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Frayed Hat Dog Training
from 34 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Vanessa W.
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I used to work with Mike at his last position as a dog trainer. He was always very positive when training the dogs and they all loved him! He has a strong knowledge of training and got great results with the dogs he worked with!

Grey's K9 Academy
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Debra K.
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Elliot is conscientious, loving, kind, but firm with the dogs he's training. It's a wonderful experience and I love training my dogs under his tutelage. My dogs adore Elliot, too! This young man really knows his stuff when it comes to dog training and pet sitting and animal care overall. So glad he's on my team!


I have been working with animals and instructing people since 1982. Initially focused on equines, I've provided countless hours of group and private riding lessons and judged local horse shows. My students and I have competed in both English and Western venues. I've served on the Board of Directors for Riding Unlimited and dedicated 4 years to the White Tanks Mounted Search and Rescue Team. In 1992, I successfully developed and implemented an Equestrian Therapy Program for a long-term residential treatment center serving chemical-dependent adolescents in Texas. Likewise, my experience with canines is just as strong and diverse. I've instructed in obedience, tracking and K9 Nose Work and have trained and handled narcotic and explosive dogs. A strong advocate for animal rescue, I've adopted several dogs and subsequently dealt with a variety of behavioral issues. I successfully trained my rescued Siberian Husky as a certified therapy dog and visited hospitals and nursing homes. I am currently an ANWI pursuing CNWI certification and teaching K9 Nose Work classes in Southern Oregon. Additionally, I am an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluator, and a Canine Life and Social Skills instructor. Other professional affiliations include the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the United Schutzhund Clubs of America, the North American Dog Agility Council, Canine Performance Events, the American Kennel Club, and the National Association of Canine Scent Work, LLC. Having the belief that continuous learning is key, I attend seminars on a variety of training methodologies. I understand everyone's experience levels and goals are unique and that personalized service is essential (one size does not fit all!). I am dedicated to learning about your personal goals and committed to building a training program that is focused on your specific needs.


I am currently finishing my education as a veterinary assistant. I am available to help those going out of town or just working and cannot take their pets along. I am able to come to your house to feed/water, play and walk your pets, or I can just take them out for a walk while you work. I know that animals are part of the family and need love and attention, and it is hard to always be there. I am able to work with dogs, cats and other small animals.

  • 15 years in business

I've been caring for animals my entire life. I have experience with domestic animals, farm animals and exotic animals. I have experience sitting for show dogs as well. Many references are available upon request.


I offer schutzhund tracking, obedience, defense and personal companion training. I'm caring and lovable. I don't train dogs; I train you to train your dog!

  • 4 years in business

This is not a job to me, animals are apart of my everyday life. I love spending time with those who impact my life for the better, and animals are a big part of that. I genuinely care about animals and enjoy being around them.


We are a full-service grooming and boarding facility. We are licensed, experienced and secure. We are family operated with easy access.

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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.

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.

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?
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