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Boise Animal Behaviorists

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  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Rene S.
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Great insite into my dog and her behavior and very insightful about how to work and build confidence as well as obedience!!

Off-Leash K9 Training
from 14 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Johnny B.
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I chose to do lessons with Off-Leash K9. Guy helped explain what needed to happen and how I needed to do it. There's so much more than i ever thought about but I'm already seeing changes in Page's behavior around the house. When I get home I'm no longer wondering if the house has been chewed up and down.

  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Tami C.
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David, with Save The Mailmen dog training, understands dogs. He gets down to the root behavior and builds skills on that for both the dog and the owner. Davids service is not inexpensive, but you get true one on one service in your dogs natural environment. Our Golden Retriever is happy, and very obedient, especially for only being 7 months old!! I am sure she will only get better with age. I highly recommend Save The Mailmen dog training--I just wish David offered intermediate and advanced training!!

Serenity Ranch
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elise D.
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So far I am thrilled!! Serenity Ranch is reliable, responsible and great with my dogs. I couldn't be more pleased. If you need help with your animals and training with your dogs I highly recommend Britt and her team!!!

Teresa's Pet Care
from 1 review
    Richard J.
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    We use Teresa to take care of our cats in our home while we are traveling and found her to be the best alternative to taking our animals to a facility where they spend hours and hours in a small living area. She is responsive to our needs and does a wonderful job of cleaning up after two messy cats. She is highly recommended.


    I rarely trust anyone with my dog. I mean, rarely. I understand and respect that. People need to be gone and away, that is a given. I am that person who will make the time away from your "children" as easy as possible. Dogs love me. Horses love me. Cats, well they warm up...I have only experienced one cat in my life that didn't like me. I like to stay in their own environment, as their guest. i find that it is easier to bond. I spend time with them, I don't just close them in a room and go to the fridge and watch tv until your car pulls in the driveway and then pretend that we were bonding over a game of chase, that is not me.


    I love dogs and any other animals. We always get along, and I love to take care of them. I walk, pick up, feed and take care of them.


    I love being with animals. I have been a volunteer humane society for three years now. I enjoy working with any type of dog. I currently have an English bulldog and a Chinese shar pei.


    I love animals in general. Spending time with animals is something I'm really interested in. I believe that the animals deserve the best care while away from their owners.


    I absolutely love animals. I will come to your location, if it's not too far. I will walk dogs and will feed the animals or any other things that need to be done that I am capable of doing.


    I love animals. I am hardworking, and I work with my customers. I am reliable, honest, friendly, and easy to get along with.


    I'm open on Saturdays and Sundays for watching and walking your animals! I'm great with them, and they will be treated very well! At this moment, I don't have a leash with me anymore, so it's preferable if you bring your own.


    I can go to and from my clients' residence. I am great with animals and love animals. I am willing to work off just about any schedule. You will find great service and be surprised at the work that I am willing to do.

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    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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