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Olympia Service Dog Training Programs

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Riverside Dog Training
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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I am thrilled with the experience be have had with Riverside Dog training. We have seen significant progress and excited to continue. I would highly recommend Ada to anyone looking for personalized dog training.

Dog Gone Good Training, LLC
4.9
from 32 reviews
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Jill R.
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We loved our dog training sessions! It was very personal as there are never more than 4 dogs per session. Our's only had 2. I like Ann's positive training method. I've been through training before and still learned new ways to do things. It was very beneficial!

Misty Mountain K9
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Emily H.
Verified review

I brought my 5 month old German Shepherd puppy to Laura for off leash training, started in service dog training for myself and potty training . He came back a totally different dog !!! So impressed and she drove to us to pick him and dropped him off for our go - home lesson. Definitely recommend her !!!

  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Tedda Matthew C.
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We LOVE April, she has been a huge blessing with my Husbands Service Dog I'm Training, Charlie, we were introduced to April in November 2014 when Charlie our Labradoodle was just 12 weeks old. We have gone through basic obedience, sit, lay,stay etc and have been moving up the ladder to leash walking and now beginning off leash walking. She has a connection with animals that amazes me.

Emerald Meadows K-9
4.6
from 13 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff S.
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A little over a year ago we came to Belynda with our Standard Poodle Annie. We had done the normal puppy and advanced obedience training, which taught her the basic commands, but she had some deeper rooted problems. We also had another trainer that came to the house and we put Annie thru "boot camp" better but she still had issues. We met with Belynda and she put Annie in some uncomfortable situations and video taped Annie's reactions. Belynda determined Annie had insecurity issues and not fear as we had always been told. We did the eight week individual training course and now have been attending the group classes for a year. Annie is much happier and interacts with other dogs much better.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Aimee M.
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Thomas is an awesome dog trainer. I know that dog training isn't really 100% about the dog , it about teaching humans what dogs can do with enough attention and care. He is very direct and clear with his objectives for each class. He also has a lot of experience and wisdom that he loves to share with his students. His constructive criticism is so awesome. He doesn't just tell you not it do something but how to do it differently and better for your dog to understand. His knowledge of the dog is amazing. I was feeding my dog really cheep food and she was constantly sick and acting out. He showed me what dog food to get and WHY. He always backs up everything he says with facts, statistics and his personal life experiences. Outside of class we met up at the dog park a few times, so I could show him what I can do with my dog.

  • 14 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Maryellen E.
Verified review

Gina at One Good Dog! Training is wonderful. I refer my daycare clients to her for training with fabulous results!

Light the Way Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Corinne E.
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Margaret did a great job showing me just what it takes to become the alpha that my two dogs want to follow. She led by example and explained why she was doing the things she was doing, as she was doing them. It was a great help that she had given me a call prior and through about a half hour conversation got to know my two pups and our situation specifically, asking questions about details I would have never even thought of or considered. When Margaret arrived, she had a full page written out of notes she had taken from our phone conversation, and was thoroughly prepared for the lessons that laid ahead. She even had a print out of her 5 golden rules for us, each one being broken down into specific detail for my husband and I to follow. Many of the methods she taught were amazing to watch and I was able to see instant changes in my pups behaviors. She demonstrates thoroughly, then has you practice yourself until you get it down. She also brought us some bonus items, like lead ropes and a whistle etc. to help with our dogs training. Margaret is in no rush, she is there with you and is dedicated to you and your family. She dug deeper and deeper to get to the root of problems and find the best customized solutions. It was very clear that she was fully there and wasn't just dropping by for a paycheck. So far it has been just one week since she came to our home and worked with our family, and already I am seeing some positive changes in behavior. Margaret's program is easy to follow and easy to understand. You don't have to be a dog whisperer to have well behaved pups and a stress free environment with them. Can't wait to see how sticking to this program will help as time goes on! Thanks Margaret!

Pet Care Services
3.7
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Erika S.
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I am 110% satisfied with Vivians care of my pets while I was on vacation! She was courteous, punctual, reliable, obviously knowledgeable and just a real sweetheart! My pups and I liked her immediately! She even got my "shy" dog to actually leave the yard and go for a walk! I haven't been able to get her to willingly do that! Thank you, Vivian! She sent me periodic status updates and pictures! When I got home she took time to "educate" me on some techniques for continuing the training she had done with my shy dog and she will be coming back for further training sessions! I am grateful I found Vivian and will highly recommend her to friends and family! Thank you Vivian from me and Autumn, and Summer, and Dinah!

Fabulous Pet & Home Care
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Marie S.
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Absolutely the best service and care for our home! Leah not only does a beautiful job, but is also a wonderful person. I cannot recommend her enough, we won't use anybody else!! Also our dogs adore her!

Sound Animal Services
5.0
from 1 review
    Jo C.
    Verified review

    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.

    • 13 years in business
    About

    We are a family-run company with years of experience in dog training , walking and grooming. We have learned and worked with the best dog trainers in America and Europe, such as Peter Scherk (tree-taime world champion) and Conny Scherk “Germany”, Martin Barlik “Eslovakia”, Danni Ruano “Spain”, Fernando Dosta “Mexico-France. We think that positive methods are the best way for achieving any goals concerning all kinds of dog training. We know that our dogs are part of our family, so we always treat them with love, kindness and respect. If you require to train your dog, to reward him with a nice and fun walk or you need someone to baby-sit him while you´re out, don´t hesitate to call us, we will be glad to take care of your best friend. www.villasdog.com

    About

    I really don't have a business. I'm doing this for people who are in need for service of animals or dogs. I have been training since I was eight.

    About

    I don't own a business but am great with dogs and any other animal. I have a lot of experience with training and getting dogs or cats out of their shells. I can also show owners how they can bond with their animals if they are having troubles.

    About

    I am an experienced groomer that can do any breed and haircut. I also train dogs for basic obedience and behavior correcting.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    I am able to train dogs to standard behaviors. I have had experience with many dogs and love working with all breeds. I love working with young dogs and puppies especially. I am willing to travel to you when possible.

    About

    You can think of training as learning life lessons. Pet dogs have the capacity to become a loving, even tempered, and well-mannered member of the family. All it takes is hard work dedicated to teaching dogs according to how they learn individually. My understanding of dog communication and cognition allows me to accommodate various levels of intelligence and energy in order to structure a lesson plan for individual dog needs. Training should motivate confidence and problem solving which can be built upon to gain consistency in proper behavior, end unwanted behaviors and strengthen the bond of your family.

    • 32 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    We are positive method training service but with multiple types of trainers

    • 7 years in business
    About

    I train little pups into mellow, mild-mannered mutts and teach pet owners to understand where their dog/puppy is coming from.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    My work stands out from others because in the end you will have a happy well mannered dog. Your dog will be taught to respond to you not just me. If needed, I offer my phone for any problems that may arise after training. Mostly I like the contact with the dogs and the reward of reuniting a happy dog with a pleased handler, owner.

    About

    We are a full-care horse boarding and training and dog training farm. We welcome you and your animals here at whatever level you are at. We care about not only of your education about dogs and horses but also that you feel like family when you are here at Silverwing. Our motto here is, "if somebody tells you they know everything about everything, run!" I hope to hear from you soon.

    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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