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Kalamazoo Psychiatric Service Dog Trainers

Browse these psychiatric service dog trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Kalamazoo.

Drama Dog Training LLC
from 121 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 325 hires on Thumbtack
Barb Y.
Verified review

When we rescued our Cleopatra I had no clue what taking care of and training a dog meant. Mary took us through the obedience training and I learned what is best for Cleopatra and she learned how to listen to me. Mary was patient, and kind but most important she is knowledgeable.

Pawsitive K-9 Obedience
from 16 reviews
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Julia Z.
Verified review

I highly recommend Angie as a trainer. We had Angie come to our home to help with behavioral issues/aggression with our dogs. Angie spent three hours with us working with the dogs and teaching us training techniques. We have been following her recommendations and the dogs have been responding well to the training!! Great experience!

Salty’s Dog Training
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Mark C.
Verified review

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.

The Dog Thinks What?
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea C.
Verified review

When we got a rescue dog named king he was super sweet and playful but he jumped, would cry (scream) in the kennel and wouldn't listen. We found Carrie and shortly after speaking with her we decided to do a board and train with her. She was so nice and understanding our needs. After the training he doesn't scream in the kennel he listens when we tell him off and sit. His jumping on visitors has gone down so much. But he's still a puppy and learning new people. He used to pull so hard that I was unable to walk him. Now he doesn't pull and walks right next to us. When we picked him back up he was excited but was able to do all the commands.

Wags and Wiggles
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren P.
Verified review

I've seen huge improvement with my dog Zara since Linda has been working with her. I feel more confident and have better control over her in public. She listens better and has more self confidence and I'm no longer worried she's going to start fights with other dogs. From day one, you can tell that Linda is very knowledgeable about dog behavior, passionate about training and affordable! Thanks, Linda!

LifeLine Service Dogs
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nicole C.
Verified review

When we rescued our dog Milo, we also discovered he had 2 heart diseases and needed immediate heart surgery. Now that Milo is all better, we are focusing on socializing him. Not many people were willing to train Milo due to his aggressiveness towards strangers and the fact that he is a pit-bull, but Cheryl was willing to help. We just had our first training class in the comfort of our home. We learned so much from Cheryl and we are eager for the weeks to come.

  • 14 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack

We train with the high standards of Akc Hunt testing and obedience as well as confirmation


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.

  • 5 years in business

I have the time and patience to work with any dog, from aggression to shy dogs.

  • 23 years in business

I work with individuals and there lovely pets to ensure forever homes. I can go to them or we can find a spot training area that will help resolve other issues elsewhere. Obedience and manors are easier to teach if someone can show you how by demoing with other dog and walking you through the steps. A person does not train a dog in a hour. It is a gradual and consistent project over time.


Dog Zone is a small business with several years of combined training experience. Dog Zone has been in business for 19 years and most of our staff has been there from the beginning. We are always going to seminars and other training classes to improve our training knowledge. We like to keep in touch with our clients and assist when needed. With the number of years in the dog business a lot of our customers are on their second and third dog with us. Our customers become more like friends than just clients.


I work with people and their animals to help them communicate and bond. I work with people and their dogs on training and proper commands. I also train horses.


We do city dog and people training! We provide scientifically-based, positive reinforcement training in private and group lessons. While we train dogs from all walks of life, our specialty is dogs in urban environments.

Q & A

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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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