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University City K9 Trainers

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Ruff Life
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Geoff G.
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Ben has been amazing over the last few weeks training our dog. He answers and practically addresses any questions or concerns we have and gives us practical and realistic ways to work with our pup between visits. I've seen extraordinary improvement from my dog in just four visits from Ben. Couldn't be happier; money well spent.

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Happy Pups Dog Training, LLC
4.9
from 33 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 74 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.

Bravo K9 Dog Training
4.7
from 23 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Anissa O.
Verified review

My English mastiff is a puppy but what she taught her was exactly as I had expected. Very very knowledgeable about training dogs!!!! Would definitely use her again

Casey Ray's STL Dog Trainers
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Diana K.
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We met with Casey yesterday and set up training for our dog and are looking very forward to starting this process with Casey and his staff. We were very impressed with their philosophy of training not only the pet but the owners. Can't wait to get started!

Matty B's Dog Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Rheana N.
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I am SO happy I chose Matty B’s Dog Training. I have an 80 lb German Shepherd who didn’t do well on leash and was terrible around other dogs. It would be close to impossible to control him if there was another dog around. I would avoid taking him on walks in fear of seeing another dog. I knew this wasn’t the life I wanted for my dog so I finally decided to get help. I chose the 15 day bootcamp- I was terrified to send my dog away for that long but I am so happy I did. I was regularly updated and sent pictures which was great. You can tell Matt really cares about the dogs he works with. When we picked our boy up, Matt gave us a lesson about everything he had learned the last 2 weeks. We were amazed! Walks are now enjoyable- he is a completely different dog on leash. We now have the confidence of taking our dog in public. We just finished our 2 week followup where Matt came to our house to check on our progress. I highly recommend Matty B’s Dog Training, and plan to utilize his services again in the future.

STL K9 Academy
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 27 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.

Midwest Canine Company
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Anna T.
Verified review

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!

Multi Sport K-9
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel B.
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Miranda is a GREAT trainer. She is professional and patient with dogs and humans. I strongly recommend her trainings services.

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!

    Xander's Dog Training
    1.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I work privately and hands on with my customers as well as their dogs. I ensure you understand the work before I leave each session.

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    I offer walking, training and various needs! I have a poop scooper in hand when needed. I provide tender, loving care, understanding needs of loved ones. I follow through with obedience.

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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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    I have experience training my dog with PetSmart training style of positive reinforcement with rewards.

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

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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.

    • 5 years in business
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    PAWS FOR PLAY staff members are fully trained to ensure a safe, fun environment for dogs.

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    We do basic and advanced obedience training. Also, we specialize in hunting dogs, upland game, waterfowl and tracking. We are Navhda and Verin Deutsch - Drahthaar associated.

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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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    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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    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.

    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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