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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 254 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 730 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Dana C.
Verified review

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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  • 12 years in business
  • 205 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rachel P.
Verified review

Karen is amazing - she is attentive, informative, and very considerate of the concerns I have as a pet owner. She introduced training tactics to me that will help me establish a respectful relationship with my dog. It's training that is beneficial for both me and my dog. I can't wait to continue the working relationship with her and Abby!

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 79 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 218 hires on Thumbtack
Sara C.
Verified review

DeeCee was great! She came to me in Malibu and worked with my puppy, Milo, for 90 minutes. She taught me how to be more firm but also incredibly loving with my puppy and how to prepare him for service dog training. She affirmed what I did right and corrected what I did wrong and did an altogether great job. Milo loved her too! Would recommend! Many thanks from us!

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Johanne Z.
Verified review

I first met Duane Overturf over 15 years ago, when he came to my home to train my dog Jumbuck. He assessed the dog immediately before deciding on the training. Training in the dog park followed the training at home. Apart from my dog having a wonderful character, he turned out to be one of my best dogs regarding obedience and reliability. About two years later he also came to our home to train Jumbuck's companion, a totally different type of dog, who also understood very quickly what was required of him. Duane has a knack for getting dogs to feel relaxed and make training enjoyable. He is very reliable, thorough, and i enjoyed working with him.

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Weatherwax Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mark H.
Verified review

I first met Robert back in 1994, when he was living here in Lancaster, CA. At the time, I owned a pair of dogs - Sheba, a Bavarian Shepherd, and Princess, a Lab/Chow mix. As a loyal fan of the "Lassie" movies and TV series', I was well aware of the Weatherwax Family's "pedigree" (pardon the pun) with regard to dog training. So when Robert offered his assistance with the training of my animals, I jumped at the opportunity! The thing I remember most, is a statement he made before any training began. Robert told me that he would train ME to train my dogs, believing it was best for them to learn commands from me, their owner, not some stranger. His training methods were clever, patient, humane and well-thought-out, and worked like a charm. Soon, both dogs were well-behaved and obedient, following commands based on hand-signals only (a common practice with TV and movie animals)! While both dogs benefitted tremendously, Princess truly excelled, at one time able to follow nearly 20 different commands! All on hand-signals! Sadly, both dogs are long-gone to Doggy Heaven, but I've never forgotten them or the training methods I learned from Robert. I cannot offer a higher recommendation.

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Stefanie Pelka Dog Training
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bonnie A.
Verified review

Stefanie has trained 4 of my dogs over more than 10 years and I cannot sing her praises enough! She has true compassion for all animals and has rescued and found homes for countless number of dogs. She has a real gift of "talking" to the dogs -- she can read their personalities and they bond with her. She is experienced, professional, strict but kind and understands all breeds -- purebreds and mixed. She assesses the situation, background, needs, etc. of the owner/s as well as the dog and adjusts her training method accordingly. Above and beyond her dog training skills, Stefanie is a warm, principled, caring person. I consider her a friend as much as my dogs' trainer.

Pupparazzi Petcare
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Maria M.
Verified review

My dog Bambina usually suffers from separation anxiety, and in the care of Miki with Pupparazzi Pet care, she was so happy and relaxed she never realized i was away. Miki has a way with dogs and really understands them. I highly recommend !!!

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EveryDog
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carolyn G.
Verified review

Dave was such a great help to us in training our dog (or us, really)! He really took the time to explain the process and work with Sadie to overcome her fearful reaction to other dogs. She's made great progress & we look forward to more training sessions in the future. Highly recommended! Oh, and Sadie absolutely LOVES HIM.

Leo Ryan
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Shawn H.
Verified review

So grateful to Leo and his advice/knowledge! He has been tremendously helpful with my dog and helping to work through behavioral problems of my new dog Bebe, who for over a year was in the shelter and before that, she had a lifetime of abuse. He has helped set her (and me) up for success in a life without abuse and only love, but setting structure and discipline to help her feel secure. He truly cares about his clients and their pets, which has been evident in all of our discussions. Leo really does go above and beyond! Can’t wait to work with him more in the future!

  • 2 years in business
K.E. Y.
Verified review

I have known Stephene for years and she's been working with animals ever since I've known her. She has a plethora of knowledge of dog breeds as well as a great heart to provide the best care for any of your animals. I would trust my baby Bella with her any day.

MB-K9
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Arleen S.
Verified review

Marco is currently working with our 2 labradoodle puppies (11 wks old) and he is amazing. The puppies are responding to all their new commands and love the positive feed back training. I've had dog trainers in the past for older dogs and Marco's method is far superior to any other trainer we have used. I would highly recommend him.

Muttineer Dog Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Rocky R.
Verified review

Joss is a trainer who's combination of knowledge, ability, and affable, common sense approach with people makes her the kind of dog trainer that every dog owner should seek out. She uses positive reinforcement to teach essential commands, provides information regarding dog learning and training, provides methods to prevent behavior problems and is able to remedy dogs with existing behavior problems.

