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

Raquel has changed our lives!!! She came out to work with our German Shepherd, who we found out was highly prey-driven, and quite a bit neurotic. She helped us understand her behaviors, and what we could do to redirect her. She spent two and a half hours with us, and it was money well spent! We didn't want to post our review right away, to make sure the training stuck. I have to say, we, and our dog, have retained what we learned in one session with Raquel, and the change has been dramatic. Walks are extremely enjoyable now, not a tug-of-war, like they used to be. Our dog knows her limits, and we really only correct her occasionally now. We are forever grateful for the knowledge and expertise that Raquel imparted to us and our dog. We highly recommend her services to anyone in need of a GREAT trainer!

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  • 19 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
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Adrianne A.
Verified review

Kym is an amazing person!! She is wonderful to work with and did an amazing job educating us on how to train our dog, a 6 month old German Shepherd. She loves what she does and it is very apparent in her work. I highly recommend her!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
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Debb W.
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She is great with my German Shepherd puppy. Harley is so attentive to her! If i have any questions between classes I can call or text her and she answers quickly! Gives great advice and ideas. Very supportive! HIGHLY recommend!

Cassidy's Pet Assistance
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Tami S.
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It doesn't get any better than Cassidy's Care! I love my little Sweetpea so much, it's so important to find someone with a super big heart for animals. Well, Cassidy is so respectful to animals and others. I am so grateful to have had countless overnights and even a few times, Sweetpea has had to even stay days at a time. Cassidy has a clean, tidy and loving home which is Sweetpea’s home away from home. The big bonus is Cassidy is a dog trainer too! Sweetpea continues to improve on all levels each and every time she's been in Cassidy’s care. On a personal note, I love Cassidy's sense of humor, oh goodness, I'm always smiling around Cassidy! That joy is also good for animals too :))) If you’re looking for the very best, Cassidy is it!

Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Tisha A.
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Melissa was at my house this morning and she helped me immensely with my 6 mos.German Shepard! I knew the basics but she gave me more knowledge and the confidence I needed to follow through on my own I highly recommend her.

OCK-9Services
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Marco T.
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Daniel really knows his stuff. We now have 2 happy and friendly German shepherds. All the advice we received on introducing a new dog to our family worked. After 3 hrs of training session and about 7 days of follow the steps/advise….from walking w/muzzles, walking 20 feet apart, and finally walking side by side with no aggression, Max (new dog) and Foxy accepted each other. We are very happy with the success we had and we highly recom’d Daniel to work with your dogs.

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Christina H.
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Christina and I would like to thank you for the wonderful job you and your associates did with our 1 year old German Shepherd Dog "Jack". When we brought him to you , he had a strong, independent spirit and we had difficulty getting him to know what we expected of him. We choose to board him with you rather than commit to several weekly lessons. We were pleased with our decision. You delivered a well- behaved, disciplined dog, who's spirt had not been broken yet with a heart for obedience. Your "Fun, Fair, and Firm" system was easy to learn. Jack is now a joy to have in our home, as protector and companion. If anyone should wish for names and /or numbers for a reference , please do not hesitate to give them our name and number.

Wagging Pack
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Sara E.
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Awesome trainer. My german shepherd puppy was a bit of a handful and we really needed some support in teaching positive behaviors. Timothy was the perfect trainer. Always on-time, professional, courteous and attentive. He went above and beyond. He helped our pup learn sit, stay, lay down, wait, drop it, touch, to walk on a loose leash, and become less distracted by the outside like UPS men, cats, people, etc. He even led us through potty training our puppy successful from inside to out. Assisted us with crate training, correct harness/leashes and proper chew toys. Even helped us with some tricks like roll over, play dead, jump, and more. Invaluable experience. We have a much more respectful pup!

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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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Rebecca P.
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I would highly recommend K.O. Dog Training. The trainers, Philip and Michelle were great to work with. They were prompt to each session and made themselves available in between in case I had questions or concerns. They were very patient with me as a new puppy owner and great with my dog, Teddy. Our sessions are over and they made it clear that they are an available resource to me for the life of my dog. I am very pleased with the progress that Teddy (and I) have made.

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Doralynn L.
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My friend recommended Tommy to me when i got my German Shepard puppy. it was his best idea ever! Tommy was so kind and gentle eith the 4 And 2 legged members if his class. He asked about what food we were feeding, what our breeds were made for,etc and then began training the Owners rather than the dogs. After 6 weeks we saw improvement in bith the owners and dogs and after performing thr basic commands and a trick, we all received diplomas! I loved the place so much that i let Simon go to doggie day care to socialize with dogs of all sizes and breeds. 2 years later i got another shepard, Lancaster, and Tommy’s training helped me so much having 2 large boys but they are so sociable and friendly and i love them to death and they love their Mommy. Thanks ro Tommy’ classes we have a happy househokd !!

