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Beechner's Pet Services
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  • 18 years in business
Deb S.
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Trained my dog to be a medical assistance dog within 1 year and still works with her on occasion. Melinda cares about animals and seems to have a gift in animal/human communication/interaction. Her prices are fair and often below most other professionals within the industry.

  • 5 years in business

We stand out because at SBR we have two full time trainers which allows us to spend a lot more one on one time with the dogs and get more sessions in with each dog compared to only having one trainer.


I don't really have a real business but this is just something that I'm trying to start. I love walking, playing, and training dogs. I like to show people that dogs are important, and have feelings and personalities as well.


I provide pet training as well as help with potty training, walking nicely on a loose leash, reliable recall (comes when called), and regular obedience behaviors (such as sit, down, stay, etc.). I'll work with your pet in your environment (home).

  • 5 years in business

I like to start training as young as possible, that way, the dogs haven't already developed bad habits, although these habits can be overcome in older dogs.


We train dogs. We train people. Creative Dog Training is not just our name, it is also our approach to giving you the dog you have always wanted. Our team combines decades of experience training top-tier dogs with a passion for psychology (both dog and people), behavioral study, and the latest in media and technology. The two locations serve thousands of local dogs and owners, each location seeing 100-125 dogs per day, offering simple peace of mind for the dog's owners and striving every day to make an improvement in every dog. It also became very clear to us that technology was going to be a large part of our future. With the launch of the new website in 2014, it gave us an opportunity to not only help dogs locally, but to also help dogs across the globe that had no access to a good dog trainer who could help them with their problems. Influenced by many great pioneers of the digital age, there is something that stirs inside us that pushes the team to create new tools and techniques for educating people.

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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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