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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 245 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 707 hires on Thumbtack
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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
  • 194 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeremie B.
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Karen is a great dog trainer, she knows how to communicate with dogs and their owners. She explained a lot of our dog's behavior issues, answered all our questions, and walked us through real-life situation action items that we started applying. Results were immediate.

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
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Terry S.
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Our experience with Dog-Skool was outstanding. John really helped us to understand our dog's behavior. His positive reinforcement methods have been very helpful. We felt like he really cared about our dog and our relationship with him. He clearly loves dogs and teaches a positive and respectful relationship between dog and owner. He was very patient and thorough in his teaching. We are super grateful and highly recommend John.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
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Paula A.
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KYM IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MY DOG AND I BOTH;SHE IS AWESOME! SHE KNOWS HER STUFF AND IS VERY KIND!Frida is my first dog & considered by some a "problem breed".I rescued her mother & siblings & found then all homes...except Frida, I chose her from the litter.Years before meeting Kym, I read up a bit. I did some things right for my puppy! Icrate trained her, and took her to puppy classes. She was easily potty trained, and trained not to bark, chew or nibble on fingers. She learned to sit, stay, fetch, and high five. She is very loyal& sweet and once scared off an intruder who came in through my kitchen window at night!!!! I thought everything was great. Frida always had a big yard, a bed inside, and always seemed happy. At about 6 years old, we moved to a smaller place. Frida had a dog run &we played often but @ 65 lbs, she needed to go on walks. I then realized what a naughty human I had been. Frida was totally unsocialized, she tugged on her leash, would nip if strangers tried to pet her, disliked children, and refused to come when I called her. She liked to chase motorcycles..skate boards, trucks, & cats.....oh my!I had inadvertently conditioned her to be a yard guard dog. ...with very poor social skills and bad manners. Total nightmare @ the park!I became so worried about her running off and her seemingly aggressive behavior, our walks became very stressful. I felt guilty and stressed!I tried a few trainers who suggested choke chains and various techniques until KYM RESCUED US!!!!! She convinced me to bring my 6 year old dog to puppy classes. I always say Kym trained me and my dog responded quickly. She didn't let me waste anymore time feeling worried our stressed. She was kind, patient, and well informed. It became a simple matter of me learning to understand my dogs needs and behavior. Frida comes when called, doesn't chase cars, and has even spent time at doggy day care with other dogs!!!!! She's even nice to the cable guy! Yet, I'm still confident Frida would stave off any intruders!Kym trained us both well!! I have my sweet best buddy back with more play options than ever! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND KYM FOR ANY DOGGY NEEDS YOU MAY HAVE!!!!

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  • 3 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
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Mike T.
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Denise was wonderful. She is a very caring animal lover. Even sent me pics of my pets while I was on vacation. Definitely would recommend and use again

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Happy Dog Training, LLC
5.0
from 45 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 115 hires on Thumbtack
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Judy L.
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Ralf is a great trainer. Prior to his services, we tried a few dog trainers and we were not successful in modifying our dog's behavior in terms of potty training and walking on a leash. When we had our first visit, it was just an hour long and he went over the basics of crate training and how to change a dog's behavior. Initially, I iust wanted a few sessions however after meeting him and how he was towards our dog, I signed up for the whole training package. What's great about the package is he has a check off list (sit, come, stay, go to your place, etc) and he goes at your dog's learning pace; if it takes 2 weeks for your dog to learn come, then so be it. Also throughout (and even after) the training sessions, I would have lots of questions being a new dog owner. He would text or schedule a time for us to discuss the questions I had. The package also includes sessions about holistic approaches to dog health; very informative. Highly recommended.

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Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 32 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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Louise J.
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After one session, we saw noticeable improvements in our dog's behavior. Melissa is very responsive and helped us with some bad behavior we were seeing. She showed real concern. She's also great with my daughter who wants to ge involved in the process.

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Stefanie Pelka Dog Training
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 31 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!

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
Annika B.
Verified review

We took our two bully puppies to Steve welch and his partner Wendy for in kennel training. We returned two weeks later to pick up the dogs. They both knew how to sit, stay and heel after only two weeks! We are now continuing the training at our home and we see excellent results everyday. Steve and Wendy have so much knowledge of canine behavior and they know how to use that knowledge to bring out the best behavior in dogs. I was really blown away by the whole experience. Training ones dogs takes lots of effort and repetition. It is not for the faint of heart. I can see why some May view their techniques as harsh but that is not the case. Dogs are not people and they need the structure and training that Steve offers. We intend on going back for more lessons and we are very grateful to them. We now have manageable well behaved dogs. Thanks Steve and Wendy!!

