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Indio Animal Behaviorists

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Best Paw Forward
from 58 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly R.
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It was so refreshing to meet and work with Val. She is everything that you could hope for when in need of a dog trainer. From the moment I saw her ad, to our first phone conversation, and then our first training session, I continue to be impressed with her perfessionalism and dog training experience. After just one session, I learned so many things about my two dogs. Val taught me many valuable lessons when interacting with my dogs. I saw immediate results with Val's instruction, and I'm already looking forward to the new knowledge our second training session brings. I would highly recommend Val to any of my friends/family who have questions about their dogs behavior, or need help training their dog.

  • 10 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Taylore B.
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CV Dog Club is by far the best in The Valley! I started with a rescue dog I was considering taking back to the rescue who now visits nursing homes. I wouldn't go anywhere else for animal training!

Blue Barn Ranch
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Patricia G.
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Katahdin (my horse) and I are so happy at Blue Barn ranch with Kathi and her family! He gets three healthy meals a day, clean water, and regular stall cleaning. This past summer, flies were MINIMAL, and horse owners know how pesky they can be! Kathi's husband, John works hard to keep the place spotless! Plenty of riding trails and the view is lovely. Also, the canine area is beautiful. My dogs can stay there anytime!

  • 23 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Carla M.
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Maya is one of the best groomers we have ever had. We rescue many animals and they come to us in pretty bad shape. Matted to the skin, nails curled into their pads, covered in fleas and ticks and much more. Maya is so loving, caring and patient and always a tender heart. Takes as much time as needed with them. Her cuts are always great. Her poodle cuts are are a work of art!

No Canine Left Behind
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan B.
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A Passionate and kind hearted trainer who was Understanding and driven to acheive outstanding improvements with my pups behavior. Highly Recommended!

Top Dog Pet Care
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
April K.
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They come to my house and take care of my pet, so he doesn't get dropped off at a groomers where he gets anxiety. Kyle has been taking care of my dogs for several years and will be as long as I have dogs. I had an Akita who wasn't friendly with other animals, so we began using Kyle and his wife at that time (and my Akita absolutely loved them).

Kristins Kritter Care
from 1 review
    David H.
    Verified review

    Went on vacation for a week and needed someone to care for my 4 dogs .. Kristin was amazing truly Godsend!! She was very knowledgeable and shared her experience and background in her profession. Kristin has a big heart and passion for animals with the upmost respect she treated my dogs as if they were her own. These are my kids and wanted nothing more then the best possible care for them. Kristin was very sincere and understood my wants and needs as I addressed them.. Excellent job well done highly recommend and will be calling again when I need Kristin's services in the near future. Thank you so very much .... David and gang 🐶😊

    Positive pet training
    from 1 review
      Eman B.
      Verified review

      Nina is an excellent dog trainer. My dog had behavioral issues such as peeing in the house and showing aggression towards other dogs and her training has curbed these bad behaviors. My relationship with my dog is much better now. I highly recommend her to anyone who needs dog training of any kind because she is extremely knowledgeable about everything!


      I am just an 18-year-old girl looking for a job. I am still in school, but I can work around that. I am great with animals and kids.


      I can take care of your animal (large, small, and exotic) with my experience and training. I have volunteer zoo experience, pet ownership, and vet assistant training.


      I am a certified dog trainer and behavioral specialist. We have a really fun training yard. I offer three classes for $20.00. I've been doing training for over 25 years. I believe that animals are a lot like us and learn from mistakes; I believe that it takes three years to fully train a dog. I go at the pace of the dog and owner. I take each dog and train them to their human's lifestyle. We teach words to the dogs and teach body language to the humans. I use many different methods. We need to understand that they are just animals, not robots, and make mistakes just like us. It's how we learn.

      • 9 years in business

      We are the only certified animal behavior consultants in the South Riverside area. We specialize in aggressive, reactive, and fearful dogs. We are committed to using positive reinforcement based methods that enhance your relationship with your dog.


      I believe that my work stands out more because i'm not like every other person out there i make sure that i get my work done and treat my customers with respect. I don't discriminate on others or others dogs. I believe that everyone deserves a chance to make a difference in our community. starting with the people and animals around us.

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack

      I use positive reinforcement to train dogs. I help dog owners regain control of their dogs, so they can enjoy the benefits of dog ownership.


      I am young but i am committed to what i do. I am responsible and excited to work even at the age of 17. I have all my priorities accounted for and I know how to manage my time wisely.


      I do feeding, grooming, and stall cleaning for horses, goats. llamas, and other large farm/ranch animals. This can also been in conjunction with yard work and tack cleaning. I have years of experience in caring for horses and other farm animals. My past experience includes exercising horses, feeding animals, cleaning stalls and arenas, bathing animals, brushing animals, cleaning tacks, exercising by riding and lunging and many other tasks. Details are provided upon request.

      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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