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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 253 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 720 hires on Thumbtack
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Sarah D.
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Raquel was amazing! I have to say that my boyfriend and I were skeptical when we saw that all of her reviews had five stars (I mean how is that a thing), but we are confident saying that the stars are well earned. It is amazing how quickly our puppy has changed, and how easily Raquel taught us the techniques. We had been to other dog trainers before, but Raquel has easily surpassed them. Now we just love taking our puppy for walks and showing off her good behavior. The price did seem a little steep, but in the long term it is much less expensive than other trainers. Raquel doesn't waste any time. She started training from the moment she walked in the door. Not to mention she's very easy to get along with in general. So, if you are having some man's best friend difficulties, do yourself and your pup a favor and get a session with Raquel. Me, Joel, Lola and her new best friend James all thank her!

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  • 12 years in business
  • 202 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Karen is an amazing trainer. After just 1 session, the behavior of my 4 dogs changed for the better. It is amazing how quickly they learned. She does work in a way that dogs understand, but it might seem counter-intuitive to humans. She talks about how your dog can read your mind. Don't worry, she knows what she is doing because the dogs respond to her energy immediately. I have used many dog trainers: I felt her prices were affordable, and she was able to accomplish my dog goals quickly. Highly Recommend!

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 74 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 205 hires on Thumbtack
Dave B.
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D C is a very good dog trainer. I highly recomend her. Dave B.

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 45 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 88 hires on Thumbtack
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Tami Z.
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Duane is a superb dog whisperer!!! I have worked with other dog trainers before but I have never met someone like Duane. It seems he has an incredible sensibility and ability to read each dog and know how to communicate with them. I just got my Stella, 5 year old English Bulldog, returned home after 5 weeks of board and training by Duane. Stella was very aggressive with other dogs and small children. She had virtually no obedience training whatsoever and never socialized with other dogs. I always had to warn approaching strangers, especially if they had a dog, that Stella was "not so friendly". Then a 8 week old chocolate Lab puppy came into our life and turned our home life upside down. Stella was very jealous and aggressive towards the puppy. My poor puppy was scared to death and something had to be done. Duane took Stella and trained her in his home for four weeks and the fifth week, I sent Henry to Duane for a week to be with Stella so that they could get acquainted and may be bonded. Frankly, I wasn't too sure whether Stella could change. I had a back up plan for the puppy in case the board and training with Duane did not work out. I am so happy that Stella and Henry are back home and they get along so beautifully, thanks to Duane!! It is so wonderful to have two dogs in the house without any tension. Duane is very professional, honest and very easy to work with. He answered all my questions, my numerous phone calls were never ignored, and I felt at ease about the whole process. It is clear to me that Duane loves and cares deeply about the dogs he trains and dogs love him back. Duane followed up with the second visit to our home today, and both Stella and Henry were so happy to see him. Stella actually wanted to follow Duane out as if she wanted to go with him. I have never seen Stella act like this with anyone outside her own family. We are so pleased and happy that we found Duane and can not recommend him highly enough. He is the real Dog Whisperer! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Duane!!!

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Weatherwax Dog Training
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
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Adam B.
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Simply amazing is how I would describe Robert's gift. He is flat out one of the best dog trainers I have had the pleasure of working with. You just can not go wrong engaging him to teach your canine pal. I give Robert my highest recommendation.

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Stefanie Pelka Dog Training
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathleen M.
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Stefanie is a great dog trainer! Dogs love her and they learn how to behave with her calm yet firm approach.

Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Taryn C.
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Melissa is an EXCELLENT dog trainer! We have two small dogs who were pulling on leashes, had leash aggression, and who barked quite often. All of those things are past tense now. Her methods are gentle but effective, and more advanced than the "click and treat" that at a certain point stops working (especially with the barking). We are so grateful that we hired her and have already recommended her to some of our friends. Her pricing was also excellent! Hire her, your home will be much more peaceful!

Santa Monica Paws
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Jessica T.
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Theresa and Brad are absolutely the best! In just a few sessions My dog Missy (a 9 year old pit very set in her ways) was a a completely different well trained dog! Because the training went so well, I enrolled her in Santa Monica Paws Doggy Daycare and it's amazing!! Thank you Santa Monica Paws for being amazing, trustworthy and just all around THE BEST!!

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Angellily Pet Care
4.8
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael A.
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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!

The Trained Canine
4.5
from 27 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan H.
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Kim is an awesome dog trainer, I would happily recommend her to anyone!!

