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California Canine
from 18 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Mary A.
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I can't say enough good things about California Canine. The training is superb and I have no doubt you'd have to travel pretty far to find anything comparable. This trainer is very experienced, amazingly knowledgeable, utterly professional, answering every question I had and providing all the help I needed in order to ensure that my six-year-old German Shepherd rescue dog (and I!) could learn the skills we needed so that this could remain her forever home. What my dog and I have learned in this process is invaluable, and worth every single dollar. I am so grateful that I was fortunate enough to discover this fine and excellent resource.

  • 20 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelly arrived right on time. She observed the dog and sat next to the dog. Her observations were right-on. Her suggestions seemed probable to "conquer" my dog's problem. We arranged an hour's workout for next week. I feel confident in her. LAAG

Wagging Tails Training
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Jay L.
Verified review

We have been working with Shauna since our Doberman was 10 weeks old. We started off with her beginner class and went all the way though to get our dog AKC CGC certified. Shauna is a great trainer who taught us a lot of great techniques. She is very patient and our doberman loves her.

Honest Creature Care
from 9 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Conner W.
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Heather helped with obedience training my beagle, who is very stubborn. They did verbal commands, leash training, house training and manners, and Heather has had a lasting positive influence on my dog. She is very professional and thorough, and she brings real experience and methodology to create a personalized training outline, which helps maintain the behaviors. 10/10, would recommend again.

Adam J.
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I love the training. Their magic collar really is amazing. My dog can go anywhere with me and I never have to worry about a thing. Highly recommend their service!!!

Emily Beck
from 1 review
    Ally H.
    Verified review

    Emily has taken care of our Golden Retriever and black lab on a handful of occasions, and she is wonderful! She has so much experience with all sorts of dogs, so I knew that our energetic (but sometimes anxious) dogs were in good hands. She knew what to do when introducing them to others , and they got plenty of exercise with her and came back to us tired and happy. It's so great to drop them off at a home that you know will give them so much love and attention during the day. Highly recommend!

    Cynthia's Pet Care
    from 1 review
    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    I want to help you with your dog(s) and to play and walk with your pets. I am good with dogs and love walking them.


    I provide dog sitting in your house or mine. I have extensive dog knowledge and unbelievable care and love for your pet.


    I am a homemaker. I would love to help taking the dogs for the walk or feed the pets while you are on vacation.


    I walk dogs on a park to exercise them and to take care of them.


    I am a Brentwood based dog walker. I started walking dogs about 4 years ago when I began in high school for a part-time job.



    Safety is my #1 priority. My doggy clients come first! Rain or shine, I know how important a walk means to a dog and how healthy it is for them. No matter what, I like to make our walks fun and adventurous every time.


    I walk, feed, clean, and bath dogs. I sit dogs at home. I have 10 years of experience. I worked for the shelter of San Jose and Vac Rocker Hospital.


    Worried your furry friend is lonely or isn't getting enough exercise while you're at work? Need someone to pet sit while on vacation? Maybe your dog could use some training? Let me help. With The Canine Constitutional, I offer a wide variety of services, so get in contact with me, and we can work towards getting your dog to be happy and behaved.


    I will travel to your home and walk your dog for any length of time you need. I will walk two dogs at a time if needed. I also offer other services like cleaning up dog waste from your yard. You would have to have a shovel or whatever you usually use to clean up the dog waste. I will clean it up when I'm done. You just tell me where you would like me to put the dog waste at.


    I have recently changed careers from pest control to pet sitting. I have been around animals most of my life and have had several dogs. I would be more than happy to take care of your animal while you are on vacation or business trip.


    We train dogs to be great family pets and protectors. We make people happy with our business. The thing that makes us great is the love and hard work we spend with the dogs.

    • 1 hire on Thumbtack

    At FCA, we believe every dog has the right to be trained on how to understand us and our silly ways. Building a relationship and communication is what we focus on.


    I do most jobs, including pets from large to small. Whether it is a mid-day or alternating day walks to full vacations, I have the experience, including a veterinary medicine degree and do injections and recovery. I work with keeping your training in place and can add to what you are already doing. I work well with seniors and behavioral needs. I am an animal lover, and your pets' needs come first before anything else. Please check my website to read about my skills, education and praises from clients.

    • 41 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack

    I have been training dogs for 55 years. I have trained in most every disciplines. My training is based on not only the dog but also the owners. Your lifestyle and your dog must work together. The breed or mix of breeds also determine your dogs behavior. This combination of factors are essential to that well behaved dog. I don't believe in robot training for your dog and know that you train a Terrier, including pit bulls, different that you train a Poodle. I have had German Shepherds, Smooth Fox Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Whippet, Poodle, Afghan Hounds and Borzoi. I am now an American Kennel Club judge and also judge international shows.

    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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