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Trish H.
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We hired Pam of Wags and Woof Dog Training to help us with our new almost 2yo lab. Harry came to us directly from the breeder and didn't have any basic commands. We signed up for a 5-week package to get started. Pam comes to our home once a week. She is always prompt and pleasant. She is all about positive reinforcement and Harry is always excited to see her. We explained early on that our goal was not to have a perfect dog, but a happy, easy-to-live-with dog. In the first few weeks, we have worked on commands like sit, down, leave it, and walking on a lead. All is going well. Pam is also giving us suggestions on how to correct a few annoying behaviors with our 6yo lab. We could not be happier with our choice to hire Wags and Woof. I would recommend Pam to anyone.

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Potty breaks, playtime, and one-on-one training done in your home. A perfect solution for when you have a long day at work and want to make sure your four-legged family member still gets a chance to play, go for a walk, and have an extra potty break. Training can include learning to sit, walk on a loose leash, staying and more.

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I go above and beyond by providing housesitting and cleaning services while i am taking care of your precious babies while you're away on your trip.

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My name is Carly, I am 20 years old and am currently an undergraduate student at Penn State University studying telecommunications. I am looking for anyone who needs a pet sitter or dog walker. I am a proud owner of many adorable pets at home including a dog, 4 cats, and bunnies. My family also is a foster home for dogs, cats, puppies, and kittens when there is overcrowding at the local SPCA at my home. I am very accustomed to the responsibility of pets. I love animals and would love to make a job out of taking care of them!

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The training we offer includes the following: * basic obedience * puppy school * dealing with behavioral issues * specialty trainings, including agility, tracking, therapy and service dogs We like to do a lot and have fun with our dogs, and we believe everyone should be able to!

  • 5 years in business
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I am a lifetime dog lover, and I provide daily dog walking service and pet care. Do you need someone to lovingly walk and care for you fury family member while you work or go out of town? My name is Kristen Corry, and I offer my services as a dog walker to give you peace of mind. I offer 15, 30, 45 and 60-minute walking sessions to tailor your pet's needs! I am a lifelong dog and pet owner, and their care is my passion. I am in Bellefonte City center and operate in a 10-mile radius. Call today to see if I operate in your area!

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Hi, I am Cori from Milesburg in Centre County. I have been training and showing dogs for 27 years. Since I also offer boarding for dogs I am used to taking several dogs at once for walks. I love dogs. I have a German shepherd named Otto, he is a service dog, therapy dog and tracker. Bella is a mini dachshund long hair sable. She is an agility, obedience and tracking dog. I did train my service dog myself. There is nothing better than taking dogs out for a good walk. I walk my dogs 3 times a day. My services are walking, training and boarding so I am always around. I can go anywhere in Centre County or a little bit further for a small gas fee (for outside Centre County). I have my own car so I have no trouble getting anywhere. Dogs are my life. I retired early to do what I love. I do have a degree in Animal Science and General Banking. I work with a vet for small animals. I lived on a farm for 26 years and have bred St. Bernards. I have a lot of experience with dogs. I would love to help you out. I provide many references upon request.

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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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