Furree Friends Pet Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ursula W.
Verified review

I have been using her services since my puppy was 6 months, and he is now 3 1/2 years old. She has been watching my dog for the past three years, and my dog is quite picky on what he likes and doesn't like! What I like the most about her services is that she is VERY flexible, many times I have last minute jobs, and she is ALWAYS readily available to take him in. I also enjoy that she sometimes has other small dogs for him to play with, but not where it is overwhelming like a doggie daycare (my dog likes to be just with one person or dogs similar to his sweet temperament). He always wags his tail when I drop him off, and is always happy to see her daughter (my dog loves kids). When I pick him up, he is always tired and passes right out once I leave to go back home, meaning he had fun and was busy while staying over. She also caters do his diet and bathroom regime. She makes sure that when you leave your dog with her, that your dog is treated the same way as you would treat him/her. I would highly recommend her services especially if your dog is picky and you want that more personal touch in a doggie day care service.

K9 Vacay LA
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Hector H.
Verified review

It's amazing how fast my dogs behaviour changed due to K9 Vacay! Hiring her is a must if your dog is a complete bratt! I literally saw change the first time she met my dog. My dog just just listened to her and behaved soo much better. She taught me how I should treat my dog and how to react in different situations. Amazing experience! I would definitely recommend K9 Vacay to anyone with a fur baby. If she helped my Siberian Husky, she can help any dog!

At Home Mobile Grooming
4.3
from 4 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ida G.
Verified review

We are extremely pleased with Mary Crowley's grooming skills and interaction with our animals. Our dogs like her and they look beautiful! Also it is so nice for them that she comes to the house so no trauma having to go in the car and be "left" to be groomed in an unfamiliar place.

Janet
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 19 years in business
Janet D.
Verified review

I am happy my dog is very obidient now. Thank you.

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.

    About

    Not only will I walk your dog but he/she will get a healthy action packed day out of their day. Guaranteed!

    About

    I'm a college student who has two dogs of my own here in Calabasas with another dog back in Orange County. I'm looking for a part-time job. I'm great with any-size dog, and my schedule is very, very flexible.

    About

    I love dogs and provide my service as a dog walker. I have good energy and am sure I can provide a good experience for your dog!

    About

    Hi there. I have an in-home doggie boarding business. (For small-medium-sized dogs.) I am centrally located (Near La Brea & Hauser) and have a huge backyard. Dogs get walked several times a day and can hike with me and my dog (a medium-sized jindo mix) at Kenneth Hahn if you would like as well (She and I go there almost everyday). I have vet tech experience (10 years working at 2 different hospitals) and can administer medications and fluids. This is my full-time job, so dogs will get lots of attention and won't be left alone for long periods of time. I am also available for dog walking, as well as pet sitting within 5 miles of my home.

    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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    Need a Dog Trainer

    Los Angeles, CA

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      1-2 years, 5 or more years
    • Dog size
      Small
    • Details
      JR Terrier mix lunges and barks when he sees other dogs on our walks. He is a scoundrel. My chihuahua mix (usually very sweet) follows JR's lead of bad behavior when together.
    • $199
      Average price

    Need a Dog Trainer

    San Gabriel, CA

    • Dog training type
      Obedience, Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      3-4 years
    • Dog size
      Small
    • Details
      in home w/ senior woman with reduced mobility
    • $295
      Average price

    Need a Dog Training Service in North Hollywood

    North Hollywood, CA

    • Dog training type
      Behavioral Modification
    • Dog age(s)
      3-4 years
    • Dog size
      Medium
    • Details
      I have a 4 year old pitbull Lola. Lola was fine around other dogs when I first rescued her from the Philadelphia SPCA 3.5 years ago and it was up until an unfortunate event at a dog part where she was attacked by a chow mix dog (she did not fight back whatsoever) that her demeanor changed around other dogs and she was more reserved. My boyfriend and I later adopted another female dog (a doberman mix) and for a year they got along perfectly!! One day though our doberman mix Zoey suddenly out of nowhere (we still cannot figure out what the trigger was) attacked Lola and really bad. She needed stiches and it took what seemed like forever for myself to break them up. Stupidly we thought this was an isolated incident since nothing out of the ordinary had changed. 2 more times would Lola be attacked only the last time finally trying to fight back by biting Zoey's ear and leg. Lola now has scars on her face, neck, and legs from these incidents. Since then we rotated the dogs out so only one would be out of their room at a time and did this for another year or so. Currently my boyfriend and I have gone separate ways and split the dogs up leaving me with my Lola. She now is extremely reactive around any dog she sees and once an excited dog has become a barker and growler if another dog comes close and immediately gets into fight/flight mode. Seeing that she is a pitbull this worries me because they have the bad rap and are usually the breeds blamed for any aggressive incident. I would love to hear about any services that you offer that could help get my Lola comfortable with other dogs again so I don't have anxiety every time I take her for walks in fear another dog will get too close and set her off. I make sure if I see another dog I turn her around or distract her until the other dog passes but she's still so young and don't want her to be fearful the rest of her life and one day would love if she could have another fur-sibling. She is fine with cats (I have one) and they are best friends and she is gentle and playful never showing ANY aggression or nervousness with him. It just seems to be dogs.
    • $85
      Average price
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