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Gilbert German Shepherd Trainers

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Dog Training
4.5
from 235 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 424 hires on Thumbtack
Shane F.
Verified review

Bruce says it right in his description, he's not after your money. First off he travels from Phoenix to Tucson (FYI) so don't pass him up thinking like I did, (crap he's located in Phoenix)! Secondly, if what Bruce showed me doesn't work the way it's needed he says he will come back the second and first evaluate how I've been doing the tools he gave me and if been doing em right, he'll show some new ones and the training is free. But seriously I'm using the tools I want out of the ones he gave me most importantly how to correctly get your dog used to being on a leash when other dogs are around. My German Shepherd is friendly but I couldn't stop her from getting all wound up when nearing other pooches so we resorted to where"the perimeter". My visit with Bruce was. Sunday, today is Tuesday and not only have I noticed the difference which is truly all that matters but other dog owners here have noticed.

K9katelynn
4.4
from 136 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 395 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen R.
Verified review

Met with Tom and he went through and asked us what we were looking for in the training. Our German Shepherd Roscoe who is three and 1/2 responded well to Tom. I am hopeful that as long as we do our part with Toms assistance we will be able to have Roscoe at the dog park with no issues.

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Fit Dog Training
4.9
from 55 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 90 hires on Thumbtack
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Chris C.
Verified review

Our experience with Elisa was nothing but a positive result. Her knowledge of animals and techniques to use helped us give the proper training and guidance for our 2 year old German shepherd mix. She does like to use a shock Collar. Which we now Refer to an as an E collar. The E collar gives you the ability to train a dog to there greats capabilities. Best way I Describe an E collar is a choke collar without a leash. With Odin's training we now have the ability to take our dog that we love very much anywhere. And I now can walk him without a leash!! Elisa help train us as well as our dog. We can take him the friends and families houses and trust that he will behave himself. I'm never worried about him embarrassing me by acting out. I would highly reccomend her!

Nate Dog Training
4.9
from 52 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 150 hires on Thumbtack
Kathi W.
Verified review

Nate worked miracles with my German Shepherd mix, Simba. Simba was a rescue and had issues with fearfulness that resulted in aggression toward people (except me) and other dogs. Nate took Simba into his home for four weeks and when he came back home, he was a different dog! Of course, I had a lot of work to do as well (had a lot of things things/behaviors of my own that were inadvertently contributing to Simba's issues), but with my dedication added to everything that Nate accomplished, Simba was transformed! He no longer has aggression toward other dogs or people! Nate is wonderful with animals and I highly recommend him for any and all dog training needs----minimal to intensive!

  • 8 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy F.
Verified review

John is a class act who opens your eyes and makes you see what a dog is thinking and gives the tools needed for your dog to be your follower and not your leader...the difference in our German Shepard from before the training to now (end of training) is like apples to oranges, and our dog now knows his boundaries, in and out of the house. Great service, great guy, great price ! Thanks again for your help John! And a big thank u from Rocky!

Hunter Canine
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Bettie C.
Verified review

We were/are very satisfied with the overall training experience we encountered at Hunter Canine. We enjoyed working with both Chad and Andrew and our German Shepherd, Zenya is now more obedient and disciplined...which was the reason for her training. We highly recommend this facility.

East Valley K9 Services
4.7
from 19 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan N.
Verified review

Was able to show us some amazing tips on walking our very large german shepherd puppy and some other tips such as leave it and wait. Super helpful and amazing to work with.

Precision Paws LLC
4.4
from 16 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Jason D.
Verified review

If you want your canine trained....this is the company to turn to. They provide a first class experience at a reasonable rate. They designed an outstanding training plan that delivered world class results. I highly recommend this company. Bottom line....they know what they are doing and deliver!! German Shepherd/ 18 mos

  • 9 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Mercedes S.
Verified review

Our 10 month old german shepherd pup (Luna) had serious reactivity issues (pulling, lunging, barking) that prevented us from taking her out on walks during the day or anywhere near our community dog park. From day 1 Jesse was professional and thorough in explaining what we needed to change Luna’s bad behavior. After 4 training sessions and consistent training at home, Luna’s a new dog; she is much more calm, listens to commands (even without treats), and no longer pulls on walks. We are extremely happy with the results and highly recommend Jesse at Off leash K9. Mercedes, Alex, and Luna

Energy Healing for Animals
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ali T.
Verified review

Lisa was very pleasant to work with. My Australian Shepherd responded very well to the session she conducted on him and I gained invaluable insight to his behavior. We hope to work with her again in the future!

Watson K9 Solutions, LLC
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
David C.
Verified review

very pleased with Karen's service at Watson K9....very effective training for our German Short Hair Pointer. I totally recommend her dog training services.

Wolf's Dog Training
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Robert M.
Verified review

Very knowledgeable and experienced. He lays out training plans that work for whole family as well as our exuberant German shepherd. He is on time and sensitive to training needs of our 1 yr old pup.

TAY's Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tyler H.
Verified review

We had such a great experience working with TAY's Dog Training! She is patient, understanding, and very knowledgeable. Our 2 year old German Shepherd Mix, Layla has come so far in just our 4 lessons. Tayler not only trained Layla, she also trained us as well. She changed our mindset and approach and gave us the tools to be able to continue her training. I would HIGHLY recommend Tayler to anyone!

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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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