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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 243 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 702 hires on Thumbtack
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Meryl V.
Verified review

Raquel is absolutely amazing! I have two 1-year old female pitbull/labrador mixes that desperately needed training. They knew basic commands such as sit, lie down and shake. However, they never had proper training before. There was constant unruly behavior - jumping on guests and leash pulling among others. Less than an hour into our session, my dogs were listening and staying put - something I could never get them to do. I've had other trainers come by who would sit and go through the animal behavior stuff and as soon as their time was up, they were gone without going through any exercise training. Raquel put in the time and was willing to stay until they got through exercises. I can't thank her enough. My dogs are much more calm now and I was able to bring them to a friend's house without worrying if they'd get into it with the other dogs or people. She's well worth the money!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 190 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeremie B.
Verified review

Karen is a great dog trainer, she knows how to communicate with dogs and their owners. She explained a lot of our dog's behavior issues, answered all our questions, and walked us through real-life situation action items that we started applying. Results were immediate.

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 66 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 189 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer T.
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I had a private training session with Dee Cee, and it was worth every penny! She has a real passion for training dogs and she is very respectful, clear, thorough and effective. My dog Gubi has behavior problems and Dee Cee came up with methods that immediately worked! She also gave me great tools and tips to use in the future. I was so impressed with Gubi's progress in just a day and I feel like I know my dog much better now. Thank you Dee Cee!!

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
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Judi O.
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John is great! His help and suggestions made a real difference in our dog's behavior. Our dog is happier and so are we! We especially liked how John worked with our dog in our home environment, including our young children and general chaos! We highly recommend John. He has a true understanding of dogs and the reasons behind their behaviors.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 95 hires on Thumbtack
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Mike T.
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Denise was wonderful. She is a very caring animal lover. Even sent me pics of my pets while I was on vacation. Definitely would recommend and use again

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Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
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Louise J.
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After one session, we saw noticeable improvements in our dog's behavior. Melissa is very responsive and helped us with some bad behavior we were seeing. She showed real concern. She's also great with my daughter who wants to ge involved in the process.

Wagging Pack
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Alex K.
Verified review

Timothy is well informed and great with our dogs. Do not let his age and experience fool you. He knows what he is doing. He gave us a free consultation which was basically an hour lesson accompanied with detailed notes to help us continue. His hourly rate is much more affordable than some of the others that were offered. One of our dogs is a bit fearful and will take a few lessons which we could not have afforded with many of the other trainers. Plus, they are trained in our home. The most important thing is he is teaching us how to improve our dogs behavior simply by how we approach them. I look forward to continuing our first lesson package. We can already see a major difference in them.

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OCK-9Services
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Ben Z.
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Even after the first session, we experienced a very positive difference in our dog's behavior as well as the effectiveness of our commands as owners. Daniel Ross has done an excellent job in giving us the necessary tools and have thoroughly enjoyed the training. Thank you Daniel!

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.5
from 30 reviews
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Annika B.
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We took our two bully puppies to Steve welch and his partner Wendy for in kennel training. We returned two weeks later to pick up the dogs. They both knew how to sit, stay and heel after only two weeks! We are now continuing the training at our home and we see excellent results everyday. Steve and Wendy have so much knowledge of canine behavior and they know how to use that knowledge to bring out the best behavior in dogs. I was really blown away by the whole experience. Training ones dogs takes lots of effort and repetition. It is not for the faint of heart. I can see why some May view their techniques as harsh but that is not the case. Dogs are not people and they need the structure and training that Steve offers. We intend on going back for more lessons and we are very grateful to them. We now have manageable well behaved dogs. Thanks Steve and Wendy!!

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Angellily Pet Care
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
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Nick S.
Verified review

Angela was amazing with helping us train our puppy! She's very knowledgeable and understands dog behavior very well. She's great assessing the dogs needs and correcting any negative behaviors. As a new puppy owner she helped put a lot of our concerns to rest. Great trainer, 10/10, would recommend to any dog owner.

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Santa Monica Paws
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Sophia K.
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Theresa and Brad have been wonderful with our dog. They are knowledgable, responsive and love animals. Highly recommend!

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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Terri B.
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Had a session with Dave earlier today. Already see changes in my dog and how chaotic my home has been. He talked to me a lot about dog behavior which was valuable to me. He was very professional and knew exactly what needed to be done. I highly recommend him.

EveryDog
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Maria P.
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Dave was great helping us train our boxer puppy. He is now 6 months and still is a work in progress but thanks to Dave we have the tools to raise him as a well behave dog. Dave is very responsible and really cares about the dogs he trains. I really recommend everydog for anybody that is looking for a good trainer.

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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Cynthia S.
Verified review

Philip and Michelle were great with our dog Pip-boy. When we contacted them Pip was aggressive and nervous, with little confidence. He had attacked our smaller dog a few times and was an all around bully to her. He also had a very difficult time being left alone. Philip and Michelle helped to build up his confidence and in turn helped to lessen his aggressive and nervous behaviors. Their dog Loki also helped socialize Pip and was impressively well trained. Pip now gets along with our smaller dog, Tootsie, and is more at ease when we leave him alone. In the six weeks that we've worked with them I can see that our Pip is a different dog. He's happier, more relaxed, and more at ease. Philip and Michelle we're always accommodating and welcomed any and all questions we had through the training process. We would highly recommend K.O. Dog training!

