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Atascadero Dog Trainers

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Puppy Pals Animal Services
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jill H.
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Travis is great with my two GSD's, both regarding training & pet sitting. Would never hesitate to recommend him!

Dogtastic Training
from 3 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Karen P.
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Becky Came to my house for issues I have with my two dogs. She was wonderful with them and in no time at all she had them listening to her and taught us how to deal with aggression issues weve been having and also gave us the foundation to teach them basic commands. Becky is very knowledgable and answered our many questions and gave us alot of insight as to why the dogs do things and how to address these situations. I highly recommend her to all in need of a trainer and we plan on having her back for another training session. she even gave my her choices for food, flea treatment and other related items. She is great!!!

Jo's Happy Pets
from 1 review
  • 14 years in business
Paula S.
Verified review

Jo has cared for our dogs many times. They love her. She is better than family with them. Recently a very old dog in our family was terminally ill. When she came to feed our dogs, she found the old guy at his end. She wrapped him in his blanket and held him till he was gone. Then she arranged for our gardener to bury the dog on our property. This goes way beyond service; this is love.


I walk dogs, take care of houses, care for all kinds of pets, and I can even babysit! I am 21 years old and I have been caring for pets and kids since I was 11 years old. I also have 3 dogs and a cat of my own. I am very reliable and I am very trustworthy. I work from Mondays through Fridays at 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. But I have the weekends free and the time before and after work!


Canine Correction helps owners work with their dogs and deal with behavioral problems, such as pulling on a leash, basic obedience, and tricks.


My name is John Rothman, and I am a 22-year-old college student and dog enthusiast. I specialize in dog entertainment, walking, playing, exercising, ear scratching, etc.



The Kennels of Springdale has been taking care of cats and dogs for over 20 years. In addition, we provide obedience, basic foundation and agility training. We do small group training, board and training, and private lessons.


I do not own my own business. I have raised all my children, and I am currently going to school for nursing. I will clean, house/dog sit, provide childcare or elder care, and do any other odd jobs that may be needed. I am reliable, trustworthy, and honest. I have experience with all of the above.

Q & A

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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.

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.

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?
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