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Saint Joseph Dog Trainers

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Manners PUPlease
from 34 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Zack C.
Verified review

Just booked Melissa for our first training session this week! We have a brand new red standard poodle Arri and my boyfriend and I are very new to training the dog. We decided to go with Melissa because she uses positive reinforcement for training and this is really what we wanted for our dog (plus her rates are unbelievably good!) Melissa has been willing and eager to work with us from day one. She has addressed all of our concerns over phone and promptly answered our emails (I even sent her an entire list of things I wanted to accomplish and she has taken the time to read it, notes and all!) She showed up at our session this Monday and immediately got to work. Our dog was very taken with her and you could really tell Arri was actually having fun! She left us with specific things to work on this week and even when I had concerns on my own, she addressed them on the phone. I am so very excited to see where these training sessions will go and how Melissa will help us mold Arri into the dog of our dreams! Will write another review to post his progress!

  • 17 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Amber H.
Verified review

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!

Turn Around Dogs Behavior
from 18 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Becki E.
Verified review

We are very pleased with our experience with Turnaround Dogs. Pete and Amber came to our home and worked with our “new to us” boxer who was having aggression issues with another family members dog. In the process of addressing those issues their sensitive and intuitive teaching style instilled in us an enthusiasm for training our pets general behavior and we saw tangible results almost immediately. I would highly recommend Turnaround Dogs.

  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Anna S.
Verified review

Our dog Samson is very picky about humans but she did a great job dealing with him. Plus his hair cut looks great!!

Sit, Down, and Stay Awile
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 31 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.

ABC Dog Training
from 7 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Christine T.
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We got our dog, Maggie, 2 years ago from a shelter and decided that she needed some more basic training. She really likes jumping on people and has a mind of her own. ABC Dog Training was recommended to us and Maggie has grown so much since we began training. What I like most about ABC Dog training is that Paula, our trainer, helps me not only teach Maggie commands, but she helps me understand how our dog thinks and how to "communicate" with Maggie so that Maggie is successful with her training and enjoys it! Paula has helped train me on how to think about my interactions with my dog and that makes me a better owner. Paula takes the time to explain why she chooses her training methods and how the positive reinforcement works best for my pup. I highly recommend ABC Dog Training. Maggie is starting to work towards our goal of her becoming a certified therapy dog and I know that ABC Dog Training is the reason she can be successful in attaining this goal.

  • 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
from 1 review
    Esther D.
    Verified review

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

    • 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.


    I'm an animal lover. Whether it's cats or dogs, I love them all. I love grooming and walking them. I enjoy watching them play. All I can say is I have four dogs where I live. They all love me. Thank you so much for a chance to love pets. Thank you.


    I will walk or sit dogs and can help your loved one behave better by basic commands. I love animals. Hopefully, I can help you out.


    I enjoy walking dogs and playing with them. I also love pets. I enjoy taking care of them, such as walking, feeding, and playing.


    My business targets mainly cats and dogs to be well trained to your benefit of how you want them to be trained.


    Susan J has had a passion for animals since childhood with a special enthusiasm for canines. Every dog she has had has completed obedience class, one winning first place in the class finale trick contest. Susan is familiar with canine health, basic nutrition, and the importance of exercise in a dog's life.


    First, I love all types of animals from small to big. I wish to become a person who helps sick animals, such as a veterinarian. I think that the light of life is animals, like dog -- man's best friend. I sign up to volunteer for Wayside Waifs because there are animals who need love and just a friend. That's why I think I should be a dog walker.


    Personal care for each animal....always have an interest in your animal like they are one of my own !! GET WITH me ...never a disappointment !! I have always had an attraction to animals and their individual personalities....can work with any and all !!!


    I walk dogs for 10 dollars an hour. I will walk them around the block and bring them back. You will have to come to me. I am only available every Tuesdays and Fridays, and no walking on holidays. I am available after school at 5:00-7:00.


    I listen to what my clients want and respect what they want. I focus on what im doing and give my all. Knowing I helped some one and they enjoy my work I have provided.


    I am not licensed but working with animals is my God given gift. I charge by clients' best choice. Call and leave a message or text.


    I've done training for basic family living, obedience, conformation, and agility. I helped new owners with dogs from rescue or shelters who need help adjusting to living in a household with love. I've also worked with food aggression and guarding of toys, beds, etc.


    We are amazing, cool and very fantastic pros at work. We have a good business rating at 100% or more that we got just this summer. Leave a list of things for us to do.

    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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