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Riverside Dog Trainers

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 70 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pax P.
Verified review

John was awesome with training me and my dog. John took the time to get to know our needs and current situation and also helped us with dog socialization. John is very knowledgable and offered great expert advice. He also helped us with introduction to a dog park and helped me to understand the things to look for when introducting my dog into a new environment such as a dog park. I would highly recommend John to all my friends family and anyone else. He definitely helped with positive reinforcement.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 146 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Cheryl P.
Verified review

Info on dog training and also becoming a trainer. I'm happy with the trainer I hired.

Top Pro
  • 3 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Onagh H.
Verified review

As a Disabled Veteran with the need of a PTSD Service Dog, Denise has provided the only consistent progress in my treatment with her focus on Training both me and my dog. She is exceptionally suited for training Beterans and keeping us “In the Moment” with exercises in Mindfulness. Denise empowers her clients not just with confidence training but with the Armor of Knowledge. She educated clients on all aspects of ADA Laws giving us confidence in our rights and confidence in our Dog Handling and Training. The value is exceptional and long lasting!

Cassidy's Pet Assistance
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
Tina S.
Verified review

I would highly recommend Cassidy's services. She truly understands dogs and their behavior but more importantly understands human behavior. She helped me to see how my actions were affecting how my dog reacted. Since making the changes she recommended training my dog has become much easier and enjoyable for both of us.

Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Pax P.
Verified review

Great working with Melissa. She is professional, kind and really helped me with training my dog. Thanks, Melissa.

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
Phyllis G.
Verified review

Steve Welch of K9 Dog Training came to visit us and spent a great deal of time detailing his program and how it works. Steve and his associate, Wendy, were friendly, kind and considerate. As a result we let Babe, are Boston Terrier, and deeply loved little girl go with them to Training. We know she is happy and safe and in caring hands. I feel certain she'll return with some good lessons learned.

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Angellily Pet Care
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Michael A.
Verified review

Angela came to the house to help us with our new puppy training! From the minute she came in, we knew she was the perfect trainer! Our dog responded so well to her. Every single time she comes to the house, she is punctual, professional, super friendly, and great at what she does! You will not be disappointed. She is a dog whisperer!

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Megan W.
Verified review

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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Epic Dog Pros
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Alan C.
Verified review

So I live in Alabama and have a friend in Tn. that had bought a dog from Vince. The dog was one of the best working dogs I have seen. The dog was the perfect balance of work and home. I reached out to Vince with some questions about a dog I had just bought. Being that I don't have the time to take off of work and fly out to California with my dog and train with him, Vince never once hesitated to answer my questions. I kept him up to date on my training and I hit a wall, I had a few problems I couldn't seem to work out. Vince offered very precise training advise and even went so far as to ask me for a few videos and then sent me some videos of the training I could use to show me exactly what I could do to accomplish my goals. Nobody else would have done that, nobody else would have cared. Vince truly cares about dogs and wants to make sure that you and your dog have the best relationship and quality of life possible. I am actively trying to find a way to get me and my dog to him so I can train with him and thank him in person for all that he has done for me. It's never hard to discern when someone is doing it because they love what they do or if they are doing it because they love them money it brings. I can assure you Vince is in it because he loves dogs and he loves what he does. Truly one of the best people I have met in the dog training industry. Thanks again Vince for everything you have done for a know nothing beginner like me.

  • 19 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Sa C.
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Ron is the best dog trainer ever! His love for dogs shows in his gentle, calm, and effective training techniques. He trains dog owners just as much as their dogs, and he has successful results. Under Ron's tutelage, my shelter pit bull blossomed from a fearful, anxiety-filled dog into a dog with confidence and self-esteem. She has really come a long way, in large part thanks to Ron and his teachings. Ron is also the least expensive dog trainer I have encountered. His rates are reasonable, for such high-quality training.

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sally B.
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We are very excited to get going on training our dog with Dave. He came to our house on Saturday, and spent over an hour discussing our dogs needs, and Dave's philosophy on training. (Free consultation) We were very impressed, and feel that he will be a great fit for our family.

