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Bellingham Animal Behaviorists

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Optimum Dog
from 49 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jenn B.
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Jennifer is awesome. The dogs started behaving better from the moment she walked in the door (seriously, she addressed the dogs behavior before introducing herself). Jennifer clearly knows dogs and how to work with their humans to train their dogs.

Harmony at Home
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Shanna H.
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Miss Anderson has offered us a whole new relationship with Rainie, our son's diabetic alert service dog. Our son, Hezi, is 7 and he and Rainie had developed some very 'rambunctious boy and his dog' bad habits. We were losing her attention as a service dog to their rough play and our pet-like treatment of Rainie. Miss Anderson came to the rescue with a wonderful, digestible protocol to create a structure inside of which everyone's needs would be tended to- while creating and maintaining the stellar manners and focus that Hezi and Rainie need to be a team. Her personality is lovely, her methods are kind, precise, and effective. We recommend her highly for a variety of kid/dog/animal applications- she's even helped us create much needed structure to our daily routines and train our cats into more desirable habits.

Northwest Dog Retreat
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Hailee H.
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Carol at Northwest Dog Retreat is truly exceptional. I adopted a small dog from an animal shelter and was extremely overwhelmed in the beginning when I first began to discover some of his behavioral issues. As a first time dog owner, I was unsure how to deal with his fears and also my own. I knew I was not equipped to train a dog with fears and aggressions on my own and I was thankful to have been able to find Carol at Northwest Dog Retreat. Carol really took the time to listen to me and my concerns, and with her knowledge, help and guidance, Bruno has totally turned around and is more outgoing and expressive than ever. She is caring, intuitive and truly has a special way with animals. She has given me tools, tips and support through out the process and I am so grateful to have met her! Not only does she help with behavioral training in her own home and well as public arenas, she has boarding and the retreat location is beautiful! Plenty of space for dogs to run and play and enjoy. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone. Her true passion sets her apart from the others. Thank you Carol!

Critter Sitter
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Carmene W.
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Critter Sitter does a excellent job, I have used the service on many occasions. I have noticed that when I come home my animals are relaxed and have been well taken care of. The house is always nice and clean and she leaves a nice note on what happened while we were gone. It is really great to have a peace of mind that your house and animals are being cared for by such a wonderful person. You can tell she really takes time to do the job right and gives affection and attention to the critters.

Marie D.
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I have used Black Dog Pet/House Sitting service for years. I have them come several times a year to care for my pets, my house and property, and the poultry on my mini farm. They are always reliable and provide excellent care for the animals. I highly recommend them.

Hope for You and Your Dog
from 1 review
    Linda F.
    Verified review

    Paula is helping me to work on some aggression issues with my male dog. I also have a female and she is very outgoing and loves to run and play. My male is jealous of any other dog playing with her and tries to stop them by attacking her dog friends. Paula has helped me to show him that his behavior is unacceptable by patiently working with him by using positive reinforcement and having him meet the other dogs and become friendly with them when my female is on a leash so no one is running and barking. His behavior has definitely improved and I am following up with him regularly to reinforce what we have learned.


    I do animal sitting and animal fostering. I just love animals and love working with them as well. Thank you.

    • 4 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I have a love for animals and an even bigger passion caring for them. I'm not afraid of any animals, I'm a quick learner if I don't know how to do something, I have over a year experience working as a veterinary assistant. Assisting with surgeries, administering vaccines, etc. I also have experience in grooming so if your furry friend needs nails trimmed and a bath and a good brushing that's not a problem!


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      We help with your unruly pet! What we offer: - Basic and advanced obedience training - Behavior problems - Canine Good Citizen - C.L.A.S.S. teacher and evaluator We offer fun training for the whole family. We have over 30 years of professional experience.

      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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