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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 255 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 735 hires on Thumbtack
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Irma S.
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I was recommended to Raquel through my friend who found her on Thumbtack. She was amazing!! Everything my friend said she could do, she did. I had a terrible issue with potty training and manners in general especially jumping. Whenever visitors came or playing too rough with the kids. She stopped both our dogs immediately from jumping and not listening, it was magical to watch the dogs react to her. But more importantly she taught us how to get the same respect from our dogs. The dogs are completely different and we waited a month to post our review because one day dog training seemed impossible to believe. It's been over a month and the dogs continue to improve using her techniques. Potty issues are finally resolved after four trainers and a board and train program. Raquel was right, the only reason they get naughty is if we don't use the techniques and are not consistent. We even experimented and yes, if we slacked so did the dogs. Do yourself a favor, don't waste your time and money on anyone else like we did . This trainer is great and really cares about you, your kids, and your dogs

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  • 12 years in business
  • 206 hires on Thumbtack
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David M.
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After only a couple of sessions with Karen, we were able to see a marked difference in our dog Winnie's behavior. Her suggestions and training tips were " spot on " in terms of some of the behavioral issues we'd been experiencing. Her loving, yet matter~of~fact approach was just what we'd needed and our Winnie already seems to be much more well adjusted and happier. We would highly recommend Karen and her Bow Wow Method of Dog Training!

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 79 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 219 hires on Thumbtack
Marine P.
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DeeCee is awesome!! She truly is a dog lover and committed to her work. I needed help training my rescue dog to become a service dog and she did a wonderful job teaching us all the tips and tricks. She's very passionate about her work, which translates into great results when training your dog. She's very flexible and willing to help in any way she can. I highly recommend her. Thanks DeeCee!

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 149 hires on Thumbtack
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Pax P.
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John was awesome with training me and my dog. John took the time to get to know our needs and current situation and also helped us with dog socialization. John is very knowledgable and offered great expert advice. He also helped us with introduction to a dog park and helped me to understand the things to look for when introducting my dog into a new environment such as a dog park. I would highly recommend John to all my friends family and anyone else. He definitely helped with positive reinforcement.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
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Jenny L.
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Service Dog training. She really works to understand your needs and ability to make the training process go smoothly and get your dog to the highest ability possible.

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 47 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
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Tara K.
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Duane helped teach us how to work with our Shepard mix. Our beautiful pet was crazy hyper and didn't want to listen. With Duane's guidance, she now listens and is the best dog. I highly recommend Duane for dog training.

Cassidy's Pet Assistance
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
Tina S.
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I would highly recommend Cassidy's services. She truly understands dogs and their behavior but more importantly understands human behavior. She helped me to see how my actions were affecting how my dog reacted. Since making the changes she recommended training my dog has become much easier and enjoyable for both of us.

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Weatherwax Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Joe V.
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I adopted a 3 year old Jack Russell named Jack who had severe behavior issues such as: trying to bite other dogs and people, excessive barking and destruction of property. I could not take him on walks nor have visitors to my home without confining him. Two trainers before Bob had no success and I was at my wits end when a friend told me about Bob. Jack was now 6 years old and I had my reservations of successful training of a dog his age. Bob was patient, loving and firm with Jack and me. He taught me how to maintain the training and also trained me as well ! He was punctual and would tailor each session to Jack's particular stamina that day. Bob is a perfectionist, he believed in Jack and he would not rest until he brought out all of Jack's good personality traits while exorcising the bad behavior. He worked with Jack at crowded public places, at home, and around other dogs extensively. Bob proved to me that he indeed could teach an "old" dog new tricks ! As a testament to the amazing transformation that Bob gave Jack: I made Jack a service dog to my mom going everywhere she went and Jack accepted a rescue dog into my home for three years without issues. Sadly, Jack succumbed to cancer last June. I tried desperately to save him, and he was in the hands of several specialists and underwent many procedures. I heard over and over again how good and sweet Jack was with everyone. I said to myself "if you only knew !". Thanks Bob, for your help to give us the last few years of sheer joy with Jack...we will never forget you.

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Stefanie Pelka Dog Training
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Bonnie A.
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Stefanie has trained 4 of my dogs over more than 10 years and I cannot sing her praises enough! She has true compassion for all animals and has rescued and found homes for countless number of dogs. She has a real gift of "talking" to the dogs -- she can read their personalities and they bond with her. She is experienced, professional, strict but kind and understands all breeds -- purebreds and mixed. She assesses the situation, background, needs, etc. of the owner/s as well as the dog and adjusts her training method accordingly. Above and beyond her dog training skills, Stefanie is a warm, principled, caring person. I consider her a friend as much as my dogs' trainer.

