Canine Coach

Miami, FL

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My work stands out from others because it is personalized to each client's very specific needs. I work closely with each client, listening to their particular needs and I then apply a customized strategy to help the owner and their dog(s) achieve a healthy relationship and attain seemless communication. Each client's situation is different, but providing specific tools and solutions for both owner and dog is always my goal.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy most when I am able to help people shift their attitude and way of thinking about how they relate to and communicate with their dogs. By making small behavioral changes and taking the everyday environmental context into consideration, as well as providing basic understanding of dog language, the human/dog relationship improves greatly. Mutual understanding is achieved, and both the owner's and the dog's needs are met, creating a more harmonious relationship. Teaching this is what I enjoy most.

Location

Miami, FL 33133

Years in business

13

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

89

Reviews

44 Reviews
  • Edward D. Sep 14, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Sydney G. Aug 21, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Canine Coach is wonderful. His knowledge about my dog just from the way I described him over the phone was extremely impressive, to say the least. It got even better when he arrived at my house! He taught me things about my dog I would have never known regarding his behavior and just about dogs in general. He sat down with my roommate and I and addressed all of our concerns, responding with both recommendations and pure knowledge. In addition, his way with my dog was unbelievable. My dog is an adult shelter dog who has displayed aggresive behavior in the short time I have had him and has already improved after my session with Canine Coach (it has not even been a full 24 hours since our session!). He taught me how to properly handle my dog with certainty and confidence and how to approach situations that a dog with a rough past would find threatening. I HIGHLY recommend using Canine Coach for any and all of dog related training and/or behavioral issues!
  • Paola F. Aug 10, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    He has a really good energy for dogs. His advices were really look and I think it will help us in guiding our dog. Takes for the advice on food and treats as well
  • Niki M. Jul 22, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Canine coach, Jose was great. We ended up in a situation where we needed to find a behavioralist quickly and not only did he help us with our situation he gave us the confidence and the resources to train out dog. We noticed a difference right away following the suggestions given. He was extremely professional by checking in the next day, he went above and beyond.
  • Eric H. May 11, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    My dog loved him from the moment he met him. He def loves animals. He is very patient. Every dog and owner is different but he worked with us and our specific needs, and schedule/family dynamics to make the training easy on both our dog and us. We are very happy with the results and glad that we chose him.
  • Jeff J. May 8, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    His approach and philosophy. Highly recommend.
  • Siyuan Y. Apr 19, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Very professional!!
    Jose is very professional, experienced, knowledgeable and patient. He knows dogs extremely well and he knows how to communicate with them to reach the training goals. I'd definitely recommend hiring him if you are looking for a canine coach!
  • Brandon E. Apr 5, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Great trainer and guy!
    Jose is great! My dog loves him. Thanks!
  • Brian H. Apr 4, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Great Trainer!
    Jose is an excellent dog trainer. He was on time and accomplished all we were hoping for in training our new puppy very efficiently. It was also fun for both our family and our puppy. Great value.
  • Anthony O. Apr 2, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Great Coach!
    Very friendly and willing to help in every aspect of puppy needs
  • Karim R. Mar 23, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Dog training
    Very professional.
  • Jens S. Feb 7, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Thumbs up
    Such a great guy, learned A LOT!
  • Ryan F. Jan 31, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    You won't be disappointed
    Jose was amazing! Our dog was mesmerized by him. We learned so much in a short time and have been applying everything we learned and its working! We covered potty training, curbing puppy teething on us and our kids, which was so easy, who knew! His training is definitely aligned with our philosophy of not instilling fear in our dog to get the behavior we want. Our little pup he explained is a corvette, a husky, and know that this dog has a ton of energy that needs to get out. So informative, we would highly recommend Jose to any pet owner in need of help!
  • Michelle O. Jan 21, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Would give 10 stars if I could
    Excellent! Best in Miami!
