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Smyrna Dog Aggression Trainers

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  • 7 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Deana F.
Verified review

We've recently experienced intra house aggression between our two dogs and were needing professional assistance in how best to intervene. We are very impressed with James' compassion, thoroughness, and commitment to helping us with our issues. He offers very specific practices/homework that are within our & our dogs' abilities. James' flexibility in working with our schedules is a huge plus and he takes advantage of opportunities to expose the dogs to outside distractions. We are looking forward to our future sessions.

The Balanced Dog
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
Jo A.
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Travis did a wonderful job with our 13 month old German Pinscher Anabel. She now has house manners and walks without tugging when we go out for walks. During her training, he updated us with photos and information on how her training was progressing. When Travis return Anabel, he gave us a lesson on how to continue reinforcing all that he had taught her and a video of her training for reference. We highly recommend Travis for anyone who is looking for knowledgeable dog trainer.

Southern Dogworks
5.0
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Martha K.
Verified review

A Fantastic experience beyond our imagination. Training our 8 Month old Puppy, Freckies who weighs over 40 pounds. We were apprehensive about sending him to a trainer but knew that we needed an expert. We interviewed 3 dog trainers before we called Stacee and we are very lucky that we waited to talk with her. She was very calm, soft spoken and treated Freckies with love and respect. Stacee appears to be a "dog whisperer." I am definitely very satisfied and highly recommend Stacee and Southern Dogworks. Her attention to our needs and Freckies was always foremost in all communication.

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Thank Dog! Training
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel K.
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We are very thankful for Noelle/Thank Dog! She has been fantastic in helping train us (including my 13 year old daughter) as we attempt to train our new puppy ;-). Noelle has a peaceful, accommodating and patient presence and has surpassed my expectations in every single way. Both my 8 yr old and 4 month old dogs respond incredibly well to Noelle and her training "style/method". Noelle has done a wonderful job of listening to our concerns and desires in regards to training our puppy and has been extremely accommodating in creating a personalized plan that meets our family's specific goals and needs. Both of our dogs have also borded with Noelle which is honestly icing on an already very sweet cake...we have been able to travel knowing they are in Noelle's excellent, compassionate, expert care. It's hard to put a price tag on peace of mind and we are beyond grateful that we have not only found the very best dog trainer for us and our immediate needs in navigating the crazy challenging puppy phase but also someone that I am confident will be the "go to" resource in any/all future training needs along with providing the perfect home away from home for my dogs whenever travel. R. Knox

Absolute K9 Solutions
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Kirsten O.
Verified review

Tami helped us deal with some aggression issues our terrier was having. She did an amazing job, and definitely is a knowledgable behaviorist. When our dog came home she was very helpful in making sure he would adjust well to life at home. We are very happy with the training and know we are still supported if we have any questions or concerns.

Music City K9 Training
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle S.
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Chris is great to work with! He gives easy tips for training your dog. We loved working with him to learn a variety training commands. He gives out homework sheets each week that help you remember what to work on and is also available to chat if you have questions.

Pet Prep Academy, LLC
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Susan M.
Verified review

Cindy reestablished my trust that I do know how to be a good dog owner😊🐕😚

Music City Dog Training
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Maria C.
Verified review

I hired Beth to help me out with some aggression issues I was having with my dog. Beth gave me the confidence I needed so that I can direct my dog in a way that she no longer is reactive towards people and sounds and we are now able to visit parks and stores and have house company with no issues. I have enjoyed working with Beth and plan on keeping in touch with our progresses! Thank you so much, Beth! ~Maria and Zeta

The Homeschooled Hound
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Kristen G.
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I hired John Miller to come to my home to train my 8 month old golden retriever on a few obedience commands and to resolve a couple of issues such as jumping and pulling on the leash when we would go for a walk. I definitely got the results that I was looking for. John's knowledge combined with his patient and friendly personality would make a great choice for anyone looking to hire a dog trainer.

