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Happy Tails LLC
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    Angela Y.
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    My dogs were groomed along with boarding, it's a very friendly environment, my dogs are always excited to see Marisa!


    I have a lot of experience working in pet boarding facilities. I am also finishing my dog training certification at the Animal Behavior College and have assisted with many training classes. My passion is dog behavior and helping people understand and work with their pets.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    "A Dog Spot" is a small dog boarding facility that is all about dogs. The kennel is located in the lower walk out level of our home and has been designed with a dog's comfort in mind. We start with a home-like atmosphere. We have a large recreation/family room for dogs to enjoy giving them a chance to get out of their kennel throughout the day. There is furniture for them to lounge on and big windows that look out into the yard. We painted the walls blue and yellow because dogs can see those colors. We figured if it's a place for dogs they should be able to see it too. There is a large-fenced yard that can be used for running and playing or just strolling and sniffing. We have in-floor radiant heat through out the kennel area. The floor is non-slip for guests that need a little extra traction due to age, injury, or disease.


    We privately train, and work with people who need to train service dogs. We help train for appropriate public behavior!

    • 4 years in business

    I am an aspiring dog trainer looking to retain a good reputation and to make it in the world of dog training. I will be a high school senior this year, so I am not certified, but I am definitely not lacking in experience. I have taught my own dog with 48 tricks, have gone to two AKC agility trials, and have compete in four-H obedience, rally, showmanship, and agility. Because I am not certified and absolutely love training dogs, I have an incredibly low training fee. I do one-hour sessions at only $6 a class. Sessions are one-on-one or if you want to take a class with a friend, I could do a small group class if all dogs are friendly towards each other. Classes are held out doors in a calm country setting. I train using all positive methods like clickers, treats, and lots of petting. Because I don't have any formal training, I will not take extreme behavioral problems, such as dog or human aggression, lunging, or biting. What I can train is your new puppy, your hyperactive three-year old, or your older dog who could just gain to know some extra manners. If this sounds like your dog, feel free to contact me. I am free most days at most times and could easily set up a time for you to come down.

    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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