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Modesto Animal Behaviorists

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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.

Coach For Canines
from 9 reviews
  • 30 years in business
Liz G.
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I've been working with Julia for about 2 months now with my "shepador" puppy. She is about 4&1/2 months old now and I can't believe how good she is!! Julia has no only helped us with the basics, she also has solutions for all the unwanted puppy behaviors like biting, jumping, etc. It's been nice to nip these as they start so they don't become problems. This has been the best experience I've had raising a new puppy.

Pet Care Services
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Lynne T.
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She took care of Scrappy my 14 year old Cat. I really appreciate how caring she is because he is getting older and sometimes throws up. I think she is a genuine person and animal lover. I would highly recommend her

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.


Super Animal Guardians takes pride in our expertise in giving the best care towards animals. We offer dog walking, in-home pet care, and animal behavior modification.


I am a great-caring person who love to take care of and help animals in their everyday doings, so you and your pets will be in the best condition.


I do cat, dog and horse sitting too. I do exercise, feeding, cleaning and drop ins while you're on vacation or business trips. I also bring in your mail, water plants, etc. I offer lots of love and care for your special animals since they are part of the family, giving you a peace of mind when you're away.

  • 4 years in business

While taking care of animals is a important role of my profession, I really enjoy playing with and investing into the animals I look after. Its like its my "second nature" (no pun intended) to take care of these animals.


I love animals i have always been an animal lover I am great with animals and I have finally decided to make it a career. :)

  • 6 years in business

I provide dog walking and pet sitting for any occasion. I provide you with the best care possible for your furry animal friend.


Hi, my name is Jessica. I am 18 years old and I am interested in finding a job in one or all of these. I can be a housecleaner, a babysitter or an animal watcher. I love both kids and animals.


I offer animal care provided in your home if needed. I am experienced in the care of all animals except birds and reptiles.


Fun and sociable, I am an energetic and driven worker. I've owned animals all of my life and have worked in a dog groomers. I am very good with pets of all kind and am educatated on administering pills to dogs. I can handle special cases such as epilepsy and hyper active animals. I am very gentle and kind to all creatures along with an eagerness to learn more about the Veterinary field. I have a free schedule during weekdays and anytime after 11 on weekends.


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 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.

  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Because my friends trust me with their animals. I'm reliable, dependable, honest, trustworthy, kind, friendly, professional, get the job done, 'can do' attitude, and easy to get along with.

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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