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Topeka K9 Trainers

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Manners PUPlease
4.9
from 34 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica E.
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Sorry readers for the long review but I had such an awesome experience with her that I want to share. So, please keep reading. I have been using Melissa, owner of Manners PuPlease, for two weeks. Honestly, I was skeptical of her service because it was cheap, but it was all I could afford being a college student. I was in desperate need of training with my German Shepherd. When it came to meeting day I was extremely concerned for her safety and well-being of my dog. As I blew up her phone in the regards of my dog and being very nervous. She very patiently responded to my every question and concern. She even sent me random pictures of Mopar in training that keep me at bay. Mopar issue was that he tried to attack people and their dogs. It needed to be addressed ASAP or my final conclusion was putting him down for being overly aggressive to others. Melissa worked hard with Mopar for three days at her house, then when he came back to me, I saw a major improvement!! Then we addressed the situation further at my apartment.This gave me hope for Mopar. Melissa has done everything from simple manners, to teach him to stop showing me his teeth when I grab his collar and calming down my dog we he was in contact with others. Mopar can now see others without wanting to attack or viciously bark at them. Once, during our training, Mopar ripped the leash from my hand to attack a man near his car and luckily didn't bite him. After I got Mopar under control I immediately called her almost in tears and she came to help me right away. I completely trust her and will go to her for future training needs. Her passion is to help others and she helped me be confident in my dog again and also saved his life. I am very glad I hired her. She transform my dog in just six days of one-on-one training with him. I can't thank her enough! She was answer to my prayers! I will recommend her to everyone! THANK YOU MELISSA.

Turn Around Dogs LLC
4.8
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
CW C.
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We were helped with an overly scared puppy. They did a great job with training ideas for us.

  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Mark M.
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My dog now sits when commanded. Never thought my best friend would do that! Excellent dog teaching skills!!

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We offer a variety of services including pet sitting in your home, boarding, dog walking, home services and dog training.

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I live in clean homes. I was trained by my brother as far as basically training hunting dogs of any type, but not pit bulls and German shepherds.

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Too Sweet provides a personal and positive experience which brings owners and their dogs closer together through a force-free training plan in the comfort of your own home.

  • 5 years in business
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I build a connection with the dogs and their owners. I communicate what I'm doing and I not only train the dog but I teach people what they can do to continue the training once I leave.

  • 7 years in business
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Our training methods are focused in positive reinforcement methods. We use techniques in luring and shaping to allow for quicker learning but also reward initiative. We strive to create a dog that does more than obey cues, but looks at a situation and OFFERS good behavior!

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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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