  • 5 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Jill E.
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Bobby has done such a great job with our Doberman puppy! She's patient, consistent and our puppy loves working with and learning from her. The reason we chose her to train our pup is because she was the only dog trainer we talked to who was consultative and really listened to our wants and needs. All of the other trainers were more interested in telling us how great they were and didn't seem to care about our dog. So, we knew that if she was so kind with us, she'd do a great with our fur kid! I would highly recommend her!!!!

Fresh Canine Training
4.4
from 7 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Maggie B.
Verified review

We had such a great experience with Charlotte. Our American bulldog Brody was horribly aggressive with other dogs. Charlotte had us out for a consultation/assessment. She was extremely prepared and we started right away. After giving us an accurate assessment of Brody's fear aggression towards dogs we decided the best plan was a Board and Train. Brody spent 4 weeks with Charlotte. We reviewed weekly video updates of his progress. I'm shocked! I expected to be able to control him on leash around dogs, but being able to have guests come over with their dogs wasn't even something I dreamed about. Charlotte gave us new tools to help Brody be successful. Brody is now a much happier dog because we can do things like go in public where other dogs are. The biggest relief to us is he can now join us for vacation to the beach house with other dogs, instead of sitting in a boarding kennel.

Liv's Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Olivia I.
Verified review

I knew absolutely nothing about dogs when we got our puppy. Liv was extremely knowledgeable and patient. Her methods worked very well for my puppy as well as myself. She actually trained me ;) She was flexible with scheduling and her fees are more than reasonable. There was not a single negative to our whole experience.

DogSpeak
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Pam F.
    Verified review

    Nikki's seminars, "Real Life Rover" training and all around comprehension into dog communications is unmatched. She is an outstanding canine behaviorist/trainer and I have recommended her to everyone I know.

    COMMAND Canine Training
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    Pamela D.
    Verified review

    If you have any experience with Akitas, you know they are not the easiest dog to train. So my expectations to "train" my girl to be less animal aggressive and more responsive on leash were minimal on the first training day with Miss Jaime. However, from the getgo, my Akita loved Jaime but also learned right away she was no longer in charge of human/dog situations. There was an immediate respect for Jaime although a lot of testing "who was in charge" kinds of behaviors. Although even Jaime could not take all the natural Akita instincts out of her, my gal became more relaxed, very responsive to commands on leash and more of a joy to walk. The success of dog training depends as much on the "training" of the owner as of the dog. Miss Jaime works at success by working with the dog and owner. She explained clearly what to expect of my Akita according to my girl's nature and temperament, and especially all I needed to do to be part of the success of my Akita's behavioral changes. Miss Jaime is not a "bronco busting, beat them into submission" type of trainer. She understands the individuality of the dog (and the owner) and works wonders with those variables and constraints - to bring about the desired behaviors and outcomes. I highly recommend her and respect her training abilities because of my own experience with her training methods with my difficult Akita....

    Unleashed K9
    3.0
    from 2 reviews
      Julie P.
      Verified review

      Kimberly was my 3rd trainer for our dog and her ways were very helpful. We've had 4 other dogs and we were able to train them, but this dog is a bit problematic. He has many issues and Kimberly helped to make him a loved part of our family. He would not do well at a kennel and we have also used Kimberly's boarding services. Anyone hiring a dog trainer should talk with that trainer at length and make sure that you understand their style. Kimberly will not train your dog, but train you to train your dog- which is a much better way. She did bring her infant son to some of our lessons, but he was not a distraction and I really didn't care.

      Creed K-9
      5.0
      from 1 review
      • 4 years in business
      Mike S.
      Verified review

      Basic protection training and obedience training..the trainer was extremely professional and answered every question I had ..even ones I didn't think to even answer..I was also given tips and taught ways to continue training at home and how to work with my dog..she even offered to do refresher lessons for me..I will be getting a new pup this summer and will definitely have creed k-9 as my trainer. HIGHLY recommended

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      I am a dog trainer based in Fairview, TN. My passion for all animals has driven me to become a dog trainer. I am dedicated to turning any dog into our best friend.

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      I am the only area trainer that is United Nations certified and actual working certified military instructor/evaluator/trainer/handler. I am the only trainer that trains and competes with my own dogs, trained from a puppy with my methods, from a local to World level. Proof is on the field.

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      I was born to train dogs!!

      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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