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Des Moines Dog Trainers

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Kawa Farms K-9 Training
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Kasy's Mom N.
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When I first met Jennifer and Mace I was very impressed with their interaction with my very young puppy and I very much liked their approach to training. I have trained other dogs through other venues and didn't care for the way it was approached. But with Jennifer she is very open with her approach and why. My puppy passed his STAR Puppy award before 16 wks of age and with that he is such a joy to be around and continue the training without any harsh methods. I will be continuing on with Jennifer with further training with hesitation. Having a well trained dog makes it enjoyable for your family and visitors. And very impressive for people just observing you with your dog. I have had many people question how he is so well behaved at such a young age.

  • 11 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Janna C.
Verified review

We would definitely recommend Deb and Bark Busters!!!! We adopted BJ from a shelter, not knowing all the issues we would be dealing with. We chose Bark busters because we knew BJ would not do well in a group dog training class, he has an extreme fear of people and other dogs. After our first session we could see a big improvement and have continued to see it with the lessons Deb gave us to work on with him. We are looking forward to a much happier little dog.

  • 12 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Randy D.
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We boarded our dog with Brett at Mischeivous K9 in March 2013 while on a 10 day vacation. This is a very nice facility. Especially like the large indoor/outdoor kennels. Your dog has lots of room to move around and can go freely from inside to outside. Brett spent time with our dog every day. He even taught him new tricks/commands during his stay. We feel our dog is well taken care of here. Brett is caring and committed to the animals he takes care of and we feel lucky to have a place to leave our dog that we feel good about. We were so impressed to learn of Brett's knowledge and expertise in training dogs, we have since hired him for obedience and protection training.

Tresa D.
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OK, let’s face it, Gringo, my German Shepherd, is very spoiled! He is my “baby”. The owner, Brett, says he is a “wuss”….but doesn’t hold it against him! He is pampered at home, so when we travel, I don’t like to have to feel guilty about leaving him. I like Mischievous K9 for boarding because this facility is always clean and smells good. Gringo’s personal kennel is large with a doggie door to go in and out whenever he pleases. It is air conditioned and heated so he stays comfortable whether it is summer or winter. Gringo gets plenty of food and treats and has water available at all times. Brett is a dog lover himself so I feel he enjoys spending one-on-one time with my dog every day he is there. Cleanliness, space, comfort, interaction and safety are the things I look for in a boarding facility and Mischievous K9 provides all of these and more! Brett will even post daily pictures and videos of your dog on Facebook so you can check in on him while you are away. We learned of Brett’s knowledge and experience with training dogs when we boarded our dog at his facility while on vacation. Our dog was a year old when we started obedience and protection training with Brett. We are totally impressed with how much our dog has learned in just the first ten weeks of training. Even others who visit our home frequently have notice the improvement in our dog’s behavior. Actually, the most difficult part has been training me, the owner!!! Our dog has caught on very quickly and Brett has been very patient trying to bring me, the owner, up to par. We look forward to working with and learning more from Brett as we continue our training. It has become very satisfying and fun and has created a better relationship between me and my dog. Thanks Brett!

  • 7 years in business
Danny R.
Verified review

Ashley is extremely devoted to her craft… She has a way of working with the animals, that takes a lot of stress away from the situation, for human and animal alike... very professional.

  • 4 years in business
Robin B.
Verified review

Joanne is great. My dogs adore her, and Joanne has so much patience as she teaches me to work with my dogs.


I do dog training with group sessions and private lessons. I can do home visits if needed. I am Donna J. Flattery, a certified professional dog trainer.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I use every method that is available in order to achieve a successfully trained dog. I use every tool at my disposal including toys, treats, games, and correction in order to get the most out of each dog. I am not afraid of any dog and will work with an aggressive dog with no problem at all.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

We focus in training, grooming, boarding, and pet supplies. We've been in business for 11 years with 25 years of experience in dog training. I teach show and obedience training, from puppies to older dogs.


Our focus is on the relationship and communication between people and their dogs. We go beyond what is seen on the outside and focus on teaching people how to use a dog's behavior as a pathway to how their dog is feeling so they can be sure to have training sessions that are positive, productive, and fun!

  • 5 years in business

We offer a variety of services to keep your pup healthy and happy, including the following: * Dog Walking – Private walks only – No time limit (guaranteed at least 30 minutes) – Tons of TLC! – Pet waste removal using biodegradable poop bags! – Update of pet(s) via text message, email or care notes 15-minute dog walks/visits = $15 30-minute dog walks/visits = $25 60-minute dog walks/visits = $45 Please note that if it is extremely hot, walks may be cut short to avoid heat stroke and harm pads. The remaining time will be spent playing with your pet indoors. The same may be applied for inclement weather (i.e rain, hail, hurricane, and tornado). * Pet Visits/Pet Sitting – Free of time limit (guaranteed at least 30 minutes) – Variety of times available to fit your pets specific needs – Playtime and unlimited TLC! – Quick bathroom break and/or litter box maintenance – Daily updates via text message, email or care notes We follow all special instructions and wishes (dietary, medical, playtime, etc.) 15-minute dog walks/visits = $15 30-minute dog walks/visits = $25 60-minute dog walks/visits = $45 – Each additional dog is $5 (per visit/walk) – Holidays: $15 additional * Pet Boarding We only take one dog at a time for overnight visits, to ensure they feel safe and comfortable and get all the attention they need. Please contact us to check your availability and rates.


Hello. My name is Andrea Vargus. I am a huge pet lover! I train dogs and will also take on the aggressive dogs to mold them into family pets once again. I walk dogs while you're busy at work. I house-sit and watch your fur babies while you are on business trips or vacations! I would love to help you and your dog out with these services. Thank you.


  • 8 years in business

I offer professional all breed dog grooming in Johnston, IA. We are a small shop that takes pride in caring for you pets like they are our own. We like to keep your dog's stress level down by finishing your pup within a reasonable amount of time.


I am an experienced veterinary technician who does pet sitting, pet care, and dog walking. I can administer medications, including injections. I will also do other small things like bringing in the mail and watering plants.


We offer in-home canine counseling, so that we get the best understanding of what's going on with your pets in their territory where they are most relaxed.


I take care of your dog by walking him or her and going to dog parks and completing whatever else is needed. Thank you for your interest. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more details.


Hi, my name is Frorence, and I like dog walking. I hope you enjoy me walking your dog, cause I take good care of dogs.


My work stands out from others because of the education I obtained at the World-renowned Triple Crown Academy in Texas. We were given the knowledge of how dogs think, work, and move, in addition to hands-on experience that was beyond compare--with two of the nations top dog trainers critiquing our every move. I couldn't have gained that kind of education in 20 years in the field.


I teach pets on obedience training, behavior modification and social boarding on a luscious 10-acre country setting.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I train all sizes and all breeds. I can help with behavior modification and just the basic. I do work on Saturdays only. That way, I can work a lot with the dog and the owner. I am a full-time student and a mother, so I do not want to take up your time. When it comes to dogs, you want them to be on their best behavior just like your kids.

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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