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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 253 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 722 hires on Thumbtack
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Erin M.
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To put it simply, you can spend hours and hours researching dog trainers but you will only be uneccessarily wasting time...you will not find better than Raquel. When I contacted her seven months ago, I was pretty desperate to find a solution for my Argentine Dogo's separation anxiety issues (incessant barking/howling/destructive behavior while I was at work... going crazy with excitement and jumping all over me to the point of scratching and bruising me when I arrived back home). Not only did she give me the tools and knowledge to completely alleviate these issues permanently, she did it within a two hour span of time AND showed me how to completely eradicate other behavioral issues my furry child and I were dealing with such as his leash pulling and throwing agitated, boredom-induced barking fits when I'd try to take him to outdoor, dog-friendly restaurants. Thanks to Raquel and her amazingly effective instruction, my pup and I constantly receive compliments and "ohhhs and ahhhs" in regard to how remarkably well behaved he is, and he's so quiet when I'm gone (no more separation anxiety nightmares :-)) that my neighbor (who was at his wits' end with the constant barking) said he thought for sure I had found a new home for Che (that's my handsome furry boy's name ;-)). I cannot thank Raquel enough and every time I receive compliments about Che being such a well behaved guy, I always tell people it's because of Raquel's help and I pass her info along to them. She has a wonderful gift and she's helping to enrich and improve the lives of each and every person and animal she works with. Don't take my word for it though...call her and see for yourself! :-)

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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
  • 206 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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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 65 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
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Anna J.
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John is one of the best dog trainers that I've met. I have a three year old recently adopted American Eskimo with issues such as leash pulling, nipping people who doesn't give him attention, and general insecurity issues. I have seen other dog trainers trying to get help, but without result. John took the time to get to know my dog and evaluate him based on what he saw and previous conversations with me. He helped me understand my dog and what I need to do to help him. Apparently, I have a dog that thinks he's an alpha and he taught me how to address this. I need more classes to address my dogs leash pulling and more, and I am glad that John didn't try to address all issues in one session because I don't think that would have been very helpful in the long run. Training a dog is not done in an hour, it takes more time than that. I highly recommend John.

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  • 19 years in business
  • 141 hires on Thumbtack
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Nancy C.
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Mrs. Kim Caldwell is a dog trainer and she's helping me with my dog Rocky, she is a pleasant person to work with and learn to teach my dog, lookin forward to continue working with her. Satisfied costumer 😊👍

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  • 3 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca C.
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Our trainer Denise has been such a great help with our crazy puppy. We hired her when the pup was 5 months old . We were in desperate need of training . Our pup was pottying in the house even though we had designated a spot for her to go. It was exhausting cleaning up after her all day. With Denise's help and expertise , our pup has learned were to go potty and we have learned as well the importance of consistency . It is evident that Denise is gifted as a dog trainer and our experience with her has been very professional . It is obvious she loves animals and there is a gentle way to train. Thanks Denise With love from Summer and the Courtney family:)

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!

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.7
from 31 reviews
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
Chris L.
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Steve is an incredible, elite master trainer. He holds the key to unlocking all of your dogs' best attributes. He has done wonders for my dogs, and I have witnessed him doing even more for others. There's nothing that this man can't fix about your dog. But, you must be willing to put in the time and do what it takes to maintain. I have two mixed breeds (brother and sister) that have severe separation anxiety, when they weren't near each other. They were completely co dependent on each other, fearful and extremely sensitive to everything around them. They would whine and bark when separated. Steve had them for less than two weeks, and now they have no problem, at all being separated. He taught me how to build their confidence, and help them succeed. Which has made training them in obedience much easier. They now have the will to work, and the desire to learn more. As do I. He has inspired me so much that it has now become my passion, and I am now his apprentice. What I love most about the way that he trains, is that he is very gentle and patient with the dogs. He is by far more concerned with the dogs' well-being than anything else. He can be pretty tough on the owners, but once you come to realize why, you really can't be mad at him. The issues that your dog has, are typically there because of you. Your dog is a mirror of yourself. Once you've accepted that, you can then both change together, building the bond between you and your dog even stronger. But, you must be part of the change in order for it to work. Wendy is my senior master trainer, and I have learned so much already from both of them. They have taught me beginner and advanced obedience, behavior work, tracking, scent detection, how to show in AKC competitions, how to train movie dogs, and much more. Through the skills that I have acquired from them, I am now teaching my own classes and training dogs daily, using the same incredible methods that these amazing dog trainers have taught me. I highly recommend Steve and Wendy, and all of their trainers to anyone who truly cares for their dog.

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Angellily Pet Care
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Sherry R.
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We needed help with our 4 month old English bulldog. She came in the same day we made contact and gave us great tips and pointers from food, vets, and training. She was really patient, kind and professional. She knew what she was talking about and is perfect if you are looking for a local dog trainer. Thus far we have met just once but I highly recommend her and we plan on having her back to our home for additional training.

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K.O. Dog Training
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
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Kelly S.
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great trainers for our puppy, although our dog is obviously smarter than us and Michelle and Philip seems to be training us more than our dog!

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Megan W.
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Tommy Stark is by far the best dog trainer I have ever known. He's extremely knowledgeable and always helpful. I have a large male Rottweiler who is an absolute joy to have in every and all situations due to Tommy's training. Anytime I've ever had a question about our dog Tommy is always there to help. I highly recommend Tommy Stark. He is the best of the best! Just ask Gronk.

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PENNY's POOCHES
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 20 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.

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Epic Dog Pros
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Jordan R.
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Arturo was a fantastic trainer, my dog kona responded really well with him and was/is always excited to see him. I was amazed by how obedient she became and would highly recommend him to anyone who needs training.

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Basic Instinct Dog Training
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
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Ray L.
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Allison is awesome. If your looking for a dog trainer in the South Bay area give her a call you won't be disappointed.

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EveryDog
4.9
from 18 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
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Tianna F.
Verified review

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.

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
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Kathy P.
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Dave is a dedicated, caring and knowledgeable dog trainer. We will use him!

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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Corrina W.
Verified review

We love Maureen! She is patient and answers any questions I have during the week! She makes a personalized training schedule based on your families needs. I love that she shows my kids how to work with our puppy as well! We are learning how to raise a well behaved puppy with Maureen's help! We are already getting compliments on how well our puppy listens to us! The difference between our untrained dog and our new puppy is night and day.

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  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Mariah T.
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Amazing! David was amazing with my dog. I had a dog who had several issues on top of not having any obedience. We tried other trainers before him and they couldn't help him. We finally found David and he did a wonderful job. He got our dog to stop lunging, barking, tearing up our things, helped us build a bond, and taught him obedience commands. I am very grateful for everything he's done.

Walk'n Wag'n Pets
4.9
from 11 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Sherridan R.
Verified review

Jessie is knowledgeable and reliable about walking dogs. She has some training experience. My dog is very leash reactive and I'm not totally comfortable letting him go with someone without my supervision. Jessie was willing to let me do that. For now, I've postponed dog walking, but not because of Walk'n Wag'n. They seem to be a reliable and professional company. I would recommend them.

Ayumi - Paw by Paw
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Yoko S.
Verified review

She really is a very responsible person so you can trust her work. She loves what she does. Sometimes she is a little strict but all her dogs love her so they know who Ayumi is. Greatest dog trainer.

Whiskers, Tails and Mail
4.8
from 5 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Anne S.
Verified review

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!

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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