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Leawood Animal Behaviorists

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  • 32 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Willa M.
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Really happy with our experience with Earl. He is knowledgeable, professional, matter-of-fact, and friendly. Didn't upsell, gave us the information we needed to make an immediate change in our dog's behavior. Super happy!

CinnaSits!! Play&Poo4U
from 35 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer W.
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Cindy is the sweetest, most kind, fun loving animal/house sitter!! She does exactly what you ask of her, and much more! She even washed the bedding she used before we got home from a four day trip! She fed and watered my horses, and spent a lot of time out petting them and giving them treats until my friend came to let them out and do their stalls. My dogs are definitely under her spell!! I have four big dogs that can be a little overly happy. But, Cindy did what my pit bull asked of her every minute. She loves all animals as much as I do, and I would never use another sitter! We even work our plans around when she can come stay! She's funny, happy, and it showed when we got home. The animals were all calm and happy, as if we'd never left!!! I don't trust many people to care for my animals as I know they can be a busy handful!! But, she is willing to fit in to their schedules, she doesn't expect them to change for her being there. If you need a trustworthy, fun, animal loving person to help you take the trip you haven't been able to take, or help in a small crisis, Cindy is always who I'll use, and so should you!!!

Melissa's Menagerie LLC
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Annette B.
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Melissa is not only a professional pet sitter, but a caring and compassionate pet sitter. She is a also an animal advocate and foster parent to a variety of animals, and I highly recommend her services.

  • 17 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Amber H.
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We have been using the dog walking and sitting services for over 2 years. We are very happy with the care our dogs receive. When we come home from vacation and the dogs are dropped off, they are well cared for and in good health. They get very excited to leave on vacation when we do as well and Like Summor and Shawn a lot. When our dogs have had health issues, we are always updated. Our one dog is loving, but dumb and eats a lot of non-food items. Summor, Shawn, and their staff always let us know when she has had any suspicious ingestions or colorful stools. Our Dog Duke got a cut right before we left for vacation. Summor took him to our vet when it started to look infected and got the care he needed. They are prompt with online billing invoices, quotes, etc. I have no complaints and only praise for their service and am a very happy customer!

  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Leesa S.
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She did an amazing job on my cat that was really matted! Very kind and coukd tell her love for animals! I’ll be back! ☺️😻

Terry's Grooming
from 15 reviews
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Maryann B.
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Very professional, friendly and my cat loved it. Terry has a unique gift for working with cats. Absolutely no bad behavior from my cat that I had expected. Went smooth as silk.

Pets Are Grand
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Mark J.
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Kati Farney treats the dogs she takes care of as if they were her own. She does not view this as a routine - she truly loves the animals she cares for and it shows!

Sit, Down, and Stay Awile
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Troy B.
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Thanks Lea. This was a great experience for me. Great tips and techniques on how to train my dog as well as how to understand my dogs breed specific behavior. Lea is more than a dog trainer, she's a dog expert. I wanted someone to teach me how to best teach my dog and that's what I got. Very reasonable price for that kind of experience. Thanks again, Lea.

Turn Around Dogs LLC
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen C.
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professional people with great dog instincts. They are experienced and able to work with any dog. I have seen them take the time and patience to get an aggressive dog to a positive outcome. I would trust them with my dogs. Highly recommend.

K9 Diversity
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Alice P.
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Very professional and courteous trainer. Not only Angela understands dogs, she can also explain the processes to humans in a way that we get it. Thanks to Angela, I understand my dog's behavior and reactions better. She is a strong proponent of positive training methods. I would recommend Angela in a heartbeat.

Dog Training by Regan Dunn
from 6 reviews
    Robin B.
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    Ragan has done such a great job helping us with training and socializing our Aussies that we signed up a second Aussie pup. We have also continued to take additional classes with both Aussies. Ragan has a love and passion for animals and is extremely knowledgeable in training. Ragans teaching style makes it very easy for the dogs and owners to learn pick up on the lessons . During her classes she makes it a point to help with individual needs as well as a main lesson. Throwing in and teaching a few tricks just for the fun of it, adding to the enjoyment for all!

    Cathy Elliott
    from 2 reviews
      Connie S.
      Verified review

      Cathy has taken care of our rat terrier Hossy on several occasions when we went out of town. She came to our home to feed him, give him fresh water and spend time with him. We felt very comfortable leaving him in Cathy's care. She loves animals, and I'm sure Hossy has really enjoyed all the attention Cathy gave him.

      K&N Pet Sitting
      from 2 reviews
      • 2 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Shelbie S.
      Verified review

      I can't say enough good things about mother-daughter team Kristen and Natalie. It's obvious that they're doing this because they love being with animals. The first day I was gone they sent me a video of Natalie playing with my dog which I absolutely loved! I have never felt more comfortable with any dog sitter I have hired in the past. I knew that I could trust these two in my home and with my much beloved dogs. Kristen is professional, super friendly, and always responds quickly to messages. I have zero complaints and will use K&N Pet Sitting any time I need a sitter in the future!

      • 3 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Windy J.
      Verified review

      Laurie cat-sat our small clan of ferals while we were on vacation. She came out for a free consultation, was on time, very knowledgeable & comfortable with the animals & even brought them a little treat. While we were gone, we got daily text updates, she refilled our bird feeders, got our mail, watered my son's tomato plant & even brought the ferals more treats (at no additional cost!).. It was such a relief to have Laurie looking out for our little clan. We'll definitely use her services again & highly recommend her.

      Purfect Paws Pet Sitting
      from 1 review
        Alex E.
        Verified review

        Diana did a great job dog sitting our boys. We were very surprised when we came home after a long weekend with the family and noticed that she hand wrote all of the daily activities that she did with our babies. You can definitely tell that she cares very strongly about animals, hence her current profession! Thanks Diana for the great care :)


        one on one with your pets no huge groups cageless daycare and boarding all day small play groups outside walks 4 times daily


        Cause I care


        I am working a part-time job currently as a nanny for the summer. Animals have always been my biggest passion in life which is why I am looking into becoming a groomer. I am willing to provide occasional care for most types of animals, including walking dogs. I am not afraid of big dogs either!


        I Dont know if it will I love animals and I get along great with people I am open to try new things s if u need any help I'm here for you.


        I offer obedience training as well as behavior modification and rehabilitation training. I am happy to accept "hard cases."


        I provide pet sitting, dog walking, and whatever needed to care for your pets. I am married with two children and five animal children. I have two dogs (Ripley, a Boxer, and Dexter, a German Shepherd) and three cats that are all rescued (Chewey, Catalina and Harley).

        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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