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San Jose Obedience Trainers

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Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.7
from 83 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 204 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Faye J.
Verified review

Great useful advice for training our dog.

Logan's Animal Training
4.7
from 58 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
Ruth R.
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Met with Logan yesterday. He immediately had a connection with my “problem child”. Showed a few basic obedience drills and a Specific one that has Sadie being much more enjoyable for her favorite visitors. Looking forward To seeing where we can take her. My older Pup liked him also - enjoyed the experience.

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Alpha-Zen K-9 Academy
4.8
from 45 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
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Christina A.
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Five stars out of five!!! Tammy is a great trainer. In only three sessions, my new little rescue dog is doing all the training basics: sit, stay, heel, come, and down. We are working on others. Plus, Tammy is personable, patient, and so dog knowledgeable. I highly recommend her!

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Executive Canine Services
5.0
from 35 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
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Ingrid E.
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Executive Canine Services has been a real find for our family and our German Shepard. I have often felt reluctant to have typical "dog walkers" take Apollo out. When I heard about Executive Canine's Training Walks, I thought that's what we needed. Apollo is enjoying play time away from home but getting additional obedience during these activities. Our family has notices a big improvement in temperament and overall behavior.

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Pawgress Dog Training
5.0
from 25 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
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Rachel K.
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Rusty has exceeded above and beyond my hopes for a trainer. After our first complimentary consultation for him to assess my pups behavior as well as for me to assess whether Rusty was the right trainer for us, I knew I had landed on one of the best. He possesses an incredible wealth of knowledge that he conveys efficiently and proficiently giving you the tools to truly carry over the work done in the sessions to every day life with your dog. He is professional, patient, and creative in his training, not to mention a true dog whisperer. While I originally sought Rusty's guidance for foundational obedience training and separation anxiety, it evolved to using him to assist in the journey of training my pup to be a therapy dog. Along the way, my dog suffered an traumatic experience while under the care of a sitter and adopted fear behaviors that had not existed before. I called Rusty right away for advice and help. We adjusted our sessions to address the immediate concerns so they would not become permanent. He was a complete blessing and my pup is successfully on the mend. Rusty is so well-versed in many areas of dog-training (he's your one-stop shop!) Whether you need short-term assistance, long-term, or varying areas of concerns, look no further. You don't need to take my word for it, just take advantage of the complimentary consultation and see for yourself. Absolutely no regrets here.

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Nu Pawspective
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Natalie K.
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My puppy Minnie gets excited even hearing Susan's voice on the phone, she loves her so much. It's also amazing knowing she has an exhausting afternoon and I don't have to worry about drop off or pickup. And on top of all that Susan is always willing to help - on the phone or in person - with various training issues Minnie is having. I couldn't manage Minnie without her!!

Notched to an OTCH
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Coralie D.
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I attended Jorge's obedience training class with my service dog in training; his class has been a valuable experience both me and my dog. Jorge helped me communicate better with my dog, rely less on training tools and more on body language, and resolved several minor issues by simply making training more fun for both of us. It has been great having my dog practice focusing on me without her working gear on and with the dog distractions of both a group class, and the other people & dogs in the training facility!

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California Canine
5.0
from 18 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Sandra R.
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In our search for training for our 4 dogs we found Didi. Little did we know Didi is just what we were looking for! We did dot realize the difference between obedience training and a behavior training. She has taught us how to teach our dog proper behavior. Didi gives us Lessons that are easy to understand and complete with our dogs. I highly recommend California Canine!

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The Heart of Caregiving
4.8
from 18 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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We are having our first training session today

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Mindful Paw
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Alexander L.
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I met Emily by chance walking our dog Stella. Stella is an American Staffordshire Terrier whom we rescued through the Peninsula Humane Society when she was 5 months old. They had found her running in and out of traffic. Stella is a sweet and loving dog, and full of lots of energy. Emily noted Stella and I walking, or I should say her pulling me as I tried to not let her pull me. Despite having her 2 years, we still didn’t have the training thing down. My partner and I had been looking for a trainer but for whatever reason, just never found the right person or took the time to jump into it. Walking with her through our neighborhood in SOMA could be a challenge, and I have to admit, kind of sucked. We were using a harness that clipped on the back. Emiliy advised that what I was doing was “literally how you train sled dogs” and advised a front lead harness. She gave me a card and made some recommendations of harnesses that I could find on line. The next day, I went and got a front lead harness and put it on Stella. OMG. Like a different dog. She wasn’t pulling and would actually walk beside me. I took a video and emailed my partner, and said “You won’t believe it!”. I called Emily and we hired her that day. The changes that we have seen in Stella have been unbelievable. We live in SOMA and went from a pulling dog who would bark at skateboarders, jump up on little kids, and eat everything on the ground (including homeless pooh – gross!) to a dog who is interactive with us, plays agility games (jumping up or standing on hydrants for a treat), backing up from children and sitting calmly for attention, totally ignoring skateboarders, and leaving homeless pooh and other things where they belong, on the ground. I am amazed that this is the same dog. What I love the most about Emily and her training is that her techniques are about management and engaging your dog. Stella is Stella. My partner and I don’t believe in shock collars, aggressive management or training your dog into submission. The first part of her life was hard enough, we want a relationship with our dog of trust and love. Emily understands and advocates this theory. Stella is who she is. She is still the happy, rambunctious, energetic dog who loves life, people, and other dogs. What Emily showed us is how to channel that energy into productive and fun ways of expression. The training has really built a closer bond with Stella and she is very focused on us as we walk. The walks have actually become really fun. The true test came last week up in Santa Rosa where we have a home in the country. Stella goes crazy over the wildlife (turkey, deer, rabbits, etc). She will often try to get out and chase them. A front door was inadvertently left open and Stella escaped from our home and ran down the driveway, near the cow pasture. This is a dangerous spot and she has run under the fence and chased the cows in the past. My partner said, “back up” from about 200 yards away. She stopped, turned, came running back up the driveway and sat at us feet. Unbelieveable. I highly recommend Emily! The money and time was worth the improved quality of life that we have with our family member, Stella.

