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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 245 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 707 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Erin M.
Verified review

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
  • 193 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Barry K.
Verified review

Maggie is my fourth dog. I have had trainers with each of the dogs. Never have I had a more competent, compassionate and professional trainer as Karen. She taught Maggie to walk loose leash and not enter a room before more or my husband. I used to have to carry her everywhere. She's only 9 pounds but it got old really fast. I also had Karen board/train her for two days. She came back a different dog. When Karen came today for the beginning of training her to be a therapy dog. When Karen came for the beginning of training her to be a therapy dog, she got so excited when seeing Karen. Karen knows how to be firm yet kind with dogs. Dogs know it. I couldn't recommend anyone more highly than Karen. She is the best of the best. Barry K. Sherman Oaks

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 67 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 192 hires on Thumbtack
Gina T.
Verified review

Somehow reading a book with common-sense dog training tips did not give us confidence. Dee Cee shows you these methods & how they work--but it is up to you to do it over and over till you and your dog get it. Our dog did not have hard issues so were were looking for guidance more than a trainer that would come multiple times. Dee Cee showed us insider tips and all the details..demonstrating with our dog... to give us methods & confidence. She left 2 tools to use as we will continue to work with our dog. We wanted an hour private session in our home to target 3 simple issues and Dee Cee was just what we needed.

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 60 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 44 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 87 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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!!!

Weatherwax Dog Training
4.8
from 35 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
John L.
Verified review

Robbie Weatherwax is a caring and skillful dog trainer and animal behavioralist. He is kind to his customers and gives excellent instruction to their dogs. John Lovins

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Stefanie Pelka Dog Training
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
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.

SW K9 Rehab Inc., Non-Profit
4.5
from 31 reviews
  • 71 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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Santa Monica Paws
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Ellie R.
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Great people. Great service. Our dogs go out on 2 hour socialization hikes or trips to a park, 3 days/wk. And they go for neighborhood walks, 2-3 days/wk. I rest assured that they are getting excercise and are with experienced, knowledgeable, caring people. Even when walking or playing with several dogs, they are aware of each dog's needs. I trust them to drop off, pick up, or feed my dogs when no one is home. Both of my guys get very excited when Theresa or Brad come to the door. They have been a part of our lives for well over a year and we are very grateful.

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Angellily Pet Care
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Michael A.
Verified review

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!

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 14 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Kathy P.
Verified review

Dave is a dedicated, caring and knowledgeable dog trainer. We will use him!

EveryDog
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
Karren L.
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He knows animals. Dave has a way with my dog. My puppy likes him and listens to the commands.

Ali's Pet Care
4.7
from 15 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Linda P.
Verified review

Due to an injury I am unable to walk my dog. After speaking with Ali on the phone, I knew found the right person. Her love for dogs is obvious, and my dog loves her too. Ali reinforces the training I have already done with my dog and challenges her with new experiences on their walk. I would highly recommend Ali for any pet care needs, and will continue to use her in the future even when I'm better.

PENNY's POOCHES
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Rae D.
Verified review

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.

  • 19 years in business
  • 20 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.

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Love Ur K9
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Theresa D.
Verified review

The Dawson Family loves Love Ur K9! Kevin and his team have done wonders with our dog. Since we've had Love Ur K9 help us train our beagle, our beagle can stay in down position for an hour, walk by our side with her head up on leash, and can control her howling. The best part about Love Ur K9 is that this team heavily involves the owners; they'll teach you about the training they are doing with your dog, so that when your dog comes home, you can continue to improve upon your dog's behavior!

Epic Dog Pros
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Elan O.
Verified review

Everything about these trainers and this company is simply amazing. They helped me and my dogs communicate as if it were magic. If you need a dog trainer in the oc then look no further bc these guys are the real deal

America's Best Dog Trainers
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 38 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Vas G.
Verified review

If I could leave more stars, I would. Daryl worked with our German Shepherd Lexi who was a rescue with severe fear and aggression issues. Daryl worked with Lexi and our family so we could provide the best environment for Lexi. We were able to enjoy our pet and Lexi became more confident and less stressed. We continued our training and are in contact with Daryl. Daryl is honest with his assessment and will not sugar coat anything. Lexi was never afraid of Daryl and I could see the bond and respect they had for each other. Whether basic training, fear or aggression issues or whatever you need, Daryl and his crew at America's Best Dog Trainers will be there to help because they genuinely care for your animal and its wellbeing. Thank you for helping our family. Please don't hesitate to call him.

Zoom Room Redondo Beach
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jack M.
Verified review

Zoom Room and the team are very educated and know how to share thier knowledge base with a regular person. I have been attending classes since my dog was a puppy and it shows in the level of training and obedience he has in public.

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Yesenia V.
Verified review

I tried using a treat trainer but our dog still did not listen. Mike and Off Leash K9 Training Los Angeles were able to get the control over our dog that we wanted. The Off Leash team were there every step of the way and now we have a dog that listens each and every time.

Sit Means Sit Los Angeles
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Catherine K.
Verified review

If it had not been for Allen, I believe that my loving dog Raiden would not be here today. I seek out the help of at least 5 trainer's after my dog visously attached a family member and all of them said either muzzle him for the rest of his life or put him down. Allen said we can fix you and help your dog be happy. Today Raiden lives in our home and coexist with Pease and contentment with the whole family including the one he attached. Never would I have believed it possible. Not only that but he is extremely well behaved.Allen saved Raidens life,kept my family safe and kept my heart from breaking. I have only two regrets, I wish I knew him when the dog was a puppy we couldn't have avoided all of this and second is I hated to see Allen move so far away. SINCERELY, CATHERINE KLEIN BULL 203 627 5929

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