Will Thomas

Bradenton, FL

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I am the only dog trainer/behaviorist in florida that works the way I do. No harsh treatment. No shock collars, to treats, no clickers, no chole chains, no head halters. I use instinct. The natural canine instinct plus energy & body language to work with dogs.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Dogs are my passion. I love helping people with their dogs and thus restoring harmony to their home. I love it when I see dogs getting balanced. I love it when I get dogs out of cages. I learn something from every dog that I meet.

Location

Bradenton, FL 34207

Years in business

14

Times hired on Thumbtack

2

Reviews

4 Reviews
  • Selinda W. Jan 15, 2013
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Rocky and I enjoyed Will showing ME what I needed to do to have a balance house. He was calm, consistent, assertive, persistent and patient with both of us. Over the two plus hours there was a lot to take in, but he left well described papers, and if I had any questions I could call or email. There is homework, but to achieve the best results what doesn't. Wish I lived closer to walk with the pack.
  • Donna L. Feb 10, 2011
    Will does a great job! If I hadn't contacted him, I doubt I would still have Jake today. His methods work and get results. Today I have a dog that is a valuable member of the family.
  • Crystal D. Feb 10, 2011
    We brought a new puppy in to our home with two other dogs, an Aussie and a Lab. From day one they did not take to our new puppy. The lab was highly aggressive to her and also was becoming aggressive towards us. My husband said that was a big NO NO and I needed to get rid of our lab (3 yrs). I cried for a week before deciding maybe he was right - nothing was working and I was scared he would soon land a fatal bite to the puppy. My vet said he wished we had a dog whisperer like like Cesar Millan in our area. In desparation I went online and typed in Dog Whisperer asking God to give me a miracle. He did! I saw Will Thomas' web site and called him. He answered my call that night, spoke to me for over and hour, and we set up an appointment for that weekend. I am amazed at the results. It wasn't necessarily my dogs but me, and how I interacted with them. My husband balked when I first told him about the appointment saying he'd believe it when he saw it. He now believes and tells all our friends the story and change in our dogs. The lab and puppy are now best buddies, I am no longer stressed out and our home is much happier. He made a difference in just a few hours! Of course we had to follow through with the exercises he showed us for a couple weeks and now everything is second nature. -Riverview, FL
  • Kathy C. Feb 9, 2011
    I adopted a female malamute from the FL Malamute rescue. She was about 1 1/2 and was out of control, even standing on my kitchen table, chewing everything in site that moved. And to top that be afraid of any noise, movement, and men. I read about Will and decided I had no choice but to get help. Will came out within a few days and showed me what to do to help my beautiful little girl, grow up. Well I can now say after about 6 months or less in working with her, I can now put my cushions back on the sofa, and kitchen chairs, no more chewing, and everyday she shows me something new she has learned and it is all because of the way Will Thomas showed us how to change things around. kathy

Q&A

Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My fees are simple. I have a fee for a Full Spectrum Handling session in your home (all you will ever need, 1 session in your home). I have a fee for a Jump Start Session at my home (shorter & cheaper but it will get you on the RIGHT track). I have a fee for phone consultations for people who live in other states or countries. (Phone session are FREE for the life of your dog if we do a session in your home).
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Dogs are my passion. most people including most "trainers", don't REALLY understand dogs. they may love dogs, but it's obvious from their methods that they don't fully understand them. I saw many dogs, who where being neglected, bannished to the back yard or a cage, even killed because the "training" didn't work. I knew that I could help. Now I am. I have save hundreds of dogs.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I get a lot of clients who have tried other "trainers" and still have issues unhandled. I am sometimes the 3rd or even 4th profesional called in. I deal with severe aggression towards people or animals. I also deal with basic puppy stuff and everything in between. In 99.99% of the cases I have worked, I only needed 1 session withthe client and their dogs.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
make sure that you understand the methods and the expected redults. Meet the person. Have your dog meet the person. Trust your inner (gut) feeling. Don't go by price. Understand that conditioned behavior is not the same as instinctual behavior. understand that your dog's instinct wii over ride conditioned commands. I work with dogs at the instinctual level. This is how I get FAST results that LAST. Ask the person if they know how to get and keep your dog balanced. Have them explain. Ask them if you can meet their pack. See how they are. Would you like you dog to act like their dogs? See if they are using shock collars, choke chains, prong collars, head halters or treats. If they are using these with their own dogs, ask yourself WHY. None of these "tools" are natural to a dog nor are they needed if you are working WITH the natural instincts of your dog.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I can handle any dog. I get the people to change how they behave with their dogs and then the dogs change their behavior. Most "trainers" change or "shape" dog's behavior with conditioning; shock collars, clickers, treats, praise etc. This is not the same as changing your behavior so that your dog will change naturally. I do not yell at dogs. I do not hit or shock dogs. I do not treat dogs for "training" purposes. It is not neccessary. A :trainer" that does these things, doesn't know how to handle dogs. By the way, I do give dogs treats because i love them.