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National City Dog Trainers

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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 228 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kari M.
Verified review

FIVE STARS! Beth is wonderful!! I have a 6 year old Yorkie that has separation anxiety and displays very disruptive behavior regularly. Beth came to my home and got right down to business. She was very knowledgeable and with her help my dog has made huge improvements in just a matter of weeks! Of course, training a dog takes time to make a full change, but just having the information she provided really helped me to know what to do and how consistently I have to do it. It also gives me peace of mind knowing if I have further questions, she is there to help me out! I highly recommend using Beth to help train your furry friends.

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Chelse M.
Verified review

I have an English mastiff whom I was reading wrong. So I ran into a girl who knew Paula and swore that she is the best with dogs and she also said Paula brought down the euthanize rate at the local shelters. I was skeptical because I have never had a dog trainer come to work with my dogs. My mastiff was a little different from my other dogs so I was in need of someone who knew what they were doing. When Paula came to meet djanga, the dog was doing her normal barking and showed some of her nervousness. Paula just came to just be around her pursay, and it was just so djanga could see that she's not a threat or anyone to be worried about. Paula has the most open personality and it's like these dogs just feel that vibe and soak it up. Djanga doesn't feel comfortable around most adults but she loved Paula from day two haha. I know that Paula can solve all dogs issues if not strive to give her all trying to. She would come in and we would take djanga out come back in let her chew on an antler to release her tension then go back out. It worked, I thought my dog was a goner. Djanga was getting so much better and Paula would bring different things to introduce her too, ( including her daughter). I bought a super nice leash off of her that djanga worked really well with and a few antlers. Djanga got to where she was looking for her weekly tennis ball in Paula's bag and was super happy to see her. That's not the only good thing though she is very adamant about working the dog and getting them to where they need to be to feel comfortable in their environments and just calm no stress. She did that for djanga and I'm so thankful for that. Djanga today is a better dog then she's ever been I still use her tools to this day and it has made the world so much easier to handle for her. Paula is a great person and the dogs love her but she is very patient and calm with them. Her rates are super affordable, and she will come to you where ever you are. If anyone has the chance to work with her or her work with their dog, it'll be the most wonderful experience you will ever have with a dog trainer. The only thing I would change is I would live to see Paula travel and help dogs around the world I know she could make a difference in our shelters today.

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Denise B.
Verified review

Working with Mel has been fantastic. She is a terrific trainer. She's patient and teaches training techniques in an accessible way that's easy for an inexperienced dog owner to understand and implement. Working with her has given me a lot of confidence with my dog. I would recommend her to anyone who's looking for one on one positive dog training.

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Jessica V.
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I bought a dog (german shepherd puppy) from Kris a couple years ago for sport work. He set me up with training and my dog is THE best trained dog I have ever owned. She has a balanced and stable temperament on top of fantastic obedience and protection. I am so incredibly happy with her and Kris is extremely knowledgeable in dog behavior and dog training of all aspects. I recommend Taylor made Working Dogs for any source of dog training or buying.

San Diego Dog Training
4.3
from 15 reviews
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey P.
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I’m still in the process of training my dog

K9 Positive Training
4.9
from 9 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn F.
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Mike worked with dog, Rocco, and I to prepare for the CGC test. He is not only an excellent trainer, who has perfected his skill set and demonstrates passion combined with eternal patience, he is very personable and caring. He was just as invested in Rocco's success as I was. I could not recommend him more highly. We hope to continue training with Mike and go on to take therapy dog and maybe service dog tests in the future.

Everyday Canine
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Christina G.
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My dog Polly is really smart and sweet but she was really struggling with fear and anxiety which made it impossible to leave her alone for any amount of time without her freaking out. I booked some dog training sessions with Nick and with even one session I noticed a positive difference in her stress. His method is kind, logical and most of all I found it easy to translate the techniques he taught me into action. I plan to recommend him to all of my dog-owning friends.

