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Muncie Animal Behaviorists

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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
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Susan C.
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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.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Bethany G.
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Steve has been great with us and our dog. He is very patient and he really works on exactly what we need. He takes extra time to be with our dog and is very good at teaching us what we need to do. We have seen a great improvement with our dog's behavior since starting work with Steve.

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Dogs Welcome!
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Concetta C.
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Even in the short time that Spot and my family spent with Sherry, it was certain that she has a true understanding and passion for animals and for people. Her technique is to teach both humans and animals how to become a pact. Highly Recommended!

For the Love of Pets
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Mary-Kate B.
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Kelly truly is the best pet sitter one could ever hope for! Not only is she extremely responsive and reliable but she takes amazing care of my kitten. She is a true animal lover! She sends photos and updates when I am traveling and it is such a relief to know my kitten is being cared for by someone so wonderful!

Walk n' Wag LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Leah S.
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She's on time. You can tell she loves animals. My dog was excited when he saw her at the door. She is a wonderful find.

Circle City Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tracie H.
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Dawn has been so patient with me and my dog Scout. Not only has she helped to train Scout, but he has given me so much insight about where some of his behavior comes from. I won't lie Scout is a difficult dog, but she has been amazing with him! Even the cat likes her!! I have had success with the methods she has taught us and Scout continues to improve. I reccomend her to anyone who needs dog training!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tori F.
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Justine's been absolutely amazing. I have a very smart, but sometimes very stubborn pup who was experiencing a little bit of reactive behavior on leash. She's worked so well with my dog and myself to understand the why's and how's of training. You can tell she really cares about the dogs also. Would absolutely recommend!

Tammy A.
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He really love the animal

Anything's Pawsible
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca H.
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I have a nine year old, minimally trained, Golden Retriever who has no social skills. I also have an 80 year old mother who lives with me. My mother tripped over my Golden, broke her arm and leg, a while back, and I have been contemplating giving my dog away to a rescue group. My last hope was Jenn. She came to my home and evaluated Einey. It is amazing. After only six sessions, he is a different dog. He is following commands, going to his "spot" whenever he is in my mom's path, and I am able to take calm walks with him. My son, who lives out of town, could not believe Einey's great behavior, when he was visiting. Jenn deserves her own show!! I am so thankful that I am able to keep my beloved doggie and feel assured that my mom is safe from another fall. Thanks again, Jenn. You're the best!

  • 9 years in business
Tami A.
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I have two small dogs (a yorki-poo and a Chihuahua) who were giving my family and me fits! Off-Leash K9 transformed sit, come, place and off on command. Off-Leash K9 corrected their problem behavior(bolting away, jumping on people and barking).

Leah's Pet Care
5.0
from 1 review
    Abbie N.
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    I have known Leah for 10+ years. She is a very kind young woman and I can easily she loves animals! She cares for them as if they were people. She has taken care of my dog Daisy for years. She has always been a nurturing person and it really shows when I come home to a happy pup! She is very dependable. Her love and passion make her likeable by any dog! I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for a dog walker/ dog sitter. She will take amazing care of your pets!

    About

    If you need an animal cared for while you are out, Animal sitters Indiana will take care of your dogs, cats, or fishes.

    About

    I normally babysit but can't find any jobs, so I'm just taking in animal care and more; if I get some money for it, then I'll work for it. I don't do full-time. I do occasional and sometimes recurring.

    • 7 years in business
    About

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

    About

    I do pet walking or house sitting. I am very dependable, and I love animals. I have a dog and three cats. All are loved and well taken cared of.

    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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