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Based in charlotte NC. Adopted a ten week old puppy. Looking for a dog behaviorist/ trainer for private training sessions.
 

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Based in charlotte NC. Adopted a ten week old puppy. Looking for a dog behaviorist/ trainer for private training sessions.
It is unusual to need a behaviorist for a 10 week old puppy. What types of issues are you having that you think could benefit from private training at this age, particularly help from a behaviorist?

We may be able to suggest some things like books, videos and other basically free resources to start with compared to the expenses of private consultations.

Also may be able to give ideas/suggestions on tactics to avoid in training for whatever issues you are seeing.
 

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Sorry for the confusion. I am looking for a reputable dog trainer for private sessions in our home. Many things on the internet contradict each other which has led to some confusion with my wife and I.
 

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Sorry for the confusion. I am looking for a reputable dog trainer for private sessions in our home. Many things on the internet contradict each other which has led to some confusion with my wife and I.
My comment still stands. Having an idea of what you are stuggling with or confused by will go a long ways towards guiding you to reputable resources, whether online resources which are generally sufficient for most puppy problems at that age, or in-person training.

For example, what is one training question that you and your wife are finding confusing or contradictory advice on?
 

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I agree with Shell. You can save a ton of money simply going to basic puppy kindergarten classes. Pick a positive, rewards based trainer. Basic puppy kindergarten will teach you many skills such as sit, down, come, stay, leave it, so all the basics, as well as some tips on teaching basic house manners. It also helps get your puppy used to the idea of working with and focusing on you in the presence of other dogs and novel new people!
 

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The trainer we hired for my dog said that he gets so annoyed by people calling him for their puppy. They're puppies! Go to puppy classes.
 

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I agree with the rest, I would choose a puppy class over a private trainer. You'd be spending a lot of unnecessary money for one, and puppy classes are also SO valuable, both for socialization and for helping you and your pup learn to train with distractions. I'd choose a good positive reinforcement based puppy kindergarten class and go from there.
 

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I have no affiliation with any trainer in NC, but just based on websites, I'd maybe try this one:
http://www.doghavendogs.com/about us.html

This also seems like a good resource to find a trainer who won't use aversive tools on your puppy:
http://www.forcefreecharlotte.com/services.html

I've worked with a small number of owners who chose private lessons for their young puppies because they did not want the group class experience, group training did not align with their schedules, or they wanted a trainer all to themselves for an hour for a more tailored approach. I actually love those lessons because they are a nice, easy break from the usual fear/aggression/reactivity/bite history cases :D
 
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