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Belton German Shepherd Trainers

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  • 32 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kacee C.
Verified review

Wow! Because of Earl, walking my German Shepherd, Ecko is a joy! Ecko had been getting more and more aggressive towards other dogs. He had even started lunging towards people and it made me nervous to take him out in the neighborhood. On the phone, Earl assured me that they were manageable behaviors. Earl was right on time and we sat and talked dogs for awhile. He was very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. We took Ecko on a walk and as luck would have it a neighbor's dog was out. Earl showed me how to correct Ecko and that it was okay for Ecko to look at the other dog. Earl had my dog calmed down within minutes! Earl Newland is definitely worth a call if you have any issues with your dog.

CinnaSits!! Play&Poo4U
4.9
from 35 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Nathan T.
Verified review

Cindy was a wonderful sitter for my 14 year old German Shorthair. Cindy was very flexible and was always willing to help with my dogs needs. She kept me informed and spent alot time with Deutchse. Cindy went beyond what was expect to make sure my dog happy. Thanks you Cindy!!

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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 Behavior
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
David H.
Verified review

I sent out the request to find a dog trainer and I received a quick response from the Turn Around Dogs. I'll have a follow up review after they come to my place and do the consultation.

Sit, Down, and Stay Awile
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Troy B.
Verified review

Thanks Lea. This was a great experience for me. Great tips and techniques on how to train my dog as well as how to understand my dogs breed specific behavior. Lea is more than a dog trainer, she's a dog expert. I wanted someone to teach me how to best teach my dog and that's what I got. Very reasonable price for that kind of experience. Thanks again, Lea.

For The Dogs Training
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie S.
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Maris is an incredibly knowledgable and experienced trainer and breeder, whose work can only be characterized by her deep understanding of a canines own true nature and therefore lack of certain human qualities that we all as dog owners tend to believe our animals posses. She is forthright in her ability to discern between a behavioral problem that begets modification, and the unfortunate genetic problems typical dog owners find more difficult to understand. This ability has allowed her to bring hope back in the homes of families who have found themselves feeling distressed and helpless, particularly when the costs of typical behavioral modification and training may be a deal breaker. We adopted a shelter dog who was severely abused, and suffered from extreme anxiety and fear, specifically of the male gender. It was recommended by our vet that we consider euthanasia, as the safety of my children and anyone who came into the home was of primary importance. As a dog lover who has only raised wonderful family dogs from young puppies, I felt helpless when I realized that this poor damaged young pup we had made a part of our family, was indeed troubled and that his escalating behavior was putting serious strain on not only our family, but the other two great dogs we already raised. Giving up was never an option, the pup had clearly chose my young son at adoption, so I immediately began searching for help with behavior modification both online and through the vet. After speaking with several trainers and one dog psychologist over the phone, it became clear that our family would never be able to afford the help our dog so desperately needed. I finally searched specifically for "dog behavior modification Kansas" online, and found Maris's website. She had a wealth of information and educational materials that not only gave me hope, but proved to me that as a trainer, she truly knew what she was doing. When we spoke in the phone, I explained to her what a serious situation we were in with Sam, and that the vet suggested euthanasia. She immediately calmed my fears and offered to come over and evaluate Sam. Maris never promised that he would be a good candidate, nor that only a session or two would would magically fix the problem, but she did promise to give us her honest opinion at a price my family could afford. After our evaluation, it was clear she could work with Sam, and at the same time train us as a family in how to make things work by being his leaders. There was no time limit on our visits, she didn't charge by the hour, and was in no hurry to rush through a session in order to get to another clients home. After three months of weekly visits, Sam had gone from a fearful broken dog, to a dog that clearly wanted to work to please us. I could not, and would not recommend any other trainer but Maris to anyone. Not only is Maris wonderful at what she does, but she offers her clients a type of affordable personalized service that no other trainer can. There is nothing Maris could ever possibly do better for families, she is simply amazing.

Salt River Ranch
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Alex I.
Verified review

Definitely recommend Zana as a dog trainer. Really friendly and definitely knows what she is doing. We were shocked how well behaved our German Shepherd was after just 2 weeks with Zana!

