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East Lansing Animal Behaviorists

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  • 12 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Evelyn P.
Verified review

Anna got Belladonna and I off to a great start. We still have things to work on but there is no way Belladonna would still be alive if Anna hadn't helped. Bella's behavior problems are so much more manageable and her improvement has surpassed anything I could have hoped for.

Earth Voices, LLC
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Nisshani P.
Verified review

Our family recently moved to Novi MI from Sri Lanka with our "village dog" Charlie. Charlie had extreme dog/ dog aggression issues and walking her was very difficult and dangerous. (We live in a dog dense neighborhood) When Beth contacted us we found out she too had raised a "village dog"! (Beth's daughter had brought the dog back From Africa. ) Beth was knowledgeable about the breed. She understood and could relate to the many challenges we faced training Charlie- most importantly she knew how to help both Charlie (and her family) learn and apply positive techniques to manage and gradually decrease undesirable behaviors. Beth has extensive experience training dogs and also brings along a wealth of knowledge due to her background in Biology and her work with Wolves. She is a highly experienced, competent, caring and compassionate trainer. We are so happy with Charlie's progress. Beth has also helped us, Charlies family understand our dog, her behaviors and taught us how to be better parents to Charlie - Charlie's also learnt some new tricks! Thanks Beth

Pawsitive K-9 Obedience
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Alison J.
Verified review

We are having a wonderful experience with Angie. She is very knowledgeable about dog behavior and knowing how to address their problems. She is an excellent trainer and provides very helpful and practical solutions. My two chihuahuas are recent arrivals from the pound and one of them has great difficulty tolerating other dogs. She is helping us to address this issue with positive reinforcement and conditioning. I would highly recommend her as a trainer..

Lin Morin K9 Solutions
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen S.
Verified review

Lin has helped tremendously on working with our Australian Shepherd who started to become territorial towards other dogs and kids. It has been a lot of fun working with Lin and the improvements we’ve noticed in our dog’s behavior and responsiveness to us has been amazing, especially for such a short period of time! We would highly recommend Lin to everyone!

BusyPaws Dog Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Courtney T.
Verified review

First off, I don't think there are enough words to describe just how wonderful Alex was during this experience. I was going out of town for the holiday weekend and needed a pet sitter for my 2 adult cats and 2 kittens (fostering from ICAC). Alex was very responsive to my Thumbtack request and immediately made himself available by phone! He was VERY accommodating. We treat our pets like family, so I knew that we were asking for him to do a lot (4 cats is kinda annoying) and he was always so kind, considerate, understanding, and willing to go the extra mile! He texted me after each visit to give a re-cap (he also offers to just leave a summary at the end of the gig, so if you're not wanting to receive messages every day, that's fine too). He is also very thorough about getting information about the pets and their different needs (he offers a complimentary visit to get to know the animals before you book). You can tell he really knows his stuff and cares about making sure your pets are comfortable and well taken care of. Just to give a little perspective, we were in a bit of a hurry to leave and I mentioned very briefly that I had no more paper towel and that I was sorry! I came home from my trip to a whole roll of paper towel in my kitchen. When I said he goes the extra mile, I really meant it. His generosity is immediately noticeable. If you're going out of town or just looking for someone who will take extraordinary care of your pets at an extremely reasonable price, look no further than Alex at BusyPaws!

Passion Fur Paws
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly S.
Verified review

Passion Fur Paws did a great job training our dog Koda! Crystal made sure when we left training that we didn't have any questions and made sure we were training our dog properly. Just after a couple of days from the very first session there was a difference in our dogs behavior and listening. It just got better after each training. Crystal also called during the week after each session to make sure training was going good at home and to see if we had any questions. Would highly recommend taking your dogs to Passion Fur Paws training.

Dogs Don't Speak English
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Justine E.
Verified review

Pat really helped me in training my dogs. We worked on a lot of nuisance behaviors (jumping/barking/etc) and both basic and formal obedience like heeling, sit, etc.

Blair Finney- Custom K9
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Steve H.
Verified review

Blair has totally turned our hyper standard poodle into a well behaved family member. She is very good with dogs and loves what she does. Within a few sessions, the obedience kicked in. The additional behavior exercises make us all calmer and confident. She has given the tools to work with our puppy in most situations. We plan to continue with her soon for advance training.

