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Dogology NW
from 29 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cyndal W.
Verified review

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 23 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Jane G.
Verified review

I boarded my dog along with training for almost a month and I am so excited to see what she has learned. Kathy has years of experience and spent a lot of time teaching my dog and then teaching me. I understand my dog a lot better now and will reinforce the training daily so she doesn't forget. Thank you so much for helping me understand my dog and why she does what she does. I highly recommend this fantastic facility to anyone who wants to end up with a dog that understands them and wants to invest time into the process. This was a good choice for both of us and if she needs more training or refresher course for both of us this is where we will go. Also if you just need to go somewhere and don't want to take your dog she does just boarding however; I recommend both. Thanks again!

  • 35 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Vickie L.
Verified review

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!

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Renee P.
Verified review

Great experience. My dog is learning so much, as am I.

Valor K9 Academy
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Julie R.
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I love ValorK9. Best trainer I have found in Spokane. Truly a joy to work with, great with dogs and exceptional at training me (the owner) to properly work with them! We have done canine good citizen, obedience, herding, rally and her board and train program when the pup was younger. They also offer boarding to clients. Great facility run by great people.

West Plains Canine School
from 2 reviews
    Jim S.
    Verified review

    She is our dog guru. She taught us how to work with our dog. It was a one on one (Barb our dog Heishi, and my wife and I) training. She knows dogs. She is the greatest!

    Tao Service Dogs
    from 1 review
    • 5 years in business
    Ronda I.
    Verified review

    Tao Service Dogs, Charlie Bales Trainer is currently training my Service Dog Jack. Jack is a Standard Poodle who came to me earlier this year. Charlie has been training Jack 5 days a week since March 2013. Combined with classes outside of Charlie's training (but at her direction), Jack has grown into a confident dog well on his way to performing tasks I need help with. Tao Service Dogs training starts at the basic learning levels and progresses through public access and task based skills. Tao Service Dogs uses positive reward training, which helps my partner gain confidence and skills, knowledge and experience. I highly recommend Tao Service Dogs for anyone looking for positive reward, respectful and effective training for their Service Partners!

    A Dog's Day Afternoon

    New To Thumbtack


      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.

      Tanner's Dog Training

      New To Thumbtack


        I am a specialist in puppy training and behavioral problems. I have been a dog trainer for over 30 years and am also an AKC obedience and rally judge (#7593).

        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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