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Shelbyville German Shepherd Trainers

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  • 12 years in business
  • 227 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa L.
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Tim came himself within 2 hours of receiving my email request. My German Shepherd had rolled on a dead animal and was a stinky mess. The dog had to travel with me the next morning on a 14 hour drive and it was really urgent that I got her cleaned up. He did an incredible job and really helped me out in a jam. I would highly recommend him to anyone!

Lee's Dog Training
from 29 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Brian N.
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I had Lee come help me with my 160lb German Shepherd puppy. He was not neutered yet so he had some testosterone in him. Lee was very professional and discussed his approach. With our okay's he took Bear and in less than 15 seconds Bear was a different dog. I couldn't believe it! I recommend him to anyone with a big dog.

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K9 Prep School
from 22 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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Teresa W.
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We can't say enough about John and his training! He has done wonders for our 5 month old German Shepherd, Meka. We had her enrolled in group classes elsewhere and she was never challenged so we decided to switch to private lessons. John brought out her focus and drive to learn after just 1 lesson. Each lesson consists of multiple exercises that are geared to improving her all-around obedience. And he not only works 1-on-1 with her, he helps us to understand each exercise so that we can practice in between lessons. She has reached a whole new level of obedience in just 4 lessons and we are so excited to see the amazing things he will continue to do with her in the future!

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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelli B.
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I spent a lot of money sending my German shepherd to a board and train in Franklin and I had zero results , only a few days with Steve and Griz is a different dog and learning eagerly


German Shepherd Breeders, German Shepherds Dogs For Sale, Puppies German Shepherd For Sale, German Shepherd Training, German Shepherd For Sale, Buy A German Shepherd, German Shepherd Puppies We are your region's premier German Shepherd breeders, trainers and boarders. Our experts bring more than ten years of experience in the industry. Von Dietrich German Shepherds, LLC in Mooresville, IN is fully licensed, insured and AKC registered. Our experts specialize in breeding German Shepherd dogs.

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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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