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Lenexa Group Dog Trainers

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  • 32 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Courtney B.
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After being attacked as a puppy by a dog running loose in my neighborhood my Sheltie was having dog aggression issues around the house. Earl was very helpful when he came out to see her offering tips on leash walking and being the pack leader. Also helped me find agility training classes which I also wanted to do. Very reasonably priced too.

Jo Co Barking Club
from 21 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Callie F.
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These guys are great! They leave journal and write in it every day so I know how my pup did on walk/visit. Show up on time. Very responsive and okay with last minute changes. I also used their obedience training for my dog and we are improving every day!

For The Dogs Training
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Melinda C.
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Maris is the best! She helped us so much. When I started to work with her my dog was biting me and others and she had killed 3 raccoons in our yard. Maris took my dog to re-socialize her with her pack of dogs for a couple of weeks and did some intensive training with me. She taught me how to walk the dogs (I have 2) so they are by my side, not in front. She had me use a simple lead high on the neck so I could give a little tug to direct/correct. She also taught me the "Nothing in Life is Free" method. With this my dogs have to follow a simple command before they get a privilege and I go first through doors; symbolically in the lead. I think this made a huge difference. Maris also told me to make sure Maddie is socialized at least twice a week with people or other dogs which I do regularly. Both my dogs were from rescue organizations. Maddie was 3 months old when I got her so that window to socialize was pretty well closed. She seemed to just get worse over the years and really bad after my older, calm dog died. My friends all say Maddie is like a different dog since Maris entered the picture. I think she is, too. She is much calmer, comes when I call and follows commands very well. I am able to walk her without problems and take her to the off leash dog park. She hasn’t bitten me since Maris worked with us and she is good around visitors. I could not recommend Maris more highly. I think you will be very pleased if you give her a try.

Show Me K9 Dog Training
from 12 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Gerardo L.
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Jeff did a great job training my dog and training me. Excellent results, Highly recommend.

Dog Training by Regan Dunn
from 6 reviews
    Emily F.
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    Regan did such a great job with my mini Australian Shepard, Rocco. She had a vast knowledge and was able to use a wide range of techniques in teaching my puppy. Regan was also able to understand Rocco and know when to keep pushing and when to take it easy. Not only was Rocco able to learn in this class I also was able to learn so much about training and my dog. I look forward to taking more lessons from Regan in the future and would recommend her to anyone!

    Sit Now Stay Dog Training
    from 4 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Ray R.
    Verified review

    My experience with Brianne was first class all the way. She was prompt, professional, and I could honestly tell she cared more about my comfort and my dogs success than just a paycheck. This is why I went with her vrs the other area trainers I interviewed. Yes I said interviewed, I'm tough to deal with and even harder to please. (I was also impressed with her extensive backround) My pup is about a year and a half old, he was a rescue and boy was he extremely difficult. We went with a 3 week customized boarding program. She brought him back for play dates once a week as well as accommodated my schedule. She sent pictures and video updates through out the process as well. (The pics and video was an awesome touch) She spent time teaching me and helping me work with my pup (Charlie), this made for a smooth transition. She came out the following week for another helpful training session, she also offered additional touch up training or I guess advanced training time if I wanted. I don't think we need it, he actually listens now. Having control and trusting him off leash was the biggest miracle that I honestly didn't see happening. But it did. Adopting him was extremely stressful because he was just a wild man, after 3 weeks with Brianne things are 100x better. Brianne I can't thank you enough. Charlie misses you.

    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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