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New Brunswick Animal Behaviorists

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Paws for Applause
4.9
from 59 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sabrina S.
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My boyfriend and I had a great experience working with Sal. I have two 4 month old puppies and they automatically connected with him. He taught us so much about dogs and how to train ours. I would definitely call him back in the future to help us again. It was very obvious how much he cares for and loves dogs!

  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Jane L.
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We have had two training sessions with Ariana and our two four-month old Chow-Shepherd mixes, and we couldn't be happier with what she has taught the pups and us so far. The dogs adore her and respond well to her training techniques, and she clearly has a lot of in-depth knowledge and experience working with dogs and animals in general. I appreciate that she has a background in animal behavior, so she understands why they act the way they do and uses that to redirect their behavior. We look forward to many more sessions with her!

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Amazing Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Melissa M.
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So glad we hired Anna. She helped us to understand that our dog was anxious, and not aggressive, and gave us invaluable advice on how to work with him and work to break unwanted behaviors. The time she spent with us was informative and enlightening. While we have always tried to be responsible and attentive pet parents, Anna helped us identify areas where we were subconsciously giving our dog the wrong cues, as well as being inconsistent in our day to day expectations of him. Her follow up after the appointment has been thorough and much appreciated. She emailed us the same evening with a run down of all the points we discussed, followed up multiple times in the days following to see how things were going, and offered encouragement and advice. All around a wonderful experience and though it is still early after our appointment, we can already see improvements in our dog's behavior. I look forward to watching not only our pup, but us as parents, grow and learn.

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suki lau
4.7
from 39 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Joseph P.
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Suki is great! She is very flexible and absolutely loved animals! She is gentle and watchful. She walked the dogs in the park and several times during the day, fed them and spent good quality time with them. They clearly loved her too.

Happy Dog Training
4.4
from 39 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Justin S.
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Joan was attentive and wonderful with my dog, Barney. There's been a huge positive change in his behavior just from the one training session!! He loved her and we look forward to our next session!!

  • 2 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
Jacqueline E.
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Steve was so excellent. He came out on extremely short notice and spent hours with me and my dog, going over not just what to do to train her but why each training tool/technique was important for my dog's safety and wellbeing, as well as the whole family and neighborhood. I would never have realized how many behaviors I was exhibiting that were giving my dog the wrong message, and thanks to Steve we are well on our way to a happier and calmer doggie life! I feel confident that I know how to handle my dog's behavior, and better yet I know how to behave around her to make sure she knows she is safe and cared for. I am so grateful.

The CNI
4.8
from 32 reviews
  • 48 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Ellen M.
Verified review

Dr. Jay was amazing! I've reluctantly tolerated my dog's behavior for years because I love him and didn't know what to do. Dr. Jay swept in and saved the day, and in just one visit to my home. I thought my dog and I were as best as best friends can be, but we are now closer than ever. Thank you so much!

  • 6 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Lea M.
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we recently got a new 3.5 month old frenchie who is just so adorable but had some habits set in, from her litter buddies. we contacted karin for help on where to begin and how to train our frenchie into the city lifestyle. our first meeting with karin, opened up our eyes on some bad habits that we didn’t know we were promoting with our puppy. karin was thorough in explaining puppy behavior and how our frenchie understands our body language. yesterday was our third meeting with karin and beau (our frenchie) is very much familiar with the emergency recall, sit, sit with stay, come, down, crate, walking on a loose leash, behaving appropriately with other dogs (our older frenchie) and potty training. also, karin has been available through text at all times during the day and night. she likes to know when beau has done something good or bad at the time it happens, so that any bad learning can be addressed immediately. we are so thankful for meeting karin and can’t wait for our next sessions.

