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I just can't say enough about Darci's professionalism and genuine love of animals. She has done everything from socializing to training to boarding to loving our puppy like she is her own. She is highly dependable and always does exactly what she says will do. Since we are first time dog owners, finding someone that I could trust was the most important thing when looking for a trainer and pet sitter. I can completely trust Darci. It is more that just the fact that she without a doubt loves dogs, but she respects them, wants the best for them, and it shows in her work and interaction. Our dog could not love her more and it shows in how Maizy responds to her and is beyond excited to see her every time. And whenever we have a question, or see a behavior we aren't sure what to do with, Darci has a solution or suggestions. If you are looking for the best care available for your pet when you can't be with them, then you should choose Darci. You will be so glad you did!Apr 6, 2017Verified
She was very knowledgeable and helpful. There was never any pressure to set up a schedule to keep training. I have already noticed a change in my dog's behavior from one training session and the homework she gave us. I will schedule another one in about a month. I would highly recommend her services!Feb 10, 2017Verified
Darci is amazing. She took our baby, Ernie, for about 4 weeks and worked magic with him. He was a rescue puppy with a really tough beginning, and was scared of everyone/everything before training with her. After he came home, he was much more calm. You could identify a difference in his affect immediately, particularly how proud he was when we praised him for following through with a command. Her style of positive reinforcement is wonderful for rescue animals that have been through traumatic first experiences. We fell in love with Ernie before he left to see Darci, but after he came back, it was magic. Darci also came to our home to follow-up with Ernie, and met him before she took him on as a board/train puppy. Probably the most amazing experience with Darci was over the Christmas holiday. Our Ernie was diagnosed with a terminal kidney illness at only 10 months old. Darci came to visit him at our home the day before he died, and performed t-touch on him, which made him feel better and reduced his anxiety during a time in which he really needed it. She cares so much about the animals she works with. Ernie adored her, and so do we. She became a source of support for me, too, when I was (and remain) devastated about Ernie's illness and death. We will most definitely be using her again when we adopt a puppy in the future. She is worth every single penny. We are so grateful that Ernie had the experience of pride in his own accomplishments - such a blessing! Gratefully, Becky, Chad, and Ernie GerbigDec 28, 2017Verified
We have boarded our dogs with Darci for over 5 years. We also have hired her for some personal dog training when we got a new puppy. Darci's professionalism is always present, and her ability to communicate with our dogs and train them effectively is remarkable! I would trust her completely to care for any animal I have and I highly recommend her services!Jan 26, 2017
Darci came over to my home to do some training in my dog’s environment to address some specific things I wanted to work on. Not only was she wonderful with my dog, she explained things to me to ensure I could continue working on the training in the days to come. I would highly recommend Darci for any training needs - she is patient, knowledgeable and (most important to me) gentle with my pup! :-)Nov 28, 2017VerifiedDarci Kvam's reply
Thank you for your kind words. Beau is a sweetheart! I enjoyed training with both of you.
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Fyi: My real hours are "by appointment". Unfortunately, I'm not able to add this to Thumbtack's office hour page. ▪Average base price for private training within a 45 mile radius from Monticello,* MN is ~$69/hr. •House call fees range from $0 - ~$45 depending on location & distance within the 45 mile radius. ☆▪︎ Any training beyond 45 mile radius from Monticello, MN = Requires a minimum of a 2 hour session & the house call fee may range to correspond to longer travel time ($45 or more). * Package Discount &/or possible house call fee waivers may be available. ▪Board & Train in My House is $50-$55*/Day (*couple factors to determine). ☆REQUIRES Pickup & Drop off (fees apply). ▪︎Pet Boarding $35/day; benefits for longer stays & possible discounts or rewards for more than 1 pet. *First visit requires a Pickup (with fee), Drop off is optional. After the first visit, P/U or D/O is optional (fees apply). **Pick up makes it much smoother & less stressful for your dog; especially, the first visit to a new place & to meet kiki the first time. :) Also, can take away the worry that your dog will feel abandoned or being left. ▪2+ hours, half day & full day group trainings may be hosted by training facilities or private clients.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Start with a phone consult where we may both ask questions to decide if we are on the same page regarding my training style & if I feel I may be able to help you & your pet; or if I may recommend refering you to other types of training or trainers. If you are looking for overnight pet sitting or boarding, does my set up in my home meet your needs....or do you prefer in your home, what are you & your pet's needs?
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?*Accredited dog trainer *Certified TTouch Practitioner *Equissage Equine/pet massage *Certified Therapeutic (Life) Coach *BS Medical Technology with strong focus in Veterinary Science