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Grand Rapids Dog Trainers

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Salty’s Dog Training
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Mark C.
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Jeannie responded within 30 minutes of submitting our thumbtack post and was at our house 5 hours later working with our family/dog on her training methods. Her process was a good mix of instruction and hands on training. We could instantly see the results with our lab puppy. Her process was simple and effective. In addition to the training, she also made recommendations on everything from socialization to leash options to toys and treats. We look forward to future follow up sessions after we've had time to work on the training methods we've learned.

4 Paws, LLC
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha P.
Verified review

Karen has done an excellent job of working with me and my dog on our issues. I was at a loss of what to do with him and she swooped in and got us right on track. I would recommend her and wouldn't want to train with anyone else after meeting with her. Her techniques work. If you are struggling with behavior issues with your dog, don't hesitate to call Karen.

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Fuzz Buckets Pet Sitting
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Scott K.
Verified review

A wonderful and caring dog sitter. Will be a customer for life.

MondouCu
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kayla W.
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Dawn is amazing! In such a short period of time she has helped my dog and I get over some pretty big hurdles. She has so much knowledge about anything from dog training to the dogs nutrition and is happy to share. Every time my dog and I have a training class we learn so much and she keeps us on our toes because at the end she will always ask us "What did you learn?!" My favorite thing about doing training with her is she's such an encourager! Sometimes I feel like I 'failed' but she always points out what my dog and I did well and helps us move along from there. We love her and are so thankful for all she does!

  • 1 year in business
Dawn H.
Verified review

My dog loves going there. She loved getting her fur brushed so she looked pretty when I picked her up.

Karen A.
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Best GSD puppies around! They also offer fabulous training for all types of situations.

Pup Potential
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sara L.
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We had a great experience and great response with our dogs with this trainer!

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I love dogs, and I love to watch them. Dogs love me, and I will be happy to watch your dog and to see them.

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What i offer includes puppy kindergarten, canine elementary and middle school group classes, private in-home lessons, basic obedience and behavioral issues.

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KK provides in-home training, consulting, and the much needed advice for many owners who need help in understanding their canine partners. We also provide dog sitting in our home. We offer consultations on behavior, nutrition, health and understanding. She has been to numerous clinics on dog behavior. Her most beneficial being the clinics held by a Canadian trainer. In order for you and your dog(s) to have a successful relationship, you need to understand how a dog thinks and what he/she needs. This is something we would love to help with. There's nothing better than a "talking dog."

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How long does it take to train a dog. That depends on the age and breed of the dog, some breeds learn faster then others. Can any dog be trained. Absolutely it just may take longer for some dogs.

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My name is Courtney, and I live in Douglas! I am a huge animal lover and own a dog myself. I love to take my dog and my sister's dog for walks in the state park! I am currently in my last year at WMU and will be unavailable Mondays and Wednesdays due to classes. I am willing to pet sit or simply just walk or play with pets that are needing the attention. My price is negotiable, and I am willing to work with you to get the best experience for your fur kids!

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I'm a Dogs Lovely and I'm very good with dogs and I like to take dogs on walks and played with dogs

  • 13 years in business
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I have the ability to adapt training strategies for each individual canine and human partner. I use balanced training strategies.

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My prices are cheaper than most and I take my work very seriously

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I know that it is very important to walk, love and feed dogs daily, and due to work schedules/vacations, owners can't always be there. That's when I come in. I love dogs.

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I can do that for you a lot of things but you can do it for you all the time you need it now but it doesn't work with

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I am a professional dog groomer (dogs only) with 5 years of experience. I also walk dogs and will pet sit animals of any kind.

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I would love to walk, play and bring your small dogs to the park. I offer half or full hour service for $8 per hour rate. I have my own little Yorkie.

