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Murfreesboro Dog Behavior Specialists

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  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Emily T.
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It was a joy watching James work and connect with a dog he had just met. He exercised total patience with Ellie and with us as the clueless owners in training. Within the hour our dog religiously knew multiple basic commands and all of the advice and techniques James taught us are always being implemented. We've have several very good lab mixes through the years, but she is by far the loveliest and most intelligent. The same goes for the trainer. On-time, professional, just a joy to watch the transition from derpy dog to dog with a purpose after one session. Highly recommend.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Bethany G.
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Steve has been great with us and our dog. He is very patient and he really works on exactly what we need. He takes extra time to be with our dog and is very good at teaching us what we need to do. We have seen a great improvement with our dog's behavior since starting work with Steve.

Southern Dogworks
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Ren B.
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Stacee is an excellent trainer! She knows exactly how to handle the most extreme cases. I had a dog with excessive barking and fear issues. She taught me how to handle the situation and calm the dog. She not only trains the dog, but the owner too. If you have a dog with behavior issues, Stacee can help!

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Thank Dog! Training
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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Steve M.
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Noelle was prompt, professional, and extremely knowledgeable about the intricacies of dog behavior We had an issue with our 11 year Lab / Pit mix, who has always been loving and great with our children. With our recent scare my family of course comes first, which Morgan is part of that family. I had to make sure we were doing the right things, and that we addressed our concerns for the best results of our entire family. So we reached out to Noelle, and are happy we did. After meeting with Noelle, we were able to see our own inconsistencies in our interaction with our dog Morgan, and start working immediate to get things back on track, with great results. Understanding our dogs body language and her emotional needs and our own self discipline in establishing leadership and more importantly maintaining consistency. While we only met with Noelle for an hour in our home, her advice, love for animals, and knowledge were priceless to our family. I can't recommend her highly enough

Absolute K9 Solutions
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara M.
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Very knowledgable with great observations and insight. I have had dogs for over 10 years but am not a professional and needed an objective consultation for sibling rivalry. Very reasonable price for someone with her expertise. I was thankful she was able to travel to my home for no extra charge whereas other behaviorists/ trainers I had had searched either did not travel to Vail or charged extra. I have seen improvements already just three days after her visit. It really is about structure and boundaries: the owner truly has majority of the responsibility for pet behavior.

Music City Dog Training
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Maria C.
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I hired Beth to help me out with some aggression issues I was having with my dog. Beth gave me the confidence I needed so that I can direct my dog in a way that she no longer is reactive towards people and sounds and we are now able to visit parks and stores and have house company with no issues. I have enjoyed working with Beth and plan on keeping in touch with our progresses! Thank you so much, Beth! ~Maria and Zeta

  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Stacee B.
Verified review

Dan has a lot of experience walking dogs, especially dogs that need special care and handling. You can trust that Dan has your interest and dogs care at heart. I've worked personally with him and he has a natural way with dogs.

Fresh Canine Training
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jean D.
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Charlotte at Fresh Canine has been a tremendous help to me and my American Bulldog. Before we started taking lessons, he was leash reactive and I had trouble getting him to focus on me. With a little help from Charlotte, we have made a ton of progress and we have even been able to put him into a small play group where he did great! I really love her approach to training. Her patience and genuine love for what she does shines through and makes it easy to understand the concepts she is teaching. Most valuable for me, she helped me gain the confidence I needed to help my dog. I would recommend Charlotte highly to anyone who has questions or concerns about their dog's behavior or just needs help with basic obedience.

from 2 reviews
    Paul G.
    Verified review

    Nikki's understanding of animal behavior is unimaginable, and her ability to teach people how to have a more enjoyable relationship with their dog is far beyond comprehension. My wife and I had Nikki come out to our home and teach us how to work with our German Shepherd puppy, Veda. Nikki's lessons are straight to the point, and the results are evident immediately. She is a huge proponent of not "over commanding" your dog. To hear it from Nikki, she'd tell you that you shouldn't have to constantly tell your dog what to do (or what NOT to do)...your dog should know what is expected and just do it without a command. To alot of people that sounds daunting, if not laughable, as a training method. You can laugh or shrug off that line of thinking if you want, but we're here to tell you that it works! Dog dragging you down the street on your "walk"? Nikki will fix it! Dog jumping at the door to greet visitors? Nikki will fix it! Ever feel like you're not the one in charge? Nikki will fix it! Quit reading the Leerburg site wondering about prong collars. Quit wasting your hard earned money at Petsmart and Petco on their clicker classes where you make the funny noises to distract the dog from what it's focusing on. Call Nikki. Tell her what's going on with your pet. Setup an appointment, and start enjoying your relationship with your pet (and other humans in the house) again. Her abilities with animals and their owners will change the dynamic in your house in a very short period of time. It does cost a little bit more than those other training classes...but the results are far better in our opinion.

    Tatiana Vazquez
    from 2 reviews
    • 8 years in business
    Kelsey F.
    Verified review

    Tatiana is wonderful! She truly has a passion for animals and has taken care of and loved on our fur babies many times. She's great with our two giant dogs (70 and 60 lbs) and our cat. My husband and I love that she has so much experience at the vet and we can always count on her professional knowledge of what's going on if we are noticing any certain symptoms our animals are experiencing. I would highly recommend her. She's responsible, understands animal behavior, and most importantly our animals love 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!

    Pack Leader Prep School
    from 1 review
    • 9 years in business
    Kammie G.
    Verified review

    I have seen first hand the transformation that Kelly has made in the behavior of multiple dogs. I have wanted to adopt more than one dog that she fostered and trained, and my sister actually did! When we are ready to get a dog, we will absolutely use Pack Leader Prep School!

    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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