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Olympia Dog Trainers

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

Cindy knows so much! She was so helpful; my puppy is so much more obedient even just after the first session. I will definitely continue to ask Cindy for help with all of my dog training needs.

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

She was awesome! Laura did everything I asked her to do and more. My dog came back to us wayyyy different and for the better! We couldn't be more happy. We did potty and off leash training. Laura helped me learn how to keep training my dog and gave me all the knowledge I needed. Laura was very knowledgeable and confident in her work. I recommend this trainer to EVERYONE!! Thank you so much!

  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Andrew K.
Verified review

My experience working with April was nothing short of amazing! My Doberman has been having some issues with over excitement and a lot of pulling while on the leash. April has helped to considerably change his habits and equip me with all the tools that I've needed to help my dog succeed! In addition to her high expertise training and vast knowledge with dogs. April is very punctual and respectful of your time. I thoroughly enjoyed our training sessions and will be seeking further training from Rowdy Rover Dog Training in the future once we have mastered the skills April has taught us. If you have been looking for a reputable, knowledgeable, and personable trainer for your dog. You found it! Thanks so much April!

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

I just met her and she showed us how she works which was very imressive, Our dog is a real handful for us and I am hoping we can work something out THANK yOU jACKIE

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

So very thankful for Alex and his knowledge about what was best for my dog Lucy. He gave me really workable, sound advice. Lucy is totally responding to his directions. I feel he gave us both tactics to go forward with. Given Lucy, is a high attention dog I am sure we will need him to come back!

  • 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!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Meaghan M.
Verified review

Thomas has an amazing way of communicating not only with the dog, but with the owners on a level that I haven't seen in any trainer before! His wealth of knowledge with human and animal chemistry makes training a dog more interactive and effective than traditional methods. I give him 5 stars because of his patience, commitment, and drive to help people solve their problems with their animals!

  • 8 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.

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!

Light the Way Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Corinne E.
Verified review

Margaret did a great job showing me just what it takes to become the alpha that my two dogs want to follow. She led by example and explained why she was doing the things she was doing, as she was doing them. It was a great help that she had given me a call prior and through about a half hour conversation got to know my two pups and our situation specifically, asking questions about details I would have never even thought of or considered. When Margaret arrived, she had a full page written out of notes she had taken from our phone conversation, and was thoroughly prepared for the lessons that laid ahead. She even had a print out of her 5 golden rules for us, each one being broken down into specific detail for my husband and I to follow. Many of the methods she taught were amazing to watch and I was able to see instant changes in my pups behaviors. She demonstrates thoroughly, then has you practice yourself until you get it down. She also brought us some bonus items, like lead ropes and a whistle etc. to help with our dogs training. Margaret is in no rush, she is there with you and is dedicated to you and your family. She dug deeper and deeper to get to the root of problems and find the best customized solutions. It was very clear that she was fully there and wasn't just dropping by for a paycheck. So far it has been just one week since she came to our home and worked with our family, and already I am seeing some positive changes in behavior. Margaret's program is easy to follow and easy to understand. You don't have to be a dog whisperer to have well behaved pups and a stress free environment with them. Can't wait to see how sticking to this program will help as time goes on! Thanks Margaret!

Dog's Vacation Home
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Dianna S.
Verified review

Nichole was wonderful! Our dog got so much attention, she almost didn't want to leave when we came to pick her up. I'm hoping she can watch both of our dogs our next 3 trips.

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 .

Sadie's Pet Services
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Katie S.
Verified review

I am completely at ease having my dogs in the care of Sadie's Pet Services.

Diana wijgand
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Amanda B.
Verified review

My pets love her and always look forward too seeing her. My cat is really shy but will actually bounce of the stairs when he hears her. My dog loves their walks and it's nice to have someone look after them when I have to go to the hospital again.

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Shelley M.
Verified review

Recently I had the bad luck of both my standing pet sitters moving out of Seattle. I hunted quite a bit for a new pet sitter and came across Morgan from Pit Stop. It's always hard to leave your dogs in the care of someone new when you go on trips, but upon meeting Morgan and seeing her interact with my two pit bulls, I knew she was a perfect fit for us. Morgan took excellent care of them for the long weekend we were away! She sent 2+ daily texts with pics of my pups during her time with them, during morning and evening stays, as well as their midday walks, which I appreciated immensely. She eased my mind while I was away knowing they were in good hands, and I came home to happy and well taken care of dogs. It was great to find a trusting pet sitter again and will be using Morgan in the future!

About

I will happily walk or sit your dog. I am available during Monday-Friday and occasionally on weekends. I am friendly and responsible. I have a pet of my own, and I know that I would also like your pet in good hands.

  • 6 years in business
About

the love i have for dogs. spending time with them. keeping them healthy and good diet. Socializing them with other digs is healthy

  • 7 years in business
About

I train little pups into mellow, mild-mannered mutts and teach pet owners to understand where their dog/puppy is coming from.

About

I will walk dogs, make them happy and keep them healthy. I never had a dog walking business but am willing to learn the job.

About

I am an experienced groomer that can do any breed and haircut. I also train dogs for basic obedience and behavior correcting.

  • 13 years in business
About

Proven and consistent results. Local, Regional, and National level dog sport competitors.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Dog Trainer

Graham, WA

  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size(s)
    Small (1-15 lbs)
  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Details
    Just adopted her, the dog, from an animal shelter on July 3rd, 2013. She is about 1 years old. The shelter did not have much info on her. The dog is a great people-dog, but seems to have trouble getting along with other dogs. I would like to help her socialize with other dogs. I have never had a dog before. Unfortunately, I am on a tight budget and cannot afford anything more than $15/hour.

Need a Dog Trainer ASAP

Seattle, WA

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 6-12 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Large (46-70 lbs)
  • $120
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer

Belfair, WA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Details
    Rescue dog is one year old, doesn't tolerate car rides and is becoming more fearful of men
  • $50
    Average price
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