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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 254 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 727 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tracy M.
Verified review

After doing research, I decided to give Raquel a shot at training my dog, Cali (and my girls and I). Cali is a rescue, possible Wheaton Terrier mix of some sort. She is basically good, but barks at the door, in th3e backyard, and shows aggression toward other dogs while on walks, which was making walks miserable. Basically, I wanted a dog who would obey basic commands and be polite. I have previously enrolled in and completed dog training classes. This had some benefit (mostly Sit and Stay), but took 10 Saturdays to complete, and it seems the training (especially on leash) hasn't stuck. I'm sure that has a lot to do with my girls and I being inconsistent. I learned from Raquel how a dog thinks, which is so beneficial to know. The lessons learned in 4 hours with Raquel have been WAY more beneficial than those 10 Saturdays in doggie school. Her methods are SIMPLE, so if you need a ton of information and homework to feel you've gotten your money's worth, look elsewhere. I have given this 5 days before reviewing, just to see if all this dog training stuff really is as simple as she taught us. Guess what?? It is! Cali is still learning to be polite on the leash. This will take time, because she's established some very bad habits. However, there is already GREAT improvement. As far as barking at the door, as soon as she even thinks about it, I tell her "quiet" and "go back," which she obeys immediately. Raquel actually trained her to do this while she was here, and it has stuck. So awesome! A word about the e-collar. This is used as a training tool. My dog definitely needs it, especially on walks. In the house, she is already not really needing it. It feels like a vibrating cell phone. It does NOT hurt; it's simply a distraction. Once you hire Raquel, you'll learn the art of distraction (think about how you distract a 2 or 3 year old to avert a breakdown... dogs are the same way.) The e-collar has been amazing and we don't even use it very often. I love my dog like she's my baby and would never do anything to harm her. I want her to be confident, well-behaved, and happy. I truly believe proper training gives her (and me) these gifts. So open your mind (and be prepared to spend a pretty penny) and hire Raquel. You will not regret it.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
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Barry K.
Verified review

Maggie is my fourth dog. I have had trainers with each of the dogs. Never have I had a more competent, compassionate and professional trainer as Karen. She taught Maggie to walk loose leash and not enter a room before more or my husband. I used to have to carry her everywhere. She's only 9 pounds but it got old really fast. I also had Karen board/train her for two days. She came back a different dog. When Karen came today for the beginning of training her to be a therapy dog. When Karen came for the beginning of training her to be a therapy dog, she got so excited when seeing Karen. Karen knows how to be firm yet kind with dogs. Dogs know it. I couldn't recommend anyone more highly than Karen. She is the best of the best. Barry K. Sherman Oaks

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 147 hires on Thumbtack
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Pax P.
Verified review

John was awesome with training me and my dog. John took the time to get to know our needs and current situation and also helped us with dog socialization. John is very knowledgable and offered great expert advice. He also helped us with introduction to a dog park and helped me to understand the things to look for when introducting my dog into a new environment such as a dog park. I would highly recommend John to all my friends family and anyone else. He definitely helped with positive reinforcement.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
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LeAnne S.
Verified review

Denise started training my older Dog Ramsey who was very hard to walk because he is dog aggressive! But within days he was so much better. We really appreciate her knowledge of training animals. And her love and patience with them.

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
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Laura D.
Verified review

Hi, my name is Laura. I signed up for a 'group' dog training class in the San Fernando Valley. I highly recommend Duane Overturf for your dog training needs! Duane always had a great attitude! His handling of each dog was consistent and with a gentle authority. You could tell, he knew what he was doing. It amazed me how quickly dogs responded to his commands. Duane had total control of each situation at hand. Also, behaviors such as; a barking problem, chewing problem, digging problem, etc. - Duane had training techniques that conquered each one. He made dog training look easy! I was extremely impressed with how well all the owners and dogs did at the end of the course! Now that's a G O O D D O G ! Oh, and anytime I had a question, I called Duane and he took the time, walked me through the problem step by step, making sure I understood and was confident I could handle the situation before hanging up the phone. Duane is an outstanding dog trainer!

