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Aurora Animal Behaviorists

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Ancillary K9
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ransley E.
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Very happy with the work Dion has done with our new pup. He is responding very well to the methods employed. Dion seem very good at identifying dog personality traits and how best to go about getting results. He is very direct and to the point which we see very much as a positive in this sort of job. Would highly recommend his services. The training is more expensive than other options out there, but after multiple conversations with other trainers, he seemed like the best fit for our needs. Other trainers interviewed told us many of the behaviors our dog was exhibiting may not be trainable. Dion was up to the task and has done an excellent job.

Laura's Lessons
4.9
from 41 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Erin W.
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Laura has helped me get back in the saddle after 18 years. Her horses are fantastic, well rounded, safe, and offer a challenge for riders of all levels. Laura's riding lessons are approximately 1 hour, however she has allowed my lessons to go over the time schedules when needed. She is a good instructor for learning the basics and more. She takes the time to properly address safety for horse and rider as well as the details required to properly care for and own a horse. The care and time she puts into her horses is reflected by the amazing fitness level and happy attitude her animals have.

Better Manners Dog Training
4.8
from 40 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Susan P.
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Pete was a life saver. He taught us the techniques we needed to change our dog's behavior. We went from chaos to calm and began to enjoy our new puppy. Pete always listened to our concerns and provide guidance. Having the training in our house allowed us to work with our dog in her environment.

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KK9 Dog Training LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Kay is amazing. Our Border Collie started learning on day one. She clearly understands how different animals respond to different situations, motivations, etc. We could not be more happy with our experience.

Strong Bond Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Leanne W.
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Alex has been helping me improve my happiness as well as my dogs. I have seen greatly improved behavior from my dog and we are still working at getting where we want to be. I feel more confident every week!

Rub-A-Dog Pet Services, LLC
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kim E.
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Lissa took excellent care of my two dogs and cat over an extended weekend getaway. I was so pleased with the communication and attention to every detail that she provided every day. Lissa was very careful to follow my instructions and guidelines. When I arrived home, it was obvious that my dogs were very well cared for, exercised and in a very calm and peaceful state. I've had previous experience with other pet sitting services where I arrived home to unkept, anxiety-ridden, and over-excitable pets and it was so nice NOT to have to re-train them. It was also a great benefit to get regular text messages every day along with beautiful pictures of all three of my girls, giving me peace of mind while I was away that my animals were being shown a lot of attention and love. The service I received with Lissa has made it easier for me to plan weekend getaways and deal with my hectic work schedule, knowing I have someone so trustworthy to take excellent care of my pets when I am unable to. Thanks so much, Lissa!

VIPet Sitter Service, LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 16 years in business
Gigi M.
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Hi...my name is gigi Mitchell...I discovered Vipet Sitter Ser 13 or 14 years ago.I needed a dog walker for my 2 little Bichon's," Scotch and Soda"....Cindy, the owner, came to my house for our first meeting. I was very taken with her kind professional business tactics, animal knowledge,...compation..., and all the services she had to offer. You can be sure I wouldn't let 'just anybody' be responsible for my 2 little buddies !!! And she doesn't cost an arm and a leg....She has very well earned her "best pet sitter service' all these years....She's one in a million ! gigi Mitchell.

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  • 18 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Ashley P.
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Working with Bill has been a life saver for our family! We rescued a very sweet Pit Bull mix, but she needs a lot of work. Our pup took to Bill immediately and we saw results and improvements after one session. Bill has been very easy to work with. He always includes the whole family in the training sessions, which is great! He is experienced with aggressive dogs, can assist with a variety of training needs, and is very reasonably priced. I've already referred him to my neighbors! I can't say enough positive things about working with him!

303 Walks, LLC.
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah M.
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A real animal lover from the word go! Both of my dogs love her, and enjoy her company. I appreciate the piece of mind I get when she cares for them.

M.O.C K-9 Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nicolette M.
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My husband and I just finished 6 sessions with Adam and we are so impressed with our dog's behavior! Before we found Adam our dog listened to his nose more than us and would bark at every little sound. Now he obeys commands regardless of the situation and we have learned how to give proper corrections and praise. Thank you Adam!

Colorado Pet Sitters
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Doug M.
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Connor obviously loves animals! He is considerate and reliable and deals with our cat that needs shots for his diabetes with no problems. We highly recommend Connor and we use Colorado Pet Sitters consistently.

  • 29 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle L.
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We recently moved from a house to an apartment, leaving our dogs needing some help to adjust. Dan explained dog behavior to us before showing us techniques. We practiced with our dogs and was very pleased with their progress. We will continue to work with them. Thank you Dan!

  • 6 years in business
John B.
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Annie is very passionate about animals, especially dogs and takes the time and care make sure they are well taken care of. Annie has taken care of my dog a number of times and it has always been a good experience for me and my dog.

In Good Paws Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole G.
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So my dog has been experiencing some slight dog aggression on our walks. I called Patrice and she was very good about getting back to me and getting something set up. She is very knowledgeable about dog behavior and assessing what the actual problem was. I have only had 2 sessions, but I am feeling very confident that with her training we are going to have much happier walks! I highly recommend her services!

  • 15 years in business
Tina E.
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I've never met a more caring and supportive vet than Dr. Questen, she's been our vet for many years, my animals love her and she's always there when we need her! I highly recommend her!

About

I am an animal lover, and I love spending time with animals. Animals are great companions for people.

About

I went to school with animals on the brain. Originally focused on veterinary medicine, I was drawn down a different path for animal care. I respect all animals and adore the chance to observe up close or from afar.

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Our services include: * behavior modification * in-home training * dog walks * pet sitting * transport of pets * play dates/socialization * work with diabetic animals

About

Crawl, Slither, Play, Exotics is a company starting to build itself up. We are about rescuing animals and caring for them to eventually give them to loving homes. We will walk your dog(s) as often as preferred per week. The total cost depends on size of dog. We have owned sugar gliders, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, hedge hogs, rats, mice, dogs, cats, fishes, lizards, snakes, and even a chameleon. We have a diabetic dog and are personally experienced with giving medication. We all have worked at doggie daycares and have gone to training classes to learn about taking care of animals. We are all in college to improve our knowledge of all different types of animals.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Use a unique instinct-based approach that does not require excessive treats, force, or gimmicks. To learn more please visit my website: thecaninecounselor.com

About

I grew up with all kinds of animals - rodents, cats, dogs, and horses. I started working with dogs when I was 15 years old. Now a days I work front desk at a dog training center and in my spare time, I volunteer as a dog trainer for the Dumb Friends League and I volunteer at a Boxer rescue here in Denver. I'm very comfortable with dogs of all sizes and when your dog is with me, he/she will be both physically and mentally stimulated since I love long walks and I always bring puzzle toys for the dogs.

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.

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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