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Bangor Dog Trainers

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Making A Difference
4.7
from 35 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Carrie G.
Verified review

Making a Difference dog training with Jean has set us on the right path with our three dogs. Jean came in and identified the issues with pack behavior that existed in our home. Within minutes, she was able to turn around the lack of boundaries and dominance issues. She teaches the family to retrain the dogs, and it is amazing what they learned and how they behaved after two short hours! They now have an identified area in the house that they know to stay in, without physical barriers. They all eat side by side, and they all walked on the leash without pulling. She did none of it herself; rather she had us train them so we could continue the habits instilled.

  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Erin R.
Verified review

Gerald is an excellent trainer! He quickly takes control of any situation and doesn't waste any time getting started working with your dog. It was pretty incredible to watch our 1 year old rescue dog respond almost instantly to his commands only seconds after meeting him. We adopted a 1 year old collie mix who is full of energy and needs a lot of attention. We had tried some more conventional methods of training, but wanted to accelerate it with some at home 1 on 1 training with a professional. Gerald was just that. By just watching him with our dog, we picked up a lot of training tips. He gives lot of advice about how to care for your dogs, and genuinely cares about establishing a good relationship between you and your dog. He is always accessible and checks in to see how things are going and offer any advice. He is a great guy and quite a professional. I highly recommend him!

Grooming by Donation
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Lena K.
Verified review

Since I've brought my dog to Charlene, I would NEVER bring him anywhere else. He is so well-behaving when it's time for his grooming and she does such an AMAZING job, every time! If you haven't been here yet for your pets' grooming, now is the time! My 1st recommendation! <3 Thanks Charlene, for all you do!

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I am a trainer who works with you and your dog on behavior issues that you may be experiencing. We provide a variety of services including dog walking and behavior modification. I am willing to travel to you and help you develop a plan that will modify your dogs' unwanted behaviors and help them become more balanced.

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I am a professional pet sitter and dog walker. I am an avid animal lover. I am experienced and trustworthy.

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We rehabilitate dogs and train humans. No problem is too tough to handle. Remember, stay calm and assertive, and all things are possible.

  • 35 years in business
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I'm dedicated to the success of my clients and can provide references.

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I am very tidy and very successful. My business has had over 10,000 dollars’ worth of people. Thank you and have a good day.

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We offer complete dog training to make your dog the family member you always wanted. From basic obedience to advanced training, we have many years of experience in getting the job done. We use only humane and reward-based incentives so that your dog learns to enjoy the privileges that come by properly responding to your commands. Problem dogs are a specialty. Don't live with a problem dog; call us and start enjoying your canine family member.

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I am a professional pet care provider and dog trainer. I currently work full time at an animal shelter in NYC as the behavior specialist. I have over 7 years of experience with dogs, 20 years with horses and have had cats all my life. I will board small to medium dogs at my house. I will go to your house to care for cats, birds, rodents, exotics, etc. I am responsible, reliable and have an extensive knowledge of all things animals. I am also able to give medications, injections and fluids.

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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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