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Layton Animal Behaviorists

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Life is Pawsible
4.8
from 99 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 243 hires on Thumbtack
Kristine C.
Verified review

Kim is a fantastic dog trainer! It is night and day with my dogs behavior. She is flexible and works with your schedule. Also, the group classes she provides are paramount for my dogs social manners. Insanely inexpensive for what she provides. Couldn't recommend more.

Solomon's Dog Training
4.7
from 52 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 127 hires on Thumbtack
Joshua R.
Verified review

Solomon's dog training really understands dog behavior and their training needs. Our puppy has learned so much and is much more behaved

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Vet Tech Pet Sitting, LLC
4.8
from 34 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Micheon Z.
Verified review

Amber is great! She is very detail oriented, We met with her before each vacation, she took careful notes re: our dogs' behaviors, preferences, habits, eating schedule. She is very professional, and at the same time she's great with our dogs. Amber sent me a report (via text) after each visit, as well as pictures. I highly recommend Vet Tech Pet Sitting, and I'm thrilled we found Amber!

Cache Canyon K9
4.7
from 26 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Melinda R.
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I am a busy professional (and also a single mom) with a dog-loving first-grader. After three years of begging, I relented into my daughter's pleas for a new furry best friend and got a golden retriever puppy for our family. She was the sweetest dog, but I quickly realized that there is far more to training a dog than what I had read about in my puppy book. I checked out some of the puppy and dog training courses at some of the bigger chains around town as well went to one class at our vet, but I didn't feel like any of those matches were a great fit for what I needed --one on one attention and someone who could listen to what my challenges were with our pet --and help me figure out a training plan that realistically worked with my schedule. A friend recommended Canyon Dogs and I decided to give it a shot. It was a great experience! I ultimately decided the boot camp was worth the investment and I am so glad I did it. Our dog came back with so many of her "problem behaviors" in line --and not only that, I got very clear instructions on how to maintain the good behavior with drills, etc. I'll be honest, I thought that perhaps it was crazy to spend money on training a dog, but it is so worth it to have a well-behaved animal --especially if you are at a place in life where you are a little short on time, I was so grateful to have Winston's expertise to help guide us in the right direction. I'm so glad I chose a more personalized approach in choosing Canyon Dogs for our obedience training. I feel like we got so much more out of the experience than friends who chose other training methods. Also, I get the sense that Canyon Dogs really takes pride in their work and wants to have great results. They will treat your dog as "family" --one reason I try to also take advantage of their boarding services when the occasion arises. It's a worry-free experience to know that our dog is well-taken care of when we've been away.

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Redemption Dog Training
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marina R.
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Jasmine is an amazing dog trainer! She really helped me understand a lot of my dogs behavior!

Alexander's Pet Grooming
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Georgina D.
Verified review

Shadow (my cat) looked great, and he seemed like he felt much better on the ride home. The man I engaged with was professional, and seemed to treat the animals kindly. I will recommend, and most certainly will bring my furry friends back there.

  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Erica F.
Verified review

It is obvious Ruth really lives animals. She watched my two schnauzers while we were away. She went above & beyond doing lots of little extras. We didn't worry at all about our dogs because she kept us informed, and updated. It was also nice to have someone watch the house while we were away. Ruth is very conscientious, and goes the extra mile. She is also trustworthy. We will be using her again and again!!!

Innovative K9 Academy
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
April G.
Verified review

David and Innovative K9 Academy saved us!!! I was so discouraged about my dog's behavior. He was still a puppy, but his behavior seemed to get progressively worse. As his overall behavior was getting out of control, he also got more and more aggressive. He was attacking our other dogs in our home and dogs at daycare. I was devastated after he attacked a puppy at daycare, and I had to seriously consider giving him up. We found David and Innovative K9 Academy and was given some hope. We signed up Daryl, our dog, for the boot camp program and have never regretted it. After David's boot camp program, Daryl was an entirely different dog. He no longer shows any aggression towards other dogs. He is obedient and the amazing dog we knew he could be. Also, after Daryl returned home, David went above and beyond our expectations in training us on how to keep Daryl's exemplary behavior. I cannot recommend Innovative K9 Academy enough! David is INCREDIBLE with the dogs he trains.

