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Novato German Shepherd Trainers

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Executive Canine Services
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ingrid E.
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Executive Canine Services has been a real find for our family and our German Shepard. I have often felt reluctant to have typical "dog walkers" take Apollo out. When I heard about Executive Canine's Training Walks, I thought that's what we needed. Apollo is enjoying play time away from home but getting additional obedience during these activities. Our family has notices a big improvement in temperament and overall behavior.

Your K9 Guy
from 33 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Fanny K.
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We're working with Todd to reinforce training with our adopted german shepherd puppy Zoey and to help her - and us - work with her anxiety issues. Immediately, Zoey took to Todd, and we could see that Todd really understood her - both as the breed and an individual puppy. Todd has given us some really helpful tips to practice after our training sessions, and we have noticed great improvements in Zoey! Todd is amazing! We call him the dog whisperer - it's truly wonderful to see how he connects with Zoey and his insights are invaluable. If you need someone who is caring, knows what he's doing, respects your puppy, and responds quickly to your emails/calls/texts, Todd is your person.

A Better Dog Trainer
from 24 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
Jane A.
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We are just getting started but John really impressed us. We had a GSD for thirteen years and he's great with them. He will be great with our mini Aussie Shepherd too!

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Pawgress Dog Training
from 23 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
RoxAnne S.
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My rescue Astro, an Australian Shepherd/Akita/Husky mix, is naturally dominant, and fearful/anxious of almost everything. Rusty's knowledge and hands-on experience truly shine with these issues and breeds. Always professional, Rusty is flexible with working around our schedules. We have completed over 15 hours of training with Rusty. After an initial meet n' greet and one session, Rusty immediately had a good feel for Astro's fears and was able to pinpoint root causes. He provided in depth lessons for both me AND Astro. Much of the training is teaching us humans proper technique for recognition, prevention, and reaction to behaviors.Therefore, the true work starts at home, with the owners post lesson. Rusty has provided me with the tools I needed to become a genuine leader for my dog. I've learned SO much and cannot be more grateful to his dedication and patience. Rusty goes above and beyond EVERY time he meets with us, and I've never been disappointed. He provides a plethora of resources, even outside our training hours via email; from printable PDFs for your fridge, to recommended toys and dog food, to articles on a variety of topics! He will answer any questions you can throw at him, and if he isn't sure, he'll do in depth research to find the best answer! You name it, Rusty will provide solutions and advice. I've seen VAST improvements in my dog's behavior over the past few months! Consistency and dedication to your pet at home is key, for sure. However, we could not have done it without Rusty's guidance, and I could not be more happy with the tools and training he has provided us. I highly recommend Pawgress to all! Excellent job, keep up the great work! All our thanks! ~ RoxAnne & Astro

Majyk Paws Dog Training
from 21 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Roxanne M.
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I'm still working with Maj. I have a rescue German Shepard that has various behavioral difficulties and separation anxiety. Maj knows Shepards well and has that gift to be able to work with and handle (all) dogs well.

Honest Creature Care
from 8 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Renae L.
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Heather is very knowledgeable and helpful. She listened to our concerns and came up with some small goals for our next meeting. We are very excited to work with her in upcoming weeks with our German Shepherd puppy.

Snooze Dog Walks
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Nick D.
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We've been working with Suzanne for about 2 years, and could not be happier. We have a 3 year old German Shepherd who can be a bit of a handful, but Suzanne handles her masterfully. While we always try to keep a consistent schedule, she is always accommodating for last minute walk needs, and has NEVER left us in a pinch. Suzanne is able to read the body language and behaviors of the dogs in the pack so well, we are never concerned about having her take our pup. She knows how to group dogs that will get along best, and gets to know the specific personality of each and every dog she has in her groups! Her attention to the detail of every puppy-personality is second to none. She also does overnight / dog sitting which we've used a number of times- she leaves the house in perfect shape and we come back to an EXHAUSTED pup. We trust her with our fur baby and our home. She's the best!

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shay B.
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Cookie my 9 month old German Shepherd puppy loves the balanced K9 family. She uses the boarding services and the walking services. Its literally impossible to calm her down once she see's Mahogany. I always get nervous that one day she won't want to come home with me :) I am so thankful for all the love, goodness and wisdom that is shared with me about raising a happy, healthy and well-behaved pup. I wouldn't trade them in for the world.

American Canine Institute
from 3 reviews
  • 59 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia H.
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My husband is training our German Shepard puppy with Bob. We didn't have the funds to take both dogs to Bob, but i have over 40 years training Samoyeds. We will work at home.

Pampurred Pets
from 2 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Julie L.
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Courteous, professional, compassionate, friendly. I would highly recommend Pampurred Pets. We have a German Shepherd and two Standard Poodles. Our dogs get groomed every four weeks. The groomer did an outstanding job.

Von H.
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Rudy is probably the best thing to happen to the dog -- and dog owners -- world! Ever! He was recommended to me by another dog trainer and what a gift that was! Rudy took a beautiful rescue Shepherd who had almost no previous training and I can't tell you how amazing the results have been! Rudy's presence, confidence and ability to read dog language is nothing short of amazing. Yes, I would say "dog whisperer" applies here -- our own local one. In my case, he had his work cut out since I (the dog's person) -- needed co-training and he did a remarkable job with that part too. Endless patience, understanding -- and the requisite humor! I'm almost as well-behaved as my dog. The neighbors took notice and there are now other dogs -- both small and large breeds -- who are walking testaments to Rudy's skills. Thanks to him, my dog easily got his AKC Canine Good Citizen rating and is now about to be a therapy dog -- visiting and bringing joy to both kids and Veterans. Rudy's a big man, with a heart to match, who clearly loves and cares for dogs -- and they know it. I can proudly say that both my dog and I are products of Angelwings -- a perfect name.

Q & A

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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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