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Riverside Dog Trainers

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 71 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 149 hires on Thumbtack
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Anna J.
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John is one of the best dog trainers that I've met. I have a three year old recently adopted American Eskimo with issues such as leash pulling, nipping people who doesn't give him attention, and general insecurity issues. I have seen other dog trainers trying to get help, but without result. John took the time to get to know my dog and evaluate him based on what he saw and previous conversations with me. He helped me understand my dog and what I need to do to help him. Apparently, I have a dog that thinks he's an alpha and he taught me how to address this. I need more classes to address my dogs leash pulling and more, and I am glad that John didn't try to address all issues in one session because I don't think that would have been very helpful in the long run. Training a dog is not done in an hour, it takes more time than that. I highly recommend John.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 147 hires on Thumbtack
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Barbara E.
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Kym is a great dog trainer

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  • 3 years in business
  • 110 hires on Thumbtack
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Marv J.
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Denise was able to show me how to get my Old English Sheepdog to respond to basic commands, walk in a calm manner, and behave while in the house. Her private training of Sally and myself led to these things being accomplished in rapid manner. Sally turned from being an excitable, out-of- control dog into a peaceful, obedient pet. I highly recommend Denise as being an expert human and dog trainer.

Cassidy's Pet Assistance
4.9
from 46 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
M.E. S.
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Cassidy was great! I hired her because she really followed up & was interested in helping me. And she did. We had session at a local dog park with my recent rescue dog that is aggressive towards other dogs. Extremely aggressive. After 1 1/2 hours, the dog was showing no signs of aggression towards a dog that it was barking/pulling/going crazy with. She videotaped the session as well. Cassidy is a tough love kind of a trainer, just what my dog needs. Thank you!

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 76 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.

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Angellily Pet Care
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
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Sherry R.
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We needed help with our 4 month old English bulldog. She came in the same day we made contact and gave us great tips and pointers from food, vets, and training. She was really patient, kind and professional. She knew what she was talking about and is perfect if you are looking for a local dog trainer. Thus far we have met just once but I highly recommend her and we plan on having her back to our home for additional training.

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Megan W.
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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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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelly S.
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great trainers for our puppy, although our dog is obviously smarter than us and Michelle and Philip seems to be training us more than our dog!

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Epic Dog Pros
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Jordan R.
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Arturo was a fantastic trainer, my dog kona responded really well with him and was/is always excited to see him. I was amazed by how obedient she became and would highly recommend him to anyone who needs training.

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathy P.
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Dave is a dedicated, caring and knowledgeable dog trainer. We will use him!

  • 19 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Sallie P.
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Dog Trainer. Ron has decades of knowledge and experience working with dogs and their people. Anyone would do well to work with him.

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Corrina W.
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We love Maureen! She is patient and answers any questions I have during the week! She makes a personalized training schedule based on your families needs. I love that she shows my kids how to work with our puppy as well! We are learning how to raise a well behaved puppy with Maureen's help! We are already getting compliments on how well our puppy listens to us! The difference between our untrained dog and our new puppy is night and day.

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  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Mariah T.
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Amazing! David was amazing with my dog. I had a dog who had several issues on top of not having any obedience. We tried other trainers before him and they couldn't help him. We finally found David and he did a wonderful job. He got our dog to stop lunging, barking, tearing up our things, helped us build a bond, and taught him obedience commands. I am very grateful for everything he's done.

Leashless.Dog
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Kristofer T.
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I've worked with Ted for four years now. He is by far the best dog trainer I'm Riverside county and my go to referral for that area. Super guy!

Better K9
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Kim B.
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Audrey scheduled us right away for a consultation to help with our food aggressive dog. Within one week using her training and tips any family member can pull our dogs food away with out getting biten or even a growl. Our German Shepard will now wait patiently in a calm "sit" position till we put his food back for him. Looking forward to more training!

  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Angelique F.
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We have a 7 mo old Bull terrier who has all the typical mischievous and mismannered habits of the breed. We have worked with one other dog trainer before and had no results. One session with Brian from Temecula Best Friend Dog training made all the difference in the world. Our puppy is all ready much more behaved, walks on a leash, and responds to all commands taught. I talk about Brian any chance I get at dog parks, pet stores etc. I would Highly recommend Brian for all your dog training needs.

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
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!

Muttineer Dog Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Rocky R.
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Joss is a trainer who's combination of knowledge, ability, and affable, common sense approach with people makes her the kind of dog trainer that every dog owner should seek out. She uses positive reinforcement to teach essential commands, provides information regarding dog learning and training, provides methods to prevent behavior problems and is able to remedy dogs with existing behavior problems.

K9 City Play & Stay inc.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Bo P.
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Bo went in pulling on the leash and crazy excited when he saw another dog. One hour later he walked out calmly and was completely unphased by other dogs he saw. I've got to keep it up, but Paul got me and Bo back on track!

Dog Gone Pet Pros
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Rita L.
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I called Trish last minute. She was so sweet! She came the very next day. She was so good to my dogs!

  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Eric M.
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Found the way has enabled my family to keep an injured rescue I found at work recently. As far as I'm concerned, they saved his life because without their expert training, I'm afraid we would have had to give him up. Our new addition is a joy to walk as he responds to all of my commands. A huge thank you to both Natalie and Morgan for transforming our nightmare into a beautiful well behaved pet. We love him so much.🤩

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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