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Fort Smith Puppy Trainerss

Browse these puppy trainers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Fort Smith.

  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Karan D.
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Very gentle with the animals. My puppy really likes him. He's very nice to work with. She will sit, down, come are the areas we worked on for puppy training.

Jason D.
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My Lab, Remmy, was absolutely crazy before I dropped him off for the 2 week board and train. He's a completely different dog after just 2 weeks! No leash anywhere and he listens to everything my wife and I say, even my 3 year old can tell him what to do! The training at Off Leash K9 is by far the BEST! If you're not sure just do it! You won't regret it!

Paws Companion Dog Training
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Melanie A.
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Bryan with Paws is very passionate about working with animals and very patient in teaching them. He researches different ways of rewarding dogs and teaching obedience and taught me several things as well. I highly recommend Paws.

Happy Hound Pet Services
from 1 review
  • 10 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Troy P.
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Absolutely one of the most wonderful people I have had an opportunity of meeting. Dawn took excellent care of my Rhodesian Ridgeback, but also spent extra time to teach me and my wife. She went above and beyond to ensure our dog was well trained, all the while using positive training techniques. ~Troy P. Fayetteville AR.

Waggin Tail Pet Services

New To Thumbtack

  • 11 years in business

Rachel's Dog Training

New To Thumbtack

  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I have a variety of board-and-train programs in which the dog stays with me throughout its training for 3, 6, or 9 weeks.

Danielle's House

New To Thumbtack


    I train cats and dogs but for the cats, they have to be at least 6 weeks to start out with. I will reach your puppy to walk beside you on heels, and for dogs with bad habits, I can get them out of their bad habits, and if you would please bring your dog, puppy, kitten or cat their favorite treats and food or whatever harnesses they need to go for a walk and litter boxes for the cats and kittens. Thank you, and once your puppy or kitten is trained, you will have a long-time happy pet. Remember, a cold nose, a warm heart and loving purrs are our little angels telling us they are glad to see us. You may also look me up on Facebook under the name Alisa Scates, and my profile pic is a Shih Tzu dog -- black and white --that sparkles.

    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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