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Canine Counselor
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew B.
Verified review

Lee was awesome!!! She was on time for the appoinment, couteous, friendly, well spoken, and really understood the dynamics between my 3 dogs. She taught me several techniques that I could use to treat some of my canines more unfavorable habits. All in all she was a well rounded trainer with a profound knowledge of animal behaviors. I would highly reccomendation her.

  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Ethan B.
Verified review

We are so happy with the results from our 2 week training for our dogs. Justin absolutely changed our dogs behavior. We can take them for walks at ease not worried if they will run away, try to fight, or go crazy somehow. We walk with them by our side anywhere without a leash and they behave amazing now

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Stealth k9
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lisa P.
Verified review

Michael is the dog whisperer! I rescued Julie from the Houston SPCA on July 22nd after getting her home we quickly looked at each other like what have we gotten ourselves into? This pound puppy is cra cra! She was an owner surrender then adopted and quickly returned to the shelter because “she was to hyper” my husband and I made a promise to Julie that she was a good girl deep inside and we wouldn’t give up until we helped her find that good dog behavior we both just knew she had it in her! We took her to the vet and put her on m do for her sever anxiety issue that helped she calmed down but she was still clueless to any basic commands. I decided to look for a trainer to work with Julie for the behavior and anxiety issues we were seeing. I found Stealth K9 and contacted him asking about the cost for board and train. His quote was hundreds cheaper than the rest and his reviews were great he was very responsive I hired him right away! He came and picked Julie up the same day Within 4 hours of reaching out for help. When he arrived Julie did not like him at all because she didn’t know him, she actually bit him out of fear within minutes of him meeting her, that didn’t phase him at all! He was persistent with her and before he even left the house with Julie he had her healing next to him on the leash! He was there for less than 30 min. My husband was blown away. I get daily updates on Julie but after only 3 days of training he sent me a video of Julie’s progress I was in shock completely blown away. Julie loved him she was 100% fixated on him! She was already doing sit stay, heal sit and she was doing it with major noise distractions. He was using positive reinforcement by pet and praise no treats I love this style! I want my dog to perform her commands all the time not only for food. Michael and his team of trainers work day and night training the dogs. Julie has had multiple different trainers all day long so she is taught to take the commands from everyone not just 1 person she has shown no further aggression not even with new trainers she hasn’t worked with yet or doesn’t know. There aren’t enough words to express how great everyone has been with my Julie girl! I am so grateful that I found Michael and he is making it possible for me to fulfill our promise to Julie that we will never give up on her or take her back to the shelter we promised to get her the help she needs and we absolutely have.

DogS Gone Good
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Eliz B.
Verified review

Tricia was a blessing training our new dog. We found a stray tied to a lamp post in our neighborhood. We had to help the dog so we took him in. He had been abused and Tricia help us. When we first go Bear he was very frightened and peed in the house. After her instructions, which we carried out to a T, he became an excellent dog. It took some work but it was well worth it. I would use Tricia again for any of my animal training or behavior needs. She also does boarding which I will use in the future.

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amy M.
Verified review

We highly recommend Terry. Our dog, Tango was a challenge for us, jumping and pulling on the leash, we couldn’t even have people over without her going crazy. We knew we need to call a trainer but most use either shock collars or treats and I wanted someone who could just understand my dog and show us how to train her without bribery or shocking her. So I saw Terrys website and called. Terry is excellent with Tango. He explained why she does the things she she does and gave us LOGICAL solutions for her behavior problems. Now we can enjoy Tango and not feel overwhelmed by her! Terry gave us a companion. My only regret is not calling him sooner!

Gigi's Pampered Pets
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Donna F.
    Verified review

    I've been bringing my pups to Gigi for over 2 years. She is great at what she does, kind and caring. She treats all the animals in her care like they are her own precious babies. They come home happy, squeaky clean, nails cut with adorable new bandanas. Highly recommend her and her services. She's a class act!

