Find a dog trainer near Concord, NC

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6. Train Play Live
4.9 from 7 reviews
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  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Concord, NC
"We found Glenn on thumbtack after talking with multiple dog trainers. Our 4 year old Aussie was attacking our other older dog, unprovoked, was jumping and barking excessively, and was out of control when passing other dogs on walks. He had nipped at people and had unpredictable tendencies. Glenn was well informed on our dog's situation and could give clear examples of what he would do in training as well as the psychology of our dog that he needed to re-train. He spent time meeting with us and our dog through an hour our longer consultation and showed us some of the things he would be working on during the consultation. His explanations of our dogs psychology made sense with what we saw at home and Glenn was a good listener when we would explain our dog's fear aggressive tendencies. We appreciated his acknowledgement of our experiences/issues and using those as areas of focus in the training instead of a "one size fits all" program. We loved that Glenn's focus is not only on making changes with the dog, but making changes with the PEOPLE so that the training will last when you get home. We put our dog through the boot-camp program and Glenn was committed to helping our dog and us know how to handle a variety of situations. The boot camp training included many resources to help us help our dog- a "place" mat, a short leash, a muzzle, an e-collar trainer, and a no-pain-no pull collar. Glenn was not the cheapest option we found, but after coming out of the training, he's an amazing value! You get so much more than what you pay for! Glenn is also committed for the LIFE of the dog. Glenn has lived up to his word in this area and has followed up with us anytime that we needed additional advice, resources, etc. after we brought our dog back home from boot-camp. We would have loved a few more updates during the training time to know how our dog was doing (sometimes it was hard to get in touch with Glenn) but in the end, the outcomes spoke for itself. We have recommended several friends to Glenn since our dogs training and will continue to recommend him to anyone looking for a trainer."


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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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