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Saint Louis K9 Trainers

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Ruff Life
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Mary S.
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We hired Ben to help with a large Shepherd-Rottweiler mix, who pulled and didn't respect commands. He was so professional in how he had that dog's respect right away, and didn't raise his voice at all. Ben is a real dog whisperer, and knows what he is doing. I am also impressed that he has taken the time to invest in extensive training in all areas of dog training. His knowledge is so inclusive that he can easily step out of the box to tailor his approach to each dog individually.

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Happy Pups Dog Training, LLC
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
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Steve J.
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Amy was very helpful assisting in training our puppy. Will probably use again as needed, and would recommend to anyone needing dog training. Very flexible on schedule, added bonus.

STL K9 Academy
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole W.
Verified review

So far, Jamey has been understanding, professional, and very helpful. I look forward to working more with him to help me grow my relationship with my dog through training.

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

Miranda is AMAZING! I would never go to anyone else for dog training or caring for! She trained our service dog Ryder for us and she has helped us with dog sitting multiple times. We love her!

Midwest Canine Company
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Anna T.
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Shawn has given me complete confidence that I'll be able to better communicate with and understand my dog after he is done with his training. We have completed 1 week of a four-week session, but I already see a huge improvement. Highly recommend.

Trinity Tails Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Pam E.
Verified review

There are not enough positive words to describe my experience with Trinity Tails Training. From day one, the employees of TTT have been very understanding and compassionate to the issues we were experiencing and needing help with. I never once felt like a failure in the dog training world and I have learned so much in just a few sessions with my own personal Great Dane and Great Dane fosters. I can reach out to TTT at anytime, with any issue (even if it seems trivial) and will be given direction on how to handle it until I could meet up with a trainer in person. I have recommended and will continue to recommend TTT to everyone I know. Being in the rescue world, finding a good dog trainer, is like finding gold. Thank you Trinity Tails Training! You are quite a blessing!

STL Dog Training, LLC.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Shelley E.
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We have different dogs now! It is so much easier than take them for walks and have visitors in our home now that they are trained. Jax is very patient and always willing to answer questions. Highly recommend!

DogSmarts Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
    Allie G.
    Verified review

    Casey and Shelly have made a tremendous impact on training our Jack Russell Terrier(5)and Australian Shepherd mix(4). In preparation for our move to Switzerland we knew we had a lot of work to do. Casey and Shelly worked with us one on one and helped to train our dogs on and off the leash. People are amazed at how well behaved our dogs are and how well they listen to us. Once important thing I learned from Casey and Shelly is it's not all about training your dog it's also about training you. Put forth the effort and have fun with the training and it will come back to you ten fold. We have two well-behaved and happy companions for life. Thanks Casey and Shelly!

    About

    We have 24-hour cage-free daycare and boarding. Dog training and modification are available. Dog bathing is also available. We have webcams for your viewing convenience. A 24-hour pickup service is available.

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    If you want to form a deeper bond with your dog, basic obedience training is where to start. I teach all levels of obedience training from basic to advanced. I also offer unique classes such as agility, fido fitness and out and about classes. I am a AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator and a Therapy Pets Unlimited evaluator and volunteer. I offer group classes and private training. Starting this year I will also be offering pet sitting in the owners home.

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    I can do obedience-training to dogs. I will teach dogs to heel, sit and stay, down and stay, come, 2heel, on and off the leash. I will teach them not to jump on people, unless asked to. I will teach dog not to bite. Dog will also learn to stay calm in a social setting.

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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!

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    We offer dog training, whether for agility, obedience, competition level or just having fun. Lots of classes are offered during the week; some agility are offered on the weekends. Our indoor is 10,000 square feet and climate controlled. Contact us for more info.

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    I train dogs; I have one of my own. My dog, Hunter, is my example as to what I can do. I have over 40 years of experience and I love working with dogs. I can also train people when it comes to fitness for themselves.

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    I do positive reinforcement and breed-specific training and in-home private dog obedience lessons for six weeks long.

    • 5 years in business
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    Have 4 Dogs That We Love Dearly..Love 4 All Animals. .

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    My desire is to provide high-quality low-cost dog training. My per session fee starts at $10 per session, with price increases depending on how far the drive, to accommodate for gas money. In addition, 80% of the proceeds I make will go back to the animal rescue of your choice! Some background on my training experience: I have taken several dogs through their basic obedience, and two of my own canine companions have received their CGC. In addition, I owner trained my own service dog, which is no small feat! Dog training is something I not only have confidence in, but have experience in as well. I am willing to work with all dogs other than those exhibiting highly aggressive behaviors, as I do not feel qualified to handle those situations.

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    We specialize in high end custom decks, at very competitive prices. More than 10 years experience, bonded and insured.

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    I am calm yet assertive when working with dogs. I have the ability to listen to the owner and transform what they want to their dog, and teach the owner how to perform it over and over.

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    Are you worried about your dog while you're away at work? Many pet parents worry their dog is bored, not getting enough exercise and/or damaging belongings or furnishings while they're at work. Rosie's Doggie Daycare provides fun cage-free doggie day care that can make a major difference in your and your dog's life. Our day care includes exercise, playtime, fresh air, and an opportunity to build socialization skills and most importantly, a chance to burn off all that pent-up energy! Give your dog something fun to look forward to every day! Our day care attendants have years of dog handling experience and are dog behavior experts -- ensuring that your pet will have a safe, fun, and enriching experience while at Rosie's. Rosie's also features a full-service grooming Salon with highly experienced and gentle groomers. We customize each haircut to your desires and offer specialty services such as creative coloring, de-skunking and FURminator de-shedding. Do you have a dog that could brush up on his/her manners? We offer many training packages and classes with our certified dog trainer. Training enhances communication between dog and owner and can help immensely with problem behaviors.

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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?
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