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Portland German Shepherd Trainers

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from 45 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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Faith U.
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I have a fear reactive Catahoula/German Shepherd mix. We couldn't even go for walks before I sent Norah to Cynthia for three weeks. The fact that we also had training sessions that came with those three weeks has been SO helpful for post training life. I've recommended her to several people I know, and I recommend her to anyone that is reading this. Cynthia is affordable and down to earth. Norah is a completely different dog, happy to go out and to meet other dogs and have new experiences.

  • 5 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Kimberly P.
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My son just recently got married. His wife had a 5 month old white German Shepherd. You could tell the dog was very sweet and wanting to please. She was raised in a crate and had little contact with people. She had large anxiety and barked at everyone. Mosh, (the dog) became confident and cooperative from the very first lesson. I have total respect and admiration for Off Leash trainging for dogs. They work miracles. Now at the end of our four weeks of training we are letting the dog go to a friend's home. I have three cats and a tiny house so.... she is off to a life of confidence and love. I'll miss her. Thank you Trish. You're awesome!

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Dogs Listen To Me
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
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Julie M.
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I hired Rob end of last summer for my 4 month old lab...everything we learned with Rob has worked great. Porter completely listens to the magic word and he reacts with no hesitation. I highly recommend Rob to train your pup!!

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from 12 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
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Alexsa S.
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Nicole was amazing! We only had a few days with her and she taught us everything she possibly could. She was assertive with our pup and help us do the same. My husband did the sessions with me and while he practiced with our dog, I practiced with Flynn, Nicole's well trained Australian Shepherd. That proved to best way for us to learn as we were both able to be active. Watching her with her dog provided a great example to us if what we were training our dog to do. Nicole was patient and very helpful. He repeated herself often and encouraged us to take notes to ensure that we grasped every concept she taught us. Our 6 month old puppy is doing great! He walks well on a leash and obeys commands like come, sit, down, stay, and heel. We are now practicing of leash training and with Nicole's help he is doing great! I would recommend her to anyone who has adopted a dog of any age.

  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tim T.
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Risa has a true talent communicating with our German Shepard, and us her owners. We're making good progress and am looking forward to getting the most our of our training to help make our dog as happy and well behaved as possible.

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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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