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Kentwood K9 Trainers

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Pawsitive K-9 Obedience
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Julia Z.
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I highly recommend Angie as a trainer. We had Angie come to our home to help with behavioral issues/aggression with our dogs. Angie spent three hours with us working with the dogs and teaching us training techniques. We have been following her recommendations and the dogs have been responding well to the training!! Great experience!

Salty’s Dog Training
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Amy M.
Verified review

First, this method works! One of the reasons I believe we had success with it was because Jeannie does a great job of explaining the philosophy of this method and takes a lot of time and care in demonstrating how to work with troublesome behavior. Working with your dogs behavior is a whole family process. Everyone needs to get involved. One of Jeannie’s strengths is that she not only works well with the adults and dogs, but she was able to communicate all the information and guidelines of training to my 10 year old so that she could participate in the process. Jeannie spends a great deal of time getting to know your dog, your home, and the humans involved!

MondouCu
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Lisa P.
Verified review

mondoucu is a great group to belong to. Dog information that is shared about canine issues/training. You and your dog learn how to work together and develop a great relationship.

West Michigan K9
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Kelly Y.
Verified review

Steve has helped us make huge gains with our dogs. We are working with him on training one for S&R and one for protection. We have tried other trainers in the past but Steve stood out from the rest and worked with us as well so we knew how to properly train our pups. You certainly won't regret working with WMK9!

The Dog Thinks What?
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Heather C.
Verified review

My experience with Carrie was perfect! My twin male pit bulls were 14 months old when we began training with Carrie. They were lovable and sweet but far from obedient. They were so strong and hyper that we found it impossible to walk them around the neighborhood. Within 6 weeks time, Carrie had taught them to sit, stay, come and to look and wait for our commands. It was really amazing progress! She also trained us! We became better pack leaders because she taught us how to be calm assertive. I cannot say enough positive things about her training capabilities. She turned my lovable, unruly boys into gentleman:) Gentleman that I can take for a walk:)

Loyal Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Maggie O.
Verified review

Tony come to the house and spent time with our dog and did a thorough assessment and came up with a plan to address my major concerns with our dog. After just one training session, our dog is no longer pulling on her leash!!!

  • 33 years in business
Julie S.
Verified review

Fantastic results. Wonderful to work with. Could not recommend more!!

Karen A.
Verified review

Best GSD puppies around! They also offer fabulous training for all types of situations.

  • 23 years in business
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I work with individuals and there lovely pets to ensure forever homes. I can go to them or we can find a spot training area that will help resolve other issues elsewhere. Obedience and manors are easier to teach if someone can show you how by demoing with other dog and walking you through the steps. A person does not train a dog in a hour. It is a gradual and consistent project over time.

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KK provides in-home training, consulting, and the much needed advice for many owners who need help in understanding their canine partners. We also provide dog sitting in our home. We offer consultations on behavior, nutrition, health and understanding. She has been to numerous clinics on dog behavior. Her most beneficial being the clinics held by a Canadian trainer. In order for you and your dog(s) to have a successful relationship, you need to understand how a dog thinks and what he/she needs. This is something we would love to help with. There's nothing better than a "talking dog."

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I will help you train you dog to be a good companion for you and your family. I can help you get your retriever started. Remember: they are dogs, not people. You can't reason with them. You have to show them what you want and keep showing them till they get it.

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What i offer includes puppy kindergarten, canine elementary and middle school group classes, private in-home lessons, basic obedience and behavioral issues.

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How long does it take to train a dog. That depends on the age and breed of the dog, some breeds learn faster then others. Can any dog be trained. Absolutely it just may take longer for some dogs.

  • 5 years in business
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I have the time and patience to work with any dog, from aggression to shy dogs.

  • 13 years in business
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I have the ability to adapt training strategies for each individual canine and human partner. I use balanced training strategies.

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I can do that for you a lot of things but you can do it for you all the time you need it now but it doesn't work with

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I'm a Dogs Lovely and I'm very good with dogs and I like to take dogs on walks and played with dogs

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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With over 25 years of professional experience, excellent google reviews and outstanding accomplishments we can guarantee you an excellent service.

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My prices are cheaper than most and I take my work very seriously

  • 2 years in business
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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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