Expert K9 Academy

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, punctuality, and value.
  • Chandler C.

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    What a great experience

    Feb 7, 2018Verified
  • Thumbtack Customer

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    Understanding that I was a major part of the solution with consistency was a major break through. Cris was very understanding that I didn't have a lot of training expertise, he was very patient in showing the steps and walking through the process of training. while we didn't resolve the initial issue, he enabled me to understand how the steps we took would finally lead to the results I needed. Time, energy, patience and knowledge of what to do and not to do were the final 'ah ha' moments.

    Nov 28, 2017

About this pro

Expert K9 Academy Dog Training is the ultimate training ground for every dog family in the Atlanta area. We specialize in focused classes and exercises to quickly get you and your companion on the road to success. Choose from our menu of dog training options from group to individual in-home training, we have ability to provide all levels of training for ideal results. I love helping dog and owner create a rewarding relationship through training. With the physical stimulation, mental stimulation, and communication between owner and dog, the bond between dog and owner becomes strong and unbreakable.

Years in business

2

Times hired on Thumbtack

55

Number of employees

1
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    Q & A

    • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
      The very first thing I do with a new customer is to complete a training and behavior evaluation. This determines owner needs sets the path for future training.
    • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
      Certified Canine Training and Behavior Specialist I have been training my own dogs for the last 12 years. I have titled 2 dogs in Agility and taken both of them through basic and intermediate obedience. I am a recent graduate of Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers in Hutto, TX. It is an intense 12 week full immersion program that extensively covered: • Basic Obedience • Intermediate Obedience and • Advanced Obedience • Behavior Modification • Advance Clicker Training • Agility Training • Service Dog Training • Defensive Dog Handling • Teaching group and private classes • Kennel Management • Business Techniques
    • How did you get started doing this type of work?
      In 2004 after I retired from competitive cycling I needed something to do instead of riding 30 or 40 miles a day training. Since I have been a dog lover my whole life I decided to get a couple dogs and start the training process needed to compete in Agility. I found a breeder and bought two Cairn Terrier littermates, Devlin and Riley. These guys were seven weeks old so I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me to reach my goals. The first thing I did was to housebreak and crate train my two puppies. Then I found a dog trainer named Jenny Baum who taught group classes and private lessons. I decided to take her Puppy Kindergarten class to help socialize my dogs and teach them some house manners. I liked Jenny’s balanced approach to training so I continued mine and my dogs education with Basic and Intermediate Obedience. After Devlin and Riley were pretty good at Obedience we started Agility training. A year after starting to train we did our first competition. Just after one season both Riley and Devlin were titled in Novice Agility. Throughout the training process I learned how to train my dogs in both Obedience, Home Manners and Agility. After Devlin and Riley retired from competition I decided to become a dog trainer myself. I attended Starmark Academy for Professional Dog Trainers. It is a twelve week, full immersion school. For three months we ate, breathed, and slept dogs. Starmark teaches a balanced approach to dog training. We learned how to teach a dog everything from Basic Obedience to Narcotics Detection. We learned how to conduct group and private lessons to better the dog and the owners life. A happy dog is a trained dog. A happy owner has a trained dog.

    Business hours

    Eastern Time Zone
    Sunday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Monday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Tuesday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Thursday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Friday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Saturday8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Coverage Area for Expert K9 Academy is about 30+ miles of Woodstock, GA.