Find an aggressive dog trainer near Westerville, OH

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Top 10 Aggressive Dog Trainers near Westerville, OH

8. Paradigm K9
from 11 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Westerville, OH
"I had a great experience working with Jeff. I have two active, wild and crazy dogs. Before working with Jeff, I would be nervous to set foot outside with my dogs on a leash. Both are strong and curious to chase squirrels, other dogs, and people. I was pulled and drug through the grass on multiple occasions by them. Both my dogs and I went through Jeff's 12 week off-leash program, and it has changed our lives. I can walk both of my dogs outside, with no leash, and they respond to each command I give. Chasing squirrels, and sniffing other dogs, is now available for them, but only if I give a command that it's okay to do so. And the best part is, Jeff's training actually worked. My dogs are able to be dogs, and enjoy their time outside, while listening to me at the same time. My dogs were extremely different in how they handled training. Mia, did not respond well to the e-collar. But Jeff continued to work with me and her, and she was able to work through her anxiety. Today, you wouldn't notice that she used to hide and shake before every training, because today she looks forward to putting on her collar to have the freedom to run and play like she never had the opportunity to before. My other dog, Dingo, never minded the collar once, and was able to learn and grow just the same. I am proud of both of them for what they were able to accomplish. If you are hesitant about how your dog will handle the e-collar, Jeff is equipped for any experience, and the result will be excellent no matter what."

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Mike B.

Terry Cook -

My wife and I are completely overwhelmed by the resullts Terry Cook and the dog training services he provided our almost 2 year old lab. As Terry advertises not only did he have our Lab off leash in three appointments,he also had him sitting and staying until we gave the command word to come to us. Also he had him at the door sitting until we released him both to go out and to come back in. It is now a pleasure to walk our dog with him right by our side. No more leash pulling or not coming as soon as we tell him to come. He literally changed our whole dog owning experience. We STRONGLY and without any reservations recommend Terry Cook for any doggie bad habits. Just expect a long,but well worth it wait, because the word is out how successful a dog trainer Terry is. THANK YOU TERRY !! Mike and Gale Bordner

Jun 27, 2018

Paula S.

Pack Boss, LLC

We are still a work in progress but after just one visit we can see a major change in Bixby. Tim is a master at not only training our dog but also training us. I look forward to achieving our goals with Bixby.

Jan 11, 2018

Amy B.

Family Dog K9 Training

Kathleen did an awesome job training Marley! He goes in his kennel on command, walks so much better on the leash and stays in place when told to do so! The overall function of our house has massively improved thanks to Family Dog K9 Training!!

Jun 13, 2017

Sally D.

The Pet Nannies of Central Ohio

Amy is a great resource. She is an experienced dog trainer and we learned so much from her gentle but firm training methods. Our growing puppy is doing well because of the structure Amy helped us put in place. She is reliable, responsible and trustworthy. I am looking forward to working with her for animal watching (have chickens, too) in the future. And maybe another puppy! Thank you and have a great day!

Apr 27, 2017

Stacy S.

Katie's Canine Connection

We were thrilled with Katie's skills and abilities from the first lesson. Katie is very personable, our dogs were very responsive to her training techniques. Katie demonstrates the techniques than has us practice in her presence so that we get the commands and techniques in place.

Feb 22, 2017

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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