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West Sacramento Animal Behaviorists

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Cozy K9 Care & Kamp
from 157 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 283 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa H.
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Desiree came to my home and worked with all 3 of my dogs. She took her time, handled difficult behaviors (one dog disliked getting groomed) and was a wealth of information regarding dog care. I will hire her again!

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Wagtime Dog Training
from 46 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
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Lisa A.
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Don is AMAZING! We've only had 2 sessions so far and there has been an incredible improvement in our Ziggy's behavior. My only complaint is that Don can't be packaged and sold in a jar....LOL.

ForrestGlenn Kennels
from 40 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 89 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.

  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kara M.
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Choosing the right dog trainer for my dog Happy seemed like a daunting task when I first got started. I had three different trainers come for a consultation with my boy before I called Tierney with Unleash Your Beast. I feel lucky to have found her. She made me feel at ease. Her calm nature and knowledge of dog behavior was very impressive to me. And Happy seemed to really like having her work with him some. She helped me to better understand my boys not so amazing behavior and made sure I understood how she could help us overcome our problem. Tierney's confidence in the situation put my mind to rest and I am super excited to get started with Unleash Your Beast's board and train program as I feel it is what is best for my boy.

  • 20 years in business
  • 31 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.

Walkie Doggies
from 8 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
John L.
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Walkie Doggies is a great business to work with. Renata is very skilled with dogs (and other animals!) and brings a wealth of experience to her work. She is prompt, very easy-going, and goes the extra mile for your beloved pet. Her prices are very fair and I will keep using her well into the future!

One Fine Canine
from 5 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Karen B.
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Presley has really helped us work with our dog around some anxiety issues. We are making good progress, and appreciate the assistance of One Fine Canine.

  • 8 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tina C.
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We were very pleased with Jenni. She was very informative and gave us plenty of effective advise. She took our unruly puppy for training and 5 weeks later returned to us a very pleasant obedient and enjoyable dog. It is obvious that her main concern is the care of our pets. We are forever grateful. Thank you Jenni.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kendra N.
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Rachele is the BEST pet sitter I've ever worked with! She really takes the time to know your animals & even posts pictures of them on her blog while you're away. It's obvious that she loves animals & this isn't "just a job" to her. I'd highly recommend her services.

Faithful Paws Pet Services
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Dixie L.
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Faith is awesome. In my experience she's always handled her self professionally. Is true to her word and truly, truly loves animals. Hire her!

Sandra A.
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The individuals who contacted me were very professional and knowledgeable.

Gilliam Pet Care
from 1 review
    KAREN H.
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    Micaela's Pet Training
    from 1 review
    • 4 years in business
    Susan T.
    Verified review

    Micaela came to our house to work with our two dogs, both about 2 1/2 years old and in need of some basic obedience and leash training. She had a great way with the dogs, was very observant of their behavior and temperaments, and was patient with both them and me! That last part was important because some of the training techniques do not seem intuitive to me. Additionally, Micaela followed up with an email that reviewed what we had done and included specific instructions about how we should work with the dogs. It's only been one session, but I was very pleased.

    sophie navarrette
    from 1 review
    • 10 years in business
    Donald C.
    Verified review

    It was so with Sophie taking care of my animals. she act like the animals were her own. I used Sophie several several times in the past I was saddened to hear when she was moving away. I will miss her and so will my animals I don't think I'll ever be able to replace her. If she is taking care of your animals you will have nothing to worry about. She is so great with animals. She is the nicest person aswell. My animals are like kids to me i dont like leaving them but with Sophie it makes it easier.

    Animal Lover Inc.
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack


    I pay attention to detail, responsible, and I care how my products come out because it is a reflextion of me


    I can and have walked dogs professionally. Walking is great for everyone. I have also been a foster parent for many animals, including Katrina dogs, cats and horses.


    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.

    • 7 years in business

    Our services are available for horses, dogs and cats of any breed. We will help meet your every need no worries just TLC for you to see. God bless you.looking forward to happy tails ~


    I take care of animals. I do walking, feeding, playing, and babysitting. I can do anything you need for your animal!


    I am an animal lover wanting to serve others by helping with their animal needs like dog walking or pet sitting.

    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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