House of Dog Training

Colorado Springs, CO

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

House of Dog Training prides itself on giving personalized service. Meaning, our training will be personalized to your specific needs.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

To see the moment when it "clicks" in both the dog and the owner and we form a happy partnership.

Location

Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Background check

Complete

Years in business

5

Number of employees

4

Times hired on Thumbtack

66

Reviews

25 Reviews
  • Thumbtack Customer Sep 22, 2017
  • Lisa P. May 16, 2016
    Dog Training - Group Lessons
    Verified Review
    I just started the training with my puppy and they are so wonderful and patient. I am a brand new dog owner so their explanation of what to look for and how to tell if it's just play or aggression is amazing. I also love that they have other techniques if the puppy doesn't get the idea with the first idea. I freak out a lot and they are able to calm my fears right away.
  • Shannon D. Feb 13, 2016
    Dog Training - Board and Train
    Verified Review
    My dog went from never listening, always jumping, and barking nonstop to being able to lay down while mommy cleaned for two hours! ... They really understand & love dogs! we tried a couple trainers before them, & we can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt they really are the best in town!!!
  • Lesa C. Jan 3, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    First day, just discussed. Not yet for train him. I order the cage from Amazon and would like contact my sister Charlene for help me an interpreting for me, her phone number is 720-947-9831.Look forward by training him. And also call for my ex husband Don, his phone is 517-894-3700 about pay. Have a nice day! Lesa
  • Alicia C. Dec 30, 2015
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    They send pics and keep you updated at every visit! You feel as though your pet is very safe and well taken care of.
  • Terry D. Dec 1, 2015
    Dog Sitting
    Verified Review
    We hired HoDT to provide overnight care while we travelled out of town for 5 days. We have 3 dogs including 1 with special needs (diabetic and blind). Our pups received amazing care and we received daily updates and photos to ease our concerns. Amazing service ! Thank you House of Dog Training.
  • Kenneth W. Oct 13, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Very professional and they really seem to understand dogs personalities
  • Jeremy Y. Sep 26, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Jackie D. Aug 12, 2015
    Dog Sitting
    Verified Review
    House of Dog sat for my dog for a last minute weekend trip and they did a fantastic job! I will certainly use them again. I felt my dog was paid a lot of attention, and she sent me videos and pictures both days I was gone. I would recommend them to anyone!
  • Carmen C. Jul 21, 2015
    Dog Training - Group Lessons
    Verified Review
    My dog's behavior changed after the first meeting. She was very effective when training both of us.
  • Maureen S. Jul 14, 2015
    Cat Sitting
    Verified Review
    Very professional left detailed accounts of each visit. Cats are happy and healthy. I have a diabetic cat so good care is essential.
  • Janette A. Jul 10, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    You can tell that Astrid knows what she is talking about and has the knowledge to help you know how to handle your dog. I enjoy and am learning a lot from the training.
  • Julie B. Jun 29, 2015
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
  • Pierre B. May 16, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    knowledgeable and friendly! I was very satisfied by how they showed a passion in helping my dogs get over the anxiety issues they were exhibiting when I contacted House of Dog Training. Over the phone and in person, they explained everything in an easy and understandable way so I could properly train my dogs towards the proper behavior I wanted.
  • Kristin M. May 14, 2015
    Pet Sitting
    Verified Review
    Astrid really got us out of a jam. She was so kind, and knowing she was with our babies helped us to relax and enjoy our vacation.
  • Liz P. May 6, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    A very positive experience. Astrid is working tirelessly with my difficulty breed dog to understand him and help him overcome his behavioral issues. I recommend House of Dog Training as one of the best.
  • Lindsey S. May 4, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Astrid paid quality attention to my puppy. She also came to my house for a lesson to make sure my puppy got it in her own setting.
  • Jamews V. Mar 15, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Keturah W. Mar 6, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We will meet on monday for a at home visit... will post remarks after
  • Erin S. Feb 27, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Kaleigh R. Feb 15, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Colette H. Feb 12, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I was very pleased with the information and suggestions I was given on my dog's first visit.
  • Kaye Q. Oct 3, 2014
    I have worked with Astrid for almost 5 years. I was a pet sitter for her. I learned so much from her and I would highly recommend her as a trainer anyday.
  • Kathryn S. Sep 23, 2014
    Astrid has been a fabulous trainer! I appreciated her coming to my house to train my 2.5 yr old dog while I was at work- I completely trusted her in my home. Astrid would meet with me, and teach me what she was doing with Hayley (my dog) so I could practice as well. She provided me with training updates via email so I would have progress reports. Astrid is a great trainer- I HIGHLY recommend her!!
  • Allison B. Sep 14, 2014
    Astrid is a lifesaver! Not only is she reliable, she instinctively knows whats best for my furry friend, Jake. After moving across the country, Jake had been acting out, barking and charging at anyone who tried to come over, even friends. I was so stressed trying to find a dog sitter as I was new to town and had to travel for work. Astrid was amazing with Jake! She took the time to get to know him and know they are best buds. I would highly recommend her for your dog sitting/walking needs.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Yes, my certification requires me to have a certain amount of CEU (Continuing Education Units) in order to retain my certification. I attend online workshops, as well as live seminars with renowned speakers in the field.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
From volunteering to passion to "work".
What types of customers have you worked with?
Basic Manners, leash walking, leash reactivity. I also educate on nutrition, which is a very vital part of behavior issues.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A client with a very fearful, stressed out dog (outside of the apartment) was on the brink of getting kicked out of his complex, because other tenants were afraid of her (she would lunge and bark out of a desperate need to "defend herself"). After about 10 days the client reported significant improvement and the apartment complex is featuring her in their newsletter.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure you research your trainer / behaviorist. A trainer who "guarantees" their work may not be worth your money. We work with animals. Nothing is every "guaranteed". But House of Dog Training will offer you lifetime support.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
The profession of dog training or dog behavior is not regulated. There are various certifications and some of them are very good. Educate yourself on what a specific trainer's methods are. Why are they using them? Do they keep up with the newest scientific studies?