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Avatar for DogLove San Diego San Diego, CA Thumbtack
Avatar for DogLove San Diego San Diego, CA Thumbtack
5. DogLove San Diego
5.0
from 14 reviews
5.0
(14)
5.0 (14)
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Escondido, CA
"Erica is the second dog trainer I tried out, and she is the best by far! Erica is a highlight to my dogs’ day and a highlight to mine as well! We absolutely adore Erica and I cannot recommend her enough. She is so easy to communicate and schedule with, her love for dogs is palpable, and she is extremely reliable! I found Erica on Thumbtack, and she was so quick to respond to my inquiry. I scheduled her for an eight week puppy training program for my then 4 1/2 month old miniature Australian Labradoodle. I wanted my puppy to learn basic commands and good behavior, as well as foster a respectful relationship with my 11-year-old maltipoo. After discussing the different DogLove training packages, I decided to go with having 3 training sessions per week (2 of them 1:1 with just Erica and my pup while I was at work and 1 coaching session with all 3 of us) and 2 daycares per week. We have learned so much! It gave me such peace of mind to know that Erica was checking in on my dogs while I was at work and also to know that my dogs were having fun when they were at Erica‘s for daycare! Speaking of Daycare- One of my favorite parts about training with Erica is that she is always sending me pictures and updates! She makes sure to schedule her days so that she doesn’t have too many dogs over, and she does an excellent job at giving everyone attention and love! We are getting to the end of our eight week training course, and I know both my puppies and I will be sad to see it end! Thank you Erica!!!!"

$115

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$115

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Avatar for Inspire... Canine Behavior Counseling & Training San Marcos, CA Thumbtack
Avatar for Inspire... Canine Behavior Counseling & Training San Marcos, CA Thumbtack
10. Inspire... Canine Behavior Counseling & Training
Top Pro
5.0
from 48 reviews
5.0
(48)
5.0 (48)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 4 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Escondido, CA
"We have had a few trainers work with us all promising they knew what our dog needed- many emphasizing on the “alpha” type of training or “reward” type but none of them really seemed to pay attention to her social quest that even I noticed. They told me to push her to follow my lead, to push her to be around more dogs to be “socialized” to use punishment to gain what I wanted and all it’s done it break our trust in each other. Paula has re-educated us, and Ruka- who is normally shy and cautious of strangers, loves her. I could see trust forming between the two of them. There was communication between two species without very many words being spoken, there was no demands made from Ruka and yet she willingly walked along side Paula (she normally pulls), made eye contact (she normally hides her face) and would repeatedly ask for attention from a stranger when she normally wants nothing to do with other humans. It was only an introduction but I’m so excited to better understand how to communicate With my dog instead of AT her. We are so so so impressed by the amount of information she brought with her, the folder she had or us at the end, and the care she put into Ruka. I feel hopeful she will help me help myself reconnect with my dog and let her know she doesn’t have to be scared of people or dogs. Thank you so much Paula! You’re already part of the family. We can’t wait for our next session."

$100

estimated cost

$100

estimated cost

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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 behave 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.

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.

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