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Flipz Pet Care
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Anna P.
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Jenn was wonderful! She's extremely knowledgeable in animal behavior & provides much love & care for your pets. Our dog & 2 cats were calm & relaxed when we got back from our 3 days away. You can tell they really enjoyed themselves & were not stressed, thanks to Jenn. We got pictures & updates daily of the gang, which we really appreciated. Plus, our place looked just the way we left it when we got back! We would love to use Jenn's professional services in the future. We were extremely happy with Jenn's care! Thank you, Jenn!

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Pack in Harmony
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Charlotte E.
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Jessica has been instrumental in helping us transition to our new life as dog owners! She is super competent/ experienced with dogs, training and dog behavior/ psychology. She is also super reliable, trustworthy and kind. I couldn’t recommend her more.

The Ultimate Dog Lady
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Briana M.
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Nancy is wonderful! She’s dedicated to what she does and shows that she cares about getting you and your pet on the right path. We saw instant progress in our very energetic and sometimes hard headed pit, Jade, as soon as she was introduced to Nancy. Nancy showed a ton of patience for both us and Jade. She’s a straight shooter and really knows what she’s doing. We had homework each week and she was always responsive if we had questions before our next session. I would recommend Nancy to anyone having issues or just looking for some guidance with their furry family member. Thank you Nancy!

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  • 11 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ann M.
Verified review

Within one visit there was a significant positive change in my dog's behavior. I know there is still work to do, however, this small change has made a big difference in our lives. I look forward to learning more how to train my dog.

Super Fine K9
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Dave and Sue J.
Verified review

We have used Margaret to help acclimate our new rescue pup into our home with our six year old Shih Tzu who is the Queen. From the first visit she offered practical tips on managing the pups behavior. There are four adults living in our house and she was keenly aware of how that might impact the consistency of what we did with our new puppy. Each week she would visit with all four of us and made us feel more comfortable with what we were doing and we could see the progress. It was more like Margaret was at the house visiting and in more of a conversation provided us excellent guidance and feedback and answered all our questions. It never felt that we were at a lesson. She has regular as well as four-legged people skills. We would enthusiastically recommend her!

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  • 39 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ksenia S.
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My pleasure to give five stars for Bruce Stone-personal animal trainer. The session with my cats was very professional and helpful! Thank you!

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Sundog Pet Care
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather B.
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Chelsea is amazing and I’ve been working with her for about 3 years. I would trust her with Mac (my collie)any day. She understands animal behavior and personalizes her approach with every animal, using positive reinforcement.

K9 Problemsolvers LLC
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
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I have had several foster dogs trained by Laura and she is the very best! I also recommend her to all my clients at Hounds on the Hudson. She is professional, experienced and really understands dog behavior.

Leash and Learn
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Amit J.
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Rachel has been wonderful to work with. The difference in Riley's behavior now from when we first started is remarkable. I highly recommend her.

Edz Pet Walking
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Laura S.
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Great guy. Loves animals. Honest and dependable.

Strut Your Pup, LLC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Tanya M.
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I could not have asked for better cat sitters! They are professional, kind and are very obviously real animal lovers. Because Jorge is a vet tech I felt comfortable leaving my sick cat with him for a few days and having him administer fluids and medicines. They have reasonable prices and I totally trusted them in my home. Both jorge and another employee even took it upon themselves to FaceTime me so I could say hi to my babies.

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Casper Dog Training
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kaitlyn A.
Verified review

Adam was extremely responsive! Minutes after reaching out, we were on the phone discussing my dog’s behavior, perand methods and approaching for correcting it. His website allows for instant and easy booking, and we have our first session together next week!

Athena Jones
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth K.
Verified review

Love love love Athena Jones! She worked with our 9 yr old lab mix Onyx on following directions, especially where the cat is concerned. We couldn’t be happier with the results! She’s so knowledgeable about dog behavior and helped us understand what to expect. She’s patient and explains everything she does to us pet parents. Onyx gets so excited whenever she see’s Athena. You can just tell she’s an animal lover with a firm, yet gentle approach to training.

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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