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Prospect Park Dog Trainers

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Poseidon's K9 Island
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Traci H.
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We gained great information on how to effectively train our dog. Marie was very professional and pleasant to work with. We have high hopes that our dog will be trained with simple commands in no time.

Dot's Groom and Board
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Laura B.
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Dot's Groom and Board is amazing. We know our dog is not only going to look good after being groomed, but we know she is receiving great care.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Carol K.
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We have just started but so far it is going really well and Jim is very sensitive to the dogs and my needs. Because I am handicapped he has made some adjustments that are very appropriate.

All About Pets LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Tracey B.
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Obi grooms my 2 dogs and does a great job. She is patient and wonderful with my dogs. She gives then a bath, cleans their ears, clips their nails and brushes their teeth. My dogs look and smell great, thanks Obi!

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I can help you out, while you're away. I will feed and walk your dog, and I can also do light housecleaning. I will come to your home or bring pets to mine.

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I have over 30 years of professional K9 training and experience, including, but not limited to, police K9 training, detection training -- "nose work," basic and advanced obedience and solving all dog behavior problems.

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I am an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer, BS. I also took Animal Science at ISU, and have over 20 years of experience training and showing animals. I provide private and group dog obedience training, behavior modification, scent discrimination, tracking, dog walking, pet care visits or pet sitting at your home. I feed, water, brush, play, exercise, eliminate waste and clean living quarters including dogs, cats, birds, fish, exotics, horses, and hobby animals. I can perform other house services while visiting or staying at your home. We are bonded and insured, family-owned and operated business. References are available upon request. Contact Geneseo Community Center for group dog training schedules. Visit our website for more details. Thank you for your consideration.

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I offer dog obedience training, which is a 4-month course. I'm specializing in large dog breeds and puppies. I also train the owners. The training is 5 days per week for the first month and 3 days per week for the final 3 months. Some training-specific gear (less than USD100) must be purchased by the owner. Some of the items a dog owner probably already has. At the end of the course, the owner will have a leash-trained dog that is happy and knows how to behave in many different situations.

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I'm here to help you have the best K-9 and human relationship possible. I offer basic obedience and advanced obedience training!

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I take care of animals, and my business is great because I love and respect them. I'm really good with animals.

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We do horse training, starting, breaking, located in Sterling, IL, welcoming anyone from Northern IL or Western Iowa. I have 16 years of riding experience behind me and I absolutely love what I do! I use gentle methods based on trust between the horse, the owner and myself. I am working out of a smaller barn (9 stalls with plenty of pasture) with an indoor arena. I can also provide riding lessons, where you travel to me or I can come to you. Although most of my training has been in English disciplines, I do have experience in western riding.

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I offer training, boarding and doggy day caring. I am an expert staff and awesome dog trainer with over 10 years of experience.

  • 4 years in business
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We are a dock diving training facility. During summer there are competitions here almost every other weekend with AKC, UKC and fun jumps. I enjoy watching the progression of the dog and handler.

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i like most about my job is that i get to take care of animals and i get to train them.

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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