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Nashua Animal Behaviorists

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Hand 2 Paw Dog Training
4.7
from 131 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 202 hires on Thumbtack
Kasey C.
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Jennifer is exactly what we needed. We had to surrender our dog due to aggressive behavior. From the first moment I contacted her I knew she would tell me the truth and do what needed to be done for everyone involved to have a happy life. She sat down with us an explained how we had gotten to the point, why she felt she could not help us train him and then held our hand through the entire process. What was awesome was when we sat down with her she listened heard our story asked us questions to really understand what we need from her, then gave her honest opinion. Her knowledge of the anxiety and behavior our dog was exhibiting was very helpful in our decision. I have talked with multiple trainers who said they could help or offered support and fell through or gave false hope. Jennifer is not that at all. She has checked in with me every day, answering any questions that I had. I felt like she was in my corner. I can not thank her enough for making sure not only I was okay but so was my dog. She is a trainer that will give you her best no matter what. It has been such a pleasure working with her during a very hard time in our lives!!!!!

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Training-U To Train Your Dog
4.8
from 111 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 225 hires on Thumbtack
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Karina D.
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Unbelievable. I have a 12 week old Australian Cattle mix and almost no experience in training dogs. Peter is extremely professional, kind, and experienced. He came right on time to my house at 5:30AM and brought treats for my puppy and even gave me a clicker. I noticed a clear difference in my puppy and Peter helped me to understand more about animal behavior. I look forward to our next session this coming week! He is outstanding!

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Gone to the Dogs
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 122 hires on Thumbtack
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Hannah G.
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Theresa's love for animals and patience is untouchable. She provided me with detailed notes and feedback from our sessions. I saw an incredible change in my dog's behavior and manners. I would strongly recommend Theresa. Even after my sessions were over, she has remained a resource.

Greystoke Farm, LLC
4.8
from 57 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Joel G.
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We gave FIVE STARS but would give TEN if we could! Lisa is the BEST trainer ever! We have three dogs and each of them have been with Lisa at one point or another over the past year. She takes the time to discuss our training needs, talks through some options and let’s us decide how we want to proceed. Two of our dogs were with her for a week and one for three days and all came back COMPLETELY different dogs; quiet, calm, respectful. They had been bickering and not listening and she fixed it completely. Our dogs are responsive, attentive, eager to please and fun (again) to be around! Lisa’s pricing is WELL worth what she charges because she gives SO much to each dog while in her care and accomplishes incredible things in the short time they are with her! They have training lessons many times during the day as well as play time with other dogs. She shows them new things and helps them not be afraid. She is patient, kind and has a HUGE effect on dogs’ behavior. There is NO one out there like her!! Thank you, Lisa!!

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The Pawsitive Experience
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 134 hires on Thumbtack
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Margaret S.
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My puppy Benny and I had a great experience with Sandy. She taught me many skills to use with Benny that shaped his positive behavior as a puppy. She was always available for advice via text and phone (about training and advice about raising a puppy). She is very professional and also very friendly. Her love for dogs shows in the work she does! I would highly recommend Sandy.

K9 to 5 Dog Services
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
Linda T.
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I would recommend K9 to 5 to anyone wanting to learn how to train their dog as well as behavior modification. I have been working with them for only a couple weeks now and have seen a huge improvement in my dog's behavior.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
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Carolyn B.
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Michael is fantastic! Very laid back and understanding of my dogs behaviors. By the end of the first session, I felt very hopeful and much more relaxed. Looking forward to next weeks sessions!

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Jezzie Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Viki P.
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Fantastic experience!! I noticed a difference in my dogs behavior almost immediately. Very flexible and easy to work with. Thank you Jess for being so wonderful.