Show Me K9 Dog Training
4.5
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Desiree W.
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Jeff at Show Me K9 Dog Training has helped my dog go from pulling on walks, lunging and barking at dogs, etc. to walking without pulling, looking up and listening for direction, and now knows come, sit, off, wait, heel, and place after only two lessons. Jeff is always willing to answer questions in between sessions at any time of day, gives great directions for me during the week, and very helpful feedback on our progress during lessons. Feels good to throw away the harness and relax on walks with my Buddha! I HIGHLY recommend Show Me K9 Dog Training!

Clever Canine
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jason B.
Verified review

Maureen is awesome. She is great with my retriever and we've seen so much progress in a very short time. She shows a real knack for training and love for dogs as well as an ability to help me as a dog owner. Thank you Maureen!

ABC Dog Training
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Christine T.
Verified review

We got our dog, Maggie, 2 years ago from a shelter and decided that she needed some more basic training. She really likes jumping on people and has a mind of her own. ABC Dog Training was recommended to us and Maggie has grown so much since we began training. What I like most about ABC Dog training is that Paula, our trainer, helps me not only teach Maggie commands, but she helps me understand how our dog thinks and how to "communicate" with Maggie so that Maggie is successful with her training and enjoys it! Paula has helped train me on how to think about my interactions with my dog and that makes me a better owner. Paula takes the time to explain why she chooses her training methods and how the positive reinforcement works best for my pup. I highly recommend ABC Dog Training. Maggie is starting to work towards our goal of her becoming a certified therapy dog and I know that ABC Dog Training is the reason she can be successful in attaining this goal.

K9 Diversity
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 6 years in business
Mark S.
Verified review

Angela has a very high level of knowledge in both dog behavior and dog training. She was always on time for each appointment and was willing to stay a little late to make sure I understood each facet of the training. You can tell she loves dogs and loves helping people train their dog. She would always return my call when I had questions. I would highly recommend her to anyone serious about training their dog.

Dog Training by Regan Dunn
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Emily F.
    Verified review

    Regan did such a great job with my mini Australian Shepard, Rocco. She had a vast knowledge and was able to use a wide range of techniques in teaching my puppy. Regan was also able to understand Rocco and know when to keep pushing and when to take it easy. Not only was Rocco able to learn in this class I also was able to learn so much about training and my dog. I look forward to taking more lessons from Regan in the future and would recommend her to anyone!

    Sit Now Stay Dog Training
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Jeff E.
    Verified review

    Brianne is delightful. It was a pleasure meeting her and we look forward to a wonderful experience choosing Brianne to train our new Gordon Setter puppy. She is a very confident, knowledgeable, experienced dog trainer. It is rare that I would give such a glowing review based on one meeting!

    Behave Dog Training
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 8 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    Perry T.
    Verified review

    Tammie is an excellent dog trainer. She trained my service dog in basic and advanced commands.

    Zen Dog Kansas City
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
      Jenny K.
      Verified review

      When I first got my puppy, I was in over my head! Regan was able to train my dog using only gentle techniques and show me how to continue the training myself. I cannot say enough about how much Regan helped me and my dog form an even closer bond with my pet. Highly recommended!

      Daiger Dog Training, LLC

      New To Thumbtack

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      Daiger Dog Training specializes in training family friendly dogs for basic obedience and to resolve behavioral issues such as chewing, barking, pulling on leash, housetraining, digging, jumping, nipping, running away, etc. Skip and Kay's involvement with the foster program at Wayside Waifs has also provided them extensive experience with fearful, shy, as well as aggressive dogs. The mission of Daiger Dog Training, LLC is to provide you with the highest quality training and education in order to enhance and build the human and canine bond.

      Frostey Acres

      New To Thumbtack

      • 1 hire on Thumbtack
      About

      I train, walk or house sit animals, dogs, cats, birds, livestock, horses and small critters. I have 40 years of experience in all the animals mentioned above.

      Susan J. Thompson

      New To Thumbtack

        About

        Susan J has had a passion for animals since childhood with a special enthusiasm for canines. Every dog she has had has completed obedience class, one winning first place in the class finale trick contest. Susan is familiar with canine health, basic nutrition, and the importance of exercise in a dog's life.

        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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