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San Francisco Dog Behavior Specialists

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Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.8
from 78 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 196 hires on Thumbtack
Stacey F.
Verified review

i would highly recommend Peter if you are having behavior problems with your dog. He explained what I was doing wrong and what I was doing right. Both my dog and I are doing much better, thank you!

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Devoted Dog Training
5.0
from 48 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Liz C.
Verified review

Courtney is one heck of an amazing trainer! She is not only wonderful with dogs, but she also has an incredible talent for working with people, too. She will help you to understand your dog's behaviors and she emphasizes fixing problematic behaviors instead of just managing them. I can't recommend her enough for anything from puppy training to advanced obedience and fear-based behaviors.

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Alpha K-9 Academy
4.8
from 39 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 98 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Brandi M.
Verified review

Tammy is a wonderful dog trainer! I have had my dog for three years now. In the first year of adopting my dog from rescue center; he had a lot of anxiety and bark non- stop. In about seven months with working with the techniques Tammy would suggest he no longer barks when I'm not home. I encourage and recommend Tammy as your dog trainer . She has a lot of knowledge on the psychology of dog behavior , and you will see your dog have major improvements.

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Executive Canine Services
5.0
from 34 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lauren J.
Verified review

Les is friendly and offers real world solutions for dog training. He has taught my husband and I important tips on how we can get it dog to follow our commands better and to reduce negative behavior. We look forward to continuing to work with him to develop our dog's skills.

Logan's Animal Training
4.6
from 36 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
Elisabeth M.
Verified review

My dog was too much with her behavior but with him redirecting us and working with her and showing us how to work with her make her behavior change and slowly becoming a better dog thanks to Logan. :) Will use him again if we need his help. Awesome dog whisperer.

A Better Dog Trainer
4.9
from 23 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 77 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie H.
Verified review

John is very knowledgeable about the psychology of dogs and he came to our house to show us how to deal with the specific problems we were having at home. Taking our dog out to another trainer was not addressing our specific behavior problems at home. John is very nice and caring of our dog and we have been very happy with his dog training. He has given us the tools that we need to work on our dogs behavior and let our dog be an active member of our family.

Notched to an OTCH
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Julie N.
Verified review

Superb knowledge of canines and near intuitive anticipation of a dog's behavior. He also loves and respects animals.

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Nu Pawspective
5.0
from 22 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Dianne G.
Verified review

We have been sending our dog to Susan at Nu Pawspective for about a year now. Susan is an intelligent trainer with a "dog whisperer" instinct for dogs. Our dog loves going with Susan every day and always comes home exhausted and happy. We are thankful to have someone whom we trust to care for our dog as much as Susan does.

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Pawgress Dog Training
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
RoxAnne S.
Verified review

My rescue Astro, an Australian Shepherd/Akita/Husky mix, is naturally dominant, and fearful/anxious of almost everything. Rusty's knowledge and hands-on experience truly shine with these issues and breeds. Always professional, Rusty is flexible with working around our schedules. We have completed over 15 hours of training with Rusty. After an initial meet n' greet and one session, Rusty immediately had a good feel for Astro's fears and was able to pinpoint root causes. He provided in depth lessons for both me AND Astro. Much of the training is teaching us humans proper technique for recognition, prevention, and reaction to behaviors.Therefore, the true work starts at home, with the owners post lesson. Rusty has provided me with the tools I needed to become a genuine leader for my dog. I've learned SO much and cannot be more grateful to his dedication and patience. Rusty goes above and beyond EVERY time he meets with us, and I've never been disappointed. He provides a plethora of resources, even outside our training hours via email; from printable PDFs for your fridge, to recommended toys and dog food, to articles on a variety of topics! He will answer any questions you can throw at him, and if he isn't sure, he'll do in depth research to find the best answer! You name it, Rusty will provide solutions and advice. I've seen VAST improvements in my dog's behavior over the past few months! Consistency and dedication to your pet at home is key, for sure. However, we could not have done it without Rusty's guidance, and I could not be more happy with the tools and training he has provided us. I highly recommend Pawgress to all! Excellent job, keep up the great work! All our thanks! ~ RoxAnne & Astro

Majyk Paws Dog Training
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
Meghan K.
Verified review

Maj is a fantastic trainer. She is kind and patient with me, which makes me much more comfortable doing the things I need to do with my dog. She is wonderful with my dog and models the behavior I need to have with him so I learn even when she’s not teaching that specific skill. My dog is much better behaved and, while he’s always been a happy dog, he’s even happier now. He is definitely calmer. Thank you Maj!

Wagging Tails Training
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
Jay L.
Verified review

We have been working with Shauna since our Doberman was 10 weeks old. We started off with her beginner class and went all the way though to get our dog AKC CGC certified. Shauna is a great trainer who taught us a lot of great techniques. She is very patient and our doberman loves her.

  • 19 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Gosia H.
Verified review

Tricia is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. She was very thorough in asking questions to assess my dog, and in our very first session I saw positive changes to my dog's behavior. Tricia followed up with an email reviewing everything we had worked on and discussed. She did not try to sell me a package of lessons. I am definitely planning to continue with her

  • 22 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Sveta M.
Verified review

We learned a lot from Amy about dogs behavior. And started applying it it right away. Works like a charm. :) will continue working together. Thanks Amy.

