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Dana Point Dog Trainers

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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 102 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 210 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Marie B.
Verified review

I was having a lot of problems with my 4 years old Beagle; in fact, I had completely lost control of him. He was barking all the time, experiencing separation anxiety, was jumping aggressively on other dogs and not listening to what ever I was telling him at all. Walks were a nightmares! When I contacted Beth, I was not asking for big improvements in my dog's behavior; any little adjustment would be seen as major. But Beth taught me how to take back control of my dog, how to make him listen to me and how to react to his dog aggression problem. Within 3 sessions, my Beagle is an another dog! The barking had reduced significantly; dog aggression is almost resolved (I would say it had reduced by 90%) and he's not anymore ignoring me when I ask him something. I warmly recommend working with Beth at The Top Dog Trainer if you have any issues with your dog, she's very professional, doesn't judge you on how you have raised your dog in the past and has a great availability.

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
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Anna J.
Verified review

John is one of the best dog trainers that I've met. I have a three year old recently adopted American Eskimo with issues such as leash pulling, nipping people who doesn't give him attention, and general insecurity issues. I have seen other dog trainers trying to get help, but without result. John took the time to get to know my dog and evaluate him based on what he saw and previous conversations with me. He helped me understand my dog and what I need to do to help him. Apparently, I have a dog that thinks he's an alpha and he taught me how to address this. I need more classes to address my dogs leash pulling and more, and I am glad that John didn't try to address all issues in one session because I don't think that would have been very helpful in the long run. Training a dog is not done in an hour, it takes more time than that. I highly recommend John.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca C.
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Our trainer Denise has been such a great help with our crazy puppy. We hired her when the pup was 5 months old . We were in desperate need of training . Our pup was pottying in the house even though we had designated a spot for her to go. It was exhausting cleaning up after her all day. With Denise's help and expertise , our pup has learned were to go potty and we have learned as well the importance of consistency . It is evident that Denise is gifted as a dog trainer and our experience with her has been very professional . It is obvious she loves animals and there is a gentle way to train. Thanks Denise With love from Summer and the Courtney family:)

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Happy Dog Training, LLC
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
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Elma D.
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He's awesome! We just had 2 lessons and my Toby is a changed dog. I had other trainers before and didn't get the results we needed for Toby on how to behave . Looking forward to more lessons.

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Debra D.
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Paula is an amazing dog trainer! She has provided me with so much new and relevant information that has been crucial in helping me with my foster dog. Thanks to her tips and her information on dog behavior, I have had great success with my dog's crate training and her behavior towards guests at the door. I highly recommend Paula to anyone who is in need to of help. She is more than a "teach them to sit" type of trainer -- she understands dog behavior and carefully explains how humans can work with dogs to give them skills to succeed.

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Kris cleaning service
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Milagros M.
Verified review

THE BEST! If you're looking for a cleaning service that arrives 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment and is detail oriented, then you want Kris Cleaning. The team was beyond amazing and with two children under 3 and two dogs, they made sure to clean every square inch of my house and they exceeded my expectations. So much that I have now scheduled standing appointments every 3 months. Thanks Kris!!

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.5
from 31 reviews
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Chris L.
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Steve is an incredible, elite master trainer. He holds the key to unlocking all of your dogs' best attributes. He has done wonders for my dogs, and I have witnessed him doing even more for others. There's nothing that this man can't fix about your dog. But, you must be willing to put in the time and do what it takes to maintain. I have two mixed breeds (brother and sister) that have severe separation anxiety, when they weren't near each other. They were completely co dependent on each other, fearful and extremely sensitive to everything around them. They would whine and bark when separated. Steve had them for less than two weeks, and now they have no problem, at all being separated. He taught me how to build their confidence, and help them succeed. Which has made training them in obedience much easier. They now have the will to work, and the desire to learn more. As do I. He has inspired me so much that it has now become my passion, and I am now his apprentice. What I love most about the way that he trains, is that he is very gentle and patient with the dogs. He is by far more concerned with the dogs' well-being than anything else. He can be pretty tough on the owners, but once you come to realize why, you really can't be mad at him. The issues that your dog has, are typically there because of you. Your dog is a mirror of yourself. Once you've accepted that, you can then both change together, building the bond between you and your dog even stronger. But, you must be part of the change in order for it to work. Wendy is my senior master trainer, and I have learned so much already from both of them. They have taught me beginner and advanced obedience, behavior work, tracking, scent detection, how to show in AKC competitions, how to train movie dogs, and much more. Through the skills that I have acquired from them, I am now teaching my own classes and training dogs daily, using the same incredible methods that these amazing dog trainers have taught me. I highly recommend Steve and Wendy, and all of their trainers to anyone who truly cares for their dog.

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Angellily Pet Care
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael A.
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Angela came to the house to help us with our new puppy training! From the minute she came in, we knew she was the perfect trainer! Our dog responded so well to her. Every single time she comes to the house, she is punctual, professional, super friendly, and great at what she does! You will not be disappointed. She is a dog whisperer!

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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelly S.
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great trainers for our puppy, although our dog is obviously smarter than us and Michelle and Philip seems to be training us more than our dog!

