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West Allis Animal Behaviorists

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Sunset Training Center
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Katherine F.
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I was looking for a high-quality dog trainer for my new puppy and am so happy I found Claudia. The one-on-one sessions allow us to cover a lot of ground and move at our own pace. She is very patient with me as I learn all about my dog and her behaviors. She really gives you insight into dog psychology and behavior and I finally feel like my puppy and I are speaking the same language! After the first session, my puppy was already more responsive at home and a much better walker. Looking forward to learning more with Claudia.

  • 10 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Liz S.
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Kim was very professional and really seems to understand dog behavior. She was not as harsh as some other behaviorists that I have worked with in the past. I am really excited to continue working with her!

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Brittany Rose
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patty B.
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Before our first appointment, Brittany had all documentation prepared and Took time prior to our appointment to get some history on our issues. She was on-time, professional, and Biscuit liked her. She was very thorough and I felt hopeful after our meeting. She gave me practical advice without dwelling on mistakes we may have made. The next day I received all of the links, videos and resources she had mentioned in our training session. Would definitely recommend her, she does what she says she’s going to do and her suggestions made sense. I will give an update on our progress with Biscuit as it takes time and commitment to change a behavior. Brittany’s Help can be the help needed to make sure he has a long and happy life.

Dog Talk
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Terri C.
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Lynn is the kindest, most patient and warmhearted, knowledgeable, and flexible person to work with. She has an exceptional understanding of dogs and their behavior. During our initial evaluation, Lynn gave us a few pointers and our dogs were behaving better. I could not ask for a better person to "train" me in training my dogs.

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Blue Grass Kennels
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jennie L.
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Tim is highly professional and a wealth of knowledge I have had dogs my entire life, and yet learned more in the couple of hours we spent together than all that time. It was incredible to watch my dog respond to Tim. As he interacted with my dog he was able to explain the behavior I had been observing and probable causes. Many things FINALLY made sense after he explained them. I would highly recommend Tim to anyone.

The Educated Canine
4.5
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Donna B.
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Leslie has really made a difference in our dog's behavior. We are so pleased. She really knows how to handle dogs and teach us how to as well!

  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Eric C.
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I couldn't be more pleased with the services provided by Cassidy! She is devoted to the care of animals. She is knowledgable and trustworthy. Gus, my Great Dane, loves to see her every time she comes over! I (and Gus) couldn't have been happier to have found her. Plus, she is very accommodating to my busy schedule.

Highland Ridge Stables
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Mary F.
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We have followed Sarah to three barns! She is a amazing trainer/instructor! Relates well with the clients of all ages. My daughter has been with her since she was 9 and is currently 15. Sarah has become a mentor and friend of the family! She is as wonderful with the animals as she is with the clients. So glad to have her in our lives!

Brainy K9 Dog Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jess W.
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We worked with Sarah for 6 weeks with our dog, Diggie, on his visitor anxiety at our home. She was quick to diagnosis Diggie's issues and came every week ready with strategies and tools to help us. Sarah was always professional and knowledgable, answering all our questions, while still making us feel very comfortable with what we needed to do and providing us with feedback. After the 6 weeks, Diggie has come a long way, mastering basic commands that will help his anxiety and a plan to continue his progress. We would definitely recommend her to anyone who loves their dogs, but not their behaviors.

Dog Training
4.6
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
James A.
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Before we met Anna, my wife and I were ready to surrender our dog Zoey to the Washington County Humane Society. Zoey destroyed many things in our home to include bedsheets, comforters, sofa cushions, draperies, shoes, shirts, a recliner, four leashes and three pet harnesses, and that's not the complete list. Zoey was unable to walk with anything other then a 15' cable. She exhibited intense stress, fear, and anxiety. It was so bad that she would pull, tug, and bite on my carhartt jacket. ( thanks for making such a durable jacket carhartt! Lol). It was literally a tug a war every time we tried to take her out for exercise. Anna, discovered, and taught us so many valuable things about Zoey's condition that we were able to come up with a plan of how to work with in Zoey's comfort levels and now Zoey walks with a leash not a cable! She walks right next to my leg with plenty of slack in the leash, she does not exhibit any signs of anxiety anymore. I believe It is realistic to say Anna saved Zoey, not only from going back to the humane society but due to Anna's experience, education, and knowledge with dog psychology, dog behavior, and her understanding of the breeds; how they act and react in social situations, all this gave Zoey a better more calm and fulfilling life. I call Anna the "Saint of Dogs", and I think she has earned this title in the way she genuinely cares for and about animals and how they interact and coexist with humans. I strongly recommend Anna to everyone in need of dog obedience training and behavior modification training for their four legged friends. Sincerely, James & Aly Krieser

