While new to thumbtack, I have over 20 years of experience, 5 star ratings on other platforms & I’m reasonably priced! Background: I grew up around street dogs, aggressive dogs, and so-called dangerous breeds. I've been around dogs for more than 20 years and understand them (and other animals) better than I understand people. I’ve participated in courses and learned a great deal over the years! I can help you train them, exercise them, housebreak them and teach you basic tactics to overcome their basic behavioral issues. I have experience with rottweilers, German shepherds, pit-bulls and other large breeds. I believe there are no bad dogs, just bad manners trained into them by accident. I love playing with them, roughhousing with them and teaching them things. Here is a free pro-tip; dogs love being scratched where they can't reach. The favorite location is the back of their hind legs, base of the spine on their back (in between the shoulder blades), & the base of the tail... BUT, you have to scratch very, very hard. Be forewarned, they will forever greet you with their rear facing you. :)
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Meet and greet. General assessment. It’s rare that I’ll turn down a dog. Only reasons would be if their master is unwilling to learn as well. I can train a dog to do many things, but if their master isn’t learning, then I will fail both of them.
Over 20 years of experience working with dogs and other animals.
I grew up doing this. Literally. I grew up in the Dominican Republic. In the country side with wild dogs and untrained dogs everywhere. I quickly learned what behaviors I would expect of dogs and somehow learned to get them to trust, respect and perform the behaviors I expected with me. I started doing this at around 4-5 years old and as I got older, I learned to teach them other things and help them accept others as well. I tamed other people’s dogs; some of the most “dangerous” breeds. Rottweilers, German shepherds, street dogs, wild dogs. It’s a language & process, but it’s all really comes down confidence, process and putting off energy that they feel comfortable with. With the process being vital. With that knowledge, I went on to tame livestock, wild animals, and just about every creature I’ve ever come across. Including reptiles.
This is a weird question. But just about every personality from type A personalities to type b personalities. Different fields of work and different backgrounds. Confident and learning confidence. It didn’t matter who they were so long as they were willing to implement the teachings. And take on the Master job of the master-dog relationship.
I’be trained a pure breed pit bull terrier and she’s one of the sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet. Unlike what most believe; pit bulls, when trained properly, are some of the best dogs you can have. They’re an intelligent, loving and powerful breed that requires special attention, traditional training & above all; love and proper displays of love. She’s only 6 months, but so far; she’s completely used to people and other dogs, we’ve trained her the basics(sit, stay, come... etc), some advanced training for bite control and bite work(dog trainer jargon for how to properly use her mouth in all situations; next up is proper utilization of her nose for tracking and play. She’s a household, loving pet so this is as far as we’ll take the training, but she’s an amazing dog. At 6 months, she already knows about 15-20 commands. Other project is my own personal dog; a German Sheperd who knows over 60 commands and completely understands what is expected of him as both protector and family member of the household.
Depends on what your goals are, but if you’re looking for a well behaved household companion: - Ideally, look for someone who can tame animals overall, not just dogs. They speak the language. - Look for people with experience training many breeds & not just one. - If you’re looking to give your dog a particular job; hunting, personal protection; look for specialized trainers.
What are my goals with my companion: 1) what job are they going to have? - household companion - protection - special needs/service animal - tracking - hunting This will give you a baseline of what to look for. I can help with household, basic tracking and protection. After that, you will require a specialist. But I’ll help you save hundreds of dollars by giving you a baseline to work with. 2) Am I willing to implement the training provided? How much time can I dedicate to their training outside of the trainer? A trainer provides a baseline, the master(you) must provide repetition and daily practice.