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Olympia Animal Behaviorists

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Riverside Dog Training
from 43 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ian W.
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Excellent trainer who can answer any questions regarding an animals behavior. Highly professional.

Dog Gone Good Training, LLC
from 32 reviews
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Derek R.
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Anne is great, and we are seeing constant improvement in our dog's behavior using Anne's recommendations. Super simple and it works!

One On One Dog Training
from 32 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
Staci S.
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Already seeing improvement after one session. She caught a lot of little issues we hadn’t thought were issues as we just dismissed them as puppy behavior or a phase

Misty Mountain K9
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Vania S.
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Laura brought a much needed personal touch to the training of our dog. Behavior modification - Coco no longer has that wild and crazy uncontrolled energy she had before training. Children are no longer afraid to pet her and my 9yr old is no longer her chew toy😆. She comes when you call, respond quickly when chastised and walking her is a joy!!

  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Mckenzie H.
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Having April out to our house was amazing. We have a 2 year old English mastiff who thought he ran our house. She was very professional and worked hard to help us understand what we were doing that helped in our dog's negative behavior. She was respectful and knew what she was doing. I would recommend her to help out with your dog. Since having April to our house our dog is much better behaved and when there is a problem we are able to understand what we are doing to contribute to it.

Emerald Meadows K-9
from 13 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Briana S.
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We went through Belynda's 8 week training course with our 7 month old boston terrier, Lucy. Lucy started out as a goofy, easily distracted puppy who walked zigzag on a leash. Belynda helped turn Lucy into an obedient little puppy. She also helped us better understand: the training process, Lucy's behavior & how to react to or correct Lucy to get the best results out of the training program. She was also able to help us address some of the small issues we were having at home with Lucy (jumping up on people, chewing on inappropriate things, etc.) It was a great course for all of us!

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Pam M.
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We have a 100 pound 5 year old German Shepard that was aggressive to other dogs while on leash. They helped us understand his behavior on leash. They are still helping me be more consistent and watch and understand the cues my dog is giving me. I appreciate their patience and true passion for helping did owners help their dogs.

the Dog Sensei
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Julie L.
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We have met with Alex once, and have scheduled another session this week. He has such a calm and reassuring demeanor, and our dog responded very well to him! We've been implementing his advice in our training routine and have seen results already! Our energetic 1 year old puppy is jumping less, barking less, and listens to us more.

Curlette's Critter Care
from 11 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jason G.
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Nancy is absolutely amazing, having made real, substantive contact with four animals, some of which are wary at best, in the span of just a few minutes. She has a gift. I couldn't recommend her more heartily.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rachel D.
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Thomas has provided great training and support for my puppy and myself as we grow together. We started training when my puppy was just 3 months old and plan to continue for several more months. The positive yet practical approach has been so effective and Thomas' vast knowledge and understanding of my dog's behaviors has been such great encouragement for both of us! I have recommended him to just about every pet-parent I have met!

Jacqui of All Trades
from 7 reviews
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Ben W.
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Jacqui was asked to jump into a very difficult situation and she was absolutely marvelous. I watched Jacqui train four dogs for a commercial shoot, in which, she had very little time to prepare and time was of the essence. It was a complete success! Jacqui has a confident demeanor and knows how to work with animals proficiently. With over 6 years of experience, I can't think of a better trainer for our commercial shoot. Jacqui is kind and respectful and was the lynchpin in ensuring the success of our shoot and ultimately our commercial spot. We could not have done it without her. If you need your dog trained, call her right now! You will not be disappointed. Thank you, Jacqui for all of your help! I will be calling you again, when my director tells me that our talent is a bunch of pooches. You rock!

Light the Way Dog Training
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Russ C.
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Working with Margaret has been such a pleasure! Sooo knowledgeable about dogs. A friend of mine referred her to me and I was so impressed with the improvement in his two dogs’ behavior I couldn’t ignore it. Best decision I ever made! My dogs have stopped jumping all over me, my family, and people who come to the door. Give her a try. You won’t be sorry!

Diana wijgand
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Sandra W.
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Diana always takes care of our 2 guinea pigs when we are abroad. They are not the hardest pets to take care of but they do need attention and to be fet. Diana does it so well the animals come back more social then we left them. She also cuts their nails and grooms them. Because of her background in the veterinary field she also keeps an close eye on their health and wellbeing.Diana also knows how to treat small ailments and when to go to the vet. With her your pets are save, healthy and most importantly well loved.

Sound Animal Services
from 1 review
    Jo C.
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    I have worked with other dog trainers but Jeff goes so much further than most. He gave our border terrier the chance she needed and all our lives are so much the better for it.

    • 22 years in business

    I am very good with all kinds of ages, religions, cultures and backgrounds.


    My home business includes walking dogs, or any animal you need to be walked. I will feed the animals. I do over all great care of your animal(s).


    I love dogs and have three of my own. I am dependable, friendly, responsible and dedicated in taking care of all kinds of animals.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I am a Deland based animal lover/dog trainer. I was raised surrounded by animals and began with training my own dogs. I have experience with dogs, cats, birds, some reptiles and horses. I can provide pet sitting, dog walking, assistance with problem behaviors and dog training.


    I am available and qualified to clean houses and nanny children (CPR/first aid certified). I love animals and am available to sit your animals while you're away or just walk them while you're busy at work.


    I have more than five years experience of having dogs and cats. I am patient. I am nice. I work full time at weekends. Feel free to contact me.


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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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