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Colorado Springs German Shepherd Trainers

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  • 18 years in business
  • 143 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Wendell C.
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I want to leave a review for Carrie after having experienced working with such an amazing trainer. My story is actually sad-as I was in-need of a service dog for quite some time. I ended up going to the shelter, just hoping to find any dog that would fit but sadly I found no dog until my third trip, when I found my Fife, a black perfect little poodle. I knew she would make a wonderful service dog for me, but I needed someone to help me train her for which I needed her. I surfed for countless days through trainers who offered their training at an oddly low price and many of them had no clue what they were doing. I met Carrie when she sent me a quote which was really reasonable for service dog training, which entails a lot of dedicated work. Carrie walked me through the process, was extremely knowledgeable throughout the process, and stood by me every step of the way. What I liked about her was the fact that she was so knowledgeable and would help, but also expected you to work with the dog to get them to the point where they would perform well as service dogs. Her methods are impressive and her Labrador is a wonderfully trained dog, who is a great example dog in terms of what Carrie truly knows. I really think anyone who needs a service dog needs to meet Carrie! You won't be disappointing. I was not!

House of Dog Training
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Shannon D.
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My dog went from never listening, always jumping, and barking nonstop to being able to lay down while mommy cleaned for two hours! ... They really understand & love dogs! we tried a couple trainers before them, & we can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt they really are the best in town!!!

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OmniCanine Services
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jan B.
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Great job training my German Shepherd. He does basic obedience or he will step it up a notch if you so desire. My shepherd is very well behaved and does great socially!!

Behav-n-Dogs
4.4
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle B.
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We have 3 puppies under a year old, and they needed to learn some manners! So after reviewing plenty of dog trainers in the area, I decided Rachael seemed like the best option for our needs! She spent 3 hours at our first session (we were only having the oldest 2 evulated; however, she still spent time with the little one!) the dogs in one hour of her being there were already amazing me!! I couldn't believe they were my dogs! She's been very accommodating to our busy schedules, and is always available when needed! I highly recommend Rachael for all your dog training needs. She has made my 3 puppies well mannered!!

Canine Coach, Inc.
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
Phyllis F.
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Linda is a terrific trainer. Her clicker technique is incredible. I have a 2 yr old and 6 year old labs. They had never been on a leash in their lives and their behavior was totally unruly. With Linda's patience and tremendous behavioral training, I now walk the dogs daily, are we all love it. They are so well behaved and are listening for the first time. They are much happier dogs and so am I. Linda's dog training knowledge is truly unbeatable. She's amazing!

Refined K9
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Eric P.
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Sarah is an amazing dog trainer. You can immediately tell how passionate she is about everything related to canines. She made my experience comfortable and was extremely with providing pointers on how to best take care of my two pups.

My Life Unleashed
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Hope G.
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The dog was aggressive when she walked outside seeing new faces,cars and other dogs. With Lisa's guidance, we were able to switch Abbeys focus to better deal with the outside world.

Mary's Pet/Home needs
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Joanna S.
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My experience with Mary was fantastic. She was watching my dogs when we were out of town for almost a week. My dogs are not the easiest one (I have German Shepard female and mix of German Shepard male - both extremely protective) They don't do very well at the boarding place. Mary wasn't intimidated by them at all. She treated my dogs like her own. My female likes to follow you and growl or bark at you when you stop petting her. She can be real push. Mary had no problem with her what so ever. She kept them on schedule, she took them for a daily walks. She spoiled them with treats!!! Mary was reachable whenever I was texting her and checking on my pups. When we came back I was very - positively surprised how Mary manage to keep our house clean!!!!! Literally there is nothing I can complain about. I couldn't wish for a better person for a job!!!! I would recommend Mary to everyone. You can trust her with you pups and your home.

Canine Defined Dog Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Dana J.
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I have a 5 month old Lab/Bully Mix, Here Name is Chloe. When I got Chloe I wanted a better training experience both for her and my self than a 20 dog group class at a Pet Box Store and the distractions associated with. I felt the dog and I would both be more comfortable, learn more and I feel that a dog trained at home will be better in the home because it is where she learned. I don't care how she acts at Petsmart, I care about her behavior in my home so that is where she is trained. I have owned Chloe for 6 weeks and have used Ciera for the last 5. What I like about her is her dedication for what she is doing. It shows in her attitude towards my dog and in my dogs attitude towards her. The woman is punctual, professional, and trains through praise with affection rather than scolding Chloe for what she does wrong. She has been to my home for 5 sessions and never once has she looked at her phone or watch. The session is over when she feels the dog has made progress, not because the hands on her watch told her time was up. I am delighted in my choice to train Chloe at home and with the professionalism I found in hiring Ciera as my trainer. In a month Chloe sits, shakes hands, and lays down with verbal commands. she also sits in the kitchen as I prepare her food and put it in the floor, she remains sitting until I tell her OK. Best part about the whole situation is Chloe enjoys the training, The training method Ciera uses makes my dog happy and eager to learn. I found the best dog trainer in Colorado Springs. Hire her, it is the best decision I made for my dog. Ciera Wilson is a great trainer and an outstanding person, Just a joy to have in my home every week. DMJ Security, CO

Perfect Pups
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Gail O.
Verified review

Nanette is a very knowledgeable trainer. If it is basic obiediance or breaking you pet of any undesirable behaviors this is your go-to trainer.

