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Four Winds Dog Training
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley B.
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I spoke with a handful of dog trainers and I felt the most connection with Shahar. So I hired her : ) We talked on the phone about the behaviors and set up our first training session. She came to our home and was very personable and professional. From our conversation on the phone, she pretty much already knew what corrective training we would work on, therefore, we didn't spend most of the time talking and got a nice portion of the time doing the actual training. It will be tough for all of us as we are about to flip our pups life upside down but Shahar assured me that he will be much happier this way. I will be working with Shahar on follow up trainings until our pups behavior issues has been corrected!

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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
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Lisa S.
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Rita was a huge help when I needed it most with training my new puppy. She is an excellent trainer and was very supportive as I was getting acclimated to the life change. She's patient and has a lot of advice to share. I would recommend Rita for puppy training and all her other services!

Let Rover Stay Over
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Betsy J.
Verified review

We were leaving our dog Toby for the first time with someone we didn't know as a family member to care for him. Needless to say, we were cautious but Heidi runs a professional and dog friendly home environment! She's calm, listens carefully, and has a lot of experience working with many types of breeds. She quickly understood that Toby was a "lap dog" and adapted to his need to sit on someone! :) We can't thank Heidi enough for her caring service and adaptability. We'll be back!!

  • 8 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Christine N.
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Lori is the best dog trainer that I know in Twin Cities! She is patient, and makes it fun, brings it to your home environment where the dogs are more relaxed. I also board my dog here as well. She is the cheapest, has better quality care for my dog than anyone I know. Best quality for the lowest price. She has trained my dog to be perfect! She bonds with the animals so well that they automatically listen to her, and even the most aggressive dogs aren't intimidated and will respond to her. I would recommend going to her before anyone else, you won't be disappointed. She cares about the people and the animals very much. My dog, Buddy, is a westie terrier and goes to doggy daycare here also. He gets along with everyone. Great!

Canine Consultant
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha W.
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Dedicated, loving, knowledgeable, caring, and maybe part K-9. I couldn't recommend a better trainer for your dog not matter if the task is big or small. I have worked with her for over 4 years with many dogs and situations. She has personally trainer 2 of my dogs. One from a puppy and another we had behavioral issues with who is stubborn. She took on both tasks with full dedication and heart. Can not recommend enough!

  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Judy L.
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Crystal has worked with all of our three Springer Spaniels. She took our puppy at 6 months and returned to us a beautifully trained, well rounded pet. She has also worked wonders with our other two dogs. Crystal love dogs and they love her! You will never find a kinder, more knowledgeable dog trainer! She is a wonderful person and a pleasure to watch her work with the dogs!

Let's Go!
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Debra Q.
Verified review

I met Melissa today to discuss walking my 2 dogs. 1 dog was anxious & calmed down after a few minutes. The other dog immediately positively responded to Melissa. I think the dog walking will go well!

  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle F.
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I loved working with Katie. She is very experienced and loves bully breeds which isn't always the case with dog trainers. I worked with BAT training with my leash reactive pittie and she not only trained me on what to do, she gave me tons of ideas of what to do at home (realistic scenarios). She is also very positive. No negative dog training at all. Katie also will continue class even if most people don't show up so it feels like you get a lot of one on one time. I would definitely recommend Katie as a dog trainer.

  • 29 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Brent B.
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Lynne is fantastic at dealing with my dog. She works with me and is very interested in making sure that my dog feels comfortable in his environment. I am very comfortable with her and am very happy that I picked her to help me deal with my dog's aggressive and fear behavior.

  • 11 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mike F.
Verified review

John Ketzner played a key role in the development of my dog and myself as a dog handler. John presented me with the tools and techniques necessary to be successful, then helped me perfect and tune these skills to make them work for me. John takes an individual based approach to dog training, realizing that not all dogs nor handlers are alike. His genuine care for the well-being of the animals shows in the rapport and relationships he develops while working with them.

Kinney K9 Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy D.
Verified review

Lindsay is an incredible dog trainer. She has turned our whole household around for the better because now we know how to interact with our puppy. We strongly recommend Lindsay Kinney from K9 Academy!

  • 10 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jen S.
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Paul arrived and explained the Bark Busters training process to us. Skeptical that it could actually make a difference on the first day, we began the work. Not sure if our dog was overly tired or if she actually was learning a more submissive roll that first day, we were amazed at the changes we were already seeing! She was a totally different dog the next day and has been since. She has been amazingly responsive to the techniques and much more behaviorally appropriate. Although we are still learning the process, we see improvements in ourselves and our dog every single day. The Bark Busters Method really does work! Paul believes in what he is teaching and it's obvious in his work with dogs. We look forward to our future sessions with him.

Borderflies Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Alyssa B.
Verified review

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!

Healing Hounds
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Tayla T.
    Verified review

    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.

    Brunell Home Services
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Eric S.
    Verified review

    Cameron watched my two puppies for a few days in a row and did an outstanding job! He is very friendly and connected with Paxson and Miles instantly! My two puppies usually have separation anxiety from being away from me, but they love staying at Cameron's because he makes it feel like home. He plays with them and let's them run around the yard, and gives them all the love and attention that I would. I had an excellent experience having Cameron as a dog sitter and I really felt like my puppies were in good hands! I will definitely bring my puppies back to Cameron when I need another sitter!

    Hansen Kennels
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 33 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Melenie M.
    Verified review

    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.

    • 17 years in business
    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Sharon O.
    Verified review

    Christina loves dogs and it showed in her handling of our little senior rescues who are absolutely untrustworthy about going outside. In spite of having to clean up after them, she gave them lots of love and care. I am an elderly handicapped woman and I was home for part of Christina's stay. She took very good care of me as well. We will definitely use her services again.

    • 18 years in business
    Terry A.
    Verified review

    Jeff did an excellent job with my dog Mac. I visited several trainers and what he achieved with him in eight weeks others said was impossible. they said I should just keep him as a house pet and buy another dog. What he can get a dog to do is amazing and because of him, Mac is now a house pet who loves to hunt, retrieve and swim. I couldn't ask for a better dog.

    Christina's Critter Care
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Matt S.
      Verified review

      Christina has cared for our dogs for over two months and is wonderful with them. She is punctual and dependable and gives our dogs tons of attention, including walks, belly rubs, and fetch. She cares deeply about their well-being and we know they are in good hands with her. We whole-heartedly recommend her as a pet sitter/walker.

      Pet Care
      1.0
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      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.

      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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