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Westland Animal Behaviorists

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

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Club Canine of Michigan
from 24 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer C.
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Jessica is knowledgeable, professional, patient, and easy to work and talk to. She lets you know how you can help your dogs, offers attainable goals for training, and offers hope that the behavior can be corrected. We had tried a different service recommended by our vet. One session left me feeling like a horrible person with little to no hope of our dogs being under conto without a constant battle of wills. I wish I'd known about Jessica then. She helped us understand our dogs, gave advice and exercises we can work on, and answered our questions. We can't wait for our next session with Jessica!

Sit Means Sit
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Susan R.
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I used the immersion training as I had two female dogs, 7 and 3, that had their first fight a year ago, followed by one a few months later, then about six months after that two fights, one severe enough to have two bloody dogs. I knew I needed some serious help, and after talking with their trainers, we chose this option. The change when they got home was very noticeable. It wasn't the idea of correcting the dogs when aggression was shown, but redirecting their heads to acceptable behavior. The added benefit of the dogs heeling nicely, and the other commands taught is good. ,

  • 11 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Ann P.
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We have a Great Dane puppy and when she was about 6 to 7 months old she started to display some rough/mildly agressive behavior. We tried other training methods, but our Vet recommended Dave at K9. After an evaluation our puppy started 2 weeks of behavior training. The difference was amazing, we are very happy with the results. Our puppy is now 18 months old and just under 100 lbs and we have continued with K 9 for daycare. She loves the people at K9 and the socialization with the other dogs.

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Ronia B.
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We have had such a great experience with this training service. Steve is an excellent trainer and such a pleasure to work with. We have seen such an improvement in our dogs overall behavior that even our friends and family have noticed. He even helped us prepare to bring our new baby home and introducing him to our puppy was a breeze thanks to the training we did with him over the summer. I would highly recommend this service.

Motor City K9 Solutions LLC
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Calvin N.
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Great experience with Motor City K9 the trainer knows exactly what he's doing.Whatever your dogs behavior issue is MCK9 will correct it,the sky's the limit with his wonderful training skill. I highly recommend taking your dog to them, from basic obedience to personal protection he can take any dog and change their whole attitude. MCK9 is one of the BEST!!!

Ann Arbor Canine Coach, LLC
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tara A.
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Valerie's class was wonderful. I am more confident with my dog Mina. We have learned quite a bit in 6 weeks. Best part is I looked forward to class on Wednesday evenings because we were having fun while learning. I highly recommend taking this class with Valerie and we plan to sign up for more of her classes. No doubt our dog and her humans have benefited from this class. Thank you Valerie.

Franny The Pet Nanny
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Bryon W.
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Frances has stayed in our home and cared for our pets many times.  We have three dogs and cats as well as fish.  The longest time Frances cared for our pets was about fifteen days last winter.  The peace of mind we enjoy on our vacations knowing that our pets are being so lovingly cared for in their own home is invaluable.  Frances has a true love of animals and is able to relate to each one on an individual basis.  We have complete confidence in her judgment and reliability and most of all on her kindness towards our animals.  She has administered medication as well as their more basic requirements and we can enjoy our travels knowing they are being looked after by someone who truly cares for their welfare. We are happy to recommend Frances without qualification.  Please feel free to call us if you would like a verbal confirmation of this letter.

Pet Care
from 4 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ruth H.
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Barbara Jo is the best dog sitter ever. Warm, compassionate and knowledgeable about animals. Reliable and trustworthy. She is devoted to animals and to their care. Deserves a GOOD job.

Michigan Dog Training Inc.
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rose C.
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We attended some classes at MDT with Michael and Wendy in the summer of 2014. Our dog Casey has made leaps and bounds improvements in his behavior thanks to MDT!

Owana Dog Training Services
from 2 reviews
    Susan Bican Kozora
    Verified review

    James has a great way with animals! He knew exactly what to do to get our dogs into the behavior modes we needed. We had great training and he gave us a lot of exercises to do and commands to help us continually train our dogs. I highly recommend him for any type of training! He also makes himself available through Facebook and texts with follow up questions and issues.

    Julie M.
    Verified review

    Patty's trained both my dogs and they adore her, she has a wonderful way with animals. I would definitely recommend her.

    Rusted Rain Ranch
    from 1 review
      Chris A.
      Verified review

      Been leasing with the people here for a couple of years now. Management is open, approachable, knowledgeable and professional. This barn has provided an excellent avenue to my teenage daughter for improving horsemanship, learning and implementing natural training methods and spending lots of time learning all the care that these animals require. More like extended family than just a boarding/training facility. Lessons on sound horses are excellent for the beginner rider, and leasing offers options for those with more experience who can ride without a trainer present which really increases rider performance and ability. I can't say enough about this barn. Come see for yourself! :)

      Haley L.
      Verified review

      Amanda is reliable and responsibile with a passion for animals. She treats my animals like they are her own. I would highly recommend Amanda as a caretaker for your furry friends!


      My Philosophy: Animals are sensitive with real needs and emotions. They need safety through love, kindness, compassion, structure, leadership and patience, as well as to have a safe surrounding, and it's up to us to provide it. Animals convey their moods with vocal tones (different tones for different needs and emotions) and body languages (stance, eyes, relaxed or taut posture, and tail language). They feel safest with a human who is foremost a true leader who knows how to lead with a relaxed, calm and assertive manner, by guiding through positive reinforcement with a steady and firm tone and not yelling (makes them feel insecure and unsafe). Animals react to our energy -- good human energy attracts positive animal behavior, and bad human energy attracts negative animal behavior. Every animal has its own personality that needs to be understood and appreciated. Animals should be regarded first with compassion, amusement and humor and never with a bad temper by a human. The proper amount of structure should always be implemented. Most humans need training in how to relate with the instincts of their animal friends than the animals need training in how to be an animal. My commitment as a caregiver to you is that I will be attentive and respectful of any needs that your animal friend has, respect and follow your guidelines with regard to animal boundaries (in house and out of house) and instructions given by you about acceptable behavior and follow without deviation any boundaries that you have regarding your animal friend. I promise to be their next best friend. It breaks my heart when I hear about mistreated and abused animals. If you are looking for someone trustworthy and responsible and who will be attentive to the needs of you and your animal friends, please get in touch with me. I always enjoy making new friends (two legged and four). PS: I have been blessed to have an experience with a house filled with three giant breed dogs, one medium-sized dog, 14 cats, three hamsters, two fishes, and one parakeet, at different times, of course!

      • 8 years in business

      I am an animal lover who takes pride in helping people out with theirs pets in any way by pet sitting, walking, feeding, basic grooming/bathing and cleaning up after.


      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.


      Hi, there! I have had a variety of different animals all my life. I used to work for a few different pet stores and learned a lot from those jobs. I grow up with German shepherds since I was little. I have a Great Pyrenees that will be three years old in August and have had her since she was three months old. I trained and socialized her myself, and she's a very well-behaved dog. I have a cat and a lizard. I love all animals. Whatever you need, I can help. Price varies depending on the level of care and number of pets. Hope to hear from you soon.


      I do animal sitting, and I wouldn't mind cleaning a little. I love animals and would love to take care of them since I can't have my own right now.


      I am an all-weather dog walker and trainer. I treat them as if they are my very own. I love working with and being around dogs, but I care for all critters! I have a four-year-old daughter who share the same love for animals and will more than likely be with me if my service is requested. Thank you for your time. I hope to gain your business!


      I walk any animal that can be contained by leash. Dogs are the most popular and common, but I am not limited to just dogs.

      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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