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Reno German Shepherd Trainers

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  • 21 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Janet C.
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I have an incorrigible 12-month-old German Shepherd. He doesn't like anyone outside our family, and has been nasty to house guests, with lots of growling, and even bit one guest. We have pretty much isolated ourselves because of this dog. When Robert came to pick up my dog for an intensive training bootcamp, the dog bit Robert on the derriere. Robert was unscathed, and patiently took the dog and worked with him for about a week. The dog came home on "shore leave" over the Thanksgiving holiday. We had various guests in and out, and my dog was very pleasant to our guests. I was very pleasantly surprised! Robert isn't finished with the training yet, but I feel like I've already gotten my money's worth.

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Dog Gone Smart
from 30 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael A.
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There are many factors to choosing a dog trainer, and the other dog trainer seems to be excellent! I needed someone close by and it is so convenient that she is nearby. I think this is a great way to shop around and give people choices and it was so easy! Thank you, Michael Aranda

K9WAGIN Dog Training
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Jill E.
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We are over the moon in our 1st experience w/ Kerri. Trust me, we are not inexperienced w/ dog trainers. We have a unique rescue dog w/ some real challenging, fear agression behavior. The first two trainers didn't really look into our dogs past and truly assess his current behavior...nobody really wanted to deal w/ him and his circumstances. Kerri came to our home, assessed us, our home environment and our dog. Our dog immediately succumbed to her training. She taught us real life techniques to put to use immediately. Now we know what direction we're going in, and our dog can feel safe that we've got his back. We're putting our best alpha feet forward and we'll keep working w/ Kerri, to keep us working w/ our dog to make him be, the best he can be. We love him. Thank you Kerri. Jill & Terry Smith. Reno, Nv

Off Leash K9 Training
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Jeff A.
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Off Leash K9 training is the best training you can put your dog through. Unbelievable is all I have to say!! Worth every penny and more. You will not be disappointed, I guarantee you. Your dog will be amazing and everyone will be super jealous of you!!!!

Evangeline's Pet Service
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ann N.
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Evangeline took our two black lab/german shepherd pups for walks while we were at work. The dogs always looked forward to their time with her and came back ready for a nap! Evangeline sent pictures and text messages sharing their adventures. She had her hands full with two puppies and always had things in control. She is thoughtful, kind and very responsible. I highly recommend Evangeline for your pet needs. Ann

  • 8 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Susan W.
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In the process of training with Mobile K9. My dog loves the active agility training she receives. Don Keeps her mind active and her body agile:) Love this trainer!

Dog Trainer Dale
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sue F.
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Ellen Dale Rand is an excellent dog trainer with experience and knowledge that puts her at the top of her field. I have felt totally confident in her ability with my dogs and I give high praise for her expertise in all areas of dog training. She is reliable and trustworthy when scheduling private appointments or group classes. You won't be disappointed!

All Purpose K9
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Huh G.
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Fantastic results with my pup. Very good teacher who has the upmost professionalism and patience. I would recommend him to anybody seeking a hard working and displined dog trainer.

Noriega dog training
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
Carissa R.
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Natasha has been an excellent help in successfully training my German Shepherd, showing me techniques that I may have not have learned outside of her skilled lessons. She has been training both me and my puppy which has given mysti and I a chance to form a life long bond of obedience and understanding. Although we are still training, and will be for awhile longer, I know that I can depend on Natasha for any training obstacles we may encounter, and together we will overcome...I will highly recommend her to everyone.

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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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