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League City German Shepherd Trainers

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Barks 5th Avenue
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
Robert M.
Verified review

Mike and family at barks 5th Avenue have changed our life with our german shepard. She was wild and we thought we were going to have to give her away. There training gave our dog fina....another chance to be truly a house dog with manners. I can't thank them enough they are truly professional dog trainer. I would recommend them to everyone....my friend also had his dog trained there with the same results. Once again if you need a referral to call me that is not a problem

Mayday Dog Training
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle R.
Verified review

It is my pleasure to write a review for Nick as well as, give him the highest recommendation as a trainer. Nick has worked with my two German Shepherds for almost a year now. Nick is not only a very competent trainer, he is professional, empathetic and shows how much he cares for your pups overall needs and your needs as an owner. Working with Nick over the past year results in your confidence as an owner, as well as, your dog's confidence. I brought a 12 week old pup and a 4 year old GS to him and the results were two amazing dogs. Not only does your dog get trained, you get trained to be in control of your dog's behavior. My dogs get so excited every time they see NIck...they have definitely bonded with him and trust him. I can't say enough about Nick as a person, trainer and friend. I would never hesitate to give a recommendation in his training abilities. The biggest compliment I can give, is his training abilities are priceless.

  • 5 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Yashira C.
Verified review

It has been an amazing experience from the beginning. Communicating with them has been extremely easy. They answered all of my questions even before I agreed to meet them. Roxy has so far been to two classes. Let me tell you, she is a completely different dog! She used to jump on everybody, whether you were standing or sitting (and she's a German Shepherd so it's not pleasant when you are trying to drink coffee and she jumps on your lap.) She was also bad about rushing out the door, pull on the leash and play rough with my kids among other things. After only two sessions, she will NOT jump on anyone anywhere! She does not pull on the leash, waits to be invited to go out the door (not perfect yet but almost there). She is a different dog. I receive so many praises from people when they see us at a store or at the park. I can't wait to see how far Off Leash K9 can take her! I definitely recommend them!

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Barclay Farms
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Diane E.
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Barbara worked with my 8 week old female German Shepherd. She was terrific. I was amazed!

Pilla's Pet Services
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Lindsay J.
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We contacted Pilla initially because we wanted to work on some behaviours with our 4 year old German Shepherd. Mainly, we are concerned with her dog aggression (plus my parents got a new puppy that they really want her to get along with). She has socialized as a puppy but after what we suspect was a bag experience at a doggie day camp she hasnt liked other dogs since. We liked that from the moment Pilla entered our home that she was goo good with Ripley and was a to give tidbits that have gradually improved her behaviours. Due to my husband and I's schedules it has been slow moving to work her up to other dogs but we hope to continue with Pilla until we help Ripley become a calm and happy dog.

The Bark Resort
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel K.
Verified review

When had our German Shepherd trained through the Bark Resort. We went from an out of control puppy to a well behaved dog. Tammy is absolutely amazing with animals and if we ever got another dog she would be first on our list to call. I have zero complaints about our training. Best decision we made to train our dog with Tammy!

  • 11 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Sherry H.
Verified review

HP, Kritter, and Mina are the BEST!!! We LOVE Sit Means Sit Houston!!! They are all very professional, very caring, and truly know what they are doing!! Their training techniques are like none I have every seen before and have been very effective with my smart by bull headed German Shepherd. The kind ways they teach and handle my reactive dog and the way they have taught me to train my dog has been above and beyond all of my expectations. This is money well spent. I could have not picked a better place or better people to help train my dog. It is amazing to see his transformation from day one. Kritter has been Amazing with Grimson. I feel like we have built a forever friendship with Kritter. I am so happy that we found this place and I have been recommending them to everyone I know! Thanks! Sherry & Grimson

Lance W.
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Ms. Taylor's dog walking service is simply wonderful. My German shepherd-lab mix puppy is usually is extremely around other people, but Ms. Taylor made her feel very comfortable and calm, along with exerting great control over her. After my dog came back from the walk, it was easy to tell that my puppy got the exercise it needed and she was extremely happy.

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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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