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A Dog's Best Friend Training

Huntersville, NC 28078
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A Dog's Best Friend Training is a professional dog training company operating in the community of Huntersville, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. A Dog's Best Friend Training is a locally owned and operated business specializing in positive reinforcement-based dog training. Owner Ruth Wenzel is a certified dog trainer by the Animal Behavior College. This company provides a wide variety of services including one-on-one training sessions, group classes and socialization, boarding, and puppy training. Clients recommend the team of trained experts at A Dog's Best Friend Training for their attentive and customized training programs and professionalism.

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Allegiant K9s Training

Charlotte, NC 28214
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Allegiant K9s Training is a full-service professional dog training business operating in the Charlotte, North Carolina community, and the surrounding areas. Allegiant K9s Training is a locally owned and operated company specializing in high-quality and realistic dog training scenarios and solutions. The owner of Allegiant K9s Training is an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. This company offers a wide variety of services including in-home training sessions, obedience training, behavior modification, off-leash programs, and boarding services. Allegiant K9s Training also provides all necessary training equipment.

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Canine Scholars Dog Training

Charlotte, NC 28203
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Canine Scholars Dog Training is a professional dog training business serving the community of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Canine Scholars Dog Training is a locally owned and operated business specializing in offering high-quality and personalized training solutions for all dog ages, sizes, and temperaments. This company provides a wide variety of services including obedience training, boarding, puppy training, private in-home sessions, off-leash training, group training and socialization, and behavior modification. This business also offers American Kennel Club certification preparation including Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R Puppy, Therapy Dog, Community Canine, Urban Canine Good Citizen, and Trick Dog.

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5.0 / 5 (6)
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Commander-in-Leash Dog Obedience & Behavior Training

Charlotte, NC 28214
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Commander-in-Leash Dog Obedience & Behavior Training is a professional dog training company operating in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Commander-in-Leash Dog Obedience & Behavior Training is a locally owned and operated business specializing in high-quality and reliable dog training techniques and solutions. This company offers a wide variety of training services including behavioral modification, group obedience training, one-on-one sessions, separation anxiety, scent training, search and rescue, protection training, in addition to testing for Public Access, Therapy Dog, and Canine Good Citizen. Clients recommend Commander-in-Leash Dog Obedience & Behavior Training for their attentive and personalized service.

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Dog as a Second Language

5109 Weddington Matthews Road, Matthews, NC 28104
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  • Obedience

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Dog as a Second Language is a dog training and boarding facility that serves the pet owners of Charlotte and the surrounding areas. It offers obedience training and behavior modification services, as well as preparation training for therapy dogs. Owner and head trainer Alfredo Ayala is a Canine Good Citizen evaluator who has been working with dogs for more than 12 years. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Kennel Club.

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Heart Dog Behavior Training

Huntersville, NC 28078
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Heart Dog Behavior Training is a full-service professional dog training company operating in the community of Huntersville, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Heart Dog Behavior Training is a locally owned and operated business specializing in teaching owners and dogs appropriate interaction, better habits, how to build leadership skills, and strengthen bonds. This company offers a broad range of services including dog socialization, leash walking, separation anxiety, housebreaking, basic obedience, aggressive behavior, house manners, counter surfing, and barking. Clients recommend the team of trained experts at Heart Dog Behavior Training for their high-quality training work and friendly service.

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Indian Trail Dog Training

Indian Trail, NC 28079
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Indian Trail Dog Training is a comprehensive professional dog training business operating in the city of Indian Trail, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas of Stallings, Monroe, Mint Hill, Matthews, Marvin, Wesley Chapel, Weddington, Waxhaw, Pineville, Ballantyne, and Blakney. Indian Trail Dog Training is a locally owned and operated business specializing in teaching owners how to effectively communicate with their dogs via positive reinforcement and humane training techniques. This company offers a wide variety of services including basic and advanced obedience training, behavior modification, problem-solving unwanted behaviors, puppy sessions, and in-home training packages. Clients highly recommend the team at Indian Trail Dog Training.

