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Longview Dog Trainers

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  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kim And Martin H.
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We decided early on that we wanted to get our adopted puppy training. After interviewing several different trainers we decided to go with Travis and we couldn't have made a better decision!! He was great. Our puppy Brutus came back from his training and he was the most well trained puppy I have ever encountered! We always get compliments on his demeanor and how well he listens. He is always the bet dog at the dog park and the teachers at doggy day care absolutely adore him. Even after we moved we were able to call Travis with some questions about Brutus (that is our puppy) and some new behavior and he was more than helpful and informative. We would highly recommend Travis to anyone looking for a dog trainer.

Dog University
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Donna S.
Verified review

We rescued a 70-something pound fearful, wannabe-dominant, no manners, clown of yellow lab mix. ‘Harley’ was a bundle of unbridled energy and attitude who growled and snapped at me a few times. He also *played* way too rough with our other two mild mannered dogs. My husband and I knew we needed professional help for Harley and ourselves. Enter Dog University. Have you ever watched The Dog Whisperer? The trainer from Dog University who came to work with Harley and us instantly took the lead and communicated well with both dog and human. She is a ‘dog whisperer’ in her own right. Amazing! The teaching methods used have always been very positive and appropriate. The instructor helped us understand what Harley needed, how we were possibly giving mixed communications and helped us instill good, balanced, adaptable training methods to achieve what we wanted from Harley. After the first training session Harley was walking loose leash, turning on a dime, sitting when my husband or I stopped walking as well as really getting the hang of the ‘Down’ or ‘Lay Down’ command. To boot, our instructor had Harley sitting, focused on her for a short time while she dropped the leash and walked away. Harley stayed! (We continue to work on this as well as focus) As a FYI only, between sessions we have a bit of homework to do with Harley. This simply reinforces what we accomplished during session. (Homework for us = 5 minutes a couple of times a day. Piece of cake!) Harley is by no means the perfect dog. However Harley is no longer fearful, he no longer will growl or snap at me, he walks like a champ with no tugging and is increasing his focus. I wholeheartedly believe Harley is a *lot* happier than he likely has ever been. I qualify this by saying the verbal and non-verbal communication between instructor and Harley as well as each of us and Harley is becoming crystal clear to him. He knows what is expected almost all of the time. When he is not sure, Harley looks to either of us for further instruction and then follows through. I would like to speak regarding the instructor. She is extraordinarily well versed in 'dog' (& human) and is a clear, positive, understandable communicator. She has been very flexible in scheduling and a positive influence on my husband and I, Harley and the rest of our pack. Our times together have, without doubt, been Win-Win. I hope this instructor feels the same. Would we rehire Dog University? In a heartbeat. If you decide to hire from Dog University be prepared to be extremely happy with the results. Obviously my husband and I recommend Dog University highly!! Additionally, friends and family have noticed and made positive comments about Harley’s manners and attitude.

  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Longhorn M C.
Verified review

We used Brian VanDePutte at Liberty Canine Ranch in August 2016 for modifying negative behavior in our dog. Our experience was very good. We had adopted a border collie cross from a shelter who had a couple of issues: 1) not coming when called, and 2) chasing cows (we live on a ranch-not good!). After 1½ years of my husband and I exhausting every idea we had to correct him, I ran across Brian's ad. I was certain that I would hear a long discourse on why my dog needed a full course of obedience training to be helped, but to the contrary, Brian said he could focus on just what needs correcting. After 1 week at LCR and a few months of following Brian's lessons for us at home, my Skeeter is a different dog...like a dream come true for me. Brian's techniques are very effective; he is a “natural” with dogs. I really think he knows how they think. He is flexible and will try to customize the dog training program to fit your needs, always very professional yet personable. We recommend LCR to owners who have dog training needs on any level - great or small. Longhorn M Cattle Company

Mutt Manners
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Reland H.
Verified review

Kaci is amazing with dogs. She has been training dogs and teaching people how to properly handle their dogs for quite some time. Don't let her youthfulness fool you! She knows her stuff! Kaci has always had patience to make sure my young daughter understood what she was teaching her about her dog. My daughter even won an award for handling thanks to Kaci and her expertise! She shows compassion for all animals and is driven to continue to be the exceptional trainer that she already is.

Wheatland Dog Center
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Dana M.
Verified review

My dog and I took the beginner obedience class with Kayla. Our dog is a 75 pound rescue Great Pyrenees/Lab mix with a lot of energy and insecurity around other dogs. Kayla helped us so much. She knows her stuff and by the end of the session, 6 weeks if I remember correctly, we had a much better behaved dog. We also have the skills to teach our dog other commands and tricks which is really fun!

TEC 9 Tactical K9
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Roger S.
Verified review

Best trainers I have ever worked with. Vast knowledge and experience. My dog was facing euthanasia due to behavior problems, and is now a happy, well rounded, member of our household. Thank you so much for saving Rolo!

A Dog House In Flint
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Kristi H.
    Verified review

    My dog and I learned so much in our obedience class! Caren is a wonderful instructor and makes learning fun. Rachel is a fantastic groomer who does the BEST nails with her dremmel. Everyone is friendly and professional. I recommend them all the time.

    Dexter Seider
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Jordan T.
      Verified review

      Dexter S. began training me in September 2015. I decided to get a trainer after hitting a huge plateau in my work out regime. Dexter and his training program was able to let me see results that I had never seen in my own workout routine or past. Dexter works me out and also educates me. He listens to what I wanted to do and creates programs to target my main focus as well as other body parts that support my goals. Dexter also keeps me current on diet tips and foods that fuel my overall goals. Dexter is not afraid to push and challenge me, and I definitely have seen improvement in my body and endurance. Overall, it has been an excellent experience!

      Dog Your Walk, LLC
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 7 years in business
      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      Pamela W.
      Verified review

      Lynne has helped us for two plus years with our dogs and is dependable, honest, caring, knowledgable and is now part of our family. Our dogs wait at the door for Lynne to arrive on their days to walk with her! She cares for them when we leave on vacation and is excellent!!

      About

      I graduated from the Tom Rose School for professional dog trainers. The course was five months long and included everything from behavior modification to narcotics training. Below are some of the services I offer: •aggression •house breaking •behavior modification •obedience

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      I love animals. I treat them as if they are my children. I give them baths, walk them or just sit with them if needed.

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      I am a certified dog trainer. I can help you relate to your dog and work on anything from obedience, puppy classes and even tricks. I offer one-on-one and group classes.

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      We provide search and rescue dog training, basic pet obedience, advanced pet obedience, schutzhund training, KNPV/MR training services.

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      My training techniques help to build the relationship between dogs and owners by helping them learn together. I combine basic obedience with behavior modification and a common sense approach to create better lives for dogs and their humans

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      I am a certified dog trainer, and I am willing to train any size of dogs. I use positive reinforcement. I give two free lessons for adoptive shelter dogs.

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      Services include obedience training for all age dogs and consultation for situational behavior and/or problem behavior with all age dogs. We specialize in one-on-one training, with both dog and master involved with instruction.

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      We provide mobile training and therapy service for all breeds of dogs. We have over 25 years of experience. We can help you have the pet of your dreams.

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      Services: Grooming, Staff Wash and Self Washing We provide all products.

      • 4 years in business
      About

      I do part-time and full-time sitting while the client is on vacation or at work. I also offer caregiving for the elderly and/or babysitting. I love animals as I have many of my own. I have also worked for a vet for a couple of years. I would feed, water, walk, and play with your furry babies and give complete care and love.

      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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