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Baton Rouge German Shepherd Trainers

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  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Michelle G.
Verified review

I was so impressed with the care they gave my dog I don't know where to begin. I was told by so many trainers that it's hard to train an older dog who has run away so many times. I was told he couldn't be trusted off the leash. So many neighbors would laugh while I chased my dog down the road because the gate was left open. After being with these guys he is ROCK STAR! Not only can I walk my dog without a leash through my neighborhood, he doesn't even pay attention to other dogs, kids, or cars anymore when we are heeling. A few times the gate has been left open and I have called him and he actually comes the first time! It's a miracle! I can now have friends over at the house without having to put him outside since he actually behaves. If you want your dog to be a member of the family that everyone can enjoy 100% of the time, this is the place to come. They turned my unruly pup into a dog all the neighbors are jealous of! Can't thank you guys enough!

Sunshine Stables
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Nicole B.
Verified review

Amy, at Sunshine, is the best barn manager I have ever dealt with, hands down. She is honest, reliable, and an overall easy person to be around. Amy is a good trainer and takes incredible care of each horse at Sunshine. Not having to worry about my horse while I am away is a major relief for me.

Naughty Dog K9 Training
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Cami B.
Verified review

The trainer was friendly and well qualified. Accomplished my goals in a professional and pet friendly manner. I would highly recommend!

South Lake Kennels

New To Thumbtack


    I offer professional retriever training, hunting dogs, field trial training and handling and hunting test. No matter what you are looking for, basics through advanced training, Mark Smith can bring out the best in your dog. With almost 30 years' experience, Mark is one of the top retriever trainers in the nation. Honest, hardworking and fair, your dog will be in the best care.

    South Lake Kennels

    New To Thumbtack


      A professional retriever trainer, Mark Smith has 30 years' experience training top-notch field trial, hunting partners, hunt test, and derby dogs. No matter what level you are wanting from your dog, basics to advanced, Mark will bring out the best in your dog.

      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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