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Apple Valley Animal Behaviorists

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Four Winds Dog Training
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy S.
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Exactly the trainer I needed to help me with my dog. She is patient and knowledgeable, giving you the tools you need to understand your dog's behavior and correct problems. Her prices are very reasonable too!

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K9SF, LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Sally R.
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Really know dog behavior and Milo and Ryan are great to work with. Excellent communication and a deep well of patience for dogs and dog parents.

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Canine Revival, LLC
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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Barb B.
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Rita clearly loves dogs and knows animal behavior. She worked wonders with our Rat Terrier (and us for that matter!) I had looked at some of the dog training classes in the area and none of the times worked for us. What's great about Rita is she's flexible and works within your schedule. Also, the training is one-on-one which is not the case with classes. She works specifically to the level and needs of your dog. After each class, she leaves you with very detailed instructions on what she just taught you, which is great because there was always something I forgot. She also makes herself available by text if you have any questions. Best of all, she makes it fun for all. I know I will return to her to brush up or take our training to the next level.

  • 8 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Krista R.
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I use her service all the time. I like her training methods and she has a good rapport with the dogs. She is doing very well with one of my dogs that has behavioral issues, he is making great progress. She also has a doggie day care and has taken very good care of my 14 year old dog and keeps her in top shape. I have a work schedule that keeps me away for 24 hours at a time and she is willing to watch my dogs at anytime.

Terra Paws
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel V.
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Mandy did an excellent job. I would highly recommend her to anyone with a dog having behavior issues.

Canine Consultant
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jay B.
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Does your dog have behavior problems? Or just need coaching on getting your dog to listen to you more and think of you as the "pack leader" in the relationship? I now have a dog once owned by Justine, and he is the most well behaved dog I've seen, always responds to my commands and even knows a number of tricks as well! She can also provided specialized training for PTSD service dogs. Hire Justine for whatever may be your needs - you'll be so happy you did, as will your dog!

  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Leah S.
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Crystal has worked with both of our dogs now and I can't tell you how grateful we are for her services. Crystal is passionate, professional, knowledgeable, and so patient. Crystal taught us simple concepts and commands that we could use to better understand our dogs' behavior and communicate effectively at their level. She helped us determine that we were not the best fit for our rescue dog due to his psychological issues and acted as his advocate by helping us in our search to find him the appropriate home with a more experienced dog owner, even when his original shelter turned him down. Crystal provided her knowledge, resources, and support to us even after our training sessions had come to an end. We would highly recommend Crystal Fetting to anyone who has simple or complex dog issues that need to be resolved. Thank you for everything Crystal! ~Leah

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Lolli•Pup Pets
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
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Maddie G.
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We were so happy to find Heather to check on our 2 cats while we were out of town. She was very responsive and friendly the entire time. The minute she met the cats, you could tell she was a natural around animals, and I knew we made the right choice! Highly recommend her services!

  • 29 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Lucy G.
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Lynne explained and demonstrated everything so clearly and gently. Great perspective on daily mundane things that are so important like feeding, going thru doors. These things all impact how our dog sees us and behaves. I couldnt believe the difference in a little over 2 hours. Our dog who pulled and barked on leash ceased that behavior in one day. We have to practice daily but we have a new dog.

Kinney K9 Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany L.
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I hired Lindsay to work with my dog, Rocky, on basic obedience. He was very territorial of parts of the house and needed work with some basic commands. Lindsay showed me how to communicate better with Rocky. I now know what he needs from me in order to feel safe and this has had a huge impact on his behavior. Lindsay uses positive reinforcement and counter-conditioning. She keeps the dog feeling safe and positive, showing him what he should be doing instead of what he should not be doing. She uses treats to get her points across to the dog. She does not use bark or shock collars or anything that would make the dog feel uncomfortable. I am very happy with my experience so far, and will continue using Kinney K9 Academy.

  • 11 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jaya J.
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Stephanie did a great job with our three cats. She clearly loves animals. We will defi itely use her service again.

Healing Hounds
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Tayla T.
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    The Owner of this company has a great knack for dogs, their individual personalities and has fantastic knowledge of breeds. Being a animal lover myself I wanted to find someone who could really fit the needs of my three dogs whom all have different traits. Haley has exceed my expectations every time.

    Alpha Dog Care
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Eric P.
    Verified review

    We've had Mary watch our rat terrier on multiple occasions and we're always very happy with the service. It's quite evident that she loves the animals in her care and takes the job very seriously. If we could give her a six-star rating we would!

    Robin H.
    Verified review

    Sammi always does a great job taking care of the huge menagerie that we have. She's flexible and is easy to work with (and puts up with all the changing and long-winded instructions I leave). The animals all love her. She leaves great notes about how things went while we were gone. We've been using her for years and love her.

    Urban Animal Kingdom
    3.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    Urban Animal Kingdom is a full service dog walking and pet care business serving the St. Paul area. We are fully bonded and insured, and each one of our pet care providers is certified in pet first aid and CPR. We are reliable, trustworthy, and most importantly, we love what we do. Let us care for and play with your pet!

    About

    We offer in-home, group, and semi-private dog training. We cover obedience, behavior modifications, and problem behaviors. Certified by several organizations and having years of experience, PLB uses the latest techniques to improve your dog's behavior and generate a solid relationship between you and your dog.

    About

    I have been taking care of animals ever since I was little. Granted I have only taken care of dogs and cats, but I can't complain because, I love those animals with my whole heart. All my life, I have owned a dog (two dogs so far), and they have literally been my life. I lived in Minneapolis growing up in high school, and I loved taking my yellow lab out for walks around the lakes I lived by. Everywhere that I have lived, I have always taken care of some of my neighbors' pets while they were on vacation, and I’ve jumped at the opportunity to take care of other people’s animals. Plus, I honestly think that animals love me, as stuck-up as that sounds.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    Gentle training practices is a humane and caring training alternative

    About

    I offer in home dog obedience and behavior modification training for all breeds. I have independent certification from the council for professional dog trainers. I have been training for over five years, using positive, science-based techniques that get fast results. I am offering group training at the Animal Humane Society. Aggression and anxiety cases are most successful in the client's home or neighborhood. Clients love the work-at-your-own-pace program.

    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I genuinely care about the human and dog bond. I want you to be the best pair you can be.

    About

    For my experience my fees are very fair. I do one on ones and teach classes.

    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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