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Saginaw 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.

Dogs Don't Speak English
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
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.

Zoie Erickson
from 2 reviews
    Caylee P.
    Verified review

    Zoie is one of my best friends and she is probably one of the most greatest pet sitter I've ever met. She takes such good care of her animals and anyone else's. I definitely recommend her to watch your pet.

    Fur flying fun
    from 1 review
      Shelly L.
      Verified review

      Sally is amazing with animals, i would recommend her to anyone!


      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!

      Harrison's Animal Care

      New To Thumbtack


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


        Behavior is modified by what happens before and after a behavior of concern. It does not matter which animal, only the correct identification of the behavior's function and the consistency of the outcome which follows. I am a licensed professional and the State of Michigan designates my education as Behavior Specialist

        Jayna's Animal Care

        New To Thumbtack


          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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