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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 253 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 722 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sarah D.
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Raquel was amazing! I have to say that my boyfriend and I were skeptical when we saw that all of her reviews had five stars (I mean how is that a thing), but we are confident saying that the stars are well earned. It is amazing how quickly our puppy has changed, and how easily Raquel taught us the techniques. We had been to other dog trainers before, but Raquel has easily surpassed them. Now we just love taking our puppy for walks and showing off her good behavior. The price did seem a little steep, but in the long term it is much less expensive than other trainers. Raquel doesn't waste any time. She started training from the moment she walked in the door. Not to mention she's very easy to get along with in general. So, if you are having some man's best friend difficulties, do yourself and your pup a favor and get a session with Raquel. Me, Joel, Lola and her new best friend James all thank her!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 202 hires on Thumbtack
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Barry K.
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Maggie is my fourth dog. I have had trainers with each of the dogs. Never have I had a more competent, compassionate and professional trainer as Karen. She taught Maggie to walk loose leash and not enter a room before more or my husband. I used to have to carry her everywhere. She's only 9 pounds but it got old really fast. I also had Karen board/train her for two days. She came back a different dog. When Karen came today for the beginning of training her to be a therapy dog. When Karen came for the beginning of training her to be a therapy dog, she got so excited when seeing Karen. Karen knows how to be firm yet kind with dogs. Dogs know it. I couldn't recommend anyone more highly than Karen. She is the best of the best. Barry K. Sherman Oaks

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 74 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 206 hires on Thumbtack
Dave B.
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D C is a very good dog trainer. I highly recomend her. Dave B.

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
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Tami Z.
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Duane is a superb dog whisperer!!! I have worked with other dog trainers before but I have never met someone like Duane. It seems he has an incredible sensibility and ability to read each dog and know how to communicate with them. I just got my Stella, 5 year old English Bulldog, returned home after 5 weeks of board and training by Duane. Stella was very aggressive with other dogs and small children. She had virtually no obedience training whatsoever and never socialized with other dogs. I always had to warn approaching strangers, especially if they had a dog, that Stella was "not so friendly". Then a 8 week old chocolate Lab puppy came into our life and turned our home life upside down. Stella was very jealous and aggressive towards the puppy. My poor puppy was scared to death and something had to be done. Duane took Stella and trained her in his home for four weeks and the fifth week, I sent Henry to Duane for a week to be with Stella so that they could get acquainted and may be bonded. Frankly, I wasn't too sure whether Stella could change. I had a back up plan for the puppy in case the board and training with Duane did not work out. I am so happy that Stella and Henry are back home and they get along so beautifully, thanks to Duane!! It is so wonderful to have two dogs in the house without any tension. Duane is very professional, honest and very easy to work with. He answered all my questions, my numerous phone calls were never ignored, and I felt at ease about the whole process. It is clear to me that Duane loves and cares deeply about the dogs he trains and dogs love him back. Duane followed up with the second visit to our home today, and both Stella and Henry were so happy to see him. Stella actually wanted to follow Duane out as if she wanted to go with him. I have never seen Stella act like this with anyone outside her own family. We are so pleased and happy that we found Duane and can not recommend him highly enough. He is the real Dog Whisperer! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Duane!!!

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Weatherwax Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Deborah M.
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Being a Main officers of Rescue4Redemption, we pride ourswelves on picking the very best in the animal rescue and rehab business. Since the inception I have wanted Robert Weatherwax as our main trainer for several years. I never thought I could get him. He is one of the very best dog trainers in the business. If you don't believe me you can Goggle him. His family has had over 100 yrs experience in the dog training business and their dogs all are excellent. I thank the lord that Robert has come on board with us. Our mission is to save and rehab as many animals as we possible can. And he is the Diamond that just does that. I saw a post on here from some woman saying some disparaging things about Robert. These comments are completely false. Robert never even met the women, nor did he train her dog. So with that being said just ignore those remarks because they are just are not true. Just some stranger ranting about someone she doesn't even know. No one cares more for your dogs and getting them turned around the Robert. He is top notch. The standard of excellence he shows with each and every client shows when you 1st meet him. Truth be said if he didnt have this quality about him Rescue4Redemption would not have brought him on board. Once again we stand by excellence. With that being said, we stand with Robert Ruddell Weatherwax.

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Stefanie Pelka Dog Training
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathleen M.
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Stefanie is a great dog trainer! Dogs love her and they learn how to behave with her calm yet firm approach.

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EveryDog
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Tianna F.
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I had a consultation with Dave. My fur babies took to him as soon as he walked in. He was very calm and professional and very honest. He didn’t come in with a pitch of why he would be the best trainer, we just had a conversation and it felt very natural and comfortable. After hearing my concerns, he told me what he thought the problem was and how we can try to fix it. I am confident that he is the best trainer for my dogs and I will start training with him very soon.

America's Best Dog Trainers
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Vas G.
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If I could leave more stars, I would. Daryl worked with our German Shepherd Lexi who was a rescue with severe fear and aggression issues. Daryl worked with Lexi and our family so we could provide the best environment for Lexi. We were able to enjoy our pet and Lexi became more confident and less stressed. We continued our training and are in contact with Daryl. Daryl is honest with his assessment and will not sugar coat anything. Lexi was never afraid of Daryl and I could see the bond and respect they had for each other. Whether basic training, fear or aggression issues or whatever you need, Daryl and his crew at America's Best Dog Trainers will be there to help because they genuinely care for your animal and its wellbeing. Thank you for helping our family. Please don't hesitate to call him.