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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelly N.
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We had a great session w Phillip and Michelle. They worked out w my busy schedule and make sure that my dog's behavior was fixed at the end of the session. They are very passionate about their job, and they will not hesitate to answer all of your questions and concern. I have learned alot from this training session. Thank you ;)

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Angellily Pet Care
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Nick S.
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Angela was amazing with helping us train our puppy! She's very knowledgeable and understands dog behavior very well. She's great assessing the dogs needs and correcting any negative behaviors. As a new puppy owner she helped put a lot of our concerns to rest. Great trainer, 10/10, would recommend to any dog owner.

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Santa Monica Paws
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Sophia K.
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Theresa and Brad have been wonderful with our dog. They are knowledgable, responsive and love animals. Highly recommend!

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Love Ur K9
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Theresa D.
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The Dawson Family loves Love Ur K9! Kevin and his team have done wonders with our dog. Since we've had Love Ur K9 help us train our beagle, our beagle can stay in down position for an hour, walk by our side with her head up on leash, and can control her howling. The best part about Love Ur K9 is that this team heavily involves the owners; they'll teach you about the training they are doing with your dog, so that when your dog comes home, you can continue to improve upon your dog's behavior!

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie C.
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My daughter rescued a frenchie and we didn’t know what she had been through. We knew she was super sweet and very loving and smart but she had some really bad issues....... wanting to “kill” the TV when and animal was on and also she had leash aggression. So today Tommy came to the rescue. First of all he is incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of dogs and second Stella was so comfortable around him. Within 10 minutes we had her TV behavior under control, I was shocked and we did work on walking on a leash...... I learned I needed to be in control and by Tommy teaching me what to do made it so easy for Stella..... I can’t wait for our second lesson, what a pleasure it will be to have a well trained rescued dog!

  • 19 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie R.
Verified review

We are so grateful for finding Dogwood K9 Training Experience and working with Ron. Our rescue dog, Jackson, was a stray with no prior training and some behavioral issues that we couldn’t address on our own. Jackson had human aggression towards males, did not listen to commands, jumped on furniture, nipping, chasing our cats, incessant barking, anxiety, the list goes on. By working with Ron we have learned how to address all of these issues through behavior modification training. The best part of working with Ron is that he makes it fun for the dog by using games as a primary means of training. Jackson loves going to Ron’s classes and surprisingly isn’t aggressive towards him in any way, probably due to Ron’s sweet and caring nature towards dogs that Jackson can sense. Ron’s training method starts with the basics and then we build upon the foundation using baby steps so that the dog progressively works up the full commands, while truly understanding them. Our dog’s behavior has done a 180 since we started training and he shows respect for us now. This is after a different trainer told us we should probably take our dog to the shelter because he is going to be too hard train (a lost cause, as they say). Ron’s ultra-positive attitude towards Jackson helped us see that although he is not a perfect dog, he is the perfect dog for us. Ron is a truly exceptional dog trainer. Don’t expect magic; it takes hard work to counter-condition a dog with bad habits like Jackson, but Ron’s expertise will equip you with all of the tools that you need to work with your dog. What I like about the classes is that Ron is training ME to work with my dog so that I can continue to use his tactics long after our classes end. Through his guidance I am creating a long-lasting bond with my dog based on respect, but mostly based on FUN! We love Dogwood!

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
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Terri B.
Verified review

Had a session with Dave earlier today. Already see changes in my dog and how chaotic my home has been. He talked to me a lot about dog behavior which was valuable to me. He was very professional and knew exactly what needed to be done. I highly recommend him.

EveryDog
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
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.

Canines4Life
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Erin E.
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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
Micheal B.
Verified review

Our dog, Coconut, received puppy training through Laguna Niguel City classes taught by Wendy, about two years ago. Ever since then, we have used Wendy's help for training, dog walking, as well as pet boarding services. There are a few major points to mention about Doggie Do Pet Services / Wendy Brookhyser: 1. She is very reliable, responsible, and caring. 2. Our dog, Coconut, absolutely loves and adores her. 3. Wendy is one of the best trainers we have seen. To our eyes, she is an expert in dog training and dog behavior. In addition to puppy training, Wendy helped us with Canine Good Citizen training, and Coconut passed the test with flying colors one year ago. 4. Last, but not least, when Coconut returns from pet boarding with Wendy, he has played so much that he sleeps for a day or two!!!

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  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Stephanie L.
Verified review

David is a great trainer. He has helped us tremendously with our Pitbull Shiloh. He was reactive towards other dogs and we just couldn't take him anywhere. We were looking for a long term trainer we can rely on and David has definitely been reliable. We did his behavior modification then his basic obedience and his advanced obedience. Shiloh can now walk nicely on his leash around other dogs even in stores!

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Better K9
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
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Pat D.
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Audrey was great to work with. She is very patient and took her time working with me as well as Max. I am pleased with Max's much improved behavior and new skills.

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