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Weatherwax Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Deborah M.
Verified review

Being a Main officers of Rescue4Redemption, we pride ourswelves on picking the very best in the animal rescue and rehab business. Since the inception I have wanted Robert Weatherwax as our main trainer for several years. I never thought I could get him. He is one of the very best dog trainers in the business. If you don't believe me you can Goggle him. His family has had over 100 yrs experience in the dog training business and their dogs all are excellent. I thank the lord that Robert has come on board with us. Our mission is to save and rehab as many animals as we possible can. And he is the Diamond that just does that. I saw a post on here from some woman saying some disparaging things about Robert. These comments are completely false. Robert never even met the women, nor did he train her dog. So with that being said just ignore those remarks because they are just are not true. Just some stranger ranting about someone she doesn't even know. No one cares more for your dogs and getting them turned around the Robert. He is top notch. The standard of excellence he shows with each and every client shows when you 1st meet him. Truth be said if he didnt have this quality about him Rescue4Redemption would not have brought him on board. Once again we stand by excellence. With that being said, we stand with Robert Ruddell Weatherwax.

Cassidy's Pet Assistance
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Kim G.
Verified review

After reading the numerous positive reviews on Cassidy and her training techniques I felt confident. From the very beginning Cassidy was friendly, helpful, and attentive. She consistently took a personal interest in my dog, Simba. Simba's needs were extensive as he needed socialization as well as obedience. Simba is a one year old 80 pound pit bull mastif mix with tons of energy and strength. After several email exchanges we decided to speak in more detail on the phone. Cassidy listened carefully to all of my concerns and background stories about my dog. Without judgement she gave me perspectives that might be contributing to some of my dog's behaviors. I appreciated not being "scolded" for making the situation worse, and instead she comforted me by saying things like I can see why you would have thought that. This allowed me freedom to share openly about making the mistakes I may have created by being over protective and even possibly over-bearing. On our first meeting Cassidy arrived ready to take on any situation she was faced with. I explained to her that my dog had not met many new people. She calmly walked me through the steps on how to have a new person enter the house. I followed her steps and was amazed at how fast my dog was able to connect with her. Her calm demeanor throughout the entire session kept us at ease as she was able to show us a variety of techniques for each of the training components. I couldn't believe how relaxed my dog was as he laid down at her feet and stared at her as she spoke with him. I knew when she left she had already made a substantial difference. My dog was asleep shortly after her departure and remained in a deep sleep the entire night. Today I already see improvements. A few days later Simba was able to attend Camp Cassidy. I was a nervous at first just knowing he was out of my care. However Cassidy continued to send updates via text, phone, photos, and even videos. She was thorough and always made time to talk me through any of my concerns. Cassidy continues to be in touch and she offers continued support for our dog. I am grateful to have met someone with such a great heart and a true passion for what she does. Since leaving camp cassidy my dog has been neutered, and he will be ready for additional training. I look forward to working with Cassidy in the future. I woud highly recommend Cassidy to anyone who needs special assistance with their dog.

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Chris L.
Verified review

Steve is an incredible, elite master trainer. He holds the key to unlocking all of your dogs' best attributes. He has done wonders for my dogs, and I have witnessed him doing even more for others. There's nothing that this man can't fix about your dog. But, you must be willing to put in the time and do what it takes to maintain. I have two mixed breeds (brother and sister) that have severe separation anxiety, when they weren't near each other. They were completely co dependent on each other, fearful and extremely sensitive to everything around them. They would whine and bark when separated. Steve had them for less than two weeks, and now they have no problem, at all being separated. He taught me how to build their confidence, and help them succeed. Which has made training them in obedience much easier. They now have the will to work, and the desire to learn more. As do I. He has inspired me so much that it has now become my passion, and I am now his apprentice. What I love most about the way that he trains, is that he is very gentle and patient with the dogs. He is by far more concerned with the dogs' well-being than anything else. He can be pretty tough on the owners, but once you come to realize why, you really can't be mad at him. The issues that your dog has, are typically there because of you. Your dog is a mirror of yourself. Once you've accepted that, you can then both change together, building the bond between you and your dog even stronger. But, you must be part of the change in order for it to work. Wendy is my senior master trainer, and I have learned so much already from both of them. They have taught me beginner and advanced obedience, behavior work, tracking, scent detection, how to show in AKC competitions, how to train movie dogs, and much more. Through the skills that I have acquired from them, I am now teaching my own classes and training dogs daily, using the same incredible methods that these amazing dog trainers have taught me. I highly recommend Steve and Wendy, and all of their trainers to anyone who truly cares for their dog.

