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We found out about Ryan when researching Northern VA dog trainers. We had a 6 month old German Shepherd and didn't know where to turn. To complicate things I was trying to also groom him to be a working dog which requires excellent obedience. After dropping a couple of hundred on a group class at Petco I feel we barely scratched the surface let alone had an obedient dog. Ryan offered exactly what we wanted. A reasonable intensive in-home solution that incorporated the whole family. Ryan was able to see how he interacts at home, on walks and we even go into public areas to increase socialization. After 6 weeks we have seen a dramatic change. K9 Sigmund is now even more prepared to start his career as a K9 SAR member thanks to Ryan.
Pippin was territorially aggressive, and I was having a hard time tackling his chow chow/german shepherd breeding with our other two dogs in the house. Denise was able to help us understand the problem Pippin was having as well as give us the tools to conquer those problems. Pippin has improved dramatically, and continues to improve as we continue to utilize the skills and techniques Denise taught us,.
We had Brian come to the house to help with aggression towards visitors. After watching our dog for a bit, he was able to give us a simple technique to use. It's been two weeks now and she is much better. She almost corrects herself when she acts up. I also had Brian meet me at a park to deal with aggression towards other dogs. Again simple techniques that really made a difference. Very important note: It only took Brian a very short amount of time to handle my German Shepherd. She warmed up to him almost immediately. Trust with a trainer is very important.
Accommodated a last minute new client. Arrived on time. She was able to get our 5 month old German shepherd mix to start listening to commands right away and made sure we understood everything before she left. She even told us to call her if we had any questions. Will definitely be calling her for another session and will recommend to others!
I highly recommend Millie for dog grooming. She did a fantastic job with my three dogs - a 13-year old Golden Retriever, a 10-year old German Shepherd and a 1.5 year old Chow Chow. My dogs looked wonderful, smelled nice and were very happy after their grooming with Millie. It was such a treat having Millie come out to the house to do the grooming. It was also a big task taking the dogs to grooming. Millie is a hard worker who obviously takes pride in her work and truly loves the animals. We are so very pleased with Millie. Thank you.
Vicky provided a professional, fun and effective training to my German Shepherd who was a real challenge to take out for walks. She was always on time, always cheerful and her training yielded results right away. Two thumbs up for a job well done Vicky!
I've had one lesson with Kimberly and wished I had contacted her sooner to get started on training my German Shepherd rescue. What I like best about Kimberly's approach is her care and attention for the well-being of my dog. Working with Kimberly has helped me to understand that an obedient dog isn't necessarily a happy or well-adjusted dog. Kimberly's method of training takes in the "whole dog" concept addressing nutrition, mental, and physical fitness. As a new dog owner she's helped me to understand how to interpret my dogs behavior and what my dog needs from me as the pack leader. Training is fun, the homework is simple and Kimberly is always on hand to answer a question. The welcome package (lots of goodies) she provided exceeded my expectations and Kimberly has become my "go-to" for additional resources for my dog.
I hired Hillel to help me train my 5 year old German shepherd to walk on a leash. She would pull, lunge and bark excessively at other dogs and people as we passed them. In just one visit we had her walking quietly and by my side. I was amazed. He did a great job at training her and showing me how to handle her. I would definitely recommend Hillel.
My husband and I would definitely recommend Andrew at Citizen K9 for boarding services. I had never left my doberman/shepherd puppy and left her for the first time for a few days with Citizen K9 over the summer. Great experience! They have a large fenced in yard for the dogs to play. They even sent pictures of her playing with the other dogs to me via text to let me know how she was doing. We have already made our next boarding appointment for a week in November! Thanks Andrew!
Mark walks our three dogs 3 to 5 weekdays each week for the past few years. He's reliable and very flexible. We often have to shift the schedule around and he just rolls with it. Our dogs love Mark and Mark loves our dogs. That's not hyperbole, it's the truth and one of them is a German Shepherd. Anyone who knows about German Shepherds knows that they don't give it away. They make you earn it. But she warmed up to Mark almost right away. We also have a Golden Retriever and a Cattle Dog mix and they all just think Mark is the cat's pajamas. My wife and I hold Mark in as high esteem as our dogs. I would recommend his services to anyone.