  • Nicholas M. Jan 10, 2017
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Good coach, especially for beginners
    I thought Jose did an excellent job explaining the differences in dog and human psychology and behavioral patterns. He has a genuine quality to him as well, that made me feel like he wanted to help. I'd highly recommend him to people with little experience with dogs. In our case, I think the session was most beneficial to the family we now live with, as my wife and I have already done so much of our own research that much of what we heard in the session, we had heard before. Still, it was beneficial to reinforce some of these things and again, the family benefitted a great deal. It's only been a couple days, but I believe we are seeing some improvements in our dog, thanks to the session. Nick
  • Cary G. Dec 18, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Puppy
    He was helpful
  • Adrian D. Dec 4, 2016
    Good training!
    Wonderful experience knows well what he is doing with dogs! Really recommend him
  • Erin K. Nov 4, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Puppy Training
    Jose was wonderful with our 4 month old English bulldog puppy! He assured us we are on the right track with training and gave us helpful tips to make sure he grows into the perfect member of our family. Highly recommended.
  • Laura J. Sep 28, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Excellent trainer
    Jose was excellent with our 4month old pug. He really had him responding to his commands and relax him within just a few exercises. He has a lot of knowledge to share and teach us as owners to understand our puppy. Elvis had been great since and responds well to everything we learnt. Thank you Jose
  • Suzy B. Sep 12, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    In-home Training Session
    Jose came to our house and observed us in our natural setting. He then showed us how to work with our 50lb, nine month old dog in ways she would respond to.... even after he was gone.
  • Josh L. Aug 29, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    After 5.5 years of living the carefree bachelor life, Kingsford and I took the plunge into adulthood and moved in with my super neat, no pets on the furniture girlfriend and her dog + 2 cats. It was time for a trainer. We as a family did the training at what has become our apartment and Jose took the time to answer any questions and go over background, dog mentality, etc. We learned a lot about what was going through Kingsford's mind and how best to train him accordingly, both in the apartment and on leash. It took mere moments to learn what Jose was explaining to us and the results have proven incredible. With 6 beings in a NYC studio apartment, we have all managed to live in harmony thanks to Jose's tips. Subsequent to the training, Kingsford had trouble refraining from urinating inside the building once we left the apartment unit. I sent Jose a text and he promptly got back to me and walked me through potential issues, some more dog mentality, and resolutions. I could not be more pleased or grateful with the training and follow up. Highly recommended!
  • Mike D. Aug 15, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose is a very experienced dog trainer who taught us a wealth of knowledge in a 2 hour seccion.
  • Martin R. Jul 19, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose was terrific. Really nice and grounded, smart and intuitive. He had my chihuahua responding positively too other dogs in minutes. Shared lots of thoughtful ideas. Would definitely recommend working wiht him.
  • Jen L. Jul 2, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    We had a very informative and nice experience with Jose. He spent so much time with us and we learned so much about dogs that we never realized. I would highly recommend Jose to anyone
  • Grace T. Jun 26, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose used his intellect to help me understand my dogs intellect/thinking in certain stressful situations. Jose trained me so I can train my pup Bella! It was a positive experience.
  • Joyce R. Jun 24, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose was perfect, very knowledgeable about the behavior of dogs. Patient , understanding and seemed extremely educated on his career.. Was at a loss about what to do with my dog but he gave me the confidence to understand the behavior and taught me how to deal with it. I am sure with time all he showed me will give my dog the understanding to know that not all people are cruel. Thank you Jose you really understood my issues
  • Lisa D. Jun 22, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose was very good-he gave us some great tips for our dog and they have definitely come in handy!
  • Devin E. May 13, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose was very helpful. The initial phone interview gave us the confidence that he was a good trainer and would be able to help us with our puppy problems. During his visit he not only demonstrated good techniques, but highlighted the things we were doing well and reassured us that we were already good puppy parents. That was something we needed to hear, since this is our first puppy and we've never done this before. We only had one session but the confidence and techniques we've gleaned from it have helped us curb some naughty behavior and help raise our puppy into the dog we want her to be.
