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Norwalk Psychiatric Service Dog Trainers

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  • 100 hires on Thumbtack
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Nannette L.
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We were looking for a trainer for our 7 month old puppy for behavior training. We had one visit so far and were very happy with the information we learned. I would recommend coexisting canine training..

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Suzanne's Pet Services
4.8
from 42 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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AM H.
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My dog and I have had 2 sessions so far with Suzanne and I’d say we’re seeing a massive improvement. Suzanne is helping my puppy and I with the basics and beyond and we are slowly integrating all the elements together. What I like is that it’s not a “class” but more she met me in my home to assess and now we are working outside. We’re doing the training outside and socializing my puppy with real life “distractions” and other dogs. So far I’m very pleased. The tips she gives are things that I can incorporate once she leaves and I feel good about it. Most importantly my little puppy is learning and seems more relaxed!!!

  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Hailey R.
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Ariana was absolutely amazing!!! She trained our dog to become a service dog and had incredible success. She spent whatever time was needed, never once looking at her watch or paying attention to when the hour was up. She genuinely cares about her work and the animals she works with. We will continue to work with Ariana even now, after the main training is complete. No recommendation will do Ariana justice, she genuinely is incredible!

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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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Bradley W.
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Used 2nd of 7 training dog sessions. Excellant experiance. Profressional trainer, looking for great results. Would recommend to all. Brad Worzella

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  • 5 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
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Inga M.
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Andrew came to work initially with my 2 dogs,doing training at the house and s local park. He spent time asking questions so as to truly understand what I hoped to get out of the sessions. When an unforeseen problem arose concerning the interaction between one of my dogs and my sisters new puppy,even though he was on holiday in America he researched the problem consultanting other trainers and vets before skyping me for an hour to help talk through management techniques. Defiantly goes the extra mile would highly recommend him.

Happy Dog Training
4.4
from 38 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
Peter H.
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Joan's approach to behavioral training is very integrated taking into account the dog's environment, diet, and activity level. It's so nice to have a trainer that can make additional recommendations beyond the standard behavioral instructions to include changes in dietary and health needs to improve the training process. We asked Joan for help with our Dachshund/Poodle cross after repeated accidents in the apartment. Within two sessions we were communicating with our puppy to understand when she needs to go out, when she just wants to play, etc. Joan has been a huge help, she's punctual and extraordinarily good with the dogs and brings a tremendous value to the process beyond just learning how to "sit." As with any dog trainer it's important to know that as the owner you're being trained as well requiring a good dose of humility. Joan handles this without condescension and always remains positive. I recommend her for training and general dog care consulting!

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Flipz Pet Care
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Nancy H.
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Jenn, the owner , I so impressive. I needed advice on care and training of my puppy. Her suggestions were practical, realistic and they are working. Jenn is professional, bright and fun to work with.

City Wolves NYC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Cat S.
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Sean Ryan is quite simply, the best of the best. He is honest, straight forward, supportive, and encouraging. The investment in training with City Wolves is priceless. When I sent my rescue dog Levon to training he was nervous and fearful to a debilitating level. He was great with people, great with dogs, but absolutely horrible with modern technology. The sound of a car door shutting would send him scrambling for the hills and he was afraid to walk on any kind of indoor flooring. The entire process was exceptional, Sean kept me posted on all of his progress and provided status updates constantly. After four weeks in the Board & Train program, Levon was a completely different dog. Sean gave him a base level of confidence which I could simply never have provided him with. His approach with dogs is very intelligent, calm and respectful. He provided me with the tools to work together and communicate with Levon. I'm confident that his board and train program is the absolute best offered in our area. Structured, safe, and just an amazing environment for a dog to be in when they aren't at home. Sean continues to provide support, answer questions and genuinely shows that he cares long after the training session is complete.

Bred For Life
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Travis K.
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Joyce works great with my female Rottweiler. When I hired her my pup had previous training of basic commands, and was well behaved. Joyce enabled me to have more control of my dog, and she is now able to go out with me without a leash. With her style of dog training it gave me a deeper bond with my dog. In addition, it has given me peace of mind that my dog will listen to the commands that I am giving her. I would recommend Joyce to any dog owner regardless of what needs they may have. I have recommended Joyce to my girlfriend and they have just started training her Shiba Inu! It has been such a great time working with her. Every training session she sends out a recap of the training so you don't miss a beat.

