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Poway Animal Behaviorists

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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
Beverly D.
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Beth was right on time and was very knowlegable on dog behavior. Even though there was a lot of directions given, she was so helpful with teaching tools for me. If I need any help, with anything, she is only a phone call away.

  • 8 years in business
  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
Candice L.
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We and our cats just adore Lori. She's reliable, so sweet, and really puts our animals first. I love getting her texts when we're out of town. Highly recommend!

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
Brad S.
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Look no further for a dog trainer, Mel is the best. She is passionate, patient, and excellent with animals. In the short time that we have used her we have seen results and a more disciplined dog. She cares so much about your animal that she is always available for consultation over the phone. She has boarded and trained our dog when my family went on vacation and sent follow up videos and photos of our puppy on our vacation. We look forward to a long term relationship with Mel and our adorable and well trained puppy.

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

Get Pawsitive Dog Training
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jen E.
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Sarah w Get Pawsitive is the best at what she does! She is very passionate, knowledgable and cares so much about her clients ...the furry ones and their owners. We rescued our terrier mix and were at our wits end with his barking and reactive behavior. Sarah helped us understand our dogs triggers and distractions then worked with him and the entire family and showed us how work with him. I like that she uses positive reinforcement only which was a huge factor for us. Our dog was never scared or fearful when working with her & she earned his trust right away. Also I like the fact she gave homework and a step by step on what we should do with him daily so our dog can be successful. He is doing so very well and we are now able to walk him without him going nuts. I'm truly amazed! Highly recommended Sarah!

Pet Matters San Diego
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Ann S.
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Very grateful for Lis's arranged phone call, our meeting with Cesar and Lis tomorrow, and their professionalism. Looking forward to working with them for my precious dog Quincy!

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Leashless.Dog
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle D.
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Professional and knowledgeable about dog behavior and getting results

North County Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Janell S.
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Shelley has been an amazing help in training our Golden Retriever, Wade. We started with the basic course when he was about 7 months and then moved on to more advance courses. She has been so helpful and from the very first day we could just tell she loved her work, loved animals, and really wanted us to grow and succeed. I am so excited to be working on getting our therapy dog certification. She has made my life easier with training. But more than that she has made the bond between me and my dog so much stronger. Him and I are a team and it wouldn't have been possible without her help. She not only taught Wade but taught me how to teach him so I can keep growing and we are always working on new things. I am grateful for everything she has done and would recommend her to anyone!

Mimi's Pet Services
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Erin M.
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Jennifer is great with my pups! She's reliable, trustworthy and such an animal lover! Highly recommend her!

  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Nick L.
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The dog training for when all other training fails. Long story short Ed has the experince and proper guidance to turn even the most unruly dog into a great pet and companion.

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.

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Becky B.
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I have known Bree for 9 years and have taken 4 dogs to training classes with her!! She is a very positive trainer and takes the time each animal needs to get to the next level!! Never anything negative to say and never criticizes anyone regardless of wether it's being done correctly or not!! Very patient and it's obvious her work is her passion!!! Have also attended classes at her home with essential oils. Her knowledge continues to grow and she's always answering questions to better help 2 and 4 legged alike!!!

Brian Grasberger
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie V.
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We selected Brian because he has a Bachelors degree in Canine Behaviors & we didn't want training for our dogs but behavior modification. We are so happy with Brian's knowledge and ability to work with our dogs. He leads by example and will allow us to watch him work with our dogs before he has us work with them. His reminders and training tips are valuable. After only 2 sessions, our dogs behavior has already improved tremendously.

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Natasha R.
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Melissa has been here twice already, and our Rottweiler puppy has really improved a lot. I would highly recommend her to train anyone's puppy/dog She is still working with us

Dog Training by Heather
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah M.
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Heather was very accommodating and understanding. She joined with us when expressing our frustrations with our dogs' behavior issues and was patient but firm when showing us how to correct some of the issues. Heather reassured us that progress will happen if we are consistent and provided easy to do exercises with our dogs. We look forward to working with her next weekend!

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Companion Animal Nanny is founded on the philosophy that gentle and compassionate kindness for your four-legged kids should extend beyond their day-to-day life and into the realm of professional pet care.

  • 10 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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SoCal K9 customizes each training regimen to the individual's needs and abilities.

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I walk or provide any needed care for dogs as well as cats or any small animals. I also do horse grooming or exercising. I will also house-sit.

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Dr. Patrick Melese is one of the very few veterinary specialists board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and for many years was the only one in the Southern California area. He uses state of the art, humane, proven and gentle pet-oriented methods to help pet owners solve behavior problems they are having with their pet. Unlike non-veterinary doctors and dog trainers, as a veterinary specialist Dr. Melese is held by local, state and national legal and professional standards to provide you with the best, most legitimate and cost effective methods and practice available.

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Are you looking for a safe, secure, and caring place to board your dog, cat, bird or exotic pet in San Diego? Turquoise Animal Hospital, located between the Pacific Beach and La Jolla neighborhoods, can board your pet, whether it's just for one night or for an extended stay. Pets are like our children. We feed, nurture and lavish attention on them. Our highly qualified kennel attendants do the same when you can't be there. We provide tender loving care (such as walking and cuddling) to keep them happy. If your pet has medical conditions, you will be happy to know that our doctors will be on-site during the day to make sure your pet is healthy and happy.

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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