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Dogology NW
from 27 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cyndal W.
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I reached out to Mary in desperation because of my 6 year old boxer. He has serious aggression towards other dogs since he was 2 years old. My boxer and I have had two previous dog trainers in the past with no luck on solving his aggression issue, that is until I met Mary from Dogology. She came over to my house and asked me questions about our way of living. She made some real simple suggestions and I followed her advice. Once we had him crate trained and walking on the treadmill multiple times a day she suggested the best way to get to my dogs root problem would be going to the dog park. I was hesitate but I trusted her and I am glad I did. Long story short we have had 3 sessions at the dog park and his behavior has completely changed. The last session the muzzle came off and he did amazing! For the first time since he was a puppy he was able to be part of a pack and play with dogs as I've always dreamed. We still have a lot of work to do with my boxer but this is the first time in years that I am hopeful for our future. Mary is very talented , loving and laid back individual that has a lot of experience and knowledge to bring to the table. I can't express enough the level of gratitude I have for what she has done for me and my dog thus far.

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Wilram Kennels
from 22 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pam B.
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I thought it was a great introduction to training my dog. Kathy is obviously experienced and confident and had my dog doing a ton of behaviors within the first hour. Also I really really appreciated that she helped me as much as him, and that there was no "hard sell" to sign up for a bunch of additional services. Great value for not a lot of money. Please note: I was trying to enter Great as a Rating but first time the survey was too fast for me and entered a poor I think. THIS WAS NOT Wilram, it was user error! I would recommend Kathy across the boards.

Jessica Severson
from 12 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Michele F.
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Really great information for myself and my family regarding dealing with our newly adopted dog. Training him will be a process but she has instilled in us a confidence that he (and we) will succeed! We are excited to continue our training/learning with Jessica!

  • 35 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Vickie L.
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I am happy to recommend Darcy at Pawsitive Difference Dog Training. I picked out a two year old border collie last Christmas from the Humane Society, and he was definitely a wild crazy man! Totally over the top. Over this past year, I got him settled down on almost everything, but I was having trouble with him reacting to other dogs. It was down right embarrassing and limited where I could go with him. For trying to fix that one habit, I've been through four other trainers. I can now walk up to other dogs and have him be friendly 90% of the time. Darcy just corrected a couple of things I was doing and guaranteed results! Super happy!

from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jack S.
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Karen has a gift with dogs. She is a dog whisperer; she loved our dog and dog loved her instantly. Having Karen watch our dog is so superior to a kennel. Our dog was in familiar surroundings, well cared for, and loved while we were away. And, we felt like our home was secure too while we were away. We were pleasantly surprised when we got home to find the house was spotless, the laundry was done, and the dishes were all put away. Hiring Karen to watch our dog was the best move we have ever made.

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Abby M.
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Chaun is the most incredible trainer. From the very beginning she calmed our worries about our dog's behaviors that were troubling us by teaching us the reasons for her behavior. Her approach to training is to educate you about the reason dogs think and act the way they do, and then following that with a logical and simple method to work with the dog's mind instead of against it. Our Gracie responded to her immediately and we were shocked to see instant changes that we never thought possible. Where would we be without our Chaun?! Every session we learn something new, and her knowledge and contagious positive attitude keeps us looking forward to every moment we have with her.

  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
John K.
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Jean and her partner Nancy have been more than helpful with our pet issues. They are prompt and professional. They are very knowledgable and effective in their training of us and our dogs. I have recommended them to others in my community.

Valor K9 Academy
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Monique R.
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basic training, everything from board and train to fun sports training classes. Amy really finds a way understand why your dog is doing something to better train them not to do it. For instance my dog trips me while walking on a leash, she understood that my dog has a lack of confidence and that to fix that issue we must give him opportunities to gain confidence. Really a unique and loving way to train your best friend and you. I have watched her deal with other dogs that have way deeper issues and dogs most people would put down, she completely transforms them. The day I see a dog she gives up on will be the day pigs fly.

Talley's Pet Services
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jim M.
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Steven took great care of my my male pit bull and female Australian Shepard while I was away. He has a wonderful way with dogs, and mine were very well cared for. I would hire him again without hesitation.

Debra B.
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I hired Nick to find a dog as a diabetic alert dog. He interviewed many breeders and came home with the puppy he thought would have the perfect temperament for the task. Amazing. This man could see in a puppy what could be a life saving animal. With some training and a little "boot camp" my Cooper has turned out to be more then an alert dog but the most precious gift in my life. I refer people to Nick as easy as breathing. He is gifted beyond belief. Debra Brocato, Portland, OR

Darryl J.
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I love the fact that we have an indoor option for bad weather and outdoor big grassy area in good weather. The instructors are very knowledgeable about obedience as well as behaviors, and they always have tips that help out a ton with our training and home life. We had a 5 week course with about 8 dogs in our class. There were 2 instructors that helped out everyone in class. I learned so much and had lots of fun and loved the socialization for my puppy. I would highly recommend this class to anyone that needs to train their dog.


I will come to your home and take care of your pets and watch your home while you are gone. I am honest and reliable.


Well I would like to do more hands on work. Nothing where you stand with a mic all day and ask people what they would like off the menu. Cubical jobs aren't preferred either. I don't like to sit all day.

  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I have a very good feeling about dogs and handlers. I get why you are having your problems.


I dog sit your furry friend and work with your canine on basic obedience techniques. I also will walk and exercise your dog.


I have worked for a vet to where I have learned animal behavior. I have raised and trained Jack Russell dogs. I have followed Ceasar's training methods. Walking and working with dogs is my passion.


I am a certified dog trainer. I do pet/house sitting. I provide all care, including medications given to all pets. I will also water the plants, bring garbage can onto the street and do mail check. I will even park my car in the driveway and leave it there so it looks like someone is home at all times.

  • 16 years in business

I provide in person and online dog training. I have 22 yrs experience, 2 diplomas and I am Certified with the Animal Behavior College


Our trainers are certified professional dog trainers and our methods are positive and motivational. OUR MISSION: To provide a warm, friendly place where people can come to learn about dogs and training. To educate dogs and their people with the utmost of respect and fairness using positive, pet-friendly methods which enhance the human-animal bond. To do our best to help people understand our canine friends' unique nature, to appreciate them for who they are, and help them become the best friends they can be so they will be loved and cherished family members for their lifetime. To create a pet-owner relationship built on trust and respect and give pet owners the tools they need to be better owners for future pets as well as the one we meet today. To encourage the adoption of homeless pets and support area shelters and rescues through free adopter training classes, volunteer and staff training, behavior assessments, and behavior support. To promote responsible dog ownership and bite safety through public education. To stress the importance of decreasing overpopulation and homeless pets through spaying and neutering, licensing and identification, proper veterinary care, grooming, healthy diet and proper mental and physical exercise. And by being a shining example of responsible pet ownership and pet-friendly training wherever we go. Carol & Dana Byrnes, owners, Certified Professional Dog Trainers Diamonds in the Ruff


I can walk large or small dogs. Excellent care and affection is given to your dog's needs. I'll come to you or meet you wherever you want.

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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