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Reno Obedience Trainers

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  • 21 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Karen B.
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I admit, it was insane to adopt two rescue puppies at one time, especially a german shepherd and a pit bull, neither of whom had EVER had any obedience training and the GSD wasn't even house trained. EEK! We struggled (horribly) for a couple of months, trying to get things straightened out, but it just seemed to get worse as they bonded with each other and got bigger. The teething/chewing on my beautiful (no longer) front porch was the final straw, combined with the jumping and clawing. I started to look for a home for the GSD (the pit bull is my son's and he thought if we only had one dog, then he could train her better.) Enter Robert Webb. I was at the feed store and saw his card. Because NO ONE was happy with the idea of giving her away, I thought, I am going to try ONE MORE TIME. Robert came over for a consult to meet us and our dog. He spent over an hour observing us, her and the other dog and what the issues were. He suggested a week long "boot camp" where he took her, worked on the most stressful issues and then brought her back to work with all of us together. I was a little stressed over the price, but frankly, I felt like such a loser for wanting to get rid of my poor dog that it was worth. Plus the idea of having week with only one dog in the house was blissful. When she came home, there seemed to be little to no improvement. Seriously. But Robert explained that she was just excited about being home and to give her a day to settle. Well! He certainly knows his stuff. The next day she was sitting and lying at my feet, she would walk next to me instead of lunging out the door and she came when I called her. I don't know how he did it, but I do know that as I sat at my desk on New Year's day, a warm, sleepy dog on my feet, that this was the best possible thing I could have done for all of us.

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Dog Gone Smart
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Francisco M.
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We adopted our little guy, Buddy, from a shelter in October of 2016. The poor guy was only ten months old and we were already his fourth (and forever!) home -- he had a lot of anxiety, he would tear things up if left alone for even a few minutes, and it was impossible to walk him due to all the pulling. When I found Karen, I was kind of at my wit's end. Karen called me back before the end of that day and we scheduled an evaluation. We went for seven sessions of private training, and not only is Buddy is a totally different dog now, but I'm a much better dog owner/Dad and our daughters are having a lot more fun with their little bro. Karen is obviously awesome at training dogs, but what she's really doing is teaching YOU all the techniques to be a good leader, which I really needed. Buddy is a much more confident and relaxed dog, and going on walks and playing with him are now really enjoyable for all of us and not mentally and physically exhausting. More great things about Karen: she's punctual, flexible, and very communicative. Also -- and this is important -- she totally knows what she's doing. She was firm but always very loving and gentle with Buddy. She loves what she does and she goes beyond the call of duty and I wish I would of met her sooner We continue our session tomorrow . I feel confident that we can continue and go even further with training (maybe we'll certify Buddy to be a Therapy " dog next, ), but occasionally I might need a pep talk to not feel bad about being "the boss." Karen has been able to read me very well, and even though tomorrow is our last session she makes me feel like I could text her any time if I had any additional questions or needed advice or a pep talk. The sessions were SO worth the investment!! Karen Thank you so much and I hope your ready for the next dog we are considering after the Magic you did working with Buddy .

K9WAGIN Dog Training
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Janice R.
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I was at the end of my rope when I was fortunate enough to find Kerri Lamorey. I'm a very busy business owner and did not have time to train my Standard Poodle puppy. She came to my office, explained in detail what her plan was with "Winston" and assured me that my poodle just needed Obedience training and outlined in detail what she could do for him and me. She took him for a week, sent videos of his progress along with videos of him socializing and playing with her dogs. She took him to Home Depot and he obeyed all her commands. After 1 week she returned my dog to me, he was completely different. He now has manners, he is obedient and knows his place. He no longer pulls me when I walk him, he stays on the floor unless I invite him up to sit on the couch with me. He now loves being in his crate which has become a safe place for him. I am so happy with Kerri for giving me the dog I always wanted, he no longer jumps up on people, even though he is a puppy he weighs 50lbs and is a big boy! He heels when walking and is a delight to be around. I am even considering making him a therapy dog. I recommend her with no hesitation!

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Desiree's Dog Training
4.4
from 9 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Hwa-di B.
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Desiree was great with my 10 year old granddaughter and her Norfolk Terrier rescue puppy. They both learned to listen and follow instructions. Obedience training was successful for them both. Desiree was very compassionate and flexible with our last minute schedule conflicts.

