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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 114 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 231 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
James M.
Verified review

Beth is an incredible dog trainer. She's helped give us information on how to help our Bella and worked with us on getting her leash aggression under control. She is very fast with responses and getting back to you. Thanks!

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 147 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
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
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Marv J.
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Denise was able to show me how to get my Old English Sheepdog to respond to basic commands, walk in a calm manner, and behave while in the house. Her private training of Sally and myself led to these things being accomplished in rapid manner. Sally turned from being an excitable, out-of- control dog into a peaceful, obedient pet. I highly recommend Denise as being an expert human and dog trainer.

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 74 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
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Analee M.
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Angellily was great to work with, she was punctual, professional and so very personable. I would certainly refer her to any one needing a dog trainer.

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 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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Epic Dog Pros
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Elan O.
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Everything about these trainers and this company is simply amazing. They helped me and my dogs communicate as if it were magic. If you need a dog trainer in the oc then look no further bc these guys are the real deal

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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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Ray L.
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Allison is awesome. If your looking for a dog trainer in the South Bay area give her a call you won't be disappointed.

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathy P.
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Dave is a dedicated, caring and knowledgeable dog trainer. We will use him!

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Corrina W.
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We love Maureen! She is patient and answers any questions I have during the week! She makes a personalized training schedule based on your families needs. I love that she shows my kids how to work with our puppy as well! We are learning how to raise a well behaved puppy with Maureen's help! We are already getting compliments on how well our puppy listens to us! The difference between our untrained dog and our new puppy is night and day.

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  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Mariah T.
Verified review

Amazing! David was amazing with my dog. I had a dog who had several issues on top of not having any obedience. We tried other trainers before him and they couldn't help him. We finally found David and he did a wonderful job. He got our dog to stop lunging, barking, tearing up our things, helped us build a bond, and taught him obedience commands. I am very grateful for everything he's done.

Walk'n Wag'n Pets
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Sherridan R.
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Jessie is knowledgeable and reliable about walking dogs. She has some training experience. My dog is very leash reactive and I'm not totally comfortable letting him go with someone without my supervision. Jessie was willing to let me do that. For now, I've postponed dog walking, but not because of Walk'n Wag'n. They seem to be a reliable and professional company. I would recommend them.

Leashless.Dog
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Kristofer T.
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I've worked with Ted for four years now. He is by far the best dog trainer I'm Riverside county and my go to referral for that area. Super guy!

  • 8 years in business
  • 25 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

K9 Positive Training
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn F.
Verified review

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.

Mac's Canine Consultant's
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Laura N.
Verified review

Cynthia is the best dog trainer on the planet! I can't recommend her more highly. She's trained our grown dogs (I never thought that would be possible) and our new puppy.

Desirable Family Pets
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Aby C.
Verified review

If you’re looking for a dog trainer, LOOK NO MORE! She’s right here and her name is Connie Hoffman! Connie is BEYOND AMAZING at what she does and has quite an extensive resume. When my husband and I first got our sheltie, Winston, we were absolutely thrilled! However, we immediately knew that having a dog like Winston, required proper training and that is when we decided to hire Connie! When we first met with her, Connie visited our home and met Winston for the first time. She went through the obedience training contract with us and also walked us through EVERYTHING we needed to get in order to provide Winston the healthy lifestyle he deserves. From going over what food and supplements to buy to grooming essentials - Connie covered it all from A to Z. My husband and I went through the first set of obedience classes with Connie and Winston passed with flying colors. We eventually proceeded with going through the Canine Good Citizen course with her and Winston has yet prevailed! He is officially CGC CERTIFIED - all thanks to Connie of course! Connie truly guides you on how to raise an amazing dog but the catch is, you, as a responsible owner, NEED to put the work in. Thanks to Connie, Winston receives compliments left and right for his manners inside and outside the house. So far, we’ve recommended Connie to our coworkers, neighbors, and friends!

Furry Tail Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Caitlyn B.
Verified review

After doing hours of research and training on my own with my young dog, I was at my wits end with everything from potty training, to walking nicely. After speaking with Holly from Furry Tail Dog Training, we identified all of my concerns, and she gave me a clear and easy plan to help me guide my wild puppy to becoming a lovable, and manageable dog! We are so grateful for her help, because I am now taking my dog on walks with a lose lead when once I didn't think it was possible! And potty training woes are a thing of the distant past!

K9 City Play & Stay inc.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 15 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!

Epiphany Dog Training
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Tanya A.
Verified review

Marissa has been great with my dog - after one session, he loved her. After the 2nd session, we were able to get him into a muzzle with no problems and the visit to the vet was much better than previous visits. She's very patient and is great at reassuring you that your dog's issues can be overcome.

Brian Grasberger
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Marissa M.
Verified review

Brian trained my dog Bella. I hired him for 3 training sessions and the amount he taught her in just three sessions was awesome. Probably more important than training her, he trained me how to work with her and re-enforce what he taught her. Bella really seemed to like Brian (possibly partly because he always has treats with him!) and she really positively responded to his instruction. He does seem to have an immediate connection to dogs. The training was very interactive and he made sure to address any problems I was having with Bella and offered very practical solutions. I would definitely recommend him if you are looking for someone to train your dog.

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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