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Nashville Animal Behaviorists

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Pet Care By Angela
4.9
from 40 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jan C.
Verified review

Angela is incredibly knowledgeable and caring - she has gone above and beyond my expectations. Any issues I have had, I know I can always count on her to help me work through them. I would highly recommend her to anyone that needs advice on cats and their behavior.

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.

  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Lahja A.
Verified review

James came to my home to help me with my Yorkie. Recently we've had an addition of two bull dogs who will be staying with us the next 9 months. James was great with all three dogs and is helping us manage a new life style. Our Yorkie dislikes the new guests and is being aggressive towards them. He's helping us all adjust so we can coexist and learn new behaviors.

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Thank Dog! Training
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Steve M.
Verified review

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

Kisses Happen
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Bob P.
Verified review

On time, very friendly, and wore boozer out. Had ankle surgery and cant walk my dog. Definantly hdlping me out till i can walk again. Thanks

  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Mariellen H.
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We really enjoyed working with Off Leash K9!! They are very knowledgeable about dog training. They came to our house and worked with our puppy, Smokey. They were able to help correct some of his bad behaviors and taught him new commands. Smokey now stays in his "place" while our two little kids eat in their high chairs. He walks so well on a leash now and doesn't pull. Our 2 year old even walks him and isn't pulled down! Definitely recommend Off Leash K9! Thank you, thank you!!

  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Susan B.
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Dan is so caring & accommodating. He was amazing with my cat who had never been alone before. He sent me pictures, kept me updated and put my mind at ease. He is a real animal lover and all around a great guy!

Fresh Canine Training
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jean D.
Verified review

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.

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Helen C.
Verified review

Micah is the best sitter. She took good care of all my animals. She will text updates and pics. She loves all fur-babies.

DogSpeak
5.0
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
    5.0
    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!

    Dogs Love Libby Petsitting
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 10 years in business
    Jill W.
    Verified review

    Libby is the only person we hire to pet sit and house sit for us while we are away. She is very responsible and trustworthy. She is the perfect house guest, keeping things neat and tidy. She has a way with animals. Our dog took to her right away. We can tell our animals have been well cared for when we return whether we were away for a weekend or an entire week. Again, we wouldn't hire anyone else.

    • 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!

    Kathleen Welch
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Mary Jane E.
      Verified review

      My dogs had the best of care. Kathleen treats them like her own. She spends time playing with and loving on them. I have seen her with her own pets at the dog park - she is the ultimate animal lover!

      • 10 years in business
      About

      Thank you for stopping bye We offer a wide range of animal services everything from clipping and filing toe nails or giving good end of life care for your loved We have over three decades of combined experience in veterinary medicine. This is perfect if you’re dog or kitty hates going to a vets office please call anytime with any questions about any service

      About

      I provide services for design, installation, and maintenance of gardens and landscapes. I specialize in perennials, shrubs, and native plants. I am also an animal lover and feline rescuer. I have volunteered with Sumner County Spay/Neuter. In one day, we spayed/neutered over 70 cats and one dog.

      About

      My work stands out more mainly because I put my heart and soul out to these animals that I am taking care of and i wont leave until that animal I am taking care of is completely content.

      About

      I have been asked to take care of peoples' pets on several occasions, both by staying at the home or visiting, walking and playing with them as requested. They have found my care and attention to their "babies" to be above and beyond. I treat everyone's pet as if it were my own. I can provide excellent references. No one will take better care of your pets!

      • 7 years in business
      About

      My name is Mathew Barringer. I train dogs and do everything in between. Whether your dog or cat needs to be bathed and groomed, or just exercised and trained in all obedience and advanced, I am the man for the job. I love helping people and their animals. I love both cats and dogs. I have several years of experience and own a German Shepherd and 2 cats. I take pride in my work, and I am very passionate in taking care of them. I can come to you or you can come to me. So, if you want me to train your dog, watch your dog or cat, bathe and groom your dog or cat, walk your dog, exercise your animal In all different ways, just get a hold of me. Dogs can definitely develop behavioral issues and that's where I come in and reverse it. I'm not the dog whisperer, but I can help you with your animal. I mean, without our pet's life just wouldn't be the same. I can help you maximize your dogs potential or just watch your pet while you're busy. So, contact me now.

      About

      We have a lifetime of experience caring for animals of all types and sizes. We offer dog walking, pet care, and housesitting services for friendly critters big and small.

      About

      I do anything, from simply walking the animal to giving the animal food and medication, if needed, as well as playing with a dog and truly giving it love and compassion.

      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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