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

Wow what a true dog whisper !!! I thought I had the worst dogs ever and thought there would be no hope. But she came in and immediately I saw a change. Once she left the change was still made! She taught me everything I need to know to train them and it works!!! I would definitely recommend Sylvia to be your next dog trainer! :)

Top Pro
  • 32 years in business
  • 188 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Zee I.
Verified review

Thank you Martha! I was very hesitant about getting a trainer, only because it is a little bit of a financial commitment and I think a lot of us think that we can do things ourselves, but I was really having a hard time with one of my dogs and decided that it was worth it to try a trainer. She was great. She was very responsive and attentive before I even hired her, and even more so after. She works with you to make sure you get what you want/need out of the session. She met my two dogs and helped me better understand why they were misbehaving and how I could make them better. She listened to all my concerns and addressed all of them, and best of all once she works with you, you can call her anytime for additional help which is very reassuring. On a side note she is also very fair, and if money is a concern she can definitely work with you to try to keep the time frame within your budget which was very appreciated. If you are looking for a dog trainer, I definitely recommend Martha!

One On One Dog Training
4.8
from 33 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah P.
Verified review

Cindy was on time, and very friendly. She also was very flexible with times and days that worked best for us as a family. She not only provided training for the dogs, but also provided knowledge to us about how the mind of a dog works, and how to receive the best relationship with your dog as possible. She provided many different environments for our dog to encounter situations, and continually made sure we felt comfortable in the training. I would recommend Cindy with One-On-One Dog Training to anyone who would like an extremely friendly, flexible, and outstanding trainer for you and dog!

Misty Mountain K9
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 68 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!

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WB K9 Training
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!!!

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!

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.

  • 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.

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

Karen did amazing work during the two weeks she had my dog for a board/train. My dog is a completely different dog while still being the super sweet dog that she was before.

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

Janet was more than helpful and is teaching me how to deal with two dogs at one time. One senior dog and one puppy. She is Marvelous. My dogs love her too.

Training You With Your Dog
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Diana S.
Verified review

My dog and I took a Therapy Dog training course from Helen, and it was wonderful -- we passed our evaluations and have been enjoying our visits with lots of great people! I appreciate how Helen can customize instructions for the individual needs of each person and his/her unique dog. We had a truly great class experience!

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
    Zak B.
    Verified review

    My two dogs were very rambunctious, wouldn’t listen and practically tore my arm off when we went for a walk. After Charli worked with me and my dogs we had the know how on how to have a better relationship. I’m not afraid to have people over anymore and be stressed that they’ll jump all over them. Charli was very professional and worked around my schedule. She also takes into consideration what works best for me and my dogs. She’s not a one size fits all dog trainer. Her methods were different for each of my dogs. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a better relationship with their dogs!

    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 .

    Genaviv
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Erin R.
      Verified review

      Genaviv is an expert at organizing. She came over to clean and organize files and my closet. Not a single surface was left untouched, and my closet has never been so uncluttered. In addition, she noticed my dog pacing and even let her out to use the restroom while she worked. Her attention to detail and expert skills were so appreciated!

      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.

      • 4 years in business
      About

      The Green team provides fun, safe and quality service for its customers and great opportunity for the youth around the community.

      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!

      About

      I offer easy, basic obedience for your beloved pooch. It's fun and gratifying to have your best friend obey. Also, obedience makes for a trustworthy pet. I love dogs, and have trained my own. I can do it for you, too. My basic obedience will also free up your time. You will come home to a pet that is well behaved and personable. I'm excited to help your dog become the fun, loving and enjoyable companion that you desire.

      About

      I am a California native, and I enjoy being outdoors, walking and hiking. I love dogs and enjoy walking them.

      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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