A German shepherd trainer in Asheville, NC

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Top 10 German Shepherd Trainers near Asheville, NC

2. Aunt Karen's Lucky Dogs
from 30 reviews
4.9 (30)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Asheville, NC
"I am a Certified Behavior Consultant–Canine (CBCC-KA) and Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) using Force-Free Methods that are Positive and Reward Based. In an unlicensed unregulated field it is essential that you choose someone to work with your dog and your family who has significant credentials as well as many years of experience! The CBCC-KA and CPDT-KA credentials are founded on rigorous educational standards. Certificants are required to work within a Humane Hierarchy that uses the LIMA model for training. LIMA stands for Least Invasive, Minimally Averse. That means we respect your dog's learning process and build progressively on successful outcomes one skill at a time. We honor the obvious fact that your dog is an equal participant and that good training is built on collaboration not compulsion or intimidation. Most behavior problems can be prevented by gently and systematically providing safe opportunities for your puppy to learn about our world— the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures; the objects and things that move; the children and people of all shapes and colors; the different places and where their own place is! Comprehensive socialization merged with functional conditioning of basic good manners provides your puppy with substantial immunity from frustrating and dangerous behavior problems that have become too common in adult dogs. These are the two paths: start early and stack the odds of getting it right from the get-go with your new puppy, or rehabilitate a grown dog who did not have that chance for early education. When designing a program for your dog I work closely with you and your family, your breeder or rescue foundation, and your veterinarian. Scheduling and training support is a collaboration we create together based on your vision of your ideal relationship with your dog in your family. The process is dynamic. Considerable attention is placed on weekly, if not daily, progress as your puppy grows up or as the challenging behavior of your adult dog is resolved. Teaching modern force-free methods and helping people develop their own skilsl as a dog trainer is very rewarding. I work to empower the dog-human relationship and strengthen the bonds we have with our canine family members."
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3. Upstate Dog Wizard
from 1 review
5.0 (1)
Responds Quickly
Responds Quickly
  • 1 year in business
  • Serves Asheville, NC
"Our Philosophy With all the different training philosophies out there, we believe there is one thing EVERYONE can agree on; no one gets a dog anticipating problems or issues.  Everyone dreams of a dog to take relaxing walks with, cuddle on rainy days, play fetch with, introduce to their friends with no jumping, and most importantly that unconditional and no judgement love that only a dog can provide.  However, dogs are not robots. They are actually complex thinkers and processors, so with a high number of dog related issues in the world, a lot of opinions have formed….. Treats or no treats, collars or harnesses, toys or no toys, positive or negative reinforcement, or electronic collars or no way?  Truth is, almost every training styles, methods, and philosophies out there has pros and cons.  Our philosophy is simple.  It takes a balanced technique to create a balanced dog.  As in any relationship, good communication is essential in creating the best experience for both parties.  We believe your relationship with your dog is hinged on you and your dog’s ability to understand each other.  Most trainers concentrate solely on the dog understanding you, but we put just as much value (if not more) on you understanding your dog and what they are trying to tell you.  By establishing an effective two-way line of communication between ourselves and our dogs, we are able to actually have communication back and forth instead of just command after command.   The goal of our training is to create happy and confident dogs who know what we need from them and are equally happy to be part of a working and balanced relationship with their families.  We also strongly believe dogs have innate needs that must be met for them to feel balanced.  What this means is dogs like to socialize, think, problem solve, and use their instincts, and if not allowed to do this and forced to be a “human” it makes them act in ways that are not natural or balanced."
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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 behave 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.

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.

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