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  • 9 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Jenna H.
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I contacted Terry about my newly adopted dog when I was at my breaking point with the fighting, mouthing, uncontrollable barking, dominant behavior and nightly 2am wake-ups. After seeing a demonstration and putting some tips Terry provided during the free evaluation into practice, I could already see a change in my dog. After just 3 lessons, there's been a night and day difference in my dog's behavior and barking. Now, I wake him up in the mornings! Having off leash control outside and on walks was the icing on the cake (I never even considered that as a possibility). I highly recommend Terry for any behavior modifications and obedience needs! He's been a life saver for me, and Bernard!

Katie's Canine Connection
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Katy D.
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Katie was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was knowledgeable and friendly. She taught us so much about our dog’s body language and behavior; and gave us great strategies to help our dog’s fear aggression. I would absolutely hire her again for any dog training needs. She knows her stuff and has an obvious passion for helping dogs!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Coelleen B.
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I LOVE FurballFitness! My goldendoodle is FULL of energy, and sometimes I don't have the energy to walk him as far as he wants to go. FurballFitness helps with that A LOT! I love how easy it is to schedule a visit through their app you can download for your phone. You can also make payments through the app as well. My favorite part of the experience is the updates she gives on behavior, potty habits, and a picture update.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
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Sally D.
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Amy is a great resource. She is an experienced dog trainer and we learned so much from her gentle but firm training methods. Our growing puppy is doing well because of the structure Amy helped us put in place. She is reliable, responsible and trustworthy. I am looking forward to working with her for animal watching (have chickens, too) in the future. And maybe another puppy! Thank you and have a great day!

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Pack Boss, LLC
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Brian L.
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What a difference! After a few visits from The Pack Boss (Tim Bruno), we have seen a dramatic change in the behavior of our puppy. By teaching us how to communicate, teach, and work with our pup, he has changed the trajectory of our relationship. We went from wondering if we made a mistake in bringing a young dog into our family to reaping the benefits of a great relationship. Tim knows dogs and better yet he understands the people he is helping. Thank you for everything, Tim!

Get A Cue LLC
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Robert W.
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We used Ami for our Miniature Golden Double Doodle (Miki) when he was about 6 months old. Ami came to our home for about 6 weeks and spent whatever time was necessary to work with us and Miki on that weeks project. She was very professional and extremely knowledgeable about dog behavior. Her assistance proved very helpful not only for Miki but for Miki's owner (a 76 yo man who had not owned a dog for about 30 years). Today, about a year later, Miki is a well behaved happy fellow and a great companion. I highly recommend Ami and Get a Cue to any dog owner who wants to change behavior and improve their relationship with their dog.

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Family Dog K9 Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca S.
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Kathleen is very knowledgeable in correcting poor behavior. Her method and technique is incredibly helpful in teaching me how to gain control over my unruly dogs.

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Ludar Animal Behavior, LLC
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Steph B.
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She has a big heart and a LOT of knowledge. I highly recommend this group for your animal behavior needs.

  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Charlie A.
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Met Courtney and she is very down to earth and understands we all have busy schedules. Her rates are good and she is definitely an animal lover. Definitely worth a chat if in need of pet sitting!

Lead the Way K9 Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Nicholas B.
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Josh and Brittany are incredible. We signed up our 10 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback for their 2 week program and had an awesome experience. As soon as we walked in the door, we knew Nala was in good hands. They treat each dog as if it's their own. Nala came into the program with several bad habits (jumping, nipping, counter surfing, barking, etc.). The typical puppy stuff. The drop off was fantastic. Josh and Brittany explained the program in detail and made sure they addressed all of our concerns. Not more than a half hour after drop off, Josh had already sent me an email with an update saying Nala had settled in nicely. Every thing about these folks is first class. Throughout the two weeks, we were provided with updates through social media and email. Our minds were at complete ease throughout the two weeks. Pick up went amazing as well. Josh and Brittany went over everything they had taught Nala and made sure we were comfortable and set up for success at home. Nala has only been home a couple days now and her bad behaviors have essentially disappeared. And, she hasn't lost any of her personality. A miracle! We cannot promote Lead the Way enough. Great program and great people. They are on a different level from any other training program. Thank you so much Josh and Brittany!

