Tough Pups Dog Training LLC

Grand Rapids, MI

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Tough Pups Dog Training LLC specializes in services for disabled dogs. This would include deaf dogs, blind dogs, wheelchair dogs, any physically impaired dog, behavioral and even obesity issues.

I also do regular obedience training, puppies and dogs of all ages are welcome. I come to you and teach the client how to train using the options that best suit them and the needs of their dog.


Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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4 Reviews
  • Brianna N. May 27, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    She gave us a ton of helpful information and tips for a very low rate. We were able to start using the knowledge to train our dogs easily. She is very flexible with schedules - I recommended her to my friends who also hired her. I recommend!
  • James B. Dec 15, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Krista has been great for our two dogs. She is very flexible. Was willing to come to our house for the training's. Both dogs have been 10x better behaved since working with Krista.
  • Kristy B. Oct 12, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I hired Krista to help train my two large breed dogs. She was timely, professional and well engaged. I saw some immediate results and have scheduled more sessions with her.
  • Lauren D. Oct 3, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Very informative! She was able to help me with training my Arctic Fox. I look forward to working more with her.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Pricing per dog: Yes! I offer my 10 dollar program! This is ideal for owners who are ready to learn and take training by reigns but the need the guidance on how to do it correctly.This is ideal for basic obedience, puppy training, etc. $10 dollars for 1 hour, every time! I do have other pricing options available, this is more suited for serious behavioral issues, disabled dogs, or owners who need more guidance and hands on from the trainer. It is a 2 hour session for $30. I offer a package up of 4 sessions for $90. This package has discounts for multiple dogs please check out my website. There are other special discounts as well, please check out my website.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First I offer a Free Consultation. This gives me the opportunity to meet the client and their dog. There I can explain my services and the different methods of training to make sure it is a good fit for them and their dog. The consultation is optional, but its always best to talk to the owners first and get an idea of what they need assistance with.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a bachelors of science in Zoology from Northern Michigan University. I also have my Certified Veterinary Assistant certificate from San Juan College. I have worked in the animal field for 10 years now focusing on animal behavior and training. For my work with disabled animals I have received an international award for excellence in care and training.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've always wanted to work with animals my whole life. After finishing school, I spent the majority of my time in the zoo field training large exotics, and also some time in the small animal veterinary field. What I learned from both fields is how much I enjoy animal training and teaching others about training. I recently wanted to move forward and take my knowledge of training, especially with disabled animals, and pass it on to the community of Grand Rapids.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure who ever you chose is the right fit for you and your dog. Many dog trainers have different techniques, styles, and philosophies. Reach out and ask questions.