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San Clemente Animal Behaviorists

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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 101 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
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Sonja G.
Verified review

We hired Beth for our one year old Border Collie mix. Beth is very attentive and knowledgeable. She was able to curve our spirited dog's behavior in a a few sessions. She is very thorough and has wonderful follow up skills. She will send an email after each session outlining the key points we covered. We affectionately call her the "Dog Whisperer". She truly helped us get our dog's behaviors under control. Thank you Beth!

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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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  • 3 years in business
  • 95 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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  • 60 hires on Thumbtack
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Tracy H.
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Paula is truly an outstanding trainer. We have worked with four or five trainers over the years and she is by far the most effective and professional. Her method of addressing the root of Lucky's leash reactivity works and makes sense - she doesn't rely on treats as distractions, nor does she rely on force. Her training and background in wild animal behavior and observation shows. She is organized and easy to schedule with and work with. Paula is a wonderful person and we consider her a friend as well. We can see that she truly cares about Lucky's development and about us. She often spends far over the allotted time - while this is her business, it is clear to see that dogs are also her passion. Couldn't ask for a better trainer and we wish we had discover her sooner!

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Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 67 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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OCK-9Services
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Ben Z.
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Even after the first session, we experienced a very positive difference in our dog's behavior as well as the effectiveness of our commands as owners. Daniel Ross has done an excellent job in giving us the necessary tools and have thoroughly enjoyed the training. Thank you Daniel!

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.5
from 30 reviews
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Annika B.
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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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Angellily Pet Care
4.8
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 37 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.

Dogpanion, LLC
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 31 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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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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Terri B.
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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.

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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Cynthia S.
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Philip and Michelle were great with our dog Pip-boy. When we contacted them Pip was aggressive and nervous, with little confidence. He had attacked our smaller dog a few times and was an all around bully to her. He also had a very difficult time being left alone. Philip and Michelle helped to build up his confidence and in turn helped to lessen his aggressive and nervous behaviors. Their dog Loki also helped socialize Pip and was impressively well trained. Pip now gets along with our smaller dog, Tootsie, and is more at ease when we leave him alone. In the six weeks that we've worked with them I can see that our Pip is a different dog. He's happier, more relaxed, and more at ease. Philip and Michelle we're always accommodating and welcomed any and all questions we had through the training process. We would highly recommend K.O. Dog training!

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

Peticularly Perfect
4.8
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Jennifer S.
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They have been extremely great with our babies and our foster doggies!! Super thorough and knowedgeabke about animals, and very flexible and helpful. We work with Alexis and she is fabulous! We highly recommend them! :)

Heather's Pet Sitting & More
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Rayanne F.
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We recently moved to Valley Center and needed a dog walker - I found Heather on Thumbtack and I'm so glad I did. She is GREAT! She comes to our house daily to walk our weimaraner - she gives me daily updates (texts/pictures) which is above and beyond. She has been super reliable, trustworthy and is also very accommodating (coming over on the weekend last minute to let my dog out and walk her). I wouldn't think twice about recommending her - just be careful your animals might love her more than they love you!! Kidding - but she is really THAT good! :)

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Better K9
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 24 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.

Canines4Life
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 13 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.

Mimi's Pet Services
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 18 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!

i Speak Dog Training
4.5
from 16 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie C.
Verified review

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!

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  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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!

K9 City Play & Stay inc.
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie A.
Verified review

Paul at K9city was amazing. Very honest, professional and caring. He has helped us so much with our dogs behavior problems. Still a work in progress but Paul continues to check in with us, gives us feedback and suggestions and supports us in any way he can. Paul and K9city have been a lifesaver for our family and our dog, we can not thank him enough!!

  • 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

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