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Marion Dog Trainers

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Lee's Dog Training
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Susan A.
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Our 5 year old, 18 pound dog was facing possible euthanasia because of some aggressive incidents culminating with a bite to the face of a 13 year old regular visitor in our home. Lee made himself available immediately in hopes of providing us with another alternative. My entire family has been amazed with the progress each time Lee trains our dog. Even after the very first session, our dog was responding & softening his disposition. Not only does Lee spend time training our dog, but also takes time to educate us to the philosophies behind his methods, helping us understand the importance of all our actions. We have had Lee to our home about 5 times & possibly could take it from here, but we still feel we have lots to learn about how to correct our own behaviors so we don't allow the dog's behavior to regress. Lee is affordable which takes the stress out of continued training. Not only would I recommend Lee's Dog Training, but I actually have recommended him to a friend with a new puppy.

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K9 Prep School
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Susan C.
Verified review

My rescue dog and I have been working with John for several weeks now. On our very first visit, Ziva was very relaxed around John and now greatly enjoys her lessons with him. John is very helpful with specific issues and offers great solutions. He provides specific goals for each lesson and the way to achieve them--all in written form. So far our lessons have been private so we get undivided attention. And I have seen great improvement in Ziva and her lively behavior. But I am looking forward to beginning semi private sessions. Where we can advance in our real world skills. John's patience and reassurance as well as his extensive knowledge and love for dogs is exceptional. This is the way to go if you are in need of a great dog training experience.

For the Love of Pets
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Anthony R.
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Kelly is a fantastic dogsitter! My dog can be a handful, but she took care of him with professionalism and lots of love. I highly recommend her--whatever your pet's needs!

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Dogs Welcome!
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Anita P.
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Sherry was Very professional and knowledgeable. She met us at our home the first day our dog arrived. She was very calm, caring and had a wealth of experience to share. She took her time with us. She gave us many tips on how to take care of our eight week old pup in the weeks to come. We are looking forward to having our pup do the 2 week board and train program with her when he is 12 weeks old! I would recommend her to anyone!

Dixie D.
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I couldn't be happier. Teresa and Jim are professional and completely trustworthy. I love the way they care for my home as well as they care for my dog. I highly recommend TLC Pet Care to anyone who wants peace of mind.

Cailees House & Pet Sitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Madison C.
    Verified review

    Cailee has been house sitting and dog sitting for my family for years. We think she is exceptional with pets and she keeps our house nice and clean each time! We no longer need to look for a dog sitter or a house sitter ever again because Cailee will be our permanent choice!

    Stonegate Farm's K-9 Crew
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Thomas B.
    Verified review

    Personal attention to training and to teaching me the way to train my dog on our own time.

    Canis Fidelis K9
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Tony H.
    Verified review

    Unreal what they have done in getting control of my dog on their free evaluation. Very highly skilled and knowledgeable. Would recommend to anyone.

    About

    I have always had a really strong passion for animals, so I figured this would be a great way to earn some extra cash while being around something I enjoy. I currently just graduated high school and looking to earn extra money to help pay for college. I have two dogs of my own, and both of them are pugs.

    About

    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.

    • 3 years in business
    About

    We pride ourselves on being timely and professional. Our training strategies allow clients to continue training on their own in a family friendly and dog friendly manner. I love that I get to interact with dog owners that truly care about their dogs and want what is best for them. We have awesome clients.

    About

    We offer in-home training for you and your dog,with over 15 years of Canine Behavior and Behavior Modification history - we look forward to meeting you and your dog. We pride ourselves in making sure our clients and dogs are completely happy and comfortable with our services and their new skills before moving on. Always available for continuing education, or future services.

    About

    We offer in-home training for you and your dog, with over 15 years of Canine Behavior and Behavior Modification history - we look forward to meeting you and your dog. We pride ourselves in making sure our clients and dogs are completely happy and comfortable with our services and their new skills before moving on. Always available for continuing education, or future services.

    About

    Bed & Biscuit Kennels is an Indianapolis area full-service pet boarding, dog day care, grooming and dog park facility.

    About

    I am a former zookeeper who is responsible for making scientific diets, training exotic animals, training behavioral issues, etc.

    About

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

    • 9 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    This is a family run business which I believe makes it more personable. I put my heart and soul into my work. The thing that all of my clients point out is how their pets seem so much more relaxed upon first meeting. "Wow! They never act that way with strangers! They usually bark like crazy or go hide." It took me awhile to figure out what that was because I had no idea why it's always been that way. I now know it's my real compassion, relaxed energy, and empathy. It all comes naturally. And as my business continues grow, I will only look for people with the same natural gifts to join my team. I truly love meeting new people and animals. Each day in my business is a different day, with something new to learn. There is never a dull moment and I enjoy it! Although I usually have fun with what I do, I also remember that this is my professional business that I've worked very hard to build up from nothing several years ago, to what it is today.

    • 9 years in business
    About

    We have a wide range of pet care services to choose from and great availability, even on short notice. Calls and emails are answered promptly. I have always loved working with pets and enjoy the idea of being a business owner. This is the perfect combination for me!

    About

    Blackwatch Nutritionals is a service that specializes in advising pet owners which foods and supplements are better suited for their pet's individual needs. I have had 40 years of experience as a professional breeder of Great Danes and Pugs, and am aware of the many health issues that come with the very small and very large breeds. I work with all breeds, and in conjunction with many vets as well. We specialize in developmental orthopedic conditions caused by diet, allergies, systemic yeast problems, and more.

    About

    We offer in-home training for you and your dog, with over 15 years of Canine Behavior and Behavior Modification history - we look forward to meeting you and your dog. We pride ourselves in making sure our clients and dogs are completely happy and comfortable with our services and their new skills before moving on. Always available for continuing education, or future services.

    • 7 years in business
    About

    I offer certified professional dog training and behavioral therapy, service dog training, canine good citizen, and behavioral counseling.

    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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