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Visalia Animal Behaviorists

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  • 8 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Anne S.
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Short version: - won best in breed with Shayne's training classes - individualized attention even in group work - training techniques modified to specific breed - vet tech background is great for answering health questions. - responsive to emails, like having a trainer with you 24/7 Long version: I've only been working with Shayne for about a month and the experience has been awesome. I wanted to find a trainer in Fresno who can train show dogs and ran across her website. She is affordable and her service delivers. I just got back from my first show and we got best in breed!! Shayne is straightforward and to the point, both with owner and dog. I appreciate this about her and find that it cuts down on time to be honest in order to correct the mistakes that you are making. We do group sessions and even though its group sessions, she gives you individualized attention, even if the dogs are all at different levels. The activities seem new every week so the dogs are learning new skills every week or new ways to apply the skills they have previously learned. She understood my breed (mastiff) and has me modify my training for the specific breed. When I got frustrated bc my doggie dog wasn't listening, she explained to me that I can't expect a mastiff to listen the way labs or shelties do and have a short attention span and I have to switch up my training to make it exciting for him. She asked me the goals I have set out and we have met each goal in a manner that is realistic given the breed. To further socialize my puppy, she's even offered to go with me to the dog park so she can observe our behavior and ease my discomfort in that setting. I believe she's training to be vet tech or just completed training and its so great to have someone knowledgeable about the various issues that might arise with your fur baby. She gave good advice regarding growing pains, parvo, and a variety of other things. She never forces the advice on you, but it is always readily available. The best part about this service is that she is available through email (probably through text too, but I don't really text). Her responses are immediate and it extends the training beyond just the "classroom." Through email she gave me advice on how to crate train, quiet the dog in the house, and calm the dogs on walks -- these are things you can't do in class. When I emailed her in a panic at midnight the night before my first show, she responded within 5 minutes and walked me through what I needed to do. In short, don't waste your money at PetSmart/PetCo or any other trainer. Shayne has been nothing short of amazing and a pleasure to work with. I look forward to class every week!

Way of a Dog
from 20 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Arlene G.
Verified review

My little dog Gabby received awesome training from Joe, and now her behavior has really improved. Gabby loves him! Thank you Joe! Arlene and Gabby

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

You can love your dog but you must know how to Lead your dog. Private in-home Dog training sessions are available. On FB at DogTrainer559.

Perfect Paws
from 2 reviews
    Sara H.
    Verified review

    I worked with Karrie at Perfect Paws and I have never seen such amazing progress in my shiba inu! As a puppy, you want to think you are doing everything you can to keep as many "bad habits" at bay, but there is always something that rears its ugly head. I have had other trainers I've worked with before, but Karrie really understands what it means to be a behavioralist. I went from having a over-anxious and chew up my carpets dog to having a perfectly tempered dog who has never chewed on the carpets again! She helped me not only understand the length at which my behavior affects my dog, but also helped me truly understand the needs of dogs. There is a HUGE difference between dog and human psychology. Her approach may be direct and something you are definitely not used to, but give her a chance and she will prove to you in less than 15 minutes that she can change your dog's life and your's!! Thank you Karrie! I don't know what I would have done without you :)

    Terri M.
    Verified review

    Kim Toepfer is experienced, insightful, patient and kind; all rolled into one wonderful Dog Trainer! I highly recommend her if you have a dog that exhibits behavior problems, because she is excellent in helping train you, to a new level of confidence and understanding, so that you can move forward and train your dog.

    Animal Lover
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    Yvonne T.
    Verified review

    Gina is great...very friendly and was great with my dog...she offered to do a lot of the things I can't do for myself right now because of my recent surgery...I will definately use her again!!


    I offer bathing, light obedience training, comfortable environmental walks, and special services upon request. Special needs animals are welcomed as well. Age isn't a concern. We love all aged animals. Attention: We do not accept extremely aggressive animals due to children and helpers. Our goal is to supply the best care possible that meets the needs of each family.


    TLAC is insured and bonded and has been in business for over 15 years. We have over 500 animals added to our fury family. Our company provides pet sitting in your home and offers comfort knowing that your house is also watched while you're away. Our pet sitters provide loving animal care and take care of small household attentive needs. Below is a list of the services we offer. * In-home pet sitting * Dog walking * Pet feeding * Pet medications * Plant watering * Mail pickup * Rotate lights and curtains, etc.


    I use a variety of techniques for training, after all each dog has a different personality. One technique might work well with one dog but not another. Some dogs require more time and patience than others. I never use any harsh methods or harmful methods. I believe that a well trained dog is much happier and healthier.


    I can pretty much handle any pet care services and your pet's needs! I am a veterinary technician, and I can give shots or medications. I can give any kind of care an animal may need!


    I have been around animals (especially dogs and cats) for 25 years. Living the life of a veterinarian's daughter from the age of 5 has taught me many valuable lessons in the animal kingdom and life. When it comes to the pet world, one can learn "how to respond" to certain animals in a certain ways. I have the animal background and the capability to help others to understand their companion and pet. Those who are not so familiar or comfortable with animals, those who are just curious to learn about dogs and cats alike (my main specialty in animals is canines and felines), I am not here to give any veterinary advice, however, I can refer you to some great veterinarians, depending upon the situation or species of the animal. What I can do for you is give you the valuable tools needed to shape yours and your family's relationship with your dog or cat. I have great danes; everyone's first reaction is to their size, but they and most dogs are so much more in depth than that; think about how the chihuahua behaves as opposed to the great dane. It's not always just how the breed generally behaves (which is key in how the training process of your pet will progress), but also equally important in integrating and training your new family member is you and how you will interact with your pet. I can give basic knowledge of typical breed behaviors, how you may be able to help along the process, calm the dog when over-excited, over-whelmed or just possibly unruly. This training is not only going to train your dog, but you. It takes commitment, dedication and love if your pet training is to succeed (and your pet is not the only one in training, in fact it will be you that will be doing most of the training and transforming). Learning how to react to a canine's response(s) will give you most of the knowledge you will need to train your pet to your specific lifestyle (i.e. children in the home, timid behavior and overly-excited). Also, I will bring my great dane to you for various occasions such as introducing children to large dogs (he loves kids and loves to play), introducing those who are weary of dogs or large dogs, how to interact with your pet, family interactions, basic obedience training, and show parties for entertainment with "his" unscripted, but always incredible show (because he just loves to be center stage and loves kids even more). If you have any questions that I may be able to answer, just let me know.

    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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