Santa Monica Paws
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Judy B.
Verified review

Theresa is a treasure. In fact, she's pretty amazing! Her knowledge is only exceeded by her talent with dogs. I'm learning a lot, as well Judy B and "Leonardo"

The Trained Canine
4.5
from 28 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Ron V.
Verified review

I have been involved with showing and breeding dogs, along with competition in herding for 30+ years. I have owned several different breeds over the years and have always done my own training. I decided to adopt a pit bull puppy that I had been fostering. She was only a few months old, and was scared of everything. I thought she would eventually grow out of it, but she didn't. I tried everything I could think of, but her fear continued to get worse, to the point of her not wanting to go outside. I employed Kim from The Trained Canine to help. What Kim was able to do with my girl was amazing! She is now a happy and confident, carefree dog, with no more fear, but the best part is that Kim showed me how to work with my dog in such a way that she 100% engaged with me, and the bond I now have with my dog is like no other. Kim made the training fun for all of us. Kim's knowledge and diversity in dog training and behavior modification are 2nd to none. I would highly recommend Kim for any type of dog training.

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Beth E.
Verified review

Tommy Stark does speak dog. He can teach a dog to do absolutely anything. I have watched him in dozens of situations, and he is always the pack leader; he always understands both a dog’s fears and its strengths. He trains fear out of a dog and builds on its strengths so that the dog becomes a well-balanced part of your “pack”. He is gentle but assetive with the dogs and very supportive of the people he is training. Tommy has a delightful sense of humor, great warmth, and genuine compassion for all living beings.

Love Ur K9
4.8
from 24 reviews
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole A.
Verified review

Could not be happier!! We were referred to obedience classes by a friend and we are so happy we called them up! In addition to a great doggie daycare they were very knowledgeable with training. She has done a complete turn around when dealing with other dogs especially in our home (biggest issue). Our dog is also very apprehensive when meeting new people and has major separation anxiety. However with Love Ur K9 she was shockingly always excited to go back with zero hesitation. She loves going there...the staff clearly went above and beyond!

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Epic Dog Pros
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Janette D.
Verified review

Arturo is such an amazing trainer!!! He has helped and coached us on how to control our dogs aggression. He not only trained our dog but taught us how to properly train her. He’s helped restore confidence both in us and our dog to allow her to be her loving social self again! We could not have done it without Arturos dedication and patience!

  • 19 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
Verified review

We are so grateful for finding Dogwood K9 Training Experience and working with Ron. Our rescue dog, Jackson, was a stray with no prior training and some behavioral issues that we couldn’t address on our own. Jackson had human aggression towards males, did not listen to commands, jumped on furniture, nipping, chasing our cats, incessant barking, anxiety, the list goes on. By working with Ron we have learned how to address all of these issues through behavior modification training. The best part of working with Ron is that he makes it fun for the dog by using games as a primary means of training. Jackson loves going to Ron’s classes and surprisingly isn’t aggressive towards him in any way, probably due to Ron’s sweet and caring nature towards dogs that Jackson can sense. Ron’s training method starts with the basics and then we build upon the foundation using baby steps so that the dog progressively works up the full commands, while truly understanding them. Our dog’s behavior has done a 180 since we started training and he shows respect for us now. This is after a different trainer told us we should probably take our dog to the shelter because he is going to be too hard train (a lost cause, as they say). Ron’s ultra-positive attitude towards Jackson helped us see that although he is not a perfect dog, he is the perfect dog for us. Ron is a truly exceptional dog trainer. Don’t expect magic; it takes hard work to counter-condition a dog with bad habits like Jackson, but Ron’s expertise will equip you with all of the tools that you need to work with your dog. What I like about the classes is that Ron is training ME to work with my dog so that I can continue to use his tactics long after our classes end. Through his guidance I am creating a long-lasting bond with my dog based on respect, but mostly based on FUN! We love Dogwood!

