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Columbus Dog Obedience Schools

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L&S Pets
4.9
from 42 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
Daniel L.
Verified review

She is incredible at dog training. The best part is she trains us on how to train our dog. She notes the difference between forcing a dog to do what you want and teaching the dog through positive reinforcement. She shows ways to train a dog in a way that the dog will enjoy it. She is always on time an very honest. After 1 session my wife accidently paid her for two sessions. She could have just kept the extra money and we would have never known. But she was honest and made sure we knew she got paid for two sessions.

  • 9 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Thomas H.
Verified review

I can not recommend Terry Cook enough it's like I have a brand new dog! To have training where my dog is no longer reactive on a leash but can be off leash as well makes his training one of the best. Thank you Terry!

Katie's Canine Connection
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
Kylene B.
Verified review

Katie was one of the trainers who trained my service dog as a puppy. Without Katie's hard work, Leni would not be the partner for me that she is. Leni is not a quiet, obedient dog. She has a mind of her own and can be a bit too smart for her own good. Katie set the foundation for Leni's training when she was a puppy so that she could be the dog she is for me today. I now rely on Leni as my medical alert dog to keep me safe, and it is the obedience training foundation and task training that she received that make her able to do her job and do it well. Having Leni has changed my life, and the training Katie did with her has been a huge reason that Leni has become the service dog that she is. Katie is incredibly talented as a trainer and knows how to connect with each dog to get the best out of them. Choosing Katie to train your dog will not disappoint!

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  • 11 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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Lesley H.
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Fozzie was a wild boy when we first got him - he had so much energy. Julie was fantastic in providing practical tips and support while teaching us in several obedience classes. I wouldn't have survived puppyhood without her!

Offleash K9 Training, LLC
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
James L.
Verified review

I enrolled my 7 month old American bully pup Jax into Rogers 2 week board in train program. Roger kept us updated daily with status messages and pictures which made the 2 weeks without Jax easier. We missed him like crazy. When we picked up Jax roger went over the e collar and commands with me and my children so we all felt comfortable using it. We were so amazed with what roger had taught Jax. Not only did he teach the commands that were included with the 2 week board in train we paid for but he went above and beyond and taught Jax several advanced commands too! If you are thinking about obedience training for your dog roger is the man to use.

Pin Up Pup Training
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Erica S.
Verified review

When we had gotten our Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, we had no idea what we were getting into. After calling numerous trainers, we had chose Megan. Megan stood out with her approach to training; by focusing on positive reinforcement in a flexible way that was designed around our specific needs. Each week, Megan would work with us to determine what our dog was struggling with and what we wanted to focus on in the future. She customized each session to suit our needs and address any behavioral issues we had. In addition to helping us train our 10 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback, she also helped train us to know what we should be doing and why different things would achieve different responses from our puppy. After each session, Megan provided us with "homework" to do before her next visit. Throughout the entire process, we could tell that Megan truly cared for our puppy and wanted to help us learn what we should be doing. Overall, we would strongly recommend working with Megan. In addition to our 6 week obedience classes, we have chosen to have her help us work with our puppy to achieve the canine good citizen certification.

Pet Behavior Associates, INC
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Kori S.
Verified review

Classes are helpful for all levels of experiences you have with dogs. Both conformation and obedience classes are great!

Lead the Way K9 Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle C.
Verified review

Our puppy Brooklyn is a very smart dog and was doing ok with training, but we were not succeeding due to our own time availability to work with her and our lack of expertise in areas that she was not excelling in. Brittney & Josh were amazing from the first contact through their explanation of their program. I enjoyed watching all of the videos of the past pets they had worked with. They kept us up to date and informed through the entire process and we loved watching her success on social media. At the "go home" training session for us, they did an excellent job at instructing our entire family and even allowing the kids to be a major part in trying to distract her and show how well she could behave, even with their craziness. We still have to follow-up training with her at home to help her to continue her success but she is leaps and bounds ahead of where she was. We are now able to get her calm by putting her in place which will be so helpful when company arrives or when the kids are trying to get ready in the morning for school. We greatly appreciate the calm and patience that Lead the Way provided and we are excited about our future with our well behaved pup.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Holli D.
Verified review

Tiffany was great to work with and did an excellent job with Lulu, our goldendoodle puppy. I would highly recommend her!

Steiner Training

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    I specialize in basic dog obedience training (sub-novice and novice levels) and 4-H showmanship. I have taught obedience and showmanship for 16 years, and currently serve as a 4-H dog judge in Ohio. I am willing to travel to you, or meet you for classes.

    About

    I have had many years of experience with animals. I have a unique way with bonding with and training dogs. I use commands and signals that are very easy to use and remember. I also use a reward system every time an animal does the command I asked. I will reward them with a treat. If they don't do the command I ask them to do, I repeat over and over again until they get it. Remember, things just don't happen overnight; it takes time and patience. I treat dogs a lot like children. My two dogs are a lot like my two-year-old daughter to me. If you are interested, you can contact me. Please tell your name and a brief message, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I do charge $10 an hour, and there is a contract we will have to go over and sign. I only work an animal 3 to 4 days a week for about 3 hours a day. The contract will also have information I need to know to know about the animal attached to it. Thanks a lot.

    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.

    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.

    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?
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