Phoebe Bault
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Beth M.
Verified review

Phoebe is an animal behavior miracle worker and the best in the industry as far as I m concerned! I cannot say enough good things about working with her! In fact, I don t think words could do justice to how highly I regard her and how positively impact she has been to my life and my family (dog-children included, of course!)! I have two German Shepherd Dogs who are the loves of my life, but they can certainly be a handful without proper training, reinforcement and care. When I first met Phoebe, I only had my female GSD, Ranger, who was about 1yr old at the time and she owned me , so to speak (completely my fault). Thankfully, Phoebe was able to correct some of Ranger s bad behavior s (again, my fault), train me on being a good leader, and get her basic obedience in check, all while maintaining Ranger s personality and attitude . Soon after Phoebe began working with Ranger, my family decided to get a second GSD, Stryker. This time, we worked with Phoebe throughout the entire process of obtaining a new dog, i.e., selecting the right breeder; puppy testing to choose a puppy with the best temperament for my family; selecting a great veterinarian; proper nutrition and supplements; preventing injuries; choosing safe toys; socializing the new puppy; and, introducing the new puppy to the family and to my other dog, Ranger. Once Stryker was old enough, Phoebe trained him extensively and he is now just about the perfect dog, a gentle giant! I now get compliments almost daily on the behavior of my dogs during walks, but to be completely honest, if my dogs were not as well-trained, I probably wouldn't be able to walk them at all. Finally, to top it all off, Phoebe is just a great human being with a work ethic like no other. She has stayed in my home several times with my dogs for extended periods of time and not only have I always returned to clean, better-behaved dogs, but also to an immaculate house! I could go on forever. If anyone is on the fence about hiring her, feel free to call or email me. Choosing Phoebe to work with your beloved dogs will be one of the wisest decisions you make for both your dogs and your family!

ABC Dogs
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Catherine K.
Verified review

John has been walking our lab pup for months now, and sending her off with him a few mornings a week was the best decision we ever made. This is my first dog ever, and John has been great at guiding me through dog ownership. He is extremely professional and has spent a tremendous amount of time educating himself on the ins and outs of dog behavior and training, and his hard work and attention has paid off for our dog. She loves going with him and his crew, and we love the results! She is healthy and happy and better trained than we ever could have gotten her to be without John's help. He has a FB page that he updates each night, with photos from the day's activities, so we have proof of the fun adventures our girl is having. I am beyond grateful for having found John and ABC Dogs!

Pet Care Services
4.2
from 9 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Karen R.
Verified review

Stella came to meet my dog and establish his routine for a future time when she will actually care for him. I'll write more afterwards.

Trail Hounds
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha O.
Verified review

I have a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Dachsund mix. I've been needing help training her for a number of reasons. I have a really bad back and had the idea to train Mia to be my service animal. I was looking around for a dog trainer and met Christina! She helped us with Mia heeling, waiting and helped teach us both how to do certain tricks like pick stuff up for me when I can't bend down. It's been a long road but I can say that with the help of Christina, Mia and I would not be where we are today. Mia no longer pulls on the leash, is no longer leash reactive, now waits and stays in place, and is the calmest dog when we go to stores, etc. Thank You Christina!!

  • 5 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
Felipe C.
Verified review

Simply put Koru K9 is awesome. I've made 3 behavior change sessions in the course of 1.5 months and puppy is way way better. She used to be a very nervous dog, afraid of everything and anything. Now she is calm, relaxed, walk beautifully by our side, doesn't bark to other dogs walking around. She still has lots to learn and training is an ongoing process, Koru K9 will teach you how to make your dog a better dog, they are great!

Snooze Dog Walks
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Nick D.
Verified review

We've been working with Suzanne for about 2 years, and could not be happier. We have a 3 year old German Shepherd who can be a bit of a handful, but Suzanne handles her masterfully. While we always try to keep a consistent schedule, she is always accommodating for last minute walk needs, and has NEVER left us in a pinch. Suzanne is able to read the body language and behaviors of the dogs in the pack so well, we are never concerned about having her take our pup. She knows how to group dogs that will get along best, and gets to know the specific personality of each and every dog she has in her groups! Her attention to the detail of every puppy-personality is second to none. She also does overnight / dog sitting which we've used a number of times- she leaves the house in perfect shape and we come back to an EXHAUSTED pup. We trust her with our fur baby and our home. She's the best!

Urban k9 Adventures
5.0
from 1 review
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Char-Leen C.
Verified review

Stoakly, had issues with leash pulling, attentiveness and general obedience. After working with Keynoe with his 3 week transformative program, Stoakly is a completely different dog! Listens to basic commands when we walk and is so much calmer. We even had the opportunity to hang out with other dogs at the local park - the dogs got along so well and Keynoe managed all their behaviors at once. I was really impressed by how easy Keynoe is to work with, his professionalism and flexibility when working with me and Stoakly 1:1. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for help with training and even if you just want a fun and reliable friend for your dog.

Canine Centric
5.0
from 1 review
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Mary F.
Verified review

We were concerned about our dog Lola and her anxious behaviors. We contacted Lea and we are so glad we did! Lea is kind, caring and understanding. She took the time to get to know our dog, Lola. She is experienced and really helped us to gain a better understanding of how to help Lola with her issues. She gave us strategies to work on before our next session. She said if we have any issues or questions to let her know so she can help us work through it with Lola. We definitely recommend Lea, without a doubt!

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