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Being a proud puppy owner is a blast. Pups are fun, adorable, and offer constant companionship. But in order to ensure your puppy has the proper behavior, it's often necessary to train him or her; sometimes, this task is best left to the pros! Check out some helpful definitions that may assist you in your search for a professional dog trainer. You may also run into these phrases when reading up on training yourself.

  • Obedience Training – Good behavior starts with you. To train your new family member, you may want to look into a class for the dog. Obedience school is oftentimes offered at local pet stores. A professional will know how to teach your dog to obey a rule, not bite, and keep from being aggressive toward people and animals.
  • Housebreak – A lesson you should be teaching your pup from the start is how to eliminate outside, and not in his crate or on your carpet!
  • Agility Training – This can come later in your puppy's life if you wish. In order for your puppy to exhibit the proper behavior, he'll need to know how to listen, follow commands, and respect you as an owner. Agility training helps in all of these areas, as it requires your dog to pay special attention to you in order to complete a trick.
  • Whisper Training – Because a dog is a wild animal at his core, it's important that you know how to "speak" his language. Whisper training helps you understand your pooch so he can be as well behaved as possible.
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    Animal Behavior College
    Valencia, CA 91355
    Dog training is an important subject that our college is designed to address through the best educational programs available. Register today for pet training courses through our established college.
     
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    Competitive Dog Sports
    4623 Pine Street, Columbiaville, MI 48421
    Competitive Dog Sports offers obedience, agility, flyball, tracking and schutzhund classes. We also offer open conformation, agility and flyball floortime, private lessons and facility rentals.
    (810) 793-7771
    Clearmark Clicker Training
    11760 Big Lake Rd, Davisburg, MI 48350
    Providing force free, reward-based training and behavior consulting. In-home private lessons by a KPA certified trainer including basic obedience, foundation behaviors, loose leash walking, housebreaking, and manners. Puppies to adults serving the whole county.
    (3) Reviews Write a review
    (248) 421-1984
     
    User Review: "We loved shelli. What a wonderful trainer, she was able to help me with some behavior problems we had with our dog missy. ..." - Joan (MI)
    Borderhauss Kennels
    7930 Antcliff Road, Howell, MI 48855
    Our dog obedience school uses positive reinforcement training. Our trainers use treats, toys, and praise. Your puppy will learn in a fun environment. Our agility classes are indoors in a 4000 sq ft carpet arena.
    (734) 717-9083
    Cairn-Dale Farm
    2610 Riniel Rd, Lennon, MI 48449
    (810) 621-3414
    Raisin Tree Farms
    5727 Suntar Valley Dr, Fowlerville, MI 48836
    Offering a boarding place for all breeds of dogs and cats. Obedience training also available from professional dog trainers. Ask us about our in-home pet sitting services. We're your ultimate source for animal care!
    (517) 546-6363
    First Class Dog Training
    P.o Box 423, Haslett, MI 48840
    Through proper dog training, you establish a relationship that has boundaries, control, understanding, and valid expectations. Our professionals will assist you with proper obedience training.
    (517) 712-5012
    Lake Lansing Pet Sitters & Grooming
    6177 E Lake Dr, Haslett, MI 48840
    Professional pet care in your own home. We offer peace of mind for our clients and less stress for your pets when you bring them in to board with us. Bring your pets in today and let them feel safe.
    (517) 708-8249
    Trainer's Academy LLC
    950 W Maple Rd Ste A, Troy, MI 48084
    (248) 244-1372
    Dog House The
    2420 E North Territorial Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
    If you’ve been looking for an alternative to a traditional dog kennel, then you and your dog will feel right at home with us. We mainly focus on providing affection, guidance, and supervised exercise on our 200 acres of land.
    (734) 222-0655
    Animal Lodge The
    5700 County Farm Rd, Saint Johns, MI 48879
    (989) 227-1600
    Alternative Canine Training
    34146 Wood St, Livonia, MI 48154
    In home, private dog training, group obedience dog training classes, behavior modification, and more. We specialize in helping your dog stop barking. We also help with housebreaking accidents, aggression, separation anxiety.
    (734) 462-2810
    Dog Training In Your Home
    Huntington Woods, MI 48067
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    (248) 547-7297
     
    User Review: "So happy we decided to use this business to help us with training our dog. Each session lasts an hour and we were taught..." - Jen (MI)
    Michigan Dog Training
    1031 Cherry Street, Plymouth, MI 48170
    Call Michigan Dog Training, your source for dog obedience and dog aggression training. Michigan Dog Training is the premier dog trainer service in the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.
    (734) 634-4152
    Capital Area Humane Society
    7095 W Grand River Ave, Lansing, MI 48906
    (517) 626-6060
    Animal Activity Center Inc
    39319 Garfield Rd, Clinton Township, MI 48038
    (586) 412-3900


    Enrolling in obedience classes and using whispering techniques are key to training your dog to be well behaved. Canines use these skills for work duties in the military, police force, or on the farm herding animals. Pets who understand rules and commands are less likely to show aggression, bite children, or ignore their master. For training to work, the owner must work with their pet and never reward bad behavior. Most classes at puppy schools are completed in two months and meet weekly. Owners work with puppies daily to teach new rules. Basic commands include sit, stay, and lay. Once this basic skill level is mastered, tricks like roll over are taught. Agility programs help prevent boredom and keep pets exercised. They're a good step to take after a canine masters primary commands. Canines who understand these rules behave in any environment, including the groomer, or veterinary office. Housebreaking a puppy requires lessons at home. A kennel, crate, or cage is useful in housebreaking. Many pets consider these units to be their own personal space, so they don't object to being placed in one. Barking is a behavior that many pet owners want corrected. Repetitive “no-bark” commands help overcome this negative conduct. Some veterinarians recommend the use of citronella collars that spray citronella if a dog barks. The collars are more humane than shock collars and have shown to be very effective. Look for schools that are taught by professionals with certification in obedience and agility expertise. These instructors may work privately, or for a boarding kennel. Whisperers are better to use for aggressive canines, including those who have already bitten someone. They work to get the problem canine to obey simple commands after determining what triggers the animal's negative response. Ask your veterinarian about dog trainers in your area.
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