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Your Best Companion
Your Best Companion

Your Best Companion

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Introduction: I've dedicated my entire life to becoming the best family dog behaviorist and trainer you can hire. I have 4 decades of experience and have learned from many of the best trainers in the world. I have successfully rehabilitated many behavioral cases other trainers said were "unfixable" or had failed. Some of these cases were far worse than most people can imagine. I've personally trained well over 11,000 dogs for people from all walks of life including a few big celebrities, however they are the exception not my norm. Most of my clients are everyday people that care deeply about their dog and want the best for them. To learn more about my educational background and training experience please visit my website. I train using love and the latest advanced electronics. My specialty is board and train programs where your dog lives with me for a short time. This is the best way to address behavioral and training problems and gives me complete control of your dogs environment while they are being trained. I also offer private lessons in Granada Hills if you prefer to do the training yourself. I particularly love working with puppies to give them the best start possible and give a 25% discount off my adult rate for puppies under 6 months. The usual length of stay is about 3 weeks to give you back a puppy that is well on the path to becoming the best dog you've ever had. My experience uniquely qualifies me to rehabilitate rescued dogs that have serious issues with fear or aggression or both. I have a special ability to quickly zero in and address the needs of these dogs providing them with what they really need to heal beyond the love they are already receiving. I call it "behavior balancing". Currently, I work with multiple rescues in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. The basic commands to sit, stay, come, heel and lie down are taught as well as impulse control and general manners around people and other dogs. The goal is to return to you a calm, well balanced dog in the time frame you give me to do so. For board and train programs I have limited space so reservations are almost always required. If you are planning to have your dog's training coincide with being out of town call early to assure I have space available. Thank you for taking time to read my profile. For tips to help with some common problems please visit my website where you'll find videos. I look forward to meeting you and helping you with your best companion. I generally return inquiries in the morning and evening so please be patient if I don't get back to you immediately.

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44 years in business

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Steve O.

Dog Training

I wish I went to Duane first. He’s terrific. And he stresses that what starts with his training needs to be a consistent daily activity with your dog, for everything to be effective. I’ve already recommended Duane to friends.
Jul 1, 2019
Kimberley j.

Dog Training

Wow! I've had dogs my entire life. Our new Puppy was so hyperactive to the point I did not know what to do ! Now she is the sweetest puppy and will stay in her crate when I'm gone and not bite anymore :) With Duane's help we are able to train her now. It is wonderful !
Jun 5, 2017
Judy A.

Dog Training - Board and Train

My main concerns with my 20-pound dog, Izzy, were that she would pull on leash and jumped on people to greet them. After Duane's training she is a pleasure for me and for other people to walk. In fact, when my neighbors walk her for me, she now walks side by side with their dog! And she now knows not to jump and to keep a respectful distance from people in the house. I get compliments on her behavior now and people say she is a "different dog." Duane is a terrific trainer and I would recommend him highly.
Apr 20, 2017
Guy K.

Dog Training

After the sudden loss of our 14 year old Shiba Inu my husband talked me into getting a puppy. I am not wired for puppies and travel for work and work from home when I am in town. Enter TANK. While adorable and sweet he tested me daily. Biting, jumping, pulling on walks, grabbing my shoes while they were on my feet, taking papers off my desk and running wild before eating them. We tried kennel training during the day but he would howl whenever he heard my voice making phone work out of the question. We also have a 15 year old healthy but arthritic pug that was also not ready for Tank. I wasn’t equipped for him and our home was starting to feel too small. After just one session with Duane, Tank became engaged and showed signs of focus. After 2 sessions I became engaged along with him. We had hired another trainer that was treat based which may work well for dogs who are not a Shiba Inu. When we left town for the holidays we didn’t want to have our regular dog sitters come stay with our boys as Tank would just be too out of control and restless so we thought we would try Duane’s overnight “boot camp”. Tank went for 2 weeks and the positive transformation is amazing. He has always been a good boy but now he is an absolute joy. He's playful and joyful but engaged and aware of his "boundaries". Friends of ours 10 year old daughter (Tank’s “Godmother”) even said he is more fun to play with and is a “better” Tank. I cannot explain my sense of relief. I knew I wasn't wired for a puppy but I now am so in love with this little guy and my heart is absolutely full!! Thank you thank you thank you, Duane, for everything you did for us! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!
Jan 1, 2017
Mohan L.

Dog Training

Duane was outstanding. He really knows his trade. I needed help with a very anxious and aggressive German Shepherd. With in one session he had My dog corrected and he was the sweetest dog ever met. By session 2 and three he dog was playing in the dog park with other dogs and socializing. By session 4 I was able to take them to the restaurant where dog owners were allowed to bring their pets ...and I was so proud of as he was best behaved dog there. I was in fact even complimented on how well behaved my dog was. This would not of been possible without a great trainer. I was a little reluctant initially because his rate seemed a bit higher than his counterparts. But then again you get what you pay for. When you break it down on the hourly perspective he's not that much more expensive. I got a "Bentley" as opposed to a "Toyota Tercel"...thanks Duane you're awesome and not a hyped up television dog trainer...Its the real deal.
Feb 7, 2016
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Board & Train Courses... Adults Dogs Over 6 months:  1 week: $1,600, 2 weeks: $2,700, 3 weeks: $3,800, 4 weeks: $4,900 Rescued Dogs Over 6 months & Rate For Seniors 65+, Students & Military: 1 week: $1,500, 2 weeks: $2,500, 3 weeks: $3,500, 4 weeks: $4,500 Puppies Under 6 months: 1 week: $1,400, 2 weeks: $2,300, 3 weeks: $3,200, 4 weeks: $4,100 Day Training Boot Camp (Currently unavailable during COVID-19 Pandemic) Adults Dogs Over 6 months:  1 week: $1,500, 2 weeks: $2,500, 3 weeks: $3,500, 4 weeks: $4,500 Puppies Under 6 months: 1 week: $1.400, 2 weeks: $2,300, 3 weeks: $3,200, 4 weeks: $4,100 Private Lesson Prices are by the hour $300 for the 1st lesson (1.5 to 2 hours) $150 for additional 1 hour lesson(s) 5 lessons in Granada Hills $800 (Save $100) I give 3% discount for paying cash on all programs

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    A phone call gets things rolling.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    40 years of intensive study and hands-on training with the best trainers around the world.

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