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New Braunfels Dog Behavior Specialists

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Good Dog Training
4.9
from 321 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 717 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rowan B.
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Rona was easy to work with, friendly, and knowledgeable. Her approach to dog training and their behavior makes so much sense, and we have a clear path moving forward on how to help our Boston Terrier.

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  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Julie K.
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Taylor is a professional in every way. She came prepared for the problem and offered and demonstrated techniques that worked immediately. It was really an eye opener. Her confidence with and in the dogs made a world of difference in their behavior. We were having problems with our dogs exhibiting aggressive behavior towards other dogs. By the end of the session, we had both dogs inside the dog park, showing no aggression. She followed up with a written synopsis of the problem and steps to take for behavior change. I would highly recommend Taylor. She has a complete grasp of dogs and their behavior, and is not afraid to " think outside the box" to problem solve. She is a pleasure to work with, and dogs respond very positively to her!

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K9 Kenny
5.0
from 38 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melissa F.
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I highly recommend Kenny! He is very personable and professional. Communication was outstanding. Our dog’s behavior has vastly improved after 5 sessions, and we now have the tools to continue working with him after our final session. Thanks, Kenny!

  • 7 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy S.
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Carol Anne is a life saver! I had an accident and will not be able to walk my large active collie for several months. Carol Anne has not only done a magnificent job of bonding with and exercising my dog, she is also continuing my dog's behavioral training. I cannot recommend Waggin' Tails more highly! Thank you, Carol Anne

  • 8 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Patricia F.
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I have known Amanda for years!!! She used to train along side military working dogs and has helped me with behavioral issues. Amanda has great patience and love for dogs. She has trained my boxer and was very gentle and kind with a no none type of approach. My boxer LOVED Amanda!!!!

Patriot Dog Training
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren B.
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Such an amazing experience! The dog we dropped off and the dog we took home are completely different in terms of behavior. We dropped off a dog that drug us everywhere on the leash, barked and lunged at everything, and overall was just an embarrassment to be in public With. We brought home a dog that doesn't pull on the leash and is very receptive to commands and correction. I'm so excited to see how much more she improves as we work with her more!

Canine Moxy
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Karyl F.
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Kris did about a week and a half long board & train for my two [rescue] mini-poodles - both from very different backgrounds with totally different levels of training, motivation & even allergies. Take full advantage of his 2 hour consultation because Kris gets results FAST. I was sold after the first hour and had no idea how much progress could be made in such short time. When we returned from our trip abroad (during which Kris was happy to provide updates), Kris spent 2 hours in our home/at the park demonstrating what the dogs had learned and how to continue re-enforcing & building on these behaviors. Additionally, he provided a write up of how his training system works to ensure we fully understood how to stay on track with the dogs. He provides constructive criticism for the owners' interactions as well - which is super helpful since it's easy to accidently re-enforce the wrong behavior. We had one dog that incessantly barked - doesn't anymore. And one who was miserable on a leash - she's perfect now. I am excited to continue our work with Kris and see how far our poodles can get!

  • 3 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Debra S.
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Very pleased with Amy's methods. Helped us to understand our dogs behavior based on her breed's prey instinct & how repetition is key. She lent us a special collar to work with our dog between training sessions. Very positive experience for us & our dog.

Green Mountain K-9
4.8
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
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What a great dog trainer! His experience and ongoing refresher training is exemplary. Great personal touch explaining his protocol and then our big sweet pit bull responded very well. She did very well in our first training and learned a lot. Couldn’t be happier.

Julie Bailey
5.0
from 9 reviews
    Amy G.
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    Julie is amazing and has helped our family tremendously! We have boarded our dachshund with her for over 7 years. We adopted a boxer puppy that she fostered 5 years ago. She has trained both dogs. Julie has a knack for explaining dog behavior so the layperson can understand it and be the most effective in curbing poor habits and behaviors. She has also pet/house sat our 2 cats. We feel so lucky to be able to leave town and know our fur babies are in the best of care! When our son was born, Julie helped us transition the pets to their new family member. They are all best friends now! Our dogs are ecstatic when we turn the corner to Aunti Julie's for drop off.

    • 12 years in business
    Pooja S.
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    Kevin is a fantastic trainer -- for dogs AND their people! He has been so patient with our foster dog and has helped us all adjust to our changing environment. Kevin was even available last-minute to help us when our foster dog and family cat were not getting along. He helped us not only assess the situation but also keep both animals happy and safe. I truly believe that it is Kevin's guidance and the support from our Dog Rescue that carried us through the initial days as first-time fosters. Kevin helped make the experience a very rewarding one, and in turn helped us open up our home to a dog in need. Thank you Kevin for your patience, honesty and dedication. Two paws up!

    • 18 years in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Alena M.
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    Marlene is so great! What I liked most was her experience and knowledge. She isn't just some trainer who went through a seminar and now thinks they are a dog trainer. I wasn't sure I even needed help thinking I could do it myself no problem. But after meeting with her I realized just how little I know about training and my dog's behavior. I realized this was an investment for the next 10-12 years that I would be spending with my pooch and am so grateful for the wealth of knowledge she provided. Marlene loves dogs and helping people and it shows.

    Knine Training
    5.0
    from 4 reviews
    • 3 years in business
    Courtney R.
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    I'm working with Kelly to train a service dog for myself. She has been absolutely wonderful every step of the way (she even went with me to meet my SD prospect). Kelly's approach to training is customized to each individual dog/handler pair. At our first training session she assessed our dog/handler relationship as well as my dog's personality to determine the best training methods for us. Kelly is wonderful about making sure you understand the reasoning behind the methods used, and she is quick to make adjustments based on your dog's response or lack there of to each method. Even after the first session, I saw a huge improvement with my dog after applying Kelly's suggestions. In addition to being an amazing dog trainer, she is an all around joy to work with. I highly recommend hiring Kelly as your trainer. You won't regret it!

    Four Paws & Two Hands
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 4 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
    James H.
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    Ian's professional and competent assessment of our dog's (Hank) behavior was outstanding. He implemented a plan to modify Hank's behavior, which has transformed Hank into a remarkable member of our family!

    Riverdog Academy
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
    • 2 years in business
    Brenda A.
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    I adopted a dog that was totally out of control. I took 5 training lessons from Tori at Riverdog Academy and it was life changing. She taught me how to train my dog and she helped me understand how to “talk”to my dog. Now my beautiful pup is a wonderful, well behaved, energetic, member of our household. I have recommended her to all of my dog owning friends. Brenda

    Cindi S.
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    Ginny is amazing! The best Trainer ever she is great with people too. Her knowledge and experience make her a truly gifted person. I have watched her train various breeds for different areas example service dogs. Ginny, is fun, loves dogs and can teach any behavior .

    Clever Canine SA
    5.0
    from 1 review
      Mike P.
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      She did a great job my dog was having some behavioral issues and potty issues and she was able to train a six month old chihuahua she now knows how ring her bell at night to let me know she has to go... She was also able to potty train my roommates jack Russell which I thought was impossible

      Kojax K9 training

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        About

        I am an ABC certified dog trainer in the San Antonio area. I specialize in behavior problems as well as basic and advanced obedience.

        • 18 years in business
        • 1 hire on Thumbtack
        About

        Private lessons include basic manners, puppy training and socialization, and solutions to common problems like, chewing, mouthing, jumping and leash pulling. I am a certified trainer thru CCPDT. I love helping people train their dogs. My goal is to keep dogs home, not relinquished to a shelter because of normal behavior problems.

        About

        I specialize in working with challenging issues such as reactivity and aggression using scientifically proven, positive-reinforcement based techniques.

        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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