I was provided with an amazingly trained PTSD service dog. My PTSD took a turn for the worst and Krys and her staff stepped up and helped pair me with a German Shepherd Dog named Chief. Since getting Chief my life has gradually improved. I still have my bad days but I wouldn't be here to experience them had American K9 and Krys not stepped up and helped me.
Haywood and his highly competent staff have worked miracles with our 2yr old German Shepherd. Highly recommend.
Great trainer. My shepherd Loki loved her.
The owner of PuppyLovin, Julie, is one awesome dog trainer and a wonderful person. My wife and I have been taking our German Shepherd to her for training, boarding, and day care for about a year and a half now. She has really been a godsend when it comes to dog training. Without her training, assistance, and consultation, we would have had our hands full with our GSD. I highly recommend PuppyLovin for all three of the services stated above. Julie will cater her services to the needs of your dog and develope comprehensive plan for your pet.
We were at our wit's end when we found Enrico Cross. We owned a German Shepherd but the introduction of another German Shepherd to the family was not going smoothly - I think the two of them would have tried to kill each other had they gotten together. After about three weeks of this, we were at the point where we were thinking of returning the newest dog when we decided to consult with Enrico and sign up for one of his classes. We had to take the two dogs in separate vehicles. In the span of one class session, Enrico had the two dogs side by side. He then taught us commands that every dog owner should know and a technique to make them stick. He also worked with us to keep us from transmitting our own bad "body language" to the dogs. Our two sheps eventually bonded so tight you would have thought they were from the same litter. I would recommend Enrico without any reservation and do so whenever i meet someone who has gotten a new dog. Don't waste your time with pet store training.
Scott and Jen are fantastic trainers. The work they did with our 11mo. german shepherd during the 2week board and train program was amazing. Our dog did not come when called and was very reactive around other dogs. Lila is now a great companion who listens well and has more confidence. She is not reactive to dogs anymore which has transformed our walks and trips to the park. Their program and training really work - they are highly recommended!!
My husband and I - and our young male white shepherd - were beyond happy with Dr. Caryn's learning sessions at our house over six sessions of training. She was always clear about what she wanted us to accomplish with our puppy and worked hard to make it work for us. We believe that Dr. Caryn has set us on a path to continued learning for us with our shepherd, Harry. We plan to remain in communication with her and from time to time have follow up training sessions with her. We'd not have found her without Thumbtack. Thanks.
If you are looking for the trainer who can make the impossible possible, Jack is your trainer. My dog Zeus (German Pinscher) was a vicious dog with multiple behavioral problems. We tried different trainers, but we thought things were hopeless. After losing all hope, we were at the point of returning Zeus back to his breeder, but we decided to give one last try and hired Jack. Thanks to his methodology and vast experience, we started to see changes almost immediately, after the very first class. His personal commitment and dedication to classes is also outstanding. He loves dogs (he has his own pack of 8), he loves teaching and he is just a very, very good person. Therefore, if you are looking not for just a dog trainer, but for a good one with a very positive personality and with broad experience, Jack is for you.
I had my Gretchen in for training and what a huge turn around it was. She is a German Shepard/ Black lab mix and she is doing amazing when it comes to commands.
That the Dude, over 100 pounds of German Shephard Dog, knows how to behave is attributable to Michelle Jackson's training. She taught me how to work with him, while giving him an opportunity for socialization with other dogs. He responds well to her, even after a long absence, and does all of his behaviors --sit, stay, come, down, etc. -- better after a session. I only wish we had started with her when he was a little puppy.
Felipe is a fabulous trainer! Altho he is only working with Koda, my German Shepherd, both my dogs just love him and are so excited to see him at the door. He has trained Koda to walk at my pace instead of pulling and chewing on the leash--very important for an 80-pound dog! I would recommend Felipe without reservation to anyone who needs help with dog-training or walking/exercising. He is the best!!