Off Leash K9 Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline M.
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Amazing company! Our family highly recommends Off Leash K9 Training for their family's pup! Personable and attentive. We can't thank them enough for how they transformed our dog.

  • 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!

Sit Means Sit Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Joshua M.
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Brittany has an incredible ability to get anxious, and untrained dogs, to learn obedience and maybe even a few tricks in a short amount of time. Horses and cats really like her too.

Dog Trainer Dale
4.7
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
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Bruce L.
Verified review

Very professional! My dog is chasing cars up my driveway. Tyler got to know the dog, explained the various techniques that could be used. He walked through the pros and cons of each. He decided to go with the most basic. Spent an over an hour at my house and trained both myself and my dog.

Noriega dog training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 years in business
Carissa R.
Verified review

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.

The Woods Kennels
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jenn K.
Verified review

Amazing place. They are wonderful with the dogs!!! You can be sure your pup is well fed, gets lots of exercise and play time. And training too!! All around a great experience for you and your dog.

  • 15 years in business
About

We are specializing in the following: * basic skills such as sit/down/come/stay * socialization * house training * chewing * jumping up * puppy biting * behavior modifications * nutrition We have AKC's Canine Good Citizen certifications.

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The Woods Kennels offers a variety of services such as training for the dog and the owner. After training your canine friend, we train the owner on all commands and how to use each one properly. The Woods also offers cage-less kenneling for a day or however long you will need. During there stay, they will go on hikes, runs, play time with friends and a group training session, all supervised of course. We also offer offer nutrition training so that the owner can better understand how there dogs body works and what nutrition they need to live a long healthy life.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I spend time with the dog and the owner to correct and train. That way both are learning together.

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My family has a strong history with training own dogs and caring for them like own children. I have trained our own dogs how to sit, play dead, heal, stay, shake, and roll over. I enjoy the company of dogs as they provide healing to the heart and mind. My grandmother takes her wire fox terriers to dog shows around the US and taught me a various amount of skills, such as grooming and training.

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We work one on one. We guarantee our results. We get results in 2/3 the time. We specialize in off leash training and aggression.

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My name is Guy Yeaman. I have been professionally training dogs for over 45 years. I offer group obedience classes (both basic and advanced), private in-home classes, tracking, protection, Schutzhund, and in-board training at my home. My classes can be found in Reno, Sparks, Incline Village, Stateline, South Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Gardnerville. I use repetition and praise methods. There are many training tools available. Each has its use. I use some; some, I do not. I would be happy to explain the purpose and usage of any training tool and my opinion of when they are useful and when they are not. My basic obedience classes run $80-82 for a 6-week course (other rates available on inquiry). I guarantee results. Some dogs simply take longer to learn than others. You may bring your dog back to as many classes as it takes for it to learn for no extra charge.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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I went to ABC college and graduated. I'm a certified dog trainer. I've been training dogs for over 5 years now. I do basic obedience. It's a 6-week course, 1 hour a week, and I charge $200. It's a onetime charge and for the lifetime of your family member. So in the future that your family member is pulling on the leash, you call me. I come back to you, see what's going on work with you on it and won't charge you. I'm also licensed and insured.

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On Command prides itself in not only strengthening the bond between dog and owner, but also making the dog a more enjoyable part of the family. We offer a variety of training programs such as Group Classes, Utility Classes, Private Lessons, Behavior Modification, and boarding boot camps which are our most popular program. We also have a well established grooming salon and daycare. Don’t hesitate to stop in for a tour and learn more about the services we offer or give us a call. For those who are interested in a training program then please call and reference me (Kayla) and a trainer will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you! 825 Greg St, Sparks, NV 89431 775-825-DOGS

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Awesome Pet Sitting & Dog Training We come to you! We are licensed and insured, FBI and Police background checked clear and have excellent references. Our Services Include: Pet Sitting [day, night, long term] Dog Walking Pet Transporting Whelp and Kitting Watch Newborn Dog, Cat, Animal Watch and Care Dog Training: [30 Years Experience] For Good Dog Companionship For Therapy Dog Certification For Service Dog Training Competition Training For Breed, Obedience, and Rally

  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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