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Lynchburg K9 Trainers

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Austin's German Shepherds
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Susan R.
Verified review

Kevin, the owner of Austins, obviously loves training big dogs. And my goldendoodle responds really well to him and his technique. Kevin has been easy to work with and goes out of his way to accommodate my schedule, which has been quite a blessing! He also tries to answer any questions along the way and instruct me clearly so that I can continue what he's doing. One on one training with Kevin has been really what we needed. I would, without hesitation, highly recommend Austins GS/ Kevin for training any large breed dog.

  • 9 years in business
Trudy K.
Verified review

We hired Tatiana to work with our young dog, Maggie. Maggie was a stray that we brought into our home. She, Maggie, had some issues and definitely needed some training. Tatiana was very knowledgeable about what Maggie needed. She worked with Maggie with patience, love, and firmness when needed. She also trained us in how we should work with Maggie. She also took us on a field trip to show us how to socialize Maggie which she definitely needed. She was very patient with Maggie and our other dog that wanted attention from her, also. We are so thankful for all the help and advice she gave us. Maggie has improved so much. Trudy Kinney

Shady Mountain Pet Retreat
4.3
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine S.
Verified review

I took my Standard Poodle to SMPR for Miriam to work with her on basic training & some behavior issues. With in three months I could see a huge differences not only in her behavior she had learned some basic skills. My poodle was a big challenge because of her inattentive behavior, very timid around strangers & very scared of loud noises. Miriam, took on this very difficult challenge and worked with my dog not only @ SMPR also in the obedience ring. My dog earned five titles.I am totally satisfied…I have a great companion dog that I am pleased to take anywhere I go. The quality of work was extraordinary!!

High Hopes Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
    Kelly H.
    Verified review

    High Hopes Dog Training provides an excellent opportunity for training your dog. I own a rather nervous 2 year old Golden Retriever and without Hope's instructions, I'm not sure where we would be. She definitely has a special gift when it comes to dogs. Charlie now walks comfortably on a leash, recognizes many cues for commands and is a much calmer dog. I highly recommend this service for anyone who wants assistance in training their dog. I continue to keep in touch with Hope and have recommended her to neighbors and friends.

    Christian S.
    Verified review

    Karin was great to work with. She got as much information on the home environment and the puppy as she could before the first meeting so she would be a step ahead in recommendations. She was very observant and supportive of the already established relationship between myself and my puppy. I learned many things I had no clue about or even thought to ask. She has tremendous experience and patience. I was very pleased with the initial meeting and know that if I have further questions or training needs, they will be met in the same positive manner.

    Cera W.
    5.0
    from 3 reviews
      Chad D.
      Verified review

      We brought Cera in as first time dog owners in need of help training our dog - as well as ourselves. She was a complete natural with our dog, and her calm, professional manner also helped calm our nerves. She was a steady, knowledgeable presence that got us through the first few months of owning a dog.

      Sadie's Rules K9 Training
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
      • 2 years in business
      Cari M.
      Verified review

      Jess is an amazing trainer. She is so patient with all of her clients (dogs and humans alike). She is willing to help in any way possible to ensure my peace of mind while working with my dog. She has revolutionized my relationship with my dog as well. I am so pleased with how my dog responds to me because of the foundation Jess started.

      Emily Houk
      5.0
      from 2 reviews
        Savanah L.
        Verified review

        I am so thankful for Emily! My Caesar loved working with her! Not only did she train Caesar (my male shepherd), but she also helped give me to tools to keep working with him after the training was over! I have now have been working with my puppy (since we don't live near Emily anymore) and I have the tools I need to give her some basic obedience! I'm so thankful for sweet, welbehaved dogs, and it is all because of Emily!

        Dog /Dee-O-Gee/
        5.0
        from 2 reviews
        • 29 years in business
        Kevin T.
        Verified review

        Couldn't ask for any better! I needed extended care and decided to have training added while I was away, thought it would be something to keep my pup busy so he didn't miss me so much, the care was exceptional and the training results were better than I could have ever asked for, and I am willing to say he didn't miss me much! I think he had a better time with them then he does with me, I will surely use them again even if it is just to give him a vacation! They kept in touch with me with lots of pictures and were always available to talk, his health is amazing, manners impeccable and I am a very happy customer. Thanks again for all you do! Will highly recommend to anyone I know looking for dog care.

        Robin's Pet Care
        5.0
        from 2 reviews
        • 3 hires on Thumbtack
        Sharon M.
        Verified review

        Robin trained us along with our dog. Easy to work with, so helpful. Lots of encouragement. WONDERFUL!!!

        Cam Cooper
        5.0
        from 1 review
        • 31 years in business
        Jay B.
        Verified review

        Cam was fantastic with all of our animals. She critter-sat for a week this summer and honestly I swear they're all better behaved now than when we left on vacation! I'm almost jealous of how well she got along with our two jack russells, barncats, and three horses. Her rates were very compete as well. We'll be giving her all our pet training and sitting business from now on. So glad we connected with her.

        • 5 years in business
        Laurie G.
        Verified review

        Sarah was extremely prompt and professional. She was very concerned in doing what was right for my horse and was patient in her learning.Sarah has a natural nack to be with animals and has a way of getting the correct reaction for the action .Sarah is disciplined and kind and produces a positive outcome with the animal she is working with.

        About

        I train dogs and specialize in behavior modification. I focus on obedience and use positive reinforcement as my primary training method. I am located in the Lynchburg area, but am willing to travel. I also have trainers in the Richmond, Petersburg and Williamsburg areas.

        • 5 years in business
        • 1 hire on Thumbtack
        About

        I offer dog training (one-on-one sessions or 3-week bootcamp), behavior modification and boarding for your four-legged kids. Boarding is done at my house, so they don't sit in kennels all day.

        • 20 years in business
        About

        About

        We board dogs, groom dogs and train dogs. This is a dog's home away from home. We take pawdicures. We have puppy classes. We have home obedience training.

        About

        I've been training for Petsmart for 8 years with a background in horse training and animal behavior (emphasis on reactive retraining). I'm also an area trainer which means that I train incoming trainers for the company in my area. Emphasis placed on understanding the reasoning behind issues and creating strategies that can be utilized by the owners. Offering group classes in obedience, trick training and therapy. Also offering private sessions for almost any need. Evaluator for CGC and STAR Puppy for AKC as well.

        About

        I offer individual dog training services in your home or mine. I have almost 20 years of dog training experience. I provide positive reinforcement training, focusing on building your relationship with your dog and teaching you how your dog thinks, so that you can later tackle problems head on! I have trained and worked with service dogs for adults and children with disabilities, police and protection dogs, and even exotic animals, like large cats.

        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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