Giffy Dog, LLC

Saint Paul, MN

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Most people think trainers are people who will help their dogs learn obedience. I think that the foundation of training is building a relationship (or bond) built on trust. I want to help people understand that clear communication reduces conflicts and stress and that meaningful changes can be fun rather than based on correction.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the challenge of meeting people with complex lives who are fighting very hard to work with the dogs that share their home and validating their experience, hearing them. I like gaining their trust and watching the transformation that begins when we work together with the dog(s) rather than against them.

Location

Saint Paul, MN 55103

Background check

Complete

Years in business

5

Times hired on Thumbtack

11

Reviews

7 Reviews
  • Beth R. Oct 19, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Excellent help with puppy training.
    Cheryl has helped us start training our puppy. She's personable, patient and knowledgeable. We strongly recommend her.
  • TAMMY B. Oct 5, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    I love working with Cheryl. She's a fantastic trainer. My basset has really responding to her training methods. Will stay with her for the long haul Thanks for your kindness and patients
  • Jill M. May 18, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Cheryl is a patient and kind lover of dogs and has a wonderful insight as to what makes them happy (hint, it's not just exercise)! We will be training with her for the long haul!
  • Amy W. Mar 28, 2015
    Cheryl is absolutely fantastic. She was patient and kind with my dog as well as me. I have a rescue dog from a puppy mill and after two months I never saw my dog she hid all the time and i was at the point of wondering if anything could be done. I called Cheryl and she reassured me and made an appointment to come out quicker than I ever thought. When she came over she gave my dog the personal attention i couldn't get from the books and experience. It's one month later and my shy little dog had completely changed. She wags her tail jumps on the couch and even likes to be pet. Any time i have a question I can still always write or call Cheryl and she promptly responds each time. she came to our aide again and made it possible for me to keep my dog . It was obvious she cared about each specific person and animal and it is much more than just a job to her. When i was laid off She is a life saver. My dog is my life and thanks to her now we are sharing our lives together.
  • John C. Jan 7, 2015
    This was truly a great BONDING class. Cheryl's class had a different approach with new interactive ideas that were fun for both myself and pup. Cheryl did a great job of explaining her approach and why we needed to learn them. When I wasn't sure about something, she could always explain and fix what was needed. Cheryl is great with people and gifted with dogs. All of this and a reasonable price. If you want a long and loving relationship with your dog, this class is a must! John
  • Heather C. Dec 14, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    My husband and I found Cheryl on Thumbtack to help with our Springer Spaniel who has severe separation anxiety. She came to our home and was able to give great insight on issues, as well as, provided us with training techniques and tips/tricks to help us work with him. She also followed up with a great detailed summary. We had a great experience with Cheryl and highly recommend her for other families that are struggling with an anxious pup.
  • Amanda W. Nov 4, 2014
    Cheryl has been a tremendous resource for me as I have worked with a challenging rescue dog. Her support groups have been a safe space to talk about the difficulties, and her classes have given me useful and practical tools to help my dog be a better part of my household. Cheryl's patience and positive approach are what we needed. I wholeheartedly recommend her.

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have worked in dog rescue since 2000, and I have had well over 200 foster dogs in that time. Since 2009, all of the dogs I've fostered have had serious behavioral issues, often resulting from fearfulness and anxiety. I've worked as an assistant trainer for a local trainer and developed my own curriculum in 2012. In 2015, I completed the rigorous Karen Pryor Professional Dog Training Program (KPA-CTP). In addition, I regularly participate in ongoing professional development with industry leaders, such as Drs. Sophia Yin and Dr. Karen Overall.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
With no single licensing body overseeing them, trainers have vastly different approaches and knowledge about current, humane training methods. Visit and talk to trainers before committing to make sure you work well together. And if a trainer's approach conflicts with your beliefs. Stop. You can and should advocate for your dog if something makes you uncomfortable.Ask yourself how you feel about working with this trainer, how does your dog react to the trainer. Make sure you hire the right trainer for you, your family, and your dog, and don't feel the need to commit until you do find the right trainer.