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La Mesa, CA 91941 Rating

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Out N’ About Dog Training provides dog training services in and around San Diego, California that enables dog owners to come home to a calm, well-behaved dog who is a pleasure to be around. Trainer Julie Schmitt has over 20 years’ experience as a professional dog trainer and licensed Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, who is a recommended favorite of shelters and veterinarians. Using positive reinforcement, reward-based training methods, Julie is passionate about helping dog owners enjoy their pets and understand how to correct unacceptable behaviors. She offers puppy preschool and specialty classes as well as day training.

La Mesa, CA 91942 Rating

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San Diego Pet Training has a team comprised of one master certified trainer and three professional trainers who are on call for dog training for families, television and stage productions, and interviews. Group training class rotations at the Helen Woodward Animal Center are six-week courses scheduled for one hour each. Puppy classes are available for dogs under five months, and they focus on leash pulling, nipping, chewing, jumping, and house-breaking. The dog obedience class trains both dogs and their owners, and it establishes the foundation for a successful relationship. Dogs learn to follow commands to heel, sit, stay, down and come. Advanced obedience and dog agility classes are also available.

San Diego, CA 92102

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Devine K9S services are available to dog owners in and around San Diego, California. Navy SEAL veteran John Devine is a trainer and behaviorist who served on a United States Navy SEAL K9 team, and partner Lloyd Wimberly was also a U.S. Navy SEAL and worked as a K9 handler during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Services offered include a five- or eight-week obedience course, a five-week behavioral issues course, and a 12-class proactive training that has proven to be quite effective. In the personal protection program, clients choose from several dog profiles to select one suitable for their protection. Training is ongoing for the personal protection K9s.

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  • Introduction

    Dog trainers are professional instructors who use a wide range of training techniques to help dogs adapt to their environments, respond to cues and commands, and modify behavior patterns. Training methods include alpha dog dominance for aggressive dogs, positive reinforcement that's often utilized with puppies and younger dogs, relationship-based, and classic, conditional training.

    Schutzhund, the German word for “protection dog,” is a specialized type of instruction in which dogs are trained to attack on command, and it's commonly used in K9 Academies for police and security dogs. Depending on their skill sets and certifications, dog trainers may offer programs that incorporate several methods, or they may focus on a single method such as behavioral training, which focuses on changing dogs' behavior, or obedience training, where dogs are rewarded for following commands.
  • What is a dog trainer called?

    They’re referred to as dog trainers or behaviorists, depending on their skill sets and credentials. A dog trainer may refer to themselves as a canine behavioral specialist or a certified veterinary behaviorist.

  • What is the difference between a dog trainer and a behaviorist?

    Dog trainers and behaviorists practice the same profession, and many dog trainers refer to themselves as behaviorists. However, true animal behaviorists hold M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in animal behavior. The full title for an animal behaviorist is an Applied Animal Behaviorist or Certified Animal Behaviorist.

  • Does my dog need training?

    All dogs benefit from training, whether through their owners or a professional trainer. Owners can teach their dogs simple commands, and they can practice positive reinforcement techniques, such as providing treats when dogs follow basic instructions. Professional trainers are essential when dogs exhibit behavioral problems, such as aggression, excessive barking, and an inability to respond to basic commands.

  • What does dog training include?

    Some dog training classes focus on specific methods, such as obedience training or alpha training, while others offer a mix of multiple training techniques. Dog training activities can include brain games, clicker commands with positive reinforcement, relationship-based exercises between dogs and their owners, and socialization exercises.

  • Can you train a dog yourself?

    Dog owners can train their dogs themselves with the help of guidebooks and online tutorials that offer instruction in areas that include simple obedience commands and positive reinforcement techniques. When dogs are overly aggressive or display problematic behavior, such as biting or excessive barking, professional training can be extremely beneficial.

  • Is dog training easy?

    There are many methods of dog training. Teaching a dog simple commands is a fairly simple technique to learn, whether through guidebooks, online tutorials, or common sense. However, overly aggressive dogs often require professional training in which a trainer is certified and educated.