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College Station Dog Behavior Specialists

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  • 14 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Tuddy T.
Verified review

We love the joy and excitement of our Labrador puppy, but we were at our wits end with her out of control behavior. JR visited our home and assessed our puppy's behavior. He shared his philosophy and explained how he could help. After a week of training, we couldn't believe it was our dog. She was really excited for my visit but wasn't jumping up at me. Then she walked calmly on a leash, heeling by my side. By the end of her training, she was responding to the here command at a park and my mind was blown! We are thrilled with our new dog and having a place to board her when we need to leave town. Thanks JR and Diane!

Pet's Paradise
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Micelle Y.
Verified review

It was wonderful meeting this trainer. We have a quality plan designed to improve the behavior of my horse and my experiences.

Tri-County K9 Academy
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Doe B.
Verified review

Myself, my family and our pets have been customers of Tri-County K9 Academy for over 12 years. Whether our dogs are just starting obedience training, are working out for a dog trial, if we have a pet we have a behavior issue we need help with, or if I need assistance with my Service Dog, both Darryl and Tammy have been patient, excellent instructors and their daughters are great helpers. The environment at Tri-County K9 is set up to be safe, educational and rewarding for both animals and humans. They have watched over several of our dogs when we have had to leave town on short notice and we have always come home to happy, clean dogs that you can just tell had a well rounded fun time. Tri-County K9 Academy is an excellent experience for all whether you are training with your own dog, having your dog trained, adopting one of the many dogs rescued and rehabbed at Tri-County, needing boarding, or becoming a better dog owner. Tri-County K9 Academy should be your first stop for all your K9 needs.

  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Binh M.
Verified review

I was at my wit's end with my four year old chihuahua, Chow-Chow. He tried to bite everyone in site, jumped, and was horrible at leash walking. I came to Sit Means Sit ready to be turned away or disappointed at the outcome, but once my little Chow-Chow was done with his training, it made a world of a difference!! He was like a brand new dog--behavior wise. For once, I could take him out in public, walk him with ease, and not worry about what he would do. I have to thank Cheyanne and the rest of the staff there! This training is truly life-changing!

Claws and Paws Pet Care
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Brianne M.
Verified review

I found these guys just on a random search and they have been excellent! I honestly trust them with my animals when I leave town and my dogs have made so much progress in their behavior in a short amount of time!

Amron

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    About

    I have shown AKC dogs for 40 years. I have also bred and trained for show ring, obedience and some agility. I had a grooming shop for some 20 years.

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    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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