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Kyle Willette
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Angie S.
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I have been training with Kyle for about three weeks now. I used to be an athlete in high school, but quickly got out of my workout routine once the busyness of college hit. Recently I got the urge to get back in shape and knew I would need a lot of help and motivation. Kyle has been a great helping hand in encouraging me to meet this goal. He pushes me to work hard everyday, and is always thinking of new exercises to mix things up. One of the best parts about his training is that he explains how each exercise works different parts of the body, and makes sure you understand how to correctly perform so you are able to eventually do the exercise on your own. Additionally, he is efficient and timely, making every minute of our time together worth the time. Kyle is also very knowledgeable about how the body's different muscles all connect and work together, which has been great when it comes to strengthening an injured shoulder. Very thankful for my time thus far with him!

Lee B.
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We board our dogs with Prairie Dog every time we go out of town and can't take them with.. They take great care of your pets and treat them with kindness. Would recommend Prairie Dog to everyone!

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I dog sit, walk and pick up and clean up after dogs. I spoil your dogs like I do my own. If you want to take a vacation and want your buddy in good hands, that's me.

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I have a love for animals and would love so much to have a job watching/walking dogs! I have always had dogs in the family and have two of my own, a pug and a black lab. I have watched up to five dogs at once as well as done some light housekeeping and was very comfortable in doing so!

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I am a professional dog trainer. I am a graduate of Starmark Academy out of Texas. I specialize in service dogs, search and rescue, basic and advanced obedience, protection, detection and behavior modification.

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I love my job have been grooming for over 24 years I have my shop at Maplewood Vet in Pelican Rapids mn so if you're pet needs sedation it is an option

  • 5 years in business
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I am a certified, professional dog trainer from Starmark Academy in Texas. I am certified in search and rescue, scent detection, clicker training, basic and advanced obedience and service dog training. I also do a lot of work with protection K9 training both in sport and home/personal protection. I live in West Fargo and do primarily in-home and in-public training but can travel within the Fargo Moorhead area with no charge (any farther, I would charge for mileage). Protection training is $60 a session; obedience and behavior modification is $40 a session. Service dog training is $1,500 for a mobility, and assistant service dog training $2,000 for medical alert. The first session will be more of a get to know you and what goal you want to see your dogs achieve and how soon you want to see that happening. We'll go over theory on how dogs learn and how to get the most out of your training session as well as training tools and methods you can use.

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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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