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Dearborn German Shepherd Trainers

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  • 16 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Ghalib A.
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Barbara came to our house to help us with our German Shepherd. We rescued our year and a half old GS from a shelter. I'll start this review by explaining what behaviors our dog needed to work on. He would play bite, he wouldn't listen when called, and would tug on his leash NON-STOP when on a walk. He was never aggressive towards us, but he would play bite. Barbara showed us how to get our dog to make eye contact with us, she showed us a variety of training methods to practice with our dog, and she showed us how to be in control when on a walk. We saw major improvements in the dogs attitude towards us within the first session. He no longer play bites, and with all the training methods Barbara showed us our dog is on his way to becoming an extremely well behaved dog. Barbara's session was extremely informative and fun for us and for our dog. We now have a much better understanding of our dog. I highly recommend Barbara to others, she's an expert and knows what shes doing when it comes to dog training and general dog behavior.

  • 12 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Carl R.
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Anna did a wonderful job with both our dogs, 3 year old German Shepherd mix and a 12 week old lab mix. The German Shepherd had severe anxiety issues and the lab mix was a strain that was found covered in filth. Both dogs now know basic commands and more self-confidence. Plus she kept us updated the whole time and showed us what we needed to continue the training.

Clever Canine Dog Training
from 19 reviews
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Rebecca B.
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I don't even have words for how fantastic Clever Canine is. I am so incredibly grateful to them, they've changed everything about the way I communicate with my dogs. I have three big pups, all 3 or younger, and each with A LOT of personality. Mandy, Lizzie, and Emma had my deaf Australian Shepherd (who used to be afraid of people) eating out of their hand within minutes, even letting Emma scratch him on the head. All three are incredibly knowledgeable on obedience training, and my Anatolian Shepherd and Lab are jumping out of the car to see them. Mandy is an expert, and a wealth of knowledge for anyone who wants to learn. She goes out of her way to make scheduling work, takes a sincere interest in getting to know your dogs, and takes the time to create a plan that will work for YOU, no cookie cutter answers. They are even willing to take dogs into their own home for stay and train, then carefully go through all of the new commands and routines your dog has become accustomed to once they're done. I am confident she can solve any problem I'm having, including some dog aggression to others not in the pack. Emma is an Aussie whisperer, I COULD NOT believe he was sitting at her feet and looking her in the eyes within a few minutes of walking in the door. Lizzie is master of agility training, in just one session she had my dog through half of the obstacles. These are professionals, people, with kind hearts and sincere resolve to help you fix whatever problem you may have, for both you and your dog. The service they provide is unparalleled, and I couldn't be happier I went with my instincts on a family-run business instead of a chain. I will be working with them as long as I have any questions (they also do nose work and other sports). I am so, so grateful to have found Clever Canine. They saved my sanity with my dogs and are helping us ENJOY each other's company while constantly learning and advancing. Thank you so much for your time, team. I recommend them to everyone I know.

  • 11 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Krystal M.
Verified review

Our entire experience was exceptional. Both our dogs and our family needed training. Our rescue German Shepard Dog was out of control. 2 weeks later we all have better habits. Still growing and learning. Love this place for training retail and grooming. Worth my hour drive. Thanks everyone

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jon A.
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Steve has been a great professional to work with throughout the training of our German Shepard. His training techniques have worked great, and has shown over the first 6 weeks of training. The results have been so successful, that we just signed a second contract for his level 2 training course. I would recommend Best of Friends Dog Training to anyone looking for an experienced dog trainer with results that work!

Tony the Dog Trainer
from 6 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jesse B.
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We hired Tony because we had a vicious German Shepherd Dog and in 1 hour Tony broke our dog's willingness to attack anything and anyone. He is now calm submissive . Tony is an excellent dog trainer we highly recommend him.Tony said Ares was his hardest case to date. Thank you Tony we love you. You are very brave!

Michigan Dog Training Inc.
from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Maria D.
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Watching your dog master a command that you'd been working for five months in FIVE MINUTES...priceless.That is when you know you are in the presence of someone's professional.I first brought TJ to Mike at MDT as a rambunctious ill-mannered 10 month 90 lb German Shepherd. After taking a remote manners class, it was nice to be able to take him for walks and have friends over without worrying about someone getting knocked over. We came back to do the day camp to fine tune him and teach him to be more social with other dogs. In one week he has done a 180° turn and actually played with other dogs. I still can't believe the pictures! Meet Mike or Wendy or Kylie (or any of their wonderful trainers) and you will understand why we wouldn't take our big guy anywhere else.

Aubrey Davenport
from 2 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Taylor B.
Verified review

Aubry does an amazing job walking my dog every time I am out of town. My dogs are always exhausted when I come home. They love her! Ocasionally I will ask for an extra favor like helping with some laundry or doing some extra training with my german shepherd dog and she never fails to please. Highly recommended to anyone!

Tails Without Voices
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Erica B.
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Violet is my 4 year old/50 lb shepherd mix. She consistently proves herself to be an entergetic and intelligent dog. After we moved into an apartment about a year ago, she began showing signs of dog aggression exhibited through highly reactive behavior. Walking her became so stressful (and dangerous) that I would dread even a brief trip outside. She would jump, pull, and bark at any stimulus within view. If I was caught off guard by a lunge, I would usually end up injured or on the ground. When taking our daily walk, I would go out of my way to avoid running into other dogs/people/wildlife. After a few months, her behavior was only getting worse. Eventually, we could only take our walk if there was limited stimulus; this meant after dark. It was no way to live for my little companion. I knew we needed professional help. I searched for a trainer for weeks. None of the offers I recieved seemed to be anywhere close to what I could budget- especially if I wanted a few private lessons at home. I was terribly discouraged. I posted an ad on Thumbtack and was soon contacted by Tianna. Her offer seemed almost too good to be true! After speaking on the phone, I was filled with such hope that I practically cried tears of joy. When we met for our first lesson, I realized she was an answer to prayer. My first impression of Tianna? I felt as if I was in the company of a life long friend; she is comfortable, trustworthy, and genuine. Definitely a professional. By the end of Lesson One, I had established Alpha status and Violet heeled neatly to my side. You cannot imagine the relief I felt at the end of this first lesson. It was pure magic. Lesson One included an evaluation of Violet's behavior. Tianna gave me a "report card" based on Violet's reaction to various stimulus and provided a calender outlining our future sessions. The calender also included daily "homework assignments" and detailed behavioral instructions. If I had questions througout the week, Tianna made herself readily available via text or phone call. Tianna continued to provide the same impressive results for the duration of the course; she tailored the lessons to meet Violet's proficiency and unique style of learning. All of my expectations were met. Not only has Violet's behavior dramatically improved, but our relationship as dog and man is stronger than I ever; we have even begun to communicate through eye contact. Because of Tianna's confidence, experience, and superior training, Violet and I walk without anxiety in the light of day.

  • 5 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Christian D.
Verified review

Julie is very thoughtful and thorough with both us and our german shepherd...she explains her training methods clearly, and gave us constant updates while we were away. Significant improvement and looking forward to working with her again in the future.

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    I have been raising, showing and training German Shepherd dogs for 30 years and have been a groomer for 28 years.

    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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