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Quality K9 Concepts
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer M.
Verified review

Sally was excellent and I think the techniques she gave us will help with our dog's behavior. I highly recommend her!!

  • 26 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth S.
Verified review

I was very frustrated with the behavioral issues that my rescue, Annie, was having. But after speaking with Berni I realized there was hope! After going through Berni's leash training and socialization class I have seen incredible results! Annie is walking well on leash and allowing strangers to approach her. I looked into many options for training and all the trainers I spoke with seemed to have a "by the books" kind of approach. I realized very quickly that Berni had the knowledge of proper training techniques but the most impressive aspect of her was the knowledge of dog psychology. She made sure I understood why my dog was behaving the way she was based on the situation. Berni is a wealth of knowledge and has the experience to back it up. Berni is incredibly patient and I have already recommended her to multiple fellow dog lovers. I would not hesitate to recommend her again. I plan to continue Annie's training with Berni's help and continue on to get her CGC! It also doesn't hurt that these classes were much less expensive than other options I looked into. If you're looking for great results and someone who truly loves dogs then this is the answer.

Keep The Dog! LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Amber T.
Verified review

Yes love Marissa! She really knows her stuff. I look forward In working with her and improving my dogs behavior. I can not wait to get start.

KnowledgeWhale Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Douglass B.
    Verified review

    He was amazing, he helped us understand our dogs behavior and tea he our dog basic commands I can't wait for next time when our little pup learns some more

    Paws For Fun
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 5 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Jeff C.
    Verified review

    Dawg tired is a great grooming, daycare and boarding facility. They take great care of your animals.

    Companion Animal Nanny

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      I travel to my customers in order for their dog to maximize success by minimizing distraction. Then as they excel, we will increase the distraction.

      Morgan Cumbee

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        I have loved and cared for animals since I was a child. I grew up on a farm with a variety of different animals. I have six years' experience in house and animal care. I am certified in animal conditioning and training. I love a new experience with any kind of animal.

        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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