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Chesapeake German Shepherd Trainers

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Doggy Decorum
from 30 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary R.
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Andrea spent extra time on her first visit with us. She is very knowledgeable and great with our dogs. I have high hopes that with her help we will get through our German Shepherd's puppyhood!

Sky's Playground, LLC
from 22 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Meagan B.
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Ali did an amazing job with my stubborn German Shepherd and I'm so happy now with how good she is doing at only 4 months old. I'm so thankful for her help.

  • 20 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Robert T.
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After bad experiences with other trainers, we found Carla at Dutch East. After meeting her in person it was immediately obvious that she and Fred are nothing short of experts in their field. They gave us the tools we needed to completely turn our dogs behavior around, and in one year we went from having a German Shepherd we thought we'd have to get rid of, to having a wonderful, well behaved, sporting dog.

  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Leslie J.
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I hired Andrea to help my daughter and myself learn how to work with our new addition to our family which happens to be an 11 week old mini Australian shepherd. Andrea is exceptionally knowledgeable when it comes to handling and commanding the dogs attention and also getting them to respond appropriately. I am blown away at her expertise and ability. I know every dog is different just like people are, but I am ecstatic with the results just after 2 weeks. Hiring Andrea is money well spent.

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Kipp’s K9 Training, LLC
from 13 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Catherine L.
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I have only met her for a consultation, but right off the bat, she was great with my dog. I am hiring her to help with some aggression behaviors with my 2.5 year old German shepherd. She is very knowledgeable about what she does and explains it in a very understanding way. She walks you through some basic training skills that she will work with while training your dog and makes you feel comfortable with how to train your dog. She is very nice and personable. I am very encouraged and excited to start training with her!

  • 15 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
Chelsea W.
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I was referred to Brandy at Citizen K9 Dog Training after adopting my 5 month old German Shepherd from a local rescue. My boy, Kota, was all male, puppy, and not well socialized; It was play time, all the time. I emailed Brandy the Friday I adopted him because I didn't want to waste time getting him into obedience classes and working on his issues. She assured me that my concerns were not uncommon and that she could absolutely help me/him. Kota also had severe car anxiety. I dreaded taking him with me when I went somewhere because of the excessive drooling and car sickness. Brandy help me understand that his issues were reversible with a little patience. She is amazing at what she does and the dogs love her. Not only did my boy learn basic obedience and now has good social skills, but I learned a few new tricks myself. Kota is free of car anxiety and loves to go places with me. The caliber of training that you receive at Citizen K9 Dog Training is first rate. The group atmosphere allows for many distractions for the dogs to learn to focus solely on you; building your confidence and bond with your dog. I could not have asked for better training for my Kota.

  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Christine R.
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Dena is a rescued German Shepherd that trained with off leash K9 and I have to say for the amount of time she was in training she has come a long way. She is still learning and I have learned a lot also. It was a good experience for both of us. She now pays more attention and listens much better. I work with her every day and we are doing great. Thanks for all the help.

From Wags to Whiskers, Inc.
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
Carrie S.
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Wonderful! Cindy went above what I expected in a pet sitter. I have a German Shepherd and a cat. I was worried about finding a sitter after I moved to a new city. Especially with a large breed dog that can be intimidating. Rowan loved her! I no longer worry about who to call if we are unable to take him with us on trips.

Stephanie Bass
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren S.
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Stephanie is a wonderful trainer and person! We came to her to help our Australian Shepherd adjust to a new baby in the house. Stephanie is very flexible in scheduling lessons and understanding. She goes above and beyond to make sure what we are working on suits all involved. Stephanie is well informed and knowledgable in her ability! We will always use her and highly recommend her!

Cavalier K9
from 5 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Bridget H.
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Victoria Harter has trained my now 2 year old German shepherd to not only be obedient, which is essential for a 98 pound dog, but also to act as my service dog specializing in stability. I have illnesses which cause me to be unsteady and sometimes fall and my GSD is ready to pull me to where I direct her, to stand still while I lean on her, to escort me up escalators and into elevators. She is my guard dog, companion and confident. With Victoria's help, my shepherd is so socialized that I take her everywhere with me - shopping, to the mall, restaurants or to the park. She loves children and all dogs, all the while keeping an eye on me. I highly recommend Victoria for all aspects of dog training, but especially for stability and mobility help.

Fetching K9 Manners
from 2 reviews
    Nicole V.
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    Nicole with Fetching K9 Manners helped me bring a timid/neglected dog from a shelter to a confident, obedient companion. I also had the pleasure of watching her process of rescuing two German Shepherds with questionable backgrounds and shape them into caring, obedient companions, as well. We tested for our therapy dog certifications together and all passed easily. Nicole uses a common sense approach to training that is easy to follow.

    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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