  • 8 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie W.
Verified review

Daniele is an instinctual, thorough, heart centered, Cat & Dog Behaviorist / Whisperer. She has incredible knowledge about animals, she is literally a walking encyclopedia on the subject. Daniele has the ability to assess & evaluate your pet accurately based on their specific personality and then put together a complete training package to resolve any challenges you may be facing. Her process is quick, fun and very clear. She and her team are a complete one stop shop for pets. Anything you might need from nutritionalists, cage free doggie daycare, pet jewelry designers, homeopathic medicines and formulas, water therapists and even a pet massage therapist to mention a few. She is dedicated to not only your results but also to helping you get a deeper understanding of your pet so you'll be able to communicate to them more thoroughly with ease. I would highly recommend her with confidence to anyone who needs help with their pet... especially if it's a rescue pet she's AWESOME!

Bark to Basics
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra W.
Verified review

We rescued what I refer to as a special needs dog. Calle was two years old and everything frightened her. We knew we needed professional help. The first trainer we called couldn’t make a connection with Calle. We then contacted Melissa based on reviews we read online. We were not disappointed! She really considered Calle’s needs and customized a plan to work on walking Calle on a leash, socialization, and potty training. It wasn’t long before we were able to walk Calle in the neighborhood/park. The potty training techniques Melissa shared with us worked immediately! Melissa also met us at various places (shopping centers, park) to work on socialization skills. Melissa’s style is firm, yet so kind and gentle. She also did a great job educating me as a dog owner. In addition to training, Melissa is the (ONLY) person we count on for dog sitting. Even though Calle made enormous progress in the area of training, I wasn’t so sure she would ever be comfortable away from home. I am happy to report I was wrong. She has overnight visits with Melissa about every six weeks and comes home a happy doggie – NO anxiety. I highly recommend Melissa for her outstanding training techniques, knowledge, professionalism, reliability, and last but not least, her obvious love of dogs.

Desirable Family Pets
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Aby C.
Verified review

If you’re looking for a dog trainer, LOOK NO MORE! She’s right here and her name is Connie Hoffman! Connie is BEYOND AMAZING at what she does and has quite an extensive resume. When my husband and I first got our sheltie, Winston, we were absolutely thrilled! However, we immediately knew that having a dog like Winston, required proper training and that is when we decided to hire Connie! When we first met with her, Connie visited our home and met Winston for the first time. She went through the obedience training contract with us and also walked us through EVERYTHING we needed to get in order to provide Winston the healthy lifestyle he deserves. From going over what food and supplements to buy to grooming essentials - Connie covered it all from A to Z. My husband and I went through the first set of obedience classes with Connie and Winston passed with flying colors. We eventually proceeded with going through the Canine Good Citizen course with her and Winston has yet prevailed! He is officially CGC CERTIFIED - all thanks to Connie of course! Connie truly guides you on how to raise an amazing dog but the catch is, you, as a responsible owner, NEED to put the work in. Thanks to Connie, Winston receives compliments left and right for his manners inside and outside the house. So far, we’ve recommended Connie to our coworkers, neighbors, and friends!

