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McKinney Animal Behaviorists

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Traveling Dog Trainer
4.8
from 226 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 737 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda P.
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Our pup is only 6 was old and didn’t have interaction with her mother & limited exposure to litter mates for only the first 3 weeks: Lauren brought her 9mo old pup to interact as well as talk about the training and philosophy, etc. It was really great to see our Storm learning to be a dog, and good behavior as a dog right away. My husband and I were sold and went for the full training package :)

WeTrainDogs
4.6
from 77 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 162 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanne G.
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After the first session, there was a huge improvement in my dogs behavior, and the instructions were easy to follow and continue after the instructor left the house.

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Net's Happy Pets
4.8
from 51 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
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Lauren P.
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Everything about Lynette is amazing. She treats my dogs like her own and has done amazing things with their behavior. I'm so happy I found her.

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Walk of Life Dog Training
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Stephanie L.
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Stephanie is a wonderful dog trainer! She helps me train my 4 month old puppy. She is very knowledgeable of dog behavior in general, and breed specific behavior, too. She teaches only positive reinforcement training techniques and is very sweet with my pup. Lola loves her, too!

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Canine Training Center
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kirsten W.
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Working with Howard was a great experience. Anyone looking for a caring, compassionate but firm animal lover will find it in him. He has taught us how to be alphas in our home and earn the respect of our 3 furry pets. They are all challenging in their own way but working with Howard has taught us how to read each one and to communicate effectively with them.

  • 29 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Nancy was very informative and started the training immediately while explaining the concepts and methodology of Bark Busters. During the first visit, Nancy took us through and practiced with us the techniques needed to train our dog effectively. We have seen an immediate change in our dog’s behavior. We are looking forward to our future training sessions.

Hilton Butler's K-9 Bootcamp
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick M.
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made our Irish wolfhound a manageable and more enjoyable companion and gave us clear guidance on how to continue improving the dog;s behavior, as well as the offer of future assistance.

Positively Dog
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Megan M.
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Pamela did amazing with our dog. She was very good at explaining our dogs behavior and how to correct it. We were able to conquer basic commands and break his jumping habit. She was a pleasure to work with and very flexible with our schedule.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Tarek S.
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He is excellent trainer he correct a lot of behavior to my Akita dog and Brian did a fantastic job with hachi overall from obiedence till all the bad behavior that my dog used to do , I will defenetly suggest him to all my friends and family .

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Canine Perceptions
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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Ruth C.
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My dog Bruno is a young rowdy pup, very smart but also very strong willed. After attempting to watch You Tube videos and train him myself, it seemed like I was getting nowhere. I was at my wits end and discouraged. I needed serious help! I brought my Bruno to Canine perceptions after reading good reviews elsewhere and needing help with his behaviors. He went through the 6 week off leash program and graduated yesterday. 1st, I'm very happy to have him home for Christmas but the change is so noticeable! I knew he would be super excited to be home and expected bad behaviors once he left. Only one day, but the change is extreme. The Staff of Canine perceptions returned my baby not only well cared for, but well mannered! The training they gave me put everything into perspective and gave me the understanding I needed to continue Bruno's training. I could not begin to explain how grateful I am to them.

  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Gail K.
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Amber is very personable and seems to love animals. Her dog was really trained well and got along with ours right away. I will know more once we get our BG back when she is done. I was very impressed with her place. There weren't a bunch of kennels all over and it was spotlessly clean. I think we made the right choice...

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Arlene Ruiz
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Absolutely a delight to work with. This is my first time to have a dog and Arlene is helping me alleviate my fears. Knowledge is power. And all the informative tools, techniques and skills she is sharing with me helps me embrace and celebrate the joys of having Noelle( my sweet labradoodle)!!!

Mobile Master Dog Training
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley W.
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Vicki, the owner of Mobile Master dog training has been an amazing experience. She has taught me so much, not only about my dog but about myself and how it affects my animals. I love how she uses positive reinforcement and figuring out the underlying issue of the dog instead of going straight to a collar and making it scared into doing what you want. Animal whisperer sounds cliche but you really feel like the elephant in the room when her and your dog are talking telepathically (feels that way 😆) I highly recommend her to teach your fur child! Expect to learn a few things yourself 😉

Perfect Pack Dog Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Christina W.
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My dogs absolutely love working with Perfect Pack!! They take the time to help you understand your dogs behavior! I would highly recommend anyone to use Perfect Pack!!

  • 35 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Christian W.
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Wonderful care for our 6 animal zoo while we traveled for the holidays! Daily updates via text. Highly recommended, and we will utilize again in the future.

Sit Stay Play
4.3
from 4 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Carolina C.
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Karen has been our go-to pet sitter for years! Our boys, two Australian shepherds, love her and we know that when she is here, we have nothing to worry about. We love that we can leave our dogs at home where they are most comfortable and not worry about leaving them in a kennel away from everyone and everything they know. Karen truly loves animals and has a soft spot for our doggies - it's clear by the way they act when she comes over! Recently, one of our dogs got out and was lost. Karen was so upset by this news that she personally went out looking for him. In the end, she is the one who found him and rushed him to the vet after he was hit by a car. He is doing great now and we are so thankful to have someone like her who cares so deeply for our fur babies.

Pet Zone Animal Sitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 16 years in business
Drusilla C.
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Karen has been taking care of my three cats and one dog for years. She is better than outstanding - lets my cats out to play in the backyard where they can't escape and then returns to let them back in. She brushes them, feeds them, takes care of the litter box. My sweet dog is a special needs dog; Karen loves Cali and takes extra special care of her. Karen is my neighbor and often just comes over and takes Cali for a walk or just checks on the animals even when I am in town. Does Karen go above and beyond? Absolutely! Karen couldn't do better as she is already the best!

  • 2 years in business
Heather B.
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Treva has been sitting for my pets (dog and cats) for several years now and I wouldn't trust them with anyone else. She is amazing...she gives my animals the best love and care and I have peace of mind knowing she is looking after them. I feel truly blessed to have her!

Aspen’s K9 University
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ginger C.
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Great class. The trainer is very patient with the dogs and their owners and you can tell that she loves dogs. She gives you homework to do with your dog for the next class and if you follow her directions, you’ll see the progress with your dog. The trainer provider great info on dog behavior.

KAN Animal Rescue

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    We take in animals, feed them, and nourish them. We give them their shots and groom them so we can find their forever home.

    Katy's Animal Care

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      About

      I train and care for dogs and horses as well as care for other animals, including reptiles, cats, birds and a lot more. I love working with animals, and training is a great learning experience each time.

      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.

      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.

      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?
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