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Knoxville Dog Agility Trainers

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Meadowbrooke Kennel
from 10 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Cori H.
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Outstanding trainers! Our puppy is having a great time at boarding school. The trainer texts us with pictures and videos nearly everyday and we can go out to visit anytime.

  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Narda H.
Verified review

My Rough Collie, 6 months old, was able to 'come, sit , stay' in 1 1hour lesson. Practicing at home locked it in. Jonathan Paul Stewart is a patient, kind, professional who loves dogs and wants them to be successful. He even came to my home to help me correct a 'come' command. Its the parents that have to learn the most. The dogs are all geniuses. After basics graduation and 1 advanced training, Tula my collie, can walk and heel off leash. And other things off leash. Its a lot of fun watching your dog do these commands. I laugh all the time!

Space Cadet Pets
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa T.
Verified review

Our Westie just got back from training for 2 weeks with John, and we can't say enough good things about how happy we are with the results. First of all, John has a unique connection with dogs. When he came over to meet Nessie, we knew by his gentle, intuitive approach to her, and by her response to him, that he would be a great trainer for her. Nessie needed help with potty training, obedience, and barking too much. After spending 2 weeks under John's care and training, Nessie actually came home VERY much improved in all areas and she is also a much calmer dog now. John spent the first couple of days getting to know Nessie, and he worked with her unique little self. When her training was done, John brought her back to us and took the time to explain what work he'd done, and how our family can effectively implement the training he'd done with Nessie. He also brought food and supplements to improve her diet! John followed up with an email of his observations, work with Nessie, and suggestions for us to continue her training. We couldn't be more pleased with John's personal approach and genuine care for our dog.

from 3 reviews
  • 20 years in business
Tracie T.
Verified review

I would definitely recommend Lyell Flagg as a dog trainer. Our family adopted a Border Terrier, Wesley, who acted almost like a feral animal. He had no socialization, was aggressive at times, and very hyper. We joined a class that Lyell was teaching. Wesley was by far the worst behaved dog in the class. He was disruptive and we had a very hard time controlling him. We were sure that he would be dismissed from the class. Lyell not only didn't give up on him, but she went above and beyond with him. She took him from us several times during class, still while teaching, to work with him. She spent extra time with him after class. She recommended things for us to try at home. She even offered to come to our home. If it wasn't for Lyell showing us what to do with Wesley, I'm not sure we would have been able to keep him. I am proud to say Wesley is now a completely different dog. I can not thank Lyell enough. She had so much patience and actually took Wesly on as a challenge, and did not give up on him, when I think most people would have. I would definitely recommend Lyell as a dog trainer. She is excellent at what she does!

East Tennessee TTouch
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Renee B.
Verified review

Katie was recommended to us for our troubled Aussie/Border Collie little girl. We rescued Lucy a year ago. she was about 2-1/2 yrs old then. I never had a dog like Lucy. Lucy's name should have been "trouble". We hired a professional trainer and Lucy learned basic stuff-like "sit' down etc. It really helped her, but she had so many issues. Lucy barked at anything that moved, whether she was inside or outside, plus other problems. I must admit that, at first, I was a little ambivalent about the whole thing- but we were ready to try anything. After about the 4th session, Lucy was laying by the door looking outside and I noticed one car going by , a truck etc, and she didn't bark- 9 cars and 2 trucks without Lucy barking. That was a miracle. She is doing very well with the barking and other issues. Lucy is still learning a lot from T-Touch with Katie and so are we. I DO believe in the program. Katie is very dedicated in what she does. I wish I could give Katie and T-Touch more than 5 stars.

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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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