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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 253 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 722 hires on Thumbtack
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Dana C.
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I did a LOT of research on line and talking to people! We were looking for someone with experience and success. Raquel was that person. She trains not only the dog but us as well! She believes in a 1 day intensive training session. I know it sounds unbelievable but just wait! The training began as soon as she walked in. We have a 10 month old Labradoodle. "Guido" He has a ton of energy and not all good.. destructive chewing... jumping up on people... Not able to walk without extreme pulling. I thought there is no way she can help us with all this in one day, but we gave Raquel a shot. Raquel really listened to us and our concerns asking us our goals for Guido... We said a loving dog that can go on walks and plop down beside us at a cafe... too much.. I don't think so! Well this is the most amazing thing. After giving us so much information and actual working with us and Guido... our little guy was already showing great improvement!!! We went for a walk and Guido was great! Tip- take great notes or video your session! So much great information. Also with the intensive training you have life long access to Raquel via emails or phone calls or videos. On a personal note. Raquel is awesome. She has a really great vibe about her. Like a friend you have known for years. And Guido just loved her. We can not say enough about Raquel and Happy Paws Dog Training LA. Two days after we met with Raquel. Guido is not jumping up on me when I Get home from work. My husband says he is walking like a pro! And he seems to be much calmer. Do yourself a favor and hire this woman. Worth every penny!!

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 65 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
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Sally K.
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John is calm, confident and professional. He is amazing! Dog training is as much about training the owners as it is training the dog. He explains how dogs think and how we communicate with them. Best money I've spent in a while. I'd highly recommend this trainer!

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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!

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Chelse M.
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I have an English mastiff whom I was reading wrong. So I ran into a girl who knew Paula and swore that she is the best with dogs and she also said Paula brought down the euthanize rate at the local shelters. I was skeptical because I have never had a dog trainer come to work with my dogs. My mastiff was a little different from my other dogs so I was in need of someone who knew what they were doing. When Paula came to meet djanga, the dog was doing her normal barking and showed some of her nervousness. Paula just came to just be around her pursay, and it was just so djanga could see that she's not a threat or anyone to be worried about. Paula has the most open personality and it's like these dogs just feel that vibe and soak it up. Djanga doesn't feel comfortable around most adults but she loved Paula from day two haha. I know that Paula can solve all dogs issues if not strive to give her all trying to. She would come in and we would take djanga out come back in let her chew on an antler to release her tension then go back out. It worked, I thought my dog was a goner. Djanga was getting so much better and Paula would bring different things to introduce her too, ( including her daughter). I bought a super nice leash off of her that djanga worked really well with and a few antlers. Djanga got to where she was looking for her weekly tennis ball in Paula's bag and was super happy to see her. That's not the only good thing though she is very adamant about working the dog and getting them to where they need to be to feel comfortable in their environments and just calm no stress. She did that for djanga and I'm so thankful for that. Djanga today is a better dog then she's ever been I still use her tools to this day and it has made the world so much easier to handle for her. Paula is a great person and the dogs love her but she is very patient and calm with them. Her rates are super affordable, and she will come to you where ever you are. If anyone has the chance to work with her or her work with their dog, it'll be the most wonderful experience you will ever have with a dog trainer. The only thing I would change is I would live to see Paula travel and help dogs around the world I know she could make a difference in our shelters today.

Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer V.
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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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Bill R.
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KO Dog Training has provided my wife and me with the ability to walk our dog in a controlled and predictable manner. Since our dog is an American Pit Bull Terrier, she is [was] prone to pull on the leash with immense force (like a team of horses), which on some occasions had caused my wife to fall and sustain injury. Moreover, our dog now responds to commands (as training is still in the initial phase) like "come", "sit", "focus", "stop", and "down" (as in lay down). The rate at which our dog is learning, she should be able to do our income taxes before April 15.

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 22 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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Epic Dog Pros
4.7
from 21 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 - 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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Basic Instinct Dog Training
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelley W.
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We absolutely love working with Allison. She has really helped us train our Lucy to be a well behaved puppy. Allison is a great trainer and we highly recommend her to anyone in the market for dog training.

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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.
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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 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Sherridan R.
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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.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Liz K.
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What a wonderful experience we and our pet have had with Redondo Dog Walker and Petsetting! Highly recommend Natalie.

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
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.

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

Crazydogs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Pat R.
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I'm working with Nicole Hartmann a wonderful trainer she's doing wonders with my dog boomer. Looking forward to working with her in the weeks ahead..m

Brian Grasberger
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Marissa M.
Verified review

Brian trained my dog Bella. I hired him for 3 training sessions and the amount he taught her in just three sessions was awesome. Probably more important than training her, he trained me how to work with her and re-enforce what he taught her. Bella really seemed to like Brian (possibly partly because he always has treats with him!) and she really positively responded to his instruction. He does seem to have an immediate connection to dogs. The training was very interactive and he made sure to address any problems I was having with Bella and offered very practical solutions. I would definitely recommend him if you are looking for someone to train your dog.

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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