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San Diego Obedience Trainers

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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 112 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 228 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Rebecca P.
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I have a historically stubborn 8-year-old cattle dog rescue. She's a wonderful dog, and I wanted to put her through obedience training in order to bring her to my dog-friendly workplace. After just three sessions with Beth, my beloved dog is happy, social with people, and able to walk past other dogs while listening to my command — which is a huge step for her! Beth used behavioral conditioning and positive reinforcement to train not just my dog, but also me as an owner, and I wholeheartedly recommend her to anybody who wants a true "top dog trainer." Thank you Beth — and thanks from Martha! We learned that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks, and my dog is happier for it!

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
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Debra D.
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Paula is an amazing dog trainer! She has provided me with so much new and relevant information that has been crucial in helping me with my foster dog. Thanks to her tips and her information on dog behavior, I have had great success with my dog's crate training and her behavior towards guests at the door. I highly recommend Paula to anyone who is in need to of help. She is more than a "teach them to sit" type of trainer -- she understands dog behavior and carefully explains how humans can work with dogs to give them skills to succeed.

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Ylfa M.
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Mel has given us an enormous amount of confidence in our daily training. Our dog is from a shelter, and he came with leash reactivity. He quickly feels overwhelmed and anxious on a leash, and his deep bark and 40 pounds have caused a lot of people to either get upset with us for having him or offer tons of advice about "prong collars" and "teaching him who's dominant". We were starting to feel like we were terrible parents! Mel reassured us that our dog is well-adjusted and capable of conquering his fears. We've been using the positive reinforcement training these past 3 weeks and are happy to say that we have seen a positive change! We are better able to recognize his needs and respond appropriately thanks to the patient training by Mel. We will have work to do for a few more months yet, but we feel much more confident about taking it on!

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Julia S.
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Kris is an Excellent trainer! Experienced, knowledgeable in all areas Competition, Protection, IPO training, & Obedience to name a few, and do not forget an Awesome Breeder!!

Get Pawsitive Dog Training
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Stacie H.
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Although we haven't started working with Sarah yet -- just met. Her enthusiasm, caring personality and lively attitude are a huge plus. We're definitely going to be working together with Sarah and her company, Get Pawsitive Dog Training!

San Diego Dog Training
4.3
from 15 reviews
  • 16 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 9 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.

North County Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie J.
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Shelley (North County Dog Training) was wonderful and very professional. I had a good conection with her regarding Horton(my dog). I am giving her the five stars. Thank You !!

Everyday Canine
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cindy R.
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Great trainer! We needed help with our terrier puppy (first time dog owners) who was running the house and we were at a loss. Nick gave us a framework for raising a puppy and got us started on housetraining and obedience work. After our first session, we felt so relieved that there was hope!

Tricks for Treats
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Cindy S.
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I’ve avoided hiring a local dog trainer or taking my dog to obedience school because of time and expense. When I learned I could get a 30 minute consultation for just $25, I figured I had nothing to lose. The phone call went far beyond my expectations—Heidi was so helpful. She quickly assessed my dog’s primary behavior patterns based on his breed (hound/terrier/shepherd mix) and suggested types of agility training he would respond to. Then she laid out 3 simple obedience lessons we could work on as a basis for further training. Her advice was simple, clear, and based solely on positive reinforcement. She recommended books to read and types of treats and treat bags to use—I have a full page of notes and am excited to get started. The consultation is SUCH a great value, and Heidi’s friendly, non-judgmental professionalism was exactly what I needed to feel confident that my dog and I will make progress.

Inception K9 Academy
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 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.

  • 6 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn K.
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Melissa has helped with our new dog who had serious abandonment issues. Our dog is now much more social and less anxious thru the positive training Melissa emphasized. She really loves her work.

The Cognitive Dogs
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy B.
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Kim Yuskiewicz has trained both me and my lovely Shanti girl for several years. We both love her and have learned a lot about dog behavior. Kim is not only very knowledgeable - she is also compassionate, kind and treats dogs and humans with great respect. With her gentle and loving training, both Shanti and I would highly recommend Kim.

Brian Grasberger
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Marissa M.
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Brian trained my dog Bella. I hired him for 3 training sessions and the amount he taught her in just three sessions was awesome. Probably more important than training her, he trained me how to work with her and re-enforce what he taught her. Bella really seemed to like Brian (possibly partly because he always has treats with him!) and she really positively responded to his instruction. He does seem to have an immediate connection to dogs. The training was very interactive and he made sure to address any problems I was having with Bella and offered very practical solutions. I would definitely recommend him if you are looking for someone to train your dog.

Pawtopia
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Elin B.
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Krissy was very relaxed and extremely knowledgable. She spent true quality time working with me and my puppy. I recommend her highly!

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We can provide some horse care, training, and riding lessons, as well as some trail rides. We are in the Tecate, BC area.

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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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Joe just loves all dogs and can train any. I've never met a dog that I did not like. Please call, and give me a chance; you will not be sorry. I will walk, run and train your dog with loving care.

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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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We tailor our training to all of your specific needs, not cookie cutter types of training.

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I have more experience than your average dog trainer. With an extensive background in exotic animal training and behavior I know what works for your animal, whether it be a dog, goat or monkey.

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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