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Portage Dog Trainers

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  • 34 years in business
  • 125 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Denise S.
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Sherry is a great lady. She is kind, encouraging, and very knowledgeable. She taught us a lot of great techniques and was a joy to work with. Would highly recommend her to help with any dog training needs --Denise S

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Takacs Dog Training LLC
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steven Z.
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Chris did a great job helping me with my dog Miles. Miles is a much better walker after ongoing leash training and is now interested in walking next to me instead of way in front. I highly recommend using Chris for your dog training needs.

Andrea Kutzko Dog Trainer
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Angie L.
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Andrea gave me a lot of good tips to work with my dog.

ZenPet Behavioral Coaching
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Julie L.
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She gave many good suggestions in training our dog that were realistic, demonstrated what we needed to do, and gave other options as well. She answered all of our questions and made herself available for any future issues or questions

PET PLANET INTERNATIONAL
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa O.
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Super friendly and my dog loves him!! Very patient and calm despite our anxious dog! Just 20 min and we've seen improvements!

  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ali D.
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Carol is amazing. Our dog wa so calm and happy when we got home from our two week vacation, and I know it was because she was being loved when we were gone. Carol also sent us adorable pictures every time she visited our dog, which made us feel more confident that Béarnaise was having a great time and we needn't worry about her. So much peace of mind!! Once a few months after our trip, we ran into Carol on a dog walk. My dog spotted her from across a busy road and started crying and whining and trying to get to her to say hello. When we finally got to her, she was so happy to see her friend she couldn't stop jumping on her and licking her. You're definitely in good hands with Prairie Path!!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Abraham M.
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Chris and Diane are excellent dog trainers. They are truly committed to helping an owner reach their dog training goals. I highly recommend using them for dog training services!

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kirsty R.
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Chris is always so attentive to our pup and very communicative with us which we really appreciate. He is flexible, helpful, and very professional, all things that we value highly. He has great tips when we ask for them and is always willing to go above and beyond. Thanks as always Chris!

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I love animals, and I have owned dogs my whole life. I would be happy to walk your dog in any kind of weather.

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I can train your dog to be obedient. I also walk dogs during my spare time. This a job I enjoy doing.

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Dog walking services are provided locally. A 30-minute walk costs $10 for one dog. The second dog is free, as long as it will walk well with the first dog. My hours are from 5 A.M. to 7 P.M. I will walk dogs earlier or later for an additional charge. There is no additional fee for holidays. I have my own transportation. I am a nonsmoker.

  • 3 years in business
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I've been around many dog walkers and the thing I've notice is the lack of interest in the dog they are walking. I don't walk while texting, talking on the phone, listening to music... I give the dog all of my attention because they deserve it! I always stop and give them love so that they know I am here taking in the fresh air as well.

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We walk your dog when you are lazy. We have been around for two years now. Our motto is, "We walk your dogs till they can't wake any more".

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I love animals!

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I love dogs. I grew up with dogs. I love to walk with the dogs and play with them. Your dog will be treated just like you want them to be treated. My job is to make the customer happy.

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I am a high school student who has a lot of experience in taking care of dogs. I have taken care of friends' dogs while they are on vacation countless times. I am also an animal lover and I have my own dog.

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I take care of dogs for local pet owners. I will walk, play with, and feed your dog while you're at work or out of town.

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I am willing to work part-time and will work my schedule around yours. I enjoy all pets; I personally have two fur babies. I am fun, loving, caring, and interacts well with all pets. I am a dog walker, sitter, and caretaker.

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I love all kinds of dogs. I enjoy walking dogs, playing with them and feeding them. I had 6 dogs before, and they were trained!

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I clean homes, apartments, and offices. I am also available for light errands, party prep and dog walking/pet care.

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My prices are negotiable and I'm able to customize my route to make the dog feel comfortable

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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Need a Dog Trainer

Kalamazoo, MI

  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Details
    She is very shy, almost skiddiah around people she doesn't know.
  • $135
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer

Kalamazoo, MI

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    3+ years
  • Dog size(s)
    Large (46-70 lbs)
  • Details
    Dog has basic obedience skills but listens inconsistently. Owners are concerned about aggressive behaviors. Dog will growl and wag his tail at the same time when seeing strangers. Has begun resource guarding (only with other dogs- not humans) and unwilling to meet new people but friendly and well behaved with people he knows already.
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