    • 6 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Barbara K.
    Verified review

    I believe we are some of Mary's first clients for Pet sitting. We have used her services for 3 years and have already booked into 2016. Mary does a great job! She treats our 3 cats as if they were her own. They usually hide when visitors come, but to them Mary is family and they are happy to see her. I know my pets are well taken care of while I'm away. Mary leaves detailed notes about her visits which is always fun to read when we get back. Mary also cleans or changes litter the boxes, feeds and waters our pets and takes time to play with our pets. Other things Mary does for us, sweeps up stray kitty litter, takes trash to street on trash day. Picks up mail from mail box. Mary is trustworthy and loyal, I have no worries, in fact.. we gave Mary a key to the house and she still has it! Since we use Mary's services several times a year it was easier to have her keep a key. You can't go wrong with Mary! She will treat your pets like family and your home will be looked after too!

    Taryn Montgomery
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Raul M.
      Verified review

      Taryn is a great gal that loves horses and animals altogether! She has her own dog that is well trained and mannered. No matter what task is performed, she will do the best of her ability! Good job!

      Michelle V.
      Verified review

      Nancy's love for animals shows in her work. We have used her many times for pet sitting, and have been very satisfied with her services. If you are looking for someone to care for your animals and give them the attention they need without worry, Nancy is perfect!

      La Pet Marche
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 5 years in business
      • 2 hires on Thumbtack
      Nellie S.
      Verified review

      Tammy has been walking our family dog for about 2 weeks now and Joshua(my dog) and I have grown to love Tammy. We are beginning to seeing improvements in our dog's behavior - he is more calm. I like that Tammy checks in with me after the walks and gives me highlights of their activities for the day. My experience with Tammy have been very pleasant and I am so happy to have found her services and she is someone that I can trust.

      Yas S.
      Verified review

      Great services.

      Melissa A.
      Verified review

      Vanessa Pet sat for me my baby Boy Gizmo. She was very attentive to him. Even though I had a lot of demands for her about my little sweetie, he was well taken care of. I would recommend her to everyone. She loves animals.

      The Pooch Troop
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 18 years in business
      Terri Z.
      Verified review

      Rebecca has come to my home many times to take care of my black lab. She is punctual, respectful, friendly, professional, knowledgeable, and fantastic with my senior dog who has cancer. I trust Rebecca to properly give all required meds plus a lot of extra hugs and kisses. She even volunteered to walk my baby without me asking her to -- she goes the extra mile because she loves the animals. And I love the photos she sends (again, on her own initiative). I just can't say enough good things about Rebecca and how great she is with both animals and people!

      Canine Behavior Services
      3.0
      from 1 review
      • 36 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      I have been a canine behavior specialist in business since 1982. While much of my work currently is with working canines, I have begun to take on private clients here in Houston. My specialties are all forms of aggression, anxiety-related disorders and rescue dog integration issues. I see clients in their homes or for less severe issues such as socialization and obedience, I offer a reduced rate if customers come to me in the Hobby Airport area.

      About

      I need the money and to help my families out, so please give me this job. I would love this job. I love animals.

      About

      I have two animals, one puppy and a kitty. I love animals, and I have dog sit a lot of time. Dog sitting was my first job and still is. So help me out and pick to watch your animals.

      About

      It means thay like the same loveable think I do it means a lot love my pets there like my kids.

      About

      I can play with animals, and I love animals. I can care for your animals. I can care for any animal in the world as long as they don't try to beat up on me.

      About

      I'm an enthusiastic, energetic and professional person. I love animals and taking care of them too. I am responsible and able to perform satisfactory work.

      About

      I can take care of your animals in your home or mine. I will feed them, play with them,and take them on walks (even ferrets). If you need any other assistance with your animal, I can help. I can do shampooing/pampering, giving of medicines, special diets, pet sitting, changing of bedding (even in barns), etc. If you are needing any more information, please contact me.

      About

      I do anything involving animals. I am currently going to college to become a veterinarian. I enjoy being around all animals and help them to be happy pets.

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      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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