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Voraussehen Kennels
4.9
from 84 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 204 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 49 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 101 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.

  • 14 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Tuddy T.
Verified review

We love the joy and excitement of our Labrador puppy, but we were at our wits end with her out of control behavior. JR visited our home and assessed our puppy's behavior. He shared his philosophy and explained how he could help. After a week of training, we couldn't believe it was our dog. She was really excited for my visit but wasn't jumping up at me. Then she walked calmly on a leash, heeling by my side. By the end of her training, she was responding to the here command at a park and my mind was blown! We are thrilled with our new dog and having a place to board her when we need to leave town. Thanks JR and Diane!

Canine Counselor
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
Kellie T.
Verified review

Lee is very knowledgable about various dog breeds and their behavior. She is patient and very easy to work with. We are very pleased with the training session and excited to continue the training process with more sessions.

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.

  • 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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Barclay Farms
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cathrine B.
Verified review

Lots of good tips for dog behavior.

Tri-County K9 Academy
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 24 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.

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

They are the best groomers I have ever used. I also board my mini schnauzer there and he is spoiled rotten when he stays. Tammy has also trained him and solved several issues we were having with him. He was a very dominant dog as a puppy and was biting the kids and also running out the door. She solved these issues we were having with him. I have recommended her to several people and will continue to do so. Love them!

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Prairie Kennels
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cassidy S.
Verified review

Mike was amazing with our dog. Would definitely recommend him to anyone having obedience issues...after 1 session our dog is like new...

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.

  • 9 years in business
Andrea C.
Verified review

Gwen is very knowledgeable about animals, she knew when my dog looked like it was feeling sick and called me right away! She even tried to cheer it up giving it a ride in her car. When I got home, I brought it to the vet, and now my dog is feeling much better! She also pet-sits my parrot inside, and my neighbor's horse. She's trustworthy and has a lot of experience with all kinds of animals. She makes me feel safe to entrust the animals in her care.

  • 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!

Alan's Pet Services
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Warren E.
    Verified review

    Alan Digges is a great dog walker. He has walked my dog for several years and I have seen a great change in my dog's behavior. Steady, my Catahoula, is calmer and happier. Alan spends great care walking, exercising and playing with him, and he is very prompt and trustworthy.

    Fulshear Pet Services
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 5 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Judy R.
    Verified review

    Pat is incredible. We boarded our dog for 7 days. He left a 1 yr old very hyper wire hair fox terrier. He came a back very calm and loving pet. He is no longer attacking our older toy fox terrier. Amazing. Thank you so very much! Sending our anxious min pin next. Would highly recommend her without reservation to anyone with a dog or cat that has behavior difficulties!

    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!!!

    Lizz's Animal Care
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Luann R.
      Verified review

      Lizzeh was outstanding in helping me to train my short attention span boxer! She is very patient and works very well with both the dog and the owner. I would recommend Lizzeh to assist you in training your dog!

      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.

      The Dog Masters
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 2 years in business
      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.

      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.

      Master Plan Canine Rehab

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        It is undoubted, dogs are in love with their owners as the owners are with their dogs. The question is: Who is the master? I have been studying primal behavior for just over fifteen years, and from it I have learned binary (most basic) communication. Understanding how to talk to your dog is the most assured way to make him happy in your home. I correct the following: * Aggressive and threatening behavior (Yes, I do handle Pit Bulls) * High prey drive (Yes, it can be corrected) * Fighting * Fence fighting * Incessant barking * Food protectiveness * Territorial-ism * Obsession * Begging * Separation anxiety * Destructiveness * Pulling on the leash * Lagging behind * Fear or terrified Behavior * Running away * Over excited behavior * Jumping I teach communication on the dog's level so that he trains himself. You will see results immediately, with lasting results within two visits (contingent upon client participation). References are available upon request. It is never too late to start.

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