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Augusta Obedience Trainers

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Quality K9 Concepts
4.7
from 14 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel N.
Verified review

I initially got a quote for dog training that consisted of our dog being boarded w/ the trainer. That was out of our price range, but they also offer obedience training done at your home once a week for 6wks. We chose this option & could not be happier! Our 5mos old Rottweiler puppy, Gitmo, loves his new friend & trainer, Reagan! She took plenty of time at our initial session to discuss the main behaviors we wanted to work on w/ our pup. She looked at his kennel set-up/placement, taking our other pets into consideration (3 kitties who were none to thrilled to have a puppy in their midst). Every session she's worked w/ him by showing the training technique, going through it w/ Gitmo & then having us do it w/ him. He showed improvement even after the first session. He's well on his way to becoming a well-behaved member of the family :)

  • 26 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica W.
Verified review

Berni is a great trainer with lots of tricks up her sleeves, if one thing didn't work she had others to try to achieve the desired result. She is able and willing to work on any issue whether it was obedience related or behavioral that arose. Both of my dog have passed their Canine Good Citizen exam after taking her classes and taking part in her pack walks. I highly recommend Berni for training no matter what type of training you are looking for or issues you are having.

Keep The Dog! LLC
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Patric L.
Verified review

Marissa was great. She kept us up to date on what she was doing with Jinx and sent us pictures showing their progress. When she came back she spent tons of time sharing what they had done and how jinx responded. She also have us a demonstration of all that Jinx learned and how to continue her development. Jinx was a great puppy before but now she has learned so much more. Not just obedience commands but how to interact with us and other dogs! She responds well to all of our commands when we are working with her and her focus is amazing. You can really see how much work they did and how much it has paid off. For us our German Shepard is an investment we want to enjoy now and for the rest of her life, and I think that Marissa did a great job not only teaching her the basics but laying the foundation for continued learning. We will definitely be sending Jinx back once she is a little older and can learn even more! We are really fortunate to find a great trainer like Marissa and are excited about the resource she is going to provide for is and Jinx.

KnowledgeWhale Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Douglass B.
    Verified review

    He was amazing, he helped us understand our dogs behavior and tea he our dog basic commands I can't wait for next time when our little pup learns some more

    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Jeremy N.
    Verified review

    Felicia did a great job with my puppy, gave them 4 stars just based on being a lil pricey.

    • 24 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    About

    I have been raising and training dogs for over 30 years, I have 2 master canine training certifications and 1 master canine handler certification, we use all positive reinforcement methods that yield excellent results

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    I am a military-trained dog trainer with over 14 years' experience. I take the time to understand not only what the owner's intentions are, but also the dog itself.

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    I provide basic obedience classes for companion dogs, puppy kindergarten classes, one-on-one training for obedience and behavior modification training. I have 20 years of experience training and want to help you make your dog the best companion he/she can be!

    About

    I train dogs using positive reinforcement methods that will get your dog to focus and want to obey commands. I currently offer puppy kindergarten, basic obedience lessons, and advanced obedience lessons. Your dog will enjoy following cues such as sit, stay, down, sit-stay, down-stay, come, leave it, loose leash walking, and much more. Your dog will have the ability and tools to follow your lead in different situations and different settings. For convenience, I travel to you or you may come to me, and meeting in a mutual agreed upon location is an option as well.

    About

    I have always had an affinity for animals. I raised horses, dogs cats and now a parrot as well, and they have helped me through my spinal cord injury, inspiring me to be able to walk again. They are my treasure. It would be my pleasure to be able to help nurture and train your fur baby as well.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    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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