with what I was doing. He is a great teacher and worked wonders with my dog! I highly recommend him!!!!

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.

    The Dog Within
    5.0
    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.

    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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