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Carson City Animal Behaviorists

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  • 21 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Marissa M.
Verified review

We are thrilled with the quality and care of Robert Webb at Who's Walking Who. We rescued a nine month old pit bull mix who was sweet but totally untrained. We knew we needed a trainer as much (or more) for ourselves as for our new pup. In a few days, Bob had all the basics down and our dog was able to walk confidently and calmly on the leash. He even fetched! Bob takes his time to explain the process and is available for questions any time. He also sent us videos and texts to update us on our dog's progress. Our dog loves Bob! He's always all tails wagging when we meet for our lessons. Bob is super helpful in diagnosing things we are doing incorrectly that confuse the dog, which is necessary as we are new to all this. If you are not willing to change your behavior as a human, I imagine the results will not be as good. I have to admit we were nervous of the intensive training at first, but are so glad we trusted Bob. He's a dog whisperer!

K9WAGIN Dog Training
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
John A.
Verified review

January 16, 2016 I am very pleased to provide a testimonial for Kerri Lamorey of K9WAGIN Dog Training. I used to think that I was a pretty good dog guy but my meager skill pales in comparison to the encyclopedic knowledge and solid experience that Kerri Lamorey has with dogs. To say that she has mastered dog-think and behaviors would be an understatement. She is especially adept with herding dogs. I learned of Kerri when I watched her give a herding-dog demonstration at the Reno Celtic Festival. I thought of her a few months later after I rescued a twelve-month-old Border-Collie-Kelpie mix from a shelter in Salinas California. This high-power dog had been feral for most of its life and it was a calamity waiting to happen. I realized that I would need Kerri if this rescue dog and I were to have any hope of a future together. Twelve months later “HappyJack” is still a handful but that’s to be expected from a dog with the combined energy of an entire ranger platoon. Thanks to Kerri, Jack and I have learned to channel his enormous drive in productive ways. Kerri skillfully employs rational, compassionate, behavior modification to dog and human simultaneously. She is not afraid to voice her opinions honestly and with passion regarding all things dog. You have only to listen to her and incorporate her recommendations which she communicates tactfully, clearly, and respectfully to gain the dog you want to have. If having a balanced, secure, polite, obedient, well-behaved, eager-to-learn, dog is important to you, Kerri is the trainer for you. If having confidence that your dog’s behavior will be appropriate when introduced to anyone or to any situation is important to you, Kerri is your trainer. I recommend her highly and without reservation.

Denise's Pet Sitting
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Russell R.
Verified review

This is the second time Denise has taken care of my parrot Turk. It was a blessing to find someone with the level of animal knowledge Denise has. She is accessible, close to my home and her rates can't be beat. My Turk and I have found a friend for life .

Evangeline's Pet Service
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer T.
Verified review

Evangeline is a nature with the animals and they get excited before she even gets to the front door. I would recommend her services to EVERYONE!

Sit Means Sit Dog Training
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Ruby F.
Verified review

Brittany is the best pet sitter I've used. She has so much knowledge about dogs and she's a great contact when I have a question about training, diet, or behavior. I will continue to recommend her to friends.

Angelique Carl
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jeremy R.
Verified review

Thank you Angelique! We greatly appreciated the care and energy you put into both caring for our family dog as well as the house through your communication to us, attention and love for animals, and general positivity. We'd love to have you back again!


I have a passion for all animals and love to give them love and care. I'm friendly, energetic, and patient to all creations of life.


My love for all animals makes me the perfect sitter and care taker for your fur baby!


I have experience with animals of different kinds and sizes. I really enjoy running and walking, or any other form of exercise that I can do with animals.


I am fun and outgoing, and I love animals. I have over 3 years of experience working with animals at Las Vegas Veterinarian Clinic. I am dependable and energetic.

  • 8 years in business

I am a Reno based animal caretaker/handler. I am dedicated to pet health and happiness, and maintaining a strong bond between owner and pet.


The following are offered: * lifelong animal care/rescue expert * breed-specific private dog obedience lessons * puppy manners socialization * removing the fear home grooming and nail trimming mentor * shelter pets and puppy adoption consultant * fresh air Sparks, Marina dog walking * pet sitting for referred customers I have more than 40 years as an animal behaviorist and Forever Homes pet parents' life coach.

Q & A

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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.

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.

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?
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