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El Cajon Dog Trainers

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The Top Dog Trainer
4.8
from 116 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 239 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Stephen K.
Verified review

I highly recommend Beth Jeffery. She is a very likable and an extremely capable dog training professional. She is easy to communicate with, she listens and was very respectful in correcting some of the actions and attitudes that I had. I thought I knew more than I did as I have had well behaved large dogs before. She was very knowledgeable and “Cash”, my Labrador 8 month old puppy took to her immediately. She taught me some corrections of the things I was doing and the response with Cash was immediate and impressive. I am partially disabled and plan to develop him into a service companion, but still enjoy him as the spirit dog he is. We have only seen her once and we are looking forward to working more with her. Beth’s expertise, guidance and caring is excellent. Her price structure is very reasonable and you won’t go wrong in working with her. Thank You. Stephen Kit Taylor, D.C., N.M.D.

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn C.
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I met Mel when I enrolled my 7-month old labradoodle, Daisy, in her puppy training class. I hadn't had a dog in over 10 years and wanted a well-behaved dog as a companion if I am going to keep her for her lifetime. Mel's method is positive training with treats and repetition. Daisy thrived in the 6-week course and did outstanding during her puppy graduation. I then decided to enroll her into Mel's intermediate dog training class because I still had issues with how Daisy acted in public. It's been 3 weeks into the dog training and I can really see Daisy changing into a better behaved dog. She now knows how to heel when walking, stay for long periods, sit at a corner during her walks, stay until I release her to come to continue with our walk, doesn't go ballistic when she sees another dog & owner walking on the other side of the street and lets go of things she picks up during our walks (like rocks, paper, sticks etc) with the "Leave it" command. Mel really takes the time to explain each new step/lesson during each class. And there are no "Bad Dogs" in training, Always Positive. If I have questions between classes, I just email Mel and she always gets back to me to put me back on track. I definitely will be recommending Mel and her dogpanion dog training to my friends. Thanks, Carolyn & Daisy

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Jessica V.
Verified review

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
4.1
from 17 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey P.
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I’m still in the process of training my dog

K9 Positive Training
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 20 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.

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Pawsitive Pets
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Liliana M.
Verified review

Very knowledgable on dog training, great service! A pleasure to have her training my Pup!

Everyday Canine
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sarah S.
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Excellent experience. Had no idea training a dog could be like this. It's like we're starting over with our dog and this time we know what we're doing!

  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Angelique F.
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We have a 7 mo old Bull terrier who has all the typical mischievous and mismannered habits of the breed. We have worked with one other dog trainer before and had no results. One session with Brian from Temecula Best Friend Dog training made all the difference in the world. Our puppy is all ready much more behaved, walks on a leash, and responds to all commands taught. I talk about Brian any chance I get at dog parks, pet stores etc. I would Highly recommend Brian for all your dog training needs.

Inception K9 Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
June B.
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Just finishing my puppy training and couldn’t be happier with the results. My pup responded well to the positive training techniques. Highly recommend.

Dog Gone Pet Pros
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Rita L.
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I called Trish last minute. She was so sweet! She came the very next day. She was so good to my dogs!

Cassie's Pet Services
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Ashley W.
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Cassie was absolutely helpful when learning more about grooming care for my Akita/Lab. She did a great job helping my dog feel more relaxed as I observed her clipping his nails and then bathing him. Upon returning, Cassie was very friendly and my dog looked great, definitely worth hiring a professional.

All About Animals
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 18 years in business
Gwendolyn D.
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Pet sitting, grooming, and toys as well as advice! Great family owned business! My dog, Amber, loves going in to see Brandon and Lenise!

Trainings.Dog
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Ashley H.
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I am so excited I found Vivien. My dog loves her and I feel so much more relaxed knowing she is in great, capable loving hands.

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.

About

All Star Coco Dog Training, LLC specializes in obedience and good manner training for your puppy or adult dog. Our mission is to provide dog owners with the proper skills to enable effective communication with their dogs and to strengthen the relationship between animal-human bond by learning how to use effective reward methods. Each class focuses on giving you and your pooch the solid foundation for having a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle in and out of your home. It's never too early nor too late to train your dog to be a good canine in your home and your community. Our training methods are based on positive reinforcement. The classes are conducted in your dog's home environment by developing canine life and social skills . A trained dog is a happy dog.

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I am an experienced dog handler and trainer. My goal is to provide you with peace of mind when you're away from your pet. I like to use current technology and the use of apps to stay connected with your pets.

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Welcome to Down To Earth Dogs A place full of “pawsitive” energy where your dog can be a dog! Whether you’re away for work, on vacation, or just need to spend some time taking care of you, Down-to-Earth Dogs can help. We specialize in doggie daycare and overnight boarding designed to provide your dog with excitement and adventure while putting your mind at ease. With over 10 years of dog training, rescuing and volunteering, we will provide your dog with a pawsitive environment where he can thrive. Our company is earth friendly using 100% biodegradable bags, natural dog treats, and non-toxic cleaners. We even provide electronic invoices to do our part to save the trees! Emily is a professional dog trainer as well as a lifelong animal lover. Animals are family to her, and she loves spending her days caring for them and watching them thrive in a positive, loving environment.

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Do you have an energetic dog but not enough time in the day to take your precious pup for a walk or you just don't want to leave your pet alone? Give me a call! I'll make sure your buddy gets the exercise and fun games it needs!

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Local dog walker in Poway. Fun, adventurous, and loving. I realize how important our furry friends are to us, most of them being like family. It's important to make sure that they have plenty of exercise throughout the day for them to remain healthy and happy. It's also important for your floors to remain clean of pet waste while you are at work. I love animals, all shapes and sizes and I am dedicated to making sure my customers, and their furry friends are happy.

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Pet Boarding Service, Dog Sitter, Pet Groomer, Dog Walking, Day Care & Sitting. Rover is a trusted online community where people can find, list, and book neighborhood dog lovers who can't wait to watch their dog.

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I am a college student. I have lots of experience with dogs such as raising, feeding and obedience training.

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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