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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 252 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 715 hires on Thumbtack
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Tracy M.
Verified review

After doing research, I decided to give Raquel a shot at training my dog, Cali (and my girls and I). Cali is a rescue, possible Wheaton Terrier mix of some sort. She is basically good, but barks at the door, in th3e backyard, and shows aggression toward other dogs while on walks, which was making walks miserable. Basically, I wanted a dog who would obey basic commands and be polite. I have previously enrolled in and completed dog training classes. This had some benefit (mostly Sit and Stay), but took 10 Saturdays to complete, and it seems the training (especially on leash) hasn't stuck. I'm sure that has a lot to do with my girls and I being inconsistent. I learned from Raquel how a dog thinks, which is so beneficial to know. The lessons learned in 4 hours with Raquel have been WAY more beneficial than those 10 Saturdays in doggie school. Her methods are SIMPLE, so if you need a ton of information and homework to feel you've gotten your money's worth, look elsewhere. I have given this 5 days before reviewing, just to see if all this dog training stuff really is as simple as she taught us. Guess what?? It is! Cali is still learning to be polite on the leash. This will take time, because she's established some very bad habits. However, there is already GREAT improvement. As far as barking at the door, as soon as she even thinks about it, I tell her "quiet" and "go back," which she obeys immediately. Raquel actually trained her to do this while she was here, and it has stuck. So awesome! A word about the e-collar. This is used as a training tool. My dog definitely needs it, especially on walks. In the house, she is already not really needing it. It feels like a vibrating cell phone. It does NOT hurt; it's simply a distraction. Once you hire Raquel, you'll learn the art of distraction (think about how you distract a 2 or 3 year old to avert a breakdown... dogs are the same way.) The e-collar has been amazing and we don't even use it very often. I love my dog like she's my baby and would never do anything to harm her. I want her to be confident, well-behaved, and happy. I truly believe proper training gives her (and me) these gifts. So open your mind (and be prepared to spend a pretty penny) and hire Raquel. You will not regret it.

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  • 12 years in business
  • 200 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

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 65 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
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Pax P.
Verified review

John was awesome with training me and my dog. John took the time to get to know our needs and current situation and also helped us with dog socialization. John is very knowledgable and offered great expert advice. He also helped us with introduction to a dog park and helped me to understand the things to look for when introducting my dog into a new environment such as a dog park. I would highly recommend John to all my friends family and anyone else. He definitely helped with positive reinforcement.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 101 hires on Thumbtack
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LeAnne S.
Verified review

Denise started training my older Dog Ramsey who was very hard to walk because he is dog aggressive! But within days he was so much better. We really appreciate her knowledge of training animals. And her love and patience with them.

Happy Dog Training, LLC
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
Linda S.
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He is very good at explaining and teaching how to teach the dog. My dogs learned very quickly. Probably best when they are large dogs.

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
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Laura D.
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Hi, my name is Laura. I signed up for a 'group' dog training class in the San Fernando Valley. I highly recommend Duane Overturf for your dog training needs! Duane always had a great attitude! His handling of each dog was consistent and with a gentle authority. You could tell, he knew what he was doing. It amazed me how quickly dogs responded to his commands. Duane had total control of each situation at hand. Also, behaviors such as; a barking problem, chewing problem, digging problem, etc. - Duane had training techniques that conquered each one. He made dog training look easy! I was extremely impressed with how well all the owners and dogs did at the end of the course! Now that's a G O O D D O G ! Oh, and anytime I had a question, I called Duane and he took the time, walked me through the problem step by step, making sure I understood and was confident I could handle the situation before hanging up the phone. Duane is an outstanding dog trainer!

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Chris L.
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Steve is an incredible, elite master trainer. He holds the key to unlocking all of your dogs' best attributes. He has done wonders for my dogs, and I have witnessed him doing even more for others. There's nothing that this man can't fix about your dog. But, you must be willing to put in the time and do what it takes to maintain. I have two mixed breeds (brother and sister) that have severe separation anxiety, when they weren't near each other. They were completely co dependent on each other, fearful and extremely sensitive to everything around them. They would whine and bark when separated. Steve had them for less than two weeks, and now they have no problem, at all being separated. He taught me how to build their confidence, and help them succeed. Which has made training them in obedience much easier. They now have the will to work, and the desire to learn more. As do I. He has inspired me so much that it has now become my passion, and I am now his apprentice. What I love most about the way that he trains, is that he is very gentle and patient with the dogs. He is by far more concerned with the dogs' well-being than anything else. He can be pretty tough on the owners, but once you come to realize why, you really can't be mad at him. The issues that your dog has, are typically there because of you. Your dog is a mirror of yourself. Once you've accepted that, you can then both change together, building the bond between you and your dog even stronger. But, you must be part of the change in order for it to work. Wendy is my senior master trainer, and I have learned so much already from both of them. They have taught me beginner and advanced obedience, behavior work, tracking, scent detection, how to show in AKC competitions, how to train movie dogs, and much more. Through the skills that I have acquired from them, I am now teaching my own classes and training dogs daily, using the same incredible methods that these amazing dog trainers have taught me. I highly recommend Steve and Wendy, and all of their trainers to anyone who truly cares for their dog.

