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The Dog Thinks What?
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Terri Z.
Verified review

I'd like to preface this review with an apology to the reader. It’s a bit long. I strongly believe that if you are going to trust someone with a member of your family, you have to arm yourself with as much information as possible in order to choose the RIGHT trainer :-) Carrie is an amazing dog behaviorist! My bratty 3 yr old pitbull (Anabel) spent 14 days in her home as a board & train. I was fairly nervous about sending my beloved dog to a stranger for 2 weeks, but from the moment that I met Carrie I was completely at ease and trusted that she would take good care of Anabel. Needless to say, she did not disappoint. I was so impressed with her results that I purchased a package of 4 in-home sessions to help with my old Spaniel. Both purchases were worth every penny & I'd use her again in a hearbeat. Her prices are way beyond reasonable, especially considering how experty she is ;-) During the board & train I was getting daily communication on Anabel's progress as well as her general mood. This was a godsend, because if you're anything like me, 14 days away from your baby is torture! Carrie sent me daily texts, pics & even videos. The before & after video she made was crazy amazing! Anabel came home with her same goofy personality, but now she was OBEDIENT! Super cool :-) For our in-my-home sessions, not only did she work with my dogs, but she trained me as well. Carrie gave me the information & tools I needed to be an effective pack leader. She is an absolute wealth of knowledge on dog behaviors, their thought processes & how the human pack leader can use this information to have happy & healthy dogs. Her schedule is extremely flexible & she always figured out a way to work with my fairly rigid work hours. Also, these sessions never felt rushed. She took her time to explain things to me (often more than once) and never gave me the sense that she was "on the clock", like, "ok, your hour is up." If we were working on a new challenge, she made sure we finished the lesson & that my endless questions were answered, even if time ran over. She's very chill like that. One of the best things about Carrie is that she is straight forward with you, but in a compassionate manner. You get no BS from her. As in, if you're doing something that is causing negative reactions in your dogs (which I was, unknowingly), she will give you constructive criticism & then teach you how to fix it without making you feel like a dummy! I can't say enough good things about this lady. It’s quite obvious that Carrie loves what she does as she is without a doubt BRILLIANT at it!!

ZenPet Behavioral Coaching
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Julie L.
Verified review

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

  • 24 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Stefanie M.
Verified review

Tami is wonderful to work with. She is great with animals, flexible, and responsive. She goes above and beyond to make sure her customers (and of course, their animals) have a positive experience. I highly recommend her!

  • 23 years in business
Sandra L.
Verified review

They do a great job grooming, my dog is deaf and he did very good with them. Thank you

Elaina Leaureaux
5.0
from 1 review
    Kyra V.
    Verified review

    Has had various jobs working in veterinary clinics. Great with dogs, and shows lots of love to her own.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Cristina G.
    Verified review

    My dog loves the Biscuits and the lessons were well taught and fun

    Gabby's Dog Training
    1.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I am a dog trainer. I do obedience classes off-leash training and also invisible fence training, e-collar training and leash training.

    About

    We will be your buddies' buddy while your gone. Animals are an integral part of our lives so we understand how hard it is to leave them. We will treat them like our own with love and attention.

    • 14 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    We train with the high standards of Akc Hunt testing and obedience as well as confirmation

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    I'm a jack-of-all-trades. You name it. I can probably do it. I specialize with children and pets. I work on care, sittings or training.

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    I am certified through the United States Department of Labor. I also earned and successfully completed pet care service tech program. I have worked with a variety of dogs, everything from a 7-pound toy poodle to an over 100-pound Great Dane. I use positive training methods and provide healthy structures.

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    If you need to go somewhere and you're scared to leave your animals at home, give me a call and I will take care of them feed them take them on walks all that fun stuff really hurting for money. So, I will watch any dog no matter the attitude.

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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.

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    I provide dog walking, does not matter how far or of the location preferred. I provide dog sitting and dog care and any service desired to provide for the quality care that provides good health and well being of the dog. I am a dog lover and have raised and cared for many dogs. I treat them as my own children.

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    I'm an excellent person who loves animals. I have two dogs of my own and grew up with cats. I walk dogs and pet sit any type of animal. I'm willing to work with any client if there is a special request or need.

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    We provide in-home canine and handler training based on trust.

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    Neika is able to provide easy dog training solutions for busy families, incorporating the whole family in the process based on skills and abilities. My mission is simple: to help you have a better relationship with your pet and to make your pet a positive asset to your family. I do this by using positive reinforcement, non-aversive training techniques, and teaching you and your dog a better way. There is no need for stressful corrections, physical punishment or barbaric equipment.

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    I am an animal lover. I have six dogs and two cats. I can walk, feed and play with your dog. Bring your dog to play and socialize with mine. I trained my 5-month old husky mix to sit, shake, sit pretty, high five, hug, kiss, speak and do piggyback rides. I have been around dogs my whole life. I treat them as members of my family. This is my first time doing this for anyone besides myself, so I will only be taking on two clients at a time because I want to do a great job for them and also continue to love my animals. So, contact me and let me know what you need, long or short term, we can agree on a price. Add fuel to travel to and from you. I can't wait to love your animal too.

    • 3 years in business
    About

    This is not a business. I am looking for a great job I love to do. I love dogs, so I will be interested in taking care of them. I walk dogs and babysit dogs.

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    I have been training dogs for 25yrs. I work with any breed and age. I know a variety of training techniques, but use Positive Reinforcement. I work with dogs from basic-advanced obedience, fear/aggression issues, & behavioral issues.

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    I do dog training in the natural dog training style. I also offer dog care for vacationers, with an emphasis on safety.

    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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