Miller Kennels
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Emilie H.
Verified review

Roger has worked with several dogs of mine, in all areas of training. His approach is simple and effective. He is an animal lover and understands the needs and strengths of all of my dogs. He is currently helping me train a service dog. He has taught me to listen and observe so that I can be effective in the process instead of only depending on his expertise. I've had friends who pay enormous amounts of money having their dogs trained who end up with huge problems because they have no clue or understanding that they need to be part of the process. Roger's training isn't limited to his magic with my dogs. He's able to educate me so that I can be a part of the process with the best outcome for both of us. Roger's knowledge and experience with dogs in all situations makes him unique. I've been lucky to see him work with other dogs, some with severe behavior issues caused by past trauma and neglect. He is gifted. His work with each dog is unique. His ability to assess the needs of my dogs and provide the training that they need to rehabilitate and grow is profound. Miller Kennels is a great facility. It is clean, spacious and very delightful . If you get the chance to visit, plan on exploring. It's a haven for dogs, birds and humans. Thank you Roger, for your love and dedication to these amazing beings that provide us with the support and work and loyalty they want to provide. Whether you need basic obedience training, bird and retrieval work ,or training a service or search and rescue dog, Roger has skills and the ability to provide the best training for any canine in any job.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Carol R.
Verified review

Mike is outstanding. Even after a couple training sessions my dogs has made tremendous progress walking with a slaked leash, following basic commands, and improved focus with distractions. Mike has helped me feel confident in my handler abilities and helped me train my dog into a well rounded companion animal.

Specialized Canines
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Harry M.
Verified review

Tiffany huntsman is a very responsible individual and professional person. She will take the time with the animals to train them. She is very good at what she does. I will recommend her service's to anyone. if you are looking for a good dog trainer ask tiffany.

  • 19 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Steve B.
Verified review

After the training most of the aggressive behavior is gone . We are please with the results.

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie S.
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Michelle has been taking care of our 7 month old puppy as I recently had to go back to work full time. Me and my husband were EXTREMELY nervous thinking about hiring someone to walk him during the day who was unknown to us and our pup, and to come into our home. But once we met Michelle we knew he'd be just fine because she is wonderful!! She is prompt to our home and always makes sure he gets in a good hour walk and some fresh water and food. We told Michelle that we were working with him on walking with a "loose leash" where he doesn't pull the walker, and Michelle took this to heart and makes sure he doesn't do it with her either. We can tell during our evening walks with him that he's not being taught two different things because he's still listening to our commands and not testing us. Michelle is wonderful at maintaining the rules we have already set up for him. She will also send me a picture and brief text about how the day went with our dog. It is so nice being at work knowing he's taken care of. We haven't noticed any negative changes in his puppy behavior and we attribute that to his long daily walks and play sessions with Michelle, who is helping keep him stimulated and active while we're away. I am rambling, but for having to hire someone for the first time to care for our dog, which was scary and nerve-wracking (I felt like I was abandoning him), Michelle eased my fears quickly. I would highly recommend Michelle to anybody. You can tell she truly loves the animals she cares for.

  • 18 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Christina N.
Verified review

Tonya was quick to respond. She was very professional and prepared for our 1 hour training session. She worked very well with my dogs and helped my dog's behavioral issue in 1 session!

Animal Care Inc.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gladys C.
Verified review

darcy is so sweet. i have 6 dogs she cam and cut their nails did an awesome job. we will be seeing her again

Rachelle's Animal Care
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

I'll walk, feed, love, and train your animals! They will be treated like they are my own and will have the best of care.

About

I have done everything with dogs -- walk them and take care of them for weeks. I would love to take care of your animals.

About

I've been watching dogs for about 10 years, your dog is always treated like ours! If they want to sleep on our bed that's fine, we just want them to be happy 😁

  • 3 years in business
About

I have love animals since I was young. I have raised from birth many litters of kittens and puppies and bottle fed cockatrices and ducks. I have owned snakes, fishes, chameleons, turtles and other reptiles. I currently have a dog and two cats, the cats I kept out of three litters I rescued and found homes for last summer. My dog is almost two, been with me since six weeks old and is one of the dogs I have trained naturally. He loves other animals, he was house trained for 11 weeks, as well as knowing voice and hand commands since 11 weeks.

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We specialize in dog walking, animal training (walking), pet care, including washing and play time, animal sitting and more.

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I have over 30 years experience with a large range of animals on a daily basis. I am certified in animal cpr. We stay up to date on as much as we can learn. There is no cookie cutter plan for every dog or cat, they as different as snowflakes and we do our best to get to know them so we can keep them as happy and healthy as we can.

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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