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Mankato Dog Trainers

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Four Winds Dog Training
from 34 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Charlene E.
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We contacted Four Winds Dog Training because we’d had trouble with our female Klein Poodle who spent her first 5 1/2 years as a breeder dog. Although she was not physically abused, Marlo clearly had unpleasant experiences, particularly with men, leaving emotional scars and causing unpredictable behaviors. The worst has been aggressiveness towards men in certain situations - including one biting incident. Shahar of Four Winds has worked methodically with us and Marlo in our home, teaching us to use clicker training and positive reinforcements. Shahar is firm in her guidance but yet sensitive and flexible as appropriate. She listens to owners (and Marlo!) and works to find the best outcomes for a situation while staying true to her own experience and training. We are currently attending her 6-session group class to hone our clicker training skills. Marlo responds positively to the clicking sound which often brings a treat, after she successfully follows a command. Shahar also encourages intermittent rest and play periods so as not to tire the dogs. Marlo clearly enjoys this kind of training. Before Shahar’s training began, Marlo was steadily getting worse. Although Marlo’s behaviors tend not to change quickly (in spite of her high intelligence), we have seen steady improvement. We are very happy with the results.

Pet Care Services
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Darla S.
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Sally was very nice to work with and my dog Lucy enjoyed working with her too. Lucy liked to jump up a lot and Sally taught us techniques that showed results right away. She had great tips and suggestions on how to care for her. We plan to hire Sally if Lucy ever needs care while we are out of town.

Crazy Dog Training
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. :)

Mary Malone Canine Coach
from 3 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Dana B.
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Mary is more than a dog trainer. She's my mentor for all things related to dogs. She works with a deep awareness of what it takes to bring people in alignment with their dog's intelligence, emotions and breed. The more she shares the more I want learn, and I am grateful.

Pet Training Services
from 3 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen P.
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The most caring and sensitive trainer I know!! All Positive she really loves animals and it shows! I Really think she could train a mosquito if she tried!

  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Susan J.
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Love the dog training classes by Terrific Tails! Great location, instructor is very knowledgeable and classes are affordable. Thanks!

The Pampered Pooch
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Vanessa J.
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Liz walked my two dogs every day for a week. She was very dependable and did a great job. She even took them out when it was raining!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I offer in-home training that is dog friendly and easy to implement. It is designed to improve your relationship with your dog while teaching basic commands and manners and solve any behavior issues from barking to aggression. I will empower you to take control of your dog's behavior in any given situation without using food or force. I will work with any dog, any age and any issue! Happy dogs=happy families. Bark Busters. A better way to a better dog!

Pet Care
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Hi, there! Animals are my passion and my career. I have my degree in animal science with specialization in nutrition, health, and animal behavior/training from the University of Minnesota. I have worked at a vet clinic for three years during college. I have experienced working at PetSmart for over a year as a groomer and in sales in guiding new pet parents along their exciting new journey. I also gained experience in caring for reptiles, avian animals, and small mammals for those clients looking for care for other pets at home. During my last two years in high school, I worked at a pet resort and excelled in daycare and boarding services. I just graduated from college and have a lot of energy and TLC to give to your pet, and I hope you consider me for your next pet sitter. Please feel free to text/call my cell, or contact me via my email as well; I will return your call/email very promptly. I am available overnights and have a very flexible schedule.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

With humane, science-based training methods, we will decide what you want your dog to do instead of focusing on what you don't want him doing. I am committed to using only humane, science-based training methods. My goal is to provide you with the tools you need to enjoy the dog you already love. Why use pain or fear-based methods when there are other options? When I work with a dog I go at their pace, watch for a goofy smile and wait for the dog to let me know when he is having fun. I hope to someday see the dog training industry say goodbye to scary and painful training tactics.


I am a one-person pet sitting/dog walking operation. I love animals, and I have many years of experience as a pet owner and volunteer with animal rescues. I volunteered for many years at the Animal Humane Society and currently volunteer with Secondhand Hounds, a no-kill rescue. I have cared for dogs, cats and horses as a pet sitter.


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.


I will walk your dog for you when you can't at any time of the day. I will work around your schedule.


I'm excited to help dog owners learn to train their dogs to be happy, cooperative family members!

  • 7 years in business

Every dog is treated like it is a member of my family.


I'm just starting this business. I'm a 61 years young man who has a disability. My experience is that I've had a dog in my life since I was a young boy. I also had dogs since high school. I trained myself in dealing with obedience issues. I provide a firm and loving care without cruelty or mistreatment . They're just like my kids to me and I love them all unless they show me that they don't deserve that love and that has never happened.


I will walk or run your dogs, feed your cats, babysit and clean your house, and I'll even do the laundry! I can do just one of these for you or all of them. I work during weekends too.


I offer dog training, including basic skills, advanced skills, manners, aggression, and fear-based behaviors. I train with positive reinforcement and can adapt methods from person to person and dog to dog, as no two are the same. I have 12 years of experience as a certified veterinary technician and 8 years of training. I sat for and passed the Dog CPDT exam on the fall of 2010.

  • 5 years in business

We are training dogs effectively with pain-free methods. Reward-based training methods, usually referred to as positive reinforcement training, focuses on giving and taking away things the dog wants. Reward-based training methods rely on two principles of operant conditioning:


I'm up for either of the three. I have experience with babysitting, nannying, and I have three dogs, so I know how to take care of them.

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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