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Paws Mahal, LLC
from 67 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 117 hires on Thumbtack
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William P.
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We had a problem with taking our dog outside for a walk. He is perfect inside the house but when we take him outside he goes beserk and barks and yelps and pulls. She came to our home, she was on time, and demonstrated for us a way to walk him using a check and release method. Our dog was very cooperative with her. She stayed with us for an hour and we ended the session. We were very impressed with Carol and found her both pleasant and knowledgeable. She was able to take command of a 100 pound german shepherd that she had never met and get him to walk right by her side and obey completely. Overall we think she did a great job. She left us with instructions and her card and information in case we had any questions at all.

Clay's Top Dog
from 10 reviews
    John W.
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    Play is very knowledgeable about dog training. Easy to talk to and willing to help in anyway

    Conway Canine Companions
    from 7 reviews
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Randi T.
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    We have been learning to train our dogs with Pam for almost 2 years. We love her enthusiasm, knowledge and dedication to her work. She truly has a passion for what she does and goes out of her way to help owners and dogs achieve success. We go out of our way to attend Pam's training when there are many trainers much closer. We choose Pam because she practices positive reinforcement over any harsh training methods and her vast knowledge of animal behavior.

    Come Play & Stay K9 Ranch
    from 7 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Amie H.
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    We adopted what we thought was an aggressive Rotty. Turns out in the hands of the right trainer our boy is now a sweet, socialized, balanced and very well trained Rotty. He loves the trainers so much. He put on weight and hair because they identified a food allergy and changed what we were feeding him. We will also board him at the K9 Ranch in the future 😊

    Canine Camp Courage
    from 5 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Tara S.
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    I have a foster dog presently with BYB . My boy came with a many issues ..found in the streets of hartford ct . starved and very neglected. We took him from an animal Control on his last day before he would be euth. No known issues yet ..once in the home. .he needed to be kept away from the world and all of its simple exposures ..pulled hard on leash ,not seemingly friendly towards dogs ,strangers,his own reflection caused reaction ,always in a high state of energy ,reactive towards just about everything except the few people in his foster world . We heard about Byb and knew he had to be here to be able to function in his world . Sean snd Amy literally have changed his whole world ..his future exsists balanced ,cofindent,trusting,happy,soooo very obedient and eager to learn NOW . He loves his pack now and is the sweet ,trusting ,good boy we knew was waiting to shine ..byb has empowered Trillion to be the best dog he can be me the human ..teaching patience ..the transformation is life changing and we are infinitely greatful to BYB.

    Off Leash K9 Training
    from 1 review
      Zach B.
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      (Let me just start this review by saying I was initially a huge skeptic and very diligent at researching the best obdienece training for my my two dogs: Maggie who's a 1 year old German shepherd and Loki who is a 4 month black lab) Amber and Off Leash K9 have been such an absolute pleasure to work with since day 1! I initially reached out to her on FB after seeing some of her fantastic before and after board and trains. We were able to schedule a consultation for a few days later and she walked me through the entire process while assessing my year old German shepherd, Maggie. (I was initially a little worried about the e-collar, but after Amber had me experience it for myself, I knew it would be perfectly safe for Maggie) The 2 week board and train is hands down the best thing I've ever done for my dog! She went from a rambunctious high-strung shepherd to a very well behaved dog that scores me tons of compliments in public! Loki, my 4 month puppy has already completed a few puppy lessons. We can't wait to enroll her in more formal training soon once she's old enough! THANK YOU AMBER and Off Leash for helping our little family so much! We love you guys - Zach, Maggie & Loki

      Eric B.
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      We had our dog, Prince, for 7 years before we decided to send him to Gerald Williams for training. Prince was a good dog but had issues with jumping, pulling the leash while on a walk, and staying in whatever position (sit, lie down, etc.) you commanded. When Prince bit me because of irritation from a gastrointestinal illness, I decided to get rid of him. My husband spoke with Gerald and we decided to send him to Gerald for training. Within the first few hours, Gerald sent us pictures of Prince obeying commands and looking like a different dog! We were shocked! Gerald had completed his training with Prince within a matter of days and spent an evening going over his observations with us. His observations of handler and dog behavior were spot on. He brought some things to our attention that we obviously missed. He taught us how to give commands and how to ensure that Prince remains in that command as long as it is given. Prince returned to us 100% better and we owe it to Gerald’s training. ~ Eric & Natasha Brown, Oklahoma City, OK

      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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