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Happy Paws Dog Training LA
4.9
from 243 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 702 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Nelly B.
Verified review

Raquel has changed our lives!!! She came out to work with our German Shepherd, who we found out was highly prey-driven, and quite a bit neurotic. She helped us understand her behaviors, and what we could do to redirect her. She spent two and a half hours with us, and it was money well spent! We didn't want to post our review right away, to make sure the training stuck. I have to say, we, and our dog, have retained what we learned in one session with Raquel, and the change has been dramatic. Walks are extremely enjoyable now, not a tug-of-war, like they used to be. Our dog knows her limits, and we really only correct her occasionally now. We are forever grateful for the knowledge and expertise that Raquel imparted to us and our dog. We highly recommend her services to anyone in need of a GREAT trainer!

Dee Cee's Dog House
4.8
from 66 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 189 hires on Thumbtack
Marisa Q.
Verified review

We called Dee Cee because our daughter's new 3 month old Gampr puppy and our 5 year old Australian Shepherd could NOT get along. It was causing an incredible amount of tension in our home and the dogs were both extremely stressed. Our Aussie and the puppy could not be in the same room at the same time and if they were there was a fight. I wish I could say all of the fights have stopped, we remain a work in progress. But after just one visit our doggies are friendly. They share toys, space and this morning they even shared a doggie bed! THIS would not have happened last week.. Thank you!! DeeCee for your help and expertise. Everyone is AMAZED.

Cassidy's Pet Assistance
4.9
from 36 reviews
  • 26 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
Tami S.
Verified review

It doesn't get any better than Cassidy's Care! I love my little Sweetpea so much, it's so important to find someone with a super big heart for animals. Well, Cassidy is so respectful to animals and others. I am so grateful to have had countless overnights and even a few times, Sweetpea has had to even stay days at a time. Cassidy has a clean, tidy and loving home which is Sweetpea’s home away from home. The big bonus is Cassidy is a dog trainer too! Sweetpea continues to improve on all levels each and every time she's been in Cassidy’s care. On a personal note, I love Cassidy's sense of humor, oh goodness, I'm always smiling around Cassidy! That joy is also good for animals too :))) If you’re looking for the very best, Cassidy is it!

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Your Best Companion
4.9
from 41 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Mohan L.
Verified review

Duane was outstanding. He really knows his trade. I needed help with a very anxious and aggressive German Shepherd. With in one session he had My dog corrected and he was the sweetest dog ever met. By session 2 and three he dog was playing in the dog park with other dogs and socializing. By session 4 I was able to take them to the restaurant where dog owners were allowed to bring their pets ...and I was so proud of as he was best behaved dog there. I was in fact even complimented on how well behaved my dog was. This would not of been possible without a great trainer. I was a little reluctant initially because his rate seemed a bit higher than his counterparts. But then again you get what you pay for. When you break it down on the hourly perspective he's not that much more expensive. I got a "Bentley" as opposed to a "Toyota Tercel"...thanks Duane you're awesome and not a hyped up television dog trainer...Its the real deal.

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Ruff Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Tisha A.
Verified review

Melissa was at my house this morning and she helped me immensely with my 6 mos.German Shepard! I knew the basics but she gave me more knowledge and the confidence I needed to follow through on my own I highly recommend her.

Wagging Pack
4.9
from 25 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
Sara E.
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Awesome trainer. My german shepherd puppy was a bit of a handful and we really needed some support in teaching positive behaviors. Timothy was the perfect trainer. Always on-time, professional, courteous and attentive. He went above and beyond. He helped our pup learn sit, stay, lay down, wait, drop it, touch, to walk on a loose leash, and become less distracted by the outside like UPS men, cats, people, etc. He even led us through potty training our puppy successful from inside to out. Assisted us with crate training, correct harness/leashes and proper chew toys. Even helped us with some tricks like roll over, play dead, jump, and more. Invaluable experience. We have a much more respectful pup!