Feet & Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Monica S.
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Tracy is great for dog training, but she is also a great personal trainer. She has kept both of us focused on our exercise goals! Her classes are fun and rigorous.

  • 2 years in business
Beth H.
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Stephene, owner of Bone 2B Wild I'd awesome..She has built a wonderful day care and boarding facility just right right for every dog. She is a certified pet dog trainer and also in Pet First Aid and CPR. So you know your fogs are in good hands..

L.A. Dog Behaviorist
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Velvet W.
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Michael is amazing with my dog Bobb. After the first week, I noticed an improvement in some of the things I wanted Michael to work with him on. Michael always sends me pics & updates on progress with my dog at least three times a week. I already recommended his services to a few friends. I highly recommend hiring him for training and dog walking services.

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!

Linda P.
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Marcia's knowledge of the subjects I was interested in plus her training location being convenient attracted me to her classes. Her kind and patient manner is what has kept us taking her classes as often as we can. Obedience, nose work, agility and Canine Good Citizen training and testing have turned out to have more benefits than I had anticipated. The self-confidence my young rescue has now, let's me see the mature dog he has the chance of being. Marcia provides us with info on local events, economical training tools and has a lesson plan she follows, complete with handouts at the end of each lesson. Her enthusiastic reports on the agility events she and her dog compete in on the weekends gives us a picture of protocol, the language, and course technique. It has made me feel confident I can someday do it too. She has taught me how to train my dog. Yesterday while hiking in the Eastern Sierra, we came to a part of the trail that was congested with sticker bushes. He halted ahead of me, (we are only talking 10 in high and a foot deep) without thinking I said, "Jake, jump". Over he went. My little 13 lb, less than 2 yr. old, dog remembered what we learned during the agility jumping phase of Marcia's class. I could not have been more proud. Two days before that while shopping in a dog friendly sporting goods store in that area, we practiced his down/stay while I ck'd out the clothes. He did so well. It makes traveling with our dogs a pleasure. The more well behaved they are the more places welcome them.

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.

Dog Savvy Los Angeles
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 year in business
Steve K.
Verified review

Alexandra is an excellent trainer. She got my puppy to follow commands very easily. She is also very knowledgeable about dogs in general.

Rooted Dog Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Donald M.
Verified review

Great personality and dog oriented, and willing to do whatever she can to help in the training of my dog plus the time she puts in walking my dog!

Smart Dogs Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
    Zev F.
    Verified review

    After working with 2 other trainers, a friend reccommended Jeff Todd. The other trainers were completely ineffective so we prayed that Jeff would help with our rescue dog and her incessant barking at strangers, family and guests. After a home consultation we all agreed that his "Boot Camp" approach is what our dog needed. After 4 weeks of boot camp our dog was 95% better. We highly reccommend Jeff and his team for dog training and consultation.

    • 13 years in business
    About

    We teach dogs how to live peacefully with their owners and integrate into their lives. Want to take your dog to a cafe and have them behave? We teach that by working on your dog's state of mind while also teaching commands. It won't matter if your dog knows how to sit, if (s)he doesn't know how to relax and hold that position while you eat out, answer the door, go into a store, or take them on a walk. Most trainers only teach commands - sit, down, stay, etc. We teach you how to communicate what you want to your dog, teach your dog what you are asking, and help your dog be in the right state of mind to meet your request. Our dog walking services reinforce all the the training that we do - our dogs don't pull on leash, bark at other dogs or destroy property. They get exercise, mental stimulation and have a lot of fun.

    • 27 years in business
    About

    Ma & Paw Kennel is proud to offer the following: - Pre-adoption counseling and dog selection - On/off leash obedience training - Training for puppies and older dogs -Private lessons in your home/business or at my facility - Puppy preschool' group classes - Reactive rover' group classes - Behavior modification for all problem behaviors -House breaking (puppies and older dogs) - Timid and/or aggressive dogs - Barking, chewing, digging, jumping, etc. - Separation anxiety - Aggression management towards people/animals - Canine socialization - Boarding and day care at my home - Herding training - Rattlesnake avoidance training for dogs Gina Gables is the owner of Ma and Paw Kennel - Canine Training Services, established in 1991. Gina has successfully trained thousands of dogs (and their people) for over 20 years in disciplines ranging from basic obedience and extensive behavior modification to training personal protection dogs and herding dogs.

    About

    I offer compassionate, in-home training for people and their dogs to introduce healthy structure and guidelines to create more successful communication with their dogs. The areas that I cover are the following: jumping, lunging, barking, walking successfully on leash, resource guarding and aggression among other various behavioral issues.

    • 38 years in business
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack
    About

    I am a European certified K-9 unit trainer and handler that will travel to your location. I have over 30 years of experience in training and handling dogs, including police dogs. Aggressive and problem dogs are welcome. I can do anything from basic obedience to protection work.

    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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