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Newton Dog Behavior Specialists

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  • 26 years in business
  • 274 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Cathy helped me take my dog from antisocial to social and playful!

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Hand 2 Paw Training
4.7
from 113 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 182 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kasey C.
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Jennifer is exactly what we needed. We had to surrender our dog due to aggressive behavior. From the first moment I contacted her I knew she would tell me the truth and do what needed to be done for everyone involved to have a happy life. She sat down with us an explained how we had gotten to the point, why she felt she could not help us train him and then held our hand through the entire process. What was awesome was when we sat down with her she listened heard our story asked us questions to really understand what we need from her, then gave her honest opinion. Her knowledge of the anxiety and behavior our dog was exhibiting was very helpful in our decision. I have talked with multiple trainers who said they could help or offered support and fell through or gave false hope. Jennifer is not that at all. She has checked in with me every day, answering any questions that I had. I felt like she was in my corner. I can not thank her enough for making sure not only I was okay but so was my dog. She is a trainer that will give you her best no matter what. It has been such a pleasure working with her during a very hard time in our lives!!!!!

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Training-U To Train Your Dog
4.8
from 106 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 217 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
John C.
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Excellent, very knowledgeable in dog behavior

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Gone to the Dogs
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 119 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Hannah G.
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Theresa's love for animals and patience is untouchable. She provided me with detailed notes and feedback from our sessions. I saw an incredible change in my dog's behavior and manners. I would strongly recommend Theresa. Even after my sessions were over, she has remained a resource.

Greystoke Farm, LLC
4.9
from 54 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Christa C.
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Lisa provided help with our 8 month old puppy with behavior training. She is a dog whisper. Our puppy is now super responsive to commands, this all after one week with Lisa. Lisa is kind and has a great reward based approach with training. Puppy is a breeze to walk, sits when we stop and stays put for almost 5 minutes now. He is consistently listening for commands verse making his own decisions. We are so impressed! If you are looking for confidence building in both your dog and yourself, Lisa is your trainer. She not only puts the time in with our puppy but takes time to make sure you know the commands, how to work consistently with them and follow through with each family member. In addition, Lisa has sent 2 follow up emails checking on his/our progress. Can't thank her enough!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 99 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Joanne A.
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After a move my mini Aussie puppy became fear aggressive. Amanda helped me to understand my puppy's behavior and mitigate it before it became a bigger issue. I loved the positive behavior techniques and my Maizy was quick to understand what we were asking of her! Would recommend her 💯!!

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The Pawsitive Experience
4.9
from 48 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 130 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Margaret S.
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My puppy Benny and I had a great experience with Sandy. She taught me many skills to use with Benny that shaped his positive behavior as a puppy. She was always available for advice via text and phone (about training and advice about raising a puppy). She is very professional and also very friendly. Her love for dogs shows in the work she does! I would highly recommend Sandy.

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For Dog's Sake!
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lucy P.
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We hired Rebecca to help us with our new boxer puppy and his behavioral issues. She taught us clicker training for reinforcement of positive behavior and negative punishment for addressing the behavioral issues. She arrived promptly for each training session and often sent helpful tips and videos after each session. She even helped us to find a group puppy class to help socialize him. We were glad to find her and recommend her for your individual puppy training needs.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Carolyn B.
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Michael is fantastic! Very laid back and understanding of my dogs behaviors. By the end of the first session, I felt very hopeful and much more relaxed. Looking forward to next weeks sessions!

Jezzie Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Viki P.
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Fantastic experience!! I noticed a difference in my dogs behavior almost immediately. Very flexible and easy to work with. Thank you Jess for being so wonderful.

  • 23 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Nadine N.
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Zippity Do Dog catered to both of my dogs separate needs (lab mix and am staff) and worked well to help us learn the proper way to train. Very professional and knowledgeable about multiple positive ways to modify behaviors of dogs undergoing training. Flexibile to scheduling and available to answer any questions we had between training sessions. We are very satisfied with Zippity Do Dog and intent on taking more training sessions in the future!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Joelle K.
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Michelle took the time to understand our dog, a Tibetan Terrier, and his specific issues. We worked with her in our home, on walks around our neighborhood, and in group settings. With her positive reinforcement techniques, we feel much more comfortable managing our dog's behavior--both inside and outside our house.

  • 22 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen K.
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Excellent is an understatement. This is more than just obedience training. It is insight to the dog/human relationship, from the dogs point of view. I didn't think I could change the behavior of my 4 1/2 year old dog, but I was mistaken. I just needed to stop doing all the wrong things. Don't go elsewhere just to realize you should have made Progressive Canine Dog Training and Behavioral Services your first stop!

