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Richland Dog Trainers

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Al White's Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Patrick H.
Verified review

The training classes were scheduled at a convenient hour for participants. Instructions for the dogs and owners were clearly explained and demonstrated, and sufficient time was provided in class to practice. Homework was assigned so that the dogs came to class familiar with the routines and ready to learn more. Our dog came to enjoy the classes and interactions with the other students. She passed the class with flying colors and earned her AKC Good Citizen certificate. I would recommend Al White's Dog Training for anyone looking for a good dog training class that you and your dog will enjoy.

  • 6 years in business
Carrie S.
Verified review

I went out of town for the weekend and needed a professional pet sitter to take care of my 3 dogs. One has diet restrictions and one was a foster dog. I decided to use Heather with I've gone Mutts as she is very reputable. She did a wonderful job. She kept me informed of her visits and how the dogs were doing. She gave them all lots of love and played with them. It made my trip more enjoyable to not have to worry about my house and dogs.

Jennifer Berry, ABCDT
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal P.
Verified review

Duke and I have learned a lot .Time well spent with Jennifer. The basic training was fun , but now working thru some of the tuff stuff hoping for good results .still in training🐹🐶🐈🐕

Bri's Pet Services
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Joanna D.
Verified review

Brianna has cared for our dogs a few times. It is obvious she has a big heart for animals. Our dogs, which are like our children, were very well taken care of and warmed up to Brianna quickly. She has proven to be responsible and also took care of collecting our mail and watering our plants.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Julie B.
Verified review

Kelly is kind and great with dogs and.....humans!

Annie the Pet Nanny
5.0
from 1 review
  • 12 years in business
Jo B.
Verified review

When Annie pet sits, she does an excellent job with out two dogs and six cats. The cats and dogs love her....only problem is when she leaves. They miss her. Jo

Sit Means Sit Tri-Cities
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Derek O.
Verified review

Steve did a wonderful job of training our dog. He started out with a free one hour consultation and in that one hour we saw him do what we could never do with our dog. We were on the verge of adopting our dog out and steve saved my little pup from a new home.

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I am small local farm owner, and artist with lots of experience working with plants and animals. I have been in the nursery industry since 2006. On top of that I grew up on a small farm, we had everthing from rabbits to pigs. I can do anything from helping you design your backyard to riding your horses. If I can't help you than I'm sure I know someone that can.

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I set out to help dog training be simplified to a better form of communication. We help you speak dog. I became a trainer to help people and their pets transform the way they live together, and our mission is to see you and your four-legged friends achieve a higher level of communication and understanding. Sometimes, it feels difficult to find the time and motivation to work on these things. We help you to accomplish your goals with everything about your fur kids, from your basic commands to more advanced training. We ever help you work out problems you might be currently having. Bilingual trainers are available!

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I am located in 4001 South Kennedy Suite #6 in West Richland, off of Keen. I am accepting new clients! One hundred percent satisfaction is guaranteed for your fabulous furry friends. Ask for me, Jessica, for an estimated quote for your grooming needs!

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I train and sit here. I will train puppies: basic commands and house training also. If you're going on vacation, I also dog sit.

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I provide obedience training for any size and any age of dogs. I specialize in loose to off leash reliability and improving the relationships and lifestyles of dogs and their best friends!

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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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