Love Ur K9
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Danielle H.
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Love Ur K9 is the best decision I ever made for my Mini Australian Shepherd, Camo. I cannot say enough how good they have been to me, and my dog. I am forever grateful for everything they have done for us. Here's the full story: I heard about Kevin through a friend who had a great experience after her dog was trained by Kevin. I was looking for a dog trainer who could not only help with obedience training my three month old puppy, but also work on some dominance behavior issues. I had read so many books on raising a puppy, and also grew up in a family with many dogs so I thought I knew what I was doing. Our first meeting with Kevin was in our home, where he met Camo, and got a better understanding of our home setup and routines. It is also where Camo was comfortable and displaying some early signs of dominant behavior. Kevin immediately picked up on this and made some changes to the way in which we interact with Camo. We started puppy behavior and obedience training that same week. Kevin also trained us as handlers, so that we understood the training and could repeat it at home, that way Camo would not be able to default back to bad behaviour. When Camo was 9 months old, we heard that we had to move to Australia for my husband's work. There was no way that I could make the move without Camo. Australia is extremely strict with importing pets, and theres a six month intensive preparation of vet checks, and massive costs involved before dogs are allowed to enter the country. We had to leave two months after we heard the news so we had to make a plan for Camo in the meant time. Kevin took Camo into his home for four months, looking after him, doing service dog training with him, and helping with many arrangements to get Camo reunited with us. Camo joined us in Australia in June and I am elated to have my best friend back by my side once again. He is still full of personality, but by far the most obedient, trained and socialised dog in Melbourne!!! THANK YOU Love Ur K9, from the bottom of our hearts!!!

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PENNY's POOCHES
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
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Rae D.
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Petra is a wonderful dog trainer and behaviorist. She has been extremely helpful in finding creative solutions to socialize our rescue dog. Hazel adores Petra, and we do too! She's a unique individual, possessing the essential blend of expertise and caring. We are so happy to have found her.

Pupparazzi Petcare
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Katja E.
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Miki is a true dog lover! Not only does she connect with every dog - it feels like she can read their minds. She would interrupt a conversation and tend to the dog first. i have know miki for a long time and always knew that she was crazy about dogs and now she made a business out of her passion. When we are out of town and miki looks after our dog i know that he will have a great time.

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EveryDog
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Tianna F.
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I had a consultation with Dave. My fur babies took to him as soon as he walked in. He was very calm and professional and very honest. He didn’t come in with a pitch of why he would be the best trainer, we just had a conversation and it felt very natural and comfortable. After hearing my concerns, he told me what he thought the problem was and how we can try to fix it. I am confident that he is the best trainer for my dogs and I will start training with him very soon.

  • 19 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Sa C.
Verified review

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.

Feet & Paws Dog Training
4.9
from 13 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Monica S.
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Tracy is great for dog training, but she is also a great personal trainer. She has kept both of us focused on our exercise goals! Her classes are fun and rigorous.

  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Greta S.
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Natalie has watched our two maltipoos a handful of times and is now the only dog sitter we use! We absolutely LOVE her and highly recommend her. She is so attentive and so kind and caring. She sends us pictures of our pups when we’re away and keeps us up to date on how they are doing. She has a dog of her own and I was nervous as one of our dogs is not very friendly with other dogs. However, Natalie made the transition smooth and has helped make sure my dog is comfortable and handles it perfectly. She is extremely flexible with when we drop the pups off and when we pick up, which is soo convenient. Overall she’s the best dog sitter we have had, and I’m so thankful we found her!!

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
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!

Zoom Room Redondo Beach
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Lanie A.
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My dog, Echo and I have been taking Agility classes and participating in Agility League at Zoom Room for over a year now. It's quite possibly the most fun I've ever had. If you want to have a great time and build the strongest possible bond with your dog, come to Zoom Room! Great trainers. Wonderful, clean large gym.

Whiskers, Tails and Mail
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Anne S.
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George has taken care of our 2 dogs several times and we are so happy and thankful. We always know our dogs are in such good care with George. He spends time with the dogs and doesn't just run in to let them out or feed them and then leave. We very highly recommend George to care for your beloved pets!

Furree Friends Pet Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ursula W.
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I have been using her services since my puppy was 6 months, and he is now 3 1/2 years old. She has been watching my dog for the past three years, and my dog is quite picky on what he likes and doesn't like! What I like the most about her services is that she is VERY flexible, many times I have last minute jobs, and she is ALWAYS readily available to take him in. I also enjoy that she sometimes has other small dogs for him to play with, but not where it is overwhelming like a doggie daycare (my dog likes to be just with one person or dogs similar to his sweet temperament). He always wags his tail when I drop him off, and is always happy to see her daughter (my dog loves kids). When I pick him up, he is always tired and passes right out once I leave to go back home, meaning he had fun and was busy while staying over. She also caters do his diet and bathroom regime. She makes sure that when you leave your dog with her, that your dog is treated the same way as you would treat him/her. I would highly recommend her services especially if your dog is picky and you want that more personal touch in a doggie day care service.

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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