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Apopka German Shepherd Trainers

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K-9 Dog Training LLC
from 124 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
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Sean W.
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My name's Sean and I have a 15 week old German Shepherd named Shep who until today had been running wild and chewing on everything and everyone. Within minutes Jorge had Shep completely under control and walking on a leash without issue. This is a dog that had been constantly pulling on his leash to chase squirrels and picking up all kinds of trash. Best of all, Jorge was willing to work around my budget (which is important as a college student) and even offered to adopt the dog if I could no longer take care of it. He truly cares about the dogs he trains and to me this is beyond professional. I highly recommend him and can't wait for our next appointment.

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  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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Lawrence D.
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I hired Todd from South Orlando Dog Training to help me with my aggressive German Sheppard Tanny.. After 3 sections I have seen great improvements. Todd has given me the tools to continue with Tanny's training. He is doing well and he is improving more each day.. thank you Todd

The Puppy Parent's Trainer
from 26 reviews
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Teresa R.
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Camila gave us 5 private lessons with our new German Shepherd puppy. She was very knowledgeable and knows how to handle animals. He is very hyper but always seemed calm and relaxed around her and very eager to learn. I would definitely recommend her for any training needs anyone may have. I learned so much about dogs and how they behave and am now better equipped to continue working with my dog in the future.

Nomad Dog Training
from 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley H.
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Junior has been a life saver! He has worked magic with our German Shepard, Loki, and helped her to slowly overcome her fears of others and not being so skittish. He has pulled out her inner intelligence and shown others what I thought she was capable of. Our training experience has been wonderful. Junior is a phenomenal trainer that is patient and helpful with teaching both owner and faithful furry companion. I'll gladly refer him to anyone looking for training.

Off Leash K9 Training Ocala
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Morgan L.
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I’m so happy I chose Offleash k9 training Ocala. I was at my wits end with my German Shepherd Vlad, walking him was a nightmare all he did was drag me everywhere and barked at literally everything. Thanks to Mountain and his team I’m able to not only walk him easily he listens when I ask him to do things. Hands down best thing I ever did with my dog

from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tina P.
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Christine Monsees is a great trainer my German shepherd is a little headstrong and Christine was able to teach me how to work with her, she loved Christine and I would love to have her back for a little reinforcement

Q & A

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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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