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Santa Fe Animal Behaviorists

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Elizabeth's Pet Care
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Bill S.
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Absolute animal lover. Honest and trust worthy.

Heidi's Canine Services
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 19 years in business
Leslie W.
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From Leslie--Heidi is a fabulous trainer! She got me and Alice in shape to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen exam in no time! I would recommend Heidi's Canine Services to any and all seeking help with your animal's behavior.

Pet Angel,LLC
4.2
from 5 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Susan V.
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Irina has come twice now to feed our family of pets in our absence. We have one cat, two guinea pigs, and four rats. She follows our instructions meticulously, preparing various diets to suit the individual animals, once even sending us a photograph of the rats' plate of dainties that she had prepared. The cat likes to play with her, which is seldom the case with her and other guests to the house. She takes her job very seriously, and her concern for the animals continues even after she is no longer responsible for them. The last time we came home our plane was delayed, and she contacted my daughter in London to ask whether she should come again while we were stuck in Dallas. She is also flexible about time. Add to that a delight in animals of all kinds and a gift for photography, and she makes a very fine pet sitter.

Etta's Pet Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Denise B.
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I am currently using Etta's pet service three times week for play dates for my dog. They bring her doggy friend over for a 30 min playtime in my backyard. The dogs love it! I have also used their petsitting and dog walking services in the past. That was very helpful and worked out well. Jessica (owner) is tries to be very accommodating with your schedule and needs. I trust Jessica and her assistances. I feel they genuinely care about the animals. I highly recommend this company!

Franklin Services
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Clare F.
    Verified review

    I would have NEVER made it through graduate school without Susan! She took care of my two dogs beautifully! She would walk them, feed them, give medications and just spend time with them. I can't tell you the peace of mind that brought to me! She really has a gift! I also happen to be a veterinarian so, I can spot when animals are truly at ease with a person. Mine LOVE Susan!

    Pet Sitting by Shane
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 7 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Bonnie M.
    Verified review

    Shane has been a very conscientious pet sitter. He loves animals and is totally reliable. I do not hesitate to recommend him. He is outstanding.

    Paws to Fins
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Jean S.
    Verified review

    Kathleen changed her personal travel plans to stay with my large Furry Family. She has experience with ALL types of animals, large and small! She gave up her office job at Los Alamos to do this work. I'll post again when I get home!

    Heidi!s Canine Services
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Joni J.
      Verified review

      Heidi genuinely loves animals and makes it a point to get to know each of her dog clients individually. She is very up to date on all the latest research of canine behavior modification and health issues and is able to thoughtfully give advice based on that knowledge. My dog, Pecos, at about 6 months, grabbed my much smaller older dog in 3-way dog fight. After receiving supposedly expert advice that I should find him another owner, Heidi called me to disagree and referred me to another specialist. I kept the dog, and the issue never happened again. He turned out to be the best dog I ever had, and he and my small dog were very bonded until his death. I hate to think that I might have let him go to another home. I have Heidi to thank for that.

      For the Love of Animals
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Darcy S.
      Verified review

      Diane was attentive, communicative and just all around wonderful! I came home to two very happy kitties!

      About

      I provide in-your-home pet care and dog walking for the discerning pet parent. Animal Aunts 4 Pets is a full-service professional pet care services company offering the following: * daily visits * dog walking * pet taxi to day care, groomer and vet * overnight sitting * 24-hour care * extended stay care I am certified in pet CPR and Red Cross first aid. I'm the president of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

      About

      I specialize in day training. This means that I come to your home and train your dog for an agreed-upon number of sessions over a period of several weeks, so while you go about your own day, I work with the dog to train new behaviors and mentally stimulate him. About once a week, we will meet, so that I can show you the progress your dog has made and teach you how to maintain his new behavior(s). This approach is very efficient and effective, since most people have neither the time nor the inclination to train their own dogs (if you did, you would become a dog trainer). The beauty of day training is that I work with your dog individually, taking on all the repetitive and technical work involved in dog training. As part of the training session package, I will teach you (and your family, if applicable) how to elicit and maintain your dog’s new behavior. Coaching is ideal for some behaviors. If we agree on this approach, I will work with you for one or more sessions. I might teach you how to manage a given situation with your dog or show you some new techniques. Between our coaching sessions, you will be required to do some homework and to monitor the progress made with your dog. Some behaviors are too complicated to resolve effectively with day training or too taxing for clients to live with. In these situations, the best solution may be for your dog to live with me and my family for a couple of weeks (on average). During this time, I will exercise and train the dog everyday. After the agreed-upon number of board and train days, we will meet together so you can see the progress made and learn how to work with your “new” dog. Please note: This option requires pre-screening. Tellington TTouch® is a method of working with animals that has proven effective in reducing stress, fear, aggression and anxiety; as well as modifying behavior; increasing flexibility; and, when combined with veterinarian care, aiding in recovery. The approach is gentle yet systematic, and helps animals to better cope with different and novel situations. It improves confidence, focus and learning. With the use of gentle touches, body wraps, and groundwork (a variety of exercises with equipment), we engage and calm the animal's nervous system, as well as teach the animal to move in non-habitual ways. Since an animal that is stressed or anxious cannot learn, the incorporation of TTouch® allows me to aid an animal (in my case, dogs, cats, birds and rabbits) by teaching them how to relax. The animal can then focus on learning new ways of coping with situations in which he previously reacted with fear, concern or anxiety. Another terrific benefit of TTouch® is that it provides the guardian with the tools to engage with their animal in ways that are nonthreatening, establishing or deepening the trust between them. As part of a TTouch® session, you will learn how to use wraps and perform bodywork. This service could be incorporated into a training session with your dog or as a TTouch® only session. For a current schedule of TTouch® group classes, please link to C.H.A.C.O.'s news blog. I have customized programs for veterinarians, dog walkers, and groomers. I also offer free educational programs tailored to the needs of your business. I am available to consult with you and your staff to resolve dog behavior-related issues at your place of business, such as how to deal with a dog that does not like to be handled and needs to be groomed, or a dog that might lunge and bark at other dogs while in the waiting room. For dog walkers, there are a myriad of techniques that I can teach you that will make your walks safer and more enjoyable for everyone involved.

      • 4 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      My business stands out for the very reason that we work as a team we are very close and get work done fast . Not only that but we care for our patients and animals we care for as we would our family.

      About

      I can walk dogs. I can pet sit (preferably common animals such as cats and dogs) while owners are away), for example, feeding, walking and playing.

      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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