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Indianapolis Psychiatric Service Dog Trainers

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Lee's Dog Training
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Ed M.
Verified review

Lee did an excellent job providing some advanced training for my service dog. My dog had been well cared for & my overall impression of Lee was excellent.

AllPawsOnDeckTraining
4.5
from 25 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Christie W.
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AllPawsonDeck has not only trained my dog but has given me so much insight to complete the training with my dog as well. She has given me very good ideas and I am very happy with the training. Remi is a changed puppy, for the better.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Nancy H.
Verified review

Steve has been my mentor for 10+years in the world of rescue and giving advice for dogs in need of behavior modification. Steve uses positive reinforcers and established a connection with the dog. He sees their potential and helps get them there. He has been training the working breed and knows how to channel their energy. I highly recommend Steve's training and you can know your dog is in good hands. Steve also has compassion for the special needs dogs and puts his heart and soul in each to each one. Nancy Indy.

Katherine Smith
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Jeanie E.
Verified review

Katherine walked my dog, Willie, one day when I was unable to. She was punctual and professional, yet friendly and easy to talk with. Katherine appears to be very knowledgeable about dogs and dog behavior, and she interacted quite well with Willie. Katherine walked Willie for a good hour, and while walking, provided him with water. I would readily hire her again without reservation.

Carri's Angels
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Angie E.
Verified review

Carri is very sweet and kind when working with my dog Buddy. Her love for animals shines bright! I would totally recommended her for any kind of dog training. Most importantly my dog likes her and I trust her with Buddy!

Friends 4ever Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie H.
Verified review

We found Nanci after adding a fifth dog to our little pack. Dexter was a headstrong, Intelligent rescue--a beautiful mix of border collie, bulldog and who knows what. He naturally wanted to mimic the behaviors of our smaller dogs, but his size and energy made it painfully clear how poorly we had trained the smaller ones. They jumped on arriving guests--a small annoyance from a nine pound dog but a potential injury from a much larger, stronger pup. Nanci's calm spirit and quiet confidence brought the stress level down even on her first visit. She stepped right in to a sometimes chaotic environment--often with a different dog assigned to each family member as she worked with our entire group at once. She never lost her patience, she never wavered in her confidence and she always presented professionalism and warmth. Our dogs LOVED Nanci and exuberantly greeted her and followed her directions eagerly. (I'm not sure the humans always followed as well as the dogs! Ha) She gave us clear, concise directions and "assignments" for us to work on between visits. She answered our questions and worked with our requests. She quickly recognized the personality traits and skills of each family member--those with four legs and those with two--and tailored her training to work with each dog's and each person's unique offerings. No small task, I can assure you! During the time we were working with Nanci, our beloved older dog Paris struck ill and despite months of treatment and efforts, we lost her. Nanci's compassion and support through that difficult period means more than I can say. She gave us powerful insight into what Paris's death would mean to the other dogs and how her absence in the pack would affect hierarchy and behavior. She gave us things to watch for as the other dogs adjusted to the loss of their canine leader. I cannot recommend Nanci highly enough. Her skills, her knowledge of animal behavior, her calm demeanor, her passion for animals, and her warmth as a human being make her a shining light and a trainer any family would be blessed to have.

Click, Sit, Stay.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
About

Let someone who is passionate about your pet care for them. I've worked with a huge variety of breeds and temperaments as a manager of a dog boarding facility, a manager of a doggy daycare, a puppy mill / kill shelter rescue transporter, a volunteer of several animal rescues, a dog trainer and a member of the behavior department at the Indianapolis Humane Society. I am a certified training partner through the Karen Pryor Academy and I completed their Dog Trainer Professional and Puppy Start Right courses and train with the methods learned through my instructors. Training is done in the form of clicker training, which is a completely positive approach that yields fantastic results! I have years of experience doing puppy classes and adult classes that included obedience training and behavior modification. I have also constructed training plans for many shelter dogs to help teach them their manners so that they could be adopted out.

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Daria S.
Verified review

Jennifer has done an excellent job with our 8 months old Lab /American pit bull mix. He had a bad habit of jumping and pinching/ biting, and not much of leash manners. After 7 days boarding and train with Jennifer, we have a well-mannered dog that is fun to have around.

  • 3 years in business
About

We pride ourselves on being timely and professional. Our training strategies allow clients to continue training on their own in a family friendly and dog friendly manner.

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I will help dog owners train their dogs and or help with dog behavioral issues. I have 11 years of experience with dog training.

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I provide obedience training, on- and off-leash and hand-signal commands. I'm an American-German. I provide home, car, business and personal protection.

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We provide safe, humane obedience training using positive reinforcement and help resolve behavioral problems, such as barking, separation anxiety, destructive behavior, growling/snapping, nipping/rough play, jumping, etc. We also provide clicker training for cats and help to resolve behavioral problems, such as scratching/biting, anxiety, counter surfing, yowling, scratching furniture, etc.

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We are breeders and trainers of quality German Shepherds. We specialize in obedience, protection, detection, tracking and trailing. We also provide contract detection and protection services. We are police officer-owned and operated. We have over 30 years of experience.

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If you're looking for help treating your dog's behavior issue, or just curious about why your dog does what he does, you've come to the right person. I want to help you become the best dog owner your dog wants you to be. Thanks for your consideration, Eric

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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