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New Haven Dog Behavior Specialists

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  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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 44 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca T.
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I have had an excellent experience working with Adrienne Mesko. She provided a 4 week board and train session for my 2 yr old, 85lb. Terrier-mix, Winny. She was immediately responsive to all my inquiries from my initial contact, throughout training and after training was completed. She clearly laid out a plan for my dog's training. She was professional, clear and courteous in all business matters. Adrienne is a top notch dog trainer. She took on the daunting task of working with my difficult dog with confidence and understanding. She provided the level of training that she promised in the amount of time she estimated. She gave regular updates and progress reports. I am thrilled with my dog's progress and behavior. After the training was completed Adrienne spent time with me answering my questions, demonstrating equipment use and worked with me and Winny to transfer the knowledge of methods that worked so effectively with my dog. Due to her efforts I now have a dog who is well behaved and responsive. In addition, Adrienne is a kind and considerate person who took the time to listen and help. She is terrific to work with and I highly recommend her board and train program and off-leash training.

  • 14 years in business
  • 50 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 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 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
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Maritza C.
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Rick is the best I have a siberian husky which I thought would never listen and thanks to him he is a completely different dog.I thought he was untrainable but he listens to his commands very well.If I decide to get another dog he will definintely go to Rick.

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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
Elisabeth C.
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Christine aka "the new dog whisperer" not only taught me how to train my dog she took the time to get to know me. She was spot on with dog training and behavioral issues. She helped me become "the leader of the pack" using dog-friendly, techniques (NO SHOCK COLLAR, OR HARSH METHODS EVER!!!). Her goal was for my dog to love and respect me not fear me . She will work with you in your home addressing issues such as housebreaking, separation anxiety, aggression, jumping up, puppy nipping, walking on leash, and much more. Christine can help you with ANY BREED, ANY AGE, ANY ISSUE! Christine was available to help work around my hectic schedule and allowed time for the whole family to be involved. Before Christine trained Roxy our "French Mastiff" Roxy was jumping up on our company , barking non-stop , pulling on the leash to the point we could not walk her without our arms being pulled outta our sockets, begging for food and not listening to her commands such as sit , stay and come . With just a few shorts weeks Roxy was and is a changed dog . She is gentle , never jumps up on people or furniture . Our Roxy couldn't have made this transition without the training of Christine!

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
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jo Beth M.
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Debbie has all of the above traits. Our dog took to all her cues immediately. She is a pleasure to learn from and work with and checks in to make sure training is going well.

Top Notch Dog Training
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle D.
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I am a "repeat customer" at Top Notch because of the effectiveness of the training. The training is not only for the dog, but also for the handler. There is always a positive environment which makes training something to look forward to. The training is designed in building blocks so that you can expand to advanced levels if you choose. I have recommended Top Notch to many friends and colleagues, who have seen great success with the training sessions.

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.

  • 56 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gemini F.
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I was tired of my dog Nancy' behavior. I know she had all those behaviour problem because we all family members have been pampering her since we had her. We love her a lot but there is always a limit how long you can bear someone. She was totally out of control and we were warned to vacant the apartment because of her unnecessary barking, scratching and impulsiveness. We were totally hopeless when we contacted Nikhil and told him our problems. Nikhil hear us very patiantly and said dont worry. I will help Nancy to be a good pet. Honestly, I am surprised how someone can change a dog's behavior in just fifteen days just by instructing it some commands and actions. He made our life easy. We highly recommend nikhil for dog training.

Canine Cadre LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia K.
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I have known mary ellen and lenny paquette for 8 years since my german shepherd nico was a puppy. He had behavior problems and i was very frightened. We had been asked to leave another training facility. Mary Ellen worked primarily with both of us and did an awesome job. We did socialization obedience and tracking. Nico is a very happy 8 yr old german shepherd. When nico was 4 we lost our 10 yr old female and got another female gs. Her name is brie and she has been working with mary ellen and lenny since a small puppy. They are wonderful professionally and wonderful people.i am so grateful they are in my life and my german shepherds.I

Cooperative Canines, LLC.
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Kiri R.
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I was so happy to have found Diana to help me with my puppy. She was not only knowledgeable about dog behavior and training, but she helped to ease my anxieties about my puppy's behavior and validated me on my efforts thus far. She was easy to schedule with, offered affordable rates and did not try to sell my on more lessons. I plan on using her as needed in the future.

Leader Of The Pack
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Mark B.
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Sherry was and still is an excellent dog trainer for my puppy. She was referred to me by an old friend and from the first day that we met, she was very courteous and professional. She explained everything that she was going to do with my puppy and even gave options on payment plans. Ever since Sherry started with my puppy, who is now 14 months old, he has been an excellent addition to the family. My family owes much of his success to Sherry. Thank you so much.

Lynn T.
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Gina has helped me both with an eight week basic training class for my reactive do. She has also helped me with issues I have had with my dog at home. She is always available for my questions and offers knowledgeable advice. Gina gives positive feedback and encouragement. My dog is a work in progress so I know I will continue to contact her in the future for help and suggestions.

The Cultured Canine
4.5
from 2 reviews
    Nydia O.
    Verified review

    Diane did a great job! She worked with me to train our Cooper. She understands a dogs behavior and is patient.

    About

    I'm specializing in behavior modification. I feel it is very important that we, as dog owners, learn to speak our dog's language. Having a strong outlook into animal behavior, I take the time to work one-on-one with you and your dog in your home, working to eliminate behavior problems, from house breaking and door dashing to animal- or human-based aggression.

    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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