Find a German shepherd trainer near Winter Park, FL

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Top 10 German Shepherd Trainers near Winter Park, FL

1. K9 connection
5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
GREAT VALUE
  • 18 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Winter Park, FL
"My shepherd was rehomed 3 times due to his temperament e.g. he does not like to just sit around. I was lucky enough to be his forever home. I previously used two other trainers/facilities with mixed results. I was finally luck enough to meet TJ. During our initial talks, TJ asked what my expectations where and they were vast e.g. can you off leash train my dog in 2 weeks. TJ then took those expectations and turned them into reality. After our talks we put together a custom plan on how to train my K9. I left our meeting confident that TJ could handle my dog, however I did not know what to expect due to my previous experiences, I did not want to go through this process for a 4th time. TJ trained my K9 for two weeks straight while I was at work, and after work we trained together so that he could educate me on what was taught that day and what I needed to do and work on. After two weeks of training all I can say is WOW, the smile I had on my face was of pure amazement, it was worth every single dollar I spent ZERO regrets. TJ is the REAL deal. He trained my dog in basic obedience and then continued to teach more advanced obedience using a variety of techniques. He got my K9 to 90% off leash obedience and if you know what that takes it is unthinkable without using an E-Collar in such a short period of time on a teenage dog. Only in the final stages of training did we introduce an E-Collar as a pre-cautionary measure, TJ went over exactly how to use the E-Collar and the dos and donts. During the entire propose TJ educated me about every type of collar and training tool and how and when it should be used so that I would never incorrectly use a tool and regress my dogs behavior. Since then I continue to train with TJ on a regular basis and recently I signed up my K9 for his protection program which enforces continued obedience education as well as protection training which is customized on a per K9 basis. If youre looking for a one stop shop trainer no matter if you have a puppy, a teenage dog, or an adult dog regardless of breed this is the guy to talk to. He could make a French Bulldog a protection dog LOL. You really get what you pay for with TJ. Proper puppy imprinting classes.Group puppy/adult classes.Private customized training programs.Customized behavior modification programs.Group/Private Protection training programs.Instagram@miles_the_dutchie"
$70
estimated cost
9. Dog Training by Vanessa
5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Winter Park, FL
"On a 5-star rating I'd like to give her a hundred thousand, million billion! This is the best investment I will ever make in anything related to an animal that I have. It will bless our lives every day forward for as long as my dog lives and will bless me with the next dog I have in the next after that. In the life of my dog it will end up being a fraction of a penny a day investment. The scale quality of Vanessa's her training has forever changed my dog's life and my life. It's actually made the difference of being able to keep my beloved pet. I've worked with him daily since I got him at 10 weeks old, he's always been a handful and I've never been effective with my training. This summer things spiraled out of control when he got aggressive with a housemate and a neighbor. I was scared to have hum around children because he would get aggressive with them as well. I was looking into the options of finding a new home for him, which broke my heart but I was trying to do what was best for the dog for the children in the neighborhood and for myself. I thank God we found Vanessa and her family that took my dog in for 2 weeks socialized thim trained him, helped him discover he could trust people to be the alpha and he could relax into just being a dog and a puppy. He is much more happy and relaxed than I have ever seen him. He minds me almost perfectly. He's safe around children men and unexpected visitors to our house now! I did my homework and talked to multiple trainers before choosing Vanessa.. Most of them their rate was double or triple Vanessa's and I didn't always like their approach. The fact that my dog got to live in her home and be fully socialized with her family I think made an enormous difference. This is the highest review I've ever given to any kind of business at any time. I can't overstate how good she is."
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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.

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.

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