Lucky Dogs Daycare & Pet Spa
4.5
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
John M.
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I have been working for lucky dogs daycare for about a year and a half. My experience with lucky dogs has been a great one. We are still a growing business and are building up our facility to be the best it can be. We are a full service daycare facility, but we also do boarding, training, grooming and we have our new retail shop with all sorts of goodies for your pups. I love being able to bring my dog Buffy in for a groom. She's older so she doesn't care for daycare, but she loves coming to Lucky Dogs for a good pampering by Jane. All of our groomers are great at what they do and our experts in their field. They have been grooming for many many years. The best part about working for lucky dogs would have to be the dogs. We have a really good group of dogs that come pretty much everyday. At lucky dogs your dog isn't just another name on a list, every staff member has their own favorites lol. And throughout the day each dog gets some one on one attention with their favorite staff member and vice versa. We take the time to get to know each dog and their behaviors, and try to cater to each dogs individual needs. So we can ultimately have a safer group of dogs to play with each day. We also have a really good group of staff members, some of them have been here for a couple years and a few have been here a little less. We really don't have a high turn around rate for staff like with most daycares. So our staff and especially the dogs are like family here.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jess C.
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Ashley turned our opinionated, stubborn 6-month old Basset hound into an exemplary member of the family. Not only did Ashley help us work with our puppy's behavior, she taught us how to communicate with her. Everything became a breeze from potty training to chewing. I wouldn't raise a puppy without Ashley's help!

All In One Ent. Dog Services
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Laura R.
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Yvonne is AWESOME! a self proclaimed dog-person who won our cats over instantly. She clearly loves and values all animals! She took superior care of our 3 cats for a week (one of them needed meds) and took care of our house-related items as well. She stayed in contact and we felt secure that our fur babies were safe and happy the whole time. We couldn't have been more pleased.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Angela G.
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Krystal was great with our pup! She worked hard to find out the root of her leash behavior and provided us with the tools to help Siena while on a leash! Siena loved her!!

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  • 22 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
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Ellen K.
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Excellent is an understatement. This is more than just obedience training. It is insight to the dog/human relationship, from the dogs point of view. I didn't think I could change the behavior of my 4 1/2 year old dog, but I was mistaken. I just needed to stop doing all the wrong things. Don't go elsewhere just to realize you should have made Progressive Canine Dog Training and Behavioral Services your first stop!

  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara P.
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Stephen was so good with our dog. In one session we already learned a lot. we are going to continue on a weekly schedule with him.

Happy At Home Pet Sitting
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Julie B.
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This was the first time Karen sat for my dogs. She was very professional and spent a great deal of time with my dogs. She called after the first day which was reassuring and I received photos of the dogs the following day. I would recommend Karen to anyone looking for a sitter, she is willing to work with the owner and meet the individual animals needs as well.

Kara's Pet Care
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Maureen D.
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It's our first week and we are happy parents! Kara is also helping with behavior.... she videos for us, so everyone's using the same words and gestures. How great is that!

The Cooperative Dog
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 22 years in business
Heather B.
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Vera has been incredibly helpful for my dog, Nala, and me. She tailors her sessions to the people and dogs in her class, so everyone is getting their issues and needs met. She's big on 'meeting you where you are at" and helping you understand your dog so you are able to meet them where they are at. When she gives you feedback and suggestions, she is sensitive in her approach and you end up feeling more confident in your ability to train and interact with your dog, rather than feeling like you're a complete failure. You definitely have to put in your fair share of work outside of classes, and she checks in with you to see how you're progressing, which helps hold you accountable. Since beginning our work with Vera, I have noticed that Nala is calmer and looks to me more often for guidance. She responds more quickly when I correct her as well. Nala and I have more work to do but Vera has helped us get the ball rolling in the right direction. I highly recommend Vera for dog owners who want to have a more cooperative dog!

  • 21 years in business
Mollie W.
Verified review

Dina has taken wonderful care of my dog Kirby for years. Taking care of animals is not just a job for Dina - it's her passion. Her love for the pets in her care is so obvious. If you want someone who will care for your pet as though it were her own, contact Dina. She's the best!

Sympatico Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Celine A.
Verified review

She is amazing with the animals! She taught my dog (and me) most of the basic commands in just 45 mins with great results! She spent a good 2 hrs. Talking about ways I can help my dog (new rescue), and how she is willing to help me. I could not have found a better, more personable trainer than Kim.

Animal Care Services

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    About

    I worked for an animal hospital for three years and I loved it. I love working with animals. It was always a passion of mine to have animals but sadly, I can't have dogs in my apartment so I would love to be a part of your dog's life and care for them.

    About

    I will simplify your lifestyle by doing shopping, animal sitting, errands, etc. I am certified and I have many references. Thank you.

    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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