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Valparaiso 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.

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

Awesome Pet Service
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Meg G.
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I had a great experience with Awesome Pet Service! They were very reliable and conscientious, always taking good care of my dog, Pepper. They walked Pepper everyday and also kept her when I would go out of town. I was disappointed when I moved away and could no longer use them. I highly recommend them!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Patti B.
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I can say that our experience with Susan caring for our little Ginger (adopted pooch of 2 years), was truly awesome! From the first meet & greet there was a "love connection". Clearly Susan has a love for dogs as though they were her own. When I returned home from my trip after Susan cared for Ginger, it was quite obvious that she was well cared for and exercised properly. Each time Susan has helped us out while away, Ginger walks around the house looking for Susan once she leaves and whines a little as if she's lost her buddy. I would recommend Susan as a reliable and super friendly dog walker/pet sitter!!

Lindsey's Dog Walking
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Amy W.
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Lindsey has become my regular dog walker and I plan to use her for overnights as well. She is always sweet, professional and just loves my dogs. And, they adore her! I highly recommend Lindsey.

Maria E.
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It is obvious that Alec is an animal lover. Conscientious, kind and respectful of the owners and their pets.

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You should hire me because I'm young, so of course I'm energetic and active. I love pets. My business would be great because I have no problem walking dogs.

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Dog boarding school can be an effective way to train certain dogs, especially when there are extenuating circumstances, such as an owner who will be traveling when there is some sort of disruption going on at home. I offer intensive, loving, one-on-one training in my home, where your dog's educational experiences correlate with the life he or she will be returning to. Staying in my home with our loving, training-experienced family reduces your dog's anxiety and loneliness, while improving dog obedience, behavior, and manners. Your dog will learn self-control in behavior areas, such as jumping, chewing, digging, play-biting, barking, destructiveness, anti-social behavior, fearfulness, phobias, aggression, inappropriate elimination, and more. Your dog will also learn some new tricks in the form of willing responses to your cues! Asking your dog to sit, down, come, wait, stay, follow, go to a bed, and more when prompted -- and getting consistent results without bribes, punishment, or repetition -- will show you the joy and "new leash on life" my unique kind of positive reinforcement-based training can provide!

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I have been dog walking for over 6 years. I love dogs! I am a lifelong dog owner as well. I started with my friends' two puppies, and that leads to me, thru word of mouth and also Sitter City, getting for more "customers" (dogs). I also wanted to be available for my son and his school, after-school activities, etc. So it all works out. I enjoy taking care of dogs, and I love my job.

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I love any furry pet like it were my own. I am looking to expand my company with more furry friends, even if it's overnight or day care. Also, long and fun walk is a must!

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I live in Chicago and do not mind traveling to locations for pet care. I love animals especially dogs and have not yet found a dog that does not like me. I am free to walk or dog sit from 10 in the morning to about four in the afternoon, Monday to Friday.

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This is a professional dog walking service. I will also feed the dog and provide playful enrichment for the pet.

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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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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 am a dog lover and a true believer in the value of proper pet diet and exercise. I treat all animals as if they are my own, and I strive to build great relationships with my clients and their pets. I work on mornings, and I will often bring my own pup, George along!

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I'll make sure your dog is walked, and I take care of what he/she has to do. Feel free to give me a call anytime.

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We specialize in obedience training using positive reinforcement as well as theory based on scientific fact, mainly in the field of animal learning.

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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 provide housecleaning, house-sitting, dog sitting, dog walking and dog grooming services with unlimited time.

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Found Chicago Boarding & Training Center aims to serve dogs that fall anywhere on the behavior spectrum. From basic obedience to aggressive behavior, Found Chicago trainers are able to collaborate with owners to determine training methods that will both benefit the dog and fit the owner's lifestyle. Through group training classes and one-on-one boot camps, we are able to prepare dog owners to encounter real world situations.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Dog Trainer

Kalamazoo, MI

  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size(s)
    Large (46-70 lbs)
  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Details
    He needs to bark and be protective.he don't bark at people

Need a Dog Trainer

Kalamazoo, MI

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 0-6 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Large (46-70 lbs)
  • Details
    barking scared/timid she's a lab and doesn't fetch!
  • $100
    Average price
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