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Apple Valley German Shepherd Trainers

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  • 19 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
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Adrianne A.
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Kym is an amazing person!! She is wonderful to work with and did an amazing job educating us on how to train our dog, a 6 month old German Shepherd. She loves what she does and it is very apparent in her work. I highly recommend her!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
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Debb W.
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She is great with my German Shepherd puppy. Harley is so attentive to her! If i have any questions between classes I can call or text her and she answers quickly! Gives great advice and ideas. Very supportive! HIGHLY recommend!

It's a Dogs Life Inc.
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Carol Y.
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We have been working with Dwain since 2009 when we adopted a 9-month old German Shepherd from a rescue organization. Captain needed lots of exercise and Dwain still works with him a couple times a week. Dwain is professional, responsible and deeply committed to helping animals. He regularly attends conferences and seminars to improve his skills and knowledge. We trust him completely to take care of our animals and our dogs love him!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Martha C.
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We hired Dixie for our 4 year old shepherd for her anxiety issues. We had a very bad experience with another "dog trainer" so we were apprehensive about any dog trainers. Dixie was referred to us & we are so glad we called! She is wonderful! Patient, calm & a wealth of information! In 2 weeks with her help & advice we are seeing improvements with our dog! I highly recommend Dixie.

Werk Honden
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Candace U.
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Cassandra helped me with my very hyper but loving German shepherd rescue. She was able to help calm him and teach him obedience. She was also able to teach that his is only allowed to go on the tile in my home and stay off the carpeted areas which helps keep my home cleaner because of his shedding and sometimes muddy paws. Definitely a good experience working with her.

Got Dogs Get Training
from 6 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Linda S.
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Kevin is a professional trainer: I was fortunate to have him answer my request for a puppy trainer: at the time two puppies...after one training session I realized that I had one puppy too many and found my aggressive puppy a kingdom of his own! giggle Kevin showed up on time each Saturday (6 lessons) and arrived prepared with a training agenda that he held to: My puppy is 4 months old, male and German Shepherd so it is extremely important because of the size dog he will become for him to have good training and manners! Kevin taught him: to sit/stay, to walk calmly on lead (not pulling on the leash), to go up and down a car loading ramp. I am (extremely grateful for this training because it is a relief to have it done in preparation for the future). Kevin and I walked 'Bear' down the street to socialize him with the neighbor dogs...he learned to walk by them without challenging them to a 'fence-run-bark'! We are still working on this. I was a bit apprehensive when beginning training and Kevin told me "when you are nervous it travels all the way down the leash in to the dog and the dog knows"... We graduated Basic obedience training last Saturday 12-17-16 and received a Merit Certificate for both of us and Bear received a Rawhide bone too. Kudos to Kevin for such good training and patience with both of us! I highly recommend him for your training needs...


I am a dog behaviorist and trainer with over 34 years of experience. I specialize in house and yard manners, treating aggression and separation anxiety. My unique facility is located in Chino, CA. I offer private in-home training, private training at my facility, board-and-train at my facility, and dog boarding when you just need a fabulous place to put your dog up for a few days. I can build a training program around your individual training wish list and budget. My programs start at as low as $100, and I offer a lifetime guarantee on my training! (See my website for details on my lifetime guarantee.) In addition, I also offer Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Clinics throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada. This is a valuable life-saving skill designed to protect not only your pet, but you as well! If this sounds interesting to you, please visit my Rattlesnake Avoidance website.


I am located in Southern California. I have been training dogs of many breeds and showing German Shepherd dogs as a hobby since 1986. Please refer to website for more detailed information.

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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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