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  • 32 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
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Kari B.
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I have a dog who is an extremely rare breed of dog. She is a German Pinscher (not to be confused with the min pin). She has an extremely strong personality, everything she does, she gives it her all. She is a very loving and loyal dog; however, she has some issues with strangers and territorial aggression. She would not let anyone else into our home, even our friends. In our ignorance, we were trying to socialize her and keep her around when people came into our home so that she would get used to it. For this reason, we have many friends who are now terrified of her, and for good reason. It killed me to have my friends talk about how vicious my dog was and how we should not allow her around my son. I really did not want to have to re-home her or put her down, because I know for a fact that Zoe would fight to the death before she let anyone hurt me or my family. She would never bite anyone in our family, or even growl at us. She is so very loyal, and these types of dogs only have one true owner. So I know that even if I did re-home her instead of putting her down, all I would be able to think about was how she would never be the same, and neither would we. She is a member of the family. We have had many, many trainers work with her, and they all had different theories. Many told us that she would never really be safe to have around other people. I can't describe how exhausting it was to think about being on edge for the rest of her life. In effect, owning Zoe was controlling our lives. Earl was very helpful for multiple reasons, but two really stand out. The first is that he knew of Zoe's breed, and had seen her breed in action before. So the first thing he told me was that, she was not doing anything abnormal for her breed. She is a strong dog, and her breed is naturally wary of strangers and are said to be excellent watch dogs (though not many progress to the guard dog stage that Zoe thought she was at). This made me feel better because even though he saw her aggression first hand, he did not think she was vicious or bad. Earl has extensive experience with working dogs, like Zoe, and with extremely aggressive and dominant dogs. There really are not many trainers out there who truly are qualified to work with aggressive dogs, and Zoe most definitely had not been responding to the 'tree hugging' version of training that is so popular now. For most dogs, that may work fine, but Zoe had progressed to biting and needed specialized training, not out of the box training. The other thing that really helped that Earl did was explain the theory of dominance and pack structure in a way that I could understand. Of course, with a dog like Zoe, I had read a lot of material on being a pack leader and watched every Caesar Milan episode he has made, but it seemed like a lot of it was just mean, to me. Earl explained why a dog needs to know where s/he stands in the pack and that it is not all about asserting yourself in a violent way. There are many subtle and easy things that you can do to establish your rank in the house and we were doing them wrong. Things like letting her have free reign of the house instead of making that an earned reward, and allowing her on the furniture and to sleep on our bed. Just beginning to change these simple things I have seen a huge improvement with Zoe. She used to be kind of a spaz, and we thought that was just her being weird, but really it was her not knowing her place and being confused. Sometimes we were dominant, others we weren't, and we were not being consistent. Now, she is calm all the time! She has had NO problem not sleeping with us anymore (and it is fantastic to have our bed back) and she spends a lot of her time calm and sleeping in her area. She gets to go out and play when I decide, and that has been more than enough for her. I thought it was mean to keep a dog confined, that they needed the stimulation, but I can already see how much calmer and happier she is, just after a few days! We still have a lot more work to do, but I can see that Earl's approach really works and is making her happier, not making her feel unwanted. There is much, much more that we were doing wrong, but the long and short of it was that we were treating her like a person, not a dog. And with some dogs, that may never pose a problem, but with a working dog like Zoe, it definitely did. She didn't have a place, she didn't have a job, so she took on a job of her own, protecting the house. Now, it is my responsibility to take on that job and let her know she does not need to handle it. Finally, another thing that really helped me, was the amount of material that Earl gave me to peruse. I am the kind of person who likes to learn as much as I can about an approach so that I can really do it right, and Earl was able to provide that for me. I now have so many things to work on, I will have to make myself an objectives list to be sure that I touch on all the issues. The other good thing about all the reading material is that it is hard for a trainer to really see all of your dogs issues in just an hour or two, or even after a month of working with them. I live with Zoe and see all the things that she does. There were many things that she was doing to assert herself as dominant that I never realized were an issue. So now I know even more that I need to correct than what Earl saw. He, of course, saw how she reacted to strangers, but I was able to see how she was asserting herself with me. I thought she knew I was alpha because she was obedient and would listen to me (except when she didn't). She had decided that she would listen when she wanted, but that she got to decide when to obey and when not to. That is why I had so little control over her when people came to our door. All of this I got from only two days working with Earl. I appreciate all his help so far, and I intend to gain off leash control/obedience from Zoe, so watch for my call Earl! You will be hearing from me! I could write more, but I'm sure no one is interested in the life and times of Zoe; however, I think that the most important thing we will gain from this experience is MY confidence. A lot of trainers talk about the dog gaining confidence, but for me I needed to be confident of my place and ability to control Zoe. She didn't trust me to handle the situation, so she took charge. That will be changing now. Thanks again, Earl!

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Manners PUPlease
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chad C.
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Melissa is AWESOME! We brought home a brand new puppy, that spent 3 weeks with her first, and our new puppy knows how to sit, stay, not chew on things she shouldn't, and goes to the door when she needs to potty. She sent us updates with her progress, and posted many videos on her Facebook page for us to check out. Excellent communication with Melissa! We would highly recommend her to anyone looking for puppy and/or dog training! Thank you soooo much Melissa! Chad and Jennifer Cross

Turn Around Dogs LLC
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
David H.
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I sent out the request to find a dog trainer and I received a quick response from the Turn Around Dogs. I'll have a follow up review after they come to my place and do the consultation.

Sit, Down, and Stay Awile
4.6
from 14 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.

