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Norman Dog Behavior Specialists

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Buddy's Dog School
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie L.
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I highly recommend Buddy's Dog School! Stacey is so talented in her skills and knowledge of training methods that really work! She worked with both me and my dog, teaching me how to continue reinforcing wanted behavior after she trained my dog. That made a big difference!

Daydra's P.E.T.S.
4.9
from 24 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Brennym K.
Verified review

She was able to not only change the behavior of our dog in a matter of minutes, but more importantly, able to teach us very simple and effective tricks to modify his behavior.

Sit Means Sit OKC
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
John M.
Verified review

Cannot be happier with a dog training organization....My Family and I bought a very cute havanese puppy home when clementine was weeks old....she began turning from a very cute, fluffy bundle of joy to a do what she wants to, unruly pet who needed someone to train her to be a family pet....We met with the guys from Sit means Sit, and within 5 minutes of being there, Lukas had her doing whatever he wanted her to do. We were blown away...we signed up for the 5 day training program and have been very satisfied with the results...our dog is happy and on her way to being obedient...please, if you have a dog that needs training, do not walk, RUN to this place...you will be satisfied with the results....Thanks to all the staff for the warm reception and the training...

Ruff Life Rehab
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Mia S.
Verified review

Jennifer and Timm are wonderful! They are honest and kind, and they did an amazing job socializing our dog. We would recommend them to anyone and will definitely be going back for more obedience training soon!

  • 28 years in business
Jeff O.
Verified review

Penny has more knowledge about animal behavior than any other trainer I've dealt with. Outstanding !!

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I provide canine behavior modification, basic obedience training, dog walking and dog sitting. I will travel depending on location.

Q & A

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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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