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Hartford German Shepherd Trainers

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  • 26 years in business
  • 363 hires on Thumbtack
Josh P.
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Kathy breeds the best German shorthair pointer's I've ever seen. I have seen many different dogs throughout the years of Upland game hunting and hers by far the best around in New England. The male that I bought off of her is phenomenal in the field. I have and will continue to reference friends and people to Cady falls!

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Diamonds in the Ruff
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 27 years in business
  • 47 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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MondioPup, Inc.
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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

ACTK9
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Siobhan P.
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It's hard to know who to choose when hiring any professional. I have an 8 month old German Shepherd, and after doing much research trainers, I decided to go with ACT K9. I was so impressed from the very beginning! During the evaluation, I met John and Lindsey and 2 of John's dogs. I have never met more trained dogs in my life. John's interaction with them was amazing. A week later we started training my dog, Sasha. After one lesson, she was already learning to heel. We have only had 2 lessons so far, but Sasha is already listening so much better. John and Lindsey really know what they're doing. The training is as much for me as it is for my dog. I'm so happy I chose them!!!

Cameo K9
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Gina M.
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I have known Alyssa for over five years I have two German Shepard with different personalities and Alyssa worked with both of them. She can work with any type of canine. She has a way about her that the canines just perform and listen to her. She is very good at what she does and lastly she cares about the animals it is not just a job to her she truly enjoys working with the canines.

Dog Pals
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Susana B.
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Jim Helems helped us with a very difficult, but beloved, hound-shepherd mix. He understood Bodhi and was able to reach him when others couldn't. Jim is an excellent trainer because he can think outside-the-box when traditional methods fail. He is always gentle and kind. Jim understands that most of us aren't professional dog trainers and need guidance on how to manage challenging dogs in our homes. Jim brings out the best in every dog (and human) he works with.

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 !

Off Leash K9 Training
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Off Leash K.
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Absolutely Amazing trainers and training! My shepherd was out of control and I was at my wits end trying to figure out what to do. I researched Off Leash K9 Training and found that they were just what I needed. I can't believe the transformation my girl has made! She's still as goofy and fun loving as she was but now she's obedient and will listen when it's time to relax!

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

Superior Mind K9
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Courtney Craven
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Koda, our 3 year old German Shepherd has been receiving training from Taylor once a week and the difference already is amazing. Koda needed work learning to go to her bed when told and wait until she was released. She has just about mastered it! She is also better waiting to go outside until released. She used to push through the door to get to the squirrels as quick as possible. And most amazingly she has learned to walk by my side without pulling and has heal almost completely down! Koda has been enjoying the training and we have learned a lot as owners ourselves. Taylor's love for animals shows and she is absolutely great with our dog. I recommend Superior Mind to everyone that asks where koda gets her training done (which is often! ).Edit: two years later + another dogI added a Belgian malinios to the family! I was able to use the knowledge I learned from Taylor when we had some sessions with Koda on my new puppy Mace. She is now also fully trained with the prong collar (still a life saver) and Taylor has helped me with the introduction of E collars which I knew nothing about. I learned fast as well as the dogs. Gave me a recommendation on products that she had experience with. I confidently use the e collars now making it less stressful at off leash places and even in the house. Answered every question with an easy to understand answer. Two years later people compliment their behavior everywhere we go. Highly recommend for any services you need!

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!

Sandy Meadow Farm
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ryan N.
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Missy and the trainers at Sandy Meadow Farms have been an invaluable resource for us raising our German Shepherd puppy. Their lessons have helped us train our dog in real world situations. We plan on continuing with more advanced classes in the future!

Fido & Freud
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Stacy G.
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I can't say enough good things about Nachwaechter German Shepherds. From the start Lindsay has been so informative and helpful. When it was time to pick a puppy she helped decided which one would best suit our lifestyle and he has been nothing but perfect. Her and John took him for their board and train program and he is so obedient and sweet. They were patient with us on learning all of his commands and followed up often and even took him back to further his training because they wanted him perfect for us. You guys have really been amazing and I can't thank you enough for being so supportive and accommodating to our individual needs. It's apparent your true love for the breed and thank you for all of your kindness and wisdom with my boy.

Wagging Walks
5.0
from 1 review
    Haley A.
    Verified review

    I work a lot for a living, so my 3 year old German Shepherd would stay cooped up in the apartment for hours while I was away...I felt bad for my dog because that breed needs a lot of exercise and energy release. So I looked around for someone to at least walk him for an hour a day, and then my friend recommended Asia Foots via Facebook. She is absolutely a wonder! She not only walks the dog, but plays with them! My dog has taken an exceptional liking to her and I would recommend Asia to any one who owns a canine companion. She's wonderful with this job! And she even talks to you about pay that is within a reasonable price range. I still have her walk my dog to this day and I've had her do this for awhile. Thank you again, Asia! :)

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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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