MarathonK9 Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Helen B.
Verified review

Clover is very professional and my dog took to him immediately which is not normal for her. I have had quite a few sessions with him and she has conquered so many of her fears and is much more attentive to me and we have built a much stronger bond. Would recommend him to anyone and already have sent many others his way !!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Aime A.
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Absolutley love our trainer! My German Shepard couldn't even smell another dog without going into an aggressive rampage , but with Jenn we've been able to get her to smell other dogs and focus on tasks. She has become allot more calm and peaceful and left many bad habits behind! We absolutley love our trainer because she always shows love and attention to our crazy babies, and offers so much Leo , support and great pointers! Trust me when I say this, Jenn is the best!

Best Dog Ltd.
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Brent M.
Verified review

Nora and Nancy are awesome! I've not yet met their other trainer, Lisa, but I've heard great things about her. My BC puppy and I have attended Beginner, Intermediate Obedience and Intro to Agility classes. We have had so much fun and learned a bunch. Also, I've picked up many techniques to work on outside of class. These are great folks who use positive training methods which I feel are critical for a Border Collie's temperment. The only reason I didn't rate 5 stars is due to the small interior training area (which can be both good and not so good) but is controlled by smaller class sizes. Luckily, sections of the class can move outdoors as needed. I have been extremely happy with the the instruction for both myself and my Border Collie. Two thumbs up! :-)

K9to5
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Katharine J.
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Christine is an incredibly knowledgeable dog trainer who teaches with patience and encouragement. She gets to know the dogs and their owners and gives them the tools they need to work together successfully. She is amazing in group classes and one-on-one, tuning into what each dog and owner needs. If you and your dog want to learn and have fun together, get into one of Christine's classes!

Prestige K9
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ann M.
Verified review

Boundless Canine has experienced trainers that truly understand dog behavior. They spend the time to get to know each dog and their family, and adjust the training to fit the dog

Kathlyn Ross
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Kb K.
    Verified review

    Kat was extremely professional and helped take my dog aggressive shepherd to someone I can feel comfortable taking anywhere I want to now. She worked closely with us and continued to monitor progress throughout the whole process.

    All Breed Rescue & Training
    3.0
    from 2 reviews
      Jackie C.
      Verified review

      I have taken my pit bull to All Breed her whole life from puppy classes to advanced classes, now we are working on NoseWork and Rally Love the positive-brain stimulated training. I fostered a abused pit bull/bulldog mix from them and to see how they brought her out of her shell is amazing, I finally adopted her after I saw how each class gave her more confidence. Now I foster failed with a pit bull mix pup and he is going through the classes as well. I have never seen such EXCELLENT puppy classes available 3x's week with a different emphasis each day for the pups including several vet visits. The big plus is you get the best training in Colorado Springs but they rescue at risk dogs from the shelter offer training to the fosters family's and the adopting families. ROCK a hidden treasure in the Springs!

      • 4 years in business
      About

      I strive on dogs being obedient but tend to lean more towards the owner's willingness to learn. I believe that it is the owner's responsibility to spend time with their animal on a regular basis. Repetition is the key to success.

      • 7 years in business
      About

      I had over one year of lead time in training dogs of various breeds in a fast paced, high-stress environment with a proven record of success. I am proficient at administering to the special needs of dogs facing a wide range of behavioral and health issues. I have expertise in administering to the medical needs of sick dogs or those in fights. Relevant Skills • Obedience Training • “Alphamanship” • Kennel Training • Adverse Training • Vet Checks • Dog Handler • Positive Training • Dog Grooming • Results Oriented Experience Dog Trainer - CCI, Canon City, CO, 18 Months •Established expertise in basic dog obedience •Success at training 12 dogs of various breeds for family placement •K-9 grooming for all breeds •Journal work for family on how dog progressed Camp Counselor Camp Bow Wow, Denver, CO., 6 Months •K-9 grooming for all breeds •Camp Counselor feeding dogs, cleaning kennels •Keep dogs from fighting and trying to establish alphamanship Custodian CCI, Canon City, CO., 4 Years •Operated floor burnisher, buffer and industrial shampoo •Stripped, waxed, buffed and maintained industrial floors •Certified to clean blood and bio-hazard spills in industrial environments •Clean and sanitized restrooms and general use areas •Experience with chemical safety and ratios Education and Training •GED - Lakewood, CO, 1985 •Level One Custodial Certificate - Limon, CO, 2006 •Beginning dog trainer certificate - Canon City, CO, 2013

      • 5 years in business
      About

      As mention previously I have worked in or at least study most of the fields related to the pet industry. This gives me a unique outlook on the overall care your pet should receive.

      About

      Lucky Dog trainers offer puppy kindergarten, pet dog obedience, agility, behavior consults, and training seminars. We use reward-based techniques that will improve the pet/owner bond while training an obedient 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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