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Shenandoah K9
from 31 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Cecilia .
Verified review

We have 2 livestock guardian dogs. They are supposed to be "independent thinkers" and should be given the minimal obedience training. Unfortunately, we followed this advice to the "T" with our Kuvasz (now 3) but were convinced with our Caucasian Ovcharka Shepard (just turning 1) that we should be more engaged and connected to them. We hired Dana after reviewing his credentials and reviews and referrals. After only 4 training sessions, we now have 2 dogs that will pay attention to us, come when called - every time, sit and stay. Dana doesn't use special equipment or tricks, he uses common sense and has trained US to communicate with our dogs. We are very pleased with Dana, our training experience, and our dogs' behavior. We have recommended and will continue to recommend Dana's training services to our friends and any one else who wants to learn how to communicate with their dog so the can co-exist happily. Thank you very much, Dana, for helping all of us.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rachel E.
Verified review

I have a dog named max. He was 4 months old when I contacted Kim Brown. He was a puppy he had some bad habits. He was a chewer wasn't potty trained and wouldn't walk on a leash. He had a great personality but I had not ideal were to start. So Kim told me to start class and she would help me with these issues. At first I struggled a bit Kim explained each situation and helped me thru everyone. There were other dogs in class that were doing well so I keep faith and continued class therw were many challenges but over come them all. Some of the other dogs had other issues such as dog aggression cowardice and bitters. I watch these dogs go from coming in with these issues to becoming a well behaved and great companion. Max is completely potty trained now he can walk set half way down and come. U will learn so much more Kim will answer any questions you have. It will be the best investment you ever make for you and your pet. I now have a great bond with max and I feel I have Kim Brown to thank for all this. I hope you all Kim to assist you in ur dog training needs. I give her a double thumbs up.

Bite Ranch K9
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
MmMimi B.
Verified review

I’ve sent several dogs to Nick for Board and Trains- puppies, competition dogs and a special needs dog. He has done a fabulous job- the dogs are returned so much farther along in their training and are correct and happy. They receive excellent care at Bite Ranch w a balance between work, environmental exposure and an opportunity to just be a dog and play. Trust him implicitly w my dogs and their care. I train w Nick on a regular basis and have learned so much. He is truly a student of dogs and dog behavior and an excellent problem solver as well as motivator.

Beechner's Pet Services
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
Deb S.
Verified review

Trained my dog to be a medical assistance dog within 1 year and still works with her on occasion. Melinda cares about animals and seems to have a gift in animal/human communication/interaction. Her prices are fair and often below most other professionals within the industry.

Honey's House Cleaning

New To Thumbtack

  • 9 years in business

i am friendly and love the work i do i also love meeting new people

Debbie Luvs Animals

New To Thumbtack

  • 4 years in business

My compassion/ love for animals

Animals & Aquariums R Us

New To Thumbtack


    I am very knowledgeable in the setup and maintenance of fishes and aquariums, both fresh and saltwater.

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    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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