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Iowa City K9 Trainers

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Poseidon's K9 Island
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Selina T.
Verified review

Marie was very flexible as far as scheduling. I was nervous about how the session would go because our lab is almost 100lbs and jumps and gets very excited. I started to worry if he was trainable. She helped him calm down right away and helped us understand how to speak his language and train off a basic foundation. We can build so much training off what she taught us. I have never seen my dog behave so well when somebody came over. I can’t wait to see our Storm be a little less of a disaster warning ;) Thank you so much Marie! We can’t wait to have you check our work!

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Carol K.
Verified review

We have just started but so far it is going really well and Jim is very sensitive to the dogs and my needs. Because I am handicapped he has made some adjustments that are very appropriate.

Taylor M.
Verified review

Chelsey is an outstanding trainer! Knallhart Training provides personalized one on one training for you and your companion. The training methods used are the easy to follow! I love the professionalism and commitment you receive from Knallhart it's second to none!!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Seth H.
Verified review

I like leaving my lab, King, with big dog little kitty pet care when I have to leave town because I know he's on his own vacation when he's with them. They are very accommodating, and he always has another dog or person to play with!

Corbin's K9s

New To Thumbtack

    About

    I've had the pleasure of working with many breeds in the past and specialize in obedience training! Also, I focus very strongly on leash manners and think this is a very important thing for dog owners to do! I'm very inclusive with the owners, and I don't just train your dog. I will also teach you how to lead and get the results you want simply by taking charge!

    Wags Rulz

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      I offer dog obedience training, which is a 4-month course. I'm specializing in large dog breeds and puppies. I also train the owners. The training is 5 days per week for the first month and 3 days per week for the final 3 months. Some training-specific gear (less than USD100) must be purchased by the owner. Some of the items a dog owner probably already has. At the end of the course, the owner will have a leash-trained dog that is happy and knows how to behave in many different situations.

      Paws 4 Success

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        I'm here to help you have the best K-9 and human relationship possible. I offer basic obedience and advanced obedience training!

        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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