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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 255 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 735 hires on Thumbtack
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Meryl V.
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Raquel is absolutely amazing! I have two 1-year old female pitbull/labrador mixes that desperately needed training. They knew basic commands such as sit, lie down and shake. However, they never had proper training before. There was constant unruly behavior - jumping on guests and leash pulling among others. Less than an hour into our session, my dogs were listening and staying put - something I could never get them to do. I've had other trainers come by who would sit and go through the animal behavior stuff and as soon as their time was up, they were gone without going through any exercise training. Raquel put in the time and was willing to stay until they got through exercises. I can't thank her enough. My dogs are much more calm now and I was able to bring them to a friend's house without worrying if they'd get into it with the other dogs or people. She's well worth the money!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 207 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeremie B.
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Karen is a great dog trainer, she knows how to communicate with dogs and their owners. She explained a lot of our dog's behavior issues, answered all our questions, and walked us through real-life situation action items that we started applying. Results were immediate.

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.7
from 80 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 219 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer T.
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I had a private training session with Dee Cee, and it was worth every penny! She has a real passion for training dogs and she is very respectful, clear, thorough and effective. My dog Gubi has behavior problems and Dee Cee came up with methods that immediately worked! She also gave me great tools and tips to use in the future. I was so impressed with Gubi's progress in just a day and I feel like I know my dog much better now. Thank you Dee Cee!!

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 47 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Hakob H.
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Very knowledgeable on pet behavior. My dog can finally go to dog parks and everywhere else with me. Thank you. I also recommend my cousin to him. His dog was one of the worst behaved dogs that I've seen (80 pound American Pit bull). This dog is like a brand new dog now. Thank you again.

Cassidy's Pet Assistance
4.9
from 46 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
Tina S.
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I would highly recommend Cassidy's services. She truly understands dogs and their behavior but more importantly understands human behavior. She helped me to see how my actions were affecting how my dog reacted. Since making the changes she recommended training my dog has become much easier and enjoyable for both of us.

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Weatherwax Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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John L.
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Robbie Weatherwax is a caring and skillful dog trainer and animal behavioralist. He is kind to his customers and gives excellent instruction to their dogs. John Lovins

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Stefanie Pelka Dog Training
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Youna K.
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Stefanie is always on time! We have a small dogs that was spoiled like crazy. We've been working with Stefanie for only 2 times so far and we see a change in the behavior of our dog! Our dog Kona is following instructions and commands very well after just a couple of training's! Kona seems to be more relaxed and getting used to house rules.....! Stefanie is always on time, explains everything and give you simple and easy to follow trick to get rid of bad habits with your dog!

Santa Monica Paws
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Sophia K.
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Theresa and Brad have been wonderful with our dog. They are knowledgable, responsive and love animals. Highly recommend!

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Angellily Pet Care
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Nick S.
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Angela was amazing with helping us train our puppy! She's very knowledgeable and understands dog behavior very well. She's great assessing the dogs needs and correcting any negative behaviors. As a new puppy owner she helped put a lot of our concerns to rest. Great trainer, 10/10, would recommend to any dog owner.

The Trained Canine
4.5
from 28 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Doris J.
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Forever Friends Golden Retriever Rescue has been privileged to have Kim (The Trained Canine) as our Behavior Specialist and Trainer for the past 7 years. She not only trains our dogs but works with the foster parents and new owners. Kim has worked with dogs with simple issues that only need general obedience training and she has worked with dogs with extremely serious problems such as aggression. Our volunteers and adopters call Kim, "The Miracle Worker". Dog after dog that would have been considered "unadoptable" have been able to find their forever homes thanks to Kim's training. As President of the rescue, I sincerely thank Kim and highly recommend her services to anyone that needs a dog trainer.

Love Ur K9
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa D.
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The Dawson Family loves Love Ur K9! Kevin and his team have done wonders with our dog. Since we've had Love Ur K9 help us train our beagle, our beagle can stay in down position for an hour, walk by our side with her head up on leash, and can control her howling. The best part about Love Ur K9 is that this team heavily involves the owners; they'll teach you about the training they are doing with your dog, so that when your dog comes home, you can continue to improve upon your dog's behavior!

