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Stillwater Dog Behavior Specialists

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Four Winds Dog Training
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy S.
Verified review

Exactly the trainer I needed to help me with my dog. She is patient and knowledgeable, giving you the tools you need to understand your dog's behavior and correct problems. Her prices are very reasonable too!

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Canine Revival, LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Barb B.
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Rita clearly loves dogs and knows animal behavior. She worked wonders with our Rat Terrier (and us for that matter!) I had looked at some of the dog training classes in the area and none of the times worked for us. What's great about Rita is she's flexible and works within your schedule. Also, the training is one-on-one which is not the case with classes. She works specifically to the level and needs of your dog. After each class, she leaves you with very detailed instructions on what she just taught you, which is great because there was always something I forgot. She also makes herself available by text if you have any questions. Best of all, she makes it fun for all. I know I will return to her to brush up or take our training to the next level.

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K9SF, LLC
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sally R.
Verified review

Really know dog behavior and Milo and Ryan are great to work with. Excellent communication and a deep well of patience for dogs and dog parents.

Terra Paws
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel V.
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Mandy did an excellent job. I would highly recommend her to anyone with a dog having behavior issues.

  • 8 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Krista R.
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I use her service all the time. I like her training methods and she has a good rapport with the dogs. She is doing very well with one of my dogs that has behavioral issues, he is making great progress. She also has a doggie day care and has taken very good care of my 14 year old dog and keeps her in top shape. I have a work schedule that keeps me away for 24 hours at a time and she is willing to watch my dogs at anytime.

Canine Consultant
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Jay B.
Verified review

Does your dog have behavior problems? Or just need coaching on getting your dog to listen to you more and think of you as the "pack leader" in the relationship? I now have a dog once owned by Justine, and he is the most well behaved dog I've seen, always responds to my commands and even knows a number of tricks as well! She can also provided specialized training for PTSD service dogs. Hire Justine for whatever may be your needs - you'll be so happy you did, as will your dog!

  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Leah S.
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Crystal has worked with both of our dogs now and I can't tell you how grateful we are for her services. Crystal is passionate, professional, knowledgeable, and so patient. Crystal taught us simple concepts and commands that we could use to better understand our dogs' behavior and communicate effectively at their level. She helped us determine that we were not the best fit for our rescue dog due to his psychological issues and acted as his advocate by helping us in our search to find him the appropriate home with a more experienced dog owner, even when his original shelter turned him down. Crystal provided her knowledge, resources, and support to us even after our training sessions had come to an end. We would highly recommend Crystal Fetting to anyone who has simple or complex dog issues that need to be resolved. Thank you for everything Crystal! ~Leah

  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Laurie L.
Verified review

Jim has cured my golden retriever with his issues with leash-pulling and fear of car rides making him a happier dog, and me a happier dog owner. His calm/ assertive approach and insights on dog psychology were 100% effective.

  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Cory K.
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Katie has given my daughter and I advice about our dog’s behavior issues and has been right on with every thing she told us. She is very knowledgeable about dog behavior. I have also seen first hand how she trained her horse and was very impressed!

  • 29 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Brent B.
Verified review

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.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy S.
Verified review

Casey provided excellent training for our dog related to barking.

Kinney K9 Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany L.
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I hired Lindsay to work with my dog, Rocky, on basic obedience. He was very territorial of parts of the house and needed work with some basic commands. Lindsay showed me how to communicate better with Rocky. I now know what he needs from me in order to feel safe and this has had a huge impact on his behavior. Lindsay uses positive reinforcement and counter-conditioning. She keeps the dog feeling safe and positive, showing him what he should be doing instead of what he should not be doing. She uses treats to get her points across to the dog. She does not use bark or shock collars or anything that would make the dog feel uncomfortable. I am very happy with my experience so far, and will continue using Kinney 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.

Your Dog's Best Friend
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Martha K.
Verified review

Our Rescue uses Your Dog's Best Friend exclusively because of the results we have experienced with our behavior challenged dogs. We have had 6-7 go through Boot Camp or extensive one on one training with both Robert and Max with fantastic results. Our adopters have also had personal training with them with the same great results. I myself have learned so much in this area: greeting dogs, walking dogs, helping a dog overcome fear agression, shyness, and most of all: establishing a healthy Leadership Role. We have taken in dogs that would otherwise be put down and helped them become happy, friendly dogs with a forever home; all thanks to their training and guidance.

Aurum Canine Services, LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Cheryl G.
    Verified review

    I hired Dana to consult with me about a prospective service dog. Dana was efficient and knowledgeable in her assessment, and she conducted herself professionally. Dana not only understood the criteria for becoming a service dog and how to assess them, but she also had a great understanding a dog physical limitations; she assessed for physical as well as behavioral suitability. Overall, it was an excellent experience.

    Wolfstock Kennels
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Angela L.
      Verified review

      I was having some behavior issues with my German Shepherd and wasn't sure who to turn to. We left him with Troy for a week (I was SO NERVOUS, I've never been away from my dog) and I was stunned at what a great dog we got back. Not only was his behavior much improved, but Troy gave us some grooming tips (he came back bathed and with nails clipped!!), but Troy worked with us for hours to show us how to get the behavior we were looking for. I'm very nervous about leaving my dog with ANYONE. I wouldn't hesitate to bring my dog to Troy again in a heartbeat. If you have a dog that has even serious behavior problems, believe me, you've found the master. Will never leave my dog with anyone else again besides TROY!

      Pawsitive Dog LLC
      2.0
      from 1 review
      • 30 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      We offer effective, science based, force free training and behavior modification for dogs and cats, to help them become the best companions they can be for your family. We use the latest in scientifically based techniques that provide fast, effective, lasting results. These build a positive, happy relationship with your pets by using force free training methods that you and your pets will love. We each have over thirty years experience working with all types of dogs, solving all kinds of behavior problems. It gives me great pleasure to see happy, well behaved dogs, and happy owners. Too many pets are given up on and end up in shelters, and the most often cited reason is behavior issues. I am thrilled when I can save some of those pets, and see them stay in their homes, where they are loved, instead of having to go through the trauma of being abandoned, with all the emotional issues that can entail. It is also hard on owners, who got the pets to be loved members of their families, and are heartbroken when they feel they need to go to such an extreme when they end up with behavior problems they feel powerless to handle. I love being able to give them the skills to resolve their issues, and keep their pets as loved family members.

      About

      We offer in-home, group, and semi-private dog training. We cover obedience, behavior modifications, and problem behaviors. Certified by several organizations and having years of experience, PLB uses the latest techniques to improve your dog's behavior and generate a solid relationship between you and your dog.

      About

      For my experience my fees are very fair. I do one on ones and teach classes. I like most the different behaviors and how each dog is different.

      I Dog Speak

      New To Thumbtack

      • 6 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      I genuinely care about the human and dog bond. I want you to be the best pair you can be. seeing the dog change and the human get why.

      Good Dogs Minnesota

      New To Thumbtack

      • 5 years in business
      About

      My main focus in working with dogs is behavioral modification and dog psychology. This means that I focus not only on the behavior, but what is causing the behavior. I work with dogs and owners to not only over come behavioral obstacles, but to strengthen the bond between them. I also educate owners how to prevent future behavioral problems and what to do if problems reoccur.

      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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