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Buffalo Animal Behaviorists

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  • 26 years in business
  • 231 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kelly P.
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Kathy is one of the best dog trainers in Buffalo. She personally helps my family understand our dog’s behavior and mannerism and gives us tips and advice on how to work through any challenges we are facing. She is truly passionate about what she does for dogs and its shows! When we mention going to play group to see Kathy, Lucy will runs circles around the house! Play groups are run in a controlled and safe environment where the dogs are monitored closely.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nanette P.
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Danielle is wonderful!! She is very knowledgeable and has suggestions/answers to any issues you may be having with your dog. My dog in particular needed training in developing manners. My dog was jumping, nipping and chewing on things in our house. Danielle was very patient in training her. She offered us suggestions on keeping our dog busy to distract her from chewing on things in our house. Danielle's training helped us learn ways to control her behaviors. I highly recommend Danielle. Our dog's behavior has really improved. It's nice to know that Danielle is available for refresher lessons if needed in the future!

Meghan Stith
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Chris L.
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I found Meghan on here in a desperate search to find a cat sitter for Christmas on short notice. I was leaving my cat, Eddie, for the longest period of time in several years, but just meeting Meghan put me at ease. She has a calming presence, is clearly an animal lover, and I didn't worry about my cat's wellbeing while out of town. Eddie is notorious for staying hidden in my absence and multiple friends have cat-sit for me without ever seeing him. The fact that Meghan saw him at all tells me he wasn't too worried, either. I would recommend her services without hesitation, and plan to use her again in the future!

Pawsitive Dog Training
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Lori A.
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Lindsey Stevens was patient with my dog and I. She truly has a way with animals of all kinds. I was more than happy with my experience training my Dachshund Heiko and Lindsey

Walk n Waggles
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia B.
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Vanessa came three times a day during this past week to care for my dog and cat, both of whom are approaching thirteen years old, while I was out of town. They were both healthy and happy pets when I returned. She will be caring for them again during three more extended trips I have planned for the next two months. It's a good feeling to know I can safely leave my animals, who are very important to me, in Vanessa's care knowing they will be well taken care of and loved by her.

Sarah DeMerle
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Noreen M.
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Evaluation of my interactions with the dog, Te dog's overall behavior and offers suggestions that I can immediately implement. 2nd session next wek. Very professional and insightful...and yes, I'm more the px than the dog! Lol

Dog Obedience Training
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Carol J.
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I couldn't believe how well my dog responded while being trained. She gave me helpful ideas for calming my dogs behavior and we are working on that now. I would highly recommend All Dawgs Acadamy

  • 43 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rihannon N.
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I started as a training client with my then 12 week old shepherd mix puppy. The training and trainers were absolutely amazing. We have attend every training program offered and now use all there services. This facility and staff is the best I've found by far. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and has extremely satisfying customer service. My dog jumps for joy anytime I say do you want to go visit Love your dog. As long as he is happy and seems loved which I know he is I'm happy.

GoodDog
5.0
from 1 review
    Mary L.
    Verified review

    Very professional, informative and comfortable handling all sized dogs. Derek worked great with one on one commands and behavioral correction. I left with confidence to maintain all of the progress made during the training!

    About

    Purrfect Paws provides the most up-to-date, humane, and effective training, behavior services, and equipment for Western New York pets and their people! Canine services include daycare, training classes, day training, private training, playgroups, and behavior evaluations. Feline services include behavior evaluations, training classes, and kitten socialization classes! Staff includes independently certified trainers and behavior consultants. Make sure you and your pet come to Western New York's pet expert for your training and behavior needs!

    About

    I have helped many individuals over the years in my travels as a military wife. I was raised on a farm caring for a variety of animals. I have worked in pet stores and volunteered in shelters.

    About

    I have been working with all God's creatures 24/7 since 1987. I am a huge animal lover. I help sick animals and love to rescue dogs that are in need of good homes. I am an animal trainer.

    About

    I am very experienced with both dogs and cats, and I am willing to work with your needs on an as-needed basis! I am very personal. I have over three years of hands-on working with dogs through my college degree in animal management and some of veterinary assisting as well as working through a business providing flawless animal grooming and care.

    About

    I remove wild animals from homes. I help educate families about their animals and pet sit or walk their dogs.

    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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