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Richmond German Shepherd Trainers

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  • 4 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie A.
Verified review

I hired Lisa to walk my German Shepherd puppy and play with her for a half hour 3 times a week. She has been very helpful, organized and has always wanted to make sure she is staying consistent with what we do with her as her owners. I'm so thankful we a good, reliable walker like her.

TNT Dog Training
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Bianca P.
Verified review

TNT did an amazing job on our 5 month old German Shepherd Husky mix. After the 10 day puppy boot camp he is calmer, listens better, and overall a more relaxed and well behaved pup. I cannot thank TNT enough for all of their hard work and dedication to the dogs in their care. I was sent photos daily and I loved being able to see what my pup was up to! Highly recommend to anyone searching for dog training.

Off Leash K9 Training
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Londa W.
Verified review

I don't know where to begin. I left my 9 month old german Shephard with Joe for 2 weeks. I was amazed when I picked him. Remington had a lot of confidence issue. He didn't like to go up or down stairs, go for rides and most of all go any where that was new to him. If I wanted to take him anywhere I would have to try and pick him up and put him in the truck. If we went to petsmart he would not get out of the truck. Taking him for a walk was not a pleasant experience. After I picked him up from Joe he was a different dog. Now if we are out side and I open the door on the truck he hops right in and is ready to go. I have no trouble taking him to petsmart any longer. And we both enjoy our walks every day. We have a happy mommy and happy dog now. Joe and Kelli did an awesome job and I would recommend him to anyone.

  • 8 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Susan B.
Verified review

I've taken several classes with Janet and have done a number of private sessions with her. She has helped me learn to work with my very exuberant German shepherd and coached us through successfully introducing a second dog into our household. She is great to work with, very creative, and really understands dogs. Have recommended her to several friends

Canine Corral
4.4
from 5 reviews
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica M.
Verified review

Arrived promptly and was very kind, patient and understanding with my little daughter. She is definitely the "Dog Whisperer" and had our wild 6 month old German Shepherd obeying in no time. She actually got him to understand and obey 7 commands the first week and made sure we could perform the commands correctly, as well. She was also a wealth of knowledge on specific Shephers behaviors, what to expect in the coming months and years and gave us some expectations for him as well as warning signs to look for. I would highly recommend her services.

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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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