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Manteca Animal Behaviorists

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ForrestGlenn Kennels
from 40 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie M.
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Kevin was completely honest and upfront about costs, pet owner's responsibilities and helps you with any questions about your pet with kindness and tact. Highly recommend Forrest Glenn Kennels for any dog behavior or training need.

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Executive Canine Services
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Mike R.
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I recently adopted two mature, medium-sized dogs from Southern California. After hearing lots of horror stories from the previous owner regarding how they behaved, I was nervous about them being a good fit. After a chance meeting with Les in a parking lot, I called to see if he would help me with assessing their behavior and work on socializing them with other dogs. I couldn't be happier with the results. His guidance lead ME to higher levels of confidence which has lead to our being relaxed and confident with having them out in public settings as well as with the neighborhood dogs and children.

Who's Training Who?
from 21 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Marc C.
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Very knowledgeable about dog behavior quickly identified the problems with our dog. Highly recommend.

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California Canine
from 18 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Karen K.
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Didi listens attentively to our concerns about our dog's behavior. She teaches in a constructive, easily understood manor by both our dog and us. You can see Didi's genuine interest in helping our dog learn correct behavior and us learning how to guide her. We have had our consultation and one training session so far, We feel confident that we chose the best Trainer/Behaviorist to help us achieve the results we want.

  • 20 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Lloyd B.
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Pleasant personality. Kelly showed us a few behavior issue techniques in her 1st $20 consultation. Would highly recommend her. We hired her due to a fair price and knowledge.

Wagging Tails Training
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Tom C.
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Amazing. There is simply no other word to describe Shauna's talent with dogs. Her ability to train dogs in an astoundingly short time is something that must be witnessed to be believed. I recommend attending her class just to watch her work whether you have a dog or not, but beware - if you have a dog, you will end up signing up for classes - and it will be one of the best things you can do for your animal.

Honest Creature Care
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Conner W.
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Heather helped with obedience training my beagle, who is very stubborn. They did verbal commands, leash training, house training and manners, and Heather has had a lasting positive influence on my dog. She is very professional and thorough, and she brings real experience and methodology to create a personalized training outline, which helps maintain the behaviors. 10/10, would recommend again.

Fyntoon Solutions
from 7 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Billy K.
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Sheila was great at taking care of our herd of animals. She sent us regular updates and pictures of what they were doing when she was over. You won't fine a better person to care for your animals while you're away.

Silver Lining Pet Services
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Colleen M.
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Sue has been working with me and my two min pins, Coco and Tootsie on behavior modification issues. I was at the point of contacting the breeder to give one of them back - basically at the end of my rope. I'd worked with other dog. trainers, but Sue explained and showed how to manage and modify behavior that was easy to comprehend and made sense. I am not exaggerating when I say she has literally changed my life and helped me rethink how to interact with my girls. I am very grateful.

Gamin's Dog Walking
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
David L.
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Gamin is a dedicated and conscientious pet companion and walker. She doesn't simply watch them...she befriends and loves every single one. We want the best for our children when we can't be there for them (daycare, babysitters, teachers) and feel the same way about our animal family! Gamin has the experience and compassion you want and expect for you furry family members. She has treated my pets like her on on several occasions. Look no further!

The Canine's Voice
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ken G.
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I've been working with Sabrielle for almost two years now. I wouldn't trust my dogs with anyone else. She knows how to inspire the right behavior. My dogs love her. I've referred her to many. Call her now!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Emily P.
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Lisa was very knowledgeable about dog behavior. She was patient with teaching my 12 year old how to handle several annoying dog behaviors. Lisa was flexible with her time and prompt with her home visits.i would recommend Heads and Tails dog training. Grandma from Sacramento

The Polished Pup
from 2 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Gwen R.
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Sherry was very loving to our dog, kind but in control of his behavior, and gave me good tips on how to retrain him in a positive way. I was already doing some of the recommended ideas , but she helped me refine them. Gwen and Wylie the terrier.

Timely Services
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Judy D.
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Jerry fed and cared for our animals while we were out of town He did a great job, although my dog was not easy to maneuver. He was very professional and drove quite a distance to accommodate us. We really appreciate his service.


I walk, feed, clean, and bath dogs. I sit dogs at home. I have 10 years of experience. I worked for the shelter of San Jose and Vac Rocker Hospital.


I am currently a veterinary nursing student. My huge love and passion for animals isn't something I came across at random. It was a gift I was born with. Once I graduated high school, I decided to dedicate my life and career to animals. My goal is to be their voice and have them be heard and for them to be loved unconditionally.


I love to spend my time with animals and provide the best care while you are away from them! I strive to offer exercise, fun games, and adventure to entertain your best friend. I also make daily physical exams to assure the health. I can travel to your house and make all adjustments necessary (feeding, cleaning, watering plants and grass, and taxi dog) to provide you the best and friendly service possible every time and anytime! I will be graduating in few months as a veterinarian technician.


I respond to my client's needs by listening and communicating clearly. I am dependable, trustworthy, mature, and I'm doing what I've loved to do my whole life which is caring for animals.


I am able to provide love and care to all types of animals by caring for them either overnight or during the day. I can walk dogs, feed animals, or provide them companionship. I am also available to house-sit for people while they are away.


Animals are my absolute favorite. Some people call me an "animal whisperer" because I know how animals are feeling when interacting with them and what they want. I own two dogs myself, a German shepherd and a Chihuahua, and they mean the world to me.


I'm a young active person who is looking to expand and further her knowledge of animals and would love to care, walk and help in any way with your pet. I walk and care for any animal.

Q & A

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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.

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.

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?
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