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New Haven Animal Behaviorists

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  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
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Theress F.
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I think she is great. Our first visit was canceled due to an unforseen situation of my husband was on life support fighting for his life, but it did not stop her from answering my questions regarding my dog's behavior. She is caring and cares about what she does. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a dog trainer.

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Suzanne's Pet Services
4.8
from 46 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Amie P.
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Being a first time puppy owner Suzanne taught me many great techniques while working with our puppy. She also gave me great feedback and advice on training our puppy. She showed me that with patience and constant practice our puppy's behavior will get better. Thank you for your knowledge.

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Diamonds in the Ruff
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Robert V.
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Robin has been helping us train our one year old puppy, Bernie, for a few months now and the results have been outstanding. Robin is very professional and always comes prepared for every session, even bringing the treats for training. Not only does Robin come to help us train our dog , but she also supplied us with literature and information to help us teach our 8 year old daughter to recognize the moods and behaviors of all dogs. Additionally, Robin always makes time for any questions and concerns that we may have, either during training or with a quick text or email in between sessions. Robin is a pleasure to work with and our dog Bernie Is always excited to see her when she comes for training. We highly recommend Robin to all who may need her services. Thanks so much. From Bob, Jen and Eva, East Haven CT.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Krystyna C.
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Andrew gave us great tips on improving our dog's behavior. He was also very good with training our dog. Highly recommend.

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MondioPup, Inc.
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary L.
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I needed help to modify my over excitable champion boxer, CH high tech Duffy Semper Fi at Marlboro. Trainer Displayed great concern and caring while training my dog. Trainer has great abilities to analyze the dog behaviors. Wholly recommend for anyone who needs help with an overzealous dog.

  • 14 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Jay J.
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Niamh is extremely talented and amazing with dogs. She is very professional but also has a terrific personality and understanding of what causes dog behavior. My dog and I learned a lot after only 1 session - highly recommended!

Bred For Life
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine H.
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She is great and works with you. I’ve seen improvements in my dogs behavior. She has very flexible schedule too.

  • 39 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Michael Z.
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Rick and his team were great. They took our 10 year old dog with some aggressive and defiant behavior for a week and worked with him. We then had Rixk come and train us so that we could help modify his behavior. It is a difficult process but Rick used clear and easy commands to help us learn. Rick was also willing to answer questions in between sesssions and always got back to us quickly.

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Backcountry K-9
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Chanee C.
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Joshua was amazing with my families two dogs. He genuinely cares about the dogs he works with and is great with them. Our puppy is doing so much better and has come such a long way thanks to him. Even after the training sessions were complete Joshua was still there months later to help me with any questions or concerns that I had. Would recommend Backcountry K-9 to everyone who is looking for a very experienced and caring trainer. Thank you!

Canine Communications
4.7
from 20 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Christine helped me understand how to change my behavior before I could change my dog's! Made a world of difference!

Gus Trains Us, Inc.
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
S. R.
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Gus gave us excellent advice and educated us so that we better understand our dog's behavior. Our rotties responded very well to him and his training techniques and we are continuing to work on training them ourselves. I am more confident now, that we can do this! Thank you Gus!

Debbie's 4 Dogs
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren M.
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My dog, Mac, growls at people when they approach him. Debbie taught US what needs to be done differently to make Mac feel less frightened. She came in the door for the first time and demonstrated the proper way to greet Mac and also how to positively reinforce this behavior and help him adjust. He LOVED her and never barked at her again. We are practicing these new techniques with other people and family members and hoping to see permanent transformation in Mac over time! Thanks again Debbie for all your help and advice!

Professional Pet Services
4.6
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
John M Wilkinson
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Today I had the pleasure of experiencing a private training session with Erica in support of helping me with my rescued female Pitt-terrier named Daisy. From the moment I parked my truck Erica was already checking out my leash, collar and dogs condition like the true professional she is. As the weather was excellent and the training location was in a shady back yard conditions for training were perfect. As we walked to the yard I noticed that she kept her eye on my dog while discussing with me the agenda and goals for the training session. I carried a dog crate and a tether leash so that I could show her my dog's behavior. Of course my dog took to her instantly and there is something powerful going on for my dog to take to someone so fast. Erica took the time to relay to me that my dog was in good condition and that from a general health and nutrition perspective I was doing my job (what a relief). We set up the crate and Erica immediately set about demonstrating and explaining how to properly introduce a dog to the security of a crate. At the risk of writing a novel about my 45 minute private session . . . I want to convey simply this . . . I learned more from Erica in 45 minutes than I was able to do with days of Internet searching. I learned practical tools as well as dog psychology . . . Negatives? yes there is only one and it is minor but you should be aware . . . Erica has a voice that carries . . . if she was not such an excellent dog whisper she could sing in any opera and blow the doors off. I don't know how such a booming voice can come out of such a petite body but I think if I were a dog I would stop what mischief I was up too instantly upon hearing her assertive and thundering voice. I will definitely be scheduling more sessions with her and you should as well if you really want the very best value for your money.

Leader Of The Pack
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Samir N.
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Out of the many options for trainers, many of whom will cage your dog, barely work on it, or overcharge you 3x more, This woman is absolute perfection. As an owner of a very confused , stressed out and slightly disobedient King Shepherd due to his early history, she came and made a difference in about 7 lessons. Her quality of work is top notch, value of her knowledge is worth gold and speaking to her is very easy. She completely turned my dog around and he is now a very safe, obedient, respectful and happy dog. Anybody with any kind of behavior or training issues with their dog must hire her, she's a human made of gold.

  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Alison W.
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Charlene REALLY knows about dogs. She goes way beyond a trainer, she's a true dog Behaviorist. She's really patient & nice. Never uses anything but positive reinforcement on my dogs.

The Cultured Canine
4.5
from 2 reviews
    Nydia O.
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    Diane did a great job! She worked with me to train our Cooper. She understands a dogs behavior and is patient.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Diana S.
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    We have her babysit sometimes, which includes bathing, feeding, and overall caring for our 1 year old Coton. She's very loving towards our dog and is very attentive to her needs. Every time we have her babysit it seems like our dog doesn't want her to leave! She's everything we needed and could ever want in a dog sitter because of the love and attention she gives to our Gigi.

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    Medicine/Surgery, Dental Care and Prevention, Boarding and Professional Grooming under one roof.

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    Some people train dogs with clickers, shock collars, or whistles, we train our animals the old fashioned way, with hard work, dedication, and lots of TREATS!!!

    • 17 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    First things first all employees must have no negative history and has to love and know animals no matter what type, a plus is having a Veterinarian on call!!

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    I provide everything from daily walks, to playtime with your pets, or when you go on vacation, you can count on us to provide your animals with the best care!

    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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