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Vista Group Dog Trainers

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Dog-Skool
4.9
from 70 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 148 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Sally K.
Verified review

John is calm, confident and professional. He is amazing! Dog training is as much about training the owners as it is training the dog. He explains how dogs think and how we communicate with them. Best money I've spent in a while. I'd highly recommend this trainer!

Honor K9
5.0
from 31 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Samantha R.
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Mark is an exceptional dog trainer. After only one hour of working with our 1 year old Pit Bull Mix, Winston was a different dog. Prior to working with Mark, Winston was not able to walk on a leash, was exhibiting fear aggression and anxiety, and was very insecure. Although, I did not recognize these as Winston's personality traits, I just thought he was exhibiting typical stubborn puppy behavior. Mark helped us understand the personality and psychology of our dog and our role of providing structure and consistency to help him become a well-balanced dog. Mark was able to gain Winston’s trust within the first visit and has made tremendous strides with him. I would highly recommend Mark’s dog training services.

OCK-9Services
4.9
from 31 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Alexa R.
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I own a year and a half year old, 70 lb Stafforshire terrier. I found Daniel's training business online and he was very quick to respond. I was having anxiety issues with Rocky. He was also not around a lot of other dogs so he was not taught proper socializing, thus causing him anxiety and insecurities. Daniel was able to provide the assurance that Rocky would respond well to his method of training. We have been working together only a few months on a weekly to bi weekly basis and Rocky has super manners. He is meeting dogs with respect and confidence. He is now progressing his obedience and starting Psyciatric Service dog training. I'm very happy with Daniel's service.

The Dog Listener
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
Kelly R.
Verified review

So far Emily does a superb job. You can tell she is passionate about animal behavior. I especially appreciate and welcome her instruction on training me! I need the training more than my dog I think. My dog follows me so I think Emily can help train me and my dog and help to alter behavior to get to the best behavior my dog can achieve and represent my breed. Emily truly has a fantastic gift with animals.

i Speak Dog Training
4.8
from 25 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
Gary J.
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Worked with my little Chihuahua Jax & after one training session I saw he was better already and getting rid of all those bad habits!

Dogpanion, LLC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
Carolyn C.
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I met Mel when I enrolled my 7-month old labradoodle, Daisy, in her puppy training class. I hadn't had a dog in over 10 years and wanted a well-behaved dog as a companion if I am going to keep her for her lifetime. Mel's method is positive training with treats and repetition. Daisy thrived in the 6-week course and did outstanding during her puppy graduation. I then decided to enroll her into Mel's intermediate dog training class because I still had issues with how Daisy acted in public. It's been 3 weeks into the dog training and I can really see Daisy changing into a better behaved dog. She now knows how to heel when walking, stay for long periods, sit at a corner during her walks, stay until I release her to come to continue with our walk, doesn't go ballistic when she sees another dog & owner walking on the other side of the street and lets go of things she picks up during our walks (like rocks, paper, sticks etc) with the "Leave it" command. Mel really takes the time to explain each new step/lesson during each class. And there are no "Bad Dogs" in training, Always Positive. If I have questions between classes, I just email Mel and she always gets back to me to put me back on track. I definitely will be recommending Mel and her dogpanion dog training to my friends. Thanks, Carolyn & Daisy

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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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Jessica V.
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I bought a dog (german shepherd puppy) from Kris a couple years ago for sport work. He set me up with training and my dog is THE best trained dog I have ever owned. She has a balanced and stable temperament on top of fantastic obedience and protection. I am so incredibly happy with her and Kris is extremely knowledgeable in dog behavior and dog training of all aspects. I recommend Taylor made Working Dogs for any source of dog training or buying.

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Epic Dog Pros
4.6
from 22 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
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Jacob G.
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Free E Book! The Group Classes & Pack Waks for 1 year & Results Guaranteed 100% the best place to get dog training help in southern Cali

Get Pawsitive Dog Training
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie A.
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I took the 3's Company class with Sarah. She was a very positive...pawsitive? :) trainer and was very encouraging. She was very open to any questions and spent individual time with each dog during the classes, giving specific advice and monitoring their progress. She was a great trainer.

San Diego Dog Training
4.3
from 16 reviews
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Mickey P.
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I’m still in the process of training my dog

Doggie Do Pet Services
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 17 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Susan M.
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I first met Wendy through the City of Laguna Niguel dog training classes and she has been in our lives ever since. Her commanding personality and love for all dogs makes her the perfect dog trainer. Not to mention she picks up and delivers our dog when we need to go out of town! Penny is always excited about her time with Wendy and the other dogs and returns better behaved after a weekend with Wendy!!!

  • 6 years in business
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Missy R.
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Bailey and I have been to many different training classes since I adopted here nearly 2 years ago. Off Leash K9 Training was the training the "stuck." I am now confident that every time I give a command Bailey will respond quickly. The crew at OLK9 also helped us work through some leash aggression. Bailey is a happier and more confident dog, and I'm a happier and more confident owner because of our time with Off Leash K9 Training.

