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Florence Dog Trainers

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Shenandoah K9
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Beth V.
Verified review

really great trainer! Fun smart and very helpful plus he has just terrific grounds for dog training. He is very knowledgable and has many dogs for your dog to practice socializing with! Dana is also just really nice.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rachel E.
Verified review

I have a dog named max. He was 4 months old when I contacted Kim Brown. He was a puppy he had some bad habits. He was a chewer wasn't potty trained and wouldn't walk on a leash. He had a great personality but I had not ideal were to start. So Kim told me to start class and she would help me with these issues. At first I struggled a bit Kim explained each situation and helped me thru everyone. There were other dogs in class that were doing well so I keep faith and continued class therw were many challenges but over come them all. Some of the other dogs had other issues such as dog aggression cowardice and bitters. I watch these dogs go from coming in with these issues to becoming a well behaved and great companion. Max is completely potty trained now he can walk set half way down and come. U will learn so much more Kim will answer any questions you have. It will be the best investment you ever make for you and your pet. I now have a great bond with max and I feel I have Kim Brown to thank for all this. I hope you all Kim to assist you in ur dog training needs. I give her a double thumbs up.

  • 9 years in business
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I specialize in wagon tails... the dogs love me:-)

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We specialize in breeding registered Australian Shepherds for agility and basic farm jobs. Our Aussies are top-notch with not only great looks but also a great personality. We currently have three females and one resident breeding male. We also specialize in restarting and refreshing horses of all breeds. We have over 15 years of experience, and we have very reasonable rates!

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I offer animal care. I walk and exercise dogs. I will also dog sit at your home. I will feed your animals while you are away.

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Its not just about just training the dog..it's about building a relationship. We encourage this and owners learn new ways to make the experience a bonding time with their best friend.

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We offer a variety of training programs such as private lessons and an intensive board and train program in everything from basic obedience to higher level training (protection, service, competition, etc). We also provide aggression behavior modification as well as desensitization and confidence building. Our trainer has a degree from Triple Crown Academy (now Starmark) in Texas and has ample experience with a plethora of different canine issues. She even has seven dogs of her own! Aside from training, we offer boarding and grooming.

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Hi! My name is Savannah. I am 21 years old and love animals! I grew up with three dogs, and my family recently got a cat. I have been pet sitting and dog walking when needed since I was about 13. I know it's hard to go on vacation when you can't take your animals but I would love to take care of them for you and keep them company just as though you were home.

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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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