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Elkhart K9 Trainers

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Von Leidenschaft Kennels
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
Ed D.
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Sarah and Patrick did a great training Zoey. We really appreciate the care they provided while they boarded her.

The Dog Thinks What?
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Heather C.
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My experience with Carrie was perfect! My twin male pit bulls were 14 months old when we began training with Carrie. They were lovable and sweet but far from obedient. They were so strong and hyper that we found it impossible to walk them around the neighborhood. Within 6 weeks time, Carrie had taught them to sit, stay, come and to look and wait for our commands. It was really amazing progress! She also trained us! We became better pack leaders because she taught us how to be calm assertive. I cannot say enough positive things about her training capabilities. She turned my lovable, unruly boys into gentleman:) Gentleman that I can take for a walk:)

ZenPet Behavioral Coaching
from 8 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Julie L.
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She gave many good suggestions in training our dog that were realistic, demonstrated what we needed to do, and gave other options as well. She answered all of our questions and made herself available for any future issues or questions

Wags and Wiggles
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren P.
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I've seen huge improvement with my dog Zara since Linda has been working with her. I feel more confident and have better control over her in public. She listens better and has more self confidence and I'm no longer worried she's going to start fights with other dogs. From day one, you can tell that Linda is very knowledgeable about dog behavior, passionate about training and affordable! Thanks, Linda!

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cristina G.
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My dog loves the Biscuits and the lessons were well taught and fun

Gabby's Dog Training
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

I am a dog trainer. I do obedience classes off-leash training and also invisible fence training, e-collar training and leash training.


I work with animals. I disciple and train. I also do general housework, cabinet door replacement, simple yard work, some electrical work, and painting services.


I offer dog training of any level, age, breed or problem. I teach obedience, house manners, agility, herding, and you name it.


piano lessons for beginners of all ages, whether your children want to learn, or you need a refresher course.


I leash train big and small dogs. Once I am done, your dog will walk at your pace, sit on command, stay on command, etc.


Big or small, I train them all. I do basic and intermediate dog training in the dogs home environment.


We specialize in dog training, obedience and field hunting upland game birds specializing in pointing dogs. We offer dog grooming. We breed ranked and train German shorthaired, German wirehaired pointers and German shepherd dogs specifically bred for search and rescue. We also provide over 14 miles of trails for horseback riding.


Neika is able to provide easy dog training solutions for busy families, incorporating the whole family in the process based on skills and abilities. My mission is simple: to help you have a better relationship with your pet and to make your pet a positive asset to your family. I do this by using positive reinforcement, non-aversive training techniques, and teaching you and your dog a better way. There is no need for stressful corrections, physical punishment or barbaric equipment.


I have been training dogs for 25yrs. I work with any breed and age. I know a variety of training techniques, but use Positive Reinforcement. I work with dogs from basic-advanced obedience, fear/aggression issues, & behavioral issues.


We provide in-home canine and handler training based on trust.


I want all of my clients to feel powerful with the tool I show them. If you have a tea cup Chihuahua or a Tibetan mastiff, I want you to be in control no matter what and feel safe wherever you go.


My prices are cheaper than most and I take my work very seriously


I'm a jack-of-all-trades. You name it. I can probably do it. I specialize with children and pets. I work on care, sittings or training.

  • 14 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack

We train with the high standards of Akc Hunt testing and obedience as well as confirmation


I am certified through the United States Department of Labor. I also earned and successfully completed pet care service tech program. I have worked with a variety of dogs, everything from a 7-pound toy poodle to an over 100-pound Great Dane. I use positive training methods and provide healthy structures.


Von Weider Kennels is dedicated to the breeding, training and hunting of the family companion gun dog. A family companion gun dog is a well-disciplined family pet that you, the foot hunter, can take to the field with confidence. We provide the following: - Professional Gun Dog Training for Pointing Breeds and Retrievers - 400-acre Licensed Shooting Preserve - Pheasant, Quail and Chukar - German Shorthaired Pointer (GSP) Puppies When Available Visit our website for more information!

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.

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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