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Melbourne Psychiatric Service Dog Trainers

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Happy Dog College
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn S.
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Natalie is not quite finished training with us and our dog, Tyson, but we have seen so many changes already. She is fantastic at what she does and the fact that she comes to our home to do it makes it that much better. Tyson loves to jump all over people to say hello and Natalie has given us the tools to break that annoying habit. He hasn't quite given up his greeting, but in the 3 sessions we've had with Natalie, there has been significant improvement!

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Valor K9 Training
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Dane R.
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Hi my name is Dane and I have had the great pleasure of getting to know and work with Ernie Rivera of Valor K9 for sometime now. I have watched Ernie train his dogs and hold there training to highest of standards. The name" Valor" suits him and the people who work for him simply because of his training methods, techniques, compassion, and caring about what they do. The value they provide for you dog is priceless. Everyone at Valor K9 take a lot pride in what they do there. If you want great results I would definitely give Valor K9 a call.

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Douglas H.
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Jeff was very good with our dog. He worked with him on biting at the leash and pulling while on the leash. In a short time we could see a difference in our dog. Jeff was very patient with our dog and his bad habits. He spent time one on one with our dog then had us come out and showed us some ways to work on his leash manners. Jeff went over things to do and not to do to help our dog become the dog we want. Jeff was very knowledgeable and answered all questions we had.

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I will walk dogs and also will help train dogs if needed. I take pride in my work and also, I take time to get to know my customers.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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We do individuals and small groups with obedience challenges in kind. We offer puppy training and started hunting retriever training. We are taking new clients in June of 2015.

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Certified canine behavior specialist and "Enlightened Dog Trainer. " Former certified veterinary technician and professional groomer. Almost 30 years of professional animal experience. Involved in animal welfare and rescue since 1985. Have saved hundreds of animals from euthanasia through retraining and behavior modification.

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We offer professional dog training of all breeds and all problems. We deal with many behavior issues, especially with aggression issues.

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We provide dog training from basic to advanced and behavior modification. We will teach you to train your dog in a purely positive fashion and become the pack leader.

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We provide dog day care, grooming, boarding and training. We are a 6-acre property that is designed to meet the full services of your dog. They will have access to a variety of courtyards, in-ground swimming pool and be monitored by people all day. We are fully staffed with 13 full-time employees. Please visit our website.

  • 4 years in business
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Active Dog Services is a personalized business based on building a stranger bond between human and K-9. We do dog training, pet sitting, dog walking, litter temperamental test, and match making. In dog training, we specialize in Service and Therapy dogs.

  • 11 years in business
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Experience

  • 9 years in business
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Because u have a genuine live for animals & take great pride in my work

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Our quick results come out from 10 years of experience on the field plus 8 years of competition with important results

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.

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.

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?
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