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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 253 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 722 hires on Thumbtack
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Meryl V.
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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
  • 202 hires on Thumbtack
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Derek O.
Verified review

Karen really understands the mindset and psychology of dogs, which was so helpful for us to understand why our dog was acting the way he was. We really appreciated her explanations of our dog's behavior, like biting, barking and pulling on the leash, so that we could start learning how to better communicate with our dog. We definitely gained insight and tips on how to train our dog from Karen and would recommend her for anyone who needs help understanding their dog's actions. In addition, Karen is extremely dedicated to her work. You can tell through her engaging stories, but also by the fact that she is willing to go above and beyond to help your family.

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 74 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 206 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 65 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
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Terry S.
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Our experience with Dog-Skool was outstanding. John really helped us to understand our dog's behavior. His positive reinforcement methods have been very helpful. We felt like he really cared about our dog and our relationship with him. He clearly loves dogs and teaches a positive and respectful relationship between dog and owner. He was very patient and thorough in his teaching. We are super grateful and highly recommend John.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 105 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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Weatherwax Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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John L.
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Robbie Weatherwax is a caring and skillful dog trainer and animal behavioralist. He is kind to his customers and gives excellent instruction to their dogs. John Lovins

Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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.

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 74 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
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Nick S.
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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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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelly N.
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We had a great session w Phillip and Michelle. They worked out w my busy schedule and make sure that my dog's behavior was fixed at the end of the session. They are very passionate about their job, and they will not hesitate to answer all of your questions and concern. I have learned alot from this training session. Thank you ;)

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Diana B.
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We had a 1.5 hour first "lesson" with Tommy this morning, and the experience was amazing. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about dog behavior and behavioral modification, he also provided my husband and me with specific, easy-to-use strategies which are already working. I would definitely recommend Tommy! So glad to have found him!

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PENNY's POOCHES
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Natascha S.
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We’re half way through and have noticed a huge shift in our dogs behavior. We love Petra, she’s great!

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Basic Instinct Dog Training
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Hernan P.
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Alison is simply an animal lover, she takes great care of our dog and our dog loves going with her. She's always on time and you can't beat the price. She even sends us pictures when we're on trips. Highly recommended

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EveryDog
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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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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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 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.

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Erin E.
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Maureen was very responsive to texts/calls/emails. She made sure to address the individual needs of my family/pet. She packed in so much information into just one session and provided us with some unexpected extras. We have already seen an improvement in our puppy's behavior after one session. I love her positive approach to modifying behavior. She was also super patient with us (first time dog parents). We had some very basic questions but she spent extra time with us to make sure we were set before she left. Will definitely use her again and refer friends in need of doggy help.

Walk'n Wag'n Pets
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Joe G.
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We worked with rescue dogs to get their photo's on the rescue web site to get them adopted. I find Jessie to be patient with the animals and the handlers.

  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Carole W.
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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

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Tim B.
Verified review

Natalie loves animals. She treats my dog as if he was hers. She is a kind and caring person. My dog gets treated like family when he is in her care. She’s my only choice when I head out of town.

Kayla's Pet Care
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Jacquelene L.
Verified review

I have hired Kayla multiple times to sit my dog whenever I travel. She's very good with my dog. She walks my dog twice a day and stays overnight with my dog as well. She's trust worthy. She's truly animal lover. I am glad I found Kayla. Highly recommend!!

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Nuj S.
Verified review

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!

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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