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Columbia Animal Behaviorists

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Four Paws Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Annetta D.
Verified review

Joya helped me work thru some issues that could have become very problematic with my Aussie puppy. Joya is very knowledgeable and has great insight in the field of animal behavior. Overall a great experience.

  • 2 years in business
Patty J.
Verified review

First of all he is great with all animals but especially with cats, in my opinion. He has activities and toys for them, treats, and seems to really care for my two girls! (Susan and Chunky). They loved playing with him and he kept them entertained. His prices should be higher because he is honestly amazing. But charging me only $10.00 per hour was fantastic. Needed him for 4 hours and dropped them off at his house. Picked them up with no problems. He is a college student so he really had the energy needed for my Susan... Chunky on the other hand..

Devon Bohlmeyer
5.0
from 1 review
    Caleb B.
    Verified review

    Devon did a great job watching the house and animals while I was gone for a couple days. Can't thank her enough for also cleaning while I was away.

    Devon Bohlmeyer
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Caleb B.
      Verified review

      Devon did a great job watching and taking care of our animals.

      About

      We specialize in obedience for puppy' s and young adult dog's. We also work on behavior problems with older dog's

      About

      We are using reinforcement contingencies in animals to shape and modify their behavior. We work with problem behavior, including aggression, anxiety, and other maladaptive behaviors. We do basic command training.

      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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