Find a dog trainer near Havelock, NC

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1. Ridgeside K9 Carolinas
5.0 from 7 reviews
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  • Serves Havelock, NC
Will provided exceptional training for Pedro, a dog others told us we would need to put on drugs or put down. Pedro is a fear-aggressive dog that has had multiple bites with humans. Additionally, when he would go outside, he would bark at our neighbors if they were outside. He constantly pulled on the leash on walks, especially when he heard loud noises. Furthermore, he would often nip at my husband or I if we tried to pull him off of his places of comfort (couch, bed, etc.). Pedro had a very tight inner circle; The only people he would tolerate were me, my husband, and our immediate family. Therefore, when my entire immediate family had to attend a wedding, we were at a loss in figuring out how to find a place to house Pedro for a few days. That is when I found Aaron from Ridgeside K9 in northern VA. He took care of Pedro for four days without issue and referred us to Will in North Carolina for follow up training. Pedro originally was supposed to spend three weeks with Will, but due to the nature of his behavior, Will did the right thing and kept him a little bit longer to ensure that he would receive the training he needed. We loved watching Pedro’s progress through text updates and daily stories on Instagram. We missed him a lot, but we could tell he was receiving the best of care and was learning a ton. During turnover, we were astonished at what Will had accomplished with Pedro during his short six-week stint with him. Will spent almost a day with us in our home, backyard, and out at Lowes to show us how to interact with Pedro. He even brought his own dog to show how Pedro interacted with her. Pedro no longer barked at anything he saw in our backyard, was desensitized to noise, came when we called him, and was a breeze to handle on the leash. Will provided us with an excellent toolset and set us up for success. Now every time we walk Pedro in our town, we get multiple compliments on what a great dog he is. We are more confident, and Pedro is more confident. We cannot say enough wonderful things about Ridgeside K9, especially Will. He is a true expert and is extremely dedicated to the dogs he works with. Thanks so much for providing us with such confidence and peace of mind in our lives related to our dog!

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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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