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from 7 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Melitza M.
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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
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nikki H.
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My dog was in training classes with Cindy for about a year and he learned so much from her and is a totally different dog now. I would recommend her to anyone!

  • 7 years in business
Mary Anne W.
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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!

from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Todd T.
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Rebekah has provided excellent care for my dogs since January 2015, I am very pleased- Todd

All About Pets
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Karen A.
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Dana runs a wonderful dog sitting business. We plan to continue using All About Pets.


We provide professional dog grooming. Pick up and delivery available in a clean, friendly clean shop where your pet is our top priority!

  • 1 year in business

I have four of my own dogs among other pets. I treat every animal as I treat my own.


I am certified and insured.


I provide obedience training for all dogs big and small and any breed. I will teach you and your dog. Your dog will learn how to sit-down, leave it, and much more!


I am a professional dog trainer and pet sitter with over 10 years of experience. Dog training is done with positive reinforcement, redirection, and diligence. I can help with basic obedience and/or problem solving. I will care for your animals while you are away. I have experience with many different species from dogs and cats to birds, reptiles and fish. It is easier on you and you pet if I come and take care of them while they stay comfortably at home. It's less stress on everyone.


Good Paws is good because I love animals, and I really adore them. I had to dogs and took good care of them. I babysit pets and walk them, feed them and love them.


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.


They think im nice to pets and loving to them.

Q & A

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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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