Weatherwax Dog Training
4.8
from 35 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
Mark H.
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I first met Robert back in 1994, when he was living here in Lancaster, CA. At the time, I owned a pair of dogs - Sheba, a Bavarian Shepherd, and Princess, a Lab/Chow mix. As a loyal fan of the "Lassie" movies and TV series', I was well aware of the Weatherwax Family's "pedigree" (pardon the pun) with regard to dog training. So when Robert offered his assistance with the training of my animals, I jumped at the opportunity! The thing I remember most, is a statement he made before any training began. Robert told me that he would train ME to train my dogs, believing it was best for them to learn commands from me, their owner, not some stranger. His training methods were clever, patient, humane and well-thought-out, and worked like a charm. Soon, both dogs were well-behaved and obedient, following commands based on hand-signals only (a common practice with TV and movie animals)! While both dogs benefitted tremendously, Princess truly excelled, at one time able to follow nearly 20 different commands! All on hand-signals! Sadly, both dogs are long-gone to Doggy Heaven, but I've never forgotten them or the training methods I learned from Robert. I cannot offer a higher recommendation.

Mander's Best Friends
4.9
from 28 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
John S.
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Sally was my absolute savior! I had to leave out of town, last minute, and was gone for close to a week. I entrusted Sally with keys to my home even though we just met hours before my departure. She was great with the animals, came over more times than we originally agreed to, and cleaned up after the animals when one of them had an incredible mess :( I cannot stop raving about Sally! She not only "saved" me by taking care of my three dogs: Great Pyrenees (120 lbs), German Shepherd (100 lbs) and Minpin...but she also garnered a client for life!

Pawsitive Pup Dog Training
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
Brooke S.
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Barb did an amazing job with my 4 month old german Shepard puppy! She was very enthusiastic and eager to help! She was confident with her knowledge and that made me feel so relieved I found her! I'm excited to continue working with her!

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Santa Monica Paws
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
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Anne A.
Verified review

In one week my shepherd mix puppies are already 100% more manageable. We have a schedule and routine which works for all of us and the puppies are doing great!

America's Best Dog Trainers
5.0
from 12 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.

L.A. Dog Behaviorist
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Alejandra F.
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I have a year old German Shepard who was really hard to walk and consistently pulled and throw tantrums but after on session my dog (Leo) changed. He showed me how to walk him and what to do in case he acts out. He was really patient and professional and I wan very happy with the outcome.

  • 8 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Michele M.
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Daniele not only helped improve the overall health of my Golden Retriever but she also provided me with the tools & knowledge to handle her anxiety issues. Now Jasmin is a very healthy & sassy 13 yo!! Daniele also helped create an even stronger family bond with my 3 1/2 yo German Shepherd mix by addressing some of his behavioral issues. Daniele has always made herself available in emergency situations and never hesitates to go the extra mile. She is a true animal lover and we are very thankful to have her in our lives.

Lorenzo's dog Training Team
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 31 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Amir J.
Verified review

Fahim Jan is so amazing! He helped make a huge difference in my relationship with my 1 year old German shepherd. His behavior had gotten so bad that we were contemplating giving him up. He has a gift for getting my dog to listen and learn commands. He turned my rambunctious dog into a the most well behaved dog on the block that I can take anywhere with me. He affirmed aspect of training that I wondered about and taught me so much about how to understand and be a leader of my home. There is peace and balance in my house now that my dog is not barking at every noise he hears. I highly reccomend Fahim. He is trustworthy, was patient with me and my dog, thorough, and overall caring to our needs. We are lucky to have found Lorenzo's when we did. Thank you Fahim and Lorenzo's dog traininng team.

What a GOOD DOG! LA
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Vinod M.
Verified review

We had a great experience with Dianne Lawrence when she gave our puppy (mixed german shepherd/lab) obedience training including walking on a leash and most important, teaching the dog how to behave around people and other dogs. Her style is gentle, but firm, and commands respect from the dog without being harsh. She also focuses on the human relationship with the dog and makes you understand your role in the dog's behavior. Dianne's focus is not to personally train the dog, but to teach you as a dog owner to train the dog. Along with the general obedience training, Dianne also taught us how to train our dog to sit, lie down, come, and stay. We have nothing but positive things to say about Dianne and recommend her wholeheartedly as a fantastic dog trainer. Our dog loved Dianne, and was eagerly wagging his tail every time he saw her.

