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San Marcos Animal Behaviorists

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The Top Dog Trainer
4.9
from 102 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 210 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Marie B.
Verified review

I was having a lot of problems with my 4 years old Beagle; in fact, I had completely lost control of him. He was barking all the time, experiencing separation anxiety, was jumping aggressively on other dogs and not listening to what ever I was telling him at all. Walks were a nightmares! When I contacted Beth, I was not asking for big improvements in my dog's behavior; any little adjustment would be seen as major. But Beth taught me how to take back control of my dog, how to make him listen to me and how to react to his dog aggression problem. Within 3 sessions, my Beagle is an another dog! The barking had reduced significantly; dog aggression is almost resolved (I would say it had reduced by 90%) and he's not anymore ignoring me when I ask him something. I warmly recommend working with Beth at The Top Dog Trainer if you have any issues with your dog, she's very professional, doesn't judge you on how you have raised your dog in the past and has a great availability.

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Terry S.
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Our experience with Dog-Skool was outstanding. John really helped us to understand our dog's behavior. His positive reinforcement methods have been very helpful. We felt like he really cared about our dog and our relationship with him. He clearly loves dogs and teaches a positive and respectful relationship between dog and owner. He was very patient and thorough in his teaching. We are super grateful and highly recommend John.

  • 10 years in business
  • 120 hires on Thumbtack
Troy H.
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Lind is a Pro and a true animal lover. My dog has a new friend and we have a new groomer!

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  • 62 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Lisa S.
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Paula is very knowledgeable about animal behavior and readily shared that knowledge, aiding me in learning to better communicate with my adopted puppy. With Paula's guidance, I have developed a strong foundation on which I can build as I continue to work with my puppy. Her post-session notes have helped to solidify the activities we've worked on in each session and are a great reference.

Top Pro
  • 8 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
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Candice L.
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We and our cats just adore Lori. She's reliable, so sweet, and really puts our animals first. I love getting her texts when we're out of town. Highly recommend!

Dogpanion, LLC
4.9
from 20 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Brad S.
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Look no further for a dog trainer, Mel is the best. She is passionate, patient, and excellent with animals. In the short time that we have used her we have seen results and a more disciplined dog. She cares so much about your animal that she is always available for consultation over the phone. She has boarded and trained our dog when my family went on vacation and sent follow up videos and photos of our puppy on our vacation. We look forward to a long term relationship with Mel and our adorable and well trained puppy.

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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kelly N.
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We had a great session w Phillip and Michelle. They worked out w my busy schedule and make sure that my dog's behavior was fixed at the end of the session. They are very passionate about their job, and they will not hesitate to answer all of your questions and concern. I have learned alot from this training session. Thank you ;)

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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

Canines4Life
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Erin E.
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Maureen was very responsive to texts/calls/emails. She made sure to address the individual needs of my family/pet. She packed in so much information into just one session and provided us with some unexpected extras. We have already seen an improvement in our puppy's behavior after one session. I love her positive approach to modifying behavior. She was also super patient with us (first time dog parents). We had some very basic questions but she spent extra time with us to make sure we were set before she left. Will definitely use her again and refer friends in need of doggy help.

i Speak Dog Training
4.6
from 18 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Debbie C.
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My daughter rescued a frenchie and we didn’t know what she had been through. We knew she was super sweet and very loving and smart but she had some really bad issues....... wanting to “kill” the TV when and animal was on and also she had leash aggression. So today Tommy came to the rescue. First of all he is incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of dogs and second Stella was so comfortable around him. Within 10 minutes we had her TV behavior under control, I was shocked and we did work on walking on a leash...... I learned I needed to be in control and by Tommy teaching me what to do made it so easy for Stella..... I can’t wait for our second lesson, what a pleasure it will be to have a well trained rescued dog!

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Better K9
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Pat D.
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Audrey was great to work with. She is very patient and took her time working with me as well as Max. I am pleased with Max's much improved behavior and new skills.

Bark to Basics
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
Raymond T.
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I had used a trainer with limited success and was frustrated by the experience. I was referred to Bark to Basics by a colleague who experienced great results by working with Melissa at Bark to Basics. We had the same great outcome. She worked with us to help us better understand our dogs responses to us. We tried Bark to Basics rewards based approach and it worked. We learned so much about dog behavior and responses from Melissa. We as pet parents, required more training than our dog! Melissa also is a pet sitter which helped reinforce our training while we were away.

Desirable Family Pets
4.6
from 7 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Mae L.
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I heard about Desirable Family Pets from a lady at the dog park, so I felt like it was worth a try. My pug used to be a crazy ball of energy bouncing off walls and now he has learned to calm down enough to listen to what I am saying. I learned from Desirable Family Pets how to communicate with my pug what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior in a positive way. I would definitely recommend Desirable Family Pets to my friends.

Dog Gone Pet Pros
4.0
from 5 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Kathleen M.
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So far have only had the initial meeting but she's punctual, easy to talk with, takes notes, and my animals like her. I am using her next week.

Doggie Do Pet Services
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Micheal B.
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Our dog, Coconut, received puppy training through Laguna Niguel City classes taught by Wendy, about two years ago. Ever since then, we have used Wendy's help for training, dog walking, as well as pet boarding services. There are a few major points to mention about Doggie Do Pet Services / Wendy Brookhyser: 1. She is very reliable, responsible, and caring. 2. Our dog, Coconut, absolutely loves and adores her. 3. Wendy is one of the best trainers we have seen. To our eyes, she is an expert in dog training and dog behavior. In addition to puppy training, Wendy helped us with Canine Good Citizen training, and Coconut passed the test with flying colors one year ago. 4. Last, but not least, when Coconut returns from pet boarding with Wendy, he has played so much that he sleeps for a day or two!!!

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.

K9 City Play & Stay inc.
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Jamie A.
Verified review

Paul at K9city was amazing. Very honest, professional and caring. He has helped us so much with our dogs behavior problems. Still a work in progress but Paul continues to check in with us, gives us feedback and suggestions and supports us in any way he can. Paul and K9city have been a lifesaver for our family and our dog, we can not thank him enough!!

Dog Training by Heather
4.5
from 2 reviews
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Deborah M.
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Heather was very accommodating and understanding. She joined with us when expressing our frustrations with our dogs' behavior issues and was patient but firm when showing us how to correct some of the issues. Heather reassured us that progress will happen if we are consistent and provided easy to do exercises with our dogs. We look forward to working with her next weekend!

Peter Levy
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cindy W.
Verified review

We had a 17 month puppy that was out of control. Well in fact he was in control of our family. The last straw was me tackling him in the front yard to keep him from running out of the house again. We hired Peter Levy to help us with this adorable wonderful stubborn puppy. Within minutes of Peter walking into the house, he looked at our puppy and gave him some type of signal or vibe that he was alpha. From that point on, our puppy changed. He became calmer and more attentive. Peter taught us how to gain control over our puppy and get him to behave better. We learned from him how to be above the puppy in the pecking order. His instructions were very insightful and made so much sense when you realize how pack animals work. He has an instant connection with a dog, and is able to help us get the good behaviors that we need from our dog. We highly recommend Peter as a dog trainer. He is amazing!!!

Linda's Animal Care

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I walk or provide any needed care for dogs as well as cats or any small animals. I also do horse grooming or exercising. I will also house-sit.

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Companion Animal Nanny is founded on the philosophy that gentle and compassionate kindness for your four-legged kids should extend beyond their day-to-day life and into the realm of professional pet care.

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