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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 254 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 732 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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My 2 lovable but unmanageable dogs were driving me crazy. I realized that they were causing me a lot of stress. I was yelling at them all the time to stop barking and to stop jumping on people. They wouldn't come to me or listen to me. I have had dogs my whole adult life and have been able to train them with basic obedience training....but not these two! My neighbor texted me all the time about their barking. Because I had a bad fall a few years ago while walking them. On walks I have had a hard time controlling the aggression of my male dog toward other dogs, As a result, I rarely walked them. I was at the end of my rope! I started searching for dog trainers in my area and found several good choices on Thumbtack. After reading the reviews I was most impressed with with what I read about Happy Paws Dog Training. The reviews almost sounded too good to be true. Most said that their dogs were transformed in one session. After speaking with Raquel I was convinced that she was the trainer I needed. I Iiked the idea of basically one intense training session. My training session was a week and a half ago. Today, thanks to Raquel, I can walk my dogs on a leash without them pulling, I am able to stop their barking, which has become almost non-existent. They listen to me now and I have great tools and techniques to use to control a variety of their bad behaviors. Raquel teaches you about the way dogs think and to understand their body language so you can stop unwanted behavior before it starts. She also teaches you....who you have to be to command the respect from your dog. Not only have my dogs behaviors changed, but I changed as well. I leared how to interact with them and speak to them in a more powerful way. The bottom line is you have to be consistent and committed to the training. Both you and your dogs benefit. The things I learned from Raquel have made the training so much easier to mainntain. It's only a week and a half and I am amazed every day about how much my dogs have progressed. My life is much less stressful? Raquel is one of those rare indivuals who has a special gift and insight into animals. She is Magical! I would highly recommend her and have already told all my friends with dogs about how fantastic she is. The proof is in the transformation of my formerly unruly dogs! I am so grateful to Raquel for her help and guidance. She is the best!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 205 hires on Thumbtack
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Earle L.
Verified review

Karen is very knowledgeable and very passionate about what she does. I have done some research on dog training, and I very much agree with her methodology of relating to the dogs on a pack level. Karen did a fantastic job of conveying this information to us and really breaking out what key actions would show the dogs that we are the pack leader. I know that we have to right tools now to help make our puppers less stressed and lead happy and healthy lives.

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 79 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 218 hires on Thumbtack
Michael W.
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Serious about dog training, consumate professional

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 70 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
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Howard W.
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John has been doing a great job with our Puppy (Rottweiler). It's been amazing how he commands her attention and already has her performing basic tasks (sit, lay down, stay, etc.). Clearly, John loves dogs and has a talent for working with them. Our Puppy gets excited as soon as she sees him arrive - he makes learning fun!! Strongly recommend -- Dog-Skool -- for your dog's training needs.

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  • 3 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
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Nova A.
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I am currently working on service dog training with Denise. She is AMAZING!! My SD I'm training is also the first dog I've ever owned. That being said, Denise is really patient with me as I learn how to be a good dog owner as well as train my dog. She is very go with the flow with the training, as far as if I have anything come up in between classes, we address the problem and work through it right away. I'm so happy she's a part of our lives! Best most professional service I've recieved.

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
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Tara K.
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Duane helped teach us how to work with our Shepard mix. Our beautiful pet was crazy hyper and didn't want to listen. With Duane's guidance, she now listens and is the best dog. I highly recommend Duane for dog training.

Cassidy's Pet Assistance
4.9
from 39 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
Tina S.
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I would highly recommend Cassidy's services. She truly understands dogs and their behavior but more importantly understands human behavior. She helped me to see how my actions were affecting how my dog reacted. Since making the changes she recommended training my dog has become much easier and enjoyable for both of us.

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

Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer V.
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Melissa is an awesome dog training. Just from one session, we saw a difference in our dog Frankie. She also has walking services that helps our Frankie with his anxiety. And not to mention more training time on the leash when she takes him out for his midday walks. She's flexible and very accommodating. I highly recommend her! Thanks Melissa!

Santa Monica Paws
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica T.
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Theresa and Brad are absolutely the best! In just a few sessions My dog Missy (a 9 year old pit very set in her ways) was a a completely different well trained dog! Because the training went so well, I enrolled her in Santa Monica Paws Doggy Daycare and it's amazing!! Thank you Santa Monica Paws for being amazing, trustworthy and just all around THE BEST!!

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Angellily Pet Care
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael A.
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Angela came to the house to help us with our new puppy training! From the minute she came in, we knew she was the perfect trainer! Our dog responded so well to her. Every single time she comes to the house, she is punctual, professional, super friendly, and great at what she does! You will not be disappointed. She is a dog whisperer!

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Megan W.
Verified review

Tommy Stark is by far the best dog trainer I have ever known. He's extremely knowledgeable and always helpful. I have a large male Rottweiler who is an absolute joy to have in every and all situations due to Tommy's training. Anytime I've ever had a question about our dog Tommy is always there to help. I highly recommend Tommy Stark. He is the best of the best! Just ask Gronk.

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Epic Dog Pros
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Roger O.
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Vince, Matt and Olivia are absolutely the best! I've had other training, but Epic truly defines the art of proper dog training with amazing results. They have been training my German Shepard for a few weeks and the results have been unbelievable. Sasha absolutely loves Matt! Thank you! Roger, Tustin Ca

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

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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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Karen G.
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We are house sitting a dog for 6 weeks, and we needed immediate training as the dog had not been previously trained. Allison came over, helped me immensely, and we are on the road to good behavior! Allison will be available as our needs arise, but I highly recommend her for her knowledge, patience and guidance.

  • 19 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Sa C.
Verified review

Ron is the best dog trainer ever! His love for dogs shows in his gentle, calm, and effective training techniques. He trains dog owners just as much as their dogs, and he has successful results. Under Ron's tutelage, my shelter pit bull blossomed from a fearful, anxiety-filled dog into a dog with confidence and self-esteem. She has really come a long way, in large part thanks to Ron and his teachings. Ron is also the least expensive dog trainer I have encountered. His rates are reasonable, for such high-quality training.

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
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Sally B.
Verified review

We are very excited to get going on training our dog with Dave. He came to our house on Saturday, and spent over an hour discussing our dogs needs, and Dave's philosophy on training. (Free consultation) We were very impressed, and feel that he will be a great fit for our family.

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Erin E.
Verified review

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.

Doggie Do Pet Services
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Susan M.
Verified review

I first met Wendy through the City of Laguna Niguel dog training classes and she has been in our lives ever since. Her commanding personality and love for all dogs makes her the perfect dog trainer. Not to mention she picks up and delivers our dog when we need to go out of town! Penny is always excited about her time with Wendy and the other dogs and returns better behaved after a weekend with Wendy!!!

  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Carole W.
Verified review

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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Need Dog Training

San Diego, CA

  • Dog training type
    Behavioral Modification
  • Dog age(s)
    3+ years
  • Dog size(s)
    Medium (16-45 lbs)
  • Details
    My dog is very aggressive to strangers walking outside the fenced yard. We live on a busy street with lots of people walking by. He is also aggressive to little kids. Otherwise he is a good dog and knows all the basics and listens well. If he knows its not a stranger because we invite them into the house he is not aggressive
  • $191.67
    Average price
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