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Eugene Animal Behaviorists

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  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Sara G.
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Our experience was awesome! So pleased with everything. Such a change in the behavior of our puppy.

Training Spot
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 13 years in business
Laurel H.
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These are some of the most professional, effective positive reinforcement dog trainers in town. Their group classes and individual training options are so great, no matter what kind of behavior your dog has (good or bad). They are so kind and caring!

Pawsitive Pet
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joni H.
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Cindy came to my home, worked with both my dog and horse. She very quickly established a trusting rapport with my dog. She was patient and knowledgeable.

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My work stands out because I love animals and genuinely want to help them. I also put 110 percent effort into any animal that I am caring for.

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Hi, I am 24-year-old male who moved to Eugene in 2008. I love the Eugene Springfield area but unfortunately, I have not been fortunate enough to live where I am allowed to keep a pet of any sort. Growing up, I was surrounded by animals of all different sorts and by the age of 10, I had four dogs (two big ones and two small ones), four cats (thee of which I rescued as kittens in the alley behind our house), three birds (two love birds and one parrot), two gerbils and a turtle. I had to feed, clean, wash, walk and most importantly, love all these every day. Me being fully responsible for them was the only way my parents would agree to letting so many animals stay at our house. I learned how to deal with animals of all different temperaments and developed a love and affection for all kinds of animals. I love interacting with animals and enjoying caring for them and making them happy. I would never view being around them and giving them what they need as work or a chore of any sort. I would love to help out with your pets, and I don't set a price on this sort of thing and am always open for conversation. If you would like to contact me, I am available anytime. If I don't pick up, feel free to leave a message or text me, and I will get right back to you. My name is Philip Martin, and I love animals and hope to see yours soon.

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I'm young I can do allot I'm healthy and I love working

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I walk, feed, wash, clean up, stop bad habits, and baby sit all kinds of animals! I love all kinds of animals and get along great with all of them.

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I'm dedicated to helping others in any way I can. My services are yours. Ask me, and I will do my best to assist you. I am a stable/ranch hand ready to work.

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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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