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Chula Vista Dog Trainers

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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 228 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Melody C.
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We worked with Beth for 2 sessions and in that short amount of time, she provided the most beneficial tools. One is the "gentle leader." If you have big strong dogs this is a must. In addition to keeping them in control on walks these help so much to overall calm the dogs. I feel comfortable and confident now walking my 2, 100lb plus dogs together, by myself. Beth is courteous, communicative and timely. Our dogs are still not perfect Angels, and we need to continue to be consistent in our training, but I feel we have the skill set to get them there. Beth didn't try to sell us on the need for a huge package of training sessions. We know and understand that it is up to us to remain diligent with our dogs. Thank you so much Beth and if Bill and I need a refresher I will be in touch😀 Also Thumbtack is how I found Beth what a great resource. I was able to read through reviews of 7 other dog trainer's profiles and find what was a great fit for us. Thank you

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Karen B.
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I would highly recommend Paula as a dog trainer. She worked with my dog Sandy and I saw amazing results. Sandy was a hyper dog who would run off if a door was left open. After working with Paula, Sandy became a wonderful, calm, gentle companion for our family and quit running off. She also was able to work with my kids and teach them how to handle Sandy.

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Brad S.
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Look no further for a dog trainer, Mel is the best. She is passionate, patient, and excellent with animals. In the short time that we have used her we have seen results and a more disciplined dog. She cares so much about your animal that she is always available for consultation over the phone. She has boarded and trained our dog when my family went on vacation and sent follow up videos and photos of our puppy on our vacation. We look forward to a long term relationship with Mel and our adorable and well trained puppy.

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica V.
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I bought a dog (german shepherd puppy) from Kris a couple years ago for sport work. He set me up with training and my dog is THE best trained dog I have ever owned. She has a balanced and stable temperament on top of fantastic obedience and protection. I am so incredibly happy with her and Kris is extremely knowledgeable in dog behavior and dog training of all aspects. I recommend Taylor made Working Dogs for any source of dog training or buying.

San Diego Dog Training
4.3
from 15 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah O.
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Rachel is a excellent dog trainer, she is very patient.

K9 Positive Training
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn F.
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Mike worked with dog, Rocco, and I to prepare for the CGC test. He is not only an excellent trainer, who has perfected his skill set and demonstrates passion combined with eternal patience, he is very personable and caring. He was just as invested in Rocco's success as I was. I could not recommend him more highly. We hope to continue training with Mike and go on to take therapy dog and maybe service dog tests in the future.

Everyday Canine
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christina G.
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My dog Polly is really smart and sweet but she was really struggling with fear and anxiety which made it impossible to leave her alone for any amount of time without her freaking out. I booked some dog training sessions with Nick and with even one session I noticed a positive difference in her stress. His method is kind, logical and most of all I found it easy to translate the techniques he taught me into action. I plan to recommend him to all of my dog-owning friends.

Tricks for Treats
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
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I’ve avoided hiring a local dog trainer or taking my dog to obedience school because of time and expense. When I learned I could get a 30 minute consultation for just $25, I figured I had nothing to lose. The phone call went far beyond my expectations—Heidi was so helpful. She quickly assessed my dog’s primary behavior patterns based on his breed (hound/terrier/shepherd mix) and suggested types of agility training he would respond to. Then she laid out 3 simple obedience lessons we could work on as a basis for further training. Her advice was simple, clear, and based solely on positive reinforcement. She recommended books to read and types of treats and treat bags to use—I have a full page of notes and am excited to get started. The consultation is SUCH a great value, and Heidi’s friendly, non-judgmental professionalism was exactly what I needed to feel confident that my dog and I will make progress.

Inception K9 Academy
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
June B.
Verified review

Just finishing my puppy training and couldn’t be happier with the results. My pup responded well to the positive training techniques. Highly recommend.

Crazydogs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Pat R.
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I'm working with Nicole Hartmann a wonderful trainer she's doing wonders with my dog boomer. Looking forward to working with her in the weeks ahead..m

The Cognitive Dogs
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Patty G.
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Kim is an OUTSTANDING trainer....extremely patient and helpful. Don't hesitate to engage her to help with whatever dog-related training issue you might have. She has been our Agility trainer for months, and our dog has progressed well beyond my expectations.

Mara's Dog Services
5.0
from 1 review
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Nella C.
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Very quick service, and friendly!

K9Connection
5.0
from 1 review
  • 9 years in business
Emily B.
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They washed groomed and watched my dog while I was busy getting other tasks finished. They were friendly and my dog was happy and adorable.

Paradise Pet Care
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
Marcy P.
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Our pups love Paradise Pet Care. The pet sitters are friendly and trustworthy, and take such good care of our two dogs. We never have to worry about them when we travel. They get lots of walks and TLC - and we get lots of updates (love the photos!). I highly recommend the Paradise Pet Care team if you need pet sitters or dog walkers.

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Pet Boarding Service, Dog Sitter, Pet Groomer, Dog Walking, Day Care & Sitting.

  • 4 years in business
About

I love taking care of babies and kids, and helping them with the things they need. I know how to take care of kids because I raised my little brother and sister. I also love dogs, I like to take care of them and take them to long walks near nature. I like to take care of them and give them what they need.

  • 2 years in business
About

At Durkee's Dogs, we care for your dog like he/she is one of our own. We know first hand that our dogs are our babies, and they're unique in what they like/dislike and we cater to those special needs.

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We provide a wide variety of services in dog walking and pet sitting. From private walks to assistance with special needs pets, we treat you and your pets like family! We offer flexible care times and customized rates to suit your needs. Are you a nurse, doctor, or anyone else who works 12 hour shifts? Great! Because we even offer late night walks!

About

I use the latest positive reinforcement methods that are scientifically proven to work, and have lasting effects on all animals, and even humans. I have been training dogs for 7 years. I am a certified professional dog trainer, and I am a natural teacher. I am a full-time teacher, and I train dogs part-time. I train my own dogs, and I compete in canine freestyle and agility. I have an experience with many different breeds and training issues. Lastly, I have won the Ch10 A-List award in San Diego for the best dog training for the last two years.

  • 27 years in business
About

I am a certified pet dog trainer through the CCPDT, and my knowledge and skills were assessed. I have 24 years of professional experience, and I train, from basic to advanced obedience, behavior modification, backyard agility, and trick training. I am a certified AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, and community canine evaluator.

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I have a natural connection with animals. Ive never actually owned animals as a child until my teenage years. I have a very bold personality and I tend to be very playful and motherly to animals haha.

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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