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Fresno Dog Agility Trainers

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  • 8 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Vicki C.
Verified review

Sam and I have been training with Shayne for almost 1yr now. Sam started with puppy class and has worked his way up to Competitive Obedience. Sam earned his first title this past February in Rally and is now working on his Obedience title. I never intended to show Sam in competition but I enjoy working with Shayne and love the progress Sam continues to make and with her encouragement I decided to continue his training and move into competition. It has been the best experience for both me and Sam! The right trainer is key to success with your dog. I tried other trainers and was frustrated and gave up. Then I found Shayne and the rest is beautiful history! Shayne's knowledge and experience and love of dogs shows in each class! Shayne always gives 110% and not just in class but anytime you need her! Shayne works hard to keep herself current with the latest techniques which benefits her students! She is compassionate, patient and understanding and the absolute best trainer! I am forever grateful for her guidance, support and now friendship!

Paws & Claws Animal Training
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Chrissy Pierman Williams
Verified review

Shelly did an amazing job training our newly adopted shelter dog, as well as training us on how to continue training her on our own. She is always available to answer questions and give good tips and advice!

Perfect Paws
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Sara H.
    Verified review

    I worked with Karrie at Perfect Paws and I have never seen such amazing progress in my shiba inu! As a puppy, you want to think you are doing everything you can to keep as many "bad habits" at bay, but there is always something that rears its ugly head. I have had other trainers I've worked with before, but Karrie really understands what it means to be a behavioralist. I went from having a over-anxious and chew up my carpets dog to having a perfectly tempered dog who has never chewed on the carpets again! She helped me not only understand the length at which my behavior affects my dog, but also helped me truly understand the needs of dogs. There is a HUGE difference between dog and human psychology. Her approach may be direct and something you are definitely not used to, but give her a chance and she will prove to you in less than 15 minutes that she can change your dog's life and your's!! Thank you Karrie! I don't know what I would have done without you :)

    All Ears Dog Training
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Gina B.
    Verified review

    I have worked with Debbie now for a little over 6 weeks with my dog Lena focusing on socialization and reactivity around other dogs in public and at home. I wanted to be able to bring Lena along to events outside in public areas and feel comfortable and in control of my pet. Lena has attended 3-4 outside dinners at restaurants with people and other dogs, gone into petsmart on adoption Saturdays, and walked around downtown areas since training with Debbie. All of which were not possible or very stressful before. I am so happy I have trained with Debbie All Ears Dog Training and look forward to continue working with my dog and improving our time together :) I would highly recommend training to improve your bond with your pet and overall lifestyle!

    Terri M.
    Verified review

    Kim Toepfer is experienced, insightful, patient and kind; all rolled into one wonderful Dog Trainer! I highly recommend her if you have a dog that exhibits behavior problems, because she is excellent in helping train you, to a new level of confidence and understanding, so that you can move forward and train your dog.

    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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