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Cedar Park German Shepherd Trainers

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Good Dog Training
4.9
from 324 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 726 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Catey H.
Verified review

I had a great experience with Rona! As a first time dog owner, there are many questions I have about training my German Shepherd. Rona helped by giving me simple exercises to practice with my dog to improve confidence, eye contact and obedience.

  • 5 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Michael B.
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My newly-adopted, two-year old, purebred German Shepherd had no 'dog socialization skills', and was fearfully aggressive with all dogs. His idea of a leash is what he attached to his human to take him/her wherever, at a speed he deemed appropriate. He had other undesirable traits and lacked those which are desirable. Well, within 24-48 hours Jax was running and playing with his new friends; learning what was undesirable; learning new desirable traits; and within 7-8 days was making Field Trips to Home Depot and Lowe's. Kevin is a true professional who obviously loves animals - both his and those of his customers. My proof of just how positive an experience Jax had was when we returned a few days later and Jax went running to Kevin - a strong bond was formed. A TEXAS-SIZE thank you to Aloha Canine Development Center for a positive experience beyond expectations.

K9 Mastery LLC
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Kelsey B.
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Christie does absolutely amazing work, which is why we drove 2 hours to have her board & train our 2 yr old German Shepherd. We were running out of hope just when we came across K9 Mastery during an online hunt. She stuck out from the other standard 2-week board & train programs all over and decided to give her a shot. While it was hard having him gone for an entire month... boy, was it worth it! We used to get pulled all over when we had him on a leash and coming across other dogs and/or people was a nightmare. His aggression towards other dogs and people that he didn't know was our biggest issue and we were SO SHOCKED to see his progress when we picked him up after a month with her. She has done the impossible (or so we thought) and it was worth every penny. His sits, downs, and stays are even better than before and now he can even heel. And oh how thankful we are to not have tired and red hands after having him on the leash. I have already recommended K9 Mastery to several people who have asked us how our dog is so well trained and behaved.

Canine Moxy
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
Verified review

I can't say enough good things about Kris and Canine Moxy! My husband and I rescued a German Shepherd mix from the middle of nowhere and have fallen head over heels for her over the past year. Despite the fact that she is the sweetest dog to us, we couldn't seem to shake her fear and "aggressive" behavior towards other dogs. When Kris arrived for her two-hour consultation I was immediately impressed - not only is he a trainer, but he is an animal behaviorist and was able to read things like her posture and reactivity to stressful scenarios. We chose to send our dog to a week long training with Kris at his house, and saw HUGE results. His analysis was that she was actually a feral dog and hadn't learned how to socialize with other animals at all before being rescued. He was great about sending updates and pictures while she was away, which made the experience much less stressful on her overprotective parents! Since working with Kris, our dog has transformed from a dog that would enter into extreme panic mode when passing another dog on a walk to being able to go to a dog park and have positive interactions with other dogs. Hiring Kris was the best decision we have ever made, and we plan to continue working with him!!

  • 10 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Meeta B.
Verified review

I think this company does so much more then leave me with confidence that my dog is safe while I'm traveling but also the compassion and dedication to helping and improving my dogs life with in the household as well as in public!! I have so much more fun now knowing that my dog is being trained properly and in a humane manner then others trainers use. My dog is still learning things but I'm glad I use Darling Pet sitting and training to help me in pet sitting stays and to train my dog.

  • 13 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Don L.
Verified review

Went to Canine Academy for training with my 9 month old German Shepherd puppy. He had reached the stage where if something doesn't change, he would have to go. I talked to Lisa, the owner, who told me that the toughest time was between 8 and 14 months, and that she was confident training would help. We went, and it did! The training was casual but focused. My 11 y/o daughter came with and spent a lot of time working with the dog. It's obvious the instructors know what they are doing and have had experience with many types of dogs. I would absolutely recommend this place...and I have!

Lucky Star Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Susan H.
Verified review

Jennifer is a life saver! I do train and board with her, and she has brought out the absolute best in my German Shepherd pup Blue. After going through her training Blue can come anywhere with me. She comes when called, is great on leash, and no longer jumps on people. I feel totally confident and relaxed with her on walks, at the dog park, or hanging at a patio restaurant. And she gets loads of attention for being so well-behaved! Jennifer is both professional and loving. While boarding she sends regular updates and photos of the pups. The dogs get tons of exercise and play time. Blue is always excited to board there. I can't recommend Jennifer enough!

Marissa M.
Verified review

Kim has provided my husband and I with the confidence and tools needed to manage our sweet but anxious 3 year old shepherd mix around unfamiliar people/situations. Kim did a great job on educating us on our dog's behaviors and then explained how we can manage them. We have learned so much and will continue to implement what we have learned.

The Language of Canines
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Lisa D.
    Verified review

    We started working with Doug for our German Shepard who wouldn't behave. His work with her was amazing and now she not only listens, but has dozens of tricks she likes to do to show off. However our best experience with Doug was when we decided to add a rescue dog to our family. We asked Doug to help and he was able to see past the new dogs aggression and with his guidance our dogs are now inseparable buddies. Doug has the ability to see past a dogs bad behaviors and is able to reveal who the dog really is. He's the 'My Fair Lady' of dog trainers.

    Bucks Quality K9
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Monica J.
      Verified review

      I got a female German shepherd from Sharon. She came already trained, guard trained, protection, obedient, housebroke etc. She knows all basic commands and does them when told the first time. I love this dog so much. she is healthy also. I highly recommend this breeder for buying or training. she's the best! She knows what she is doing and After I got my dog I must have called her 20 times a day, she always picked up the phone and answered my questions. I also sleep well at night knowing "sasha" is in the house! Monica J

      Triple Crown Dog Academy
      1.0
      from 1 review
        About

        We are a 360-acre dog boarding and training facility, located minutes from Austin, Tx. We offer boarding packages in our climate-controlled, indoor/outdoor kennels that include amenities such as beach clubs, nature walks, and doggy ice cream treats. Our training programs are designed to meet your schedule and goals, with options in group classes, private lessons, and in-kennel training.

        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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