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.

All Things Pups
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 2 years in business
Sabrina C.
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My foster dog had never been socialized and he was ouot of control around other dogs. In just 2 training sessions, Kaelin and her dog Grizzly helped my Rocky realize that not all dogs are bad. He pays no attention to dogs on his walks now and I can take him to the cafe where he sits politely!

Desirable Family Pets
4.8
from 9 reviews
  • 25 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Aby C.
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If you’re looking for a dog trainer, LOOK NO MORE! She’s right here and her name is Connie Hoffman! Connie is BEYOND AMAZING at what she does and has quite an extensive resume. When my husband and I first got our sheltie, Winston, we were absolutely thrilled! However, we immediately knew that having a dog like Winston, required proper training and that is when we decided to hire Connie! When we first met with her, Connie visited our home and met Winston for the first time. She went through the obedience training contract with us and also walked us through EVERYTHING we needed to get in order to provide Winston the healthy lifestyle he deserves. From going over what food and supplements to buy to grooming essentials - Connie covered it all from A to Z. My husband and I went through the first set of obedience classes with Connie and Winston passed with flying colors. We eventually proceeded with going through the Canine Good Citizen course with her and Winston has yet prevailed! He is officially CGC CERTIFIED - all thanks to Connie of course! Connie truly guides you on how to raise an amazing dog but the catch is, you, as a responsible owner, NEED to put the work in. Thanks to Connie, Winston receives compliments left and right for his manners inside and outside the house. So far, we’ve recommended Connie to our coworkers, neighbors, and friends!

North County Dog Training
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 15 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Valerie J.
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Shelley (North County Dog Training) was wonderful and very professional. I had a good conection with her regarding Horton(my dog). I am giving her the five stars. Thank You !!

  • 9 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Nick L.
Verified review

The dog training for when all other training fails. Long story short Ed has the experince and proper guidance to turn even the most unruly dog into a great pet and companion.

  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Becky B.
Verified review

I have known Bree for 9 years and have taken 4 dogs to training classes with her!! She is a very positive trainer and takes the time each animal needs to get to the next level!! Never anything negative to say and never criticizes anyone regardless of wether it's being done correctly or not!! Very patient and it's obvious her work is her passion!!! Have also attended classes at her home with essential oils. Her knowledge continues to grow and she's always answering questions to better help 2 and 4 legged alike!!!

Force-free Dog Services
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 8 years in business
Meghan T.
Verified review

We have used Greg/Force-Free Dog Services since getting our dog 2 years ago. He led puppy training classes for us with incredible results and we then started using him for dog walking and dog sitting services. Our Rhodesian Ridgeback loves spending time with Greg and his dogs and always come back completely exhausted. Greg also takes the time to reinforce training when he is with our dog, so he even comes back better behaved! Given Greg's background and education, he is very helpful in giving advice and answer questions about our dogs diet, nutrition, behavior and overall health. My husband and I travel often and it is very helpful that Greg is available and willing to come pick up/drop off our dog whenever needed. It is comforting to know that our dog is in a loving home being well looked after, when we are out of town.

Mannerly Mongrels
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
Beth T.
Verified review

I took three puppy-training courses with Emily, and it was a wonderful experience! She is very knowledgeable about training, and helped me through all other aspects of puppy parenthood. Every class presented a new challenge for my dog, progressing with a speed that suited both of us. She was also extremely flexible with my abnormal schedule. Her passion for what she does and love of animals is apparent, and makes every class enjoyable for my dog and I. I would take her courses again in a heartbeat, and would recommend her to anyone searching for a great teacher!

IC PawsAbilities
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 22 years in business
Kathy T.
Verified review

Cynde is amazing! Not only does she have the passion and love for what she does, her clients ( furry and human ) but she is highly educated, diverse and so patient. Her #1 priority is a happy healthy home for all her clients. Cynde not "just" a dog trainer, those are a dime a dozen. She is highly educated in her field, continues to seek out and attend classes, seminars, teaches them herself etc to keep up with all of her certifications. Cynde is an animal behaviorist, she is a T-Touch Practitioner ( which is a blessing ) she has a wealth of knowledge about animal nutrition, veterinarian care and so important to us she is not an adverse trainer, she is all about positive reinforcement. No prong collars, choke chains, shock collars ! Cynde goes above and beyond for her clients, I highly recommend her to anyone getting any type of dog with any type of concerns...puppies to seniors she knows exactly what to do. I will say this too, I am pretty sure there was more training for my husband and I than our animals, we were a HUGE part of the problem, once the old people were trained to do better our dogs did better. Thank you Cynde for all you do. Our little crew loves you!!!!!

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.

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.

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?
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