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Laguna Niguel Dog Agility Trainers

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 65 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
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Anna J.
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John is one of the best dog trainers that I've met. I have a three year old recently adopted American Eskimo with issues such as leash pulling, nipping people who doesn't give him attention, and general insecurity issues. I have seen other dog trainers trying to get help, but without result. John took the time to get to know my dog and evaluate him based on what he saw and previous conversations with me. He helped me understand my dog and what I need to do to help him. Apparently, I have a dog that thinks he's an alpha and he taught me how to address this. I need more classes to address my dogs leash pulling and more, and I am glad that John didn't try to address all issues in one session because I don't think that would have been very helpful in the long run. Training a dog is not done in an hour, it takes more time than that. I highly recommend John.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
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Nancy C.
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Mrs. Kim Caldwell is a dog trainer and she's helping me with my dog Rocky, she is a pleasant person to work with and learn to teach my dog, lookin forward to continue working with her. Satisfied costumer 😊👍

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  • 3 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
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Chris I.
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Denise is awesome, is great at not only training dogs but the handler as well.

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Debra D.
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Paula is an amazing dog trainer! She has provided me with so much new and relevant information that has been crucial in helping me with my foster dog. Thanks to her tips and her information on dog behavior, I have had great success with my dog's crate training and her behavior towards guests at the door. I highly recommend Paula to anyone who is in need to of help. She is more than a "teach them to sit" type of trainer -- she understands dog behavior and carefully explains how humans can work with dogs to give them skills to succeed.

Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Pam B.
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We have an 8 month old lab that we were having trouble with her jumping on people and nipping all the time. After the first day of training we saw a great improvement. She also walks very nicely on a leash now and doesn't tug anymore. I would highly recommend Ruff Pup Dog Training!

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Chris L.
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Steve is an incredible, elite master trainer. He holds the key to unlocking all of your dogs' best attributes. He has done wonders for my dogs, and I have witnessed him doing even more for others. There's nothing that this man can't fix about your dog. But, you must be willing to put in the time and do what it takes to maintain. I have two mixed breeds (brother and sister) that have severe separation anxiety, when they weren't near each other. They were completely co dependent on each other, fearful and extremely sensitive to everything around them. They would whine and bark when separated. Steve had them for less than two weeks, and now they have no problem, at all being separated. He taught me how to build their confidence, and help them succeed. Which has made training them in obedience much easier. They now have the will to work, and the desire to learn more. As do I. He has inspired me so much that it has now become my passion, and I am now his apprentice. What I love most about the way that he trains, is that he is very gentle and patient with the dogs. He is by far more concerned with the dogs' well-being than anything else. He can be pretty tough on the owners, but once you come to realize why, you really can't be mad at him. The issues that your dog has, are typically there because of you. Your dog is a mirror of yourself. Once you've accepted that, you can then both change together, building the bond between you and your dog even stronger. But, you must be part of the change in order for it to work. Wendy is my senior master trainer, and I have learned so much already from both of them. They have taught me beginner and advanced obedience, behavior work, tracking, scent detection, how to show in AKC competitions, how to train movie dogs, and much more. Through the skills that I have acquired from them, I am now teaching my own classes and training dogs daily, using the same incredible methods that these amazing dog trainers have taught me. I highly recommend Steve and Wendy, and all of their trainers to anyone who truly cares for their dog.

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Angellily Pet Care
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Analee M.
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Angellily was great to work with, she was punctual, professional and so very personable. I would certainly refer her to any one needing a dog trainer.

Love Ur K9
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Theresa D.
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The Dawson Family loves Love Ur K9! Kevin and his team have done wonders with our dog. Since we've had Love Ur K9 help us train our beagle, our beagle can stay in down position for an hour, walk by our side with her head up on leash, and can control her howling. The best part about Love Ur K9 is that this team heavily involves the owners; they'll teach you about the training they are doing with your dog, so that when your dog comes home, you can continue to improve upon your dog's behavior!

