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Edwardsville Dog Behavior Specialists

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Ruff Life
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Julie P.
Verified review

A+ for Ben! I could tell immediately that he understood dog behavior and I certainly needed some additional help for handling my very excitable 40 # puppy. After having owned more than 5 dogs, I felt like a complete failure because I was at a loss as to how to handle the OVERLY EXCITABLE puppy. My purpose of getting a new dog was for exercise and companionship but it has been a challenge until Ben arrived. I like the fact that Ben can provide hands on training and can critique me as well as the dog. Providing another view point of what to do and when has been immensely valuable . Julie

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Happy Pups Dog Training, LLC
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Ted M.
Verified review

Amy did a fantastic job with training our new puppy to be obedient and polite, and with training us on how to manage common puppy issues. She was extremely friendly, comfortable, and easy to work with, and she listened to exactly what we wanted to work on. She molded the training sessions to meet our goals, and to fit our puppy's personality. We were mainly working on teaching our dog manners and the basic commands (sit, stay, come, down, etc.), and Amy not only taught him how to obey the commands, but she gave us a number of tips on how to continue our training when she wasn't around. She also gave us her number so that we could call or text with any issues that may arise. We are very satisfied with our dog's behavior since the training, and are very happy that we decided to give Amy a call! The personalized, one-on-one training with Amy was exactly what we were looking for, and the cost was extremely reasonable considering what I've seen elsewhere. We will definitely be recommending Amy to any of our friends/family looking for training, and will be reaching out to Amy again if we run into any issues in the future!

Bravo K9 Dog Training
4.7
from 23 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Danielle is the first dog trainer we have talked to who is genuinely focused on helping improve our dog's behavior. You can yell it is her passion! The others we spoke with were pushing expensive training packages and were focused on the money. I would highly recommend Danielle.

  • 29 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jill V.
Verified review

Sully and I are now working to train my second dog together. My first dog was a very fearful dog. She modified his training to suit his personality and special needs. I was amazed at the progress even after a few short lessons. Eddie was a completely different dog when Sully finished her training of him. He was not only extremely well trained but a more confident dog. I don't have words to say how much she means to Eddie and I. Thanks for everything and for caring so much. Jill and Eddie

Casey Ray's STL Dog Trainers
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Megan P.
Verified review

We had tried a couple of different training programs with my dog before we found Casey, and wow, what a difference! Other programs were okay when it comes to basic obedience but were merely adequate. Unlike other programs that teach you and your dog the basics and then end, Casey's classes lay the foundation for obedience and then go beyond, proofing and reinforcing the behavior so that your dog will listen every time, no matter what distractions are around. The classes are fun and they are a great way to bond with your dog! And after spending hundreds of dollars on a few months of "good enough" training we were ecstatic to find that we could pay one fee and have training for the rest of my dog's life. We love the difference we've seen in our dog and the new confidence he has. He is a happier, more well-adjusted dog and we can't go out of the house without someone commenting on how well behaved he is. Every dog with get will be taken to Casey for training, we are now customers for life!

Multi Sport K-9
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Patti J.
Verified review

Melinda and Zack were very helpful in helping us learn to correct the bad behaviors of our dog. We are anxious to continue working with them. The were prompt, professional, patient, and informative. We feel very positive about this next step.

  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Morgan C.
Verified review

I contacted any canine about training for our dog, Sampson. He is a rescue from NYC. He is a loving boy who thrives on attention.... that being said,he needed to learn some manners and boundaries much like a toddler. I had already taken Sampson to an evaluation with a different trainer and had a very bad experience. He had told me Sampson was a "dangerous dog" and that I shouldn't even walk him! I liked Kieli immediately and so did Sampson. We decided to let Sampson go to two weeks of board and train with Kieli ( Any Canine). Best decision ever! Sampson walks well on leash and is a champ with the climb command! :-) We still have some more training to do but mostly for us human parents. Kieli is 100% professional, informative and accommodating to our needs! I would recommend Any Canine to anyone who needs help with their furry companions. Even our vets office commented on the difference in Sampson`s behavior earlier today when we went for his booster shots.

Lifetime Canine LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin T.
Verified review

Joey is amazing! He has been working with my dog for four days now and I’m already seeing behavior improvements! Can’t wait to see how great things are in a couple weeks!

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  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Chris S.
Verified review

Brittany was great to work with! She listened to our needs, then suggested and demonstrated ways to obtain more desired behaviors from our puppy. I would definitely recommend her.

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Wendy W.
Verified review

I participated in a team taught Reactive Rover class where Bill was an instructor. Bill's calm demeanor and his kind positive way of providing training instruction and giving feedback to participants made the class a real pleasure. I learned a great deal that I intend to continue to apply to my dog's training. As a result of the class I am asking Bill to work with me and my dog one on one to further our learning. His force free positive training methods are the best way to teach a dog new behaviors and he has a very sophisticated understanding of how to do this.

