Giffy Dog, LLC

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  • Beth R.

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    Cheryl has helped us start training our puppy. She's personable, patient and knowledgeable. We strongly recommend her.

    Oct 19, 2016Verified
  • TAMMY B.

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    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

    Oct 5, 2016Verified

About this pro

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. 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.

Years in business

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

11

Background check

Completed
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    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.
    Coverage Area for Giffy Dog, LLC is about 25+ miles of Saint Paul, MN.