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Walnut Hill Dog Trainers

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Brittany Rose
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Lara B.
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Brittany helped us with basic dog training but also tips to reduce reactivity. She's very personable and fun to work with. Our dog especially looked forward to our training sessions together

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Blue Grass Kennels
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Tom D.
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We met with Tim Mader this evening for assessment and training of our dog Charlie. Both my wife and I were impressed with Tim's knowledge and his ability to "diagnose" the problem and give us advice and direction on the proper way to handle and/or correct our dog when he adversely reacts to situations. Charlie was termed a "difficult to adopt" dog that we adopted from the Humane Society. We do not have knowledge of Charlie's past, but as Tim worked with him he was able to explain to us why he thinks Charlie sometimes reacts to situations and why he (Charlie) is acting the way he does with strangers. He then demonstrated to us what we need to do to correct him. Tim is very personable, friendly, easy to talk to, and his directions were easily understood. Both my wife and I are very appreciative of his advice. We highly recommend Tim to anyone who has a "problem" dog and needs direction.

The Educated Canine
4.5
from 17 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Anthony Z.
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Leslie is training me and my dog obedience everything is very clear and easy to learn she is very knowledgeable on the subject and easy to get along with looking forward to continue working with her as my dog is doing great because of her training

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  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
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Linda S.
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My dog Pixie and I have been working with Michelle for the last few months, and it has been life changing! Pixie's habit of jumping on people, pulling hard on the leash during walks and her reactivity to dogs (and bunnies!) were all making it difficult to have fun and enjoy my dog. Within 5 minutes of meeting my dog, Michelle had Pixie listening and focused on her, and following all the basic commands she gets too excited to follow around new people! It was so impressive! Michelle is always professional, and always willing to spend whatever time the dog and owner need during that session to introduce and practice new things. She is great about answering questions and giving homework that really reinforces the training. We have worked on door manners, greetings, walking easily on leash and her reactivity to dogs and bunnies! It really is like having a new dog! All with positive reinforcement (no awful shock collar!). And the best part, Michelle is teaching me how to be a better friend to my dog, by helping me pay better attention to Pixie's reactions to the world around her. I plan on getting another dog in the future, and I will definitely have Michelle at Peak train my new baby as well! (Picture is of Pixie in a down-wait with treats on feet)

  • 18 years in business
Joel Hess
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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
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Katie R.
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Jennifer is a fantastic dog trainer! Very clear and concise during classes, and definitely has a great connection with all canines! My Fezzik is learning SO much so quickly! :)

  • 19 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I treat my clients pets as though there a part of my family

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We teach pets to train their people! We offer in-home, private, all-positive, and professional dog training for all breeds and all ages. We handle new puppies, rescues, and older dogs. We help with curbing bad habits, polishing up behaviors, tricks, CGC prep, and more! We have over 20 years of experience. Travel within 10 miles is included in training fees.

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I am a pet sitter and dog walker. I love animals of all kinds. I am currently a college student trying to make some extra cash.

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I would love to help assist fellow dog owners to bridge that gap between master and pack member at an affordable price. To own and care for a dog is already expensive enough, so paying for a professional trainer is often discouraging and can lead to many outcomes including negative behavior in both dog and human, neglect, abandonment, stress in both dog and human etc. My goal is to eliminate anything blocking the natural connection between you and your canine companion.

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I will come to your house and walk or let your dog out at an agreed-upon time everyday if you so desire.

  • 3 years in business
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My personality and vibe stand out because any dog I have met are very loving with me and that's because I can communicate with them in calm manner. That makes it easier to play with the dog and show it affection.

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I am an experienced dog owner. All fantastic pugs. I provide dog sitting service, including home visits, playtime, walking, fetch, feeding, and any special medical requirements.

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I have my own pet sitting business, where I personally take care of the animals. I have worked with animals for over 20 years, and I am also a certified dog trainer and pet nutrition specialist. I belong to several animal welfare and rescue organizations, and I am also a HomeAgain pet rescuer. I have five dogs and one cat of my own and recently have acquired some Cichlids (fish) that I rescued. I believe in treating another person's little furry family member like they were one of my own with the utmost of love and devotion. Animals are and always have been my passion in life. I will travel up to 15 miles within Wisconsin and Illinois.

  • 6 years in business
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Brew City Pet Services is a small, woman-owned business serving Milwaukee and it’s surrounding areas. Being a small business, we are able to customize our pet services dependent on the needs of the pet and client. While we ask for a two-week notice for visits, we are able to accommodate last minute trips and customize the lengths of our pet visits.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 5 years in business
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I care what happens to unwanted pets or strays.

  • 6 years in business
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I have had years of experience interacting with all types of animals growing up on in the country when I was a child. Living in the suburbs I have had a lot of encounters with dogs and have always had a special connection with them.

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For customized loving pet care and whatever you need is, I can be there for your four-legged friends. Walks, training, bathing, nails, house visits for vacation care, etc. are all customized for you and your dogs' needs.

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.

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.

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?
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