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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 253 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 722 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Meryl V.
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Raquel is absolutely amazing! I have two 1-year old female pitbull/labrador mixes that desperately needed training. They knew basic commands such as sit, lie down and shake. However, they never had proper training before. There was constant unruly behavior - jumping on guests and leash pulling among others. Less than an hour into our session, my dogs were listening and staying put - something I could never get them to do. I've had other trainers come by who would sit and go through the animal behavior stuff and as soon as their time was up, they were gone without going through any exercise training. Raquel put in the time and was willing to stay until they got through exercises. I can't thank her enough. My dogs are much more calm now and I was able to bring them to a friend's house without worrying if they'd get into it with the other dogs or people. She's well worth the money!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 202 hires on Thumbtack
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Derek O.
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Karen really understands the mindset and psychology of dogs, which was so helpful for us to understand why our dog was acting the way he was. We really appreciated her explanations of our dog's behavior, like biting, barking and pulling on the leash, so that we could start learning how to better communicate with our dog. We definitely gained insight and tips on how to train our dog from Karen and would recommend her for anyone who needs help understanding their dog's actions. In addition, Karen is extremely dedicated to her work. You can tell through her engaging stories, but also by the fact that she is willing to go above and beyond to help your family.

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 74 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 206 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer T.
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I had a private training session with Dee Cee, and it was worth every penny! She has a real passion for training dogs and she is very respectful, clear, thorough and effective. My dog Gubi has behavior problems and Dee Cee came up with methods that immediately worked! She also gave me great tools and tips to use in the future. I was so impressed with Gubi's progress in just a day and I feel like I know my dog much better now. Thank you Dee Cee!!

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
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Hakob H.
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Very knowledgeable on pet behavior. My dog can finally go to dog parks and everywhere else with me. Thank you. I also recommend my cousin to him. His dog was one of the worst behaved dogs that I've seen (80 pound American Pit bull). This dog is like a brand new dog now. Thank you again.

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Weatherwax Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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John L.
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Robbie Weatherwax is a caring and skillful dog trainer and animal behavioralist. He is kind to his customers and gives excellent instruction to their dogs. John Lovins

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Stefanie Pelka Dog Training
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Youna K.
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Stefanie is always on time! We have a small dogs that was spoiled like crazy. We've been working with Stefanie for only 2 times so far and we see a change in the behavior of our dog! Our dog Kona is following instructions and commands very well after just a couple of training's! Kona seems to be more relaxed and getting used to house rules.....! Stefanie is always on time, explains everything and give you simple and easy to follow trick to get rid of bad habits with your dog!

Santa Monica Paws
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
Sophia K.
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Theresa and Brad have been wonderful with our dog. They are knowledgable, responsive and love animals. Highly recommend!

The Trained Canine
4.5
from 27 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Doris J.
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Forever Friends Golden Retriever Rescue has been privileged to have Kim (The Trained Canine) as our Behavior Specialist and Trainer for the past 7 years. She not only trains our dogs but works with the foster parents and new owners. Kim has worked with dogs with simple issues that only need general obedience training and she has worked with dogs with extremely serious problems such as aggression. Our volunteers and adopters call Kim, "The Miracle Worker". Dog after dog that would have been considered "unadoptable" have been able to find their forever homes thanks to Kim's training. As President of the rescue, I sincerely thank Kim and highly recommend her services to anyone that needs a dog trainer.

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PENNY's POOCHES
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Natascha S.
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We’re half way through and have noticed a huge shift in our dogs behavior. We love Petra, she’s great!

Pupparazzi Petcare
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Tobey C.
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Miki Watters walks our Golden Retriever every weekday. She is prompt, courteous, professional AND reliable!!! Our dog loves her and Miki gives him a great daily workout! I would definitely recommend Miki to anyone looking for a fellow animal lover to take care of their furry friend's fitness needs. I've have dealt with NUMEROUS dog walkers over the years and can tell you, Miki's one of THE best!!!

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EveryDog
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Maria P.
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Dave was great helping us train our boxer puppy. He is now 6 months and still is a work in progress but thanks to Dave we have the tools to raise him as a well behave dog. Dave is very responsible and really cares about the dogs he trains. I really recommend everydog for anybody that is looking for a good trainer.

America's Best Dog Trainers
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Amy H.
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We are so grateful for Daryl! His team transformed our dogs' behaviors and our household!

Feet & Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Mel R.
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Feet & Paws with Tracy James is super fun and the work has advanced my fitness, my pup's behavior and fitness, and cemented our dog/person relationship. Tracy knows what she's doing dog-wise and people-fitness-wise. If you buy the group classes it's a fair and reasonable price. Linus, our dog, has an amazing array of tricks; I have an amazing new understanding of my pup. I ask if he wants to "see Tracy?" and he jumps up and down.

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Nuj S.
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If you are looking for a reliable, professional dog trainer that gets you results, Ayumi is hands down the best in the business. Our little fur monster, Rollie, had social behavior issues when we first adopted him. After being recommended by a friend, we decided to put Rollie through Ayumi's program. I really wished I would've found Ayumi earlier. We discovered a whole new side of Rollie we had never seen before. The transformation is truly incredible. Thank you, Ayumi!

Sit Means Sit Los Angeles
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business
Tim V.
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We brought our 2 year old Chiweenie rescue, Louie, to Allen because he was exhibiting aggressive behavior to me (Tom) and refusing to go outside with me or into his kennel. Allen patiently trained Louie to teach him the principles of Sit Means Sit and spent extra time working with Louie until he was ready to return to our house. Allen also spent a lot of time explaining Sit Means Sit to us and demonstrating it with his dogs to make us comfortable with the system. He then provided us with a detailed training program and showed us how to implement the training program with Louie. It's only been a few days since Louie has been back, but he is responding to us correctly, going outside and into his kennel for me on command and has not shown any aggressive behavior. We're very happy with the service Allen provided. Tom and Michele Visosky

At Home Mobile Grooming
4.7
from 3 reviews
  • 36 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Ida G.
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We are extremely pleased with Mary Crowley's grooming skills and interaction with our animals. Our dogs like her and they look beautiful! Also it is so nice for them that she comes to the house so no trauma having to go in the car and be "left" to be groomed in an unfamiliar place.

  • 5 years in business
Ellen R.
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Kat is a true animal lover which makes her truly qualified to care for your pets. She is quite knowledgeable about common disorders too, not that she claims to be a vet, but its good to have an expert lead you to the right vet or treatment. I would always trust my dogs to her loving care.

  • 16 years in business
LJ L.
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Face it, your pet is your child. And, knowing that your baby is being taken care of and cherished is peace of mind. Pam has been a part of my dogs life just short of 10 years. Your baby is her baby when you're at work or on holiday. You'll see your baby run into Pam's embrace. And, you'll return home to a happy, content, nourished (nutritionally and spiritually) and exercised pet. Pam's knowledge of animal care is Veterinarian Degree worthy. Yes, you can stop researching now. Call Pam.

Animal Walkers

New To Thumbtack

    About

    We are flexible with time depending on our employers. We are all animal lovers, and yes, we do walk cats as well. We have been doing this for a month, and it has just been a lovely experience.

    House of Animals

    New To Thumbtack

    • 4 years in business
    About

    My service is taking care of any-size animals; walking them and showing them love is the best I do. They can stay at my house if you will like for 2-day minimum.

    Dhall

    New To Thumbtack

      About

      I love animals. I take pride in my work. I need to have fun on the job, but I take my work very seriously.

      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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