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Dog Training with Eric
from 179 reviews
  • 359 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna G.
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Would recommend Eric to anyone that needs dog training. We have a German Shepherd mix, and she would pull on the leash and wouldn't ever stop or if she saw anyone on the walk she would continuously bark. We have got her to walking next to us without tugging/pulling and will stop and sit when we tell her. Also she will "leave it" when it comes to people walking by/ next to her. We are still working on getting her socialized with other Dog's, but I can see such an improvement in her behavior. We never thought it was possible to enjoy walks as a family, but Eric gave us the right tools/ pointers to make sure we can consistently make each walk that much better. Eric was always available for questions. Want to thank Eric for all his help with Emma!

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Ancillary K9
from 46 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
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Diana M.
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Dion is a very talented trainer. He helped us understand our German Shepherd’s needs, boundaries, and expectations. We now have the most well behaved dog in the neighborhood!! Kids feel safe around Aspen and friends with dogs all asked for Dion’s contact.

Full Pawtential Dog Training
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Terrie O.
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Working with my German shepherd on aggressive behavior

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Christopher's Canines
from 23 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Jennifer L.
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Chris helped us work with our 3 year old Australian Shepherd who we felt had become aggressive and unmanageable after being attacked by another dog. Our dog had previously been through 3 other training programs with other trainers that did not seem to be as effective as we needed them to be. Chris is a thoughtful and dedicated trainer. He does not sugar coat things and make unrealistic promises. While working with our misbehaving pooch, he explained that without our dedication to correct bad behavior, the dog would not succeed. Training a dog is not something you do for awhile, it's a forever process, and Chris helped us understand that and be successful. He used smart techniques and explained what our behavior was relaying to our dog. He helped us take control of tough situations and also helped us understand why some situations would continue to be challenging, but would get better. Ultimately, Chris cares deeply for the dogs he works with, and it comes though in all of his interactions. We loved the time we were able to spend working with Chris and would recommend him to anyone interested in a quality 1:1 experience.

  • 11 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Tina G.
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Joey is wonderful with our 10 month old, very enthusiastic German Shepherd puppy. We have only had two sessions, and she is already more composed, and listening better. I never realized that it really was OUR fault that she wasn't behaving; Joey taught her and taught us how to continue. I look forward to many more sessions with Joey and now feel confident that our dog has limitless potential.

Chill Out Dog Training
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joyce F.
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We have an Australian Shepherd that was totally out of control. If anyone knows about Aussies, they have way too much energy. We tried to train her ourselves but kept failing. We finally contacted Scott. After the first session I was so impressed, and it just got better. It is now a pleasure to walk her, no more pulling, barking or jumping and she comes when called. If you are searching for a dog trainer, look no further.

Elite K-9 Training
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Tamara Cribley
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My girl, Sammy Sue is a 2 year old Shepherd/Malinois mix who is in training for Search and Rescue. While the majority of our SAR training is done with the K-9 teams, Chris has been working with us to enhance that training. And more importantly, he has been working with us to help Sam build confidence and be 'public-perfect', which is very important for a working dog. Chris has a very evident love for working with dogs and his work have been invaluable in our training goals.

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  • 18 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
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Angelita A.
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Bill is great with our German Shepard. Our family rescued her and is teaching us how to manage her and get rid of some of her bad habits. He is very knowledgeable about dogs and knows how to take command of our dog. We still need more training and Bill is coming weekly to help us. Thanks Bill.

Patrick K.
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Spencer's enthusiasm for animals shines through in his excellent service. Spencer stayed with and cared for my German Shepherd, Shep, for many days, and was attentive to his needs, and took him on multiple hikes in the area. I would recommend Spencer to anyone who is looking for a dedicated companion to your dog or pet while you are out of town.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Louisa W.
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I have only had the first session with Ray from KoruK9, but I am happy to say that already our daily walk is hugely improved. I have a rescue German Shepherd and I am looking forward to my next sessions to see where we get - I am encouraged!

Rescued Rover LLC
from 1 review
  • 3 years in business
Claire C.
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Shaina with Rescued Rover is a truly top-notch trainer. She is fluent in so many methods and can really customize the dog training to your needs. She is a constant resource for great advice and you can tell she takes her education and helping her clients seriously. She puts her money where her mouth is and has raised a working-line, titled German Shepherd from a puppy herself. There is nobody I would trust more!

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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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