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Long Beach Animal Behaviorists

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Ruff Adjustments
4.8
from 64 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Debbie S.
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My 1 year old Jack Russell Billy was showing signs of aggression and out of control behavior. I needed someone to teach me how to teach Billy good doggie manners. Jay had Billy under control within the first 1/2 hour of his first visit to my home. Jay taught me how to understand Billy's body language, correct his negative behavior and in a kind and gentle way to teach Billy that I was in control, I was the alpha leader not Billy. I learned so much about a dogs behavior from Jay. It is really the owners that need the training on how to correctly teach our dogs how we would like them to behave. I now have a dog that has good manners. Billy has learned not to jump on people, sit , lay down and stay on command, wait until I tell him to retrieve food, toys etc. all this with only simple one word commands. Billy now walks perfectly when going for a walk, he is by my side and I set the pace. I never dreamed that Billy could be such a well behaved dog..I am so proud of him..Jay is an excellent teacher, he is kind, patient and he just loves dogs. If you need help with your dog...don't hesitate..call Jay...you will not be disappointed.

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Paws for Applause
4.9
from 62 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 124 hires on Thumbtack
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Jo A.
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Sal seems to really like what he does and he does it well. He and Jaxson, my 11 mo. old Cavachon, got along marvelously. Sal taught Jaxson, as well as myself how to do a few commads, ie. sit, come, down, stay etc. With practice, I'm sure Jaxson will pick up the commands. If I have any problems with Jaxson, Sal will be back to help.

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Suzanne's Pet Services
4.8
from 45 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 92 hires on Thumbtack
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Amie P.
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Being a first time puppy owner Suzanne taught me many great techniques while working with our puppy. She also gave me great feedback and advice on training our puppy. She showed me that with patience and constant practice our puppy's behavior will get better. Thank you for your knowledge.

  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
Jane L.
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We have had two training sessions with Ariana and our two four-month old Chow-Shepherd mixes, and we couldn't be happier with what she has taught the pups and us so far. The dogs adore her and respond well to her training techniques, and she clearly has a lot of in-depth knowledge and experience working with dogs and animals in general. I appreciate that she has a background in animal behavior, so she understands why they act the way they do and uses that to redirect their behavior. We look forward to many more sessions with her!

  • 8 years in business
  • 175 hires on Thumbtack
Mike K.
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Our trainer , Caitlin was so impressive with her knowledge on dog psychology, she made us feel so comfortable, always being encouraging , positive and patient. We never felt judged in the least , she was so cool and down to earth, exactly what we needed , I would highly recommend them to anyone hesitating getting a trainer for fear of feeling judged, I'm so happy we made the commitment, it made a world of difference with basic obedience in our puppy and 6 yr old beagle loved it as well!

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suki lau
4.7
from 41 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 96 hires on Thumbtack
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Joseph P.
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Suki is great! She is very flexible and absolutely loved animals! She is gentle and watchful. She walked the dogs in the park and several times during the day, fed them and spent good quality time with them. They clearly loved her too.

Happy Dog Training
4.4
from 39 reviews
  • 33 years in business
  • 73 hires on Thumbtack
Justin S.
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Joan was attentive and wonderful with my dog, Barney. There's been a huge positive change in his behavior just from the one training session!! He loved her and we look forward to our next session!!

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Flipz Pet Care
5.0
from 30 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
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Anna P.
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Jenn was wonderful! She's extremely knowledgeable in animal behavior & provides much love & care for your pets. Our dog & 2 cats were calm & relaxed when we got back from our 3 days away. You can tell they really enjoyed themselves & were not stressed, thanks to Jenn. We got pictures & updates daily of the gang, which we really appreciated. Plus, our place looked just the way we left it when we got back! We would love to use Jenn's professional services in the future. We were extremely happy with Jenn's care! Thank you, Jenn!

