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West Memphis German Shepherd Trainers

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One Dog Training
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel J.
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Corey was kind and extremely helpful when it came to training my dachshund Ralph. Ralph is now a well behaved puppy, no more jumping on guests or running out of the house door just for fun. He knows all the basic commands and does them whenever told. I recommend One Dog training for sure!

Off-Leash K9 Training, LLC
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Michael R.
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Off-Leash K9 is awesome! Meredith Cox out of Memphis knows what she is doing and is great at what she does! She kept us posted with videos and would text us letting us know how Daks was doing.My girlfriend and I are satisfied. My German shepherd Daks has learned so much!! I highly recommend offleashk9. This place is legit

Ultra K9
4.8
from 13 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
James R.
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I could not have ask for a better trainer for my dog. I highly recommend Mr. Spooner to train your dog and at a great price.

Happy Tails Dog Training
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Brit R.
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In one day Happytails trainer Sophie Thomas had my Belgian Mal doing tricks I was told by other trainers she was to fearful and anxious to do. I have seen a HUGE difference in her since. From ONE day of training. Thank you so much!

My Pet Pro
4.7
from 9 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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Aweful dog trainer.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Melanie A.
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Lisa is great to work with. She explains everything as she works with your dog. I am already seeing a difference in Marley’s behavior after the initial consultation. I would definitely recommend Part of the Family to anyone looking for a great dog trainer!

  • 6 years in business
Carolyn B.
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Maia has trained both my dogs and my horses. I compete with both and they have all titled nationally in their sports. Maia is a wonderful person, and a phenomenal trainer. I worked with her up to Grand Prix levels in dressage on my horse Dakota's Only Sun and have never had a better professional training experience. I'm a serious amateur and have been riding for 35 years, so I've seen lot of trainers! She also rode my younger dog through his conformation and obedience competitions for me, earning High in Show awards each time, including at a national show (for the best score in each level). I think the secret to her success with people and animals is that she somehow makes us all want to do our best for her, and she's right there to celebrate all the good stuff even when you don't see it. She's precise but positive. Even though I have now found another excellent trainer after Maia moved, I still write to Maia to troubleshoot strange dog behaviors, because she always comes up with good plans that improve performance without requiring threats, pain, new or harsher equipment etc.

THE MEMPHIS DOG TRAINER
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Kat C.
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We contacted Ami regarding a fear aggressive Catahoula after her second bite notice. Unfortunately, due to distance and hectic schedules, we were unable to make a formal appointment but that did not stop Ami from coaching and helping us over several phone calls. Her tips and recommendations as far as diet and herbal supplements helped Belle's behavior tremendously and continually. She coached me through some exercises I could do with Belle to relieve anxiety that were also beneficial. As long as I kept up with them, Belle's overall temperment and confidence were vastly improved. Ami didn't give up on us just because we couldn't get together. She believes in what she does 100% and is out for the best outcome for you and your dog. Our previous 'behaviorist' and trainer told us that Belle would probably need to be put down, that her type of aggression was not treatable...but Ami helped to prove her wrong!

  • 11 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Charlesa S.
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Jacque is everything I could ask for in a great dog trainer. He is very patient with both myself and my unruly pup, and we have made great progress already with only 2 training sessions under our belts. He is always available for questions and is very professional. I highly recommend him to anyone that is at their breaking point with their dog's bad behavior. This man knows what he's doing.

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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