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EveryDog
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Maria P.
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Dave was great helping us train our boxer puppy. He is now 6 months and still is a work in progress but thanks to Dave we have the tools to raise him as a well behave dog. Dave is very responsible and really cares about the dogs he trains. I really recommend everydog for anybody that is looking for a good trainer.

Pupparazzi Petcare
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Tobey C.
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Miki Watters walks our Golden Retriever every weekday. She is prompt, courteous, professional AND reliable!!! Our dog loves her and Miki gives him a great daily workout! I would definitely recommend Miki to anyone looking for a fellow animal lover to take care of their furry friend's fitness needs. I've have dealt with NUMEROUS dog walkers over the years and can tell you, Miki's one of THE best!!!

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Basic Instinct Dog Training
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Hernan P.
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Alison is simply an animal lover, she takes great care of our dog and our dog loves going with her. She's always on time and you can't beat the price. She even sends us pictures when we're on trips. Highly recommended

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tim B.
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Natalie loves animals. She treats my dog as if he was hers. She is a kind and caring person. My dog gets treated like family when he is in her care. She’s my only choice when I head out of town.

  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Carole W.
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I met DANIELE LARGO outside my bank about a year and a half ago. She had such a beautiful, uplifting energy about her. I thought she was so beautiful and happy, and I just wanted to get to know her. She has such an inviting demeanor; we just started talking. Somehow we ended up talking about dogs. She is a remarkable person and dog whisperer extraordinaire. We have three cute little white rescue dogs and have been putting up with a lot of mischief from them. We'd call one and he/she would turn and walk the other way; plus, two different dogs each thought they were the alpha! We had toileting problems, too much unwanted barking, they were impossible to walk, you get the picture. We love them so much - Jack, J.J. and Kate. We're planning to move sometime soon, and for so long I'd been thinking about what to do about our doggie situation. I knew I needed to do something - SOON. Sweet Daniele had been keeping in touch with me during the gap since meeting, but momentarily I had forgotten about Danielle's special talent. Surprise, she called me the next day! Since we started working with Daniele things have really changed around here. We see the changes as each day goes by. Joe and I have worked with the dogs in all the ways she has taught us and it has really paid off. Yes, people need to get engaged in the learning process along with their pets. We have learned so much about understanding dog behavior, an essential part of having a great relationship with your precious baby. Danielle is so in-tune with our dogs and the ways we all relate together, that she understands what's going on with all of us. They each have different issues and they all love Daniele. They are anxious to please her, and now they focus with us much better also. Each one has really stepped up and they are falling into line as a cohesive family unit. We already have less barking, less toileting problems, less jealousy, and more obedience. Our home is happier and calmer thanks to this special lady. We highly recommend her for anyone having problems with their animals, or, if they just want to have a better trained dog, or other issues. Daniele has also helped our doggies, and Joe and I to better health with the Protandim she carries. What a difference! She has so many great ideas that have helped us accomplish our goals, for our doggies and ourselves. We couldn't be happier that we engaged Daniele to help us. Call Daniele, she's worth more than you can imagine...you won't be sorry! With Gratitude, Carole and Joe Wike

  • 14 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Janet R.
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Illuminado trains our puppy with positive reinforcement, and gives us the skills to maintain our puppy's good behavior in our home and in social settings. Our puppy now sits, lies down, stays, comes, and more upon command. This excellent, enjoyable, and effective training has made us--and our puppy--very happy. Thank you Illuminado!!!

MB-K9
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Lori M.
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He was extraordinarily good and accomplished results very quickly with my dog. He was very humane and compassionate and showed a complete understanding of dog psychology. I would recommend him to anybody in a heartbeat.

