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Dogology NW
from 26 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Becky B.
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What a great person to work with in training my Mini Dacschund Bella.

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Wilram Kennels
from 21 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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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!

  • 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.

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

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

Team K9 Pet Services
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
Casey C.
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Team K9 is the best! There was a noticeable improvement in the behavior of my 2 year old Labrador James within a few visits! Working with animals is a subtle and complicated art that Team K9 instructors clearly have mastered. Very impressed! We will be back again for sure!

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.

from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business

I offer one on one training with dogs and their owners. This method produces proven results that will last a lifetime and allow for maximum results in minimal time. Training takes place at your residence and is completed in one day! No other trainer offers this to my knowledge. In just one day your dog can completely change to the dog you have always wanted.


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

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

A small, locally owned and run business is headed by an animal behaviorist and trainer. Along with helping dogs and puppies have a fun, social experience, we can teach your dog everything, from basic obedience to agility, service dog skills and personal protection, as well as correct behavioral issues, including aggression.


If you need basic pet dog obedience or want to get ready for obedience trials and Canine Good Citizen Award, this is the place to go. I also deal in behavior solutions for unwanted behaviors. I do deal with all breeds of dogs. We also offer waste removal, pet sitting services and dog walking. I am a graduate of Balu Academy for Dog Trainers.


I am a trainer with a degree in Anthrozoology, with a primary focus on force free working dog training (service dogs, search and rescue, protection, etc.) and behavioral training. I'm opening up slots in the morning for 4 hour hikes for friendly dogs who need a chance to get out and exercise.


I offer any/all types of dog training services for any/all breeds and ages of dogs and their owners. I provide group classes and private lessons, and in-home private lessons. Detailed information and pricing is found at our website. Also at my website, anybody/anywhere can now submit their dog training/animal behavior-related question to me, and obtain an immediate answer for only $4.99 per question/answer.

  • 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 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).


"Trained or You Don't Pay" GUARANTEED Training Results and Always Offering a Best Price GUARANTEE For Comparable Services


We offer full service grooming for all breeds of dogs and cats. We also offer show grooms and handstripping. Prescheduled standing appointments available for clients. Flexible hours available, We have been teaching training classes for over 25 yrs and personally showing and training dogs for almost 40 yrs. We offer classes and private lessons. We have classes in conformation, jr handling, puppy manners, basic obedience, rally, brain games for dogs, puppy/owner team building skills, and problem solving.

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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