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Eau Claire Puppy Trainerss

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  • 11 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mike F.
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John Ketzner played a key role in the development of my dog and myself as a dog handler. John presented me with the tools and techniques necessary to be successful, then helped me perfect and tune these skills to make them work for me. John takes an individual based approach to dog training, realizing that not all dogs nor handlers are alike. His genuine care for the well-being of the animals shows in the rapport and relationships he develops while working with them.

Joan M.
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Very frienly,at northwoods. Bo was very excitable when near other dogs. Bo also wanted to jump on anyone. Now I just tell him no and he stops and I put him into a sit. Now just looks at them and we continue walking. Because Bo had previous training she said she enjoyed working with Bo. Get an inhome visit plus 3 more training sessions with them. Would deffinately reccommend them to anyone with problems. Bo did not like people with hats and hoodies and now they are just another person to him. I just say friend and he continues to walk on. Sits, lays down on command heals very well. Places very well also. Very happy with Northwoods.. Joanie

Sharon W.
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Love -Love -Love Pattis' class! She is so kind & knowledgeable! A wonderfully caring & generous spirit! Our dog,Bentley,has learned so much! Pattis' techniques have all the puppies doing new "tricks" after each class! Hoping she has another session for us when we "graduate" the beginners session!

  • 9 years in business
KatieNoah P.
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Kat does a wonderful job with your puppy! We couldn't be happier with her training techniques, as it has left our lab a happy, obedient and very enjoyable pet! He is definitely a part of our family, and when they're at "Kat's house", they are a part of hers! I would highly recommend her to anyone, for any breed, without any concerns of how your pet will be treated. Take the time to get to know her, her property and her own dogs, as this will be your pet's home for a while. Also, know that your dog will really be loved on as he/she is learning how to be a more "behavable" dog for you, one who you can take hunting, camping, on family vacations, etc. and be proud of when people compliment you on how well behaved they are! This is a great investment, and will really help you to enjoy your pet to the fullest!

  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Larry F.
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I find Patti a very approachable & extremely honest person. I took Spirit to her home on a Tuesday afternoon to get the training in motion. had several contacts with her & shared with me Spirit was a very special, intelligent & well behaved dog. around me & my other dog, Bentley, Spirit had a lot of puppy actions in him. Patti explained to me she took him along everywhere, including exposing him to her 80 something year old mother & friends at assisted living & he did great! anyway she called on Friday & suggested Spirit is such a well behaved dog & does everything I taught him (sit, down, stay, attentive to her & the biggest one, come) that I would be wasting my money to have her continue basic training. so that sunday I picked him up & he was there just 5-6 days. so everything had a way of working out for all of us. in training him when he was a very young puppy he was everywhere except focused on me. little by little I would work with him & to my surprise it has stuck with him. Spirit will be 2 on april 1 & I picked him up at 8 weeks old so he has been around me basically his whole life. I'm 70 & have raised puppies all my life. I now have cancer & heart disease so my energy level has been declining for a while so I just felt he needed more attention & training from someone besides me & I chose Patti. I would definitely recommend her & she is a pleasant person to be around. this was Spirits first time away from home without his pal Bentley & Patti said he did very well. appreciate your time & take care. Larry J Faschingbauer

  • 32 years in business
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Our programs promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine friends. Our force-free training uses a combination of management and games to help your canine friend develop good manners and self-control. We specialize in training secondhand dogs adopted from rescues and shelters.

  • 16 years in business
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If you have a new puppy or have a dog with behavior problems, I can help! I train, service and therapy dogs, foster animals in need, retrain problem behavior, rescue any animal in need, rescue animals when they are caught in dangerous predicaments, and re-home animals to good owners. I do NOT do big classes. I work one-on-one with the owners and the dogs.

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I have bred Chinese Shar-Pei for years and trained dogs for many years. I love to give animals baths and clip them. It's very rewarding.

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We have found that many dog training challenges are due to miscommunication between dog and owner. That is why our classes are designed to teach the owner how their dog learns, and teach the dog what behaviors they should do.Through this, we have a unique perspective on dog training.

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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