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Epic Dog Pros
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Roger O.
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Vince, Matt and Olivia are absolutely the best! I've had other training, but Epic truly defines the art of proper dog training with amazing results. They have been training my German Shepard for a few weeks and the results have been unbelievable. Sasha absolutely loves Matt! Thank you! Roger, Tustin Ca

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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.

Leashless.Dog
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
TOMMY S.
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Nothing could've been better!! We just had one task for Ted which was transitioning our (people and dog) aggressive German Shepherd into a friendly and tame dog. The results were astounding when we saw him after board training!!! It was like seeing a brand new dog approaching us!! Thanks so much Ted!! 10/10 would recommend

  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Michele M.
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Daniele not only helped improve the overall health of my Golden Retriever but she also provided me with the tools & knowledge to handle her anxiety issues. Now Jasmin is a very healthy & sassy 13 yo!! Daniele also helped create an even stronger family bond with my 3 1/2 yo German Shepherd mix by addressing some of his behavioral issues. Daniele has always made herself available in emergency situations and never hesitates to go the extra mile. She is a true animal lover and we are very thankful to have her in our lives.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Martha C.
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We hired Dixie for our 4 year old shepherd for her anxiety issues. We had a very bad experience with another "dog trainer" so we were apprehensive about any dog trainers. Dixie was referred to us & we are so glad we called! She is wonderful! Patient, calm & a wealth of information! In 2 weeks with her help & advice we are seeing improvements with our dog! I highly recommend Dixie.

The Driven Dog
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cinthia T.
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Before Karin, I had a dog and human aggressive German Shepherd Husky mix. Layla would react to every single dog that we saw when we were on walks which made it very difficult to walk her. As for people, when someone got to close she'd snap and lunge at them. We did a 3 week board and train program with Karin and was probably the best decision I made. We had gone through a couple of trainers and finally found the right one. Layla now walks and ignores any dog we pass and people can come up to us and talk without her reacting. Not only does Karin help you with your dog but she also explains what you, as the handler, need to work on. Even after the board and train, advance group class is available to continue working with your dog around a controlled environment. Needless to say, we're happy we found her. Definitely a well knowledge and amazing trainer.

Calmer Canines
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Tracy D.
Verified review

Kate has been working with me and my over reactive German Shepherd Max. She has dramatically improved a behavioral issue with other dogs which at times I felt was hopeless. She has accomished huge results in a short period of time with kindness and patience. Her knowledge of dog behavior is very impressive and she is a pleasure to work with. Max loves her! She is a true professional and really cares about you and your dog. I have no doubt Max would not have made the progress he has if it weren't for Kate!

Pacific Coast Pet Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Christie S.
Verified review

I have just communicated with Brad and was extremely happy with his knowledge and willingness to assist with my needs for assistance with training a German Shepherd strong willed, stubborn and handsome. Thank you Brad for getting back to me so quickly and making my Christmas Present a reality. Gratefully, Christie

Pure Canine Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Devin W.
Verified review

Absolutely the best choice. I have a 11 week old german shepherd who couldnt learn with 2 other trainers. Pure canine is the most helpful and is a real pleasure to work with. My dog is doing great and we can now share a mutually happy life. I did the 4 week course and in that short time we covered sit, down, place, leave it, drop it, repsect threshold, drop it and bark and quite on command, and create trainning. I will be signing up with her again for advanced training.

What a GOOD DOG! LA
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 17 years in business
Vinod M.
Verified review

We had a great experience with Dianne Lawrence when she gave our puppy (mixed german shepherd/lab) obedience training including walking on a leash and most important, teaching the dog how to behave around people and other dogs. Her style is gentle, but firm, and commands respect from the dog without being harsh. She also focuses on the human relationship with the dog and makes you understand your role in the dog's behavior. Dianne's focus is not to personally train the dog, but to teach you as a dog owner to train the dog. Along with the general obedience training, Dianne also taught us how to train our dog to sit, lie down, come, and stay. We have nothing but positive things to say about Dianne and recommend her wholeheartedly as a fantastic dog trainer. Our dog loved Dianne, and was eagerly wagging his tail every time he saw her.

Steller Paws
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Shanae J.
Verified review

Max helped us with out 2 year old German shepherd. Was very good with him and very patient. Explained things to us in a way we understood without making us feel stupid. Would highly reccomend using Max!

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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