  • 39 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine B.
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Honestly don't know what I would have done without his training; he's help shape my dog into a model citizen!

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  • 39 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Bruce has been very patient and informative. He has helped me decide whether a service dog was right for me by providing the crucial information that I couldn't find online. The guidance has been extremely reassuring. I look forward to the process of finding and training a dog with Bruce.

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!

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Backcountry K-9
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Malinda E.
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Josh is an amazing trainer and very dedicated. He was able to try many different methods of training when one didn't work for our dog.

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Happily Wagging Tails Corp.
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
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Samantha C.
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We are so happy to have met Debbie! She is an absolute pleasure. She helped me and my fiancee learn how to be the best owners to our new puppy Bodie. She truly cares for each animal she works with and wants the best for both owner and dog. Being a pretty anxious person, Debbie was so patient and helpful. She never left without us fully understanding what is expected and always made sure we could do it on our own. She is a fabulous trainer and person. She even gave us great tips for healthy homemade treats for our dog. I would recommend her 1000 times over to anyone who is looking for help with their dog, new or old.

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Sundog Pet Care
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Robert B.
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Chelsea Kronick was the trainer--and will be on call--for my Service Dog even before he was a Service Dog. Forget about the fancy special skills for the dog: She took a nutball, somewhat aggressive Golden one-year old and his clueless owner and turned them as a pair into upstanding citizens ready for High Tea with the Queen. Do not let yourself miss working with Chelsea. 1. What's already a great gift: Her skill and understanding of how dogs think and act, and how to most effectively change them, guide the dog's nature, towards matching your needs, with the dog happier and more integrated than before. Add to that: What is unique in my 30 year experience of numerous trainers, who even for starters never came near Chelsea's skill with dogs: 2. No dog comes without a caregiver or two, and Chelsea learns _the relationship_ of the people to their pets in training mode and off; hell, she's discovered the relationship of the caregiver to himself as well: what goes through your mind when you are frustrated, or who (you/dog) has done what in the ongoing process of training as expectations and actions change and the method must adapt. It's entire process and its subtasks which Chelsea's learns, teaches, fixes. Rinse and repeat. Go with Sundog.

Gus Trains Us, Inc.
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Ricardo H.
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Training in walking the dog and preventing from just moping on guests. He did a terrific job! Very patient and explained everything

Leash and Learn
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Caren G.
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I have known Rachel (and her dog Dustin) for years and they are both terrific. Rachel took care of my border collie, Winston, for many years - - and he loved her. I totally trusedt Rachel with Winston - - and would trust her with any dog I owned or was responsible for. She understands dogs and is super at training. Dustin, Rachel's own dog, is a master of tricks - self-taught by Rachel - - and she did a great job. I feel very comfortable recommending Rachel to care for your dog.

Canine Company
4.6
from 14 reviews
  • 35 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Janine C.
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We worked with The Canine Company for one session of dog training. While they are great for obedience training they were not suited for our needs. We were specifically looking for someone who could help us acclimate our new dog to our cats that have been in our family for two years.

  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Joanne G.
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I met Charli when I was training my pug, Rosie, to become a therapy dog. Rosie is a bit older so I was unsure if this would be possible. Charli is patient and kind with all of the dog owners and just as patient and kind with the dogs with a wonderful confidence that she uses in her training techniques. If you use Charli for dog training you can be sure you are in good hands. She doesn't stop until both dog and owner are completely trained. Her knowledge and experience can't be matched. I definitely recommend The Dog Chick!!!

Leader Of The Pack
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 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.

  • 13 years in business
Moira S.
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Alex came to us shortly after we bought our first dog, Boomer, home in 2005 and has worked with us ever since. He took care of Boomer until his passing as well as our dear Grady who is now 3 and our daughter's 5 1/2-year-old doodle. Alex is not only trustworthy and reliable, it is clear that he truly loves what he does. He has helped train all our dogs and cared for them when we have been away as if they were his own. He walks them, daily and whenever else is needed. As soon as Alex pulls up in our driveway, the excitement from inside the house can be heard through the window as our dogs start to bark and wag their tails. All of this takes place even before he has stepped inside the house. When the dogs are with Alex, I am always reassured that they are happy, well-taken care of and are in the best hands possible. We are grateful he is in our dog's lives as well as a trustworthy member of our household. We highly recommend him without hesitation. - Moira Sabo

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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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