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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.
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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
  • 194 hires on Thumbtack
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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
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 60 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 131 hires on Thumbtack
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Anna J.
Verified review

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
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Tami Z.
Verified review

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!!!

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Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 33 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 69 hires on Thumbtack
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Taryn C.
Verified review

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!

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Stefanie Pelka Dog Training
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 31 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.

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Angellily Pet Care
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
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Michael A.
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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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Santa Monica Paws
4.8
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
SAMANTHA L.
Verified review

Pawsability was above and beyond anything I could have imagined! I have a new rescue dog and I wanted to make sure she stayed in our home when we went away. We also wanted to start her off on some basic training so we hired Pawsability to come and take care of Sky. We had a meet and greet at my house and Theresa spent a good hour explaining her services and even giving us tips to help us w our new rescue. During the stay they took sky on the daily trips they do as part of the community daycare program and Sky got to be socialized and have "on the job" training with other dogs and new people. We were sent texts, videos and photos frequently with wonderful updates about sky's progress. My house was left beautifully and Theresa even washed the sheets and towels she used. She left a report and set up our final training session that was included in our board and train fee. Oh and the fee was extremely reasonable. When we returned home Our dog was happy, healthy and had learned the beginnings of obedience training. I couldn't be happier and highly recommend this service. We will definitely enroll Sky in their daycare as well.

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Kris cleaning service
5.0
from 21 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Milagros M.
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THE BEST! If you're looking for a cleaning service that arrives 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment and is detail oriented, then you want Kris Cleaning. The team was beyond amazing and with two children under 3 and two dogs, they made sure to clean every square inch of my house and they exceeded my expectations. So much that I have now scheduled standing appointments every 3 months. Thanks Kris!!

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Love Ur K9
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
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Danielle H.
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Love Ur K9 is the best decision I ever made for my Mini Australian Shepherd, Camo. I cannot say enough how good they have been to me, and my dog. I am forever grateful for everything they have done for us. Here's the full story: I heard about Kevin through a friend who had a great experience after her dog was trained by Kevin. I was looking for a dog trainer who could not only help with obedience training my three month old puppy, but also work on some dominance behavior issues. I had read so many books on raising a puppy, and also grew up in a family with many dogs so I thought I knew what I was doing. Our first meeting with Kevin was in our home, where he met Camo, and got a better understanding of our home setup and routines. It is also where Camo was comfortable and displaying some early signs of dominant behavior. Kevin immediately picked up on this and made some changes to the way in which we interact with Camo. We started puppy behavior and obedience training that same week. Kevin also trained us as handlers, so that we understood the training and could repeat it at home, that way Camo would not be able to default back to bad behaviour. When Camo was 9 months old, we heard that we had to move to Australia for my husband's work. There was no way that I could make the move without Camo. Australia is extremely strict with importing pets, and theres a six month intensive preparation of vet checks, and massive costs involved before dogs are allowed to enter the country. We had to leave two months after we heard the news so we had to make a plan for Camo in the meant time. Kevin took Camo into his home for four months, looking after him, doing service dog training with him, and helping with many arrangements to get Camo reunited with us. Camo joined us in Australia in June and I am elated to have my best friend back by my side once again. He is still full of personality, but by far the most obedient, trained and socialised dog in Melbourne!!! THANK YOU Love Ur K9, from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Pupparazzi Petcare
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Maria M.
Verified review

My dog Bambina usually suffers from separation anxiety, and in the care of Miki with Pupparazzi Pet care, she was so happy and relaxed she never realized i was away. Miki has a way with dogs and really understands them. I highly recommend !!!

Epic Dog Pros
4.8
from 20 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Jordan R.
Verified review

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.

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.

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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
Carolyn G.
Verified review

Dave was such a great help to us in training our dog (or us, really)! He really took the time to explain the process and work with Sadie to overcome her fearful reaction to other dogs. She's made great progress & we look forward to more training sessions in the future. Highly recommended! Oh, and Sadie absolutely LOVES HIM.

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.

  • 8 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
Carole W.
Verified review

I met DANIELE LARGO outside my bank about a year and a half ago. She had such a beautiful, uplifting energy about her. I thought she was so beautiful and happy, and I just wanted to get to know her. She has such an inviting demeanor; we just started talking. Somehow we ended up talking about dogs. She is a remarkable person and dog whisperer extraordinaire. We have three cute little white rescue dogs and have been putting up with a lot of mischief from them. We'd call one and he/she would turn and walk the other way; plus, two different dogs each thought they were the alpha! We had toileting problems, too much unwanted barking, they were impossible to walk, you get the picture. We love them so much - Jack, J.J. and Kate. We're planning to move sometime soon, and for so long I'd been thinking about what to do about our doggie situation. I knew I needed to do something - SOON. Sweet Daniele had been keeping in touch with me during the gap since meeting, but momentarily I had forgotten about Danielle's special talent. Surprise, she called me the next day! Since we started working with Daniele things have really changed around here. We see the changes as each day goes by. Joe and I have worked with the dogs in all the ways she has taught us and it has really paid off. Yes, people need to get engaged in the learning process along with their pets. We have learned so much about understanding dog behavior, an essential part of having a great relationship with your precious baby. Danielle is so in-tune with our dogs and the ways we all relate together, that she understands what's going on with all of us. They each have different issues and they all love Daniele. They are anxious to please her, and now they focus with us much better also. Each one has really stepped up and they are falling into line as a cohesive family unit. We already have less barking, less toileting problems, less jealousy, and more obedience. Our home is happier and calmer thanks to this special lady. We highly recommend her for anyone having problems with their animals, or, if they just want to have a better trained dog, or other issues. Daniele has also helped our doggies, and Joe and I to better health with the Protandim she carries. What a difference! She has so many great ideas that have helped us accomplish our goals, for our doggies and ourselves. We couldn't be happier that we engaged Daniele to help us. Call Daniele, she's worth more than you can imagine...you won't be sorry! With Gratitude, Carole and Joe Wike

3 Dog Training
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Elyse R.
Verified review

Jen was awesome on the phone discussing our new rescue dog. She arrived at our house on time and in two hours time she showed us how to work with this very high energy dog. I would highly recommend Jen.

Furree Friends Pet Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Ursula W.
Verified review

I have been using her services since my puppy was 6 months, and he is now 3 1/2 years old. She has been watching my dog for the past three years, and my dog is quite picky on what he likes and doesn't like! What I like the most about her services is that she is VERY flexible, many times I have last minute jobs, and she is ALWAYS readily available to take him in. I also enjoy that she sometimes has other small dogs for him to play with, but not where it is overwhelming like a doggie daycare (my dog likes to be just with one person or dogs similar to his sweet temperament). He always wags his tail when I drop him off, and is always happy to see her daughter (my dog loves kids). When I pick him up, he is always tired and passes right out once I leave to go back home, meaning he had fun and was busy while staying over. She also caters do his diet and bathroom regime. She makes sure that when you leave your dog with her, that your dog is treated the same way as you would treat him/her. I would highly recommend her services especially if your dog is picky and you want that more personal touch in a doggie day care service.

  • 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.

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