  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Jamie A.
Verified review

Shay and her very well behaved German Shepherd Luna have been my neighbor for a few years. I lovingly call the duo The Mayors of Marina del Rey as when we walk through the neighborhood, I am constantly amazed at how many people stop her and comment on how well behaved her dog is. It's always fun to see Shay take one look at an animal and be able to determine what the issue is and why that animal isn't behaving as it's owner wishes. She's always willing to give a quick tip on a correction for a dog. The owners are always thrilled at how quickly and easily Shays recommendations work on their dogs. The only dogs I have ever let in my apartment are Luna or dogs that Shay has trained, as I know they are not going to chew on anything, not pee on anything, and in general behave! I tell all of my friends if they have a dog, they have to call Shay. Even if your dog doesn't have major behavior issues, her connection that she has with animals and owners is sure going to help you enjoy your pet even more!

New World Animals
4.7
from 4 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Barbara B.
Verified review

Jen is currently training my 2 German Shepherd puppies. She has great knowledge of how to handle animals and get a desired response from them. She is very dependable and my puppies race to meet her. They enjoy the lessons and I can see the progress they are making in getting manners. We love Jen!

Wonderland Training
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Jordan C.
Verified review

Amazing experience with this trainer, a very smart and pleasant person to work with and was great with my little pomeranian (: also did a few lessons with my shepherd and turned his bad behavior around 180 degrees, my dogs love her and I would definitely do business with her again.

Ain't Misbehavin' K9
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Dana G.
Verified review

I recommend Kim to all dog owners, especially those who have tried everything else without success. Before finding Kim, I tried no fewer than 6 trainers.....6! Kim is kind, humane, and highly effective. She has wisdom with people as well as dogs, and that is why her methods work so well. She's a perfect trainer with a lot of compassion, wisdom and wit. She makes training fun for people and their dogs. I would trust her with my dogs any time at all. BTW...she trained my 2 German Shepherds, my 2 Aussies, and my mixed breed dog. My Aussies and I are still in training and love it when it's training day!

The Driven Dog
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cinthia T.
Verified review

Before Karin, I had a dog and human aggressive German Shepherd Husky mix. Layla would react to every single dog that we saw when we were on walks which made it very difficult to walk her. As for people, when someone got to close she'd snap and lunge at them. We did a 3 week board and train program with Karin and was probably the best decision I made. We had gone through a couple of trainers and finally found the right one. Layla now walks and ignores any dog we pass and people can come up to us and talk without her reacting. Not only does Karin help you with your dog but she also explains what you, as the handler, need to work on. Even after the board and train, advance group class is available to continue working with your dog around a controlled environment. Needless to say, we're happy we found her. Definitely a well knowledge and amazing trainer.

  • 14 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Gretchen B.
Verified review

We were fortunate enough to connect with Susan (our "fairy dogmother") shortly after getting our puppy, and we've been working with her for the past five months. What a difference she has made in our lives, and in the way that we interact with our puppy! Susan's approach is gentle and loving, rather than stern and forceful. She teaches primarily through positive reinforcement, and it's amazing to see our puppy respond. In just a few short months, our German Shepherd has become well-adapted and obeys simple commands. Susan engenders respect and trust from our puppy, and he is astoundingly eager to obey her; she has done a wonderful job of training us as well! Most importantly, her training teaches patience, persistence, and positive interaction with your pet. There are no "pinch" collars involved in Susan's training, no loud berating or punishment of your puppy. Instead, she trains the puppy with encouragement and reward (for our dog Max, that means treats and back scratches). Something that I strongly believe helped our pet to trust Susan and want to please her was "puppy camp," during which our puppy stayed with Susan for several days while we were out of town. While we were initially reluctant to leave our brand new puppy, when we returned, our puppy already had the foundations of strong training, and our subsequent training has been much easier because of that. I highly recommend Susan's training for your puppy or dog, and to the extent possible, I advise that all family members participate in getting trained so everyone in the family is on the same page. You will bless the day that you found your "fairy dogmother!"

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