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Clearwater Animal Behaviorists

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Sit, Down, Stay Dog Training
4.9
from 125 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 270 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lindsay S.
Verified review

Maureen is awesome!!! I hired her to help me with Gracie,my 3 year old chocolate lab rescue. I was at wit's end with Gracie pulling me down the sidewalk during walks, her barking, and her general "enthusiasm" for everything!!! I can't believe the difference! Maureen explains what's going on inside my dog's head when she's doing something she shouldn't be doing and, more important, how to address that behavior. She's really helped me understand how to look at some of these negative behaviors from a dog's point of view. Gracie and I have learned so much!!! Maureen also worked with my older, golden retriever, Maggie. I can see such a big difference in Gracie's and Maggie's behavior. I can honestly say that hiring Maureen was the best decision I could make! If you are looking for somebody who loves what she does and really makes a difference in your dog's life then hire Maureen. Trust me, you won't be sorry!!!

  • 33 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
Kai I.
Verified review

David was very professional, knowledgeable and thorough. The training far exceeded our expectations within the 30 minutes and by the end of the first hour we could already see a tremendous improvement in our dogs behaviors. We have been using everything that David has taught us every day and our lives and our dogs lives are better for it. I would highly recommend a session with David!

Top Pro
  • 5 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cameron W.
Verified review

Martha really helped me and my wife get our very independent, stubborn and energetic newly adopted dog on the same page. Her teaching technique is easy to understand and non-judgemental. She works on what is needed and makes an individual plan for each animal. Best of all, she looks at the family as a whole and addresses not just the dog's behavior but the people's behavior that sends the wrong signals to the dog. It was a great experience and I'd strongly recommend her to anyone.

Good CitiZEN Dog Training
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Linda C.
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I can't say enough wonderful things about Andy and his dog (owner) training! We noticed a difference in our puppy's behavior in the first week! Andy does a fantastic job of explaining the theory behind all the commands and works with you to make sure you know what to do at home to practice the skills. This was more than well worth the modest cost of the training!

Dog's Best Friend
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine K.
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Greg, came to our house for a two hour private lesson. Our dog, sophie, is a wonderful "rescue" and had developed some odd & difficult behaviors. Of course it was us that needed to be trained not the dog. He talked us through the psychology of dog behavior and how they interpret out actions. This was VERY helpful as we began to see how we were creating the situations ourselves. He then took us through actual training-which was rather miraculous. We are now working on what we learned and it is beginning to work! I was very impressed that he gave us a follow up call and some coaching I have already recommended him to two of my friends and I would recommend him to you

  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Arnie P.
Verified review

Brandi is all my dog and I could have hope for. Great training. Great service. Great progress with my dog's behavior.

K9 Holistics
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Todd W.
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We have only met one time so far but the experience has been great so far. My dog is already starting to learn more and I am learning how to enhance my dog's behavior.

  • 4 years in business
Jackie A.
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Alison took care of our 2 cats and 1 rabbit while we were away for 5 weeks. She provided a calm and quiet atmosphere for them. She took special care to figure out how best to get the cats to eat a supplement for kidney disease. She was always available for an update and spent lots of time with the animals. In the same situation I would certainly have her back!

Tampa Pet Sitters
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Ellie W.
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Tampa Pet Sitters (TPS) is wonderful! They are always on time and flexible to the owner's schedules. They treat your pet as their own and I feel very comfortable knowing my animal is being cared, schedule changes can be made and that my home is also cared for during visits. The owner of the company delivers amazing customer service, regardless if it's a phone call, an email or a posting through the very easy to use website. Always timely and puts the customer first! Lastly, TPS publishes wonderful updates to pet sitting and things to consider for your personal sitter. Love that they remind me to leave old towels accessible during rainy season to keep my dog and home clean.

Scientific Dog Training
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Laurel W.
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I was very hesitant about working with Sit Means Sit because of the collar. I was concerned it might hurt my dog and I want training to be fun, not torture. I would never intentionally do anything to hurt my dog. We were really struggling with pulling on leash, and, as Samson will get bigger and stronger, I needed to correct that behavior, as well as stop his trying to run after rabbits while on lead. He did heel well, except when distracted, and no method of training I tried was helping with the pulling. Mike came to our home and introduced us to the collar, which I tested on myself before putting on Samson. The feeling is like that of a Tens unit people use to relieve muscular pain. Samson responded well to his first lesson and learned the "Place" command. It was raining hard that day, so it was hard to work on leash outside, but we were able to at least learn how to use the collar to teach him not to pull and bolt after rabbits. In the second lesson we worked further on walking on lead without pulling, and Mike incorporated various platforms to use as "Place" while we were walking. It was a great exercise for us, as Mike taught me how to help Samson with the collar as well as my body so he could sit on various sized platforms. Mike is very personable and clearly understands how dogs think and how to guide their training. We are looking forward to working in Sit means Sit group situations. Samson rarely pulls now and my shoulder is most grateful!