Five Lakes Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 12 years in business
Mary Sue A.
Verified review

We in-board trained our newly adopted puppy with Sami ...our 75 pound puppy who was full of energy and had no manners! Her amazing way with animals and understanding of their behaviors is the key to her success. When we adopted Kade, we wanted a dog that can go anywhere with us and behave well in all situations. That is exactly what we have. We are complimented whenever we go out on his wonderful manners. I highly recommend Five Lakes Dog Training for all of your training needs. We are so proud of our sweet boy and all of his accomplishments. We couldn't have done it without Sami and Five Lakes.

Natalie H.
Verified review

Laurie definitely is a legit trainer. Everything I know about training and behavior modification I owe to her. Laurie is my aunt, so Ive picked up a lot of experience through watching classes, taking 4-H dog groups, showing. She definitely knows how to break it down to a teaching level. The dog training is definitely the easy part, it's re-training the owners. In a lot of ways, her sense of control with all animals has rubbed off on me and ultimately provided me with a long lived career in veterinary medicine. As tough as is its sometimes dealing with your pets at the times you just feel you can't live with them, you just have to work that much harder with them. Can't ever quit. Laurie taught me that. So take her courses, THEY WORK! She makes them fun and enjoyable for you, your family, and your pets. Plus you learn on how to make you dependent on praise and love for your dog than stuffing 100 treats daown their throats.

Stablemates Best Behaved
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Robert P.
Verified review

Thanks to Brandy at Stable Mates Best Behaved, our six year old Sheppard mix which we rescued is settling in to be a welcome part of our family. Brandy drove to our home, always on time, with great advice for us and "Buddy". She helped us understand how our "baby" thought and reacted to different stimuli. She worked with us to show us how to help our excitable 55lb baby be calm and how we can be the leader of the pack. Buddy is now going for long walks with me, ignoring more and more of the distractions of other animals ,squirrels and rabbits. Brandy's knowledge and professional attitude impressed my wife and I so much that we highly recommend her to all our friends.

Happy Tails Too
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Alena F.
Verified review

My initial visit with Kathy was awesome, she really helped me with the behavioral problems with my dog, and I enrolled in her dog class as well as having her come to my home. She noticed interactions that i never noticed that i do with my dog. (i ask questions to my dog not commands!!) Otis will be a better dog for going thru training with her. well worth the money for the home visit and the 6 week class.

  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jordyn H.
Verified review

Both of my dogs had behavior problems like jumping, biting while playing and not listening at all. I was charged a great and I was pretty surprised the problems were fixed in such a short time. Ashton did a great job!

Kati's Pet Care
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Gloria W.
Verified review

Kati sat with my two spoiled miniature dachshunds and a cat. They took to her right away so I felt very comfortable leaving her with them and her living in my home for 2 weeks while I was away on business. She is very trustworthy and I will definitely call her next time I need my babies cared for. My male was a rescue so he is very shy will people , but Kati has a way with animals, and he liked her right away( to my surprise). I came home to a clean home, and happy pets. Highly recommend Gloria W

Okemos Pet Sitting
5.0
from 1 review
    Rick L.
    Verified review

    Robin Evans is a terrific animal friend and dog trainer. She interacts wonderfully with pets and their owners. Robin trained my rambunctious Toby, with kindness, and to great effect. Toby looked forward to his training visits with Robin, and Toby and I still benefit nicely from the experience, now two years later. Toby's framed Certificate of Achievement stands proudly by his water bowl. Both Toby and I recommend Robin highly as a trainer, pet companion, and caretaker of pets.

    About

    I have over 16 years of veterinary technician experience working with small and large animals. My experience ranges from general medical care to providing house sitting at my home to providing consultation and education, animal care, and dog training. I also am able to do bathing, nail trims, ear cleanings, anal gland expression and some grooming. Please contact me for services. I am having issues being able to respond to requests and I do not want to lose potential clients. Thank you!

    Ricia and Animal

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      I take pets for walks. I give baths if requested. I take clients to park for play. My business is good because we're the best when it comes to a member of your family.

      Harrison's Animal Care

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        I will watch, walk, feed and water your animals. I'm great with animals in all shapes and sizes, just get hold of me.

        Jayna's Animal Care

        New To Thumbtack

          About

          I genuinely care about animals, and want to look after them the best I can. I think some people in this field do it because it seems like easy money, when it in fact is not, and forget that the most important part is to make sure the animals are well loved.

          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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