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Independent Trainer
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 49 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Brenda M.
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Started working with Cheryl through Lifeline Service Dogs in 2010. The training she did with me and Shadow is professional and effective. My dog makes huge difference in keeping me independent--Great trainer.

Canis Fidelis K9
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tony H.
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Unreal what they have done in getting control of my dog on their free evaluation. Very highly skilled and knowledgeable. Would recommend to anyone.

  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Carol D.
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Help newly rescued dog adjust to our home, other dog and routines. This person is outstanding in her experience, knowledge, flexibility, professionalism, integrity, and just plain love of her work! I would rehire her in a heartbeat! The change in both our dogs is nothing short of amazing, following her techniques! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! The dogs love her, too!

Nesbit Services
5.0
from 1 review
    Denise N.
    Verified review

    Very quick reasonable quote. Work was well done. If I have more work that needs done I will most definetly contact Kevin. Thanks again. My dog LOVES his new doghouse. :)

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    I have been working with the elderly for 15 years . if you grandmother lives with and. You need a evening sitting I'm opened evening shift and weekends cook clean take them out in the community run earns for them .. Laundry cook clean. Keep company .

    • 18 years in business
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    I am available 24/7.....

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    I am available to walk your dog around your neighborhood. I will also feed and water your dog when we are done and we get back to your house, if needed. My fee is $20 per visit to walk your dog for an hour.

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    We often get families who have tried training before that didn't work for them. Our programs are GUARANTEED! Because your happiness is our success.

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    I took vet med but did not graduate. However, I am experienced enough. I walk, groom and train potty and behavior for dogs, either big or small. I handle all.

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    Cecil Baker, M.S. Ed. has 40 years of experience working with animals (10 years) at the university level R and D, with references.

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    I am well experienced in dog/cat/horse care. I have owned these animals my whole life, and I am well aware of the care and attention that they need. I am a hard worker, and I am willing to travel to provide you and your pet quality service.

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    I offer dog training of any level, age, breed or problem. I teach obedience, house manners, agility, herding, and you name it.

    • 7 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    I own my business and have had it for over 5 years now!

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    I will work with any dog, with any problem at my home or yours. I specialize in behavior corrections through positive reinforcement, as well as basic training like coming, sitting and staying down. There's not a dog I can't handle.

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    I am an animal behavior specialist. I work with dogs that need help with obsessive behaviors such as jumping, digging, and biting.

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    We bring over 30 years of experience in canine care, handling and training to our customers' doorway. We are offering assistance in understanding your canines' physical and emotional needs, with a wealth of information.

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    I became a personal trainer, and it started in high school. I will push you hard to accomplish your goals.

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    Located in the north-eastern part of Indiana, we are one of the top retriever kennels in the state offering advanced retriever training, pups, started dogs and stud services. Our dogs carry the best bloodlines to be found anywhere, and hold their Hunt Test titles at the top! Visit our website now for more information.

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    I specialize working with dogs that have behavior 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.

    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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