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Toledo Animal Behaviorists

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  • 16 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Ghalib A.
Verified review

Barbara came to our house to help us with our German Shepherd. We rescued our year and a half old GS from a shelter. I'll start this review by explaining what behaviors our dog needed to work on. He would play bite, he wouldn't listen when called, and would tug on his leash NON-STOP when on a walk. He was never aggressive towards us, but he would play bite. Barbara showed us how to get our dog to make eye contact with us, she showed us a variety of training methods to practice with our dog, and she showed us how to be in control when on a walk. We saw major improvements in the dogs attitude towards us within the first session. He no longer play bites, and with all the training methods Barbara showed us our dog is on his way to becoming an extremely well behaved dog. Barbara's session was extremely informative and fun for us and for our dog. We now have a much better understanding of our dog. I highly recommend Barbara to others, she's an expert and knows what shes doing when it comes to dog training and general dog behavior.

Patty's Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn W.
Verified review

I have known Patty for years and have learned a lot of great training skills from her and have used her a number of times for dog sitting. She is an exceptional person, trainer and animal lover.

Motor City K9 Solutions LLC
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Calvin N.
Verified review

Great experience with Motor City K9 the trainer knows exactly what he's doing.Whatever your dogs behavior issue is MCK9 will correct it,the sky's the limit with his wonderful training skill. I highly recommend taking your dog to them, from basic obedience to personal protection he can take any dog and change their whole attitude. MCK9 is one of the BEST!!!

Ann Arbor Canine Coach, LLC
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Tara A.
Verified review

Valerie's class was wonderful. I am more confident with my dog Mina. We have learned quite a bit in 6 weeks. Best part is I looked forward to class on Wednesday evenings because we were having fun while learning. I highly recommend taking this class with Valerie and we plan to sign up for more of her classes. No doubt our dog and her humans have benefited from this class. Thank you Valerie.

Franny The Pet Nanny
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Bryon W.
Verified review

Frances has stayed in our home and cared for our pets many times.  We have three dogs and cats as well as fish.  The longest time Frances cared for our pets was about fifteen days last winter.  The peace of mind we enjoy on our vacations knowing that our pets are being so lovingly cared for in their own home is invaluable.  Frances has a true love of animals and is able to relate to each one on an individual basis.  We have complete confidence in her judgment and reliability and most of all on her kindness towards our animals.  She has administered medication as well as their more basic requirements and we can enjoy our travels knowing they are being looked after by someone who truly cares for their welfare. We are happy to recommend Frances without qualification.  Please feel free to call us if you would like a verbal confirmation of this letter.

Sherrie Tousignant
5.0
from 4 reviews
    Dan B.
    Verified review

    Thank you for your service. Thought it was very professional and the fact that you were on time and my family and animals loved you. Would recommend you to anyone.

    Michigan Dog Training Inc.
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 20 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Rose C.
    Verified review

    We attended some classes at MDT with Michael and Wendy in the summer of 2014. Our dog Casey has made leaps and bounds improvements in his behavior thanks to MDT!

    PRO K-9
    5.0
    from 1 review
    • 17 years in business
    Kimberly S.
    Verified review

    My initial meeting with the trainer was excellent. She was very thorough and informative. She was very timely and accommodating. I was so confident in the service that I am seriously considering upgrading my package. I will definitely recommend Pro K-9 to anyone searching for a dog trainer.

    Rusted Rain Ranch
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Chris A.
      Verified review

      Been leasing with the people here for a couple of years now. Management is open, approachable, knowledgeable and professional. This barn has provided an excellent avenue to my teenage daughter for improving horsemanship, learning and implementing natural training methods and spending lots of time learning all the care that these animals require. More like extended family than just a boarding/training facility. Lessons on sound horses are excellent for the beginner rider, and leasing offers options for those with more experience who can ride without a trainer present which really increases rider performance and ability. I can't say enough about this barn. Come see for yourself! :)

      Glass City K9
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Susan V.
      Verified review

      We have had a really great experience with our training sessions! David Johnson was professional, caring & easy to keep in touch with when we had questions/concerns. We may do more lessons with other areas of behaviors in the coming months. We are very pleased with the results & happy with our dog's response to training.

