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DogMentalist.com
4.8
from 91 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 163 hires on Thumbtack
Frank R.
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We have a rare breed (Kishu Ken - Japanese Spitz) and were looking for trainer. I must say the sooner you start on training the better! We started at the age of 11 weeks. We hired Robert (Bob) and we (including our puppy) loved every training minute and could see results right away. We highly recommend Bob as a dog trainer and as a trusted advisor. We will hire him def. again in the future A+++

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Awesome n Pawsome
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Deb L.
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We are currently working with Michele both for training and dog sitting. She has been wonderful for both!

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  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
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Mary J.
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Excited to start my training with joe,a very knowledgeable and professional trainer,I will highly recommend him to anyone in need of a great dog trainer.

Driving Rover
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea B.
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Janette is awesome. My two beasts love her. They are always relaxed when I come home. Her visits are stress free for me and my two dogs!

Paws at Play Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Frank C.
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Excellent follow up, very comfortable with my dog, easy to work with. Amanda is experienced and professional.

Savvy Tender Touch
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Teena L.
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    Eileen has worked on my horses and my dogs. All the animals love her! One of my horses injured himself in a pasture accident on his rear leg. He had a very deep cut. Eileen came to work on him once a month for several months. It really helped with his healing. You would never know how bad the injury really was except by the scar. I would recommend her to anyone. She is very helpful when your animals have health issues. She loves to share her knowledge.

    Cuddles Pet Sitting
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Brad C.
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      Amazing pet sitting. She was very flexible and understand and took great care of my dogs, no matter how difficult they were. I would highly recommend her.

      The K9 Development Center
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 12 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Jess M.
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      Best trainer around!

      Brandy Thomas
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Colleen S.
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      Brandy is patient with my labs. They are older dogs who were in serious need of training. I had thought all hope was lost but not so! They are following directions, playing well together and I can open my door without a scene. This happened with simple commands and patience. Brandy had to teach US how to be dog parents and lead our dogs. Still a work in progress but we can see positive results. Thank you!!!!!

      • 4 years in business
      • 7 hires on Thumbtack
      Christine J.
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      Though new to training as a business of her own she has trained dogs for years. She is knowledgeable, patient and calm a great combination for trading a Portugeese Water Dog. I am looking forward to a well trained dog though our relationship.

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      Angeldogs offers private lessons where we come to your home. Each lesson lasts at least one hour, but have been known to last two or three. From basic obedience to behavior problems, all breeds, ages, and issues are handled with positive yet assertive leadership skills. Angeldogs serves all of Sarasota County, Englewood is included of course. As a founding member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (A.P.D.T.) all of the lessons are based on positive reinforcement training. No use of choke chains nor prong collars. We have over 27 years of experience in behavior modification and have found this to be the most effective, fun, and lasting way to train. Our main concentration is in training you and every one who handles the dog on a regular basis. That way every one may be consistent in doing the same thing, the same way, so your canine family member will learn, even when the trainer is not around. I give a 10% discount for millitary and family.

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      I love dogs! I've owned several different breeds throughout my life and will never be without one or two. I know how positive feedback behavior works and use this method with my dogs. I understand how they think and can handle almost any situation with good results. I am drug free and am willing for you to do a background check on me if you'd like to. I have reliable transportation and will always be on time.

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      Hey! I do a lot of baby sitting and dog sitting. If you ever need a night or weekend out, I'm willing to come to you and watch your kids or pets.

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      Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing offers you a more affordable alternative of pet containment. All of our products are made and serviced in the USA. We have been dog trainers specializing in canine behavior modification in the South Florida over 10 years ago. Dog Guard's simple and proven process allows us to keep dogs safe without fences or barriers. Dog Guard Out of Sight Fencing has been providing quality pet containment systems to over one million customers over the last 25 years. Our underground system is invisible to the eye but effectively and safely contains your pet in the area that you wish. Whether it is a room, a yard, or specific a area, our 100% US made products are designed to safely contain your pet. We will come to your house and provide you with a free consultation and proposal. After our installation, we work with you and your dog to assure that you understand the process and your road to success. Please visit our website to view our testimonials and guarantees.

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      I do dog grooming, pet sitting, dog walking, housekeeping, and organizing. I prefer pets to stay with me. I have two small yorkies.

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      With many years of experience in owning dogs of many different breeds and sizes, I can give the loving care that other pet owners would want for their pets. I bring positive energy, patience, and joy to the client's pet. The pet owner can expect their instructions to be followed and the pets to be cared for as my own.

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      I offer positive, family friendly dog training. I have trained over 300 families and their dogs. I know that many dogs end up in shelters due to behavioral issues. I use scientifically based positive reinforcement to invest the owners in proper training to ensure a long and happy relationship based on trust and love. I train group classes sponsored by Suncoast Humane Society and other group classes for the Greater Venice Dog Club. I have many private students and am recommended by local veterinarians. I specialize in working with shy and reactive dogs. I believe in continuing education and have attended dog seminars and conferences across the nation. I am an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and work closely with Suncoast Humane Society's Pet Therapy teams.

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      I provide dog walking and pet sitting services. I will also do pet bathing, no grooming or clipping. I am experienced with staffies, pits, and English terriers. I will not provide services to dogs with prior bite history. Sorry, due to allergies, I do not handle cats. Thank you.

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      A balanced dog is a happy dog. To balance your dog, it needs not only care but long for what you educate, socialize and train. It's never too early or too late for you to teach your dog some tricks. The benefits you will gain will be invaluable as training serves as mental stimulation for the dog and often to the owner himself. It will help you meet your dog and strengthen the relationship you have with him. In addition, you'll be surprised at how quickly your dog can learn if you do it properly and positively.

      About

      I provide dog walking two to four times a day, daily feeding and overall tasks related to dog care when owners are out of town or if they just need someone to walk their pet for half an hour or so.

      About

      I am a young lady who loves pets. I am an animal lover. I love to be around dogs and care for them. I have two dogs of my own, and I will treat your dog like one of my own.

      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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