  • 13 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy N.
Verified review

I began taking classes with Beth Harrison/A Paw Above last April. Six months prior to that, I adopted what I believed to be the most incorrigible, wild, uncivilized (approximately one year old) rescue dog I’d ever imagined. I’ve owned a number of dogs in my lifetime, so dog behavior wasn’t new to me. But he wasn’t housebroken, he ripped through the house, jumping on couches, beds and even kitchen counters, and tore into a window screen to gain access to the house. He chewed up everything he could find and I mean everything with the exception of his own chew toys (of course). After working with a trainer between December and February, I was able to teach “Blue” (lab/pit mix) some very basic commands and tried to slowly introduce Blue to another dog. Actually, he learned it all very quickly....and was remarkably obedient, until there was another animal (especially a dog) in his universe. We left that training with one MAJOR issue and it tainted every single day of our lives. I still couldn’t walk Blue anywhere without him pulling, dragging me and completely flipping out when he saw a bird, cat, lizard, squirrels, roosters (yes, there are some roosters in a yard that backs up to the city wash behind our house), and most especially “other” dogs. He would flip and leap and lunge and I could barely contain him. I couldn’t take him in the car because he would fly at the windows when he saw a dog on the street. He managed to free himself out of four or five different kinds of collars, including harnesses and head collars. He growled and whined and I was afraid he “might” hurt another dog as I was unable to interpret his reactions. Blue clearly needed the exercise, but I was worn out by the time 20 minutes had gone by. And if he didn’t get PLENTY of exercise, he tore up everything in sight....his bedding, water hoses, sprinklers, kitchen towels, shoes, socks, newspapers – EVERYTHING. I was beginning to fear that I could not keep this dog. I finally began calling around and met with three different trainers. I chose Beth and Azure from “A Paw Above” because of Beth’s confidence and her extensive work with rescue dogs and dogs suffering from abuse and neglect. I also chose A Paw Above because I was allowed and encouraged to observe classes (as many as I needed!) before bringing Blue. Beth assured me that she would help me, even just getting Blue from the parking lot to the door. Classes are generally focused on the dog with the most challenging issues and all the other dogs get to work on the lesson and/or how to deal with other dogs with “issues.” What I like best is that there is no “judgment” about a dog or an owner of a dog with issues. No “bad” dogs. The focus is always on how to help the dogs get past whatever their struggle is. What I also like best is that the first 20 minutes or so is "free play time," so they can release some of their energy prior to concentrating on a lesson or a command. Makes for fewer failures in the training process. Fast forward six months – though it is no longer “necessary,” Blue and I still attend classes on a fairly frequent basis. What a transformation, I have witnessed as Beth’s take on Blue was that he was not aggressive, but didn’t know "how to play," due to lack of exposure and experience. He now romps with the other dogs in class, we can walk in our neighborhood past squirrels and roosters and lizards with ZERO reaction. He still whines some when he sees a cat or dog, but no longer finds the airborne back flips to be a rewarding response, and instead looks to me for reassurance and the understanding that he can’t “have it.” Beth and Azure know their stuff and there are often other students helping out from the local Animal Behavioral College. Choose “A Paw Above,” for a well-managed, well-behaved dog and a peaceful life.

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
SIAMAK S.
Verified review

All aspects of Paw by Paw is amazing. Ayeumi is so kind, patient and understanding of the dogs that she is training. She got our dog as a baby and then he went back 8 months later and a 100 lbs heavier. Her training of both the dog and owner is superb as well as her assistance when needed. I would recommend her absolutely and proudly.

  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elizabeth Q.
Verified review

We love uncle Kenny so much. Our dog is deaf and always skittish when meeting new people. She instantly gravitated towards uncle Kenny and she's been more social, better with other dogs because of him. Thank you for all you do! Uncle Kenny is family! A true dog whisperer!

Furree Friends Pet Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ursula W.
Verified review

I have been using her services since my puppy was 6 months, and he is now 3 1/2 years old. She has been watching my dog for the past three years, and my dog is quite picky on what he likes and doesn't like! What I like the most about her services is that she is VERY flexible, many times I have last minute jobs, and she is ALWAYS readily available to take him in. I also enjoy that she sometimes has other small dogs for him to play with, but not where it is overwhelming like a doggie daycare (my dog likes to be just with one person or dogs similar to his sweet temperament). He always wags his tail when I drop him off, and is always happy to see her daughter (my dog loves kids). When I pick him up, he is always tired and passes right out once I leave to go back home, meaning he had fun and was busy while staying over. She also caters do his diet and bathroom regime. She makes sure that when you leave your dog with her, that your dog is treated the same way as you would treat him/her. I would highly recommend her services especially if your dog is picky and you want that more personal touch in a doggie day care service.

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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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