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Music City Pet Sitting
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 22 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Elena B.
Verified review

I've been using Danielle's dog walking service since I moved here last July. Knowing Danielle (or her Mom) are visiting with my dog, Kloe, while I'm at work gives me great peace of mind. When I get into a pinch and can't get home from work right away, Danielle is just a "text" message away, and she's always been able to go back to the house to bring Kloe out for another break. Danielle is a natural animal lover - it's clearly her passion, which makes her the kind of person that I want watching my little Kloe. I would highly recommend Danielle and Music City Pet Sitting.

The Balanced Dog
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Shawn R.
Verified review

We took both our dogs to training. They both are doing much better and are much easier to manage. It has really made our house calmer and the dogs continue to progress and behave much better. We would highly recommend the two week program.

  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole C.
Verified review

Dan and I met while volunteering together at Midde TN Boxer Rescue. His passion for dogs is evident from the moment you meet him. He genuinely enjoys walking, playing and giving love to the dogs he helps and owns! He often fosters dogs from MTBR and helps them to learn house manners. He assesses the dogs interaction with children, cats and other dogs in the home. It takes a great deal of patience, understanding, & compassion . Your pet will definitely enjoy any time it has with Dan!

  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
John S.
Verified review

Amazing is the only thing I can say about Bobbie and the result of her training. After her two week board and train, my 12 month old German Shepard is a new dog. Before her training he would rip my arm off every time he was on a leash and he would see a person or another dog. Yesterday I took him for a walk around the neighborhood without a leash. We passed two poodles, a boxer, a jogger, and a cat that ran right in front of us. He never left my side, not even once. He sat at the corner on command and would stay even when I walked off. Then he would come to me on command. The freedom of an off leash dog is amazing. I would recommend Bobbie, and her training, to anyone who truly wants to treat their dog like they are part of their family!

Music City K9 Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle S.
Verified review

Chris is great to work with! He gives easy tips for training your dog. We loved working with him to learn a variety training commands. He gives out homework sheets each week that help you remember what to work on and is also available to chat if you have questions.

Pupsqueak Dog Care
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Doris L.
Verified review

Hi, Pupsqueak Dog Care was great. Took great of my pup while I was in hospital and walked my dog twice a day, without fail, for several months when I got home. My dog just loved her and she loved my dog.

Furry Angel's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth P.
Verified review

Christy was my dog's sitter for over 7 years. I can honestly say that I have never found anyone that I trust more than her to watch my furbabies! She is absolutely amazing!!!

McKinley Pet Services
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nanette M.
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Michael was the best!!! I would HIGHLY recommend him to pet sit for any dog. I have two German Shepherds and my female is very shy and barks/growls at everyone. Michael came over to meet the dogs before I went out of town. Within minutes he made friends with both dogs and even had my female licking his arm on the couch. I was happily surprised as I had never had anyone keep them before. He sent me updates and pictures everyday, which made being away from them easier. I completely trust him with my pups and will definitely be using him in the future!

Melonie's Service Co.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jessyca M.
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Melonie was wonderful! She fed my dog while I was on vacation and took great care of her. She even played with cat and kept her company. I would highly recommend her!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremiah M.
Verified review

Angie has nearly nipped some serious behavior in the bud. I doubt we would have had that success in a group class. Excellent teacher for my wife and me. Highly recommend her!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brandy E.
Verified review

Jackie is such a joy to work with! Highly recommended!

Ali Akey - Pet Caretaker
5.0
from 1 review
    Tina P.
    Verified review

    Ali takes care of our dogs when we go on vacation. She feeds them and walks them every day plays with them to make sure they aren't too lonely without us. She is easy to communicate with and responds very quickly to our questions. Since hiring Ali to care for our precious babies, we haven't hired anyone else.

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    I do doggy walking, pet sitting, pet feeding and giving plenty of exercise. I have my I own doggy, and he is willing to share his mommy with your fur baby.

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    I take care of business with a smile on my face and friendly attitude towards my clients and their pets.

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    I love animals of all kinds. Keeping them healthy is my top priority. I will even watch them overnight if the need arises.

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    I walk dogs for owners who are unable to walk their dogs; the owners may have other obligations such as travel out of town.

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    My passion as a dog trainer is teaching people to properly train their dogs to be a welcome part of the family. Behavioral problems are one of the main reasons dogs are surrendered to shelters. Proper training can save these types of dogs. Everyone likes a well-trained dog. It's the only way to have a dog and truly enjoy them. I became a dog enthusiast because I was given an adult dog that had many behavioral problems. I worked with several trainers to make her a wonderful companion that I could truly enjoy. My show experience includes obedience and agility. My golden retriever Kula has received the following titles from AKC and United Kennel Club (UKC): Companion Dog (CD), Rally Excellent (RE), United Companion Dog(UCD) and Canine Good Citizen (CGC).

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    Will always provide your pet with the best care.

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    I have been training dogs for 7 years. I teach a dog training class for kids in 4-H. I can also groom dogs and express their anal glands. I have worked at a vet's office, so I know a lot of medical information that may come in handy when teaching your dog.

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    I am seeking a position as a dog walker/sitter with a genuine passion for animals and managing their everyday exercise needs. My qualifications are as follows: - Worked as a part-time dog walker for three years - Eager to walk multiple dogs at one time - Known for fully utilizing time and providing exercise to each dog - Hands-on experience in commanding obedience in accordance to preset rules of language - Familiar with healthcare issues and vaccination of dogs My special skills are as follows: - Possess a strong passion for animals - Familiar with basic training commands - Knowledge of basic dog grooming and health assessment - Physically capable of walking seven hours a day - Excellent communication and organizational skills My accomplishments with animals are as follows: - Provided basic obedience training - Conducted safe and productive playtime for multiple pets in one facility Here's my work history. I worked as a dog walker in West Lafayette/Indianapolis from 08/2010 to 2013. My duties include the following: - Walk dogs for the prescribed amount of time - Play with dogs following instructions for exercise - Dispose of waste on the trail - Clean backyard of the facility and organize it - Ensure the dogs are in their kennels or are returned to the rightful owners - Refill water and food - Apply flea and tick treatments as and when necessary My educational attainments are as follows: - High school diploma - Purdue University

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    We would be more than happy to help train and work with bulldogs that can be stubborn at times, when at a young age. Having worked with this majestic and awesome breed for twelve years, we can help assist frustrated owners. Whether it be potty training, or walking on a harness, we can make a difference in your new addition of a bulldog, making true family harmony happen.

    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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