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Springfield Animal Behaviorists

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  • 5 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Traci B.
Verified review

Despite a couple set backs with our pup where he wasn't able to attend his lesson Jeff was more than willing to work with us and reschedule those lessons. Jeff is very caring and loves every animal he works with.

Katie's Canine Connection
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Katy D.
Verified review

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!

  • 5 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Matt D.
Verified review

Melissa did a wonderful job with my timid and shy Boxer pup. He had no obedience training to speak of when she got him. When we got him back after the 2 week board and train he is a completely different dog. The behavior changes were noticed instantly. He is now a well behaved and is truly a part of our family. I can't thank Melissa enough for what she has done for Hero.

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Pack Boss, LLC
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 16 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!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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!

Offleash K9 Training, LLC
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Travis G.
Verified review

I did the basic obedience 4 week course. I was very pleased with Roger and his professionalism. He always made sure the dog and myself knew exactly what he was asking of us before he sent us home to practice. It is unbelievable what Roger can accomplish with a dog in sheer minutes. I will definitely be going back for advanced commands. Definitely worth the money if you expect awesome behavior from your dog

  • 21 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Tana S.
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Alicia, thank you so much for helping our newly adopted dog Jesse adapt to her new surroundings! We were afraid we would have to return her to the shelter because of her agressive behavior toward us and our other dog. But on the recommendation of a friend, we called you, and learned how to better control our dogs. We have no intention of giving Jesse up now! Thanks for your help!

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Ludar Animal Behavior, LLC
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 17 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.

Elissa Cline Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mindy P.
Verified review

Elissa is a thorough, skilled and caring trainer. She listened to my concerns/needs. After meeting me and my dog, she developed a workable plan that met my rewards-based method preference. I rescued an 11-month German Shorthaired Pointer who had a very high prey drive and absolutely no recall. My GSP is now a reliable trail and beach dog who responds to a code word and/or whistle. ("Come" no longer worked when we met Elissa.) Elissa worked with us 4-5 times, but mostly she gave me the understanding, skills and followup exercises to work with my dog myself. She explained behavior theory behind the exercises, showed me how to properly carry them out. She followed each training session with detailed notes and other resources. Success wasn't instant, but steady. With Elissa's help, I have a trustworthy companion whom I feel comfortable letting off leash.

Wright Way Rescue
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Linda R.
Verified review

We have had Cathy train a couple of our puppies and they have all prospered from their experience with her.She is definitely an animal lover who is calm and takes all the time that is needed on a one on one basis.She has also trained friends of ours dogs and they are doing great.We highly recommend her.

  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Charlie A.
Verified review

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!

Scales Tails & Paws
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel Z.
Verified review

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!

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.

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!

D's Animal Care
5.0
from 1 review
    Juliet T.
    Verified review

    As a ...ahem...somewhat overprotective pet mom, I am very particular about entrusting my pets to anyone. Danielle has cared for my five cats several times, and I could not be happier with her or with the care she gives. Each time I return home, they are happy and content. The food and water bowls are clean and full and the litterboxes are empty. She keeps me updated with daily texts, so I never have to worry. Initially, I would not have thought it was necessary to visit twice a day for cats, but I have to say, I'm really glad she does and it's well worth it. She is such a pleasure to deal with, and has such a nice, gentle way with the animals. I highly recommend her!

    Sky dogs
    5.0
    from 1 review
      MJ W.
      Verified review

      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
      About

      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 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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      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.

      About

      We offer companion dog boarding, cat boarding and grooming for dogs and cats. We have a 1 acre of play yard with wading pools and toys. We have air-conditioned areas, and we do spacious indoor/outdoor runs.

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      I will come to your house and walk, play, feed and water your animals. I have always loved animals if I see a homeless animal. I will try to feed it and get it to find it a home. I'm an animal lover. You would have to meet me, and you will see yourself.

      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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