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Chesterfield Animal Behaviorists

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Ruff Life
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Julie P.
Verified review

A+ for Ben! I could tell immediately that he understood dog behavior and I certainly needed some additional help for handling my very excitable 40 # puppy. After having owned more than 5 dogs, I felt like a complete failure because I was at a loss as to how to handle the OVERLY EXCITABLE puppy. My purpose of getting a new dog was for exercise and companionship but it has been a challenge until Ben arrived. I like the fact that Ben can provide hands on training and can critique me as well as the dog. Providing another view point of what to do and when has been immensely valuable . Julie

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Happy Pups Dog Training, LLC
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
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Selma V.
Verified review

Amy was very friendly. Our experience with her was very positive overall. She had tips for every problem I could think of with my dog and she gave me the right advice and tools to allow me to work with my pup. Now it's up to me to make sure I continue the proper training tips she has given us. I have noticed a difference in my dog's behavior with only 3 sessions! Thanks Amy!

Casey Ray's STL Dog Trainers
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Megan P.
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We had tried a couple of different training programs with my dog before we found Casey, and wow, what a difference! Other programs were okay when it comes to basic obedience but were merely adequate. Unlike other programs that teach you and your dog the basics and then end, Casey's classes lay the foundation for obedience and then go beyond, proofing and reinforcing the behavior so that your dog will listen every time, no matter what distractions are around. The classes are fun and they are a great way to bond with your dog! And after spending hundreds of dollars on a few months of "good enough" training we were ecstatic to find that we could pay one fee and have training for the rest of my dog's life. We love the difference we've seen in our dog and the new confidence he has. He is a happier, more well-adjusted dog and we can't go out of the house without someone commenting on how well behaved he is. Every dog with get will be taken to Casey for training, we are now customers for life!

Dogs in My Home
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Scott B.
Verified review

I highly recamend them . They treat all the animals as there own .

Multi Sport K-9
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Patti J.
Verified review

Melinda and Zack were very helpful in helping us learn to correct the bad behaviors of our dog. We are anxious to continue working with them. The were prompt, professional, patient, and informative. We feel very positive about this next step.

  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Morgan C.
Verified review

I contacted any canine about training for our dog, Sampson. He is a rescue from NYC. He is a loving boy who thrives on attention.... that being said,he needed to learn some manners and boundaries much like a toddler. I had already taken Sampson to an evaluation with a different trainer and had a very bad experience. He had told me Sampson was a "dangerous dog" and that I shouldn't even walk him! I liked Kieli immediately and so did Sampson. We decided to let Sampson go to two weeks of board and train with Kieli ( Any Canine). Best decision ever! Sampson walks well on leash and is a champ with the climb command! :-) We still have some more training to do but mostly for us human parents. Kieli is 100% professional, informative and accommodating to our needs! I would recommend Any Canine to anyone who needs help with their furry companions. Even our vets office commented on the difference in Sampson`s behavior earlier today when we went for his booster shots.

Lifetime Canine LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kristin T.
Verified review

Joey is amazing! He has been working with my dog for four days now and I’m already seeing behavior improvements! Can’t wait to see how great things are in a couple weeks!

Trinity Tails Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Dr Kristin P.
Verified review

Lauren is the dog whisperer! I've had the pleasure of having her work with my dogs as a trainer and a pet sitter. I has to go out of town and needed a pet sitter for my previous dog that suffered from cancer and needed extra accommodations. Lauren came and spent the night with her and gave me updates throughout the evening and next day until I came home. She is so loving and caring for animals. It felt great to be able to trust her with my baby. My pup lost her battle with cancer. My husband and I got a new puppy and we had Lauren come out and train her. We were amazed at what Lauren taught our dog to do within 5 minutes! She was able to sit, high five, lay down, and stay! Amazing! I highly recommend Lauren for pet sitting and training! Thank you Trinity Tails!

The Pet Nanny St. Louis
4.7
from 6 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Kathryn F.
Verified review

Iris is amazing! She loves animals and seems to treat each and everyone like her own pet. When she sits for my 2 cats, she always shows up with a toy for them. She also takes care of me-makes sure I don’t have to worry while I’m away. She sends a text as well as pictures while she is with them. If you use Iris as your pet nanny, your animal will be very well cared for!

Dog training and walking
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jason G.
Verified review

Roxanne has a number of techniques for the dog training. She listens to what you want the dog to do and then forms a plan to get the dog to change his behavior. She did mostly positive reinforcements but she was not afraid to suggest negative reinforcements if that's what is needed. Fortunately our dog responded well with positive reinforcemenfs

Neel's Complete K-9
5.0
from 1 review
  • 15 years in business
Jane B.
Verified review

Rod assisted me in deciding what type of dog I needed, over the phone, without even knowing me. He was very knowledgable about German Shepherds and their behaviors. Thank you Rod, I plan to train at your place!

Nancy Phillips
5.0
from 1 review
    Pat S.
    Verified review

    Nancy has a real love for animals which makes her an excellent choice as a pet sitter. I highly recommend her to anyone needing pet sitting services.

    About

    We are veterinary technicians who pet sit for all pets, specializing in special needs pets that need medical care or treatment while their people are away. We also do some training and behavioral consultations.

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    I do everything, from walking to bathing your animal or simply checking up on them while you are away.

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    I offer walking, training and various needs! I have a poop scooper in hand when needed. I provide tender, loving care, understanding needs of loved ones. I follow through with obedience.

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    I'm a master behaviorist/trainer, and I specialize in solving problems with your pets! I offer group obedience training, private training and advanced training!

    • 4 years in business
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    I have had 3+ years of animal care/customer service experience - large animals to small animals, from wild farm animals to domestic pets. I have had experience with pet boarding, walking, bathing, daycamp and just giving unlimited amounts of LOVE! I am currently working at a Veterinarian Clinic so I have professional experience with giving medications and pointing out any signs of something wrong. I also can do any additional services for your pets such as bathing, nail trimming, and any extra services you may have in mind! I am very easy to reach, have stellar communication skills and will send you pictures of your pet while they are under my care. If you have any questions, feel free to ask! My availability is a little weird due to school and working BUT I can tend to your fur-babies on my breaks or before/after I get off!

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    The St. Louis Animal Emergency Clinics offer a spectrum of services including emergency and critical patient monitoring. Call us today!

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    I will watch your animals whenever you like me to and walk them as well. I'm 18, and I do not go to high school anymore. I'm living on my own and will help you.

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    I provide animal care. I feed animals and provide water, exercise, love, care, medicine that they need, etc. Home care is also available. I plant flowers, mow yards, and water plants.

    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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