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El Cajon Animal Behaviorists

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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 101 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Sonja G.
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We hired Beth for our one year old Border Collie mix. Beth is very attentive and knowledgeable. She was able to curve our spirited dog's behavior in a a few sessions. She is very thorough and has wonderful follow up skills. She will send an email after each session outlining the key points we covered. We affectionately call her the "Dog Whisperer". She truly helped us get our dog's behaviors under control. Thank you Beth!

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  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Tracy H.
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Paula is truly an outstanding trainer. We have worked with four or five trainers over the years and she is by far the most effective and professional. Her method of addressing the root of Lucky's leash reactivity works and makes sense - she doesn't rely on treats as distractions, nor does she rely on force. Her training and background in wild animal behavior and observation shows. She is organized and easy to schedule with and work with. Paula is a wonderful person and we consider her a friend as well. We can see that she truly cares about Lucky's development and about us. She often spends far over the allotted time - while this is her business, it is clear to see that dogs are also her passion. Couldn't ask for a better trainer and we wish we had discover her sooner!

Dogpanion, LLC
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 31 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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Get Pawsitive Dog Training
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Jen E.
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Sarah w Get Pawsitive is the best at what she does! She is very passionate, knowledgable and cares so much about her clients ...the furry ones and their owners. We rescued our terrier mix and were at our wits end with his barking and reactive behavior. Sarah helped us understand our dogs triggers and distractions then worked with him and the entire family and showed us how work with him. I like that she uses positive reinforcement only which was a huge factor for us. Our dog was never scared or fearful when working with her & she earned his trust right away. Also I like the fact she gave homework and a step by step on what we should do with him daily so our dog can be successful. He is doing so very well and we are now able to walk him without him going nuts. I'm truly amazed! Highly recommended Sarah!

Pet Matters San Diego
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Ann S.
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Very grateful for Lis's arranged phone call, our meeting with Cesar and Lis tomorrow, and their professionalism. Looking forward to working with them for my precious dog Quincy!

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Liz S.
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I went to Taylor Made Working Dogs for help with competition obedience, and a few behavior issues with my 2 year old female German shepherd. Kris Taylor has not only helped me see and understand what was really going on, but has also led me towards my goals. His understanding of dog behavior and how they learn is a rare find in any aspect of training (if your looking for pet obedience, behavior modification, protection or competition).

Peticularly Perfect
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
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They have been extremely great with our babies and our foster doggies!! Super thorough and knowedgeabke about animals, and very flexible and helpful. We work with Alexis and she is fabulous! We highly recommend them! :)

Heather's Pet Sitting & More
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Rayanne F.
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We recently moved to Valley Center and needed a dog walker - I found Heather on Thumbtack and I'm so glad I did. She is GREAT! She comes to our house daily to walk our weimaraner - she gives me daily updates (texts/pictures) which is above and beyond. She has been super reliable, trustworthy and is also very accommodating (coming over on the weekend last minute to let my dog out and walk her). I wouldn't think twice about recommending her - just be careful your animals might love her more than they love you!! Kidding - but she is really THAT good! :)

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Becky B.
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I have known Bree for 9 years and have taken 4 dogs to training classes with her!! She is a very positive trainer and takes the time each animal needs to get to the next level!! Never anything negative to say and never criticizes anyone regardless of wether it's being done correctly or not!! Very patient and it's obvious her work is her passion!!! Have also attended classes at her home with essential oils. Her knowledge continues to grow and she's always answering questions to better help 2 and 4 legged alike!!!

Dog Gone Pet Pros
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen M.
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So far have only had the initial meeting but she's punctual, easy to talk with, takes notes, and my animals like her. I am using her next week.

  • 23 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Carla M.
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Maya is one of the best groomers we have ever had. We rescue many animals and they come to us in pretty bad shape. Matted to the skin, nails curled into their pads, covered in fleas and ticks and much more. Maya is so loving, caring and patient and always a tender heart. Takes as much time as needed with them. Her cuts are always great. Her poodle cuts are are a work of art!

Dog Wild San Diego
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Jon F.
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I was super nervous about trusting anyone with my pup. Kristen put my nerves at ease. She’s so knowledgeable about animal behavior I found myself wanting to hire her to train Penny, not just walk her. Can’t say enough good things. Dog Wild is the best. Can’t rexommend enough.

North County Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Janell S.
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Shelley has been an amazing help in training our Golden Retriever, Wade. We started with the basic course when he was about 7 months and then moved on to more advance courses. She has been so helpful and from the very first day we could just tell she loved her work, loved animals, and really wanted us to grow and succeed. I am so excited to be working on getting our therapy dog certification. She has made my life easier with training. But more than that she has made the bond between me and my dog so much stronger. Him and I are a team and it wouldn't have been possible without her help. She not only taught Wade but taught me how to teach him so I can keep growing and we are always working on new things. I am grateful for everything she has done and would recommend her to anyone!

Brian Grasberger
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Nancy C.
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Brian came out today and spent 90 minutes teaching us the basics. I do believe our biggest issues are the way we have been dealing with it. We made huge progress and he will be coming out again later in the week. It is obvious he knows a lot about dogs and the reasons behind their behavior issues. We recommend him highly!

All About Animals
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Lydia M.
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Extremely friendly and helpful costumer service! They really love animals and they take the time to know them and you!

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Natasha R.
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Melissa has been here twice already, and our Rottweiler puppy has really improved a lot. I would highly recommend her to train anyone's puppy/dog She is still working with us

Dog Training by Heather
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah M.
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Heather was very accommodating and understanding. She joined with us when expressing our frustrations with our dogs' behavior issues and was patient but firm when showing us how to correct some of the issues. Heather reassured us that progress will happen if we are consistent and provided easy to do exercises with our dogs. We look forward to working with her next weekend!

Crowncierge
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Sharrie W.
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Sam has always done a great job pet sitting my two dogs, as well as providing daily walks and playtime for them. He's a true animal lover and now he is the only one I trust him with "my babies" for their daily care and overnight care when needed.

Ashley Pet Survices
5.0
from 1 review
  • New on Thumbtack
Emily D.
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I travel a lot for work and a family friend referred me to Ashley. She watches my french bulldog for a about a week out of every month and I highly recommend Ashley as a pet and child sitter. She is very responsible, always on time, and makes my days stress free. She is the most reliable sitter I've had yet and has a great bond with animals!

  • 30 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
About

Dr. Patrick Melese is one of the very few veterinary specialists board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and for many years was the only one in the Southern California area. He uses state of the art, humane, proven and gentle pet-oriented methods to help pet owners solve behavior problems they are having with their pet. Unlike non-veterinary doctors and dog trainers, as a veterinary specialist Dr. Melese is held by local, state and national legal and professional standards to provide you with the best, most legitimate and cost effective methods and practice available.

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About

Are you looking for a safe, secure, and caring place to board your dog, cat, bird or exotic pet in San Diego? Turquoise Animal Hospital, located between the Pacific Beach and La Jolla neighborhoods, can board your pet, whether it's just for one night or for an extended stay. Pets are like our children. We feed, nurture and lavish attention on them. Our highly qualified kennel attendants do the same when you can't be there. We provide tender loving care (such as walking and cuddling) to keep them happy. If your pet has medical conditions, you will be happy to know that our doctors will be on-site during the day to make sure your pet is healthy and happy.

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