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Four Winds Dog Training
from 34 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Karen B.
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The training I received and shown on how to train my dog was outstanding. I look forward to working with Four Winds Dog Training again once my dog has mastered her first few tasks. I really appreciated being able to talk through the task I need my dog to be able to perform for me so she can become a fully qualified service dog.

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.

  • 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!

Leashes and Leads
from 1 review
    Mary T.
    Verified review

    Mikaela is truly "the dog whisper!" She understands your dog, even more... she GETS your dog. She listens to your concerns, and your training goals. She makes a plan, and then miraculously you end up with the best behaved dog on the planet! Almost a year after training my dog still sees Mikaela and runs to her, and just snuggles her legs. I recommend Mikaela for all of your dog training needs, she is quite simply the best... no hyperbole!!!

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    "A Dog Spot" is a small dog boarding facility that is all about dogs. The kennel is located in the lower walk out level of our home and has been designed with a dog's comfort in mind. We start with a home-like atmosphere. We have a large recreation/family room for dogs to enjoy giving them a chance to get out of their kennel throughout the day. There is furniture for them to lounge on and big windows that look out into the yard. We painted the walls blue and yellow because dogs can see those colors. We figured if it's a place for dogs they should be able to see it too. There is a large-fenced yard that can be used for running and playing or just strolling and sniffing. We have in-floor radiant heat through out the kennel area. The floor is non-slip for guests that need a little extra traction due to age, injury, or disease.


    I am a professional dog trainer. I graduated from Petropolis Academy of Grooming & Training. I have extensive training in obedience training, protection and police K-9, assistance in dog training, and advanced scent detection. I also conduct public group classes and private lessons. Discover methods and tricks to make your dog more respectable and expand your relationship through a consistent type of communication to help maintain good behavior. Your puppy will enjoy this experience and will be a good fix for attention.


    I have a lot of experience working in pet boarding facilities. I am also finishing my dog training certification at the Animal Behavior College and have assisted with many training classes. My passion is dog behavior and helping people understand and work with their pets.

    • 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 enjoy working with dogs because they're so smart and fun. Watching them learn new things and how to live a successful and happy life is so rewarding.


    I dog sit and walk and even baby sit for your human babies. My hours are flexible. I'm very dependable and always on time.


    We offer dog training -- both group classes and private lessons. We also have premium foods, treats and training supplies.


    I provide excellent care to your dog and treat them as my own while under my care. I will listen to you and help you and your dog achieve your goals. Train the dog in front of you is my motto! I love the challenge of training dogs. Every dog is different with a unique personality, figuring out what works best for them and what makes them tick is so much fun. There is no better feeling than when your hard work pays off and it finally "clicks" with the dog!


    We offer a private dog boarding facility located in the country. Doggie daycare and overnight boarding are available. We have a climate-controlled facility that offers large kennels for those multiple dog families that we love, along with two outdoor enclosed areas to run and play under the pines or just relax by the stream! We guarantee TLC and nightly massages to all dogs. IRIE Kennels is a "pawsome" time for your pooch!

    Q & A

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    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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