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kathy P.
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Dave is a dedicated, caring and knowledgeable dog trainer. We will use him!

  • 19 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Sa C.
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Ron is the best dog trainer ever! His love for dogs shows in his gentle, calm, and effective training techniques. He trains dog owners just as much as their dogs, and he has successful results. Under Ron's tutelage, my shelter pit bull blossomed from a fearful, anxiety-filled dog into a dog with confidence and self-esteem. She has really come a long way, in large part thanks to Ron and his teachings. Ron is also the least expensive dog trainer I have encountered. His rates are reasonable, for such high-quality training.

Epic Dog Pros
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Jordan R.
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Arturo was a fantastic trainer, my dog kona responded really well with him and was/is always excited to see him. I was amazed by how obedient she became and would highly recommend him to anyone who needs training.

Canines4Life
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Erin E.
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Maureen was very responsive to texts/calls/emails. She made sure to address the individual needs of my family/pet. She packed in so much information into just one session and provided us with some unexpected extras. We have already seen an improvement in our puppy's behavior after one session. I love her positive approach to modifying behavior. She was also super patient with us (first time dog parents). We had some very basic questions but she spent extra time with us to make sure we were set before she left. Will definitely use her again and refer friends in need of doggy help.

i Speak Dog Training
4.6
from 18 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Megan W.
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Tommy Stark is by far the best dog trainer I have ever known. He's extremely knowledgeable and always helpful. I have a large male Rottweiler who is an absolute joy to have in every and all situations due to Tommy's training. Anytime I've ever had a question about our dog Tommy is always there to help. I highly recommend Tommy Stark. He is the best of the best! Just ask Gronk.

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Better K9
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Kim B.
Verified review

Audrey scheduled us right away for a consultation to help with our food aggressive dog. Within one week using her training and tips any family member can pull our dogs food away with out getting biten or even a growl. Our German Shepard will now wait patiently in a calm "sit" position till we put his food back for him. Looking forward to more training!

Bark to Basics
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Christine P.
Verified review

Melissa has been great, our dog has come a long way since we began training. Our dog had a door bolting issue, since we have had 2 sessions with Melissa, I am able to tell her to sit at the door mat, then tell her to stay without a leash while I walk all the way down my front door entrance to the sidewalk while she waits patiently for me to come back. And we still have our final session tomorrow. In addition, she has given us many more tips. I would definitely recommend Bark to Basics. Christine Powell

  • 12 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Molly S.
Verified review

Kathleen is the best- i know my dog alwys has the best time and is loved and well cared for when i am out. She is always there when needed!

Up Your Fit
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremiah S.
Verified review

I have a bad back and a weak core and I started to work with Maggie once a week. Once I started working with her, the constant pain I had in my back was slowly being diminshed, and my core started to get stronger than it has been in years. As a result of her work, I was able to do this canoe race and finish higher than I have ever finished before. She is a great trainer that will address whatever needs you have for whatever fitness level you want to achieve.

Doggie Do Pet Services
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Nyla C.
Verified review

We have had an a wonderful experience with Wendy Brookhyser and her team. Our dog was almost 4 years old when we brought him to the facility. We were having issues with aggression towards other dogs and an extremely hard time walking him with a leash. We had dog trainers come to our home and try and help us, but nothing seemed to work or stick for very long. Our good friend told us about Wendy and we decided to give her a try. This was our last attempt to try and help our sweet Aussie before adopting him to another family. Our Chuck did such a fantastic job with Wendy and her staff. When we picked him up, our whole family was pleased with how well he listened to us and walked with us. Our children use to not be able to walk him without a parent because he would dash after other dogs or people on bikes. Now even my 10 year old can walk him. I was reluctant to send my dog away. I had heard stories where the dog came back with a wounded or broken spirit. Chuck came back to us with the same fun loving spirit he had when we dropped him off. If I could do all over again, I wouldn't hesitate this time! The best part about this facility is that they not only train the dog, they train the family. We were instructed to watch a training video at least 8 times before we picked him up. We were told this DVD would help us prepare for our dog's arrival back into our home. The videos helped us learn the commands our dog would be learning at the facility. It has been a life saver! We still watch it once a week to brush up on our skills. They also provide Friday Train Day where they come to your home and pick up your dog for the day. We have taken advantage of this to help give our dog more consistency while we are still improving our skills with him. Chuck is so excited every Friday when he sees Wendy or a staff member. I would and do recommend Wendy to all of my friends that are struggling with obedience. They also provide boarding services. We are so happy with Wendy and her team and will continue to help us if and when we should need it.

K9 City Play & Stay inc.
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Bo P.
Verified review

Bo went in pulling on the leash and crazy excited when he saw another dog. One hour later he walked out calmly and was completely unphased by other dogs he saw. I've got to keep it up, but Paul got me and Bo back on track!

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Yesenia V.
Verified review

I tried using a treat trainer but our dog still did not listen. Mike and Off Leash K9 Training Los Angeles were able to get the control over our dog that we wanted. The Off Leash team were there every step of the way and now we have a dog that listens each and every time.

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