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Nuj S.
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If you are looking for a reliable, professional dog trainer that gets you results, Ayumi is hands down the best in the business. Our little fur monster, Rollie, had social behavior issues when we first adopted him. After being recommended by a friend, we decided to put Rollie through Ayumi's program. I really wished I would've found Ayumi earlier. We discovered a whole new side of Rollie we had never seen before. The transformation is truly incredible. Thank you, Ayumi!

Muttineer Dog Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Rocky R.
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Joss is a trainer who's combination of knowledge, ability, and affable, common sense approach with people makes her the kind of dog trainer that every dog owner should seek out. She uses positive reinforcement to teach essential commands, provides information regarding dog learning and training, provides methods to prevent behavior problems and is able to remedy dogs with existing behavior problems.

Leo Ryan
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Shawn H.
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So grateful to Leo and his advice/knowledge! He has been tremendously helpful with my dog and helping to work through behavioral problems of my new dog Bebe, who for over a year was in the shelter and before that, she had a lifetime of abuse. He has helped set her (and me) up for success in a life without abuse and only love, but setting structure and discipline to help her feel secure. He truly cares about his clients and their pets, which has been evident in all of our discussions. Leo really does go above and beyond! Can’t wait to work with him more in the future!

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How old should a puppy be for training?

Dog training shouldn’t wait until you’re having behavior problems. If you get a new puppy, start from the beginning with professional training to give both you and your puppy the tools you need for a healthy relationship. Dog training is as much about teaching the owner how to interact with their new dog as it is about the dog learning to behave. Puppy training can start as early as eight weeks old. Trainers who offer puppy training programs may works specifically with dogs between the ages of 8 and 18 weeks old. Trainers can teach owners about potty training and how to deal with accidents, working with separation anxiety, and training your pooch out of destructive behaviors like chewing, biting and demand barking. Puppies will start to learn to walk on-leash and other basic skills.

In addition to behavior training, socializing your puppy is an important part of dog training. Socializing your dog means they become comfortable and confident in a variety of settings and have a great foundation for becoming a well-adjusted adult dog. After your puppy has had the proper vaccinations, you can start to introduce it to a variety of different dogs and people in safe settings.

Which dog training method is best?

The best type of dog training for both you and your dog depends on the outcomes you hope to achieve. If you want your dog to learn agility training, go to someone who specializes in those techniques. Regardless of whether you want your dog to learn basic behavior or competitive-level tricks, the majority of dog training is actually about training the owner how to communicate with their dog. Most professional dog trainers agree that a model of training based on positive reinforcement breeds a happy, healthy, well-adjusted dog. The alternative to positive reinforcement training is using force or aggression techniques like physical punishment or shock-collar training to get the dog to do (or not do) a behavior. While the dog may learn how to behavior as you direct, it is also learning to communicate with force and aggression, and will in turn use those behaviors on other dogs (or people) that are smaller or weaker than it is. Before signing up with a dog trainer, meet with the trainer and ask for references. Watch the trainer interact with your dog, and make sure they treat your dog with patience and firm kindness. Ask them questions about their training methods:

  • What type of training methods do you use?
  • What is your background and training, and how did you become a dog trainer?
  • How long do you expect that we will work together before we achieve the results I’m after?

How long does it take to train a puppy?

Dog training depends on the dog and how much homework the dog owner is willing to put in. Puppy training is similar to dog training in that the onus of the work depends on the owner learning new ways to interact with their dog. For a quick crash course, you can opt for a single, two hour smart-start puppy training consultation to teach you the ins and outs of being a new dog parent. You can learn how to manage potty training and what to do if the puppy experiences separation anxiety. As long as you’re willing to work on dog training a little bit each day, your puppy will quickly learn these new behaviors. If you’re not confident about training your puppy yourself, you can enroll in a 6- to 8-week puppy training course, with weekly lessons touching on everything from bite control to obedience. Puppies usually need to be at least three months old for group training classes. If you want more intensive one-on-one work, you can opt for private lessons. Some behavior problems can be resolved in one session if the dog owner learns and can implement new skills. In the case of more serious issues, 3 to 10 private sessions can typically correct challenges.

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