JWPetCare
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Gael N.
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Jocelyn is helping me understand how my actions affect my dog's behavior, and the adjustments she has suggested are making a difference already.

Little Lyons Sitting & Care
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kate R.
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Katie dogsits for me when I go away on business trips or go into Boston for the weekend, and I could not recommend her more highly! She is caring and attentive to my dog; my dog gets so excited to see her. My dog is medium to high energy and Katie always tires her out. She is extremely knowledgable about dogs and dog behavior and has given me several tools to help keep my dog more mentally engaged and less stressed. Katie is punctual, she remembers all sorts of details about every dog, and she is my go-to whenever I need someone. Best dog sitter/walker in the Providence area!

The Wagging Leash
4.0
from 4 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Courtney W.
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Five stars Is not enough stars to rate Katie from the Wagging Leash!!!! Katie is truley blessed with a Gift when it comes To working with animals!! She is extremely talented And you do not have to give Your dog another thought while with Katie!! Katie was Truley a life saver when it came to our high energy year old lab Vegas! She treats each and every dog like her own and i sincerly mean that! We saw a HUGE difference in our dogs behavior after we hired Katie it is worth every penny!!! Keep up the GREAT work Katie we are forever grateful for what You have done and most of all Vegas absoultey loves spending time with you!!!

  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Dan R.
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Joe got right to the point on areas my dog needs for training. Demonstrated his skills in training and understanding of dog behavior.

I AM DOG
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Laura S.
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Bea has excellent knowledge and a great philosophy on positive reinforcement training. I first attended a puppy kindergarten class over 10 years ago with my puppy German Shepherd. I now am enjoying and continuing to learn about dog behavior and communication with my Shiloh Shepherd by private lessons and socialization classes. It has helped reinforce the bond between my dog and myself and honors my dog's intelligence and needs to learn. Bea is fantastic at her art as a dog behaviorist.

The Cooperative Dog
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Heather B.
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Vera has been incredibly helpful for my dog, Nala, and me. She tailors her sessions to the people and dogs in her class, so everyone is getting their issues and needs met. She's big on 'meeting you where you are at" and helping you understand your dog so you are able to meet them where they are at. When she gives you feedback and suggestions, she is sensitive in her approach and you end up feeling more confident in your ability to train and interact with your dog, rather than feeling like you're a complete failure. You definitely have to put in your fair share of work outside of classes, and she checks in with you to see how you're progressing, which helps hold you accountable. Since beginning our work with Vera, I have noticed that Nala is calmer and looks to me more often for guidance. She responds more quickly when I correct her as well. Nala and I have more work to do but Vera has helped us get the ball rolling in the right direction. I highly recommend Vera for dog owners who want to have a more cooperative dog!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Decoda A.
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I was nervous about bring my puppy Finn back to Boston after having a couple days of training in RI, but she helped me to feel more confident to take care of him and continue with training on my own for a few days. Her knowledge about dog behavior really helped me to under stand what I need to do to help my puppy understand me, and for me to understand him. I can't show enough gratitude that she drove all the way to Boston to help me, and I would recommend her to anyone dealing with training.

  • New on Thumbtack
About

Do you have cat behavior problems? I can help! Meow! I'm Wendy Christensen, and I'm here to help you and your cat or cats, and solve whatever cat behavior problems you're experiencing. I help cat owners find effective, practical, doable, cat-friendly, and people-friendly solutions to cat behavior problems of all kinds such as litter box issues, scratching, fighting, counter-cruising, biting, and whatever cat problems you have. I'm the author of the popular cat behavior books, "Outwitting Cats: Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Persuading the Felines in your Life That What YOU Want is also what THEY Want", and "The Humane Society of the United States Complete Guide to Cat Care." I have a lifetime of experience living and working with cats. Whatever cat problem you're experiencing, I can help you solve it! As a lifetime cat owner (and current owner of ten cats), I understand feline behavior. I know how cats think, and how they see the world. I know what cats need and more importantly, what they want. Whether you have one cat or a dozen (or more!), I understand your problems, and I can help. I want you and your cat to be best friends! I've helped lots of people solve their cats' behavior problems. I know how frustrating cat behavior issues can be, and I can help restore happiness and harmony to your human and feline family. I want to help you and your cat! We can talk on the phone or via email. I also do home visits when appropriate.

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