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Bridgeport German Shepherd Trainers

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  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
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Jocelyn H.
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In one session, Corrine was able to provide me with a great foundation to train our 9 week old shepherd. She is super knowledgeable and loves what she does. Will definitely use her again in the near future for follow up sessions!

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Diamonds in the Ruff
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Rich L.
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I purchased my German Shepherd from Robin last fall and he has honestly been such an amazing dog (not to mention gorgeous coat). She worked with him prior to me picking him up and he was virtually house broken already and only had a couple accidents in the house (less than 5). She had also worked with me one on one with training both Moose and myself how to respond to certain issues and how to train his commands. I definitely recommend Robin for her dog training skills and think she does a wonder job and is very experienced especially with GS dogs.

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  • 5 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
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Diane H.
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I find Andrew to be a knowledgeable, caring and sensitive to my dogs needs. He is very calm and intuitive as to the issues we are presently having with our 1 year old German Shepard. He explains why and our dog does the things he does, and how they can be improved with a gentle and caring approach.

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MondioPup, Inc.
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Suzanne B.
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Best investment ever ! Dakota is like a new puppy she respects us and we know how to handle her now Adrienne is an excellent trainer and we are thrilled to have found her We invested in the three-week board and train and since that time we feel that we have so much better control of our German Shepherd puppy and Adrienne is always available for follow-up questions Dakota is now eight months old and she was six months old when she attended the board and train. We have decided to send Dakota for boarding when we go away so she can have additional reinforcement because she is doing so well. She used to be so hyper and excited all the time and she was always very good-natured but now she is under control and in the house is very calm and she respects authority We no longer have issues with her counter surfing or going to places in the house where we don't want her. We both highly recommend Adriennes board and train program it's worth the investment in your dog we now have a very loving calm puppy and our house

PawPrints 2015
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Adrienne H.
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John is very responsible, flexible and experienced with all kinds of dogs. My German Shepherd is typically nervous around other pets and strangers but John, immediately won him over. He is also very good about staying in touch and sending updates about how the walk went.

  • 6 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Alyssa M.
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Karin has been a tremec help with our two mini Australian shepherds! She is always available if you have any questions and explains everything thoroughly.

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Pack in Harmony
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Shannon G.
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We have employed several trainers. Wish we had found Pack in Harmony first!

Bred For Life
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Diana K.
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Joyce is really dedicated to her job. She travels about 45 mins to our home to train our German Shepherd puppy. She has taught me and my husband how to properly train our dog, and it is incredible how much we actually learned from Joyce. The difference that we see in our puppy is enormous! Our puppy is getting better each week! I highly recommend Joyce as a trainer!

  • 39 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
Patty K.
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Rick is the best trainer my family has ever worked with! He quickly helped us get our aggressive German Shepherd under control and we are continuing to work with him for off-leash training. He is professional, very knowledgeable and easy to work with. His follow-up is excellent and he is always available to answer questions or offer support and encouragement. Our entire family enjoys working with him, even the kids, and we have all become much more confident and capable dog handlers.

Canine Cadre LLC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia K.
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I have known mary ellen and lenny paquette for 8 years since my german shepherd nico was a puppy. He had behavior problems and i was very frightened. We had been asked to leave another training facility. Mary Ellen worked primarily with both of us and did an awesome job. We did socialization obedience and tracking. Nico is a very happy 8 yr old german shepherd. When nico was 4 we lost our 10 yr old female and got another female gs. Her name is brie and she has been working with mary ellen and lenny since a small puppy. They are wonderful professionally and wonderful people.i am so grateful they are in my life and my german shepherds.I

  • 56 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
LOUIS M.
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Without a doubt ,the best trainer. Firm but loving! Trained my Brandy, a rescued mix German , not only basic commands but off leash training. My wild on leash dog now heals by my side without a leash ! THANK YOU NICK !

Leader Of The Pack
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Samir N.
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Out of the many options for trainers, many of whom will cage your dog, barely work on it, or overcharge you 3x more, This woman is absolute perfection. As an owner of a very confused , stressed out and slightly disobedient King Shepherd due to his early history, she came and made a difference in about 7 lessons. Her quality of work is top notch, value of her knowledge is worth gold and speaking to her is very easy. She completely turned my dog around and he is now a very safe, obedient, respectful and happy dog. Anybody with any kind of behavior or training issues with their dog must hire her, she's a human made of gold.

K9 Boot Camp
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Maritza C.
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Emily is a great trainer. She has control of her classes and the dogs just adore her. My shepherd is quite a handful and she has really helped bring her around.

