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Sylvia's K-9 Services
4.9
from 165 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 281 hires on Thumbtack
Christy M.
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Sylvia has a lot of experience and is very knowledgeable. We adopted a German Shepherd and him being our first dog, we didn't realize what we were getting ourselves into. She gave great practical training and advice. We feel so much more confident after our session with her. Highly recommended!

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  • 32 years in business
  • 184 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rondale W.
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Martha was very helpful and knowledgeable. She was very thorough and helped us better understand our dog's behavior. We adopted our german shepherd mix about a year ago and have been trying to resolve the issues on our own but have been unsuccessful. We are so glad we hired Martha and got her assistance. She showed us how to fix our dog's issues on the leash and now our dog is enjoyable to walk, when before it was always a battle. She also helped us with our dog's barking and anxiety around strangers. Martha seems very passionate about helping dogs and their owners and even gave us a follow up phone call after our visit. We are also glad that we hired her because she is available by phone if we need any further assistance. Overall, great experience!

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Riverside Dog Training
4.8
from 43 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Thumbtack Customer
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She is great with our German Shepard

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WB K9 Training
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alan Y.
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What an outstanding dog trainer! She had our Aussie doing commands on day one that left us absolutely speechless. We're looking forward to our upcoming sessions!

Misty Mountain K9
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy S.
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Laura is amazing !!! She trained my German shepherd and pit bull together. I was not even able to walk them down the neighborhood with out them lunging at another neighbor and / or dog . She helped me and worked with them for 4 weeks and they came back totally different dogs ! I didn't recognize them !! Also... She went over everything in the go home lesson and taught me everything and answers my questions even after my dogs have been trained. Super kind and friendly. HIGHLY recommended

K9 Command
4.4
from 13 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Duncan H.
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After just 2 sessions I'm already seeing tremendous improvements with my dog, an 11 year old shepherd mix rescue with dog-aggression issues. I recently started working at Amazon and want to take my dog to work, but her behavior with other dogs (barking, growling, lunging) would be unacceptable in the workplace. I am confident Jevry will quickly get my dog to be well-behaved around other dogs. Jevry also very honest, talking me out of a 9 session training plan, telling me she thinks a 5 session plan would be enough. Her price is a great deal; it would be hard to find such a good trainer at this price.

  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Pam M.
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We have a 100 pound 5 year old German Shepard that was aggressive to other dogs while on leash. They helped us understand his behavior on leash. They are still helping me be more consistent and watch and understand the cues my dog is giving me. I appreciate their patience and true passion for helping did owners help their dogs.

the Dog Sensei
4.7
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Heather S.
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I was very specific with the issue I wanted addressed with our German Shepard and Alex did not fail to deliver! He gave us solid answers and suggestions and truly knows his way with dogs. I wound not hesitate to use him in the future and highly recommend him as a trainer.

Karen's critters
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Rachel P.
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Bringing our German shepherd to Karen was easily the best thing we ever did for her!! Sadie is an insecure dog with a bite history. Karen’s love for animals is so evident and was the reason we felt comfortable leaving our baby with a stranger. Thanks to Karen and the e-collar training we are now able to do so much more with her. With the solid base set for us to work off we’ll be able to take Sadie so much further in the future. Thank you Karen!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Luke P.
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We have a 4 year old German Shepherd Dog, Lila, that is a perpetual puppy--extremely high energy and playful. We were having a lot of issues while out walking or hiking with her because of constant pulling and leash reactivity around other dogs. We found Julie and were immediately impressed with her resume of handling large dogs (Malamutes) and training them through positive reinforcement. Julie has been full of valuable tips and strategies that have focused on positive reinforcement, repetition, and the gradual increase of distractions when training. After several sessions and lots of practice in the neighborhood, we are really starting to see results. Taking Lila out for a stroll is now much more pleasant and manageable. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Julie and would absolutely recommend her!

K-9 Partnership
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Heidi A.
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Daphne was awesome!!! She worked with the entire family on how we could better communicate with our young German Shepherd. Knowing what your dog needs and teaching him to understand what you need is KEY!! Very knowledgeable lady!!!! A+++

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jim A.
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Becky was recommended to me 6 and 1/2 years ago after Raffle, a rescued Great Pyrenees and Dutch Shepherd, year old male, indicated that he might be willing to work with me (a wheel chair user). We had taken him to puppy training as a 1 year old and had two other trainers in to help. Becky was attentive to my needs and could 'speak dog' better than anyone I had met. We worked together for a shorter period than either of us expected because Raffle learned so quickly. He uses his own problem solving techniques to help me with mine and adapts to my changing needs. Becky has stayed in touch all these years and taught me how to teach Raffle. I now have "The Greatest Service Dog in the World" as Raffle is known at the Veteran's Hospital that I use. He has been through 9 Hospital Admissions with me as well as traveled and been in 1000's of situations. Raffle and I am Eternally Grateful to Becky who showed us how to be such a successful team. Becky we look forward to your invaluable ability in teaching Raffle's replacement. Thank you Becky you definitely are the best!

Supersonic Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Patsy M.
Verified review

Worked with Cameron with a rescue German Shepherd that was a mess! Contacted 1 other trainer that didn’t understand the breed and gave awful advice. We were trying to get this dog healthy and sound for a permanent home and it was crucial that he was safe and not pet smart quality trained. Cameron to the rescue! Cameron fully understood the breed and what training was needed for this type of dog. He not only worked with us on training . He was available to support by phone last minute when I ran into challenges. He was fully invested into our success. I am happy to report Vince is living a healthy, happy life with his brother and another female shepherd in New York. We couldn’t have made this happen without his work.

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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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