  • 6 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
Lea M.
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we recently got a new 3.5 month old frenchie who is just so adorable but had some habits set in, from her litter buddies. we contacted karin for help on where to begin and how to train our frenchie into the city lifestyle. our first meeting with karin, opened up our eyes on some bad habits that we didn’t know we were promoting with our puppy. karin was thorough in explaining puppy behavior and how our frenchie understands our body language. yesterday was our third meeting with karin and beau (our frenchie) is very much familiar with the emergency recall, sit, sit with stay, come, down, crate, walking on a loose leash, behaving appropriately with other dogs (our older frenchie) and potty training. also, karin has been available through text at all times during the day and night. she likes to know when beau has done something good or bad at the time it happens, so that any bad learning can be addressed immediately. we are so thankful for meeting karin and can’t wait for our next sessions.

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Pack in Harmony
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
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Charlotte E.
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Jessica has been instrumental in helping us transition to our new life as dog owners! She is super competent/ experienced with dogs, training and dog behavior/ psychology. She is also super reliable, trustworthy and kind. I couldn’t recommend her more.

City Wolves NYC
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Steve F.
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Sean was fantastic to work with. He has a real understanding of dogs and their behavior. He worked with my dog for as long as she needed to be trained and corrected, and continued to follow up with both my progress as well as my dog's. I could not recommend him highly enough.

  • 39 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
Michael Z.
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Rick and his team were great. They took our 10 year old dog with some aggressive and defiant behavior for a week and worked with him. We then had Rixk come and train us so that we could help modify his behavior. It is a difficult process but Rick used clear and easy commands to help us learn. Rick was also willing to answer questions in between sesssions and always got back to us quickly.

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  • 39 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Ksenia S.
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My pleasure to give five stars for Bruce Stone-personal animal trainer. The session with my cats was very professional and helpful! Thank you!

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Backcountry K-9
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
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Chanee C.
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Joshua was amazing with my families two dogs. He genuinely cares about the dogs he works with and is great with them. Our puppy is doing so much better and has come such a long way thanks to him. Even after the training sessions were complete Joshua was still there months later to help me with any questions or concerns that I had. Would recommend Backcountry K-9 to everyone who is looking for a very experienced and caring trainer. Thank you!

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Sundog Pet Care
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Heather B.
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Chelsea is amazing and I’ve been working with her for about 3 years. I would trust her with Mac (my collie)any day. She understands animal behavior and personalizes her approach with every animal, using positive reinforcement.

Luxury Leash Pet Care
4.9
from 17 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
Clara B.
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Susan is a true animal lover who has lots of experience and took care of grooming both our cat and our dog with love and care. I highly recommend her

Gus Trains Us, Inc.
4.9
from 15 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
S. R.
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Gus gave us excellent advice and educated us so that we better understand our dog's behavior. Our rotties responded very well to him and his training techniques and we are continuing to work on training them ourselves. I am more confident now, that we can do this! Thank you Gus!

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Casper Dog Training
4.8
from 12 reviews
  • 19 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kaitlyn A.
Verified review

Adam was extremely responsive! Minutes after reaching out, we were on the phone discussing my dog’s behavior, perand methods and approaching for correcting it. His website allows for instant and easy booking, and we have our first session together next week!

Leader Of The Pack
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Samir N.
Verified review

Out of the many options for trainers, many of whom will cage your dog, barely work on it, or overcharge you 3x more, This woman is absolute perfection. As an owner of a very confused , stressed out and slightly disobedient King Shepherd due to his early history, she came and made a difference in about 7 lessons. Her quality of work is top notch, value of her knowledge is worth gold and speaking to her is very easy. She completely turned my dog around and he is now a very safe, obedient, respectful and happy dog. Anybody with any kind of behavior or training issues with their dog must hire her, she's a human made of gold.

  • 10 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Alison W.
Verified review

Charlene REALLY knows about dogs. She goes way beyond a trainer, she's a true dog Behaviorist. She's really patient & nice. Never uses anything but positive reinforcement on my dogs.

Top Dawg training
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Dayana H.
    Verified review

    Well the job was consisting of behavioral problems with the dog and a little bit of obedience training. He was ver very understanding and patient with my dog he did a great job. I would recommend him to anyone that needs help with their dog.

    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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