  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Riane N.
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The dog was taken from a backyard breeder and had several social and behavioral issues. Jennifer did great with a unique and difficult situation. Worked well with everyone and helped the dog feel comfortable. Made many steps forward with the puppy.

Herman's Hangout, LLC
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Amber M.
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I had never taken my "shy" dog to a daycare before and I was very nervous about how she would do. Tammy was excellent at sending me updates to help ease my worries. As I continued to take her to Tammy, she was able to help me unwrap some of my dogs behavior issues and better understand how she is trying to communicate with me. Tammy has helped me nurture an amazing relationship with my dog.

Peppers Petsitting
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Stephanie C.
Verified review

Nicole is an awesome animal caregiver she watched my furry animals. She does very well with scared and cautious animals I have one she knew exactly how to handle him. I was very sad to see her leave whoever gets Nicole to watch her animals would not be sorry I would recommend her to anyone she is the best!

SideKick Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jason P.
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Jennifer is a great trainer, very insightful in the ways that dogs think and feel. My dog and I have attended training classes before, but there were a few behaviors I wanted to work on. Working one on one and at home is great, as there are less distractions than working in a large class. In all a very positive experience for my dog and I; he gets rewarded for his good behavior and I'm less stressed because he's doing what I want him to do! Jennifer's positive reenforcement methods are easy to learn and work great!

Mary's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Denise F.
Verified review

Mary has watched our two dogs Dakota and Tucker numerous times and has stayed with them overnight. Mary has always been extremely reliable and enjoyed watching our dogs; she is very knowledgeable when it comes to animals behaviors. I totally trust Mary with our dogs and I highly recommend her to watch your animals. Mary is also always punctual and very communicative to let us know how our dogs behaved while we were away. Our older dog Dakota also has a mean streak every now and then that Mary knew how to handle and was extremely patient with Dakota for which our family is thankful.

Comfy K9's
5.0
from 1 review
    Amanda A.
    Verified review

    In the first year of his life, my Great Dane had worked his way through two dog trainers and five dog walkers. The latest trainer- a certified animal behaviorist, had recommended we put out 9 month old puppy on prozac. My husband and I were against the idea, but decided to have the conversation with our vet. He absolutely refused and then recommended we talk to Kyra. Fast forward two years. Thanks to Kyra (and Comfy K9s) we watched our misunderstood, misbehaved puppy grow into a respectful, loving, well behaved family member. When it comes to training, except to work. Kyra takes her role very seriously. She won’t let you fail your dog. The number one thing that separates her from any other trainer, behaviorist, dog walker- I've worked with is her passion. She wants to help and she'll get it done any way it takes. She reads. She studies. She asks questions. The training is customized to your dog’s individual needs. And, she truly cares about you and your dog. When everyone gave up on our dog, she was there. She’s reliable. I know I can call her anytime and Comfy K9s will take care of us. (They're actually on my emergency contact list!) Kyra is trustworthy. She’s genuine. She will make your dog shine.

    About

    We offer training classes for your dog, from puppy to adult. We've been training people and their dogs since 1946. I am a former army instructor.

    About

    Furbaby lover of all. Kind, sweet, attentive, understanding & in control. Experienced in giving all forms of medication, pills, drops, insulin shots, etc. Experienced with all types temperaments and ages. Live in a nice upper-class clean safe condo that is very pet-friendly​. I have owned many animals grew up having 3 dogs and 2 cats at all times. Was a farm hand and horse hand for years. Personally, feel life is only complete with animals in it! Animals bring utter joy to my day!!!

    About

    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.

    About

    We provide love and care for animals. We are looking for a part-time job for the upcoming holidays.

    About

    What I do for a living stands out from all the rest because of the passion and love I posses for all animals.

    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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