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Waco Dog Trainers

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Dogventures
4.6
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Penny W.
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We have several Belgian Malinois which are an active high energy powerful dogs and I trust few people with their care. One of those few is Christina Potts of Dogventures. Our dogs love her and trust her as much as I do and that is saying a lot!! From just feeding, exercising and checking in on them Christina has also take one of our dogs to the vet several times when I was unavailable to do so. Christina is now my go to person when I need someone else to care for my dogs!!

  • 12 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn F.
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I'm very please with Sit Means Sit Dog Training in Belton, TX. The communication was excellent and I noticed results within one week of training with my dog Leo. The training is easy to learn and the group classes help my dog learn at a faster pace with the distraction of other dogs. I found that in targeting my dog's intelligence we have a stronger connection and we can both help each other. Robin has been amazing also, as have the other trainers! Thank you Sit Means Sit!

Pet Pal Palace
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Andrea H.
Verified review

Christina came to our house twice a day to care for our three dogs. She by far exceeded my expectations! One of our older dogs can be grumpy and instead of saying "no, thank you," she made practice visits and spent extra time making him comfortable. It only took a day for him to come around and he quickly became excited to see her each visit. She also didn't just do the chores of pet sitting (feeding, let them out and refill water); she spent time each visit to love on them, took them on walks (or let them take her on walks, really), gave them treats, switched which lights were on each night and even cleaned our house before we came home! I can't recommend her enough!!

Yulia C.
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If you're worried about a stranger coming into your home to care for your pet, DON'T be. She is a reliable and excellent person. She comes to your house and takes care of whatever your pet needs. It gives you peace of mind to know your dog is in good hands and that they are just not in a kennel waiting for hours just to be groomed. Five stars!!!

K-9 Kiddos
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Susan F.
Verified review

Stephanie is a wonderful person in general; and a great dog groomer! I took my Mother's dog Sadie to get her groomed by Stephanie; Sadie was perfectly groomed, and smelled lovely when I picked her up! I will definitely be taking Sadie back to K-9 kiddos in the future! I recommend K-9 kiddos to anyone living in the Lorena area!

Divine Dynasty K9
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Stan Z.
Verified review

They take a genuine interest in the health and happiness of our dogs. They truly care about them and how they interact with us in our personal situation. We have had three dogs trained by them and all three have come home as pets adaptable to nearly any type of situation. We have also been thoroughly pleased with their grooming services. Our dogs come back to us as “show” quality and we have personally witnessed the effort they take to achieve this result.

Paws on the Move Grooming
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Alice M.
Verified review

was so very happy wiyh Vicki I wull use her agayn my dogs likr her

Debbie K.
Verified review

I have used Claudia on a few occasions to pet sit our 3 dogs. I have been extremely happy with her services. My pets are always happy and well taken care of by Claudia. I enjoy getting text messages from her to keep updated on our pets. Last year we had plans to go out of town for Christmas. It is a very busy time of year so I booked Claudia about a year in advance. She takes good care of the home and plants as well. I like having someone stay at the house especially during the holidays and I don't have to stop the mail delivery. She is honest and trustworthy. She arrives on time. I highly recommend Claudia for house/pet sitting.

  • 3 years in business
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We are a new business looking forward to teaching new dog owners on good nutrition for the dogs and obedience training for their dogs. I am currently in school learning more about dogs and different ways to train them in the different category of training. I have lots of obedience experience with my dog, and I have a great nutritional mindset when it comes to feeding dogs.

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I walk dogs (small, medium and big). They will have a wonderful time. Treats will be provided only with your permission.

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I've been a dog owner all of my life. My family has had three chow chows, a poodle, and a Great Pyrenees. I also have had 9 cichlids and a snake. I've cared for German Shepherds, pit bulls, rottweilers, Irish wolfhounds, Irish setters, and Irish spaniels.

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"Praise that dog!" Impossible you say? Then you need Cedar Hill Training Center to fulfill all of your dog's training needs. Cedar Hill Training Center is located in Central Texas and has been the training center of choice since 1986. Cedar Hill Training Center wants to help teach you to train your dogs so he/she can be happier, healthier, more well-adjusted companion that you will be proud to take anywhere. Every dog is different and so is every owner, so my dog training can be customized to meet your specific needs, from group classes, to individual training sessions, to house calls. The Canine Good Citizen Award tests your dog's socialization skills on several different levels. You'll have a chance to show off what you and your dog have learned on the last night of class by taking this test. If therapy or service dog work is on the horizon, or if you just want to add some letters behind your dog's name, it's a fun accomplishment! As you progress with dog training, there is always something more fun and exciting just around the corner at Cedar Hill Training Center!

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We specialize in positive reinforcement on obedience and retrieving -- obedience on and off leash and socialization.

  • 14 years in business
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I am a dog training specialist who is 100% positive based. There are no harsh corrections. We cover puppies through adults. We offer group classes, private training, traditional board and train, reverse board and train, walk and train, pet sitting, and dog walking.

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I train young puppies and adolescent dogs in obedience commands, and the owners to continue training when they are alone with their pets.

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We specialize in dog boarding, training, and full-service grooming. Our boarding facility consists of 64 indoor/outdoor runs, and the inside is climate-controlled. We have a 3200-square foot training center and 2 certified dog trainers on site.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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For the Family 4-legged friend it is essential to evaluate the dog behavior in conjunction with the animal's environment and the realistic expectations of the owner/owners. Guard/K-9 training requires a different evaluation, as does guide or search/rescue training. In addition to training I also am intimately involved in rescue work in more than one country. I also work with wolf and wolf hybrid species. My first pet was an alligator that was to be put down (rescued & still living) and 4 White Shepherds. I use non GMO treats/food .I provide a thorough evaluation for free and should any behavioral difficulties appear in the future will re-educate at no charge. My primary focus is to unite in harmony our furry friends with our life style. Since I recently arrived on this site I am still in the midst of completing a more comprehensive profile. I also provide massage therapy.

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I love what I do and I love the hearts of my dogs... If you're dog loves to swim I will take them swimming.. Play time is always fun time..

  • 5 years in business
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I offer basic obedience classes. All non-aggressive dogs are welcome. Six-week morning classes are held outside, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., from Mondays to Saturdays. Commands are heel, sit, (lay) down, place, and recall. There are no dog-to-dog or dog-to-people aggressive dogs in class. I charge $80.00 for 6-week group classes. I also do private lessons for basic obedience, $25.00 per private lesson if you come to me and $30.00 per private lesson if I travel to you. I provide limited behavior modification.

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I can take care of your dog while you are out of town with no worries. I love dogs! Please trust me to take care of your little four-legged family members.

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I love dogs, and I love helping them in anyway that I can! I love walking and running with them to tire them and keep them in tip-top shape. I teach them basic commands and tricks to keep their mind enriched. Whether they just need someone to be there with them when you, their parents, are away on vacation or business, I can help.

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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