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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 101 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
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Vicki S.
Verified review

My 2 Golden Retrievers who were showing signs of aggression toward other dogs on our walks, and my anxiety was high when other dogs approached us. I called Beth to help. She recommended to change the leash I was using, walk them one at a time for better control of them, and taught me/ them other commands such as "leave it" and "heel". Her teaching style is great. She is knowledgeable and caring. My dogs walk well now and my anxiety has lessened. I still need to do more training with my dogs, but Beth gave me the skills to do this. I would use her again if needed; excellent dog trainer. Vicki Sriebel

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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.
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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
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Lynne H.
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Denise is a wonderful trainer, for both the dogs and owner. We have two rescued doxies, one male,very excitable and energetic and the other, female who has anxious tendencies from 3 years in a pen. After training with Denise, they have improved tremendously and would recommend her for any training you and your "babies" need. Thank you, Denise.

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  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Chelse M.
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I have an English mastiff whom I was reading wrong. So I ran into a girl who knew Paula and swore that she is the best with dogs and she also said Paula brought down the euthanize rate at the local shelters. I was skeptical because I have never had a dog trainer come to work with my dogs. My mastiff was a little different from my other dogs so I was in need of someone who knew what they were doing. When Paula came to meet djanga, the dog was doing her normal barking and showed some of her nervousness. Paula just came to just be around her pursay, and it was just so djanga could see that she's not a threat or anyone to be worried about. Paula has the most open personality and it's like these dogs just feel that vibe and soak it up. Djanga doesn't feel comfortable around most adults but she loved Paula from day two haha. I know that Paula can solve all dogs issues if not strive to give her all trying to. She would come in and we would take djanga out come back in let her chew on an antler to release her tension then go back out. It worked, I thought my dog was a goner. Djanga was getting so much better and Paula would bring different things to introduce her too, ( including her daughter). I bought a super nice leash off of her that djanga worked really well with and a few antlers. Djanga got to where she was looking for her weekly tennis ball in Paula's bag and was super happy to see her. That's not the only good thing though she is very adamant about working the dog and getting them to where they need to be to feel comfortable in their environments and just calm no stress. She did that for djanga and I'm so thankful for that. Djanga today is a better dog then she's ever been I still use her tools to this day and it has made the world so much easier to handle for her. Paula is a great person and the dogs love her but she is very patient and calm with them. Her rates are super affordable, and she will come to you where ever you are. If anyone has the chance to work with her or her work with their dog, it'll be the most wonderful experience you will ever have with a dog trainer. The only thing I would change is I would live to see Paula travel and help dogs around the world I know she could make a difference in our shelters today.

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Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
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Taryn C.
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Melissa is an EXCELLENT dog trainer! We have two small dogs who were pulling on leashes, had leash aggression, and who barked quite often. All of those things are past tense now. Her methods are gentle but effective, and more advanced than the "click and treat" that at a certain point stops working (especially with the barking). We are so grateful that we hired her and have already recommended her to some of our friends. Her pricing was also excellent! Hire her, your home will be much more peaceful!

Wagging Pack
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Cesar E.
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Tim did a great job training our Yorkie and he also taught us how to handle situations indoors and outdoors. Tim is very accessible, enthusiastic and caring. He is very reliable person and very punctual to his appointments. Best dog trainer in Los Angeles, CA!

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OCK-9Services
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Sue F.
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Dan was helpful in training our Russell Terrier. He helped us with a discipline and praise approach in training our dog and we had good results. He provided us with information and tools that were very helpful. Mike F.

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.5
from 30 reviews
  • 69 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 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 37 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!

Dogpanion, LLC
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey H.
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Mel is a very great dog trainer, she uses positive reinforcement and never a harsh word or hand! I highly recommend you contact her to set up a personalized program for you and your furry friends!!!

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 41 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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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Joanne P.
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Very good dog trainer. Have been working with him for about 6 months now. We are training my 2 yrs old Shepherd for my service dog for ptsd. I can now leave rocky my dogs site for 5 minutes where he can't see me and he stays.what i.pressed me is Phillip has a service dog for ptsd he trained him self. I have recommended him to several people and they all say the same thing he is a great trainer and he knows what he is doing. I highly recommend hi.

  • 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.

Peticularly Perfect
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Maxine Y.
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Allison was very patient with our dog and made sure he improved his fear and anxiety so he could train with the other dogs. Great dog home away from home.

Epic Dog Pros
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Elan O.
Verified review

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

Heather's Pet Sitting & More
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole P.
Verified review

Heather stayed at our house for a week to watch our two dogs and the fish. She did everything that I asked of her and more. I returned to two dogs who were happy and well taken care of. When I was away, the pest control people came to take care of our ant problem and asked that we water granules that they left in our front bushes. Heather took care of that for us without even being asked to do so. Heather went above and beyond to do a great job. I would definitely recommend her.

Canines4Life
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Kathy B.
Verified review

We are about to come to the end of the first month with Maureen working with my dogs and pups. I couldn’t be happier with her! She is good with each dog and works methodically to move them toward the goals I identified. She is always very professional and kind with the dogs. Kathy Bailey Sunny Daze Labradors

i Speak Dog Training
4.5
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Megan W.
Verified review

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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  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ryan J.
Verified review

Great trainers and very nice and helpful.

Desirable Family Pets
4.6
from 6 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Marissa G.
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My puppy, Khloe, just finished Connie's 6 week obedience class. Connie is a great trainer and Khloe learned a lot! I highly recommend her.

Furry Tail Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 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!

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