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Providence Animal Behaviorists

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  • 26 years in business
  • 345 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Cathy helped me take my dog from antisocial to social and playful!

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Training-U To Train Your Dog
4.8
from 109 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 224 hires on Thumbtack
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Karina D.
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Unbelievable. I have a 12 week old Australian Cattle mix and almost no experience in training dogs. Peter is extremely professional, kind, and experienced. He came right on time to my house at 5:30AM and brought treats for my puppy and even gave me a clicker. I noticed a clear difference in my puppy and Peter helped me to understand more about animal behavior. I look forward to our next session this coming week! He is outstanding!

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The Pawsitive Experience
4.9
from 49 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
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Margaret S.
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My puppy Benny and I had a great experience with Sandy. She taught me many skills to use with Benny that shaped his positive behavior as a puppy. She was always available for advice via text and phone (about training and advice about raising a puppy). She is very professional and also very friendly. Her love for dogs shows in the work she does! I would highly recommend Sandy.

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  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carolyn B.
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Michael is fantastic! Very laid back and understanding of my dogs behaviors. By the end of the first session, I felt very hopeful and much more relaxed. Looking forward to next weeks sessions!

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Jezzie Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Viki P.
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Fantastic experience!! I noticed a difference in my dogs behavior almost immediately. Very flexible and easy to work with. Thank you Jess for being so wonderful.

Cloud 9 Canine
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Brittany H.
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Blake was a great trainer in helping me with my dog who had crate anxiety. When I got my dog he couldn't even stay in the crate for an hour without hurting himself, Blake was caring and helped train him to where he can stay in the crate for full work days no problem. She also cared enough to teach him obedience and helped my dog become confident in being away from me. Being trained by her was the best thing that could have happened for my dog.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Mackenzie F.
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I brought my 5 year old English Mastiff here for behavioral training, she was attack on site aggressive with people, dogs, kids and cats. After just one session I noticed a change in her attitude, by the thrid session with Omni K9Training I could bring her around with no muzzle! It's a couple months after her sessions were finished and I can now bring her out in public, let her off leash and even allow people to pet her! I would have had to put her down if it had not been for the incredible training we received here!

Caliber K-9
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa F.
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I first met Ken when he volunteered at our animal shelter. He was so dedicated came in rain, snow exc. He worked diligently with our animals to help make them more adoptable and has a heart of gold. I highly recommend Ken for your training needs. If you want someone you can trust and who will love your animals as much as you then he's the guy.

Nicholas Galvan
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer C.
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We had trouble integrating a new bulldog puppy into the family with my older bulldog and Nick came in and showed us how to manage their behavior in a positive way. We learned so much from him in the first session that we saw the results right away! He is so professional, knowledgeable and easy to work with! My dogs connected with him right away and listened to his commands. We highly recommend Nick!

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Robert W.
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Audrey cared for our three cats while we were away for a week and did an amazing job! She took great care of them, gave us lots of updates and took the time to do extra things like bring out our bins on garbage day and wash out their bowls regularly. She does so much for such a reasonable price! What a great value! She is a true animal lover and so kind and trustworthy, we felt very comfortable with her in the house while we were away. We are very picky about our pets care and get very anxious leaving them alone, but Audrey took great care of them and we will definitely hire her again! Outstanding!!

The Clever Canine, RI
4.5
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn M.
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Katy was so sweet to our new puppy Rylie. Even though we are not new puppy owners, it was so helpful to really understand how to control their behaviors from a young age. She was very patient when sharing information on proper techniques to practice on a daily basis. I would highly recommend a few of the trainings to be one on one so you can ask questions and she can see your dogs training opportunities for future training sessions.

Eye-to-Eye Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Reba P.
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I've worked with Kim with my terrier mix one on one and at a leash-reactive training class and highly recommend her in either setting. She was so tuned into my dog and really clearly has a way with them. She's also a terrific teacher in a group setting and can corral a class of a dozen dogs (and owners!)! Kim gave me specific techniques that I have continued to incorporate on my own that have helped considerably. When we worked together she just seemed to know the challenges beneath my dog's behavior - she is a keen observer and listener to both people and dogs and she really knows her stuff. A gem.

Little Lyons Sitting & Care
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kate R.
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Katie dogsits for me when I go away on business trips or go into Boston for the weekend, and I could not recommend her more highly! She is caring and attentive to my dog; my dog gets so excited to see her. My dog is medium to high energy and Katie always tires her out. She is extremely knowledgable about dogs and dog behavior and has given me several tools to help keep my dog more mentally engaged and less stressed. Katie is punctual, she remembers all sorts of details about every dog, and she is my go-to whenever I need someone. Best dog sitter/walker in the Providence area!

The Wagging Leash
4.0
from 4 reviews
    Courtney W.
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    Five stars Is not enough stars to rate Katie from the Wagging Leash!!!! Katie is truley blessed with a Gift when it comes To working with animals!! She is extremely talented And you do not have to give Your dog another thought while with Katie!! Katie was Truley a life saver when it came to our high energy year old lab Vegas! She treats each and every dog like her own and i sincerly mean that! We saw a HUGE difference in our dogs behavior after we hired Katie it is worth every penny!!! Keep up the GREAT work Katie we are forever grateful for what You have done and most of all Vegas absoultey loves spending time with you!!!

    • 6 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Whitney F.
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    We are so happy that we found Erica for dog walking services through Thumbtack. She was very quick to get back to us and even came over to meet us in person. She is very knowledgeable about animals as she used to be a vet assistance and she is extremely professional. She is very flexible to work with your needs and she is happy to adjust times and visits per your pet needs. Her prices are great too for the quality service you get! We feel very at ease knowing she is taking goof care of our puppy when we are at work.

    Newton Critter Sitters
    4.5
    from 2 reviews
      Jennifer R.
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      Jay really cares about the animals; my cats loved her! She's very gentle and compassionate.

      Erica Jane F.
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      Lisa Jo is a great, very reliable and trustworthy petsitter and housecleaner. She cares for my animals and home like they are her own! I highly recommend her services. You can definitely count on her and you won't be disappointed!

      About

      I will simplify your lifestyle by doing shopping, animal sitting, errands, etc. I am certified and I have many references. Thank you.

      About

      I have lots of time, energy and experience with animal care. You'll find that I'm reliable and responsible. Let me help you give your dog the best care possible.

      About

      I have an inborn love for animals, and I have 25 years of hands-on experience with animals. I am committed to providing your family member with the best care and services they deserve on a daily basis. My services include but are not limited too grooming, house/pet sitting, animal taxi, and pet exercise and nutrition.

      About

      I worked for an animal hospital for three years and I loved it. I love working with animals. It was always a passion of mine to have animals but sadly, I can't have dogs in my apartment so I would love to be a part of your dog's life and care for them.

      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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