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Bellingham Dog Trainers

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Optimum Dog
4.8
from 49 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Brie N.
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Jenn has been fantastic. She is experienced, knowledgeable and has gone above and beyond. I would highly recvend her to anyone seeking dog training.

Harmony at Home
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Annell W.
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Miss Anderson is very professional. Did a quick assessment of my dog after a 30 minute phone call with me. She knew exactly what I wanted and started training within 2 days. After 2 days with her my boy was feeling abandoned by me and she immediately brought him home and set a training schedule up for me to continue with him at home. She will take him back for a few days when he is feeling more comfortable. I am very happy so far and trust her completely

Northwest Dog Retreat
5.0
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!

The Pawsitive Pooch, LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Michael C.
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Nea is absolutely amazing! She is doing an amazing job training our German Shepherd as well us teaching US how to keep up on his training. She doesn't just train your dog, she has SO much knowledge about common problems with breeds, how to deal with problems a dog has and dog nutrition and what is best for them. I very strongly recommend her to anyone looking for someone to train there dog!

K9 Perceptions
5.0
from 1 review
    Donna D.
    Verified review

    Caleb took 2 of our dogs (both females) and taught us (the parents) how to be parents. He helped one of our dogs get over being scared of thunder storms and lightening and helped us be the "masters" by using simple instructions with our dogs. I would highly recommend Caleb for ANY type of training. I actually call him "the Dog Whisperer"!

    Whidbey Dog Walkers
    4.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Mitchel A.
    Verified review

    Megan quickly came over to meet my dog. My dog has a lot of energy and Megan felt comfortable and was professional. While away I was able to text her and we were kept in the loop. We will definitely be using her again.

    Kleber K-9 Connection
    1.0
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I am a certified dog trainer. I am a graduate of the animal behavioral college. I have had my own business since 2007.

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    Call me for info/prices. 425-319-three2nine7. I will take your furr babies for walks! I take good care of animals and have a lot of experience around dogs. I have a Cocker Spaniel who is 4 years old, and his name is Riley. He is very well-behaved and such an amazing companion. You can feel like your baby is safe and well taken care of with me, and they will be with someone who enjoys being around animals!

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    I am caring for the four-legged friend. I take them on walks, hikes or something a little more upbeat. We can go on adventures around the Bellingham area for your furry loved one.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    15+ yrs training specialist in herding breeds and behavior modification

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    Hyline Hotel & Dog Training, LLC offers boarding, grooming, training, kenneling, day care, obedience, and training for dogs. As well as rally and agility, at Hyline we do it all.

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    I am just here to make others smile while working with my son, teaching him responsibility and money management. Thank you.

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    I am a full-time mommy and pet lover looking to add some four-legged friends to my daily walk. I can walk between one and four dogs per day!

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    I will walk your dog, cat or bird and feed them, give them water and loving and whatever they might need. I will come to your house, and if you go on vacation or just somewhere overnight, I'm the one to take care of your pet.

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    I am a 20-year-old student attending SVC to get his associate's degree. I am looking for part-time work such as walking/taking care of pets!

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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.

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    I am helping community members one task at a time, as in walking dogs, housecleaning and grocery shopping.

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    In my whole life, my father run a hunting preserve. I helped him train, board, vaccinate, groom, and raise many dogs over my lifetime. I love dogs and have been around and involved in them so much in my life. I love the relationships owners are able to build with their dogs. I know many basic training and grooming techniques. I am also very active and love to keep dogs active.

    • 20 years in business
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    My name is Annie. I am a housecleaner, pet sitter, dog walker and babysitter located in Arlington, WA. I am a full-time student but also a laboratory sanitation specialist, as well as a self-proclaimed organizational guru. I am great with all types of animals and all types of children including special needs. If you are gone for the weekend and need a babysitter who also leaves your house spotless, I am the girl to call. I am reliable, clean, pristine and affordable.

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    Our certified trainer uses positive training methods that help create a strong bond with your canine friend. We offer obedience lessons, puppy classes, and have classes to assist you to train your own service dog. We also teach therapy dog readiness classes. We offer a unique training style where your dog/pup will learn fast and enjoy it! Stimulating your dog's mind is just as important as stimulating their body and getting physical exercise. We also offer private lesson, behavior modification, and a "we train" program!

    • 5 years in business
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    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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