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Council Bluffs Dog Trainers

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Fun Fitness with Fido
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carolyn S.
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My kids and I had a blast training our Lucy. Carla made the dog training process fun and educational!

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  • 1 year in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Cory D.
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Willie started out as our dog walker before we learned about his dog training service. Our Great Pyrenees had several issues, such as jumping on us and the kids, which this breed is historically stubborn and hard to train. Within two days of boarding our dog, Willie made a night and day difference. Our dog was was coming, sitting and staying with non-verbal hand commands, got his jumping and pawing almost completely eliminated and walking and fetching correctly. Willie was very thorough and really takes the time to educate the owner as well as paying a great deal of attention to our pup. We've actually become friends because of how friendly and easy Willie is to talk to and work with. I would highly recommend Willie's service for any dog, whether they're young or old. Thanks again Willie!!!

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FidelityK9
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Jenna A.
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Steve at Fidelity K9 has been nothing short of fantastic! I have a now 16 week old puppy but first started looking for some training when he was 10 weeks old due to significant problems with him pottying in his crate and then laying in it. Due to his age at the time, any formal/intense training would not be helpful, but Steve gave me great tips and tricks to try at home until he were a bit older. At 12-13 weeks old I dropped Teddy off with Steve for his 3 week board and train program. I could not be happier with the results! Teddy not only learned all of the commands and continues to execute them well at home, but Steve was able to get Teddy more socialized and calm in his kennel. Most importantly, I was able to keep up to date daily with all Teddy was doing both via Facebook and text messaging which made me feel so comfortable being away from my new puppy! I highly recommend Steve with Fidelity K9 for any/all dog training needs!

Loving Touch pet care
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff W.
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Kisha is dependable, positive and does a great job with our dog. The communication and information she provides keeps us informed. We have used her numerous times and will continue to do so.

Brummond's Dog Training
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Dale D.
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Michelle does a great job with our dog.

Dog Gone Problems
4.2
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Gillian S.
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Sam gave me wonderful ideas and ways to help me with my dogs.

  • 13 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jim G.
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I could not have asked for a better pet sitter. Her love of animals comes from the heart. I wanted to hire her in the first 10 minutes of meeting her. My dog Kuma, has a new best friend.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Tate F.
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Diana does a great job!

A Leash Above, LLC.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Sur W.
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Connie watched all 3 of our dogs for a 5 day period. 2 have medical issues. She did a fantastic job and dogs were happy and healthy upon our return. Very thorough initial meeting w/myself and dogs. Provides updates while you are gone.

Janice Lorence
1.0
from 1 review
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    I pay attention to to m,y beloved animals. Provide a fun healthy caring pet sitter. My works stands out in the fitness and healthy happy your best friend is around me. I like the interact with the animals dogs cat which ever. Ilike giving them treats when they are obient.

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    I am guiding owners on the path to peace with their dog through humane and balanced dog training. I'm offering private consultations, workshops and pack walks. I have a unique and progressive approach to help owners with their dogs!

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    I currently have a three-year-old boxer that I have been training since it was a puppy. I love being around dogs and would love to help out in any way I can!

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    Pet Boarding Service, Dog Sitter, Pet Groomer, Dog Walking, Day Care & Sitting Rover is a trusted online community where people can find, list, and book neighborhood dog lovers who can't wait to watch their dog.

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    We have some of the Midwest's finest dog trainers. Our trainers have earned top field recognition and awards. It is great to watch a dog mature and become more obedient. Once a dog is properly trained they become a better pet for the owner.

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    Trusting a stranger with your home and fur kid is very hard and we get that! Our services are meant to provide those who are passionate about their pets with a sense of relief knowing they are being well cared for. We offer daily dog walking and in home pet sitting as well as in our home pet sitting so our clients can feel less guilt when they can't be home during the week or are on vacation. We offer convenient online scheduling and automatic billing via credit card along with text messaging updates that include fabulous pictures and videos of your pets having a good time while in our care.

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    I am willing to do just about anything. I will walk your dog, provide medication, let the dog inside and outside, feed your animal as well as love and play with him or her! I have a dog of my own. I love animals. I am perfect for the job.

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    I provide services to watch and housesit dogs on a limited basis at my residence. My residence has a fenced-in yard and backs up to Baldwin Field.

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    I have been doing pet sitting for five years here in the Omaha area. I will come to your home and do pet sitting while you are away on business or vacation. This includes drop-in visits during the day and/or overnight visits. I am also available for dog walking. I truly care about the pets I care for. I will send you pictures of your pet and give you updates.

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    Making Dog Training FUN! Dog Training and behavior modifications, utilizing positive and humane methods of communicating with your dog. Dog Sports and unique classes, herding lessons for herding breeds. Available for speaking engagements, seminars and clinics on Urban Search and Rescue work with canines, herding and basic dog training. I have been involved with training dogs for 20 years and have received a hall of fame designation for my kennel. I have been active in all kinds of dog sports including agility, herding, obedience, conformation, flyball, frisbee and more recently schutzhund. I have a bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology and utilize proven, research based training methods for dogs. I have titled dogs to agility championships, conformation championships, herding championships and trained & certified 3 federal disaster urban search and resuce dogs through FEMA. I am a federal evaluator and approved federal instructor for the FEMA k9 urban search and rescue program. I have been involved with Rescue and have fostered and transported many dogs over the years. My training methods are based on positive methods (shaping and positive reinforcement) combined with fair and consistent expectations and rules for your dog, based on YOUR needs and what works for you and your family and dog. I work to meet the needs of both the owner and the dog and specialize in improving communication between the dog and owner...so that training and communicating your expectations to your dog and your dog communicating their own unique needs and how they see their world from a dog's perspective, become a foundation for your training and relationship with your dog!

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    I love all animals. I will walk and play with dogs. I am also available to animal sit, either at your home or mine.

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    I have worked with animals most of my life, most species and all personalities. I have a degree in psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior. I am certified as an Animal Care Technologist. I have three dogs and one cat, and I know how important pets are to their owners, as well as the importance of socialization and environmental enrichment. I have a great passion for animals and would love to work with yours. I walk dogs and do pet sitting services, including overnights. I also can come by, and feed and let them out for potty breaks. I am experienced in giving medications both orally and by injection.

    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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