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Independence Dog Trainers

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  • 32 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chris B.
Verified review

Earl was absolutely wonderful to work with. His knowledge on dog training will benefit my wife and I for a lifetime. It was a pleasure to get to know him as he invested in training us to train our dog. I am extremely grateful of his expertise that will continue to benefit our family. Earl truly knows how to train dogs and I highly recommend anyone with a dog to call him up.

CinnaSits!! Play&Poo4U
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Emily G.
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Cindy is great to work with! My dog loves her walks, and I appreciate her being able to work my dog in for a last minute walk.

Jo Co Barking Club
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Callie F.
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These guys are great! They leave journal and write in it every day so I know how my pup did on walk/visit. Show up on time. Very responsive and okay with last minute changes. I also used their obedience training for my dog and we are improving every day!

Melissa's Menagerie LLC
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Anne G.
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I am incredibly grateful for Melissa's help and genuine love for my dog! As a nurse, I work long shifts and Melissa is always up to visit my dog, Hallie and take her for a walk outside during my 13 hr stretches at work. I've had to be very picky looking for a dog walker who can look after my dog appropriately as she (my dog) does not always get along with other dogs and needs strict supervision/discipline on a leash outside the house. Hallie is skiddish of new people as well and she warmed up to Melissa within minutes of our first visit. Melissa is very open and easy to communicate with and is flexible with scheduling. I also find her very reasonably priced (always a plus). I could immediately tell Melissa has a genuine love for animals and her relationships with them. I completely trust her in my house and with my pets. I feel so lucky to have touched base with her! Would highly recommend her!

  • 17 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Amber H.
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We have been using the dog walking and sitting services for over 2 years. We are very happy with the care our dogs receive. When we come home from vacation and the dogs are dropped off, they are well cared for and in good health. They get very excited to leave on vacation when we do as well and Like Summor and Shawn a lot. When our dogs have had health issues, we are always updated. Our one dog is loving, but dumb and eats a lot of non-food items. Summor, Shawn, and their staff always let us know when she has had any suspicious ingestions or colorful stools. Our Dog Duke got a cut right before we left for vacation. Summor took him to our vet when it started to look infected and got the care he needed. They are prompt with online billing invoices, quotes, etc. I have no complaints and only praise for their service and am a very happy customer!

  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Anna S.
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Our dog Samson is very picky about humans but she did a great job dealing with him. Plus his hair cut looks great!!

Pets Are Grand
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Beth B.
Verified review

Pets are Grand is simply the best. It is so comforting knowing Kati treats my pup as if it is her own! It is much easier leaving for several hours knowing my dog is in great hands! Highly recommended!

Sit, Down, and Stay Awile
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Deb L.
Verified review

We are now on the road to having a well trained dog and will use this service again in the near future for more advice and experience.

Turn Around Dogs LLC
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Stephen C.
Verified review

professional people with great dog instincts. They are experienced and able to work with any dog. I have seen them take the time and patience to get an aggressive dog to a positive outcome. I would trust them with my dogs. Highly recommend.

Show Me K9 Dog Training
4.4
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Gerardo L.
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Jeff did a great job training my dog and training me. Excellent results, Highly recommend.

K&N Pet Sitting
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Shelbie S.
Verified review

I can't say enough good things about mother-daughter team Kristen and Natalie. It's obvious that they're doing this because they love being with animals. The first day I was gone they sent me a video of Natalie playing with my dog which I absolutely loved! I have never felt more comfortable with any dog sitter I have hired in the past. I knew that I could trust these two in my home and with my much beloved dogs. Kristen is professional, super friendly, and always responds quickly to messages. I have zero complaints and will use K&N Pet Sitting any time I need a sitter in the future!

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Brent H.
Verified review

Carol is very great with my pet! She is very good in communicating how each meeting went and is available to provide advice. My dog is very happy every time he gets to hang out with Carol. I would recommend her to a friend.

Halo Pet Sitting
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
Shelly W.
Verified review

I had to go out of town on a business trip, and my cat Gigi, and my yorkie, Bella, needed to be let out and fed twice a day. They hate the noise at dog boarding, so home care is what I prefer. Adrienne came every morning , and again on the evening , fed them, and played with them also. I was so happy to Find Adrienne at Halo Per sitting, to keep my fur kids calm and no disruption In their schedule. I plan on calling her every trip I have.

  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Judy S.
Verified review

Creature Comforts was amazing. We went out of the country for 10 days and Carol went above and beyond taking care of our pets including playing the dog's favorite games and buying pine shavings for the rabbit and letting us reimburse her when we got back. Highly recommend.

Renee's dog walking
5.0
from 1 review
    Esther D.
    Verified review

    She's a good person always on time I'm lucky to have her

    About

    I have been grooming for 4 years and been in dog training coarses

    About

    I provide training of dogs in basic and some advance classes. I teach owners about the bad things we must not teach our or your dogs.

    • 12 years in business
    About

    I have a service dog that I trained and I would like to help people train their own dogs and train service dogs for them or help them train their own service dog.

    About

    I have assisted people in making nutritional diets easy and fun, been an extra hand in running errands or shuttling kids from one activity to another, along with caring for your home and loved ones while you provide for them. In taking care of your pets I under that they are part of the family and will treat them with the nurturing care they deserve. Hectic family lives and long hours at work make it hard to give your family and pets the exercise and attention they need. Let me save you time so that everyone at home is more happy and healthy.

    About

    We walk dogs, feed dogs, play with dogs, and give medications to dogs. We love cats, too! We can take care of short-term or long-term pet sitting needs in your home only; we already have our own menagerie!

    About

    Hello my name is Sadie and I absolutely love dogs! I am a marketing major here at the university of Kansas. I have a husky/German Shepared named Lilli, back home in Minnesota. It's been hard being away from her for so long and not being able to go running, walking or playing with her, so I thought why not help others! :)

    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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    Need a Dog Trainer

    Kansas City, MO

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size(s)
      Medium (16-45 lbs)
    • Details
      He has gotten very aggressive and now is influencing the other dog to become the same way with his aggression.
    • $175
      Average price
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