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Butler German Shepherd Trainers

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Scooby Doos House of Play
4.8
from 37 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy M.
Verified review

Deedee helped me and my wife with our 1.5 year old german shepherd tremendously. He’s well behaved when he’s in “training” mode but can be a terror when he’s not focused or remotely distracted. With only four sessions, his behavior went from almost unbearable (always play biting, barking at everything, not great at walking, etc.) to the point where he’s getting compliments on his behavior. We participated in two separate (different locations) group-training sessions when he was younger but the results weren’t where we wanted them. I would highly recommend one-on-one training with Deedee because she teached us, the owners, as much -if not more- than she was able to teach our dog (it could be beneficial to do group training after an initial training with Deedee to socialize your dog/pup). I never realized how much we thought we were doing correctly (per the group training classes) that just wasn’t cutting it. He still has a ways to go but she sets a strong foundation. Overall, if you have a dog you simply aren’t seeing the results you want from training or a young puppy, call Deedee. We’ll likely be boarding our dog with her as well when we go on vacation. She’s very professional, responsive and accommodating. We both highly recommend her.

Paula's Dog Services
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah Y.
Verified review

Paula has been a wealth of information and helped us focus to help our German Shepherd learn. And of course, most of it is training us! She is kind and encouraging, I would recommend her services.

Paw & Order Dog Training
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Katelyn Z.
Verified review

I came across Paw & Order while looking for a "last resort" trainer for my rescue German Shepherd Emma. Emma had extreme dog reactivity on and off leash and had even attacked another dog in my neighborhood. Due to this aggressive behavior, Emma spent most of her time inside. After calling Paw and Order, trainer Jamie came for an evaluation and got started shortly after. The company had not a single reservation with working on a "bad dog" which to be honest, made me a little nervous. How could they fix the seemingly unfixable? After the first session, Emma began walking on leash better than she ever had. She was listening and much more calm. As an extra layer of training, owner Elissa took in Emma for a board and train to hone in on Emma's reactivity. Elissa kept me informed of Emma's progress each day, and after completing the board and train, I picked up a new dog. Emma was socializing and friendly with all the other dogs which I had never seen her do before. Even after bringing her home, the tools which we had learned to use continued to stick. Now Emma is the star of any park, walking and listening better than most dogs we see. She even enjoys the off-leash dog park which I never thought we would set foot in. Additionally, we utilize trainer Nate for regular dog walks while I am at work. Knowing that the same training principles are adhered to during Emma's walks while I am at work is a huge relief. I am confident in their ability to not only guide her on a walk, but continue to instill her training methods. This company is not for treat training and tricks. They really train your dog to behave and follow commands for everyday use, and for safety and recall. Though Emma has always been loved and well cared for, her quality of life before Paw and Order was nothing like it is today. She goes everywhere with me, without my fear of "how will she react to this?". She gets to meet dogs, socialize, run and play, and see life in a way she'd never gotten to before. I highly recommend this company if you feel stuck with your pet, or are trying to break extremely unwanted behaviors. I continue to board Emma with Elissa, and go on monthly pack walks with Paw and Order clients, and couldn't be happier with our results. I was not compensated in any way to provide this review - just wanted to share my satisfaction and hope to help out any other struggling dog parents!

  • 7 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ella N.
Verified review

He is the Man I’m going to put it like this he’ll be back 1 or 2 more time, “Excellent” on the first try with my Boy my Big Puppy he’s a Germain Shepherd and he was trying to give him a run for his money but, He ended up give Razor a run for his money, I would suggest him to anyone, he left me with an assignment and I’ve been working razor over time, his Price is worth the money, money I didn’t mind paying and I won’t mind paying when he gets back, if you and your Dog needs some attention, meaning (HELP) he is the man, and “yes” I said You and your Dog, I’m telling y’all don’t hesitate, I really needed his help I did some things, with my dog before he had even gotten here, but I also needed what I didn’t know I’m not to proud, I couldn’t even walk him cause he pulled me so hard, the very next day due to what Razor’s Trainer left me with in one of my assignments because I want my dog to walk proud and No he doesn’t brake your dogs spirit we all know there a part of the family “hell” I know my Dog is He slept until 9:30pm at night he was worn out but he thought me so...much, thank you

  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly T.
Verified review

Brooke is a great person who knows dogs. We have a senior corgi and a very shy German shepherd, and when we took them to meet Brooke, both dogs liked her right away. Our GSD wasn't nervous at all, which seems like a small miracle, because everything makes her nervous! Brooke watched our girls for a week, and they came home happy and as if they'd never left, so I know they were calm and happy with Brooke. She also sends photo updates so you can see what your pups are up to while you're away, and even gave our corgi a much-needed bath. We will definitely be using Brooke for all of our dog sitting needs in the future.

Trusted K9 Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Lauren H.
    Verified review

    Lindsay is great with our German Shepherd mix. She has been very trustworthy and always let's me know when something is out of the ordinary. It's such a relief to know someone is checking on our pup in the middle of the day, especially when he was not feeling well. Lindsay knows her stuff when it comes to dogs, and it has been so wonderful to have her around.

    • 4 years in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Sarah B.
    Verified review

    Andrea is absolutely fabulous! We learned more in an hour and a half with Andrea than 6 weeks of a stock training class at a retail pet store. The one on one attention and completely customized approach was key for our 3 month old German Shepherd puppy. I watched him learn a series of commands in a matter of minutes. I feel armed with the knowledge I need to be able to successfully and effectively train my puppy. Looking forward to our next lesson!

    Kilted K-9
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 26 years in business
    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Linda M.
    Verified review

    Based on the recommendation of my veterinarian, who knew Dayton, I contracted with him for 6 weeks of training for a 5 month old German Shepherd. He helped me understand the breed and worked with us as the pup learned basic commands. I was so pleased with my progress with the pup that I contracted for 6 more lessons and later recommended him to a friend who had just rescued a 2 year old greyhound. Dayton obviously loves and respects dogs. He has endless patience for the dog and the owner and is able to clearly explain and demonstrate the lesson being taught. He is very generous with his time and knowledge and he guarantees his training. He is prompt to respond to messages and is always available to address training problems or issues that might develop after the class is over.

    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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