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5.0 / 5 (4)

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KeenDog

124 State Road S-29-623, Fort Mill, SC 29707
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  • Therapy Training
  • Obedience

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KeenDog is a dog training company serving Charlotte and surrounding communities. It offers a wide range of individualized dog training services including one-on-one sessions, immersion programs, virtual training, and group classes. Its team of trainers helps dogs and their owners strengthen their relationships and gain on and off-leash reliability through play development. A variety of packages is available for both dogs and puppies. The facility's owner, Katrina Kensington, has received certifications from multiple programs like PTSD service dog training through This Able Veteran.

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5.0 / 5 (75)
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5.0 / 5 (10)

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Mango Dogs Carolinas

2982 Planters Place, Charlotte, NC 28216
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  • Behavioral Management Training

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Mango Dogs Carolinas is a dog training business serving Charlotte and the surrounding communities. It provides in-home evaluations to help pet owners determine the type of training classes for their dogs. A wide range of dog training programs is available for different breeds and sizes of puppies and adult dogs. These address different issues such as leash pulling, excessive barking, separation anxiety, eating poop, and jumping on people. The process starts with private training then the dogs proceed to group classes to improve control and confidence.

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5.0 / 5 (8)

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Off Leash Dog Training

Pineville, NC 28314
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Off Leash Dog Training is a full-service professional dog training company serving the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding Pineville, North Carolina communities. Off Leash Dog Training is a locally owned and operated business specializing in comprehensive training solutions to teach dogs how to obey rules and respect boundaries in all aspects of daily life. This company offers a broad range of services including one-on-one training sessions, group training and socialization, puppy training, age-unlimited obedience training, housebreaking, and aggression issues. This company also offers free consultations. Clients recommend Off Leash Dog Training for their high-quality training services.

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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Queen City Canine

Charlotte, NC 28105
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Queen City Canine is a full-service professional dog training company operating in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Established over five years ago, Queen City Canine is a locally owned and operated business specializing in using a knowledgeable and practical approach to training all types of dogs. This company provides a wide variety of services including one-on-one training sessions, obedience training, behavioral modifications, basic command instruction, leash training, in addition to group dog training and socialization. Clients recommend the team of experts at Queen City Canine for their attention to detail and high-quality training services.

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Sally Said So Professional Dog Training

3037 Yadkin Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205
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  • Behavioral Management Training
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Protection

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Sally Said So Professional Dog Training has been serving clients and their pets in Charlotte for more than 20 years. It offers a wide range of dog training services for dogs and puppies including behavior modification, first aid classes, and expecting mothers canine preparation. Group and private in-home training sessions are also available. Moreover, the business conducts in-home dog training boot camps. Its owner, Shane Gentry, previously worked in the construction industry before realizing his passion to be an expert on dog behavior.

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Star Dog Charlotte

Charlotte, NC 28206
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Star Dog Charlotte is a full-service professional dog training company operating in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. Star Dog Charlotte is a locally owned and operated business specializing in providing high-quality dog training techniques in a stress-free and fun environment. This company offers a wide range of services including one-on-one instruction, in-home lessons, puppy training, obedience classes, group classes and socialization, agility courses, in addition to off-leash boot camps. Clients recommend the team of trained experts at Star Dog Charlotte for their friendly customer service and exceptional dog training services.

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The Dog Knowledge

1110 Pro Am Drive, Charlotte, NC 28211
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  • Obedience

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The Dog Knowledge is a training facility that has been operating in Charlotte for more than a decade. It offers basic, intermediate, and advanced training classes for different dog breeds, personalities, and past experiences. These include all-day working graduation and in-home training sessions post-graduation. A service dog program is also available through the TDK Service Dog Foundation. The facility accommodates memberships that allow access to playtimes, dog walks, and doggy boarding and daycare at Sam’s Town Cottages.

