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Tuscaloosa K9 Trainers

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Precision Canine, LLC
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Melissa B.
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We have just started with training my 11 week old deaf Great Dane pup. But I can already see improvement. Lauren is great!

Good Dog, Best Friend
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jen D.
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Sam is a professional who knows what she’s doing when it comes to training! She’s patient and always makes sure to take her time so that are done right the first time while also making sure to explain the training techniques effectively to their owners. My dog Apollo was a mess when we adopted him, extreme separation anxiety, food aggression and a number of other problems. Yet after a couple of sessions with him when she was in the area, he blossomed and we've been able to continue training on our own through her guidance. I can’t wait to work with her more in the future when we're in the area!

The Barking Zone
from 1 review
  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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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!!!

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.

    • 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.


    Offering group classes and private instruction in K9 Nose Work®, AKC Obedience, Rally, CGC/CGCA/UCGC testing, Puppy Socialization, class sizes are small so clients receive more personal attention.


    I have 25yrs experiece in the bully breeds, we specialize in. Also behaviors as in dog aggression, human aggression, unruly and out of control behavior. Also can train for basic obedience. Some protection work. We have 10+ yrs in grooming, nothing special, puppy cuts, basic trims, nail trims, baths, dips etc... Show training available, have 15 years of showing dogs experience.

    • 14 years in business

    We are an all-breed trainer. We have over 32 years of experience and have been in business for over 10 years. We train dogs for obedience, preparation for companion pet certification, personality assessments, new puppy/rescue dog consultations, and aggressive dog assessments. We offer group, private and board with training programs. We have programs to fit the needs and schedule of just about anyone.


    We train dogs. We train people. Creative Dog Training is not just our name; it explains our approach to giving you the dog you have always wanted.


    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.


    We offer extensive obedience and retriever training. We offer training programs of obedience, basic waterfowl and advanced competitor program.


    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.

    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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