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Marion Dog Trainers

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Poseidon's K9 Island
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Traci H.
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We gained great information on how to effectively train our dog. Marie was very professional and pleasant to work with. We have high hopes that our dog will be trained with simple commands in no time.

Jill of All Trades LLC
4.5
from 8 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa O.
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Kim did an amazing job cleaning both bathrooms, kitchen floor, and soffit. Her fees are very reasonable and her service was prompt and professional. Have also hired her for dog walking!

Dot's Groom and Board
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Laura B.
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Dot's Groom and Board is amazing. We know our dog is not only going to look good after being groomed, but we know she is receiving great care.

Tyler R.
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Chelsey Montgomery truly has a gift when it comes to dogs. My miniature schnauzer, Chester, and I have been part of Knallhart from the beginning and because of that he has done nothing but flourish under the help and guidance Knallhart. In fact, Chester can heel perfectly off leash, has a very reliable recall and has achieved two AKC obedience titles in the last year, taking 4 first place finishes during our title campaign. The main thing that sets Knallhart apart from other training academies is the heart of the kennel Chelsey. She is so open to any questions and concerns I have brought to her attention. We've had many long conversations about techniques I am doing wrong and what I can do to improve my training methods so Chester and I could achieve the goals we have. Chester would not be a 1/4 the dog he is now without Knallhart Kennels and Training Academy. I cannot rate Chelsey high enough.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Seth H.
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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!

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I have been a life long animal over and have been professionally dog walking for the last year.

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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!

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

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We are a mobile dog school that has been providing premium canine care and dog training since 2012. We have an all-inclusive price for dog training, dog walking, transportation, and premium canine care.

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I love animals! I am a University of Iowa student but I have a flexible schedule so I can walk dogs in the afternoon. I'm very hard working and reliable. Let me know what your animal needs and I'll do my best to care for them!

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I am an expert in walking your dogs. I love animals. Please call me today for further details.

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I will appreciate small or medium dogs but I can handle big dogs to and I will be providing dog treats if they listen

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We provide in-home care for your pets while you're away on vacation, business, at work or school for long hours, or need help taking care of them for any other reason. We offer 30-minute visits that include one-on-one attention, fresh water and food, dog walking, waste scooping, watering plants, alternating lights, and bringing in newspapers. We also offer mid-day daily walks for dogs. Other services are available as well.

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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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