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UberDog Training

Charlotte, NC 28203
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UberDog Training is a full-service professional dog training company operating in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas of Ballantyne, Pineville, Waxhaw, Weddington, Fort Mill, and Matthews. UberDog Training is a locally owned and operated business specializing in high-quality and attentive training solutions for all dog sizes, ages, and temperaments. Owner and founder Greg Bellew is a certified dog trainer and a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals. This company offers a wide range of training services including one-on-one training sessions, in-home training, obedience training, behavior modification, and group training and socialization.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Should I get my dog professionally trained?

Professional training is helpful for dogs of all ages and breeds, whether they need simple command training or more detailed programs to change aggressive behaviors, such as biting and jumping. Training of all levels is beneficial for dogs and their owners, as the animals use the skills they learn throughout their lifetimes.

How many training sessions does a dog need?

The amount of training sessions a dog may need depends on the type of training desired by its owner. For example, doggie boot camps where dogs learn obedience techniques and behavior modification can take anywhere between one and four weeks, while puppy training courses add up to just one hour per week over a six-week period.

Do dogs like being trained?

All dogs are different, and like humans, it can take them time to warm up to new people and environments. Good trainers know how to communicate with dogs, and they generally work hard to ensure their trainees are content and having fun during training sessions while learning new behavior techniques.

At what age should dogs start obedience training?

As a general rule, dog owners should wait until their pets are at least six months of age before entering them into a formal obedience program. However, puppies are quick learners, and they can be taught simple commands at home starting at around six weeks.

How long does it take to house train a puppy?

In general, it takes between four and six months to house train a puppy. Factors, such as bladder size and metabolism, may lead to extra training time, especially if the puppy is of a small breed and needs to use the bathroom frequently. A puppy's previous environment and emotional state may also hinder house training time.

Is it okay to let a puppy cry in their crate at night?

Letting a puppy "cry it out" in their crate at night is generally not harmful; however, it's important for dog owners to make certain that their pet is crying to be let out, and not for other reasons, such as illness or injury. Crate training takes time, and it's always best to start out with short crating periods.

What\'s the hardest dog to train?

While all dogs are trainable to an extent with the proper training and techniques, certain breeds are known to have a more difficult time following orders and instructions, thanks to their strong wills and independent senses. Challenging breeds include Greyhounds, Saint Bernards, Bullmastiffs, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

Is a clicker good for dog training?

Clicker training, also known as mark and reward training, works well to help dogs learn commands and positive behavioral traits. The method focuses on rewarding dogs with positive reinforcements, such as treats or petting, when commands are followed. Repetition is essential with clicker training, as it helps dogs remember that rewards follow good behaviors.

Are dog trainers worth it?

Professional dog trainers can be extremely beneficial in helping dogs change negative behavior and learn to follow instructions. When home training isn't proving effective, many dog owners turn to professionals to improve their dog's behavior, which can help improve the overall relationship between pet and owner.

What makes a great dog trainer?

Great dog trainers love what they do, and they communicate well with animals. Qualities that great dog trainers possess include patience and tolerance, listening skills, and an overall positive attitude. While credentials and education are also important, the manner in which a trainer can communicate with dogs in his or her care, as well as dog owners, is essential.

What kind of training do you need to be a dog trainer?

Professional training is not required to become a dog trainer, but the more courses and credentials one obtains allows for increased knowledge and skill sets in overall dog training. Depending on the certifications desired, training courses include obedience, behavior modification, pet CPR, clicker training, and K9 training.

What qualifications do I need to be a dog trainer?

Dog trainers are not required to get any type of certification; however, courses that award certifications help build client bases and ensure pet owners that their animals are in excellent hands. To become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, one must pass a written exam and have 300 hours of documented experience in dog training over a three-year period.

What is the best dog training certification?

There are several dog training certification programs available to help trainers expand their credentials. Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) are two of the highest certifications. Additional essential certifications include Basic Agility and Puppy Training.

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