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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 107 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 219 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Carrie G.
Verified review

My dog had been acting out and I needed to find an expert on Queensland heeler behavior. Beth Jeffery of Top Dog Trainer has an outstanding knowledge of cattle dog behavior. She quickly establishes trust w/ both the owner and dog. Beth taught me in the first session approaches which were highly effective for managing my cattle dog with fear-aggression. I have had excellent experiences over the past several months w/ Beth; I highly recommend Beth for any level of dog training. I would give 10 stars were it an option.

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Chelse M.
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I have an English mastiff whom I was reading wrong. So I ran into a girl who knew Paula and swore that she is the best with dogs and she also said Paula brought down the euthanize rate at the local shelters. I was skeptical because I have never had a dog trainer come to work with my dogs. My mastiff was a little different from my other dogs so I was in need of someone who knew what they were doing. When Paula came to meet djanga, the dog was doing her normal barking and showed some of her nervousness. Paula just came to just be around her pursay, and it was just so djanga could see that she's not a threat or anyone to be worried about. Paula has the most open personality and it's like these dogs just feel that vibe and soak it up. Djanga doesn't feel comfortable around most adults but she loved Paula from day two haha. I know that Paula can solve all dogs issues if not strive to give her all trying to. She would come in and we would take djanga out come back in let her chew on an antler to release her tension then go back out. It worked, I thought my dog was a goner. Djanga was getting so much better and Paula would bring different things to introduce her too, ( including her daughter). I bought a super nice leash off of her that djanga worked really well with and a few antlers. Djanga got to where she was looking for her weekly tennis ball in Paula's bag and was super happy to see her. That's not the only good thing though she is very adamant about working the dog and getting them to where they need to be to feel comfortable in their environments and just calm no stress. She did that for djanga and I'm so thankful for that. Djanga today is a better dog then she's ever been I still use her tools to this day and it has made the world so much easier to handle for her. Paula is a great person and the dogs love her but she is very patient and calm with them. Her rates are super affordable, and she will come to you where ever you are. If anyone has the chance to work with her or her work with their dog, it'll be the most wonderful experience you will ever have with a dog trainer. The only thing I would change is I would live to see Paula travel and help dogs around the world I know she could make a difference in our shelters today.

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
Denise B.
Verified review

Working with Mel has been fantastic. She is a terrific trainer. She's patient and teaches training techniques in an accessible way that's easy for an inexperienced dog owner to understand and implement. Working with her has given me a lot of confidence with my dog. I would recommend her to anyone who's looking for one on one positive dog training.

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 21 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 39 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.

San Diego Dog Training
4.3
from 15 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey P.
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I’m still in the process of training my dog

K9 Positive Training
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
Jocelyn F.
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Mike worked with dog, Rocco, and I to prepare for the CGC test. He is not only an excellent trainer, who has perfected his skill set and demonstrates passion combined with eternal patience, he is very personable and caring. He was just as invested in Rocco's success as I was. I could not recommend him more highly. We hope to continue training with Mike and go on to take therapy dog and maybe service dog tests in the future.

Tricks for Treats
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Hannah J.
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I've been working with Heidi for awhile now. When I first started, my dog had a lot of issues with other dogs. He was very reactive and afraid of them and we couldn't even go for a walk outside the house without it being a nightmare. It's been about a month, and my dog walks like a gentleman now, right next to me. Heidi has been working with me on desensitization. We do lots of treats every time we see another dog, from a far distance, and my dog no longer fears them. The distance is slowly decreasing. I like that Heidi is affordable. Her rate is much lower than other trainers I have worked with, and the results are better. I had almost given up on training my dog, Brutus, when a friend referred me to Heidi. I like that she doesn't use choke chains or pinch collars. I've had trainers tell me these were the only options for my dog and she has proven to me that they aren't. She explained to me right away why these methods don't work, the psychology behind it, and that they are better options that may take longer but won't make my dog go back to old habits because this way we are treating the emotions behind the behavior, and the cause, not just the symptoms (the barking and reactivity). I will be continuing to work with her and referring her to friends for years to come. Thank you! Also, I'm not sure why the bad review but that doesn't sound like Heidi at all. I have friends who are working with her as well, and her fees are explained very clearly on her website, in her contract, and in person. She charges $80 per session when they are paid for individually, and $65 per session when they are paid for in groups of 3. I buy in groups of 3 so training is costing me about $200 a month! And that rate is about half of what most of the local trainers in San Diego charge. Of the previous trainers I worked with, one charged me $125 per session to stick a prong collar on my dog and gave no actual training. And it made my dog worse. The other charge me $100 per session and told me that my dog would need a behaviorist and referred me to someone who was charging $3000 for boarding camp. So at $65 a session I couldn't ask for a better deal compared to what is out there.