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro 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
Kristina M.
Verified review

I highly recommend Wendy's pet services!! My dog and I took an dog training course from Wendy and she is a very effective dog trainer. All her methods were easy to learn and made sense! We also board our dog with Wendy when we go on vacation. Our dog gets the same love, attention and exercise that we give her at home when she stays with Wendy!

Leashless.Dog
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Bryan P.
Verified review

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.

Mac's Canine Consultant's
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Paul S.
Verified review

Cynthia has worked wonders with our German Shepherd puppy. We started working with her when our puppy was about 4 months old and it’s been a great success. I would definitely recommend her to anyone that is serious about training their dog.

Better K9
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 26 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!

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Phil S.
Verified review

The crew at Off Leash k9 Training Palm Springs surpasses my expectations. I really didn’t know if there was any hope for me or my puppy, but the training my dog received, and the education I was given was second to none. I can literally take my dog anywhere now and she doesn’t even need a leash. It’s literally a different dog experience when you can let them roam off Leash with the confidence that they’ll come when called, and Off Leash of Palm Springs can deliver that life changing experience in just 14 days! Thank you so much to Morgan and her staff.

K9 City Play & Stay inc.
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Bo P.
Verified review

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!

Janet
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 19 years in business
Janet D.
Verified review

I am happy my dog is very obidient now. Thank you.

A.C Dog Training
5.0
from 1 review
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Amber F.
Verified review

I love how much April loves dogs and cares about dogs. She does positive training which is what we want. Very excited

Dogs, Etc.
5.0
from 1 review
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Angela M.
Verified review

We hired Janice to pet sit our dog and cat while staying in our home for a period of three weeks while we were on vacation. We had never hired a pet/house sitter before, so I was very nervous about finding the right person. Janice was completely understanding and patiently answered questions and provided requested documents to address any concerns. During our initial meeting, Janice asked excellent questions regarding our pets' routines, meals, personalities and health which demonstrated care and experience related towards the care of pets. She also asked very good questions pertaining to staying in our house as part of her house sitting responsibilities. I felt very at ease meeting Janice and hired her without reservation. While we were away, Janice regularly texted us with updates and photos of our "furry family" which was very comforting to us. When she was faced with a couple of minor, unexpected home repair issues, Janice handled the problems very well and responsibly. With Janice's excellent, regular communication, we were never in doubt about our pet's well being and the care of our home. Janice was an excellent pet care provider and took very good care of our home. It is very evident that Janice loves animals and they absolutely trust her and love her! My dog and cat were immediately comfortable with Janice and so were we! She is very kind, caring and wants nothing more than to connect with your pet and take outstanding care of them! Janice exceeded our expectations and we wouldn't hesitate to hire her again! Her rate was excellent and very competitive! You can trust Janice!

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.

Actual Requests

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Need a Dog Trainer

Fullerton, CA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Large
  • Details
    our family pet is 7 mos old. Extremely agressive with other dogs. Jumps up on people and charges out of the house when door is opened. already potty trained and sits on command.
  • $217.86
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer

Rialto, CA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience
  • Dog age(s)
    1-2 years
  • Dog size
    Large
  • Details
    My dog is a Doberman. He has been nurtured and all shots. He loved people when puppy, and got along with his sister until three months. Playing always turns I to fights. And he is actually hurting her now. Pins her down, and she pees from fear. Taken him to pet smart training, he still has a major problem with jumping. And his aggression towards other animals is severe. Now he is aggressive towards people. Tried to bite three people at pet smart. Last night my son walked in living room and he growled raised up. Thank god on leash. So the jumping, chewing and mostly agreesion. We need help!
  • $140
    Average price

Need a Dog Trainer

Culver City, CA

  • Dog training type
    Obedience, Assistance / disabilities
  • Dog age(s)
    Puppy
  • Dog size
    Large
  • $240
    Average price
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