Tricks for Treats
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah J.
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I've been working with Heidi for awhile now. When I first started, my dog had a lot of issues with other dogs. He was very reactive and afraid of them and we couldn't even go for a walk outside the house without it being a nightmare. It's been about a month, and my dog walks like a gentleman now, right next to me. Heidi has been working with me on desensitization. We do lots of treats every time we see another dog, from a far distance, and my dog no longer fears them. The distance is slowly decreasing. I like that Heidi is affordable. Her rate is much lower than other trainers I have worked with, and the results are better. I had almost given up on training my dog, Brutus, when a friend referred me to Heidi. I like that she doesn't use choke chains or pinch collars. I've had trainers tell me these were the only options for my dog and she has proven to me that they aren't. She explained to me right away why these methods don't work, the psychology behind it, and that they are better options that may take longer but won't make my dog go back to old habits because this way we are treating the emotions behind the behavior, and the cause, not just the symptoms (the barking and reactivity). I will be continuing to work with her and referring her to friends for years to come. Thank you! Also, I'm not sure why the bad review but that doesn't sound like Heidi at all. I have friends who are working with her as well, and her fees are explained very clearly on her website, in her contract, and in person. She charges $80 per session when they are paid for individually, and $65 per session when they are paid for in groups of 3. I buy in groups of 3 so training is costing me about $200 a month! And that rate is about half of what most of the local trainers in San Diego charge. Of the previous trainers I worked with, one charged me $125 per session to stick a prong collar on my dog and gave no actual training. And it made my dog worse. The other charge me $100 per session and told me that my dog would need a behaviorist and referred me to someone who was charging $3000 for boarding camp. So at $65 a session I couldn't ask for a better deal compared to what is out there.

Inception K9 Academy
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
June B.
Verified review

Just finishing my puppy training and couldn’t be happier with the results. My pup responded well to the positive training techniques. Highly recommend.

Crazydogs
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Pat R.
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I'm working with Nicole Hartmann a wonderful trainer she's doing wonders with my dog boomer. Looking forward to working with her in the weeks ahead..m

The Cognitive Dogs
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Patty G.
Verified review

Kim is an OUTSTANDING trainer....extremely patient and helpful. Don't hesitate to engage her to help with whatever dog-related training issue you might have. She has been our Agility trainer for months, and our dog has progressed well beyond my expectations.

Bark Avenue Promenade
5.0
from 1 review
  • 4 years in business
Margaret O.
Verified review

Libby was so great with our high maintenance dogs. She took extra time getting to know their quirks and provided personalized care -- always keeping in touch with pictures and texts. We hope to work with her again in the future!

Paradise Pet Care
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
Marcy P.
Verified review

Our pups love Paradise Pet Care. The pet sitters are friendly and trustworthy, and take such good care of our two dogs. We never have to worry about them when we travel. They get lots of walks and TLC - and we get lots of updates (love the photos!). I highly recommend the Paradise Pet Care team if you need pet sitters or dog walkers.

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I am a college student. I have lots of experience with dogs such as raising, feeding and obedience training.

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We can provide some horse care, training, and riding lessons, as well as some trail rides. We are in the Tecate, BC area.

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I have a soft spot for four-legged fur babies. I have more than 10 years of experience working with dogs. I have a dog of my own. I know how to successfully walk dogs while providing a service with professionalism.

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I am a 19-year-old student at Palomar College. I am accustomed to animals, and I would love to entertain your pets when you don't have the opportunity to spend time with them. I will clean up after them, make sure they are fed as well as get them all the exercise they need.

  • 4 years in business
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Tails of Adventure is a dog walking and hiking service company located in Oceanside, CA. I provide service in the North County cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, San Marcos and Encinitas. I am insured and willing to work with all breeds, ages and sizes of dogs. I also offer in-house pet sitting services, and I have tons of hands-on experience with all sorts of animals. The following are offered: * Dog walks: 30 or 60 minutes * Dog hikes: 60 minutes * Pet sitting: in-house or overnight See website for prices.

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The Dandy Dog Walker is a full-service dog walking and pet sitting company. We offer expert care to you and your pets, giving you peace of mind and the care that your pet deserves.

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I am a certified dog trainer using only positive methods for positive results. I can offer private training or class environment. I also offer specific training for owners looking to have their dog certified to perform therapy work.

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I love walking and meeting new dogs! It's a great way exercise. I can come to you either mornings or afternoons, any day of the week. I have a French bulldog who is very active, he loves going on walks, runs, swims, road trips, eating out, and loves hanging with a pack.

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Dog Trainer

Murrieta, CA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 0-6 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Small (1-15 lbs)
  • Details
    He gets in these moods were he won't stop biting and we were told to bring a female dog into the equation but its only making it worse. He still is attacking us? What should I do?
  • $248.33
    Average price

Need Dog Assistance Training

Corona, CA

  • Dog training type
    Assistance / Disabilities
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy - 6-12 months
  • Dog size(s)
    Large (46-70 lbs)
  • Details
    I would like to get my dog on the right track to becoming a therapy dog to be in my classroom with me. I teach a high school autism class.
  • $250
    Average price
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