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Madison Dog Socialization Classes

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  • 18 years in business
Joel Hess
Verified review

The absolute best when it comes to dog training. Kristis ability to get to the root cause of a dogs behavioral issues are, in my opinion, unmatched. We have become better dog owners as a result and we better understand what our dog needs to be fulfilled.

  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Carla S.
Verified review

We really enjoyed our time working with this company and trainers! They have sure made our lives alot easier by getting our wild dog where we can walk her in public without her lunging at other dogs and trying to jerk us around. This trainig has been a true blessing all the way around!

Herman's Hangout, LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lynne R.
Verified review

Herman' Hangout been a valuable partner in helping our rescue evaluate dogs as well as a safe and clean environment for dogs needing kenneling. This female owned business specializes in field and behavioral training,obedience, gun dog foundation training I have had the pleasure of watching dogs trained by Tammy she has a special way with the animals, you can't go wrong with Tammy and her furry team If you want a well behaved pup this is the place to go

Cyndie R.
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Victoria is one of the most dedicated dog trainers and breeders I know. She has so many top working dogs, If you have a breed that you would like to compete with,Victoria is the trainer, and breeder you would want to go to.

Selten Ruhe Kennels, LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
MT D.
Verified review

Absolutely brilliant; I could NOT be happier with this service. Incredibly professional, helped the anxiety in my dog immensely and I loved the videos and the email updates I received from them on a regular basis. I was very happy with the facilities and the dog training building was superb. I also enjoyed that my dog was around other dogs and animals of all ages so he could interact with the trainers as well as with their own trained dogs. I truly was impressed with everything on offer. My vet could not believe the change in my dog in just over 3 weeks and I have provided to her and the vet clinic all of the contact information for Selten Ruhe Kennels. The price was incredibly fair and the entire experience was worth every penny as my dog is now well trained and loud noises no longer cause the continued panting and pacing for up to 2 hours later. Folks, it just doesn't get any better than this and I can wait to do this again next summer. THANK YOU!

Mary H.
Verified review

I would trust Ella with my dog any time! She truly cares about animals!!

  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Les M.
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Is doing wonderful with training of the 3 family dogs.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jo A.
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helped a lot with making my dog heal want him back 1 more time

Sidekick Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Meredith A.
Verified review

Alexis saved me from misery! First day she was here the dog responded to her and it was amazing!

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We do positive dog training. We offer classes or private lessons. We love working with dogs in a happy, positive way, making it fun for them to learn.

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Anew Life is dedicated to helping canines and their humans become one team. Offering in-home behavioral correction, obedience training and rehabilitation. Specializes in dominant breeds. All breeds welcome. I love the reward of being able to teach owners how to give their dog a balanced and happy life.

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I will give your best friend the care that they desire and more. You let me know what they like, and I take care of the rest.

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My primary focus is the well-being of your fur baby. I will walk, feed, clean up after, transport to vet, and anything else necessary to enable your dedicated dog to thrive. While I'm at it, I'll also feed your fish, play with your cat, water your plants, bring in your mail, do your grocery shopping, and run your errands.

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I love to clean and walk dogs. I think I am very good at what I do. I am very adamant about everything I do being done the right way the first time.

  • 4 years in business
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I have shown dogs since I was seven. Dogs have always been a part of my life. Therefore, it's natural for me to want to pursue pet sitting full time. I love meeting the owners and animals. Everyday is different and I base my days events based on the animals I am watching.

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We board dogs. We have a heated kennel. Our rates are $16.00 per calender day. We offer hunting dog training. We do hunting dog for waterfowl and upland training. Rates are $700.00 per month. We also do dog grooming. We also have puppies a couple litters a year.

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I work with owners and their dogs to resolve behavior issues that contribute to dogs being surrendered to shelters and make homing them very difficult, if not, impossible.

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I have been a registered professional dog trainer since 1987. I train all breeds and ages. I do obedience, behavior problems, protection and off-leash training.

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I love little dogs, so if you have a little to a medium dog that needs watching when you are at work or on vacation, I would love to do that for you. I have 2 little dogs myself, so I know what they need. I have a big backyard that is fenced in. I charged at $10.00 a day that your dog is in here. I would love to hear from you.

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I enjoy tutoring kids, looking after dogs, or doing housekeeping. Please give me a chance to prove my work in your home.

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I raise quality labradors and train dogs that are ready to be in new homes. I accommodate all breed of dogs, behavioral challenged dogs, and rescue dogs.

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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