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4.8 (48)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 40 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Vancouver, WA
"He lived in kennels with the other dogs and had never been trained other than some rudimentary hunting training. He was clearly a very sweet and loving dog but entirely without manners! He had never lived in a home before, had no idea how he was supposed to behave as part of a family and, as Cynthia said he did everything at 90 miles an hour. We thought at first that we could manage him ourselves since we have always had dogs. But we soon started thinking that we would never be able to take him for walks and hikes without being pulled off our feet, could never have visitors over to our house again because of his over enthusiastic greetings and could never travel with him because of the fuss he made in a car. We had never hired a trainer before and were reluctant to surrender him to someone else's care. We also did not want him to go anywhere where ecollars or coercive methods were used. After some long and very helpful talks with Cynthia over the phone and a training session we decided to send him to stay with her for one month. I have to say that I worried about him that whole month thinking that he would be lonely or unhappy and that the training would cause him to loose his energy and spirit. I need not have worried - he clearly liked Cynthia and worked hard at his lessons. By the time we took him home he was walking at heel, could go for long walks on a (mostly) loose leash, would sit quietly by our sides when other dogs or people passed by and would sit and stay when we asked him to. We now have a dog who can listen to us and knows how to respond. We and Dutch are all much happier! So I highly recommend Cynthia. I like her training methods, firm but kind. She is experienced and knowledgeable and has been very responsive to our needs in the training program. Above all, Dutch clearly liked her. That says a lot."
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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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