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San Antonio Service Dog Training Programs

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Champion K9 Companions
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin J.
Verified review

I have done 2 of the 3 sessions I purchased. It's been a good experience and I've received a lot of useful tips to help me with my puppy.

  • 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
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Marcela S.
Verified review

Bill has done such an amazing job with Aubrey! Before having him as my dog trainer, I thought that training my puppy was impossible. Aubrey was very disobedient, never listened when I called, aggressive with other dogs, and destroyed just about anything. I was running out of options, and considered giving my puppy away. K9 training was my last resort, and my best investment! Just a few days at Off Leash K9 training, and Aubrey transformed into new dog! He contacted me frequently about Aubrey's progress and was always happy to answer any questions I had. I highly recommend him to anyone with dog issues!

  • 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.

  • 12 years in business
Temperance W.
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I have been attending Kevin's dog training classes - both his 6 week basic manners & intermediate class, and his regular Wednesday Back to Basics classes. My dog Rouge has gone from being a skittish dog who while in public wouldn't mind at all to being an example for others to a certain degree. Kevin is very detailed in his training & helps the class to be fun & enjoyable!

  • 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.

Pup Pup & Away
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Matthew G.
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I am so thankful I found Stephanie and Pup Pup & Away! She is very knowledgeable and provides multiple services ranging from Dog training and puppy classes, to at home visits and pet sitting!

Knine Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Angela H.
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We have a 5 year old pit bull that has been a stubborn, dog aggressive, and high anxiety dog since he was very young. He has a lot of energy but because of his behavior I was unable to take him on walks. Kelly, from Knine training showed me the proper way to use his pinch collar which stopped his pulling on walks all together. He responded extremely well to the corrections I was giving him with the pinch collar. Kelly has personalized the training by listening to our dogs existing problems and showing my husband and I the proper way to correct him. Kelly is always very patient and gives us great feedback which is always effective. Our dog has improved by leaps and bounds in just a matter of weeks with the help from Kelly. We appreciate everything she has done so far to help our dog and we look forward to continuing our training with her.

Elisha's Positive Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mary T.
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Elisha is the best! Very professional and knowledgeable. She has been very helpful teaching me techniques to build my dogs confidence. It's a slow process, but we are well on our way. Our ultimate goal is to get her to use the doggie door, and I am sure that in time, that will happen.

  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Ashli T.
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Millie has been a life saver! She comes to my home twice a week to walk my puppy. She doesn't just walk her around the block, she takes her for long walks. She also assists with any training I am currently working on with my puppy: sit, stay, down, pulling on leash, even potty training. She leaves extensive notes after each walk to let me know what they worked on each time. She is very sweet and I am so thankful to have found her. I highly recommend her services.

A Better Dog Training, Inc.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Shelly R.
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My husband and I have been very happy to have found Janet Echavarry from A Better Dog Training, Inc. We had adopted a rescue dog back in March. The we decided to have him trained as well. Our dog Pistol Pete has been so great since we went through the training. He gets so excited every time Ms. Jan comes over to the house and now since the training is complete, knowing that we can contact her anytime, if we ever need anything or have any questions or concerns. She is wonderful and so helpful. We also take Pistol Pete over to spend time boarding with Ms. Jan for a few days to a week when we are out of town. We are very happy knowing he is being taken care of when we can't be home with him. She has the most clean environment for your pets and they all have a great space to run around and meet new friends. Every dog we saw there were so happy and comfortable in their own kennel. That made me happy knowing when we leave our dog there, he is kept comfortable, happy and spoiled in his air conditioned area and it was always clean!!! And it does not smell like a kennel in there and that really made me happy! If you are thinking about getting your pet trained, you could not pick a better person, or company to do this. We did our homework before choosing her. We contacted several other places in our area but was not happy with any of them and then Ms. Jan was recommended to us by our Vet's office. She came highly recommended and we are so glad we have her taking care of our dog. She is like family to us now and couldn't be happier with the professionalism and services she provides to her clients. So if you are in need of a wonderful, caring and loving person to take care of your pets or need them trained, you really need to check out Janet Echavarry from A Better Dog Training, Inc. You will be very satisfied that you did.

Rosie's Buddys
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Virginia D.
    Verified review

    Rosie volunteered her time as a foster mom for Alamo Rescue Friends, a non-profit dog rescue group in San Antonio. She provided wonderful canine care. Rosie is committed to the best interests and well-being of the dogs in her care. She is responsible, attentive, and a pleasure to work with.

    • 5 years in business
    About

    San Antonio Dog Training Co. is a premier canine center that is serving San Antonio, Leon Valley, Boerne, New Braunfels, and the surrounding areas. Our services include professional dog training and overnight boarding. We offer individualized and professional training that provides results which last a lifetime. Our boarding facility offers a beautifully calm atmosphere and personalized attention.

    About

    I am self employed. I can help you train your dog if he/she is a good candidate to become a service dog for PTSD or has physical disabilities. I also provide basic obedience training for dogs.

    About

    I am a pet lover; however, I specialize in dog walking, training, sitting, bathing, and some grooming. I am gifted in helping shelter dogs overcome the social and mental effects from their journey. I only use positive reinforcement training. I also like to organize and clean, either light or deep. I also realize that everyone has certain specifications or certain methods they prefer to be used; I'm superb at following instructions and committing them to memory for future visits. I can do laundry also; plus, I'm great with ironing.

    About

    We provide different types of dog training. Classes include obedience, trick training, Canine Good Citizen preparedness and our new class, "Junior Trainers", for school-aged children.

    About

    I have been working with owners and dogs to build a lasting relationship through training. Dogs who are trained make lifetime pets and friends.

    • 16 years in business
    About

    Services: Problem Solving, Board and Train, Obedience Training, Protection Training, Article Scent Training, Socialization, Puppy Training, Good Manners, Yard Clean up, Personalized Supplies

    About

    My training methods are gentle, allowing the animal I work with to choose the to shape themselves to the behaviors I am offering to them in my program.

    About

    I specialize in behavior modification -- from something so small as puppy basics, agility, neat little tricks like praying (much more fun ones) to aggression out! I'm the one here to help, and we will have fun doing and watching your beloved. Become exactly what you have imagined, and I meet new challenges.

    About

    I offer a variety of services, from helping to choose a dog from the shelter to simple and more advanced training. I also offer advice and guidance for those who are just having a few 'issues'. It is far better to ask advice from trainers like us than to give your dog up to the shelter. Most problems can be fixed and often quite quickly. Only using positive reinforcement and never punishment on your dog, I train YOU to train your dog. Its better for the dog to be taught by someone he knows and loves than from a stranger. I stick with you throughout the process and you are able to contact me between sessions. Seeing the best results is my goal for you and your dog.

    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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