Everyday Canine
5.0
from 6 reviews
    Allen C.
    Verified review

    I highly recommend Nick for people who are serious about training their dog. We had a wonderful experience while learning a lot and were given the tools to continue training our dog. Nick was professional and we felt comfortable with him right away. He was very experienced and our dog was surprisingly receptive to him. He was understanding of what was important to us and what we wanted to do. He did a great job communicating not just what to do and how to do it, but also why we should do it that way.  That was crucial because training is ongoing and we need to be able to do it on our own. Now that we’ve completed our sessions, my wife and I feel very confident in continuing what we learned and advancing with our dog.

    Dog Gone Pet Pros
    4.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 12 years in business
    • 8 hires on Thumbtack
    Rita L.
    Verified review

    I called Trish last minute. She was so sweet! She came the very next day. She was so good to my dogs!

    The Cognitive Dogs
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 13 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Patty G.
    Verified review

    Kim is an OUTSTANDING trainer....extremely patient and helpful. Don't hesitate to engage her to help with whatever dog-related training issue you might have. She has been our Agility trainer for months, and our dog has progressed well beyond my expectations.

    About

    I am a passionate "pawrent" and care for all furry friends. I do anything, from daily walks to exercising, socializing, and sitting. I care for all pets as if they were my own and will ensure their fun and safety.

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    I love reading people and dogs so that helps me see better ways to help them communicate as a Team

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    I'm a kind hearted person who you can trust to take care of your dear pet (: they also always seem to trust me because I make them happy!

    • 2 years in business
    About

    At Durkee's Dogs, we care for your dog like he/she is one of our own. We know first hand that our dogs are our babies, and they're unique in what they like/dislike and we cater to those special needs.

    About

    I use the latest positive reinforcement methods that are scientifically proven to work, and have lasting effects on all animals, and even humans. I have been training dogs for 7 years. I am a certified professional dog trainer, and I am a natural teacher. I am a full-time teacher, and I train dogs part-time. I train my own dogs, and I compete in canine freestyle and agility. I have an experience with many different breeds and training issues. Lastly, I have won the Ch10 A-List award in San Diego for the best dog training for the last two years.

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    I have 5 years of experience in basic obedience and have had lots of success in working with pet parents to help tackle any issues that need to be worked on. From tugging on a leash to resource guarding, to teaching your new puppy their name and where it’s appropriate to go potty! You name it and together we work towards a better relationship! I believe in strengthening the bond between pet and pet parent and helping them to understand and communicate with one another better for the best results!

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    I have a natural connection with animals. Ive never actually owned animals as a child until my teenage years. I have a very bold personality and I tend to be very playful and motherly to animals haha.

    About

    I have 35 years of experience in dog and horse training. I'm successful because I'm caring, intuitive and instinctive with animals. Contact me and Andre can talk. I can give you many references.

    • 4 years in business
    About

    Our job description includes taking care of your dogs and keeping them safe, feeding, waking, and bathing. Grooming them could also be provided. We can do everything that involves dog sitting.

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    My work stands out from others because of my love and devotion to the care your dog(s).

    About

    We are a San Diego-based dog training company. To ensure that you and your dog accomplish your training goals is our mission. We have the expertise to help, whether your goals are related to basic manners, obedience, dog sports, or severe behavioral issues. Happy Dog Happy Owner believes that our success is measured by your success, and our mission is not complete until you and your dog have accomplished your objectives. Happy Dog Happy Owner offers a variety of group classes and private training options; from agility to obedience, to water sports and everything in between. Teaching you how to communicate with and train your dog is an important component of our classes. We limit the size of our group classes, ensuring that you and your dog receive plenty of undivided attention.

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    Lake Elsinore, CA

    • Dog training type
      Obedience
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy
    • Dog size
      Small
    • Details
      american bull dog, female 9 weeks, currently a indoor pup needing potty training assistance
    • $250
      Average price

    Need a Dog Trainer for 2 Staffordshire Puppies

    San Juan Capistrano, CA

    • Dog training type
      Obedience
    • Dog age(s)
      Puppy, 5 or more years
    • Dog size
      Large
    • Details
      i have two puppies and a 11 year old and need help
    • $100
      Average price
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