Animal Talker

Animal Talker

5.0 (2)
4 employees
19 years in business

About this pro

We are passionate about the care of our pet family members. We individualize all training, pet care , excetra to you pets unique needs. Every animal is cared for as if one of our own. 

We have over 40 years of experience in behavior modifacation, training, special care needs, service animal training, and alternative therapies for animals. 

For more information please check our website at Animaltalkerus.com 

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 I love that we can change lives for the better. Being able to work one on one with humans and animals gives us a chance to truly meet there needs and forge a lasting bond. When your pet can understand what you truly want from them and they listen and can perform it makes the household so much happier and peaceful. When we provide boarding you can rest easy knowing that your pet family is safe it makes it much easier to have a great time.  

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Credentials

Houston, TX 77095
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2 Reviews

5.0

  • P. A. S.

    Honest, thoughtful advice.

  • Lynn & Larry

    Amy and John are a great team. We adopted two young rescues who were lacking any socialization. They were still exhibiting puppy behaviors and within the first month we saw great improvements in behavior due to strong, kind, and intuitive handling of these sweet, but unruly, big puppy dogs. We will be forever grateful to Animal Talkers for their skills and dog-wisdom. They continue to work with our dogs and teach us.



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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

The first thing we do is to set up either a meet n greet, or an evaluation/private lesson. Niether of these tie you down to a contract but allows you to see how we work and make sure we are the right fit for your needs. 

From there depending on the service needed we work a plan based on your needs and goals. Providing service options either in your home, in our home, or for certain training needs in public places. 


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I was the head trainer and behaviorist for Houston Humane society for over 5 years. Helping to write and implement the Diamond Dog program that helped reduce returns, kill rates, behavior issues from trauma. I was also the person who trained other Animall trainers , taught seminars, and worked closely with Raiders ( animal cops) And being the main behaviorist for cats, horses, and exotics.

At the same time as the Houston Humane Society it afforded me the opportunity to work with multiple law enforcement agencies in finding , training the dogs, and training there handlers. And the opportunity to work with several vets who needed service animals and to train them for there service requirements.

I work closely with SAVE rescue coalition on some of there worst cases, as well as helping match animals to forever homes

I began working with animals while living in Nacogdoches and working with many veternarians, after the North Street Veterinarian saw that I had a gift for it. Particularly hard to deal with animals and exotics. 

And most importantly training service animals for my autistic son, and my diabetic mother


Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

1  private hour lesson $75.00

5 private lessons for $350.00

Board and train packages start at  $1200.

These packages include boarding fees, training, social play, and group lessons, 1 private hour with you complimentry pick up and delivery 

Dog walking $15 - 15 min walk  $ 20 for 30 min walk 

Boarding is $55 per night - complimentary pick up and delivery

Drop in visit rates start at $20

Day at doggie park starts at $ 40

To see additional prices and services please see our website at Animaltalkerus.com


How did you get started in this business?

I was noticed by a local vet in Nacogdoches who saw that I had an affinity with hard to deal with animals and humans. He was kind enough to take me under his wing training me with domestics and exotics.

Later when I moved to Houston the director of the Humane Society and the Raiders saw me in action with a very large great Dane that they thought would have to be put down.  I was offered a job on the spot. The great Dane was rehabilitated and found a very loving forever home. 

Then when my son was born with severe autism I moved more from training bomb dogs, to training for those with severe disabilities. Because I am extremely passionate about the use of service and therapy animals


What types of customers have you worked with?

All types. 

I have worked home sits that clients have been out of the country for up to 2 years. 

Clients that have needed a service animal. 

Clients whose animals have special needs, anxiety, aggression, ECT.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

There are so many. 

A family called us about a first time dog. After meeting them and there wonderful boys we started the search. We were able to find a dog from a rescue that not only fit there family, but when it turned out later there son needed a full time service animal we were able to train the same dog as his service provider. Saving 2 lives in a sense and making lifetime friends.


What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

First and foremost ask questions. 

1. Have an idea what services you might need now and in the future

2. Look for stability in a business and return clients

3. Ask how they train, and if they can show you

4. For home sits or training ask for a meet n greet or evaluation ( even if there is a fee but should not tie you down)

5. Ask if they are insured and or background checked

6. For home sits,board,board and train do they send daily updates

7. What are there health requirements ( ex: shots)

8. Do they give you multiple options that might fit your budget

9.Do they provide support after the service

10. What are cancellation policies


What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

1. What are your needs, and needs of your family

2.What is your budget

3.What do you hope to accomplish