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Certified dog trainer
Stevie L. Mathre

Ada, MN

Smart Pets Training offers problem-solving solutions, in-home training, and relationship building when a class or group situation isn't suitable. Certifications include CPDT-KSA.

Training Equipment consists of a fun relationship with your pet, plenty of treats, and a reward marker. The training philosophy revolves around operant conditioning, utilizing positive reinforcement and management. Negative reinforcement is employed when appropriate, but positive punishment is never used to train your dog.

Service areas include Fargo, Moorhead, and surrounding areas. Group classes are beneficial, but sometimes schedules don't align, or a dog's behavior presents challenges in a class setting. Smart Pets Training focuses on teaching owners how to train their dogs at home. The approach aims to find management and training solutions that are implementable and sustainable.

Whether it's good manners at home, a pleasant walk in the neighborhood, or participating in a group class, Smart Pets Training is dedicated to helping clients achieve their goals. The trainer has experience working with numerous dog families, multi-species households, children, and addressing problematic behaviors such as house-soiling, separation anxiety, reactivity, fear, resource guarding, and general behavioral issues.

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Who are the dog trainers listed on this page?

We showcase a diverse group of accomplished dog trainers specializing in positive reinforcement techniques. You'll find brief profiles of each trainer, highlighting their experience and expertise.

How can I select the right trainer for my dog?

Start by evaluating your dog's needs and identifying your training objectives. Each trainer's profile provides insights into their areas of expertise. Match these with your dog's character and your goals to find the ideal fit.

How do I ensure these trainers are competent?

All trainers listed here are certified professionals with extensive knowledge of positive reinforcement techniques.

Why is positive reinforcement emphasized, and what is it?

Positive reinforcement centers on rewarding preferred behaviors, ensuring a pleasant learning journey for your dog. This approach not only is humane but also strengthens the bond between you and your pet.

Are these trainers equipped to address specific behavioral problems?

Yes, they are. Our trainers are adept in basic obedience or intricate behavioral challenges. Browse their profiles to identify a trainer who specializes in the particular issues you wish to address.

How do I initiate a training program with a trainer?

Simply click on the preferred trainer's profile to access their contact details. From there, you can get in touch to discuss your requirements and set up training appointments.

How do group sessions differ from private ones?

Group sessions offer a communal setting where your dog learns general obedience alongside other dogs. In contrast, private sessions grant focused attention, making them perfect for targeted behavior modifications or individualized training agendas.

Which training techniques do these trainers abstain from?

All our trainers are committed to positive reinforcement techniques and steer clear of any harsh or punitive methods. Their primary goal is to make training a joyous journey for you and your dog.

When can I expect to see results using positive reinforcement training?

Results depend on factors like your dog's nature, the specific behaviors in question, and your training consistency. While many clients observe improvements in just a few sessions, it's crucial to be patient and persistent.

Can I attend a training session to observe before committing?

Reach out to the trainer you're interested in to discuss possibly attending a session. It's a great way to get a feel for their approach and see if it aligns with your expectations.

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