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Novi Dog Trainers

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Phoenix Dog Care & Training
4.8
from 27 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Mary A.
Verified review

Best groomer ever! Jesse expertly,professionally and gently groomed my 17 year old rescue mixed breed dog,Barnaby. Barnaby is a much loved member of our family and Jesse treated him as if he were her own dog! He is a bit frail at his senior age and Jesse was very gentle and understanding of his requirements. She is an expert and gave me professional advice on care for my dog's skin and coat. My dog was calm and comfortable during the entire grooming process. Barnaby and I are so glad to have met Jesse as our groomer and look forward to seeing her again!

  • 12 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
John S.
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She taught me how to teach Sarah Palin every thing she knows.. Anna real good dog trainer. Plus she is a good hard working person...

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  • 4 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah M.
Verified review

Paws Around Motown has been walking our dog for close to a year now. They have been phenomenal-- very flexible with our constantly changing flexible and very reliable. We look forward to getting a photo & report each day!

Sit Means Sit
4.4
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa C.
Verified review

Sit Means Sit, Metro Detroit is amazing. Amy (and Nick) runs a fabulous training service. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. The trainers are something to behold. They truly have a gift with dogs, and people alike. I've been to group class with 20 or so dogs and was still able to receive individual attention. I adopted a 4-year old Black & Tan Coon Hound/Great Dane mix and was rather scared that I might not be able to handle him in social settings because of his size. Luckily he was a fairly well-behaved dog when I adopted him, but he was in no way perfect. He took me for a kite ride across a neighbor's yard trying to chase a cat. It was then that I realized I needed help and called around. I took advantage of the at-home free demo and I was sold. I liked their attention-based training philosophy. It is a very positive approach and really helps reinforce the positive bond between dog and human. It also didn't hurt that from the moment the trainer walked up the driveway my dog was smitten with him. After one in-home session I was able to take him for a walk without fear. After two in-home sessions I was able to have him off-leash. I highly recommend Sit Means Sit, Metro Detroit. Your dog deserves it!

Clever Canine Dog Training
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

We have just begun puppy training but came away knowing this was a very positive experience for both the dogs and their owners. They let the puppies teach each other. What a concept! Amazing how well that works. There are several trainers around to help direct and instruct. We definitely recommend Clever Canine Dog Training.

Patty's Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie M.
Verified review

Patty is a fantastic dog trainer. She's extremely professional and personable. She was able to answer all of our questions and teach us useful techniques to train our dogs. While it's up to us to use those techniques regularly, Patty's given us the tools we need. We look forward to continuing working with her and would recommend her to anyone looking for a dog trainer!

  • 11 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Bruce O.
Verified review

Extremely professional. My dog is behaving so much better. I would recommend to everyone

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

Linda Morin is such a blessing to my whole family. My husband wanted a boxer for our anniversary. I knew nothing about the breed except that they needed to have obedience training. Linda educated not just myself but my whole family on the behavior of the breed along with the proper training that our dog required. Working with her was absolutely wonderful, especially when I could see the progress not just with our boxer Rocky, but also with my kids as they also learned how to properly work the dog. The looks on their faces when they realized they could do it too was wonderful. Linda took the time to make sure we were doing everything correctly and that our boxer Rocky was progressing as well. I loved the personal touch she put into every training class. When she felt like we were ready, she invited us to start working in group classes. Wow what an experience to see her command a group of owners and dogs to process commands. It was quite amazing how she was able to control the whole class, while also giving personal attention to different individuals. She was also able to help us address a few problems we were having with our boxer. For example our boxer Rocky liked to jump on people when they would come to the house. She showed us how to stop that behavior. Linda Morin I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for not only showing us how to properly handle Rocky, but also for educating us on the breed. What you have done for us is priceless. Because of you I will always have a boxer in my life. Thank you so much. Mikki Vinton

Sidekick Canine Training
4.4
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Maureen A.
Verified review

Chelsea picked up my dog and trained her for 30 days. My dog came back like a different girl! She has a true love for what she does and I felt like our girl was in great hands! So glad we chose Sidekicks!

