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Elk River Dog Trainers

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K9SF, LLC
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jarred K.
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Ryan and Milo did a great job with our German shepherd. They handled every situation with our dog well, even when he was being difficult. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of dog training.

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Canine Revival, LLC
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

  • 29 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy H.
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Our initial training session was awesome! Lynne has a very calming personality and clearly explained what she was doing and why. I am looking forward in continuing our training with Lynne and alone. I feel the husband and I will be very successful. Xena and Emma also say thank you for training our humans. We feel so much better having mom and dad in control. :-)

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.

Crazy Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly V.
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Roxanne is amazing! She has worked so diligently with our family and our puppy's needs. Any problem we were having, she had a way to address it. The best part is, it works!! She has a miracle solution for every instance. Roxanne is always willing to listen and do what is best for the family and the dog. Her techniques are easy to follow and always positive! She has reassured our family that we are making progress and are doing what is best for our puppy. We have seen wonderful changes in our puppy and are excited to continue to work with Roxanne. :)

Borderflies Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alyssa B.
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Ashley is incredible at what she does! She has been such a huge help to me and my pups. She has shared so many resources and lots of valuable knowledge with me. I don't know where my dogs and I would be without her! If you need a truly skilled dog trainer, nobody does it better than Ashley!

Brunell Home Services
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Wendy M.
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I heard about Cameron through friends. I was very emotional wondering if I may need to give up my Great Pyrenees. I could not get him to obey commands. He had run away and I almost lost him. I took him to see Cameron. Cameron listened to my issues and totally understood. He was very caring and knowledgeable about my situation. He taught me how to treat my dog in a way that made him want to please me. His technique is kind, firm and effective. He really knows and understands dogs. I highly recommend Cameron for anyone who truly wants the best for their pets.

Hansen Kennels
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Melenie M.
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Denise is one of the most dedicated professional trainers I have ever had the privilege of working with. She has helped me take my dog to levels I never thought were possible! I look forward to working with her in the future and seeing just how far and amazing my dog will become with her guidance and superior knowledge.

Erin Go Dog
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Barbara S.
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Pehr took great care of my dog while I was out of town. He was very conscientious.

Robin H.
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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.

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I always take the time to address the animals by name, ask them how they are, pet the, and pay a lot of attention first thing.

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I am very energetic and have a huge passion for dogs. I am willing to do extra services such as feeding and bathing.

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Wag 'n Woofs, located in Eden Prairie, is excited to provide a safe, clean and fun environment for your dog to play and learn in. Owned by passionate, experienced dog lovers, we strive to make your dog's experience at Wag 'n Woofs like a second home. Please check out all of our services, watch the dogs play on the webcams, find out more about us, and contact us with any questions. We can't wait to meet you and your pup soon! When it comes to your dog's care, there are lots of choices. What Wag 'n Woofs provides is a detailed, personalized and loving environment. We hope to be more then just a dog day care. We want to be who you call for training advice, where your dog wiggles uncontrollably when you pull up the driveway, and a place you can rely on when you have to leave your pup in someone else's care. Your dog needs time to be a dog, and here at Wag 'n Woofs, they can sniff, run, play and get a good belly rub while moms and dads are busy. Wag 'n Woofs warmly welcomes you to come check us out.

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We are specializing in canine scent detection, canine behavior issues, obedience issues and advanced training.

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I am a pet lover who have had animals all my life. I grew up on a hobby farm in southern Minnesota and have an experience with all types of animals. I would love to make your dog feel like they're on vacation while you're on vacation. I have a large fenced area in backyard for playtime and love going on walks with trails close by. They would get all the love and pampering as if they were my own!

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I provide pet care, dog walking, and pet sitting. I love animals and believe they should have the best care that they can.

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I am a certified dog trainer, and I use only positive training methods. The clicker/reward is a great fun way to work with a dog! Being a good leader versus using dominance or pack leader is more productive and teachable. I also have a dog rescue and work with problems that rescues sometimes bring with them. I am a support system during any training process.

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I am starting college in September at Hamline University. My goal is to become a veterinarian after I take my pre-vet courses and then veterinarian courses. I have a 9 month old lab right now that I have trained fully on my own. I have always had a dog growing up and feel like I can truly connect with animals. I adore animals of all kinds cats, dogs, ferrets, bunnies, any animal you can imagine. I have a passion for animals and I want to help them. When I am taking care of an animal I do everything I can to make them feel loved. I still know how to discipline an animal that can be naughty too. I believe just a firm tone letting the animal know he was naughty and a gentle slap on the wrist is just enough. I love walking animals, playing with them and making them feel loved.

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I will help you train your pup or dog to be the best dog he/she can be! I will get to know your dog on a personal level and learn its twerks and kinks. Knowing the dog's personality is the first step I take before I begin his/her training. Every dog is different. Some may take longer than others to train. If you are not satisfied with my work then don't be afraid to let me know, and I'll give you your money back.

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I am a Minneapolis/St. Paul based dog trainer. I am here to create positive changes in your dog and your home by using all positive training to train obedience and behavior problems. I teach the dogs what to do, rather than what not to do, and help you communicate better with your dog, and help your dog become your friend.

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At Doggie Doo's, we offer pet boarding for dogs, cats, and small animals. Our dog boarding is unique because the dogs are only kenneled when they eat and sleep. We have spacious indoor and outdoor facilities that your dog will love. We offer dog grooming for puppies of all shapes and sizes. For every dog, we do a full-service groom that includes two baths, conditioning, ears cleaned, and nails done. At Doggie Doo's Spa and Retreat, we have large indoor and outdoor play areas with sufficient space for dogs to play all day! The dogs are supervised 100% of the time while they are playing to ensure a safe and friendly environment.

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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Need a Dog Trainer

Hewitt, MN

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size(s)
    Large (46-70 lbs), Other (came from an abussive home )
  • Details
    this dog was from a abussive home. while he listens well to me he goes evry where he has started to show aggression in the car at certain people. He is out of control when this happens
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