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Oceanside Service Dog Training Programs

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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 114 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 231 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Toni M.
Verified review

I received excellent advice on how to work with my dog and the training and advice actually WORKED!

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 69 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 147 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sally K.
Verified review

John is calm, confident and professional. He is amazing! Dog training is as much about training the owners as it is training the dog. He explains how dogs think and how we communicate with them. Best money I've spent in a while. I'd highly recommend this trainer!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Nova A.
Verified review

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.

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.

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn C.
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I met Mel when I enrolled my 7-month old labradoodle, Daisy, in her puppy training class. I hadn't had a dog in over 10 years and wanted a well-behaved dog as a companion if I am going to keep her for her lifetime. Mel's method is positive training with treats and repetition. Daisy thrived in the 6-week course and did outstanding during her puppy graduation. I then decided to enroll her into Mel's intermediate dog training class because I still had issues with how Daisy acted in public. It's been 3 weeks into the dog training and I can really see Daisy changing into a better behaved dog. She now knows how to heel when walking, stay for long periods, sit at a corner during her walks, stay until I release her to come to continue with our walk, doesn't go ballistic when she sees another dog & owner walking on the other side of the street and lets go of things she picks up during our walks (like rocks, paper, sticks etc) with the "Leave it" command. Mel really takes the time to explain each new step/lesson during each class. And there are no "Bad Dogs" in training, Always Positive. If I have questions between classes, I just email Mel and she always gets back to me to put me back on track. I definitely will be recommending Mel and her dogpanion dog training to my friends. Thanks, Carolyn & Daisy

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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 16 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey P.
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I’m still in the process of training my dog

Leashless.Dog
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Bryan P.
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Ted Bellmyer / 5ok9 is my first choice for boarding school / training for dogs. It's obvious that Ted really understands and loves dogs. I have seen him resolve issues with mine, and several other people's dogs through his training / boarding process. Even when training is not required, and I have to travel, Ted is my first choice for dog boarding, because I know he will take great care of my dogs. I have recommended his boarding to coworkers and friends, and will continue to recommend him to everyone who might need dog boarding or training.

Bark to Basics
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Raymond T.
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I had used a trainer with limited success and was frustrated by the experience. I was referred to Bark to Basics by a colleague who experienced great results by working with Melissa at Bark to Basics. We had the same great outcome. She worked with us to help us better understand our dogs responses to us. We tried Bark to Basics rewards based approach and it worked. We learned so much about dog behavior and responses from Melissa. We as pet parents, required more training than our dog! Melissa also is a pet sitter which helped reinforce our training while we were away.

K9 Positive Training
4.9
from 10 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn F.
Verified review

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.

Mac's Canine Consultant's
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 3 years in business
Rebecca T.
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Cynthia has done a fantastic job training my dogs. Between frequent training sessions and nothing but love, attention and play when they stay with her, I would absolutely recommend her to anyone who needs help with their fur kid

Calmer Canines
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine F.
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My dogs started training with Kate about a year ago when bf and I enrolled our newly adopted pup in a Petsmart training class. Kate is always upbeat, knowledgeable, and passionate about dog behavior. She's adept at training dogs and owners, as well as newer Petsmart trainers. When she started her own business we decided to continue with private lessons, Country Club, and Reactives Anonymous for both dogs. From underlying behavior issues to nutrition she connects the dots to form a holistic view of dog behavior. I like that she does not follow only one school of dog behavior training. She constantly learns and applies techniques that work well for you and your dog. Without getting too off track from this review, I will say she has changed the way I think about my dogs, even as someone who has raised and worked with animals for much of my life. She is so so insightful, always learning and excited to share her knowledge. Just follow her on Facebook and you'll learn something new!

Inception K9 Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa R.
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I was very pleased with Brandon's service. My 14 year-old dog has had issues with being aggressive toward other dogs her whole life (since I rescued her at a year old). After a few sessions at my local dog park and at my condo complex, she has made a complete turnaround! Brandon showed me it's ever too late to correct a negative behavior. I wish I had known about him sooner! Now he is helping me with basic obedience for my 6 month- old puppy, and I couldn't be happier.

Kyla Weller
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
April U.
Verified review

Klya came to us at a crucial time in our lives. Our 2 older dogs had passed away and we had a younger dog that we hadn't put the time and training into while we were still grieving. Kyla is "service with a smile" and her knowledge never ceases to amaze me. She took the time to show and explain to us that is just as much retraining us as it was working with Finn. You get so much more than a trainer with Kyla. Her love for canines abounds so your pup is in great hands when Kyla's around. We can't even to begin to thank you Kyla for your giving heart, your patience and you continued support with our beloved Finn.

Pacific Coast Pet Training
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Deanna C.
Verified review

Brad has been wonderful with all three of our 'challenging' dogs. We hired him for morning walking services during the week, and he incorporates training each day. Our dogs love and respond well to him, and my husband and I trust and feel comfortable with him. We're happy to have found him here!

Cbs Pack Leader
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Robert M.
Verified review

My Dutch Shepherd had issues with pulling on walks and unwanted jumping on people. Now walks on leash without pulling and basic obedience is sold after working with Brigitte. Overall good foundation moving forward.

OC Service Dogs Inc.
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Rodney W.
Verified review

Nikki is amazing! The dogs are drawn to her and she is able to help you understand when to praise and when to correct making your pet happy and obideant. When working with service dogs and therapy dogs you form a bond that is beyond my comprehension. In my case my service K9 companion has given me so many factors in my life back Thank you Nikki you are forever in our hearts Rodney and Recon

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We tailor our training to all of your specific needs, not cookie cutter types of training.

About

I provide services for dogs ranging from beginner/puppy's obedience training and advanced obedience training to bathing and walking. I am very personable and will help identify any issues and adjust each situation accordingly. My passion is dogs and everything that comes with owning one of these amazing companions. I am on time, organized and polite. Hire me, and you and your dog/s won't be disappointed!

About

Our mission is simple, we provide dog training programs that result in a happy, confident, and obedient dog, as well as a happy, confident, satisfied owner. We specialize in private, in home, dog training, and offer a free consultation so you can learn all about us and see exactly what we can do for your dog.

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I love reading people and dogs so that helps me see better ways to help them communicate as a Team

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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