Audrey R.
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We went out of town for a week for our honeymoon and we needed someone to take care of our dogs and cats while we were away. Carmen did an excellent job. I never doubted that my animals were well taken care of in her hands. She sent us pictures to keep us posted throughout the week too, which was great. She is very sweet and trustworthy and I would highly recommend her to care for anyone's pets.

Scales Tails & Paws
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel Z.
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Ingrid & her team are simply fabulous. They offer services that were beyond my expectations. You get so many options for animal care with this team, it really is a terrific deal. My boys are well taken care of. Ingrid & her team are very professional but very friendly. I cannot say enough about this company. If you have animals (exotic or not), you need to get to know Ingrid & her team!

In Animals We Care
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I love what I do therefore, it shows by how enthusiastic I am with your pet!

Happy Life Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joanna G.
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A talented dog trainer who knows how to work with my dogs and with me! Often my dogs are responding to something I'm doing (wrong) and I don't realize it. Lauren is able to see how my actions and emotions play into my dog's behavior. Her experience with rescue groups also provides background knowledge on animals and how they interact with other dogs and with people that just can't be taught. She's put in years of time with dogs and people and you can tell. I highly recommend her as a trainer!!

Sky dogs
5.0
from 1 review
    MJ W.
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    I was referred to Sky Dogs when I adopted a deaf dog from Spreak! for the Unspoken. Allison Holloway teaches a special needs class for deaf, blind, and deaf-blind dogs and puppies. Once we got the basics down, we found the training staff was open to us joining in other classes. Nosework, treibball, flyball, agility, and many other courses are open to all dogs. If you need help improving your dog's social skills, there are behavioral classes as well. The cost is very reasonable. The center is located at Central Point in Columbus and there is plenty of well lit parking. Besides the affordable prices and friendly atmosphere, Sky Dogs fosters a sense of community among participants and provides opportunities for people (and their dogs) to volunteer to help out in rescue efforts.

    • 5 years in business
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    I'm available most days/evenings/weekends. I have extensive knowledge of pets and their needs as I have had most kinds of pets and have been their primary caretaker.

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    I am a lover of all animals. I feed, water, walk, and sit all animals except creepy animals. I am a pet owner myself with three cats and eight kittens.

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    I walk, watch, and take care of animals. I can travel to my client's house if it is in range, and I will help watch houses.

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    Because I care about pets it's not just a job to me. And if I clean houses I am ver perfectionist about my work.

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    I will wash, watch, and walk your pet! I love animals and want to see the best for them and you! Please email me at any time. Please bring pets to me.

    • 4 years in business
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    Hi! I'm Mada McCullough, and I'm a high school graduate who absolutely loves animals. If you're looking for someone to look after your furry companions, I'm your girl! Whether it be a cat or a dog, I offer walking at $6/half an hour or $8/hour and pet sitting at $15/visit. If it's needed, you can even bring them over to my home. I have two dogs and three cats of my own that I care for several hours a day as well as two horses (boarded at Canal Winchester). I'm told that I'm brilliant with animals, and I have never met an animal who hasn't warmed up to me. I will be studying pre-veterinary medicine at University of Findlay this fall, and I have tons of experience working with both cats and dogs. I have helped train and discipline every dog my family has owned. I also study animal behavior on my own. I am willing to take your dogs for walks while you're gone and the bigger the dog the friendlier, I say! A choker collar of some sort is always nice, and I have never had a dog hurt itself while wearing one. Harnesses are great as well. If there are any behavioral issues that need to be worked on, I have no problem laying down the law! My two dogs at home are a Rottweiler-Akita, who loves to play and doesn't have a hostile bone in his body, and a Miniature Australian Shepherd, who's not as fond of being bothered. My three cats, Saix, Soccer, and Asher, who don't mind dogs have never done more than playfully bat our dogs on the nose and are all very friendly. If I need to, I will keep the cats away from the other animals. If you should want your dog to stay with me, I have a considerable-sized house and a huge yard for your baby to play on.

    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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