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Springfield Dog Trainers

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Vany's Paws, LLC
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Wendy C.
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Vanessa has been a life-saver! We have two dogs from the same litter but with different dads. They are four years old and both have anxiety and fight with each other. After our first visit and few small changes by the humans in my home, they started to improve. Over the last few weeks we have seen vast improvement and could not be happier with how they behave. Vanessa takes the time to explain the process, to show you how to train them, and checks in with texts during the week. If you need help for your dog's behavior, you should call her!

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Camp Aussie Posse
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brooke K.
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Our girl left a happy puppy and returned a happy puppy. The fundamentals he helped us instill make building on easy and owning a dog much more enjoyable. Little V enjoyed her time with Dickie just as we have. Kudos to a trainer you know will have your back. You won't be disappointed.

Bark Busters
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen b.
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Stan educated us about our pups and how to handle their different personalities. He's very good at handling them. Very professional but a very personable guy. I would recommend stan anyday to people who need help with their fur babies. Look forward to our next visit.

  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Felicia L.
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We loved working with Micah, but probably not as much as our dog Maisy enjoyed seeing him every day! We were sad to see him move and he is missed!!

T's Dogs
from 4 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Pat U.
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He was a very good trainer. Unfortunately, I lost my dog before he could come out again for another session. Tristan refunded my money. Very Professional!

  • 11 years in business
Susan W.
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The training with Lisa has totally changed our puppy Rosco. Life with him is so much better. She really knows what she is doing!

Kritter Kare
from 1 review
  • 29 years in business

I am learning every day by going to classes and seminars. I have years of experience but no one knows everything. Every animal is different, figuring out what works is half the fun.


I train and pet sit dogs. I pet sit all animals but training is limited to dogs. I do it because I love animals.


I became a dog trainer to help people transform their lives and their dogs' lives. I want to see you accomplish the areas that are too difficult for you. Find the time and motivation to accomplish your goals. I dedicate my time and services.


I am a certified canine specialist trained through America's Canine Academy who offers in-home one-on-one services. Nature designed the best training method for dogs. Whispering uses your dogs natural instincts to change bad behavior. We just have to use the same natural techniques in a practical way to fit our home environments. Americas Canine Academy has taken that natural instinct, taught whisperers and we come to your home and teach you how to communicate with your dog in a calm leadership role. Dogs naturally respond to calm leadership and when you learn how to become the calm pack leader, you will be amazed at how fast your dog will transform. With a new found confidence, a dog that has been pulling you on the leash can walk calmly in just minutes. Our pets are a blessing and will bring us years of joy if we just fulfill their basic needs. They don't know what we expect from them, so it is our responsibility to teach them in ways that are natural, using body language and calm energy that they understand. Dogs live in the moment, so if we will give them what they need, they will give us so much more in return. We have to realize that we cannot ""love" our dog's bad behavior away. There's is no need for dominance, force or intimidation to have a stable dog. Humans just have to realize that although they love their pet, he is not human; he is a dog and you have to learn to understand and communicate in a way he understands. Once you change, your dog will change with you. It's not too late. Once you learn to communicate with your beloved pet in ways that he understands, your relationship with your pet will become stronger and he will wait for your guidance in every aspect. My methods work because they are simple. If we meet our pet's needs, they will meet our needs. Let me show you the proven techniques that work every time, and get your life back. Watching those shows on TV haven't worked for you so far have they? To learn more, you can visit my website, or check out North Texas Dog Whisperer on Facebook. Call or email me and let me share with you how I can eliminate those unwanted behaviors that have you so stressed out. I will be in the Springfield and surrounding areas for the next few weeks and am offering huge discounts and savings. Call to learn more. We give discounts for: Students, retirees, and family. Have some neighbors or friends that may be interested? Ask about our group rate. Adopted your pet from a shelter or rescue group? Do your foster dogs? Just got a puppy? Call today! Can't seem to get your dog to do what you want? Every time you open the front door it's a race to see who can get out first? You don't have guests over anymore because you spend more time yelling at your dog than talking to them? Where's the joy you thought you would have getting this dog? Take control before it is too late and something bad happens.



Side Kick Dog Training offers puppy to adult dog classes plus specialty classes for tricks and coming when called. Misti Fry MS CPDT and Carrie Galvan CPDT have extensive experience and can help you deal with serious behavioral issues like anxiety, aggression, hyperactivity, and destructiveness. CPDT=Certified Professional Dog Trainer


I am a very experienced and knowledgeable trainer with experience in sport, protection, basic behavior and obedience training. I have never met an untrainable dog. If you want real results with something you can continue on your own well after I'm gone. My training and techniques are world-class. I 100% guarantee my training! I love dogs and enjoy working with people. My courses are fun for both the animal and owner!


I am willing to take care of people's animals, giving the animals the extra love and affection they deserve.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Most other dog trainers will specialize in just one area of training. My goal is to help keep dogs out of shelters and to create a great bond between dog and owner. It is because of this goal that I have striven to specialize in both obedience training and behavioral training.


I teach obedience training and behavior modification. I'm a certified dog trainer through animal behavior college. I also do dog walking.


We offer dog training and rehabilitation. I have trained over 250 dogs. With dog psychology, the breed or age doesn't matter. Any problem is solvable be it aggression, nervousness, timidness, hyper-active, chewing, barking, jumping and any other problem.


I'm training dogs and people for pet obedience, competition, scent detection, behavioral modification, and protection work.

Q & A

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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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