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Off-Leash K9 Training, LLC
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Mark S.
Verified review

Off Leash K-9 Trainers are AMAZING! The program they have developed is simple and really works. We took our 5 month old Australian Shepard "Sydney" through the basic program and it was truly impressive what she could do after just a few lessons. We go for walks now WITHOUT the leash and has no problem despite any distraction!! I had her out front the other day while I was working on the house and gave her the sit command and she had no issues, even when other dogs were walked by. People are amazed at our dog's behavior when we're out on walks. Very cool stuff. Excellent people to work with too!I highly recommend these guys and can't say enough about them.

  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Kathi W.
Verified review

Lisa really listens to my concerns and questions and has an answer for everything. She is patient and kind, professional and flexible. She has great puzzles to help with training which my dog loves! Can not recommend her highly enough. Great value! She even welcomes my neighbors son who I have coming in while I am out to join us so we are training with the same methods!

  • 6 years in business
Carolyn B.
Verified review

Maia has trained both my dogs and my horses. I compete with both and they have all titled nationally in their sports. Maia is a wonderful person, and a phenomenal trainer. I worked with her up to Grand Prix levels in dressage on my horse Dakota's Only Sun and have never had a better professional training experience. I'm a serious amateur and have been riding for 35 years, so I've seen lot of trainers! She also rode my younger dog through his conformation and obedience competitions for me, earning High in Show awards each time, including at a national show (for the best score in each level). I think the secret to her success with people and animals is that she somehow makes us all want to do our best for her, and she's right there to celebrate all the good stuff even when you don't see it. She's precise but positive. Even though I have now found another excellent trainer after Maia moved, I still write to Maia to troubleshoot strange dog behaviors, because she always comes up with good plans that improve performance without requiring threats, pain, new or harsher equipment etc.

THE MEMPHIS DOG TRAINER
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cheryl C.
Verified review

I called for a phone free consult. I honestly was torn inside....was my dog not respecting me? so I had her come out to meet my br indle boxer who was a foolish dominating bully. my mother said hewhe was harder than my three kids to babysit. I was ready to send him off to bigger house or yard or farm as my mom said. we love dogs but he was a rude monster. she come the first time and he knew the minute he saw her it was no longer his world. I walked him with tears rolling down my cheeks because I felt hope he could stay. it all went uphill from there. now people yell at their dogs around mine and apologize fir their dogs behavior.something I never saw happening. my 2 yr old walks him with squirrel s in sight and no problem.....amazing. ami doesn't bring rules she brings hope. I will never be able to thank her enough for her passion. thanks don Cheryl Julia Cali Taylor mini and Hurley

  • 11 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Charlesa S.
Verified review

Jacque is everything I could ask for in a great dog trainer. He is very patient with both myself and my unruly pup, and we have made great progress already with only 2 training sessions under our belts. He is always available for questions and is very professional. I highly recommend him to anyone that is at their breaking point with their dog's bad behavior. This man knows what he's doing.

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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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