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By: Celeste A.
Protrain Memphis
Bryan Bailey at ProTrain Memphis has changed our lives. I was at my wits' end with our dog. He was barking and showing increasing signs of leash aggression. When I walked him, I constantly had to keep him on a short, tight leash -- and what bothered me most was knowing that at home, he was a good dog, but in public I had to constantly apologize to people whom he barked or lunged at. I was at a loss for what to do, until my vet referred me to ProTrain. Well, after just one private lesson with Bryan, we have a new dog. He is completely different on the leash. Bryan is a genius when it comes to reading dogs and people, and he spends the extra time with you to make sure you completely understand the dog you own (a domestic wolf!). I appreciate his depth of knowledge and have learned a tremendous amount in just one lesson!! I can't wait to go back for the next lesson!
By: Dennis B.
Protrain Memphis
We have enjoyed our experience with ProTrain. Bryan and Kira have built a successful business with their expertise in training and the best customer service in Memphis. We would certainly recommended them to anyone who wants a incredibly behaved dog and a great place to leave him when traveling out of town.
By: Erin P.
Protrain Memphis
I solicited the help of ProTrain a few months ago to assist me with two of my dogs that were constantly fighting. I had previously sought help from veterinarians and other trainers, but their advice did not solve my problem. In fact, the fighting only increased and one of my dogs was severely injured. After a few lessons with Bryan, my problem was not only solved, but I am now working on their CGC certification. Bryan is truly an expert in his field and his approach to training the human is as thorough as the training the dogs receive. Thank you Bryan and ProTrain! I get to keep both of my dogs!
Tips & Advices
In order to be certified as a therapy dog or emotional support dog, animals need to receive an evaluation/written designation from a licensed health professional: social worker, physician, psychiatrist typically. As for service dogs, which are allowed to accompany their owners into most businesses and pet-restricted areas, they can receive training, certifications, and registrations from several organizations such as TDI and United States Service Dog Registry. These certifications are not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, but may streamline the process of getting a dog access to typically off-limits areas. Service dogs and therapy dogs are not the same thing. The same dog might fall into both categories, but therapy and emotional support animals are not recognized under the ADA.
Aggressive behavior is the most common reason that people seek professional training for their dogs. Aggressive dogs require careful evaluation from a professional to accurately classify and diagnose the behavior. Puppies that display aggressive behavior are often diagnosed as undersocialized or hyperactive, and may evolve out of that behavior with regular obedience training. However, dogs with real aggression issues require specialized training from a behaviorist or trainer who understands genetic and hereditary factors, types of aggression, environmental factors and aggressive treatment methods. The number one suggestion when seeking an aggressive behavior specialist is to ask a trusted veterinarian. Dog rescues or other professionals may also have good referrals.
If a dog doesn’t meet expectations at the end of a training course, it is as likely to be related to the training course or the pet owner as the dog. A recommended next step would be to carefully research more training methods and local trainers to find a program that is better suited to your dog. Another one is to consider whether lack of commitment, inconsistent at-home practice,  or an inconsistent discipline/reward system may have undermined the training program.
Obedience training generally takes place at 6 months, but you can begin training a puppy to socialize with humans and other animals at 7-8 weeks.
Essentially, dogs learn to respond properly to basic commands in obedience class--and humans learn how to properly give those commands. Dogs and owners will also learn how to communicate with each other, and how to avoid distractions or disturbances from the outside. No matter which method of dog training is used, it is necessary to be consistent and committed in order to train a dog. Also, it’s important that a pet owner understand their dog’s temperament and hereditary factors, and find a class and method that is appropriate.

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