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Voraussehen Kennels
4.9
from 80 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Benjamin C.
Verified review

This is one of the best experiences I've ever had with a trainer. We have a 2 year old male standard poodle, Beau. His behavior, fear aggression, was not conducive to downtown living. Since neither of us knew how to handle it on our own, we reached out to Mike for our options. From the very beginning he managed our expectations, explained every step of the training process, and best of all took time to listen to our concerns. Before recommending the 3 week obedience board and train, Mike heard all of Beau's behavior, asked questions and gave us some preliminary feedback. When we went to drop him off with Mike, we thought it would be a quick hand over of the leash and we would be out. However, Mike took his time with us, and with Beau, getting to know him and his temperament. He also reassured us since Beau was an inside dog, most of his training and all of his boarding would be inside, to keep with our conditions at home. This was very comforting for us. During the training, Mike recommended we visit once a week to see Beau to play and work with him. It was comforting for both of us. Mike treated Beau like a pet, just as we do with affection and play, and yet managed Beau's behavior and obedience like a trainer. Such a dynamic was critical for us in seeing the transition from home to training back to home as seamless as possible. When we went to pick Beau up, Mike spent over 45 minutes with us going over the commands, shoring up any last minute concerns, and "training" us. (If you don't know it, humans are often just as much to blame for the dog's behavior as the dog, but I digress.) We highly recommend Mike for your dog as well.

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Animal Talker
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Angela R.
Verified review

Amy and John were able to give us excellent advice on the very first meeting. In less than a week we have already seen improvement in our dog's behavior with using the tools and suggestions they provided.

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Canine Counselor
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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Modern K9s
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Manny B.
Verified review

Did a 4week board and train. Very satisfied with the way my dog behaves now. So well mannered. Great trainers. Love that it is an in home board and train

Mayday Dog Training
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle R.
Verified review

It is my pleasure to write a review for Nick as well as, give him the highest recommendation as a trainer. Nick has worked with my two German Shepherds for almost a year now. Nick is not only a very competent trainer, he is professional, empathetic and shows how much he cares for your pups overall needs and your needs as an owner. Working with Nick over the past year results in your confidence as an owner, as well as, your dog's confidence. I brought a 12 week old pup and a 4 year old GS to him and the results were two amazing dogs. Not only does your dog get trained, you get trained to be in control of your dog's behavior. My dogs get so excited every time they see NIck...they have definitely bonded with him and trust him. I can't say enough about Nick as a person, trainer and friend. I would never hesitate to give a recommendation in his training abilities. The biggest compliment I can give, is his training abilities are priceless.

FURever Home
4.6
from 27 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy S.
Verified review

Amy has been working with our dogs for about a year now. She works with different breeds and different issues and finds solutions. I recommend her for straight forward approach and caring attitude. She has taught our group the value of knowing animal behavior.

Elite K9
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Dana L.
Verified review

Kristen is very knowledgable and has a great skill with dogs. We needed some obedience and behavior training with an adult dog new to our family. I would surely recommend her.

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Barclay Farms
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Dianne H.
Verified review

Barbara is extremely knowledgeable about animal training. I am very satisfied with how my dog has progressed in just a couple of lessons. I love how she uses positive reinforcement to create a fun learning environment for both my pet and myself.

Prairie Kennels
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa P.
Verified review

Our Brittany (Posey) is a year and six months - she is high energy, very excitable, loving and stubborn dog. Her main issues were that she jumped when meeting new people, dragged us on walks (even with a pinch collar), had little to no recall, and we wouldn't even think about letting her off leash. Posey spent two weeks with Mike and his family in Cleveland (about an hr from downtown Houston). When we went out to pick Posey up after two weeks, we spent about 2 hours going through all the new commands Mike had taught her. We learned how and why to make corrections with a pinch collar and shock collar. After two weeks Mike had sit, down, climb, and here perfected in Posey. Two months after the training with Mike, Posey is maintaining what she learned. She walks with slack in the leash, can walk off leash (with shock collar), and the climb command is very handy. We point to any object: chair, bench, etc... and Posey will climb and stay. Her recall to "here" is great. Posey is much more attentive. Whenever we have any new issues or forget how to properly correct a behavior Mike has been willing to FaceTime and give us a quick lesson. Highly recommend sending your dog to Mike.

