Dog-Training Companies Help Puppies and Pooches Behave

By: Karen Dybis | July 2, 2021

Photo Courtesy of Canine to Five.

Dogs as well as other pets are a joy to have in your life – except for when they are puppies tearing up the family’s shoes, teen-aged pooches that attack chair legs and stair risers when they get bored or mature canines that bark too much when the neighbors decide to throw a spontaneous party. Not that our dogs have done any of that kind of troublesome conduct or anything…

This is where dog training and behavior experts come into play. Metro Detroit has a number of dog whispers who can help with new pups, bring unruly dogs into heel or make suggestions on how to integrate a stubborn pet into family life. This kind of training may be especially important in the months to come as people go back into offices, head into vacation season or spend more time in movie theaters, restaurants and other entertainment venues. 

A dog needs training for a lot of reasons. Pups crave your attention, and hanging out with them during a training session gives them that all-important time with you. Pets also should be rewarded for good behavior so they know that is what you expect, so training with a positive voice and perhaps a treat or two can give you long-term rewards from your pet. Also, dogs need training because it gives them something to think about when they are home alone – if they have had exercise and a good training routine, they’re more likely to behave when you’re out of the house. 

To find a trainer, you’ll want to do your homework. Look on social media to see if neighbors or friends have suggestions of places or people they have worked with in the past. You can ask your vet or a quality pet care center, such as Detroit’s Canine to Five. You can look online for approved dog trainers from organizations such as the Association of Professional Dog Trainers or the American Kennel Club. 

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Be prepared for some costs. The average dog training session can cost between $30 to $50 per session. Private training may cost more, especially if they come to your home. That kind of session can cost up to $120 per hour, according to national sources. 

Here are five Metro Detroit pet or dog trainers that you can contact if you want help training or help working with your favorite pup. 

K9 Turbo Training

This training service is a team of Certified Professional Dog Trainers that is recognized through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. They focus on creating a community-based training and education service for dogs across Metro Detroit. Since 2015, K9 Turbo Training has provided one-on-one training, group classes and education seminars. It is a 100% force-free company, which means its trainers never use force, pain or punishment to achieve results. Its trainers also are believers in research-supported methods, and “science tells us that force-free, positive reinforcements achieve the best, long-lasting results,” its website notes. It also offers dog training with Canine to Five in Ferndale and Detroit.

Michigan Dog Training

Michael Burkey is a dog-behavior solutions kind of guy, making sure that your pet becomes a well-mannered member of the family through his work. He is the CEO and Dog Behaviorist at Michigan Dog Training, and he specializes in working with dogs who show fearful and/or aggressive tendencies or are of high energy. He also works with dogs of all sizes and all breeds, so if you have a doggo that needs a new friend, he’s your guy.

 

My Sidekick Dog Training

Detroiters highly recommend Ash Rose of My Sidekick Dog Training for helping their pooches become better housemates and all-around pals. Rose uses reward-based dog training because it works and it is considered best for the dog as well. The whole family can participate in this kind of training as well, helping to address all of the issues that are resulting in negative or improper behaviors. 

Einstein Dog Training

Dogs want to behave – but sometimes, they need help with control, focus and being good members of society. That’s where Einstein Dog Training comes in to help. They have a variety of dog-training programs that will help you create the life you want with your dog, especially when you’re out at a park or walking in your neighborhood. They train dogs from puppies to seniors, and they can help with everything from separation anxiety to house breaking to leash pulling. 

Animal Learning Systems

Grosse Pointe Farms resident and anyone on the East side knows about Animal Behaviorist James F. Lessenberry and Animal Learning Systems. It focuses on families and pets, something he has done for more than three decades now. Its mission is to create a human-dog bond based on trust, positive environments and effort from both sides of the training. The goal is to create well-behaved dogs that everyone loves to be around and to play with every day.