      Haley L.
      Verified review

      Amanda is reliable and responsibile with a passion for animals. She treats my animals like they are her own. I would highly recommend Amanda as a caretaker for your furry friends!

      Longsnouts
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 4 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Claire M.
      Verified review

      Although our dog did not suffer from any particularly severe behavior problems, as first time dog owners, we thought it was prudent to get some experience in dog training. We decided to take Hannah's "Urban Manners" class. The basic goal of the class is to be able to walk with your dog in a downtown-esque area with ease. The price was very reasonable and the information we gained from the class was INVALUABLE. Our dog learned a lot of new skills: how to automatically sit whenever we stop walking, how to walk calmly at our side, how to calmly observe scary situations and then "check-in" with us to make sure everything is okay. Us humans learned even more information. We learned positive reinforcement training. Most importantly, we learned how to read our dog's body language. I can now read even subtle nuances in our pup's behavior. For instance, my dog has several different "sits" depending on how nervous he is. We also followed up with a few private lessons to deal with some triggers that make our dog a little nervous, and Hannah was also wonderful then too. It's clear that Hannah knows what she is doing, and she is a bona fide expert in reading dog body language. We highly recommend Hannah and Longsnouts!

      • 6 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Alexandra L.
      Verified review

      Deliann is great, genuinely tuned into animals of all kinds, and very accommodating to pet owners. Highly recommend.

      About

      I used to work in a vet's office and am trained in all sorts of things. I love animals, and they love me. Let me know if I can help you and your furry friend.

      • 2 years in business
      About

      I've been around animals my entire life, from growing up with dogs and cats to raising snakes, birds, fish, small mammals and less orthodox companions, like raccoons. I've always taken care of the companions of friends and family, but my personal affinity is for senior citizens. It's always difficult, but I love taking care of them in their old age! I'm also experienced giving medications and injections if needed. I'm a certified animal Reiki practitioner, so I would be more than happy to do therapeutic work on any of my guests on request, without any additional charge. Animals rule in this house, so they have a choice of beds (including mine), a couch, ottoman, pillows, perches, litter boxes, and even a medium sized crate to make themselves comfortable in. I also like making gluten-free dog biscuits, so there will be plenty of taste-testing in the kitchen. I like to think of it as a B-n-B for animals. I enjoy taking pictures and doing little cellphone photo shoots with animals, so expect to receive at least a couple of pictures from me along with updates a few times a day while I watch your companion. For reviews of my services, please see my website. Thanks!

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      I walk any animal that can be contained by leash. Dogs are the most popular and common, but I am not limited to just dogs.

      About

      Hi, there! I have had a variety of different animals all my life. I used to work for a few different pet stores and learned a lot from those jobs. I grow up with German shepherds since I was little. I have a Great Pyrenees that will be three years old in August and have had her since she was three months old. I trained and socialized her myself, and she's a very well-behaved dog. I have a cat and a lizard. I love all animals. Whatever you need, I can help. Price varies depending on the level of care and number of pets. Hope to hear from you soon.

      About

      I use the power of positive dog training. This means that my teaching methods are pain-free (no choke collars), effective, and enjoyable for both you and your pet. The goal is to obtain desired behavior by shaping and reinforcing "good" behavior with positive, encouraging commands. I offer private dog training and group classes, socialization with people and dogs, and solutions to common dog behaviors.

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      i do a good job i take care of what i need to do.

      About

      I do animal sitting, and I wouldn't mind cleaning a little. I love animals and would love to take care of them since I can't have my own right now.

      • 21 years in business
      About

      I love to help out and take dogs out for walks, play with them, feed them, and glam up after them. I would take care of any animal.

      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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