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
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Elan O.
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Everything about these trainers and this company is simply amazing. They helped me and my dogs communicate as if it were magic. If you need a dog trainer in the oc then look no further bc these guys are the real deal

  • 19 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
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We are so grateful for finding Dogwood K9 Training Experience and working with Ron. Our rescue dog, Jackson, was a stray with no prior training and some behavioral issues that we couldn’t address on our own. Jackson had human aggression towards males, did not listen to commands, jumped on furniture, nipping, chasing our cats, incessant barking, anxiety, the list goes on. By working with Ron we have learned how to address all of these issues through behavior modification training. The best part of working with Ron is that he makes it fun for the dog by using games as a primary means of training. Jackson loves going to Ron’s classes and surprisingly isn’t aggressive towards him in any way, probably due to Ron’s sweet and caring nature towards dogs that Jackson can sense. Ron’s training method starts with the basics and then we build upon the foundation using baby steps so that the dog progressively works up the full commands, while truly understanding them. Our dog’s behavior has done a 180 since we started training and he shows respect for us now. This is after a different trainer told us we should probably take our dog to the shelter because he is going to be too hard train (a lost cause, as they say). Ron’s ultra-positive attitude towards Jackson helped us see that although he is not a perfect dog, he is the perfect dog for us. Ron is a truly exceptional dog trainer. Don’t expect magic; it takes hard work to counter-condition a dog with bad habits like Jackson, but Ron’s expertise will equip you with all of the tools that you need to work with your dog. What I like about the classes is that Ron is training ME to work with my dog so that I can continue to use his tactics long after our classes end. Through his guidance I am creating a long-lasting bond with my dog based on respect, but mostly based on FUN! We love Dogwood!

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathy P.
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Dave is a dedicated, caring and knowledgeable dog trainer. We will use him!

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathy B.
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We are about to come to the end of the first month with Maureen working with my dogs and pups. I couldn’t be happier with her! She is good with each dog and works methodically to move them toward the goals I identified. She is always very professional and kind with the dogs. Kathy Bailey Sunny Daze Labradors

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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.

Desirable Family Pets
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Nakita J.
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Connie has become a part of your family. She is wonderful person inside and out and an amazing trainer. Our little Pom went from wild and undisciplined to a well behaved little pup. Her methods are unmatched. Connie has also helped us potty train him in our new home as well. We are so happy with our training and our doggy is now so well behaved. If you’re looking for a reliable trainer who delivers results and at a great price then you’ve found he right person.

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Nuj S.
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If you are looking for a reliable, professional dog trainer that gets you results, Ayumi is hands down the best in the business. Our little fur monster, Rollie, had social behavior issues when we first adopted him. After being recommended by a friend, we decided to put Rollie through Ayumi's program. I really wished I would've found Ayumi earlier. We discovered a whole new side of Rollie we had never seen before. The transformation is truly incredible. Thank you, Ayumi!

Calmer Canines
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine F.
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My dogs started training with Kate about a year ago when bf and I enrolled our newly adopted pup in a Petsmart training class. Kate is always upbeat, knowledgeable, and passionate about dog behavior. She's adept at training dogs and owners, as well as newer Petsmart trainers. When she started her own business we decided to continue with private lessons, Country Club, and Reactives Anonymous for both dogs. From underlying behavior issues to nutrition she connects the dots to form a holistic view of dog behavior. I like that she does not follow only one school of dog behavior training. She constantly learns and applies techniques that work well for you and your dog. Without getting too off track from this review, I will say she has changed the way I think about my dogs, even as someone who has raised and worked with animals for much of my life. She is so so insightful, always learning and excited to share her knowledge. Just follow her on Facebook and you'll learn something new!

Zoom Room Redondo Beach
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Pat G.
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Zoom Room Redondo Beach is great place to have fun with your BFF. Cash and Dolci love all the people who work there. Every one is so helpful and you can tell they love their jobs. They have classes for everything from obedience, Agilty, tricks, Good canine citizen classes & therapy dog training classes. After one visit you will be hooked.

Damien's Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
Karen D.
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Damien was very quick to respond and easy to get along with. I was having some issues with one of two dogs and he worked with them both. I got outstanding results and he was very accommodating. He came to my house or came to the dog park or anywhere I thought was a good location. He was flexible and super knowledgable. At times, I had questions or problems and I would text him and he would respond very quickly. It was truly amazing. He felt much more like a friend than a dog trainer. Thanks Damien!

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

Sit Means Sit Los Angeles
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Catherine K.
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If it had not been for Allen, I believe that my loving dog Raiden would not be here today. I seek out the help of at least 5 trainer's after my dog visously attached a family member and all of them said either muzzle him for the rest of his life or put him down. Allen said we can fix you and help your dog be happy. Today Raiden lives in our home and coexist with Pease and contentment with the whole family including the one he attached. Never would I have believed it possible. Not only that but he is extremely well behaved.Allen saved Raidens life,kept my family safe and kept my heart from breaking. I have only two regrets, I wish I knew him when the dog was a puppy we couldn't have avoided all of this and second is I hated to see Allen move so far away. SINCERELY, CATHERINE KLEIN BULL 203 627 5929

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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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