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  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Elaine B.
Verified review

Very detailed in her work and always puts the well being of the animal first.

  • 9 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Kerri J.
Verified review

Gwen is an excellent pet sitter. She is knowledgeable on many breeds and behaviors of aminals and can interact with them. She is trustworthy and reliable. Gwen provides a level of service that far exceeds boarding a pet.

Tri-County K9 Academy
4.3
from 14 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Doe B.
Verified review

Myself, my family and our pets have been customers of Tri-County K9 Academy for over 12 years. Whether our dogs are just starting obedience training, are working out for a dog trial, if we have a pet we have a behavior issue we need help with, or if I need assistance with my Service Dog, both Darryl and Tammy have been patient, excellent instructors and their daughters are great helpers. The environment at Tri-County K9 is set up to be safe, educational and rewarding for both animals and humans. They have watched over several of our dogs when we have had to leave town on short notice and we have always come home to happy, clean dogs that you can just tell had a well rounded fun time. Tri-County K9 Academy is an excellent experience for all whether you are training with your own dog, having your dog trained, adopting one of the many dogs rescued and rehabbed at Tri-County, needing boarding, or becoming a better dog owner. Tri-County K9 Academy should be your first stop for all your K9 needs.

  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amy J.
Verified review

Annie is great: loves our animals, gives them love plus the training/feedback that they need, and always leaves notes for us on what has been accomplished! Whether just a day walk, or a three-day weekend, she is responsible, communicative, and reliable. Big plus: she is great with older animals, and we have an aging pack...

The Bark Resort
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Vickie R.
Verified review

The owners of Bark resort are professional and caring people. They treat our pets as if they are their own. I have had my pets groomed , trained and boarded at this wonderful facility. They have a way with animals I have not seen before. Tammy is a miracle worker when it comes to training animals. I highly recommend Bark Resort to anyone needing grooming, training, or Boarding.

Puptown Houston
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Misty B.
Verified review

I can not say enough about how AWESOME Sheena is when it comes to training your dog. We have a Cane Corso and she is the best. I love her climb command. Several times I have had a contractor or someone come in and they had no ideal she was even there. One guy asked me if she was real because she had been so still and quiet. I can have a house full of kids running around and if I put her in a down command or climb she never leaves that command. I never knew how great it is to have a well behaved dog. Shenzi walks so well on her leash heeling perfectly. If you are having any issue with your dog or need any kind of training. I highly recommend Sheena. I took Shenzi in to be groomed at a pet store and everyone in there was complimenting on how well behaved she is. The owner wanted to know who my trainer was so she could send some of her clients to her. No matter where we go I always get compliments on her behavior. Love Love Love what she has done for Shenzi and our family. Thank You Sheena!!!

The Dog Masters
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Christine N.
Verified review

As soon as I met Kirk it was obvious that he truly has a special understanding of dog behavior. My dog is normally very nervous, anxious and reactive with strangers, but Kirk was calm and confident in his first interactions with my dog, Sophie and was able to gain control of the situation instantaneously. Over the course of the next 90 minutes, Kirk was very personable and patient with both Sophie and me. His experience and knowledge of dog behavior is apparent and he does a great job of addressing problem situations by empowering you with the knowledge, the tools and most importantly, the confidence to do it on your own. It has only been a few days from our initial session but I am very pleased with the results thus far. I am much more confident in my ability to manage Sophie’s less than ideal behaviors (barking at the door, reacting on leash at other dogs, etc.) This in turn has had a noticeably positive effect on her behavior and energy. I look forward to continue working with Kirk and continuing our progress. I absolutely recommend Kirk if you’re looking for insight into dog behavior and are seeking assistance with your own pup.

The Pooch Troop
5.0
from 1 review
  • 18 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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!

Matthew Alexander
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Jesse L.
Verified review

Matt was wonderful from the get go. He came and introduced himself before watching our dog shiner. It's always important to feel comfortable with the person watching your home and animals. Matt made the process effortless and without worry. We recommend him to anyone needing pet services.

  • 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!

Berenice's Dog Walker

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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.

Silla Animals Care

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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.

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