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  • 9 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer L.
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Terry’s dog training for me and my young pit bull mix has positively changed the family dynamics and energy at home! Cali used to tug on the leash during walks, making it impossible for me to bring my kids with us; she ate the kid’s toys; and generally caused chaos with her excessive energy. Even after one lesson she was a more enjoyable dog. After three lessons we can walk with her off leash without her running (and I can bring the kids on walks too), she doesn’t eat their toys, and now her personality is shining through. And Terry helped us do this with only a few simple commands! Thank you!

Mountain K9 LLC
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  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Robert S.
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I met Kevin of Mountain K9 and asked him about hunting dogs. He was very knowledgeable and gave me great insight into what I should look for. I found a two year old Drathaar that needed a new home. Kevin was with me at every step. It is amazing to watch him work with my dog. He has a solid approach. My dog responds very well to him. Kevin has also taken time to talk with me about continuing training at home and proper techniques for handling him in the field. I proudly recommend Mountain K9 to anyone interested in having a highly skilled hunting dog.

  • 21 years in business

I have been around dogs all of my life. Not in the way most people think of; I mean a Pack Of Dogs. I have learned from birth to read dogs body language and to communicate the fact that I was alpha over them otherwise I was being hearded. I have learned to think like a dog therefore I teach our language to them and our desired behavior in a multitude of ways. Each dog has its own personality and I am working with that dog not just the dogs that fit the mold for the training program.


I can help you to train your dog to be more obedient. I've worked with puppies through senior dogs and pure breeds to mutts. I work on the basics through intermediate and can help with some specialized training.

Newell Girls Animal Care

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    The Newell Girls Animal Care provides dog walking, training of animals (any type) and animal sitting (small pets only,). We have a family business and we love animals.

    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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