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Commerce City Animal Behaviorists

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Ancillary K9
5.0
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ransley E.
Verified review

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.
Verified review

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
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

Canine Obedience Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia D.
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Our Thumtack contact was a very knowledgeable and confident trainer names Andi Nault. She was not dissuaded by my very active Rhodesian Ridgeback who loves people and any dog withing eye view. She worked patiently with us, gave us some new tools to use with Penny and lots of encouragement. She offered doggy daycare which I thought might be useful and it was. Penny learned to read the cues of the other dogs that didn't want to roughhouse. Andi was very good with Penny, consistent, confident, reassuring and had other options to offer us if we wanted them but no pressure. She recommended Boarding facilities we had no knowledge of, other trainers, behavioral specialists, hour long dogie play time, etc. I highly recommend Andi Nault for whatever dog behavior you want to address.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

Life, Simplified
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
James C.
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Patricia helped me out immensely during a very hard time in my life. My mother had been admitted into the hospital for an extended period of time leaving her 3 cats and large dog alone. As I was busy with work, it make it impossible for me to care for them properly. Thank God for Patricia who'd been highly recommended by a friend. She arrived promptly and took charge of the situation leaving me with the peace of mind I needed to see to my mother's health. Patricia went out of her way to only care for the animals but also spent quality time with them, playing and just hanging with them. She made sure the pets were well fed and that they never felt abandoned or lonely. Patricia was a life saver and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a reliable, warm assistant no matter the calling.

  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah H.
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Helena was an amazing dog trainer both for our rescue dog Woodrow, and for us. Her training was multi-faceted in that she trained us as much as she trained our dog. Woodrow is a rescue, and we called Helena after he developed a rather nasty biting habit. We were desperate to get help immediately, and unlike other companies in the area, Helena called us back immediately, and like us, took the issue of our aggressive dog very seriously. When other companies believed that it was "just a phase" or that a muzzle or a shock collar would be the best course of action, Helena respectfully disagreed. She proved that aggressive dogs can and will respond well to positive reinforcement and behavior modification through intense but rewarding training techniques. When we "interviewed" Helena, she met us at our house for a 90-minute consultation. She provided us with printed handouts on aggression as well as some initial training techniques to begin. We decided to go with her, which was a life-changing decision for our dog; Woodrow has improved drastically since Helena has worked with him. When we first had Woodrow, he could not be within 20 feet of a stranger without barking or growling, and now, his "bubble" has been greatly reduced. During our 8-weeks with Helena, we worked on a doorbell training routine, practiced how to be around other dogs on walks, learned what to do if a stranger approaches us on a walk, how to manage off-leash dogs, and even how to navigate when someone hugs me (he is protective, too!). She came to our house/nearby park always, which was so important as my husband and I both work full time. She was flexible with our schedules and made herself available based on our availability. Finally, her rates are very manageable and fair. It's easy to see that Helena is not concerned with gouging our paychecks for her noteworthy service--she simply wants to see dogs improve. It's refreshing! With Helena you get a true professional who will put your dog at the forefront of her practice. Without Helena, we were ready to give up on our sweet boy, but now, we have renewed hope that he can he rehabilitated for good. Thanks Helena and Training House Calls for being exactly what we needed to save our dog. Best decision ever :)

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kim C.
Verified review

First, my animals LOVED them! And they are skiddish. Next, they were very professional and went above and beyond my expectations. Finally, they are flexible and worked with my crazy, last minute schedule.

  • 15 years in business
Tina E.
Verified review

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!

Mikaylia Dinwiddie
5.0
from 1 review
    Danny D.
    Verified review

    She's amazing trust her with my animals and kids

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    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

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

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

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    Animals on Acres specializes in multi-pet homes, high energy dogs and special needs animals but we accept ANY animal or situation that you may have. Our reputation is top notch and the website recommendations from our current customers prove it.

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    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.

    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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