Find a dog trainer near Richland, WA

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1. Barer Pet Behavior and Dog Training
5.0 from 3 reviews
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  • Serves Richland, WA
"I cant speak highly enough of Barer Pet Behavior and Dog Training, or of Dawn Barer, who has been working with me and my Jetta. I would recommend her to any one who asks. Heres whyFrom day one, when I contacted Dawn, almost in tears of worry and frustration over my Border Collies troublesome behavior, I was given a calm, compassionate, understanding ear to bend. None of my concerns were treated as trivial; no questions I asked went unanswered. Dawn herself asked pertinent and probing questions about Jetta, her history, our history together, and why I had concerns. I was offered encouragement and hope, information about her philosophy and program, with explanations of possible causes for my Jettas behaviors. Dawn also discussed various techniques that could be used to modify them. By the end of that first conversation, I had learned several things about dog behavior, about my own misconceptions of dog behavior, and more specifically, about Border Collie behavior. And, I accepted an invitation to arrange a meet and greet, an assessment and a consultation. I am so glad that I did. It was during that initial visit with Dawn that I saw first hand what I had come to believe during our phone conversation: she is knowledgeable, experienced, compassionate, and kind and gentle with animals.Jetta and I have worked with Dawn on and off for over a year. With her constant and continued support and guidance, I have learned to recognize Jettas body language and her anxiety triggers, and to firmly, gently control her actions should she become anxious. Dawn has always explained the rationale behind her suggested behavior modification techniques, has always modeled them repeatedly for me, and has kept a watchful eye on me as I practiced with Jetta. Her one-on-one attention to what I do, to how Jetta reacts to what I do, along with her constructive suggestions and reminders, has been the key to our success. Dawn continues to support me while I train Jetta to trust and follow my lead instead of her own instincts when she gets anxious. Jetta has learned that letting me call the shots has taken all the anxiety out of coming face to face with strangers and unfamiliar dogs.I believe that Dawn is true animal lover, one that has the training, the knowledge, the experience, and the patience to help owners identify and smooth the rough edges on their pets. She knew exactly how to help me learn to rehab and socialize a certain little Border Collie, a rescue dog with an unknown checkered past, who came to me with a few rough edges of her own."

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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 behave 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.

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.

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