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Tualatin Animal Behaviorists

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Critters
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 306 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren R.
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Kari has helped me immensely with my puppy's training! With just one training session I have seen such a big improvement in my dog's behavior.

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DOG SPECIALTIES
4.8
from 45 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Saati O.
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Our German Sheppard was very aggressive with other dogs. Cynthia did a fantastic job, in a short amount of time, at a very reasonable cost, in changing this behavior. She individualizes the program to your dog. Highly Recommend!

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Yappy to Happy
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Suzanne W.
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Rebecca is an exceptional person to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable about animal behavior and it shows when she is working with you. She is patient and understanding and kind to people and animals alike. Her rates fit anyone's budget! I will go back again and again!

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Growing Up K9
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Lisa M.
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Molly helped me understand my dog's behavior, have me several resources and lots of ideas for helping my dog feel safe and comfortable when we walk. I am so glad I found her. well worth the money!

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Nakama Dog Training
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Teresa A.
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She was excellent and helped me learn a new way to encourage my dog to better behavior. Will call again!

Tails & Trails, Inc.
4.7
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah Elizabeth M.
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Guys, this is seriously the best team of dog walkers in the world! I cannot stop raving about their service to anyone who will listen. They're completely committed to the animals. First, they come to do a meet-and-greet before they start walking your dog so they know where everything is and to get acquainted with your pet! This made me feel so comfortable and at ease, and my dog was in love with Jeff from the very beginning!! They use this amazing technology that they scan with their phone when they come into the apartment and when they leave, which then emails you to tell them that they're with your dog! Also, when you log on, it shows you the GPS tracking of exactly where they went with your little one and if they went #1/#2! They even post lots and lots of photos on their social media which always just makes my day! My puppy is always smiling and so excited in all of the photos which just makes so enormously happy! I love everything about the quality of service these guys provide, they're so friendly and always willing to change appointment times to work better with what you need. Jaimee is just the sweetest and always sounds so genuinely excited to talk whenever i text about appointments. They have an amazing variety of services and i'll continue to recommend them to everyone! i couldn't be happier!

Healing Meadows
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Karen F.
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Jaime is very intuitive and knew my circumstances required a "special look" at my dog. Having lived out in "the sticks" for a while, my dog had no social skills, and walking Lake Sacajawea was a challenge for us both. We are still working on it, but Jaime gave me the tools to handle my dog in different situations, and the encouragement to keep working on it! In a "nutshell," totally professional, flexible, and working with you for the right solutions.

  • 17 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Guadalupe L.
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Great service, detail oriented. Rie is great, she is a loving person and fantastic with animals. My cat usually hid when she sees someone, but with her she just run to the door and say hello to her.

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Nicole
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Erica W.
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Nicole is wonderful! She is extremely professional and organized. She showed up (on time) to meet our dog prior to our trip. Our dog who has anxiety took to her right away. Nicole was communicative, responsive and easy to work with. We received pictures, updates (even though we were out of cell range) and a lovely note upon return. She also filled out her own daily checklist letting us know how all of our animals did. Our house was clean and our animals were happy. I would hire Nicole again in a heartbeat. She went above and beyond and I appreciated not having to worry about the care my pets were receiving.

Naughty Dogs PDX
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Kellie S.
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I feel I need to chime in on Kendra's innate ability with boarding animals. To say Kendra is good with pets is an understatement. Kendra goes the extra mile with each creature she comes in contact with; she has an animal rescue kit in her van just in case she comes across an animal in need! A few summers ago, I had a temporary job take me out of state for a month and couldn't take my cat with me. Frantically, I tried to think of a caregiver who would put up with my temperamental feline friend. My cat is not really a "people cat" and prefers not to be touched by anyone other than me; I was truly panicked about finding a place for her. Somehow my kitty was relaxed and at ease while purring and sitting on Kendra's lap only within a few short minutes of reaching the house (not something I have ever seen). Needless to say, all of my worries were put at ease immediately. If your loved one needs a place to stay, look no further! Kendra's compassion, openness and knowledge of dogs, cats, and other furry or feathered friends will amaze you.

The Laughing Tail, LLC
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kristine K.
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Laura truly loves dogs and it shows in everything from her dedication to helping rescued dogs to helping pet owners with their canine companions. She understands why enrichment is so important to a dog's well being and I've certainly learned a lot from her about that, which has helped my dog, Dexter, tremendously. He gets bored and needs a lot of mental stimulation. When I watched a video about how she trained her own active dog, Tula, in some enrichment behaviors, it took how I thought about enrichment to a whole new level. You can see that video here, if you're interested: http://thelaughingtail.com/videos When I have training questions about my dog, I have 3 people I consider experts in different dog training specialties - Laura at The Laughing Tail is 1 of those 3 people. I wish we lived in Vancouver so I could take my Dexter to her doggie day care. She provides so much more than just a place for your dog to hang out. It's more like a really great pre-school than it is dog sitting.

  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Ines N.
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Maggie is excellent, she knows dog behavior very well, and is very caring! she took the time to come and meet my very difficult dog ;-)

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa S.
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I think she is a fantastic trainer everything and more I could ask for. Her knowledge and kind nature is a perfect fit for my Mini Aussie and myself I am so pleased and took some of her business cards to pass out I highly recommend her

Linda's Dog Walking Service
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jane B.
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Linda has cared for my dog when I was away. My dog loves her and can tell that she has a heart for animals. I felt comfortable and reassured leaving my Ladybug in her care. I would recommend Linda to care for any pet. She is very trustworthy.

Pumpkin Patch Pet Care
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Kelsey K.
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    Olive's passion for animals is obvious - from eager pups to tired old pooches she loves and cares for each on an individualized basis. She's responsive - frequently sending images of our animals in her care, she's courteous and respectful when staying overnight in our home and her prices are very reasonable. Could not recommend her and her services enough!

    Effie's Pet Services
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Jackie S.
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      Kristin has been my dog walker on two separate occasions each for a period of 2-3 months, she has very special way with dogs having them obey her with a gentle hand. My dog goes absolutely ballistic joy when Kristin arrives, Kristin is on time and often stays longer to help with a specific behavior we are trying to teach. She carries water and all sorts of things she made me during the walk. You could have a better person to trust with your pet.

      About

      I'm very good with animals.

      About

      We provide equine massage and microcurrent therapy for the horse industry to aid in the healing and discomfort of horses due to injury, chronic pain and sickness. Microcurrent aids in the healing of chronic pain, bowed tendons, laminitis, burns, bruising, stress, anxiety, inflammation, cuts and large open wounds, navicular problems, tendon issues, abscesses, arthritis, and cartilage issues. The massage is also great for aiding in the pain of these animals. Microcurrent and massage has been around since the 1900s and is an accredited aid for the last 40 years. It's been recognized from vets and the race horse industries and is mostly known through the Kentucky derby and the Thorp Equine Peek Performace Race Horse industry as well as The Center on Herion Hill and Sovereign Healthy Alternatives and Dr. David Young.

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      I do exotic bird boarding, grooming, small animal boarding. I also do in-home wing and nail trims for birds and nail, ears, anal glands for and cats. Injured wild animals, birds and small mammals, and raptors removal, a no kill policy.

      About

      We offer all species training and pet care. We help pets and owners build a healthy relationship through training, reinforcement, and communication.

      About

      I have experience in dog, cat, and horse care. I have a passion for animals since I was a kid and I truly care about their well-being. I've had training in horse care when I was volunteering with Equine-Assisted Therapy. I have experience in several tasks including but not limited to the following: - Feeding - Grooming - Tacking - Catching - Leading

      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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