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Phenix City K9 Trainers

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The Dog Coach
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry L.
Verified review

Right off the bat you can tell that the people at The Dog Coach have a passion for animals. They are caring and compassionate people who understand dogs and their behaviors in a way most people do not, which makes them more than qualified to teach any dog anything. I took my Doberman, who was in real need of some obedience training, to them and I've seen such a difference. I have done one training session with them and did a board and train day as well and he listens so much better. I have worked primarily with Clint and I can't tell you how much I am impressed by his skill and insight. He gave me hints and tips for managing my strong willed puppy that I would never have thought of on my own. His facility is large and beautiful and I think if I were a dog, it would be paradise. Every dog there just radiates happiness. You can tell just by the way the dogs flock to the coaches and hang off their every word that they love and hold deep respect for the trainers. I'm looking forward to seeing the difference they make in my dog and hope to work consistently with them in the future. If you are looking for a dog trainer, look no further. You have found it in The Dog Coach.

Valhalla K9
4.8
from 6 reviews
    Jay T.
    Verified review

    We held back two promising puppies from My GSD's last litter. As that put us at five dogs, we asked Erik Hall of Valhalla K9 to take the four month old female and continue her socialization and begin foundation work for IPO. This can be a tricky task, because Erik needed to make sure that his training techniques and commands were consistent with the ones we would use if we decided that she was the keeper. Moreover, the training must have just enough structure to teach, but not kill the the dog's natural joy. A very light touch is required. Throughout the four months that he had her, Erik sent videos and consulted frequently. He brought her for joint training sessions every few weeks to insure that we were all on the same page. She is back home now and we have made the difficult decision to keep her and let the male go. Fortunately, Erik took great care to train her in "our style" and the transition back to my husband's handling has been without conflict or confusion. Whether training a dog for competition or as a pet, the training must transfer over to the dog's home environment. Erik does an exceptional job with this. Our girl is on the correct path for both - a dog who loves to work and be with people. Erik did a fantastic job.

    The Dog Coach
    4.8
    from 5 reviews
    • 13 hires on Thumbtack
    Jess S.
    Verified review

    Very understanding coaches, excellent facilities for training canines!

    Dog Gone Good Dog Training
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Dale W.
    Verified review

    Best experience . I couldn’t believe how well my dog is doing after just working with the trainer. I would recommend Dog gone good dog training to everyone. You will be speechless once you see what your dog can do with a little help from Dog gone good.🐶

    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Elaine A.
    Verified review

    Jeff has done a wonderful job with our two very different pups. Sweet shy Kinsey had gained tons of confidence through the training and over zealous Einstein has learned to dial it back a little and listen. I am very thankful we made this choice and will recommend them to everyone.

    About

    I am a local dog trainer. I have been training dogs for about three years now. I use a reward method to train. I also do dog sitting.

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    I will train your dog to be obedient. I will run with them for twenty to thirty minutes a day. Being around pets put a smile on my face. I love dogs and cats.

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    I provide basic obedience through personal protection training to dogs and their humans. I will teach both the dog and the owner to reinforce the handler-dog bond. I will also dog sit in a client's home or in our home. This is limited to animals that get along well with other dogs and cats.

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    We do behavior rehabilitation and training for man's best friend. We are focusing on socialization, obedience, and problem-solving.

    • 6 years in business
    About

    On Command K9 Education is a fully-personalized dog training service. We build a training plan based on your individual needs, so you truly get a one on one experience.

    • 19 years in business
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    My experience and willingness to ensure the end product is met.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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    We offer basic obedience and advanced, as well as behavior modification. We also offer personal protection training and trained-in dogs for sale.

    • 10 years in business
    About

    I was a police officer since 2004, I started training dogs in 2006. my first dog I trained was a Patrol dog which includes obedience and track and tracing of suspects. i then worked as a patrol dog handler. during 2007 I went for a explosive identification course and in 2008 I trained my patrol explosive K9. in 2010 I trained a patrol narcotic dog and did service in Afghanistan for 3 years. all my dogs I trained were green meaning never received training b4 and I trained them from scratch.

    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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