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Gretna Animal Behaviorists

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Top Pro
from 45 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Trish M.
Verified review

Jen was absolutely amazing! I had no experience with hiring a dog trainer who is experienced in animal behavior so my husband and myself knew this was a risk. She came over to our house and within the first hour, had pointed out several things about our two dogs and the one we also just rescued. She had the dogs all together in the house and in the back yard. We learned so much from her visit! We want her to come back again and be around them more! I would definitely recommend her and have asked for her business cards so I can spread the word!!!!! Far exceeded our expectations.

  • 10 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Cynthia C.
Verified review

Ted has trained two of my rescued British Labs. Both had behavioral issues difficult to deal with. After only two weeks with Ted the issues were significantly less. Ongoing trainging has resulted in happier more self confident dogs and a much happier owner! I would highly recommend Ted to help with any behavior issues or for any obedience training. A well trained dog makes for a better pet and happier household.

from 9 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kristina T.
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Our experience with K9 Citizens Club is ongoing and has been the most well rounded training I have ever experienced. It is true that prevention is the best medicine. Getting started early with our goldendoodle has been the key to preventing unwanted behaviors for our pet AND ourselves as pet owners. We can take our pet anywhere with the confidence that she will have manners. K9 Citizens Club has trained our son's service dog. She is now certified. My son who is adhd and high functioning autistic knows exactly how to handle her because of the patient and caring way Marcus @K9 Citizens trained them. Marcus even helped us understand and help our older pets have better manners and be comfortable with the arrival of my son's service dog. You will be pleased with all services from K9 Citizens Club. Set up your appointment today, it's worth your time and will be the best money you've ever spent!

Substitute for You
from 7 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michelle & Reid Z.
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We've known Cambre since she was a vet tech at Audubon Veterinary Hospital and she provided immaculate service & care to not only our felines, but every animal that crossed her path. She became our pet sitter immediately upon opening this business. How awesome that our bebe`s do not have to go through what used to be a traumatic boarding experience, but get personal visits, playtime & provision from such a loving and lovely person! She cared for Billie Holiday & Francis Poulenc until their passing (at 11 & 12 years of age). She cared for Bootsie until her recent passing at age 18+. We have continued joy and peace of mind that she cares for our newest additions to the family, Josephine & Theodora Louise! We are smitten with them and we're all smitten with Cambre! With much appreciation & gratitude - Love you!

Sparklepup Critter Care
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Felipe M.
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Denise is the best I've met at managing dogs with challenging and anxious temperaments. She's clearly a deeply authentic dog lover. I bet her own animal companions eat better than I do.

All Four On The Floor
from 5 reviews
    Kathleen C.
    Verified review

    I was very excited to rescue my first dog. I was also very surprised at how unprepared I was to train and take care of my new pup! Thankfully I was given Tiffany's information and was able to easily schedule a training session with her! Duke is doing so much better and I look forward to more sessions with Tiffany.

    Fluffy and Spike
    from 5 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Erin C.
    Verified review

