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Depew Guard Dog Trainers

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  • 26 years in business
  • 228 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Coach K.
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Trainer Kathleen Galbraith is knowledgeable, skilled, patient and outstanding in the field of dog trainers. She has a relaxed style when she trains, works well with even the most difficult dogs and is easily approachable for her clients. I have trained dogs with several different trainers and she is simply the best fit for me and many others. She is superb working with large classes and with individual, private lessons. She has my highest recommendation. Coach Kathleen Garcea

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  • 4 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
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Nanette P.
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Danielle is wonderful!! She is very knowledgeable and has suggestions/answers to any issues you may be having with your dog. My dog in particular needed training in developing manners. My dog was jumping, nipping and chewing on things in our house. Danielle was very patient in training her. She offered us suggestions on keeping our dog busy to distract her from chewing on things in our house. Danielle's training helped us learn ways to control her behaviors. I highly recommend Danielle. Our dog's behavior has really improved. It's nice to know that Danielle is available for refresher lessons if needed in the future!

Calling All Dogs, LLC
from 10 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle D.
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Tori was wonderful! We had 2 one hour private lessons to help my black lab Jack adjust to Snoopy our newly adopted beagle. By the end of the second hour, Jack had accepted Snoopy without the aggression that he had first shown. Snoopy is only 17 lbs and I was afraid the Jack, being 75 lbs, would hurt him. Tori knows exactly what she is doing and is confident in her abilities. I highly recommend Tori to anyone who may be looking to help train their dogs.

Pawsitive Dog Training
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Christina P.
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Lindsay was awesome! Our dog Gracie went through training with her. Gracie had a lot of anxiety which led to excessive barking and along with that a short attention span. Lindsay helped us come up with ways to calm her down and redirect her when she went into her fits of barking. On top of that tremendous help we were able to train Gracie to sit, lay down, come, stay, leave it, beg, shake, and roll over. I'm grateful to Lindsay for all her wisdom in training and techniques. Gracie is now starting to socialize with other dogs, which wouldn't have been possible without her training. I would definitely recommend Lindsay to anyone looking for a dog trainer. She shared with me different things she would do for other dogs in their training, for example she told me about how one dog learned all the commands very quickly so she has adapted the program to that dog's ability and researched more commands and tricks to teach him. I think the most important thing is that Lindsay knows each dog is different and she creates a program for each case.

Dog Obedience Training
from 7 reviews
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Wayne S.
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Kathy & her staff are vary good. I put pit bull in puppy kindergarten & beginner obedience training. My dog is great with people & loves to be around other dogs. Money & time well spent. I highly recommend ALL DAWGS ACADEMY. Wayne

A Pawsitive Experience
from 6 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cheryl S.
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Very much in tune to my dogs needs My dog is well socialized from all the great activity she has available to her

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brian B.
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We have used Nicole numerous times over the past year for in home dog sitting. Each and every time she exceeds our expectations. She treats our fur babies so well....makes sure they are loved, walked and fed. Communicates effectively with us during our trip for updates. Our puppies are so calm and happy when we get home...I'm 100% certain that Nicole gives our puppies the love and caring they deserve while we're away. We'll use Nicole again and again!

  • 43 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Rihannon N.
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I started as a training client with my then 12 week old shepherd mix puppy. The training and trainers were absolutely amazing. We have attend every training program offered and now use all there services. This facility and staff is the best I've found by far. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and has extremely satisfying customer service. My dog jumps for joy anytime I say do you want to go visit Love your dog. As long as he is happy and seems loved which I know he is I'm happy.

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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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