Salt River Ranch
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Kayla A.
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Zana was professional and thorough with her recommendations when it came to my dogs training. She took the time to make sure I was comfortable with beginning the training on my own. It is obvious Zana has a passion for what she does. I highly recommend Zana for your dog training needs!

For The Dogs Training
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie S.
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Maris is an incredibly knowledgable and experienced trainer and breeder, whose work can only be characterized by her deep understanding of a canines own true nature and therefore lack of certain human qualities that we all as dog owners tend to believe our animals posses. She is forthright in her ability to discern between a behavioral problem that begets modification, and the unfortunate genetic problems typical dog owners find more difficult to understand. This ability has allowed her to bring hope back in the homes of families who have found themselves feeling distressed and helpless, particularly when the costs of typical behavioral modification and training may be a deal breaker. We adopted a shelter dog who was severely abused, and suffered from extreme anxiety and fear, specifically of the male gender. It was recommended by our vet that we consider euthanasia, as the safety of my children and anyone who came into the home was of primary importance. As a dog lover who has only raised wonderful family dogs from young puppies, I felt helpless when I realized that this poor damaged young pup we had made a part of our family, was indeed troubled and that his escalating behavior was putting serious strain on not only our family, but the other two great dogs we already raised. Giving up was never an option, the pup had clearly chose my young son at adoption, so I immediately began searching for help with behavior modification both online and through the vet. After speaking with several trainers and one dog psychologist over the phone, it became clear that our family would never be able to afford the help our dog so desperately needed. I finally searched specifically for "dog behavior modification Kansas" online, and found Maris's website. She had a wealth of information and educational materials that not only gave me hope, but proved to me that as a trainer, she truly knew what she was doing. When we spoke in the phone, I explained to her what a serious situation we were in with Sam, and that the vet suggested euthanasia. She immediately calmed my fears and offered to come over and evaluate Sam. Maris never promised that he would be a good candidate, nor that only a session or two would would magically fix the problem, but she did promise to give us her honest opinion at a price my family could afford. After our evaluation, it was clear she could work with Sam, and at the same time train us as a family in how to make things work by being his leaders. There was no time limit on our visits, she didn't charge by the hour, and was in no hurry to rush through a session in order to get to another clients home. After three months of weekly visits, Sam had gone from a fearful broken dog, to a dog that clearly wanted to work to please us. I could not, and would not recommend any other trainer but Maris to anyone. Not only is Maris wonderful at what she does, but she offers her clients a type of affordable personalized service that no other trainer can. There is nothing Maris could ever possibly do better for families, she is simply amazing.

Clever Canine
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jason B.
Verified review

Maureen is awesome. She is great with my retriever and we've seen so much progress in a very short time. She shows a real knack for training and love for dogs as well as an ability to help me as a dog owner. Thank you Maureen!

Show Me K9 Dog Training
4.4
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Desiree W.
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Jeff at Show Me K9 Dog Training has helped my dog go from pulling on walks, lunging and barking at dogs, etc. to walking without pulling, looking up and listening for direction, and now knows come, sit, off, wait, heel, and place after only two lessons. Jeff is always willing to answer questions in between sessions at any time of day, gives great directions for me during the week, and very helpful feedback on our progress during lessons. Feels good to throw away the harness and relax on walks with my Buddha! I HIGHLY recommend Show Me K9 Dog Training!

K9 Diversity
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Mark S.
Verified review

Angela has a very high level of knowledge in both dog behavior and dog training. She was always on time for each appointment and was willing to stay a little late to make sure I understood each facet of the training. You can tell she loves dogs and loves helping people train their dog. She would always return my call when I had questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone serious about training their dog.

Dog Training by Regan Dunn
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Emily F.
    Verified review

    Regan did such a great job with my mini Australian Shepard, Rocco. She had a vast knowledge and was able to use a wide range of techniques in teaching my puppy. Regan was also able to understand Rocco and know when to keep pushing and when to take it easy. Not only was Rocco able to learn in this class I also was able to learn so much about training and my dog. I look forward to taking more lessons from Regan in the future and would recommend her to anyone!

    Sit Now Stay Dog Training
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Jeff E.
    Verified review

    Brianne is delightful. It was a pleasure meeting her and we look forward to a wonderful experience choosing Brianne to train our new Gordon Setter puppy. She is a very confident, knowledgeable, experienced dog trainer. It is rare that I would give such a glowing review based on one meeting!

    Zen Dog Kansas City
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Jenny K.
      Verified review

      When I first got my puppy, I was in over my head! Regan was able to train my dog using only gentle techniques and show me how to continue the training myself. I cannot say enough about how much Regan helped me and my dog form an even closer bond with my pet. Highly recommended!

      Behave Dog Training
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 8 years in business
      • 3 hires on Thumbtack
      Perry T.
      Verified review

      Tammie is an excellent dog trainer. She trained my service dog in basic and advanced commands.

      Susan J. Thompson

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        About

        Susan J has had a passion for animals since childhood with a special enthusiasm for canines. Every dog she has had has completed obedience class, one winning first place in the class finale trick contest. Susan is familiar with canine health, basic nutrition, and the importance of exercise in a dog's life.

        Daiger Dog Training, LLC

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        • 1 hire on Thumbtack
        About

        Daiger Dog Training specializes in training family friendly dogs for basic obedience and to resolve behavioral issues such as chewing, barking, pulling on leash, housetraining, digging, jumping, nipping, running away, etc. Skip and Kay's involvement with the foster program at Wayside Waifs has also provided them extensive experience with fearful, shy, as well as aggressive dogs. The mission of Daiger Dog Training, LLC is to provide you with the highest quality training and education in order to enhance and build the human and canine bond.

        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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