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Puppy Love Puppy Camp
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Biana R.
Verified review

Emily is fantastic! She began working with our 6 month old weim only 4 weeks ago, and he is already a different dog. He has learned to be better on the leash, developing better response to commands such as sit and stay. Emily truly listens to the needs of the family and is very responsive to the individual dog needs. She is dependable, responsible and when you meet her, you can just feel her passion and dedication to puppy training. She sent us regular daily updates about our puppy's progress, including video clips. When we first started, our puppy was shy of other dogs, but after only 2 weeks, he was braver and more assertive in the dog park with other pets. Emily is a pleasure to work with and we have just signed up for another 4 weeks of training to continue building on the progress our doggies has made. She is down to earth and caring. She is also not afraid to say when something isn't working, which we truly appreciated. Our dog didn't like the halti leash, so after a couple of weeks of training, Emily came up with a different leash option and was very honest about the reasons for the change. It's refreshing to work with such a professional. Thank you, Emily, for all your dedication and hard work!

  • 22 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Anita B.
Verified review

Not done yet, but really pleased with initial training session. Max worked very well with Amy and we got lots of great tips to settle down this rescued, adolescent German Shepherd!

  • 10 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah T.
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Holly was excellent with our two dogs. She explained her dog training approach clearly and quickly improved our dog's behavior and explained what we as owners should do going forward. In a space of a day, she performed miracles. She is extremely responsive and very caring. I would highly recommend her!

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

This was the most relaxed non stressful training. Shauna was amazing extremely patient and my dog took to her immediately. I highly recommend any of the Wagging Tails Training Classes for your baby. Your fur baby will look forward to it and so will you.

Honest Creature Care
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Conner W.
Verified review

Heather helped with obedience training my beagle, who is very stubborn. They did verbal commands, leash training, house training and manners, and Heather has had a lasting positive influence on my dog. She is very professional and thorough, and she brings real experience and methodology to create a personalized training outline, which helps maintain the behaviors. 10/10, would recommend again.

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!

Silver Lining Pet Services
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Kim P.
Verified review

Sue is very knowledgeable and her training methods make sense and can create a training schedule that suits you and your pet. My partner and I are/were very appreciative of her service.

Petagogy Dog Training
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
Dei D.
Verified review

I am the owner/walker of Wolfgang Petcare, an off-leash dog walking company located in Oakland, CA. I refer all my active and prospective clients who's pets need training to Karin at Petagogy Dog Training. Her experience and success as a trainer is unparalleled. She specializes in positive reinforcement teaching, basic obedience, loose leash walking, barking control, taking treats gently, and more. I have taken on many of her training clients as pack members who through her sessions have become able to thrive in a group dynamic. She has also worked with some of my clients to address issues that have arisen during pack walks like pulling, having a hard mouth when taking treats, recall, etc. She is my go-to trainer as a professional and I can't recommend her training services enough!

Infinite K9
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 7 years in business
Eleanor P.
Verified review

If you're looking for help with your dog's obedience, socialization, manners AND you're also looking to understand your dog better- you're not just looking for any dog trainer, you're looking for Mahogany. She's an expert on leash reactivity and dog/dog and dog/people socialization. She is also the best at motivating dogs using play and rewards so that the training is something you can both look forward to. Mahogany is a trainer that other trainers learn from and train their dogs with! She's got an outstanding ability to see perspectives that other people miss. If you've already tried a couple of trainers and feel ready to give up because you really did what they said and it just isn't working out - call Mahogany. She really is amazing. She can diagnose where you're dog's issues are stemming from and help you get on the right track and stay there. She has the ability to motivate and she's also super on point when it comes to helping you understand and achieve what you need to do to help your dog in the situations where they're really struggling. Whenever I feel like I'm lacking judgment with my dog's behavior, if I'm struggling with a situation that I really want my dog to do well in, she's my go to person and her training always helps!

The Canine's Voice
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 10 years in business
Ken G.
Verified review

I've been working with Sabrielle for almost two years now. I wouldn't trust my dogs with anyone else. She knows how to inspire the right behavior. My dogs love her. I've referred her to many. Call her now!

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Kshetrajna R.
Verified review

It has been excellent to have Caitlin take care of our dog. She has been extremely flexible to accommodate a lot of our last minute requests and my dog loves to visit her and her dogs :).

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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