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L&S Pets
from 42 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 129 hires on Thumbtack
Caroline S.
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This was my 2nd experience with a dog trainer after a previous experience that really left a bad taste in my mouth. But from the moment Lisa came into the house and met my dog I was immediately comforted. She was excellent with my German Shepherd and fixed his aggression and obedience issues within a couple sessions. She even brought her own family over to help deal with my dog's territory issues in the house with guests. Her passion for working with dogs is obvious, and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a great trainer!

  • 9 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
Micheal L.
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The whole experience with Sit Means Sit from Terry driving 2 hours to the house to meet us and give us a demo to dropping off our 2 German Shepherds and picking them up was outstanding! The staff and trainer was very professional and personable and while we were there for the 3 hour training, we were treated as if we were at home! Thank you again Sit Means Sit and Terry for an awesome experience!

Offleash K9 Training, LLC
from 15 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Kevin S.
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A no nonsense approach to training my German Shepherd puppy. Was very supportive and encouraging through the process. Would definitely recommend.

Paradigm K9
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Erin H.
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We use Paradigm K9 for our German Shepherd puppy training. What stands out is Jeff's willingness to be supportive of our puppy training via phone with questions as well as his demonstrated professional training methods. He is knowledgeable about different breeds and their unique traits. He has a plan to ensure training is effective and very rewarding. I highly recommend Jeff to anyone wanting an objective, professional to work with you and your dog for a successful partnership.

TR2C Kennels
from 7 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Jess R.
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Tim took great care of my German shepherd. He was thorough in his training with her, offered wonderful tips to continue her training at home and was great at communicating with me throughout her stay with him. We will definitely have him board her in the future when needed.


My passion is working with dogs. I have four dogs of my own that I work with and train. I do dog walking. I also do basic dog training and some behavioral issues.

Legend Run Kennels

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    I offer dog training for all breeds, whether on leash or off leash. I am a German shepherd breeder for pet, family protection, and personal protection.

    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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