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Bloomington Dog Trainers

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Petsmart
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Melitza M.
Verified review

I have worked with Krystal for multiple years and have never met someone so excited and devoted to their clients like her. She looks out for the betterment of the dogs like no other. She strives to become a better trainer every single day. Without a doubt I would recommend Krystal to any dog owner. She knows what she is talking about. Hire her!

Incredible Canines LLC
4.4
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Wendy W.
Verified review

I would highly recommend Incredible Canines! We had great experiences with both private training sessions and in a group class setting with our dachshund puppy. Each session was organized, professional, and tailored as needed. Overall we were very pleased with the skills taught and would refer Incredible Canines to anyone looking to train a puppy or refresh training for their dog.

Superior Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elena R.
Verified review

We recently adopted an abused shelter dog, and he was having some trouble adjusting to normal life. He was very aggressive, particularly to other big dogs, and I was dreading the possibility of having to return him to the pound. Jonathan worked with him (and us) for about a week before we started seeing a noticeable difference. Although my dog is still working through fear and aggression, he is obviously more calm and content. He loves to see Jonathan's car coming up the road, and I know he'll only continue to improve.

Peoria Dog Pros
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jim S.
Verified review

I sent the request, got scheduled, and am receiving a training session - all on one day! I'm very excited to be working with this pro!

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They think im nice to pets and loving to them.

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Dogs will be in a very friendly and active environment for much cheaper that the kennel

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Well my work is different because I keep contact with my customers and understand the bond between your pets and you. I work cause I love what I do not just because of the salary.

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Retired and work one one with owner and dog,i can only say give me 15-29 min with you and your dog and if you do not see at least 80 to 100% chance in them ill train for free

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I watch my uncle and aunt's dogs when they go out of town and clean their house, and I also walk their dogs. I also take care of my aunt because she's going blind.

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Find your dog's running buddy with Dog Jog. While you are at work, relaxing at home, or any time in between, a Dog Jog runner will come to your house to exercise your best bud! We create a custom fitness plan to meet each dog's needs. Trot, sprint, and walk, we'll make sure your dog gets the exercise they require to stay healthy and happy. Give us a call today to schedule a run!

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I am certified and insured.

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I provide in-home dog training ranging from basic obedience to rehabilitation of newly adopted dogs. No matter what the breed or problem, I will get your dog living a balanced and happy lifestyle.

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We offer dog and cat grooming by one of our four certified groomers, or by appointment or on Saturdays by our master groomer. We also provide dog and cat boarding, as well as doggie day care and obedience classes on Tuesday evenings. We have a limited supply of toys, collars and leashes, shampoo and perfumes, as well as Bone Appetit' fresh-baked dog and cat treats.

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I will train your dog to listen to you using only positive reinforcements and train you to be the pack leader of the relationship. I will also provide potty training if needed.

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I love animals. My dogs were my children before I had kids. I understand that pets are a huge part of a family's life. I'll provide company for your pet. I provide peace of mind for the pet owner. I do everything, from dog walking to staying at your home overnight. I take care of all pets, even snakes.

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We provide full-line of training programs from a certified dog trainer. We offer group classes, private lessons, evaluations, board/train, and daycare.

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I love dogs, and I also love walking. I have a dog of my own, and we have a great time walking and interacting with each other.

  • 33 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I have been grooming since 1985. I started training dogs 1982. This is my passion

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We offer in-home animal training and some behavior modification! We will work with dogs, cats, and other animals on obedience, training, and curbing common problems.

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.

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.

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?
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