Ann Arbor Canine Coach, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Heidi I.
Verified review

Valerie has been fabulous - not only has she helped us to train our dog, but she has helped us to be better puppy parents. From helping us to find the best food for our dog, to house and crate training and beyond, we have found our time with Valerie invaluable. I HIGHLY recommend Ann Arbor Canine Coach!!

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Friendly on the phone, Scheduled classes in the future, gave me a competitors name who will work with my young puppy until he's old enough for them. Thats how you get a customer

Diamond Dog
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Monique T.
Verified review

Mr. Cooper explained what we would be receiving with the dog training sessions.

Five Lakes Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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.

K9 AdvantEDGE
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Esther B.
Verified review

I've been having trouble with my dog pulling on the leash. Tyler showed me some tricks & gave me some great tips to keep her by my side on a loose leash. Not only was he great with my dog, but he was very nice & patient as he was helping me work towards a more well behaved dog. I highly recommend him.

Paws Down Pet Care
4.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sally M.
Verified review

Kasie is very gentle with the dogs and yet she is firm with them.

  • 18 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Renee C.
Verified review

Bonny is very knowledgeable and experienced and you can tell she loves dogs. She gave me very thorough instruction on training my dog. She is patient and understanding and knows that every dog is different and she tailors her lessons based on the dog and myself. I would hire her again in a minute - highly recommended!

Meghan
5.0
from 1 review
  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
Verified review

Meghan arrived on time & was pleasant. She was not intimidated w/my aggressive dog & worked quickly. I loved the fact that she came to my home! I will definitely use her in the future.

About

At 16 Legs, we specialize in dog training. The name came from my wife. I fell in love with a great girl who had two not-so-great dogs! When we added my American pitbull terrier to the mix, we were in for a treat. Through educating myself and with a lot of hard work, we all live in harmony! I have since help as many people as I can with their dogs. I prefer working with strong-breed dogs and got my start with dog-on-dog aggression. Since then, we have helped many dogs in many different situations. I hope to hear from you!

About

"Coaching You & Your Dog To Control Your Dog's Behavior So You Win Every Time!" We are providing obedience training and behavior modification for over 30years. The K9 Coach trains, mentors and develops your ability as a dog owner to control your dog's behavior, so you win every time. In addition to obedience training for you and your dog, the K9 Coach will provide solutions like behavior modification, problem solving, and advanced training opportunities in tracking, scent discrimination, and protection, along with boarding specials, pet transport, and puppy procurement helping you find the perfect pet. Our professional services extend to providing trained dogs for the Michigan movie industry, and personally, Rick is registered with Macomb County as a canine expert witness. With over 30 years of experience coaching dogs, and their humans, you and your pet are sure to be a winning team!

About

Pet Teacher offers an in-home dog training and behavior consultations. We also offer E-mail and phone consultations as well as webcam sessions for distant dogs. No matter where you're located in the country, we can coach you and your dog using Skype on your computer or Skype Mobile on your smart phone. Contact us, and we will explain how our "distant dog sessions" work! We also offer video analysis by capturing your dog's behavior and E-mailing it to us. We will analyze the behavior and give you recommendations on how to help your dog. Pet Teacher has been providing a full-time dog training experience using strictly humane motivational training techniques for 11 years, with no choke chains, prong collars, or shock collars. Pet Teacher's instruction is based on a scientifically-proven and positive reinforcement studies. Pet Teacher offers the following: * Individual sessions * Customized packages * Good manners package * E-mail consultations * Phone consultations * Webcam consultations for distant dogs * Video analysis * Home-alone sessions * Day breaks Pet Teacher designs what you and your dog need to become a successful team! Please visit our website for detailed information.

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Training and walking and grooming and behavior bathing providing care if needed feeding skin care

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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