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Vista Animal Behaviorists

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The Top Dog Trainer
4.8
from 116 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 237 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marie B.
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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 70 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
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Judi O.
Verified review

John is great! His help and suggestions made a real difference in our dog's behavior. Our dog is happier and so are we! We especially liked how John worked with our dog in our home environment, including our young children and general chaos! We highly recommend John. He has a true understanding of dogs and the reasons behind their behaviors.

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Diana B.
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We had a 1.5 hour first "lesson" with Tommy this morning, and the experience was amazing. Not only is he extremely knowledgeable about dog behavior and behavioral modification, he also provided my husband and me with specific, easy-to-use strategies which are already working. I would definitely recommend Tommy! So glad to have found him!

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Brad S.
Verified review

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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Taylor Made Working Dogs
4.9
from 22 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
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Liz S.
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I went to Taylor Made Working Dogs for help with competition obedience, and a few behavior issues with my 2 year old female German shepherd. Kris Taylor has not only helped me see and understand what was really going on, but has also led me towards my goals. His understanding of dog behavior and how they learn is a rare find in any aspect of training (if your looking for pet obedience, behavior modification, protection or competition).

Get Pawsitive Dog Training
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Jen E.
Verified review

Sarah w Get Pawsitive is the best at what she does! She is very passionate, knowledgable and cares so much about her clients ...the furry ones and their owners. We rescued our terrier mix and were at our wits end with his barking and reactive behavior. Sarah helped us understand our dogs triggers and distractions then worked with him and the entire family and showed us how work with him. I like that she uses positive reinforcement only which was a huge factor for us. Our dog was never scared or fearful when working with her & she earned his trust right away. Also I like the fact she gave homework and a step by step on what we should do with him daily so our dog can be successful. He is doing so very well and we are now able to walk him without him going nuts. I'm truly amazed! Highly recommended Sarah!

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EveryDog - Orange County
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
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Terri B.
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Had a session with Dave earlier today. Already see changes in my dog and how chaotic my home has been. He talked to me a lot about dog behavior which was valuable to me. He was very professional and knew exactly what needed to be done. I highly recommend him.

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Canines4Life
4.9
from 16 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
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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.

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!!!

Leashless.Dog
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle D.
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Professional and knowledgeable about dog behavior and getting results

Mac's Canine Consultant's
4.6
from 11 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Barbara L.
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Besides great professionalism and work quality, lets add passion to the list of what you will receive when you hire Cindy to train your dog. Dogs are family and when you do not know how to break an unwanted behavior, truly, it is time to call in a professional. Once you do, you will wonder what took you so long. Cindy is great and you will not be sorry.

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.

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Pawsitive Pets
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marcia S.
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Rubi is wonderful and positive and knows dog behavior!!! I am learning as much as my puppy "maybe more" I look forward to my weekly visits from Rubi to help me make progress with my puppy training which is so important. I would recommend Rubi to anyone who needs to train or help with their puppy or dog.

Better K9
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 26 hires 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.

Mimi's Pet Services
4.9
from 8 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Erin M.
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Jennifer is great with my pups! She's reliable, trustworthy and such an animal lover! Highly recommend her!

Inception K9 Academy
5.0
from 5 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Lisa R.
Verified review

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 4 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 15 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!!

Brian Grasberger
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jeannie V.
Verified review

We selected Brian because he has a Bachelors degree in Canine Behaviors & we didn't want training for our dogs but behavior modification. We are so happy with Brian's knowledge and ability to work with our dogs. He leads by example and will allow us to watch him work with our dogs before he has us work with them. His reminders and training tips are valuable. After only 2 sessions, our dogs behavior has already improved tremendously.

The Cognitive Dogs
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Sandy B.
Verified review

Kim Yuskiewicz has trained both me and my lovely Shanti girl for several years. We both love her and have learned a lot about dog behavior. Kim is not only very knowledgeable - she is also compassionate, kind and treats dogs and humans with great respect. With her gentle and loving training, both Shanti and I would highly recommend Kim.

Warsong Obedience
5.0
from 1 review
    Kay W.
    Verified review

    Ms. Peterson is outstanding! Her understanding of both human and canine psychology and behavior is A+ She is wonderful to work with!

    SoCal K9 Training

    New To Thumbtack

    • 10 years in business
    • 3 hires on Thumbtack
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    SoCal K9 customizes each training regimen to the individual's needs and abilities.

    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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