Find a dog trainer near Harrisburg, PA

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7. K9 Enrichment and Training Specialties
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  • Serves Harrisburg, PA
"I offer force free, positive reinforcement only dog training and enrichment plans all for the cost for me to post this advertisement, $12! I offer the training for free but I need to be able to cover the cost for me to talk to you, my apologies. What do I offer? Currently I am offering free private lessons in basic obedience and enrichment plans for your dog. I have experience in training a wide variety of breeds from the very large to the tiny pocket sized pups of all ages. Beyond the experience I have with my own fur family, I have experience with shelter dogs and with training Federal Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Live Find Canines. So why am I offering my talents for just the cost of using thumbtack (about $15)? Beyond my full-time job, I am so passionate about force free, positive reinforcement dog training that I decided to go back to school again. In addition to my bachelor's and master's degrees, I applied to and was accepted into the "Harvard University" of dog training. The Academy for Dog Trainers (academyfordogtrainers.com) is regarded by animal training professionals as the best dog training education available in the world. My education requires students to interact with as many dogs as possible. In an effort to reach as many dogs and their pet parents as possible I am offering my services for free. Dog training, in its current state, is like the wild west. There are no regulations on what qualifies someone to be a dog trainer. That being said, when I complete my education I will have several certifications behind my name and be trained to handle any behavior problem. However, at this time because I am still evolving through my education I feel it is only fair that I offer basic obedience and enrichment. If there are problems that are beyond my current scope of practice I will be happy to refer you to someone in our network of dog trainers at the Academy. So what is force free positive reinforcement training and does it work? In force free positive reinforcement training we do not use things like choke, prong, shock collars or anything that the dog finds aversive. Does this really work? YES! The scientific research definitively confirms that force free positive reinforcement training works better than "balance" or correction based training with no side effects. Positive reinforcement training also strengthens the bond between dog and owner. Please let me show you how being a "cookie pusher" can help you and your dog today! I prefer to have face to face consults but I am happy to speak with you over the phone too! Background check is available upon request."

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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 behave 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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