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Ludar Animal Behavior, LLC
Ludar Animal Behavior, LLC

Ludar Animal Behavior, LLC

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Introduction: *Please email/see website for our calendar and pricing. We do not check thumbtack daily.* "Science-based animal behavior modification and training" Ludar Animal Behavior offers behavior modification, training, and wellness services for a wide variety of species. We use evidence-based science and focus on improving an animal’s quality of life. By using our knowledge from Applied Animal Behavior, Zoology, Animal Science and Neuroethology, we provide practical, long-term solutions for our clients. Whether you are experiencing issues with aggression or need help training your pet to take medications, we can help! In addition to helping pet parents, we also provide a variety of educational resources to psychologists, social workers, veterinarians, zookeepers, wildlife rehabbers, trainers, groomers and many others. We firmly support LIMA and the Humane Hierarchy. Service area: In-person consults offered throughout the midwest. Web-based consults offered worldwide. Animals we work with: cats, dogs, ferrets, rabbits, birds, snakes, lizards, pigs, horses, primates, spiders, fishes, manatees and much more! Payment Types Accepted: Cash, credit, debit, check, venmo or paypal. *Insured internationally through Huntington* Ask about our free classes, seminars, and workshops!

Hired 18 times

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4 years in business

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Bryan D.

Dog Training

Melinda is a font of knowledge when it comes to animal behavior and one of the most professional people I've ever met. She immediately showed me her driver's license so I knew she was who she claimed to be and her resume, and then provided me with books she recommended and the research she had done on the adoption agency, my vet, etc. She gave me very simple things to work on with Carmella for five minutes each day and explained why she wanted me to do these things. I would recommend her to anyone with an aggressive dog
Ludar Animal Behavior, LLC's reply
Thank you so much!
Oct 3, 2018
Alicia L.

Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)

Melinda was very helpful in providing me information and ways I can continue to work with my cat to help her feel less anxious. She was very professional, and it is obvious she is very compassionate about animals. I am very happy with my experience in working with her. What I liked best is that she equipped me with tools and knowledge that I can use to improve my cat's behaviors and general well being.
Ludar Animal Behavior, LLC's reply
Thank you!
Jul 12, 2018
Lori G.

Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)

She has a wealth of knowledge about cats,and their behaviors. She immediately gave us some ideas of what we do to help our cats and their behavior issues. She was very professional and we are looking forward to continuing to work with her!
Ludar Animal Behavior, LLC's reply
Thank you Lori!
Oct 31, 2017
Nicole H.

Animal Training and Behavior Modification (Non-canine)

I asked Melinda questions that we have been waiting to hear from vets for years and have had no answers. We still don’t have the answers we need but now feel comfortable not knowing after talking with Melinda. She even called our vet and did a consult to order tests to help us out! Great person to work with! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Ludar Animal Behavior, LLC's reply
Thank you so much. If you find you need a full consult, here is our scheduling link: https://squ.re/2LZXDtV
Jun 21, 2018
Krysti H.

The difference in my cats is monumental! I never thought I'd be able to train my cats, I thought they were just stuck in their bad habits. They took to it in less than 30 minutes! They were excited to learn new things and all of their and bad behaviors started to diminish within two weeks. They are more enriched, engaged, and affectionate! It has been absolutely life changing! I recommend Ludar to everyone I know now.
Ludar Animal Behavior, LLC's reply
So glad you are seeing results. Thank you so much!
Apr 8, 2018
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Melinda Stimpson


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Melinda tries to work with every family and stay within their financial means. Rates vary based on the species and how far she has to travel. We can accept check, credit card, cash, or paypal. We offer discounts for clients that book more than one training session. We schedule all appointments via our website. Please visit our website and click the,"Book An Appointment Now" button. There is also a "Schedule Now" button.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The first visit is the BIG one. We ask that customers clear at least, one hour of their schedule. The first consultation can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours depending on the complexity of the behavior issues. We also prefer for all pet owners to be present and a quiet environment during the first visit. This way Melinda can make your pet(s) feel comfortable around her and get to know them. This allows both Melinda and the pet parents to really focus on the problems at hand.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Melinda left academia in 2017 to focus on animal behavior consulting full-time but is a trained Animal Behavior Scientist that still regularly volunteers for scientific research. She has over 15 years of experience with felines and numerous years of training with other species. Please visit her "about the owner" section on our website to see a complete list of her qualifications.

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