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
Phyllis G.
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Steve Welch of K9 Dog Training came to visit us and spent a great deal of time detailing his program and how it works. Steve and his associate, Wendy, were friendly, kind and considerate. As a result we let Babe, are Boston Terrier, and deeply loved little girl go with them to Training. We know she is happy and safe and in caring hands. I feel certain she'll return with some good lessons learned.

Santa Monica Paws
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica T.
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Theresa and Brad are absolutely the best! In just a few sessions My dog Missy (a 9 year old pit very set in her ways) was a a completely different well trained dog! Because the training went so well, I enrolled her in Santa Monica Paws Doggy Daycare and it's amazing!! Thank you Santa Monica Paws for being amazing, trustworthy and just all around THE BEST!!

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Janet P.
Verified review

Our adopted 2yr old boxer rescue is a different dog then when we brought her home. Tommy is awesome. Personable, knowledgeable and always ready to help. If you are looking for a dog trainer, you found the right one.

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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Katherine F.
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Philip came to my house to evaluate my dog. We had training sessions in a fenced area where we taught her basic commands and walking on a leash. He and his wife/cotrainer helped us to get Siri through basic training and walking on roads and sidewalks. He is excellent in communicating how to effectively get your dog to listen and obey commands. I have enjoyed our training sessions and recommend anyone who wants one on one training to go to Philip,

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Epic Dog Pros
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Alan C.
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So I live in Alabama and have a friend in Tn. that had bought a dog from Vince. The dog was one of the best working dogs I have seen. The dog was the perfect balance of work and home. I reached out to Vince with some questions about a dog I had just bought. Being that I don't have the time to take off of work and fly out to California with my dog and train with him, Vince never once hesitated to answer my questions. I kept him up to date on my training and I hit a wall, I had a few problems I couldn't seem to work out. Vince offered very precise training advise and even went so far as to ask me for a few videos and then sent me some videos of the training I could use to show me exactly what I could do to accomplish my goals. Nobody else would have done that, nobody else would have cared. Vince truly cares about dogs and wants to make sure that you and your dog have the best relationship and quality of life possible. I am actively trying to find a way to get me and my dog to him so I can train with him and thank him in person for all that he has done for me. It's never hard to discern when someone is doing it because they love what they do or if they are doing it because they love them money it brings. I can assure you Vince is in it because he loves dogs and he loves what he does. Truly one of the best people I have met in the dog training industry. Thanks again Vince for everything you have done for a know nothing beginner like me.

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EveryDog
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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Carolyn G.
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Dave was such a great help to us in training our dog (or us, really)! He really took the time to explain the process and work with Sadie to overcome her fearful reaction to other dogs. She's made great progress & we look forward to more training sessions in the future. Highly recommended! Oh, and Sadie absolutely LOVES HIM.

  • 19 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Sa C.
Verified review

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.

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
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Sally B.
Verified review

We are very excited to get going on training our dog with Dave. He came to our house on Saturday, and spent over an hour discussing our dogs needs, and Dave's philosophy on training. (Free consultation) We were very impressed, and feel that he will be a great fit for our family.

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Erin E.
Verified review

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.

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
SIAMAK S.
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All aspects of Paw by Paw is amazing. Ayeumi is so kind, patient and understanding of the dogs that she is training. She got our dog as a baby and then he went back 8 months later and a 100 lbs heavier. Her training of both the dog and owner is superb as well as her assistance when needed. I would recommend her absolutely and proudly.

Muttineer Dog Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Rocky R.
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Joss is a trainer who's combination of knowledge, ability, and affable, common sense approach with people makes her the kind of dog trainer that every dog owner should seek out. She uses positive reinforcement to teach essential commands, provides information regarding dog learning and training, provides methods to prevent behavior problems and is able to remedy dogs with existing behavior problems.

Pet Keepers Los Angeles
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Anina G.
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LeNai is a professional through and through and knows dogs amazingly well and can handle every size of dog. Walking, training, playing - she is a pro! But what really makes the difference for me, is that she is treating your dog like it is her own. She gives my Sasha so much love and helps her overcome her separation anxiety. She gives updates every day, and I can 100% rely on her. When I go on my trips, I have 100% peace of mind leaving my dog with LeNai.

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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