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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 253 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 723 hires on Thumbtack
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Justin B.
Verified review

Raquel is amazing, we have three rescue dogs, all terrier mixes, all our babies which we care very much about, so much that we probably spoiled them way too often to where they began to rule us. One session with Raquel and she reprogramed them all to be almost perfect walkers, the barking has gone way down almost completely gone, the three dogs are noticeably a lot more happy then they have ever been. These results are all within a couple days, its night and day with them now to what we were used to. Couldn't recommend her more, hire her now if you have ever thought about dog training, don't go anywhere else. Raquel is the best.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 202 hires on Thumbtack
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D. F.
Verified review

I hired Karen to help us with my newly rescued cockapoo that had a serious issue with aggressive behavior and biting. The first session with Karen was in my home for three hours. In that time Karen explained her background, philosophy, and approach to dog training, where I am the pack leader, not my dog.. The information she gave us was invaluable, and we worked with Jax, using everything Karen advised us to do. When we had our next session, Karen first sat with us to hear how things were going, and I was so excited to tell her of Jax's progress! I would definitely recommend Karen of Bow Wow Method to help you train your dog. She is friendly, professional, experienced, and reasonably priced. 👍🏼😊

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 74 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 206 hires on Thumbtack
Gina T.
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Somehow reading a book with common-sense dog training tips did not give us confidence. Dee Cee shows you these methods & how they work--but it is up to you to do it over and over till you and your dog get it. Our dog did not have hard issues so were were looking for guidance more than a trainer that would come multiple times. Dee Cee showed us insider tips and all the details..demonstrating with our dog... to give us methods & confidence. She left 2 tools to use as we will continue to work with our dog. We wanted an hour private session in our home to target 3 simple issues and Dee Cee was just what we needed.

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 65 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
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Pax P.
Verified review

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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  • 19 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
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Sontina L.
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She starts training my dog later this week. But so far she comes highly recommended and was very nice on the phone

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  • 3 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
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Onagh H.
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As a Disabled Veteran with the need of a PTSD Service Dog, Denise has provided the only consistent progress in my treatment with her focus on Training both me and my dog. She is exceptionally suited for training Beterans and keeping us “In the Moment” with exercises in Mindfulness. Denise empowers her clients not just with confidence training but with the Armor of Knowledge. She educated clients on all aspects of ADA Laws giving us confidence in our rights and confidence in our Dog Handling and Training. The value is exceptional and long lasting!

Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer V.
Verified review

Melissa is an awesome dog training. Just from one session, we saw a difference in our dog Frankie. She also has walking services that helps our Frankie with his anxiety. And not to mention more training time on the leash when she takes him out for his midday walks. She's flexible and very accommodating. I highly recommend her! Thanks Melissa!

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 74 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.

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Angellily Pet Care
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael A.
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Angela came to the house to help us with our new puppy training! From the minute she came in, we knew she was the perfect trainer! Our dog responded so well to her. Every single time she comes to the house, she is punctual, professional, super friendly, and great at what she does! You will not be disappointed. She is a dog whisperer!

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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Regina H.
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I had the best experience working with the owners of K.O.Dog Training, Philip and Michelle. They were prompt, courteous, caring and loving towards our dog, Baby, as well as my daughter and I and helped us have a better relationship with our "fur baby". They were very professional in their approach to our concerns and listened and responded appropriately. We now have a more attentive dog and we are less fearful of him approaching a situation with aggressive behavior. My daughter and I also have more confidence in handling him and his sometimes anxious behavior. We strongly recommend K.O. Dog Training for your four legged best friends.

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Megan W.
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Tommy Stark is by far the best dog trainer I have ever known. He's extremely knowledgeable and always helpful. I have a large male Rottweiler who is an absolute joy to have in every and all situations due to Tommy's training. Anytime I've ever had a question about our dog Tommy is always there to help. I highly recommend Tommy Stark. He is the best of the best! Just ask Gronk.

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PENNY's POOCHES
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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MICHELLE D.
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Shes amazing!! She came in and took total control of my dog. He listened and did what he was told. Shes affordable,knowledgeable, really loves dogs, and just an overall very nice person. I believe shes going to have my dog trained in no time.

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Epic Dog Pros
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Jacob G.
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Free E Book! The Group Classes & Pack Waks for 1 year & Results Guaranteed 100% the best place to get dog training help in southern Cali

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EveryDog
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 38 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.

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Basic Instinct Dog Training
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Karen G.
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We are house sitting a dog for 6 weeks, and we needed immediate training as the dog had not been previously trained. Allison came over, helped me immensely, and we are on the road to good behavior! Allison will be available as our needs arise, but I highly recommend her for her knowledge, patience and guidance.

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Sally B.
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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
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Erin E.
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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.

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  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Mariah T.
Verified review

Amazing! David was amazing with my dog. I had a dog who had several issues on top of not having any obedience. We tried other trainers before him and they couldn't help him. We finally found David and he did a wonderful job. He got our dog to stop lunging, barking, tearing up our things, helped us build a bond, and taught him obedience commands. I am very grateful for everything he's done.

Walk'n Wag'n Pets
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Sherridan R.
Verified review

Jessie is knowledgeable and reliable about walking dogs. She has some training experience. My dog is very leash reactive and I'm not totally comfortable letting him go with someone without my supervision. Jessie was willing to let me do that. For now, I've postponed dog walking, but not because of Walk'n Wag'n. They seem to be a reliable and professional company. I would recommend them.

K9 City Play & Stay inc.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Bo P.
Verified review

Bo went in pulling on the leash and crazy excited when he saw another dog. One hour later he walked out calmly and was completely unphased by other dogs he saw. I've got to keep it up, but Paul got me and Bo back on track!

Epiphany Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
    Tanya A.
    Verified review

    Marissa has been great with my dog - after one session, he loved her. After the 2nd session, we were able to get him into a muzzle with no problems and the visit to the vet was much better than previous visits. She's very patient and is great at reassuring you that your dog's issues can be overcome.

    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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    Need a Dog Trainer

    West Covina, CA

    • Dog training type
      Obedience
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size
      Small
    • Details
      can someone train the dog for me? how much would it cost?

    Need a Dog Training

    Palmdale, CA

    • Dog training type
      Obedience
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years
    • Dog size
      Large
    • Details
      jumping,digging,counter surfing,door crashing
    • $250
      Average price

    Need a Dog Trainer

    Camarillo, CA

    • Dog training type
      Obedience
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy
    • Dog size
      Small
    • Details
      She is 14 weeks old Norfolk terrier mix we would like her to potty on a pee pad , walk with a leash , sit , and play catch if possible. We are very loving parents and she is a very sweet little puppy but we have no idea what we are doing! My wife is a stay at home mom and I work a lot so I would like to get her training as a Christmas gift thanks for reading . Sincerely David
    • $94.5
      Average price
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