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Chesterfield German Shepherd Trainers

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Ruff Life
4.9
from 43 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 82 hires on Thumbtack
Darlene K.
Verified review

I can not say enough good things about Ben. On the first visit he had my 6month German Shepherd eating out of his hand. Ben is a very tall gentle giant with a very soft voice. I can not sing his praises enough. Just 3 visits and I have a new well behaved dog. If I have any problems I will quickly call him again.

Casey Ray's STL Dog Trainers
4.8
from 16 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
Barb S.
Verified review

Casey and his wife run a great business. The worse the problem you might be having with your dog the more they like it.i have taken my 2 shepherds and 1 malinois and couldn't be happier

Matty B's Dog Training
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Rheana N.
Verified review

I am SO happy I chose Matty B’s Dog Training. I have an 80 lb German Shepherd who didn’t do well on leash and was terrible around other dogs. It would be close to impossible to control him if there was another dog around. I would avoid taking him on walks in fear of seeing another dog. I knew this wasn’t the life I wanted for my dog so I finally decided to get help. I chose the 15 day bootcamp- I was terrified to send my dog away for that long but I am so happy I did. I was regularly updated and sent pictures which was great. You can tell Matt really cares about the dogs he works with. When we picked our boy up, Matt gave us a lesson about everything he had learned the last 2 weeks. We were amazed! Walks are now enjoyable- he is a completely different dog on leash. We now have the confidence of taking our dog in public. We just finished our 2 week followup where Matt came to our house to check on our progress. I highly recommend Matty B’s Dog Training, and plan to utilize his services again in the future.

Dogs in My Home
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Nora L.
Verified review

Our dog is a German shepherd named Lady. Laura has kept our dog several times and our dog loves staying in her home. Lady loves Laura's two dogs Chad and Bentley. They all play so well together. Lady loved being with Laura because Laura treats your dog as one of her own. Any time we said we were going to go see the boys which are Chad and Bentley Lady always got very excited. If you want someone to take care of your beloved dog like we do, then take them to Laura's home. It's an experience your dogs will never forget.

Neel's Complete K-9
5.0
from 1 review
  • 15 years in business
Jane B.
Verified review

Rod assisted me in deciding what type of dog I needed, over the phone, without even knowing me. He was very knowledgable about German Shepherds and their behaviors. Thank you Rod, I plan to train at your place!

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Curtis K.
Verified review

Kody trained my beloved German Shepherd Queesha. We both absolutely loved him. He was very thorough and had her trained in a very short time. I will definitely recommend him to all my friends and family for all of the pet training or care needs.

  • 29 years in business
About

I DO PRIVATE OBEDIENCE SESSIONS AND BOARD N TRAIN HERE AT MY HOME. I'VE BEEN BREEDING & TRAINING GERMAN SHEPHERDS SINCE 1989 ALL BREED DOG OBEDIENCE TRAINING IS MY PASSION !! 2 WK SESSION IMPRINTING/INTRODUCING YOUR DOG/PUPPY TO SEVERAL COMMANDS AND ONE TRICK $400 CASH 4 WK SESSION GOES OVER IMPRINTING, AND ADD MORE FOCUS, BETTER RECALL, LONG SIT AND LONG DOWN $800 CASH. I TEACH YOUR DOG AS MUCH AS THEY CAN LEARN IN THAT TIME PERIOD. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WHEN YOU GO HOME YOU CONTINUE THE LEARNED TRAINING !! GO TO MY SITE AT DACH HAUS GERMAN SHEPHERDS

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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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