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Sylvia's K-9 Services
4.9
from 165 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 277 hires on Thumbtack
Mark B.
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Sylvia was able to quickly teach us how to correct our dog's obedience problems.

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  • 32 years in business
  • 181 hires on Thumbtack
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Emory T.
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We contacted Martha to help us work on some basic obedience training with our 11 month old corgi pup. We were at a loss as to how to correct some behavioral issues that were aggravating us. She was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, explaining in depth what the root of the issues were and showing us very simply how to correct them. Within just a couple hours the problems were fixed, and now we have the tools to help ensure they stay that way. It's been a few days now and everything is great!

One On One Dog Training
4.8
from 32 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Amy W.
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Cindy is outstanding! She has helped us so much with biting, barking, and obedience with our lab puppy. I would highly recommend hiring her to help with your puppy or older dog!!!

Misty Mountain K9
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Blake M.
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Laura took in Ty, our rescue German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix for a 2 week basic obedience training class. When we originally rescued Ty, he was very subdued and relaxed due to his kennal cough. He quickly became a very hyper dog and loved to jump on guests and play bite. After 2 weeks of training, you can tell a significant difference in Ty. He has learned to listen better, and has become a much better on-leash dog. We can issue the "stay" command and walk around the house, play with our other dog, and even throw his toys around while he sits patiently. Of course, he still has some slip ups: His biting is still happening, though not as frequently, but that is really more due to the type of breed than anything else. He jumps every so often, but Laura has taught us how to correct that, so we are working on that. I'm definitely considering dropping him off for the advanced, off leash class in the future. Above all, Laura made us feel comfortable leaving our dog with her. She constantly responded to text messages for us, and gave us almost daily updates and pictures of our boy in training.

Paws Afoot
4.8
from 21 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Mark P.
Verified review

Lise has worked with us and our beagle puppy since we brought her home. She has always been pleasant, knowledgable, and enthusiastic about her work. From explaining play behaviors during puppy play to obedience training tips, we have enjoyed working with her.

Your Canine Resource
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Maureen M.
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Patti is awesome! We contracted for 4 sessions because our chihuahua has had a HUGE problem with other dogs. She’s 6 years old, our rescue of 4 years, and I was fearful she would be untrainable, as an “old dog.” Not the case, at all! She’s so eager to learn, and we’d never know that had it not been for Patti. My husband and I are feeling much more confidant and relaxed, and, therefore, so is our canine, when walking outside amongst other dogs. Patti is willing to follow up with more lessons when need be, if we need a “tune-up." She is a great listener and addresses the behaviors that need changing right away. We are so happy Patti has helped our little girl be less anxious and bossy within a surprisingly short time frame!

Zoom Room Seattle
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Casey S.
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I absolutely LOVE Zoom Room Seattle! They are always so kind and helpful. They have helped both of my dogs blossom and really fine tune their skills. They also have really showed me how to better communicate with my dogs. From Obedience to Agility and everything in between the staff at Zoom Room Seattle know how to approach different dogs in different ways to make them a success.

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Fall City Puppy School
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Cindy H.
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We had a great experience, she was right on about our rescue dog. I will use her in the future if a problem were to arise.

  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Tedda Matthew C.
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We LOVE April, she has been a huge blessing with my Husbands Service Dog I'm Training, Charlie, we were introduced to April in November 2014 when Charlie our Labradoodle was just 12 weeks old. We have gone through basic obedience, sit, lay,stay etc and have been moving up the ladder to leash walking and now beginning off leash walking. She has a connection with animals that amazes me.

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

A little over a year ago we came to Belynda with our Standard Poodle Annie. We had done the normal puppy and advanced obedience training, which taught her the basic commands, but she had some deeper rooted problems. We also had another trainer that came to the house and we put Annie thru "boot camp" better but she still had issues. We met with Belynda and she put Annie in some uncomfortable situations and video taped Annie's reactions. Belynda determined Annie had insecurity issues and not fear as we had always been told. We did the eight week individual training course and now have been attending the group classes for a year. Annie is much happier and interacts with other dogs much better.

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

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Martha H.
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I sent my dog to boarding & training for 2 weeks for basic obedience and house manners and the dog I received at the end of the two weeks wasn’t recognizable. She was so well behaved and listened on the first time, it was amazing!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Aimee M.
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Thomas is an awesome dog trainer. I know that dog training isn't really 100% about the dog , it about teaching humans what dogs can do with enough attention and care. He is very direct and clear with his objectives for each class. He also has a lot of experience and wisdom that he loves to share with his students. His constructive criticism is so awesome. He doesn't just tell you not it do something but how to do it differently and better for your dog to understand. His knowledge of the dog is amazing. I was feeding my dog really cheep food and she was constantly sick and acting out. He showed me what dog food to get and WHY. He always backs up everything he says with facts, statistics and his personal life experiences. Outside of class we met up at the dog park a few times, so I could show him what I can do with my dog.

Pet Coach to the Rescue
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey R.
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Shawna is great, so glad we found her. We have learned a few techniques for our dog Nala who is a puppy still. They are working!!

  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ryan O.
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I chose Gina because she was featured in several articles as being one of the best dog trainers in the area. She took very good care of my dog, giving her plenty of attention and exercise, taking her to the park, lake, and trails. She focused on the training I felt my dog needed the most plus reinforced some basic commands. GIna was also very flexible when I wanted to visit my dog and see how her training was going. I highly recommend her.

Jacqui of All Trades
4.3
from 7 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany P.
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Jacqui was helpful in refreshing our dog's obedience skills as well as our own.

Training You With Your Dog
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Kathy L.
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Tazie and I have taken several classes from Helen, including Rally, Obedience and "Calm the Dog". She is patient, knowledgeable and obviously loves working with dogs. I would highly recommend her services.

Toil & Truffle
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Megan O.
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Alana gave me confidence that my dog wasn't hopeless. After many obedience classes and some training, Reuben (Aussie) could do any trick you want but his excited/anxious emotion would be too much to bear. Alana gave me tools to help Reuben be more calm in stressful situations and has given me an abundance of information following our consultation. Training takes time but seeing Alana just once I can start to see what Im doing right and wrong. Hoping to see Alana in the future for more work with Reuben! Ps. Alana has experience with Aussies which helped a lot.

Kyle's Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Susan Y.
Verified review

Our dog had obedience issues as well as a challenging attitude, after some time with Kyle these problems have disappeared. Kyle shares a sympathetic psychology about dogs and animals in general that makes sense and works.

Fall City Puppy School
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kim D.
Verified review

Janet scheduled a session with us in our home right away. She listened about our dog, our concerns, and goals for him. She was knowledgeable about the breed and provided a wealth of helpful information. We’re excited to have her back again in a few weeks for another lesson. Thanks Janet!

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Bark Busters Home Dog Training uses pet-friendly dog training techniques to help you train your dog in your home. We handle puppy training as well. We focus on dog aggression, dog obedience, and dog behavioral problems. We are vet recommended.

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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