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The Well Mannered Dog Center’s fantastic facility in Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan, offers outstanding dog daycare, boarding, dog classes and events. We offer dog daycare, boarding and classes in Grand Rapids. Dog lovers have a deep desire to talk dog and spend time with others who feel the same way. That is just what The Well-Mannered Dog Center was created to provide. The facility is designed to be used as a base for the many area dog training clubs, breed clubs, 4-H clubs and all citizens who enjoy the company of their canine companions. It’s a place to play, learn, compete, and network with dog-loving kindred spirits. During our daytime hours, we focus on canine daycare and exercising our boarding dogs. Our nights are filled with competitive action. Our indoor areas are large enough to simultaneously handle three separate training classes and a regulation-sized agility course. This translates into plenty of indoor space, so people can ‘drop in’ for a few hours in the evening for play, to practice, attend classes or even join a flyball league. Flyball is a furious relay sport for teams of four and their dogs. The competition is ‘ruff’ and is a great spectator sport as well. Dog Daycare When you are away from home, do you often worry about your canine companion alone waiting for you, and wish there was a dog daycare facility where they could receive some attention and healthy activity? At The Well-Mannered Dog Center of Grand Rapids, our dog daycare staff members are ready to tire out your pet, so you don’t have to. Our staff of canine professionals knows that dogs are social critters who crave interaction with people and other pets. At our dog daycare, canine play groups are matched to size and personality. Seventy-five clean and safe kennels provide feeding space and quiet rest time in between rollicking play periods in our large indoor and outdoor areas under the watchful eyes of our staff. We screen all prospective four-legged clients to ensure that they can get along with other dogs. We insist that dogs be spayed or neutered, current on their vaccinations, and on regular flea and tick maintenance programs. Pets found to be ill or with fleas will be quarantined and held for the day at an additional charge. Classes Beginning obedience dog classes are geared to our clients who want more control and a stronger team work bond with their companion canines. Our goal is to enable our clients to handle their dogs in all situations, indoor and outdoor, with confidence. Obedience dog classes are an excellent beginning step for having a well-mannered dog, and can serve as ground work towards advanced performance AKC and UKC competition dog classes. At The Well Mannered Dog of Grand Rapids, our obedience dog classes refine the control behaviors to a faithful level of execution. Beginning obedience dog classes are offered only in a group setting because we know that a group class will yield the best results, as it provides the distractions of the other clients and their companions. Agility dog class provides a positive approach to agility training. Control and accuracy will be emphasized while introducing you and your dog to AKC and international style obstacles. The well-mannered dog freestyle dog classes combine tricks and basic dog obedience to form a musical routine you and your dog perform together. Big or small, formal obedience skills or not, all dogs can do this! Freestyle is a great exercise and fun for both you and your canine partner. Whether you just want to have fun in your own living room, entertain at a local nursing home or get out and compete, freestyle dog classes are a great way to build a wonderful relationship with your dog with a focus on fun, fun, fun!

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Our focus and commitment is this: Helping improve dog and owner communication through positive and effective training techniques. I am available by appointment for in-home training sessions to work on behavior issues you may be experiencing with your dog. We also offer dog and puppy training classes during the summer months.

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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Need a Dog Trainer for Obedience and Behavioral Modification

Plainwell, MI

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Large
  • Details
    hi my name is karlee we got a doberman in the end of july ever since my dad got deployed to africa he has been showing signs of aggresion and has been going to the bathroom inside he has also been running away my dad said if hes not better by the time he gets home we will have to get rid of him

Need a Dog Trainer

Vicksburg, MI

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    3-4 years
  • Dog size
    Large
  • Details
    my dog is deaf / white boxer
  • $135
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer for 2 Dogs for Obedience and Behavior Modification

Wyoming, MI

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years, 3-4 years
  • Dog size
    Medium, Large
  • Details
    Apartment living dogs, both dogs cannot be off leash. Since being neutered in January, 3 year old husky/lab mix is showing aggression towards other male dogs.
  • $40
    Average price
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