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McKinney German Shepherd Trainers

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Traveling Dog Trainer
4.8
from 226 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 735 hires on Thumbtack
Dawn S.
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Lauren was an answer to prayer. Her knowledge and understanding in how to train dogs is superb. I am already gaining confidence in working with my large German Shepherd pup. I highly recommend Lauren.

WeTrainDogs
4.6
from 74 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 159 hires on Thumbtack
Simson G.
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We used We Train Dogs to board and train our German Shepherd. The result was night and day.

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Debidawg LLC
5.0
from 44 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tammy L.
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She arrived early, worked quickly and independently. Result? a shiny, beautiful, happy German Shepherd! We all loved her work...even our dog!

LISA'S K-9 KIDS
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 23 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
Keesha G.
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Lisa has been fantastic at training our 12 week old German Shepherd in puppy class.

Nicole Lounsbury
5.0
from 29 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren Z.
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Nicole was great with my Australian Shepherd puppy. We started when he was 8 weeks old. By 9 weeks he was sitting and coming. By 10 weeks he was laying down and learning "off". I highly recommend Nicole!

  • 29 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Vidhi P.
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Nancy is amazing! The first session alone pretty much changed everything. Our puppy is responding to commands very quickly and he is only 4 months old. He is German Shepherd Border Collie mix and for a pup, he's pretty big. The only things that we have issues with are his typical puppy behaviors which will only go away over time (bursts of hyperness kind of stuff).

Hilton Butler's K-9 Bootcamp
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
David Amber M.
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Hilton & Christine did a wonderful job training our German Shepherd! Hilton even made two trips to our house just to reinforce what he taught our pup. Hilton has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to training dogs effectively and efficiently. He and Christine were both such a joy to work with. We give K-9 Bootcamp our most highest recommendation. Great people! Great company! Great work ethic!

Positively Dog
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 24 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Laura B.
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After shopping around looking at different dog trainers, I'm SO happy I went with Pamela! Over the course of the few weeks, she taught me so much about how my body language and tone of voice communicate different things to my dog and how to use that to teach him obedience and manners. Not only did my dog master the commands, I learned how to be in control and take leadership of walks and day to day life. Pamela offered great advice and insight when I needed it and I would highly recommend her to anyone! Thank you!

  • 5 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Chris C.
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Great trainer! Shyla, our German Shepherd, is 2 years old and picked up quickly to his training methods.

All About Dogs
4.7
from 23 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Sofia T.
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I had a German shepard puppy named Zeus. He was hyperactive and jumped all the time after just two sessions he already improved significantly. Tammy was so patient with us and Zeus. Highly recommend.

Checkmate Canine
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Keith H.
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Checkmate canine are phenomenal. They are trained professionals. I took my German Shepherd to be trained at checkmate canine within five minutes I saw a drastic change in my puppy performance. They are knowledgeable and hands-on professionals with techniques to help anyone transform their puppy into a well mannered trained dog. I will recommend checkmate canine to everyone who is need of their dog to be trained

Dallas Dog Whisperer
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Suzanna L.
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Larry is one in a million! I’ve met tons of trainers that can do a temporary fix or even an ok job but I’ve never met anyone like Larry. He trains the dog with so much love detail & discipline..My 100 lb german shepherd Brody jumps for joy when i say Larry’s name. Theres no one I would recommend over Larry…he’s seriously the best!

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THE Pack: Big D's Best Buds
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Angel G.
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Larry came in calm and collected when our new german shepherd was barking his head off at the "sign" of an intruder. He was understanding and explained things in a way that we could easily process and execute on our own in the future. We will definitely be using him for any troubled spots in the future, as well as boarding Cooper with him in a few weeks!

Mark Treat Repeat
4.8
from 15 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Anya W.
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Lauren has been an amazing trainer, and a wealth of knowledge on dog behavior. I first worked with Lauren over a year ago with my spaz of a German Shepherd puppy, and once I got her back from the 2 week program Lauren offered - she was a dream! Lauren was so personable, and she really takes a personal interest in you and your pup. I love that she was very goal oriented, and with her help my pup went on to obtain her CGC certification, as well as continue to learn in advanced obedience and off leash work.

  • 8 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Katie F.
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She's amazing! Fantastic attitude when it came to the temperament of my German Shepard/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. He's a sweet dog but had some issues with going on walks and bombarding the door when people knock and she gave me the tools in which to fix the problem. If I ever had any questions on his behavior, how to train him to do something, or whether or not I should put him in specific scenarios (I.E. Dog parks), she always pointed me in the right direction. She drove out to Fort Worth to help with keeping my dog in a comfortable environment whilst learning which helped tremendously. I could go on and on about how great she is. I would recommend her in a heartbeat.

What An Obedient Dog!
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Tina J.
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We went through 2 other dog trainers before finding Rebeccah who uses positive training methods. She could read our dogs' body language and know exaxtly what to do to solve their anxiety problems. We had 3 sessions of private training and learned all the basic commands, which helped tremendously with their insecurties, plus gave us the confidence we needed to know how to give our dogs a normal life that they deserve. I would highly recommend Rebeccah for any dog training needs. She is so patient and understanding and you will see she is excellent at what she does!! We will be calking her soon for more advanced training.

Sit Means Sit
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Joe S.
    Verified review

    I contacted Eli after having problems with my German shepherd and hearing through many sources that he was the best in Dallas. Dogs (yes, even the sweet cuddly ones), do not innately know how to behave or what's appropriate in the human world. Eli taught us how to establish boundaries and keep Redd under control in the toughest of situations. Now, Redd can hike off leash and pass other animals without breaking command. I would recommend training to ANY dog owner. There is a simple test for this.. take your pup to a dog park.. allow him/her to play with the other dogs and say "come" only once out loud.. if he doesn't run to you and sit by your feet.. call Eli. When this situation is transferred to a speeding car or an aggressive wild animal.. you will thank him.

    • 2 years in business
    Sandra T.
    Verified review

    Treva is the person I trust the most with my dog, house.. I would trust her with my debit card and pin if left out on the counter. She is sooooo trustworthy. My previous dog was a great dane/akita/german shepherd rescue with aggression issues and she was amazing with him. My current pup is a 150 lb jumbo great dane rescue and she is amazing with him as well. She goes above and beyond what is required. She spends extra time with the pets she cares for and really cares for her clients - four legged and two. She sits for my across the street neighbors and is over there at the crack of dawn. I swear the girl never sleeps. She is also a fab gal and a great friend to have!!

    Sit Means Sit
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
      Mark S.
      Verified review

      Best training program I have had. Wish I had known about the program sooner and used it with otherdogs. Training is fun for the dog and there is no yelling or punsihment methods used. Speak to your dog in a normal tone of voice and they wantingly repsond. We had such good results with our American Shepherd we are now going to train our 4 year old mean Chihuahua who does not get along with other dogs or people. Worth every penny the program cost!

      Nichole Hemstock
      5.0
      from 1 review
        Tyler S.
        Verified review

        I had a really temperamental rescue German Shepard who had pretty bad food aggression and refused to do any obedience. We had a mutual friend who always spoke about how awesome her dogs behaved, and her mother is a well known dog trainer in our area. I was hesitant at first because she had never had any professional experiences with a company, but man was I wrong. She is so patient with her students and offers take-home training for really troubled ones. I am so happy that my dog is now happier and more trusting, and I'm definitely happier.

        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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