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  • 32 years in business
  • 196 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 33 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
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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
CW C.
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We were helped with an overly scared puppy. They did a great job with training ideas for us.

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!

Show Me K9 Dog Training
4.4
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Gerardo L.
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Jeff did a great job training my dog and training me. Excellent results, Highly recommend.

K9 Diversity
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Kristen A.
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We reached out to Angela to help us with our reactive lab mix. After our sessions with her we were amazed at how much we learned and we had a much better behaved dog. We strongly recommed her to anyone who is looking for obedience training or even one of her pet sitting services.

Alexis Conchola
4.5
from 2 reviews
    Melanie C.
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    Basic obedience & simple tricks taught to an older dog who exhibited high anxiety levels.

    Signature Canine Training
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Kenneth L.
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      I have a black lab mix name Missy and she is not the best behaved dog outside of our house. We have issues with her pulling while she walks and also with aggression towards other dogs. Missy has started to work with Mike. Missy immediately showed improvement by not pulling and letting me lead the walk. He has also given me tips for walking Missy which have worked great including having her sit before crossing the street and getting her to lay down when other dogs approach. Additionally Mike has brought Missy to interact with his dogs as a start and she has shown no aggression towards them. I am not saying everything is solved, but Missy is off to a great start thanks to Mike!!!

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      My business targets mainly cats and dogs to be well trained to your benefit of how you want them to be trained.

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      With proven methods of behavior modification and training, your dog will learn that the behavior you want is the behavior she wants. We'll go beyond the do's and don'ts. You'll build a lasting, mutual respect with your pup.

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      I live in clean homes. I was trained by my brother as far as basically training hunting dogs of any type, but not pit bulls and German shepherds.

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      I listen to what my clients want and respect what they want. I focus on what im doing and give my all.

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      42 YEARS EXPERIENCE, GRADUATE OF THE POLICE DOG SCHOOL IN GERMANY, POLICE DOG JUDGE, CERTIFICATION AVAILABLE, P.T.S.D. DOGS AND TRAINING , obedience and behavior issues, personal protection dogs.

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      We offer a variety of services including pet sitting in your home, boarding, dog walking, home services and dog training.

      • 12 years in business
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      I have a service dog that I trained and I would like to help people train their own dogs and train service dogs for them or help them train their own service dog.

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      We offer in-your-home private lessons in the Greater KC Metro area. We train your dog where you need them to listen - at home! We are certified dog trainers with 5+ years of experience. We cover basic obedience (sit, come, down, etc.) and basic problem solving (nipping, potty issues, barking, leash pulling, etc). We work on what you need your dog to do! Positive Reinforcement techniques are preferred, but not exclusive; ask us about our techniques! Clicker training is offered as well. Trainer Kellie Sadler excels at personalizing her work, her sensitivity to you and your dog, and offers email or phone support for the life of your dog(s).

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      I provide training of dogs in basic and some advance classes. I teach owners about the bad things we must not teach our or your dogs.

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      I train dogs. I compete in rally, obedience and agility. I also work with dogs with aggression and behavioral issues.

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      I offer positive dog training classes. I also do pet setting. I will come in while you are working or taking a vacation. I will come in and feed your pets and play and walk your dog.

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      Too Sweet provides a personal and positive experience which brings owners and their dogs closer together through a force-free training plan in the comfort of your own home.

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