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Bellevue Animal Behaviorists

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Fun Fitness with Fido
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Jack J.
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I was impressed how a simple training exercise could change my dog's behavior in such a short amount of time. Carla's humane but firm tecniques helped us build a better raelationship with our pup!

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  • 7 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Lorraine D.
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Looking forward to working on our dogs behavior.

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from 14 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Christy L.
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FidelityK9 provided exceptional training. Steve the owner was very professional and attentive to our pets behavioral needs.

Loving Touch pet care
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
April B.
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I had the pleasure of Ms. Witherspoon's grooming service. I found her to be very professional, punctual, and caring. She has a Great love for animals and it shows in her work. Thank you and I would not hesitate to employ her services once again. April B.

Dog Gone Problems
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
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Wonderful Experience!! Sam gave me techniques and behavior solutions for me to be in charge! Instead of Rizzo being in charge of everyone in the house😉

  • 13 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Janella H.
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Jennie is fantastic. She is trustworthy and truly loves animals. I know my pets are in good care when I have to travel. For me, her services are well worth the money.

Smarty Dog Training
from 2 reviews
    Karen O.
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    Whitney and Jessica are fantastic. My dogs just love them and respond immediately to what they are being taught. The teaching methods are always positive and fun for the dogs. These 2 ladies are very savvy about dog behavior and they are very accommodating and easy to work with. I recommend them highly and without reservation.

    Fun Fitness with Fido
    from 1 review
      Tanja S.
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      Carla is a reliable and skilled pet sitter. She is also very patient and loving to the animals she works with. I trust her in my home and feel confident in her abilites. Highly recommended!


      I am a person who truly loves and is concerned for the welfare of animals. I will do my very best to give the animals in my care my utmost care, attention and concern. I thoroughly enjoy being with them, spending time with them and continuing in learning about them and how I can best provide the services that they and their dog parents need to the best of my ability. I also truly love being outside most of the time. I am a nature lover and am looking forward to starting my own dog walking business. I currently work for a hotel and was told that I had the most amount of positive customer services in the company. I attribute this to my love of people and animals.

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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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