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Top 10 Bird Dog Trainers near Vista, CA

3. Pacific Beach Pet Care
from 3 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • Serves Vista, CA
"I recently sent my 2-year-old Labradoodle and 14-year-old Cocker Spaniel to board at Pacific Beach Petcare. It was the perfect locale to send our dogs during a summer family vacation. My wife and I enrolled our Labradoodle, Raya, in Shirine’s 2-week board and train program. Roxy, our older little spaniel, didn’t need training. However, Roxy does require lots of attention, affection, short but well spaced walks, and overall, extremely gentle care. Pacific Beach Pet Care handled everything seamlessly. From drop off to pick up, I was a more than satisfied customer. For instance, prior to admitting Raya into boot camp, Shirine and I discussed a custom treatment plan as well as my behavior goals for Raya. During both the dogs’ stay, Shirine provided round-the-clock phone availability for any questions or concerns that arose. She even included her personal number! I appreciated receiving regular progress updates and pictures of my ”girls” on the beach. My family and I devoted to the happiness and wellbeing of our animals. Thus, money spent at Pacific Beach Petcare has been an unquestionably sound investment. I’ve heard before that “a trained dog is a free dog.” Shirine at Pacific Beach Petcare is the epitome of this idea. If you are looking for a professional, experienced, and extremely personable dog trainer, contact Shirine. You can bet we will he repeat customers for life!"
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9. The Dog Listener
from 27 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Vista, CA
"I felt compelled to write this review because I know from first hand experience just how difficult it is to find a good dog trainer, not to mention behaviorist. I've known many dog and horse "trainers" and I've learned over the years how crucial it is to find the right person for the job. I first met Emily when I started fostering a high energy, high drive pit mix. I had experience with pit bulls, but this guy was a sports car! He had been passed around a lot, and was very leash reactive. It didn't help that I was still grieving over the passing of my dog and a close friend and felt very unsure of myself. I called Emily because I was worried I would make the situation worse - she came to my rescue immediately. She doesn't just treat you like a "client", she takes her time to make sure you know she really has your back. She patiently let me express all of my concerns on the phone, then did a very helpful home visit, and after just a few group class sessions Hank and I had a completely different relationship and I decided to adopt him. Just this morning, I had a relaxing walk to the park, Hank in a relaxed heel in a martingale, where we then practiced some off leash focused heel, recall, and played fetch. All with numerous dogs running around. I take him with me to dog friendly stores and cafes, and am frequently complemented on his calm and well behaved demeanor. I even used the basics I learned in Emily's group class to help a panicked neighbor who had recently adopted a golden retriever who was extremely leash reactive and pulled like a freight train. Within 10 minutes, this dog was heeling calmly and happily next to my mom's little female pit bull. Here are a few points to sum up why I recommend Emily: a. She has compassion - Emily is there for both you and your dog and does not employ forceful techniques (they don't work!); she uses a calm, balanced approach that is tailored specifically for you and your dog b. She is easily reachable by phone and email c. She offers group classes and private lessons, and doesn't make you buy packages d. She is honest, kind, and a real no BS chick e. Aggressive dog? No problem - she'll work with it f. She has a long list of happy clients in Humboldt County - I would know, we go on pack walks together!"
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10. Inspire... Canine Behavior Counseling & Training
Top Pro
from 44 reviews
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Vista, CA
"I have an English mastiff whom I was reading wrong. So I ran into a girl who knew Paula and swore that she is the best with dogs and she also said Paula brought down the euthanize rate at the local shelters. I was skeptical because I have never had a dog trainer come to work with my dogs. My mastiff was a little different from my other dogs so I was in need of someone who knew what they were doing. When Paula came to meet djanga, the dog was doing her normal barking and showed some of her nervousness. Paula just came to just be around her pursay, and it was just so djanga could see that she's not a threat or anyone to be worried about. Paula has the most open personality and it's like these dogs just feel that vibe and soak it up. Djanga doesn't feel comfortable around most adults but she loved Paula from day two haha. I know that Paula can solve all dogs issues if not strive to give her all trying to. She would come in and we would take djanga out come back in let her chew on an antler to release her tension then go back out. It worked, I thought my dog was a goner. Djanga was getting so much better and Paula would bring different things to introduce her too, ( including her daughter). I bought a super nice leash off of her that djanga worked really well with and a few antlers. Djanga got to where she was looking for her weekly tennis ball in Paula's bag and was super happy to see her. That's not the only good thing though she is very adamant about working the dog and getting them to where they need to be to feel comfortable in their environments and just calm no stress. She did that for djanga and I'm so thankful for that. Djanga today is a better dog then she's ever been I still use her tools to this day and it has made the world so much easier to handle for her. Paula is a great person and the dogs love her but she is very patient and calm with them. Her rates are super affordable, and she will come to you where ever you are. If anyone has the chance to work with her or her work with their dog, it'll be the most wonderful experience you will ever have with a dog trainer. The only thing I would change is I would live to see Paula travel and help dogs around the world I know she could make a difference in our shelters today."
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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.

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.

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