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Top 10 Dog Trainers near Fountain Valley, CA

3. Desirable Family Pets
4.8
from 9 reviews
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4.8 (9)
Great Value
Great Value
  • 26 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Fountain Valley, CA
"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!"

$25

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$25

starting cost

5. Happy Paws Dog Training LA
Top Pro
4.9
from 268 reviews
4.9
(268)
4.9 (268)
In High Demand
In High Demand
  • 9 years in business
  • 782 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Fountain Valley, CA
"Raquel is truly some kind of dog whisperer. From the moment we met (in the doorway of our home) she began teaching and training. Before she even walked through the door she showed me how to stop him barking! I was able for the first time ever to stop him! She hadn't even walked in yet! I cannot begin to explain how amazing Raquel is. Aside from being a really lovely person she was able to teach and explain to us all we need to know to understand our pup and to get the best out of him. She taught and explained the mentality of dogs, what they want and need in order to be happy and obedient aswell as teaching us how to implement all of this information. Its alot to take in, but with her obvious knowledge and amazing abilities by the end of our session both my husband and I were able to stop our pup when he barked, walk him without pulling on leash and overall have control over him and have his attention. We have not looked back since, its only been a week but in this short time we have a VERY happy, contented, relaxed, obedient, loving and good dog. Life with our pup has changed from stressful to an absolute pleasure and this is all down to Raquel. We did the masterclass with Raquel and it was worth every cent. In my opinion the knowledge and ability Raquel shares and gives to you is priceless and life changing."
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 behave 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.

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.

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