Lees Paws For Applause
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Yvonne R.
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Jennifer is a quality person that knows and relates to animals well. She knows how to handle them on a vetinarian level and cares about each one. She took my dog Alvin,you who was a rescue dog who was out of control and trained him to listen and behave very well. She also gave me a report on Alvin every day and explained the progress that he made. Jennifer is a great and hard worker. She truly has the experience to work with dogs!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Donna S.
Verified review

Toby is a rescue Chiweenie with a fear of men and workboots he was also very reactive to other dogs. His household behavior was untamed although he is housebroken. He also was unruly on a leash. After a very short time he follows the commands place, quiet, heel, off, and occasionally sit (still has a bit of work to do there) I even walked him out into the yard without a leash! A big change from the dog who bolted out and down the street whenever the door opened! thanks Christina he's become a joy to live with. I loved him before but a well behaved Toby is even easier to love!

  • 5 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Justin C.
Verified review

Great team with amazing skills. Helped get out dog in shape and corrected his behavior perfectly. Out dog is now following commands on and off leash as well as out of crate.

My Professional K9
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Becky F.
Verified review

Quinn worked with one of my daily dog walking clients, Blue. Blue is 130+lbs of pure muscle and strength at the young age of 9mths. He did not walk well on his leash, was reactive to other dogs when on leash and had major issues with lunging at box trucks and other animals. After spending two weeks in Board & Train with Quinn, Blue’s behavior has completely changed! He walks effortlessly on his leash with his head held high. He no longer reacts to other leashed dogs nor does he lunge at animals or box trucks! Quinn was willing to work with myself and the sitter I have assigned to Blue’s daily walks to ensure a smooth transition. Quinn is extremely skilled and very professional. I highly recommend his services to my clients on a regular basis.

Lane Carter Dog Trainer
5.0
from 1 review
    Mike L.
    Verified review

    Lane has a true understanding of dogs. I Met lane walking around downtown Dunedin when my GSD (German Shepherd dog) was about 4 months old(about a year ago). We spoke of a mutual love for the breed and how both of our grandparents were involved in K9 training (my grandfather was a k9 judge). Lane never pushed a service our a sales pitch on me he asked me some questions about my GSD. I let him know I was working with a trainer but at times my puppy seemed to rule us. He then told me he moved to the area and is training dogs here and if i ever needed help to call him (His expertise includes guard dogs, behaviors, advance training). During the past year we still were working with the original trainer who was very good as well. Something was missing though and we both felt that we taught my GSD everything we could but, he had a hurdle. You see my GSD would see other dogs and become over stimulated and hard to control and this started at about 7 months old ( He is a very intelligent and high drive GSD who's a sweetheart but stubborn.). He would jump on everybody not listen and tend to be just a brat. With dogs though he would bark aggressively and scare other people even though he just wanted to play he also seemed to be scared of them. So my trainer said let's take some time off and figure out something later. My wife and I talked about how he just needed to age and mellow but I felt this could not wait. I also mentioned how we met Lane and we should call him, but we were feeling a little discouraged and felt it may be better to wait. The next afternoon on the way to the beach I saw Lane walking two dogs and told my wife it's a sign let's just call him and try it. Lane gave us a free consultation that was over an hour. He then gave us his feedback and gave us pricing that was very competitive to any big box store but his is one on one. The difference with Lane though has been dramatic already, he truly has a passion and love for his career. After just a few weeks my GSD has improved with not only his old training but new training as well. My GSD is walking better on leash, reacting less and learning to be a companion and not pushing to be an alpha. Lanes knowledge of reading a dog has been honed since a young age and it shows. My GSD not only loves to go to training but now acts as if Lane is part of the family. My GSD is calmer and now looks for me to command him. We are not perfect by any means (its only been 4 weeks) but I truly believe with Carters k9s my GSD will be perfect and a dog that my grandfather would adore. Ask about the tree stump!

    About

    I have two dogs. I love being around animals and being able to take care of them. I also own and cat and a hamster, so I do not only do dogs but I also have more experience with them.

    About

    I love animals. I have two dogs, and I hunt and fish, so I'm good with wildlife. I can remove any animal you don't want around your house.

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    I'm very passionate about everything I do

    About

    We provide behavior modification and training for dogs. We teach dog parents the tools and methods they can use to get the needed response from their pets and help develop a better, more joyous relationship with their dogs.

    About

    I am a former veterinary technician with 3 years of experience with small animals. I am a lifelong animal lover with 16 years of experience with horses. I plan to go to veterinary school after finishing my master's degree. I'm very responsible, tidy, and prompt. Contact me for any pet sitting, dog walking, or horse care needs!

    About

    I am a true animal lover and pet care provider by trade. I am active myself and therefore, love to walk and play with dogs of all sizes. I was in the corporate world for 30 years before I decided to pursue a personal passion-- working with animals. I provide services in walking, feeding, administration of pills and most importantly, play and exercise!

    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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