    Stacey impressed me from the start! She has a high level of integrity and a natural way with animals. She is honest, intelligent, caring and professional, which immediately allowed me to trust her. She comes prepared with a packet which included a number of pertinent questions regarding the needs of my kitties and myself. She is beyond organized which I love. An organized pet sitter truly a beautiful thing. Stacey is insured and bonded as well as Red Cross certified which speaks volumes. Not only does she have her own pets to whom she is devoted, she also volunteers at the LA-SPCA, opening her heart and home to foster animals. We have three male cats; Allie, Tim-Tim and Sammy with totally different personalities. Prior to meeting with Stacey, while chatting on the phone, I mentioned that our cat Allie has Pica and is highly anxious. Pica, is a disorder that causes my cat to chew and swallow non edible materials such as garbage bag ties, dental floss, string, ribbons, etc. It is a very scary disorder and Stacey was familiar with it. Stacey, asked apt questions regarding Allie’s behavior and what he inappropriately chews and/or eats. On one of our trips, I suddenly thought I had left dental floss on the kitchen table. Stacey immediately checked and verified that I had not left anything out, alleviating my worry. Allie is such an anxious kitty that he only allows myself and my husband near. It was truly amazing to see that after 4 days, Allie allowed Stacey near. She sent the pictures as the proof! She watered my out door plants, collected our mail and newspaper daily. We received a "final notice" informing us of a parcel that needed to be picked up at the post office. Stacey was so sweet she offered to pick it up. She also helped me with selecting the right food for Sammy who needed to lose a little weight. She suggested switching Sammy to grain free cat food and voila, he is losing weight! In addition, I consulted with my Veterinarian regarding Sammy’s diet and he supported the diet change. Last but not least is Tim-Tim, my totally lovable and trusting cat who Stacey confirmed was the most approachable of my kitties. However, Stacey spent time loving, playing and caring for ALL of our babies. Every day she sent me amazing, frame-ready photographs and informative texts which I totally loved! She was a real God send! Stacey really understands animals on a level that I've never seen in anyone. You could seriously compare her to a dog/cat whisper. She gave me certain advice and information with regards to understanding our pets and how they think. Stacey is really born to care for animals! She came into our home and surpassed all of our expectations. She took care of everything! There is NOTHING like knowing your babies are being taken care of by someone who loves animals and has such a good heart, as Stacey does. Anyone who hires her will love her to pieces and know that they are leaving their babies in the BEST hands! Sincerely, Erin C.

    Guardian Pet Services
    from 2 reviews
    • 6 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Larissa W.
    Verified review

    Mel is a very caring, considerate and competent guardian of animals of all kinds. She has decades of experience with her own pets and a love for animals that ensures she always has their wellbeing at heart. I have come to know her as empathetic and kind, and can wholeheartedly recommend her.

    Katie Hemingway
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Manisha S.
    Verified review

    Katie has been babysitting for our kids for the past four years. She is punctual, responsible, energetic and friendly. Our dog also adores her and enthusiastically greets her at the door whenever she arrives. She is great with him and also very patient as he is a rescue dog. It is clear that she has way with animals.

    My southern bubbles
    from 2 reviews
      Bryan L.
      Verified review

      She takes care of my big bully dog and he loves when he goes to her. Very easy to work with and amazing with animals. She really knows her stuff and gives me advice on medically for my baby as well.

      landMARK animals, inc.
      from 1 review
      • 2 years in business
      Rebecca H.
      Verified review

      Mark helped to care for our dog that had diabetes and other health problems. He did an excellent job giving him his insulin shots and loving on him! He is honest, knowledgeable and truly caring! Thanks Mark!!


      I will sit for or walk any of God's creations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you want dependability, I'm the one.


      Akc Standard grooming for Cats & Dogs. Avian wing and nail clips also available. Veteran owned and operated. 20 years in grooming and animal rescue.


      My service stands out because I love animals more then anyone can and I feel like I can be trusted The animals make me love the job and I also love the care taking of them is so amazing because it helps me learn responsibley


      I love animals, and I am comfortable with any size and type of dog. I have watched up to five dogs at one time. I also work with cats.


      I always had animals growing up, mostly dogs. I love all animals, especially dogs. I currently own a pit bull terrier.


      I love working with all animals and have worked with 100 dogs in the past. I am SPCA certified in animal CPR and first aid and have worked beside many animal trainers.


      All Star Animal Clinic has a full-service grooming salon, under the direction of Courtney Brown. We are available for your pets' needs. We accept dogs of all breeds. All animals must be up-to-date on their vaccines; of course, we can catch them up if necessary.


      I will be happy to walk, feed and water your animals. I can also bring them to a dog park if allowed. I will be glad to play with them for a period of time. I love animals and have had dogs all my life.


      I am an animal enthusiast and appreciator from Massachusetts, now living in New Orleans, LA. My love for animals began from a young age with family pets and only blossomed from there with my connection to all animals I've met. I am a dedicated member of the ASPCA and have developed the knowledge and awareness necessary to provide care and comfort to dogs, cats and other animals. Having volunteered at a variety of dog and cat shelters, I know the fun (walking, socializing, and feeding) and understand the not so fun but necessary aspects of caring for animals (cleaning). Let me help exercise, feed, clean after and be present with the animals you know and love when your busy schedule is at its peak.


      I treat animals as if they were mine. I believe that animals are just like people. They deserve the love and care just like our children.

      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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