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Dog Obedience by Gina, LLC
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jeff J.
Verified review

Gina was excellent to work with. Not only is she good with our Dog, but probably as important: good with us (after all, Dog Training is more about teaching the owners to teach the dog, than teaching the dog!).

Who Let the Dogs Out
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Carrie F.
Verified review

Belinda provided excellent care for our dog. Our dog, being a rescue dog, required specialized care in which she delivered; this included having patience, providing lots of attention, and staying overnight. All of which she did all eagerly. Belinda came to our house on a couple different occasions so our dog could become familiar with her. She even brought our Pebbles a new toy and treats! She maintained communication with us while we were away, providing updates and sending pictures. While it was difficult to leave our dog (specially being new to this state) I did find comfort knowing she and our house were being well cared for. Belinda is truly a sweet and caring person to owners and their pets as well as honest and responsible. We will definitely be using her services again:)! Thank you Belinda! We greatly appreciate all you have done for us!

Sunset Training Center
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Barb R.
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I went to her facility and it has indoor. & outdoor areas and a huge agility course that we did too, after training. My dog listened immediately to her and now she is showing me how to get the same results all the time. She really enjoys helping you. Nice lady. We are going back.

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Hair of The Dog That Bit Ya
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 37 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Todd B.
Verified review

Here is a little history, we adopted a tree walker coonhound from a shelter in Tennessee and brought him home to Wisconsin. The first month was ok as we all got adjusted to each other. There were counter surfing, mouthing and dominance issues from the beginning. We knew we had a stubborn ALPHA, ALPHA male but we were working through it. The dog and I had an altercation over a rawhide where he became very aggressive and tried to bite me. From that day forward he would try to attack me unsolicited any time he saw me or heard my voice. It got so bad I would have to lock myself in a room so my wife could let him out. I am 6',1" tall and 220 lbs, this is the first time in my life with all the dogs I've owned that I was afraid of a dog. We talked to many behaviorist's whom all said we should just rehome the dog and had no answers for us. I was determined not to give up and make things work because I knew that this was a good dog deep down inside. That is when I was recommend to Shelly at "Hair of the dog that bit ya". I got a great feeling from her right away on the phone and was intrigued by her explanation of how she handles her training of dogs (it was a much different approach from what I was hearing from everyone else). This is a large breed hunting dog who is aggressive and she knew exactly how to handle it. She came out the very next morning to a situation where everyone in the house was uneasy and afraid of this dog who now was in total control of the situation. Long story short after two hours Shelly had broken the dog had him taking commands from both my wife and myself. We felt like we had our lives back and believe it or not the dog seemed happier that he now knew the pecking order. This was truly a Christmas miracle for my entire family. The picture attached is from the same day where that morning my dog wanted to kill me and what he was like by the afternoon! I cannot thank Shelly enough and I am so excited for our new life together with Bohannon. Todd & Shelly Bloom

Dilis Dog Academy
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanie M.
Verified review

Jeanie Murray: Well, seven years ago Tom McMurchie worked with me and my 1-year old Labradoodle, Rush, in Phoenix AZ. I don't have adequate words to explain how wonderful the experience was. Tom was knowledgeable, professional, patient, humane, and just darn perfect. He trained me as well to make Rush an awesome, well-mannered family member. Then, Tom moved to Chicago. Rush is 8 years old (still perfect), but Tom has always been available for me to talk to him on the phone with dog-training advice. Then we brought a second Labradoodle into our home at 8 weeks old, Reagan. Do I ever wish Tom was still here to work with me and Reagan, who is a work in progress (almost 3 years old now). Actually, Tom did advise from afar when I had questions about Reagan. If you are looking for that perfect person to work with you and your dog, don't look any further than Tom McMurchie. Thanks, Tom!

Four Legs Pets
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Dee B.
Verified review

Piccalo has been participating in training with Stacy for over a year. Initially he was swimming and on the treadmill for weight loss and fitness. Then group classes to improve his socialization and impulse control. Piccalo is becoming a more balanced dog as a result of the patience and skill of Stacy and the rest of the staff at Four Legs Pets. They treat you like family.

Michelle
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Holly C.
Verified review

Michelle was great with my dog. I called her last minute to take care of him while we went on vacation. We were gone for a week, and she took care of everything. She came to my house and fed him and walked him. She even sent me pictures so I wouldn't miss him so much. I would highly recommend her.

Sev’s Smarty Paws LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea C.
Verified review

I’m looking forward to working with Sev’s Smarty Paws. Tracy was helpful and professional from her first contact with me. Our consultation showed me she is exactly what we are looking for in a trainer for our dogs.

Tired Dog!
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sean P.
Verified review

Jeanine took care of our golden retriever Cali for about a year. She would walk her and play with her each day for 30-45 mins. She was really great with her, extremely reliable, and we could tell she really cared about our dog. She left us notes each day to let us know how cali did that day. I would highly recommend Jeanine as a dog walker.

Laurianne Pet Sitting
5.0
from 1 review
    Susy M.
    Verified review

    Laurianne was great with our dog Buddy. She took him out for his daily walks. Responsive when I would text to check up on Buddy, with some pics too. Buddy enjoyed his stay!

    About

    I enjoy tutoring kids, looking after dogs, or doing housekeeping. Please give me a chance to prove my work in your home.

    About

    I have had five bulldogs over the last 18 years. They are a special breed that have special needs and have unique personalities. I would love to walk, care for and love on yours!

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    I walk dogs of all shapes and sizes. I am also willing to care for other pets. I have my own 15-year old dog that I still walk with.

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    I currently have two jobs. One of them is working for a cleaning company for about 2 years. I would like to get some of my own cleaning clients. Also, I have three dogs among many other animals. So I would love to dog sit or dog walk for some extra money.

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    I don't own a business. I can do this as a side job. I can walk your dogs any day of the week, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm except Saturdays.

    • 3 years in business
    About

    Is your dog rude when it meets new people? Does she jump, bark, or pull on the leash? Did you just get a puppy that simply just needs training? Through Civilized Canine training programs, it is my goal to not only make your pup a well-behaved civilized canine but to make sure the owner is happy as well.

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    I'll make sure your dog is properly taken care of like it was my own. I need at least a business day to respond.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I am based in Mendota and just starting to venture into the dog walking world as a part-time career. I enjoy being active and love animals.

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    Best Friends Dog Walking services has over 5 years experience and will give your pets the best quality care possible. Whether you need a 30-60 minute walk or someone to let your pets out during the day let me spoil your pups with love while you are away!

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    My love for dogs

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    I stand out because I understand that this is not a once size fits all industry. Every dog is different and thus requires a different method of training. I use a balanced approach to training taking both reward based and compulsion methods and putting them together to fit every dogs needs to help him/her and his/her owner succeed in their wants and desires for their pet.

    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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