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Ocoee Animal Behaviorists

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K-9 Dog Training LLC
4.9
from 124 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
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Tori E.
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I have 2 Chihuahuas, both about 5 years old. My male Chihuahua started showing fear aggression at about 1 year old. He was very territorial of his space and protective of me. He had a history of biting, and it got to the point where I was afraid to have anyone over or take him out to crowded places. It broke my heart because I didn't have the understanding and tools I needed to work with him. Several trainers I contacted basically told me it was too late to change his behavior. Thank goodness a friend of mine hired Jorge and recommended him. Once I started working with him, I knew I found the right trainer to help. We are almost finished with training, and my confidence has never been better. I know I can turn my dog's behavior around, and I know I can take him anywhere. Thank you Jorge for having faith in my dog when no one else would!!!

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  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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Saul S.
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Had a great experience and helped improve my dog's behavior.

The Puppy Parent's Trainer
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Allison M.
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Laura trained my not-so-friendly mixed breed through several sessions. I was surprised at the ease my dog learned basic behavior with her. Laura also taught me some new tricks - for training and altering behaviors my dog had already adopted. With continued sessions we learned some fun stuff plus advanced behavior modifications. I was extremely pleased, and after nearly a year, continue to be thrilled with her techniques and vast knowledge of dogs and their innate behaviors. I learned a lot about my dog and how to handle some difficult situations. Will recommend and use Laura for all my dog training and home care when out of town. Allison

  • 2 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Karen S.
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Maureen is an excellent obedience trainer. When we had her train our unruly 8 month old lab his behavior improved dramatically. He is now able to follow several commands, and we are now able to take him practically everywhere. I would recommend Maureen for all of your dog training needs. She is an excellent trainer.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Ann D.
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Very cooperative and easy to understand. She even brought another dog to help with training.

Madi Morgan
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Catherine L.
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It was our first time using a pet sitter to stay overnight in our home and Madi made us feel extremely comfortable. You could immediately tell that she has a strong love of animals and our dog, Gracie, was drawn to her right away. Madi is extremely professional and we would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a trustworthy pet sitter.

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Dog Rules, Inc.
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Darla S.
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So far it has been an excellent experience. I have had all my questions answered promptly and the first visit with my dogs went very well. I think my animals will be well taken care of while I’m away.

  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Letty C.
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We enjoyed our time with Lee as did our dog. He gave us lots of helpful tips for teaching our dog good behaviors and how to achieve them. Great experience.

Dog Training by Vanessa
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rorie H.
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On a 5-star rating I'd like to give her a hundred thousand, million billion! This is the best investment I will ever make in anything related to an animal that I have. It will bless our lives every day forward for as long as my dog lives and will bless me with the next dog I have in the next after that. In the life of my dog it will end up being a fraction of a penny a day investment. The scale quality of Vanessa's her training has forever changed my dog's life and my life. It's actually made the difference of being able to keep my beloved pet. I've worked with him daily since I got him at 10 weeks old, he's always been a handful and I've never been effective with my training. This summer things spiraled out of control when he got aggressive with a housemate and a neighbor. I was scared to have hum around children because he would get aggressive with them as well. I was looking into the options of finding a new home for him, which broke my heart but I was trying to do what was best for the dog for the children in the neighborhood and for myself. I thank God we found Vanessa and her family that took my dog in for 2 weeks socialized thim trained him, helped him discover he could trust people to be the alpha and he could relax into just being a dog and a puppy. He is much more happy and relaxed than I have ever seen him. He minds me almost perfectly. He's safe around children men and unexpected visitors to our house now! I did my homework and talked to multiple trainers before choosing Vanessa.. Most of them their rate was double or triple Vanessa's and I didn't always like their approach. The fact that my dog got to live in her home and be fully socialized with her family I think made an enormous difference. This is the highest review I've ever given to any kind of business at any time. I can't overstate how good she is.

Cbsinnovations
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Dee O.
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    I have had the opportunity to observe Clara & Barry while training their newest service dog. Sabrina is a beautiful, intelligent puppy and has learned so much already. Clara & Barry train with love & rewards and Sabrina is eager to learn. She already knows lots of commands, like come, stay, down, shake, sit and roll over and she's also learning to go to the door when she wants out. Clara & Barry make a great team and someone will be so lucky to get one of their service dogs Dee O

    Ashley's V.I.Paws
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 years in business
    Leah L.
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    Ashley has always done a great job taking care of our animals. She's pleasant and professional. I wouldn't trust my "babies" to anyone else.

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

      • 6 years in business
      About

      I've had decades of experience with animals, and I understand their needs and habits. I don't just feed and clean up after your precious creatures, I care about them! I can tell when a dog or cat needs special attention, when they need to be left alone, and when they need to be comforted. I can administer medications and focus on other particular needs that your pet may have.

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      I will be caring for your animals while you are at work. I take them on daily walks and bike rides if needed. I also do pet sitting and feeding. I am willing to negotiate the pay.

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      Offering outstanding training and behavior modification for dogs!

      About

      If you need someone to take care of your best friends and someone who understands the needs of those fur friends, then I am your animal's 2nd best friend. I am the girl whom you need to ensure your "fur children" are being treated like the loves they are.

      About

      I am an animal lover who hates to see pets' parent(s) have to have them locked up in a cold cage and alone to go on a vacation or away for a day or two. I will love, walk, pet and feed your pet(s) in my beautiful home with a fence in the backyard. I promise they will be happy.

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      All the animals I have trained are one of the top animals out there. From horses to dogs.

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      I'm also a foster care mom for two rescue teams, and I had all my pets rescued or adopted. I am their voice and my grown children are the same. My husband is very supportive, we have a yard a a small pool for our dog. My neighbor who is older, has me help him out and the dogs come right along he loves the company.

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      I specialize in red zone cases and so called aggressive animals. Dog aggression food aggression you possessiveness and I specialize in large breeds

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      I'm very responsible and an animal lover of all types of animals. I'm willing to walk or animal sit at anytime.

      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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