  • 19 years in business
  • 20 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!

America's Best Dog Trainers
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Amy H.
Verified review

We are so grateful for Daryl! His team transformed our dogs' behaviors and our household!

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Better K9
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Pat D.
Verified review

Audrey was great to work with. She is very patient and took her time working with me as well as Max. I am pleased with Max's much improved behavior and new skills.

i Speak Dog Training
4.5
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie C.
Verified review

My daughter rescued a frenchie and we didn’t know what she had been through. We knew she was super sweet and very loving and smart but she had some really bad issues....... wanting to “kill” the TV when and animal was on and also she had leash aggression. So today Tommy came to the rescue. First of all he is incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of dogs and second Stella was so comfortable around him. Within 10 minutes we had her TV behavior under control, I was shocked and we did work on walking on a leash...... I learned I needed to be in control and by Tommy teaching me what to do made it so easy for Stella..... I can’t wait for our second lesson, what a pleasure it will be to have a well trained rescued dog!

Where the Heart Is
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Eric S.
Verified review

To whom it may concern, I am writing to recommend Jo-Jeanne Rapier, whom I have known and employed for the past nine years. Jo-Jeanne provided day care, walks, medication administering, boarding, and transportation for my Border Collie, Cilla as well as house sitting, as I was often working out of town. Sometimes those jobs came on short notice and I came to rely heavily on her services and with her dependability, punctuality and trustworthiness, I was never disappointed. I always returned to a happy, healthy, and well groomed dog, my house in pristine condition, and with Jo-Jeanne’s green thumb, my garden always looked better than how I left it. In the final months of Cilla’s life, Jo-Jeanne’s compassionate care was invaluable. She doted on Cilla, as if she was her own, and made that difficult time in Cilla’s life, and mine, an easier transition. With Jo-Jeanne’s past involvement of running her own dog rescue, Abandoned Terrier Rescue Association, she is also a staunch advocate of animal rights. And I have witnessed first hand her skills and abilities in working with many kinds of animals and I would give her my highest recommendation with the care of any of your pets. If I can provide any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at: (818)-434-1123 Sincerely, Eric Sandlin

  • 8 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Carole W.
Verified review

I met DANIELE LARGO outside my bank about a year and a half ago. She had such a beautiful, uplifting energy about her. I thought she was so beautiful and happy, and I just wanted to get to know her. She has such an inviting demeanor; we just started talking. Somehow we ended up talking about dogs. She is a remarkable person and dog whisperer extraordinaire. We have three cute little white rescue dogs and have been putting up with a lot of mischief from them. We'd call one and he/she would turn and walk the other way; plus, two different dogs each thought they were the alpha! We had toileting problems, too much unwanted barking, they were impossible to walk, you get the picture. We love them so much - Jack, J.J. and Kate. We're planning to move sometime soon, and for so long I'd been thinking about what to do about our doggie situation. I knew I needed to do something - SOON. Sweet Daniele had been keeping in touch with me during the gap since meeting, but momentarily I had forgotten about Danielle's special talent. Surprise, she called me the next day! Since we started working with Daniele things have really changed around here. We see the changes as each day goes by. Joe and I have worked with the dogs in all the ways she has taught us and it has really paid off. Yes, people need to get engaged in the learning process along with their pets. We have learned so much about understanding dog behavior, an essential part of having a great relationship with your precious baby. Danielle is so in-tune with our dogs and the ways we all relate together, that she understands what's going on with all of us. They each have different issues and they all love Daniele. They are anxious to please her, and now they focus with us much better also. Each one has really stepped up and they are falling into line as a cohesive family unit. We already have less barking, less toileting problems, less jealousy, and more obedience. Our home is happier and calmer thanks to this special lady. We highly recommend her for anyone having problems with their animals, or, if they just want to have a better trained dog, or other issues. Daniele has also helped our doggies, and Joe and I to better health with the Protandim she carries. What a difference! She has so many great ideas that have helped us accomplish our goals, for our doggies and ourselves. We couldn't be happier that we engaged Daniele to help us. Call Daniele, she's worth more than you can imagine...you won't be sorry! With Gratitude, Carole and Joe Wike

  • 6 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Kyle M.
Verified review

When I adopted my dog Lucky, I knew had behavior problems. Unless Lucky knew you, he would be very aggressive, unlike his normal, sweet self. I tried asking for help from others but their advice didn't work. I accepted that Lucky may always be aggressive, which was a bummer because I enjoyed taking him to the park and to the beach, but was always worried about what mood he'd be in. I'm still shocked at M's work, in 4 lessons Lucky has done a complete 180. Before the training, he wouldn't listen to me for simple commands like sit, and would constantly pull and try to control our walks. After the first lesson, Lucky began to easily listen to my commands for "sit" and "stay". Now that training is complete, I only have to ask him once to "leave it"/"stop" when he starts to act aggressively towards others! Lucky is also able to sit/stay and down/stay for at least half a minute, and knows to wait for me to signal him to enter or leave the house. It seemed like this progress would never come or take months, but thanks to M we were able to do this in a month!

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