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Sylvia's K-9 Services
4.9
from 165 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 283 hires on Thumbtack
Shelton C.
Verified review

Sylvia came over, to give us advice on our 4 month old Yorkie/Havanese pup - Yoda, who is a handful. She answered all our queries and concerns, spent time teaching us commands for Yoda as well as training Yoda to follow them. We were impressed with how well she handled Yoda and taught him to respond. She is very informative, knowledgeable, patient and passionate about what she does. We like the fact that Sylvia came home to train Yoda in his home environment. We also like the fact that she available via a phone call and can be contacted anytime we have any concerns. We recommend her if you are looking for a good dog trainer. We will definitely be using her for our next dog training session.Thanks Sylvia for easing our minds. Yoda is already showing signs of improvement.

Top Pro
  • 32 years in business
  • 185 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennifer G.
Verified review

Martha helped us with training issues with our 1 year old basset hound and our 13 year old corgi. We recently had a new baby and with the change in the household had issues with fighting between the dogs. We also had other training with the bassett hound such as barking and taking and chewing baby items, shoes, and socks. Martha was wonderful, it has been about a week since she was here and we have seen a large improvement in all the areas needed. I would highly recommend using her if you have any issues to work through with your dogs.

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

We took our 18 month old put bull for training. Anne was very informative and helpful gave my wife and I tons of handouts to help us to continue our training at home between lessons and to continue now. Rusty when he first started his training couldn't even see a dog without getting anxious and start barking and lunging. Now after 4 weeks he will allow dogs to walk by withing about 6 feet without him even caring and we actually took him camping over labor day and the campsite on both sides of us had dogs and he didn't have one outburst. Also rusty now walks nice on a leash with us. If your dog as any behavioral issues or just want to add more training to your dog's repertoire than I highly suggest Anne. You won't find anyone more knowledgeable patient and also affordable than her. Thank you again Anne or and Kirby for putting up with Rusty'a nonsense

One On One Dog Training
4.8
from 32 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 95 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!

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WB K9 Training
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Anne W.
Verified review

My experience with Off Leash K9 Training has been excellent so far. The trainer has addressed the unique challenges for my dog and kept the training sessions fun for him. I am learning the tools I need to train my dog properly and make our time together more enjoyable.

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

It's obvious that the trainer, Laura, is truly dedicated to training each K9 according to it's particular personality. I've seen her work with the most timid to the most unruly with diligence and respect. I struggle with complex PTSD and treatment resistant major depressive disorder. My13lb Havanese rescue was already quite attached to me, but needed some basic obedience skills. Informing me that she trains Emotional Support Animals; she trained him in basic as well as advanced obedience skills. Laura took care of all of the paperwork to have my young man certified, she provided the service vest, a certificate, an ID card and all of the equipment and knowledge necessary to personally continue his training so he can accompany me during my day to day activities. Over the phone, I interviewed 3 other trainers and am happy that I chose Blue Ridge Working K9. My boy is well on his way to being able to be by my side in any location or situation. Thank You Laura.

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

We love Zoom Room! The staff are amazing, especially Olivia at the front desk! The owner Cheryl is truly a gifted dog trainer and an all-around awesome person. Zoom Room offers numerous classes and you will find no trainer more dedicated to you and your pup than Cheryl; she has taught me so much about being a good handler and my dog Xedo loves her. Xedo has excelled at Agility under her awesome direction and insight. Even now, while he is recovering from ACL surgery, Cheryl has been so awesome, checking on him and offering ideas and encouragement. Cheryl is going to help us build strength in his knee, by utilizing one of her class specialties, “Puplates”! Best of all Zoom Room is a community gathering place where like-minded, fun loving dog owners and their awesome pups can meet up; whether it’s for "Agility League Night" (a friendly competition for pups and their peeps!) or celebrating while playing games and enjoying lite fare. Xedo even had his 6th birthday party at Zoom Room! Boy was that fun!! We have so many favorite events at Zoom Room it's hard to name them all! Cheryl is so awesome at putting together parties to celebrate every new season, including holiday photos shoots for pups and their owners. There is no better training studio around! If you are looking for a great community to connect with while learning tons about training your dog and having lots of fun while doing it, look no further! Zoom Room is perfect!

  • 16 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Julie C.
Verified review

I've used Bark 'n Ride for the past 4 years for training, doggy day care and boarding. Its great having some you trust to watch over your dogs. Denise goes above and beyond!

  • 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!

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.

Jessica Renon
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kristina W.
Verified review

I've been training with Jessica for 10 months. I've had a handful of trainers in my life and I've made the most consistent progress with her. She tailors the workouts for me, takes into account my history of training and is mindful of my aches and pains. Most importantly, she helps me set realistic, measurable goals. I did a 200lb deadlift in December! I remember when 145lbs was my max. We are currently working on a new goal. I look forward to my 45 minutes with her every week. She gives me 100% of her focus. She helps me get my head straight, and I always feel better when I leave than when I came in.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
John L.
Verified review

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
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!

Fall City Puppy School
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer I.
Verified review

Janet was a pleasure to work with! She came to our home to help us manage our dogs fear/phobia that was progressively getting worse. She had great ideas that we would have never thought of and helped us practice and refine some training techniques. She even helped us with our other dog and issues we hadn't planned on dealing with in that session. She answered all our questions and made sure we felt good about everything before she left. Highly recommend working with Janet who clearly loves animals and is good at what she does.

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 .

  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
About

Our company is very unique! We offer customizable programs to fit you and your dogs individual needs as every dog and family is just a little different! Because of this we are able to help all types of dogs from puppy’s to senior dogs, hyper to aggressive, and pets to working service dogs. Also our programs are able to be held in the comfort of your own home, local parks, pet friendly businesses (non pet friendly if a service dog) or at our training location in Edgewood, WA.

  • 4 years in business
About

I am able to train dogs to standard behaviors. I have had experience with many dogs and love working with all breeds. I love working with young dogs and puppies especially. I am willing to travel to you when possible.

About

I am nineteen and I used to work with search and rescue. I have trained my Shepherd to do air scent and I am very patient. Making dogs happy is my main goal.

  • 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

Deciding to have a home-based training facility was based around the concept that low-distraction environments increases your dog’s learning potential and decreases handler’s frustration. In addition, by offering small group courses or private sessions my goal is to increase the Instructor and Handlers' communication network. In turn, the concepts within the learning material are retained and enthusiasm about learning more about dog training will have increased ten-fold. One thing that sets me apart from most trainers is the fact that I'm an instructor and not just a dog trainer. I will give you detailed step-by-step guidelines on how to establish different behaviors or skills. Furthermore, my goal is to help you understand why a Responsiveness trainer's mindset will help you accomplish your goals. The term Responsiveness refers to the dog and handler who can work readily reacting to each others' cues because they have formed a trusting and caring bond towards each other. Also, I focus on the whole dog (mind, body, and soul) and not just one aspect of the sport.

About

I train dogs. I was in 4-H for 4 years training and showing dogs. I will work on obedience trying with your dog.

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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