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The Heart of Caregiving
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan V.
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I had a meet & greet with Sonia yesterday; she brought her "pack" of dogs to meet my dog, who is sometimes aggressive toward other dogs. Sonia really seems to know her stuff, and gave me great advice on dealing with my dog!! And he behaved pretty well around all her dogs, thanks to her coaching! I was impressed!

  • 22 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Bethany W.
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We got a rescue puppy. While adorable, she's got many of the behavior issues rescue dogs may come with, especially destructive anxiety. I've trained dogs before, and this dog has made me run out of ideas. Amy has consulted with me many times on ways to reduce her anxiety and help her with everything from getting the hang of potty training to not nipping at the kids. She has always tried her hardest and done her best. All with positive reinforcement methods too! She's taken on tough cases and doesn't give up. She's great at coaching owners too so we can genuinely help the dog. If you're not working with Amy, you don't have the best - yet! Give her a hollar!

  • 19 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Alicia C.
Verified review

Tricia is the best. She is so knowledgeable about many dog breeds and has great advice on how to work with a dog to overcome any problem areas. I highly recommend Tricia for training or pet sitting services. Your dog would be in very good hands.

Phoebe Bault
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Fernando B.
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Phoebe B trained our German Shepard dog and of all the trainers we have used she made the most progress in helping the dog to become more comfortable with different people and situations. She also took care of both our dogs and the dogs are very excited when they see Phoebe. Phoebe is very personable, open, and patient. We liked her a lot and had she not moved away from our area, we would continue to have her train and care for our dogs. She is also a very sincere and nice person! Would highly recommend her.

  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel S.
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Toni is OUTSTANDING in Her training experience and personality !!! makes training fun and exciting for both Humans and dogs ....We Like the way she trains and "WE" have our homework of repeat session training until she comes back...and were excited to show Toni ALL that our dog has learned =)

Evie Werner
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Melissa B.
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Best pet caretaker ever. My dog and cat loved Evie from the very first visit.

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jen P.
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My dog, Kacie, was the most sweet, but stubborn dog. I could not get her to stop chewing/eating everything in site,including the sheetrock on the wall if there was nothing else in her area to chew! I also could not housebreak her and she barked/howled often at nothing. I tried to crate train her as well, but it was a fight to just get her into the crate. I went to Kris for help. She trained her and I could not believe the results. Kacie stopped chewing on things. She would go in her crate when told. She was housebroken. She rarely barked or howled unless someone came to the door (or the answering machine went on lol). I truly thought she switched my dog with another lol I would highly recommend Kris for training your dogs. She is amazing!

Hands on Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Rosemarie A.
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Still training with Gloria, she is very professional, and provides good handouts of skills we teach and more.

Pawsitively Pet Services
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amber T.
Verified review

We had her come over and walk our dog while we were out of town for a week. She not only walked our dog, but gave her loving attention that she needed. We are very appreciative for everything she has done for us. Will definitely seek out her services again!

  • 8 years in business
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I love all animals, drive to San Francisco if necessary. I live in the Santa Cruz mountains Many wonderful places to excerise a dog. Small or large any bread

  • 3 years in business
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I don't just see my furry clients as a means to and end. Each dog that I meet and work with is a special individual to me.

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I like animals, especially dogs. I also have worked with dogs before in a training program. I helped dog named Bobby with uneven-sized legs get trained and later, adopted. I am a certified junior dog trainer.

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Hi. I'm a very responsive person and caring. I have also been a dog owner myself. I am also a doggy lover who loves to take dogs on walks. My favorite dog breeds are chihuahua and terrier mix. Another dog breeds that I like are pit bulls and huskies. I am willing to go travel to take care of the dog. I have a flexible schedule.

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I have an enthusiasm for animal care. To me, this is not just a job. I truly care about the animals I care for, making sure to look out for their well-being.

  • 5 years in business
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Hi, there! I am a stay-at-home mom (to a baby and a two-year old dog) with over 12 years of dog-caring experience. I offer dog walking and sitting at very competitive rates. Are you worried about your dog at home while you are working long hours? My female havanese and I can help.

  • 4 years in business
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Dogs and cats have always found a special place in my heart. All through life I have always found comfort in my dogs and cats. Grooming, walking, and overnight care for the animals are my greatest passion.

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Danish-Swedish Farmdogs USA (DSFUSA) is dedicated to providing high-quality canine educational opportunities for anyone interested in learning more about our canine companions. DSFUSA sponsors live canine seminars and workshops as well as virtual online webinars®. DSFUSA offers continuing education credits (CEUs) for various canine professionals, such as certified trainers, veterinary technicians, and more. For each educational offering, information regarding CEUs will be posted.

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Dog Tired provides custom pet services that include dog walks, pet sitting and taxi services. Owner, Nina McAlexander, has been working in domestic pet care for 10 years and in exotic animal care 20 years prior. Places of employment include San Jose Zoo, Marine World Africa U.S.A., Coyote Point Museum and Wildlife Associates. References available. Dog Tired is insured and licensed.

  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Besides doing dog sitting, walking & my Real World Dog Training is by far result oriented training with different training methods. But most importantly I provide professional & service satisfaction, I'm a friendly down to earth person for me it's important to do business the right and fair way and build a long lasting relationship with my clients.

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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.

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I am not a business. I do this because I like all dogs, and they need to be loving and have no bad behavior problem. I can train most all dogs! I can remove any wildlife. I have had most of all different animals.

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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