The K-9 Center
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Christina H.
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Gave basic and off leash obedience training to my 130 pound long-haired German Shepherd. Perfect training for a dog that listens better to more intensive training techniques. 10 years later, he still responds to recall, heel, and left or right commands.

Stonehill Kennel LLC
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 30 years in business
Perry S.
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My wife and I highly recommend stone hill kennel's training program for any dog, but for high drive, dominant or troubled dogs their 6 week in kennel training program is a must. at first glance it seems expensive, but if you break it down over the years you will have a perfect and obedient dog it is not expensive at all. These guys are professionals in every way.Chris helped us before we even got our german shepherd puppy about the dogs place in our pack when we bring him home.This is the part most people don't understand and end up giving their dog away or worse putting the dog down. His many years of dealing with all kinds of what I call " tough "dogs and the mindset of these dogs is so valuable. He really spent a lot of time with us to make sure we understood how to follow through with the training and how to live with a well balanced dog. His staff are all very professional and make you feel at ease. they really spend as much time as you need with them. We can't finish without saying how much we both think of Dan Hartley, he is just a great guy and a super dog trainer. He is the greatest asset to the kennel. he was so patient with us and never made us feel foolish even though we did. He walked us through every step of training, explaining everything.He has handled all types of dogs, and always figures out the best plan for each dog. We had a very tough and dominant german shepherd and Dan did such a great job with him it was unbelievable. The dog is just so obedient and loves to work. Most importantly my wife and the dog are inseparable. it's a great feeling. I have had 4 german shepherd dogs and none as well behaved as our present dog trained at Stonehill. Overall ,I would say Stonehill kennel is an excellent choice for your dog. Whatever type of dog you have. They have the total package for you. Perry and Diane Simone

Canine Sit & Stay
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kassey O.
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I have a 2yr old female German Sheppard named Darla who has some issues greeting people at the door as well as some on leash issues. I contacted Katrina to get some tips and ideas as to how to break her of her habits before they become serious issues. I was more than impressed with her knowledge on dog behavior as well as the simple but effective way she taught me to correct my over enthusiastic, sometimes overly loud, German. It is a work in progress with Darla, however, the tips Katrina shared with me are working better than any advice I have gotten from both friends and long time GSD owners. Thank you for helping me make my dog a more well behaved dog, and thank you even more for helping me become a better dog mom!

Paws Up Dog Training
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Scott E.
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Catherine worked with my previous German Shepherd on loose leash walking and general manners towards other dogs. She helped improve his behavior tremendously with patience and knowledge. I will hire her again when I get a new dog.

  • 20 years in business
Karen S.
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Went to K9-1 for help with my German Shepherd - he needed obedience training and help with behavior/aggression issues. Mike's experience and knowledge of dog behavior is extensive, and his training method reflects the fact that he truly cares for the dogs welfare. What I like best about his method is that by using only gentle techniques and always treating your dog with respect and kindness you can teach him what behavior is expected of him. The results are AMAZING. I HIGHLY recommend K9-1 for obedience training and any kind of behavior issues including aggression, it has been a completely positive and educational experience.

The Pup Professional
4.8
from 4 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Dona F.
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Working with Kyle was very informative and helpful on the issues that needed to be addressed. He was very kind and patient with our 6 month old German Shepard. We would work with him again if we needed a trainer.

Pawsibilities Pets LLC
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Wendy C.
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I have 2 dogs...a Doberman Pinscher (Lexi) and a German Shepherd(Nikita). Erica has worked with both of them and even after one lesson I saw results. Erica began working with Lexi when she was 3-4 months old. We did kindergarden, advanced training and a few agility classes. I went to another place for lessons once (a "gift" from someone) and it made me see how great Erica was! Erica gets to know your dog and tailors the lessons for them whether in a private lesson or group class. For example, she dealt with Lexi's disruptive class behavior by either using her as the example dog or giving her more advanced things to do. She was never angry or punitive. When Lexi became dog aggressive, Erica came and worked with us to help resolve the issue. With Nikita she worked on building her confidence and bringing out her intelligence. (Nikita is young and gets distracted easily) Erica discovers what makes your dog respond (food,,,toys..kisses) and utilizes that to motivate them. No cookie cutter training here! I have recommended Erica to several other people and everyone was pleased.

Woofology Canine Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Steven C.
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I had Andria as my dog trainer a few months ago when i got a getman shepherd puppy. In under 10 minutes my pup already knew how to sit. She was extremely knowledgable and friendly and i felt extremely comfortable asking her questions about anything i was unsure about. I would definitely recomend Andria if your looking to learn alot and watch your dog constantly progress.

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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