Santa Monica Paws
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
Judy B.
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Theresa is a treasure. In fact, she's pretty amazing! Her knowledge is only exceeded by her talent with dogs. I'm learning a lot, as well Judy B and "Leonardo"

The Trained Canine
4.6
from 25 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Ron V.
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I have been involved with showing and breeding dogs, along with competition in herding for 30+ years. I have owned several different breeds over the years and have always done my own training. I decided to adopt a pit bull puppy that I had been fostering. She was only a few months old, and was scared of everything. I thought she would eventually grow out of it, but she didn't. I tried everything I could think of, but her fear continued to get worse, to the point of her not wanting to go outside. I employed Kim from The Trained Canine to help. What Kim was able to do with my girl was amazing! She is now a happy and confident, carefree dog, with no more fear, but the best part is that Kim showed me how to work with my dog in such a way that she 100% engaged with me, and the bond I now have with my dog is like no other. Kim made the training fun for all of us. Kim's knowledge and diversity in dog training and behavior modification are 2nd to none. I would highly recommend Kim for any type of dog training.

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Beth E.
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Tommy Stark does speak dog. He can teach a dog to do absolutely anything. I have watched him in dozens of situations, and he is always the pack leader; he always understands both a dog’s fears and its strengths. He trains fear out of a dog and builds on its strengths so that the dog becomes a well-balanced part of your “pack”. He is gentle but assetive with the dogs and very supportive of the people he is training. Tommy has a delightful sense of humor, great warmth, and genuine compassion for all living beings.

Love Ur K9
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Nicole A.
Verified review

Could not be happier!! We were referred to obedience classes by a friend and we are so happy we called them up! In addition to a great doggie daycare they were very knowledgeable with training. She has done a complete turn around when dealing with other dogs especially in our home (biggest issue). Our dog is also very apprehensive when meeting new people and has major separation anxiety. However with Love Ur K9 she was shockingly always excited to go back with zero hesitation. She loves going there...the staff clearly went above and beyond!

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PENNY's POOCHES
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Rae D.
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Petra is a wonderful dog trainer and behaviorist. She has been extremely helpful in finding creative solutions to socialize our rescue dog. Hazel adores Petra, and we do too! She's a unique individual, possessing the essential blend of expertise and caring. We are so happy to have found her.

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Epic Dog Pros
4.7
from 21 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
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Janette D.
Verified review

Arturo is such an amazing trainer!!! He has helped and coached us on how to control our dogs aggression. He not only trained our dog but taught us how to properly train her. He’s helped restore confidence both in us and our dog to allow her to be her loving social self again! We could not have done it without Arturos dedication and patience!

  • 19 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
Verified review

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 13 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Renee H.
Verified review

Daryl is wonderful! He is super responsive and available. Answered all my questions promptly and sent me videos of my dog during the time he was being boarded and trained. Daryl is extremely professional and considers us part of his family. The dogs he works with are unbelievably well trained. It seems like he does a lot of personal protection dog training, although we took my Corgi puppy to him for obedience training. My puppy is very “willful” and needed an extra week of training and Daryl was incredibly accommodating for us. I couldn’t believe he would be willing to go the extra mile to make sure we and our dog are satisfied. Thanks Daryl!

Feet & Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Cathy F.
Verified review

Tracy is amazing with both people and dogs! Classes offer a good workout for both me and my dog, as well as great bonding time. Can't say enough good things!

  • 8 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie W.
Verified review

Daniele is an instinctual, thorough, heart centered, Cat & Dog Behaviorist / Whisperer. She has incredible knowledge about animals, she is literally a walking encyclopedia on the subject. Daniele has the ability to assess & evaluate your pet accurately based on their specific personality and then put together a complete training package to resolve any challenges you may be facing. Her process is quick, fun and very clear. She and her team are a complete one stop shop for pets. Anything you might need from nutritionalists, cage free doggie daycare, pet jewelry designers, homeopathic medicines and formulas, water therapists and even a pet massage therapist to mention a few. She is dedicated to not only your results but also to helping you get a deeper understanding of your pet so you'll be able to communicate to them more thoroughly with ease. I would highly recommend her with confidence to anyone who needs help with their pet... especially if it's a rescue pet she's AWESOME!

Bark to Basics
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Sandra W.
Verified review

We rescued what I refer to as a special needs dog. Calle was two years old and everything frightened her. We knew we needed professional help. The first trainer we called couldn’t make a connection with Calle. We then contacted Melissa based on reviews we read online. We were not disappointed! She really considered Calle’s needs and customized a plan to work on walking Calle on a leash, socialization, and potty training. It wasn’t long before we were able to walk Calle in the neighborhood/park. The potty training techniques Melissa shared with us worked immediately! Melissa also met us at various places (shopping centers, park) to work on socialization skills. Melissa’s style is firm, yet so kind and gentle. She also did a great job educating me as a dog owner. In addition to training, Melissa is the (ONLY) person we count on for dog sitting. Even though Calle made enormous progress in the area of training, I wasn’t so sure she would ever be comfortable away from home. I am happy to report I was wrong. She has overnight visits with Melissa about every six weeks and comes home a happy doggie – NO anxiety. I highly recommend Melissa for her outstanding training techniques, knowledge, professionalism, reliability, and last but not least, her obvious love of dogs.

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
SIAMAK S.
Verified review

All aspects of Paw by Paw is amazing. Ayeumi is so kind, patient and understanding of the dogs that she is training. She got our dog as a baby and then he went back 8 months later and a 100 lbs heavier. Her training of both the dog and owner is superb as well as her assistance when needed. I would recommend her absolutely and proudly.

Zoom Room Redondo Beach
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Pat G.
Verified review

Zoom Room Redondo Beach is great place to have fun with your BFF. Cash and Dolci love all the people who work there. Every one is so helpful and you can tell they love their jobs. They have classes for everything from obedience, Agilty, tricks, Good canine citizen classes & therapy dog training classes. After one visit you will be hooked.

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.

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