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Melbourne Dog Trainers

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Valor K9 Training
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Albert G.
Verified review

Valor K9 has provide me with the best K9 I could possibly ask for. Not only did they provide me with a well mannered and intelligent companion but they also went above and beyond to bring him to me states away along with two outstanding trainers to help me with any questions and training lessons to know what to expect and how to play my part in taking in my new service dog. They help me along with so much that to say satisfied is a understatement. I genuinely appreciate everything this organization does and more. The valor K9 team definitely makes a difference and it is reflected by each individual members work ethic and character. Thanks again for putting Zodiac into my life. Battling stage 4 cancer is no easy task but having him in my life makes a tremendous difference. He given me the strength to keep fighting on. He’s with me 24/7. as I’m with him. He diffently brought joy back into my life. I noticed myself finding the strength to do more when he’s around!

  • 3 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Liz B.
Verified review

Highly recommend Kim for any type of dog training. We rescued a very fearful GSD that had spend the first 2 years of her life in various pet store cages. I have dealt with many dogs before, but never one this "broken." Kim was really able to bring her around to be a happy, healthy girl!

Madi Morgan
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Helen F.
Verified review

We've done a meet and greet with Madi and our two GSDs LOVE her! We are doing an evening this week for Madi to spend some time with the dogs before she house sits with them within the next couple of weeks. Madi was extremely professional and has a great energy about her plus she's just qualified in dog training so we are looking forward to hiring her for that too to help out with our fur-babies. Highly recommend.

Javic Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 27 years in business
Clark F.
Verified review

I think that I have had Vickie as my agility trainer for me and my dog for just a little over a years time period. She has helped me with all my bad habits that was hindering me when I was working my dog in a agility class. She has a great deal of passion in being a dog trainer for agility, she only wants the best for the dogs and their owners. When I first started at javic training my dog ran away from me and I did not have control over my dog on a agility field. My dog now stays with me and is more focused with me on the agility field. She is an outstanding trainer.

Jessica's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Susan L.
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Jessica has watched my animals and has done an awesome job! We have dogs, cats, horses and chickens, I trust her with them all.

Auntie M's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Laurie D.
Verified review

I have 2 dogs, a cat and an iguana. Martha has taken care of them for me several times. They love her and so do I. I plan on continuing to use her services.

Pet Sitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Manny R.
Verified review

She always on time to take out my dog, i use her services on week days when i am very busy and my dog Enzo loves go out with her, she defenetly is a pet lover as me, always take good care of Enzo. If you want to leave your pet in good hand, you must consider her

Jen's Pet Services
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Laurie B.
    Verified review

    Jen came over to meet our 3 labrador retrievers and they loved her right away! We felt very comfortable having her in our home while we were away. She was responsible for feeding them, giving them water, letting them out several times a day, and playing with them. On one occasion we had her stay with our dogs a few days after one of them had surgery and we were comfortable leaving him in her care to give him his medicine and make sure he wasn't over-active (while she also kept the other two entertained!). She takes in mail and tends to other tasks if you need plants watered, etc. On one of our vacations we had to come home early due to a hurricane coming. We invited her to stay with us during the storm and she was very helpful picking up supplies, helping us carry in patio furniture, and keeping the dogs entertained throughout. We will continue to use Jen anytime we need someone to watch our dogs during a vacation, or check on them and walk them when we have a long work day.

    Paws & Play Pet Care
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Patricia L.
      Verified review

      Kris was wonderful with my dogs! She is a true animal lover and treats them like they are her own! I will definately use her and Paws and Play again!

      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      About

      We do individuals and small groups with obedience challenges in kind. We offer puppy training and started hunting retriever training. We are taking new clients in June of 2015.

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      My passion for animals, my experience in caring for and training animals. I would love to bring this to your treasured pets.

      About

      I love animals and will take care of them in your home. Also, I walk them and house-sit while you are on vacation.

      • 5 years in business
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      We care for doggies as we would for our own children. When owners come to pick them up, many times they don't want to leave. That's how happy they are here. You can check our 25 reviews @ rover. Com Ana scarola.

      About

      I feel my work stands out as I go above and beyond what is needed to not only complete the job well but to complete the job perfectly.

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      My name is Michelle King. I am recently attending college to receive my Associate Degree in Business. I love dogs and will walk and play with your pet as if it were my own. I am very energetic and walk at least 2 miles a day. I will walk your dog on the beach or take them to the dog park. I provide cleanup bags and treats. I will also bathe your pet if needed. If you would like to know that your dog will be treated like a family member, I'm your new dog walker.

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      I have a passion for pets which leads me to being comfortable with interacting, feeding them and walking them. I offer quality time spent for animals making it a better experience for the handler and the pet.

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      I will walk dogs and also will help train dogs if needed. I take pride in my work and also, I take time to get to know my customers.

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      I have a passion for dogs,they're extraordinary animals. I had pleasure of spending the last 5 years volunteering with both the VET dog &N.E.A.D.S programs. I trained in my residents 8wk pups until they were 12-18mos and matched to a client OR went on to further training. I learned so much from both foundation's as well as each dog I had the privilege of working with. Simple techniques I use today with my own dog and will teach you as well.Here are a few examples: recognizing fear,calming prey drive, pulling,biting/ "mouthy",resource guarding,alert barking.

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      I like to relate to each individual. I train & treat your dogs like they were my own. You'll never have to question my intentions or anything else. True training happens between the owner and the dog, not the trainer and the dog.

      • 4 years in business
      About

      I am a willing and ready to work, no dog too small and non too large, I can handle it all. No cat too high strung for me to care for either, need his or her claws clipped? maybe a bath? no problem

      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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