Dog training and walking
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jason G.
Verified review

Roxanne has a number of techniques for the dog training. She listens to what you want the dog to do and then forms a plan to get the dog to change his behavior. She did mostly positive reinforcements but she was not afraid to suggest negative reinforcements if that's what is needed. Fortunately our dog responded well with positive reinforcemenfs

Helping Hounds Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Sheila R.
Verified review

My company produces large expos for pet lovers across the country. As a result, I’ve met literally thousands of dog trainers, from Anchorage to Miami and Boston to San Francisco - and gotten more advice than I’d like from many of them. I can confidently say that Erin Wigginton, owner and head trainer of Helping Hounds Training, is one of the very best and she quite literally changed our lives. I originally reached out to Erin because my canine soulmate, Enzo, had become fear reactive and I knew it was only a matter of time until someone was seriously injured by him; he’d become a very dangerous dog and could no longer be trusted. Even though I had originally been working with another trainer, who talked a lot about “rehabilitation” and “being balanced,” “dog psychology,” being the “pack leader” and making sure I was the “alpha,” the original problems I had sought help for (Enzo behaving like a normal six-month teenage brat), ended up becoming much much worse. One of the first things that this trainer did was fit Enzo for a pinch collar and the second thing that he did was show me how to properly snap the lead to correct any undesirable behavior or even to prevent an anticipated unwanted behavior. I really hated how Enzo yelped with each correction. When I expressed concern, I was told that it was simply doggie “drama" and that the collar didn’t really hurt him; it was just like the correction that a mother dog gives her puppies and it was meant to get his attention - that if I didn’t buck up and start acting like a pack leader, like the human “alpha” I should be, Enzo would turn into a monster. According to the trainer, the problem wasn’t with Enzo at all - the problem was with me. In the meantime, Enzo started displaying some new and scary behaviors, like lunging and growling at strangers and anything human in shape, including sculptures and statues, and no longer enjoyed his daily walks. And he absolutely terrified of his trainer - like “pee on himself when the trainer arrives” scared. I decided that I didn’t care about any “theory” or “rehabilitation,” I cared about Enzo’s well-being, so I fired our trainer and began searching for options that I hoped could help make Enzo whole again. The more I read, the more I learned, the more (legitimate) canine behavior experts I spoke to, I came to realize that Enzo wasn’t being “trained” by his former “trainer,” he was being bullied, terrorized and abused. After a ton of research on Helping Hounds and their training methods, I thought that they might be the answer to our prayers. Erin was a very different type of trainer and proved to be everything that I had hoped for: patient, understanding, kind and respectful of Enzo’s needs. Enzo loved her immediately - and most importantly - Erin loved him right back. As a result of her patient work with building Enzo’s confidence and educating both of us on how to better understand one another, my boy is now a happy and healthy canine who no longer lives in constant fear of strangers. Erin believed in him and believed in us and I can’t even tell you how much that means to me - and Enzo. I made some big mistakes - HUGE mistakes - with Enzo’s early training and may never get over the guilt; I can promise you that if you introduce Erin to your own best friend, you’ll be nothing but happy and your canine companion will thank you for it.

  • 6 years in business
Henry H.
Verified review

Carol does a good job of explaining practical ways to train our dog, and she emphasizes consistency and follow through. She is very supportive, but firm, and can generate a number of options to handle canine behavior problems. I highly recommend her to other dog owners who want a well behaved pet.

  • 7 years in business
Mary Anne W.
Verified review

If you have a not so perfect pooch bring them to Samantha! I had gotten myself into quite a pickle when I decided that at 82 I needed to get my first puppy in over 20 years. I picked out a wonderful breeder and purchased a "Perfect" puppy and seemed to go smoothly until I got her home...I shortly realized how much work it was to keep up with an raise a puppy and I quickly found myself at my wits end. I heard from a dear friend of mine that Samantha was an excellent trainer so I decided to give it a go. Right from the start I knew I was in very capable hands! She made me feel like Molly and I was important to her and not just another dollar sign and most importantly she made me feel like I wasn't the only one going through this! After completing her 6 week puppy course I found myself and Molly much closer and she walks so nicely on a leash! I HIGHLY recommend her for training your next crazy pet!

Neel's Complete K-9
5.0
from 1 review
  • 15 years in business
Jane B.
Verified review

Rod assisted me in deciding what type of dog I needed, over the phone, without even knowing me. He was very knowledgable about German Shepherds and their behaviors. Thank you Rod, I plan to train at your place!

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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