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Redemption Dog Training
from 5 reviews
    Alison P.
    Verified review

    I've known and worked with Rilinda of Redemption Dog Training for over 7 years now. She works with my personal dogs as well as being my rescue's main trainer for all of our foster dogs. I've never met a more talented woman who absolutely loves what she does. She trains people and educates dogs... that is the difference. She is positive, force free, and never uses harsh corrections or hardware such as choke, prong or shock collars. She is a natural and the dogs truly feed off of her calm approach to working with them. As a dog owner, you should search out the very best trainer for you and your dog. If you have found Redemption Dog Training, then look no further. Get ready to be bond with your dog like never before, but it takes work on your part too. Any dog, any breed, any size - give Redemption a try!

    Good Dog, Best Friend
    from 3 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Kim S.
    Verified review

    As a dog trainer myself, I have personally trained with Sam. Sam has wonderful people skills and can manage well, does well with answering questions and can properly demonstrate skills needed to show how things should be done with their dog. She connects with dogs very well and has an incredible understanding of the dog world, whether it be mentally or physically. Sam is also a talented groomer and does an incredible job! Sam is a wonderful trainer, groomer and overall great pet professional. You won't be disappointed in her!

    The Barking Zone
    from 1 review
    • 15 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    DONNA W.
    Verified review

    Rick Clark is an awesome trainer. Loui has just started the second week of his board in training. Rick has been enormously patient with my Loui who has a boat load of anxiety issues. Rick has been working with Loui to build confidence, getting him to relax and chill out. It's been challenging for my Loui but he's making good progress. I highly recommend Rick and The Barking Zone!!!

    Darrell k9
    from 1 review
      Wesley C.
      Verified review

      Mr.Darrell is not your average trainer, he reads your pet and gives you sound and valid information, which makes the overall experience in training your pet. He has patience for the pet and the will enjoy what he does for you and the enhancements your pet receive.

      Sola Gratia Dog Training
      from 1 review

        We are a full-service +R training company in Birmingham, Alabama. In the Birmingham metro area, the owner, Abigail Sinclair, is the only CPDT-KA certified trainer. We are dedicated to scientifically-based, humane, positive re-enforcement methods of relational dog training. Please explore our webpage for more info about us, our philosophy, our upcoming events and facility.

        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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