  • Marietta R. May 4, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose was great!! I learned so much about handling my new puppy and look forward to working with him more.
  • Johanna Q. Apr 7, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose did a wonderful job with explaining the dog world and how I can better communicate with my dog. I did not have any major issues with my dog besides separation anxiety but Jose helped explaining how I can easily handle that with time myself. Would definitely recommend!
  • Julie A. Mar 18, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose was amazing. He really took the time to observe what was happening with our dog Kobe (which was food possessiveness and anxiety when we have company over). He instantly recognized that we don't have set boundaries in the house. We instantly saw improvement and feel prepared and educated enough to set our household up for success.
  • Sarah L. Mar 1, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
  • Maureen G. Feb 26, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    My experience with Jose from start to finish was outstanding. From his initial response to my query, I could tell that José was somebody that I'd like to work with. Prior to the formal training session, Jose spoke with me by phone to learn about my situation, to find out exactly what I was hoping for, and to explain his philosophy. That conversation confirmed that Jose was truly the right fit for me and my recently adopted poodle/terrier mix. The two hour training session was remarkably helpful and successful. After that one session, my dog, who previously sat on a chair at the table with us during dinner, learned to stay in his bed during dinner – no more begging! He also taught me fundamentals about training that I have been able to successfully implement since our session. My session with Jose was extremely valuable, and I highly recommend him. I should also mention that he was extremely responsive, on time, and professional. Also, a couple of days of our training, Jose followed up with me to check in and see how things were going and offer further assistance if I needed.
  • Julie M. Feb 26, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose is the best! He was very in tune with my dog's body language and gave great advice on how to alter behaviors. Not only did he provide great training advice, but I appreciated his holistic view on dogs lifestyles in regards to food and exercise. I would 100% recommend him- my dog and I are grateful for his time and work!
  • Ilona C. Jan 31, 2016
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose is gifted in understanding dog and human behavior! I spoke with me by phone about my situation to gather all the details in advance He answered my thumbtack request promptly and was on time after a long commute to my home When he met my "pack" he immediately sensed that what was causing the problemed behavior with one of my dogs was actually the anxious high energy of my other dog This I would not have known myself and likely would had had me barking up the wrong tree Now, with some suggestions and tools from Jose, I am confident I can address my situation properly I recommend him most highly
  • Anna K. Jan 13, 2016
    We weren't sure where to begin when it came to our 4 year old Yorkie/Affenpinscher mix. Overall, Hugo's a great dog who knows all of the basic commands, however, he barked and jumped an overwhelming amount. We searched for traditional training schools, but they wanted to charge an exorbitant amount to train Hugo how to sit, stay and come (things he already knows), before they would teach what we really needed. Jose offered exactly what we were looking for. He was willing to come to our home and teach Hugo in the environment where we had the most issue. We felt he really listened to our concerns and tried to come up with a workable solution for us. He even worked with our other dog, at no additional charge, in order to simulate the circumstances when the two dogs rile each other up and continuous barking ensues. He was also very prompt in returning calls and emails and scheduling the first lesson, which I appreciated as I have a busy travel schedule. Hugo is doing well at learning the commands Jose equipped us with and is stopping his barking a little quicker, not jumping as much and, bonus, is doing well staying off of the furniture. We highly recommend Jose.
  • Peggy P. Dec 9, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    He arrived promptly, and spent a good deal of time evaluating the situation as it is. He was able to give me good tips on how to avoid problems in the future, and how to capitalize on what I already have going on with my dog. He's available For follow up via phone and text for unusual developments. I now feel like I'm smarter than my dog.
  • Stacey C. Dec 4, 2015
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose was very knowledgeable and was able to help us with our situation. He was able to help quickly and has offered to help via text or email after our session as needed. I would recommend him to help anyone with puppy/dog problems.
  • Ivan M. Sep 5, 2015
    Jose was our dog whisperer, we would have loved for him to still be in NY!
  • Paige T. Sep 3, 2015
    Jose was a lifesaver! My Pit bull mix puppy was out of control. I was amazed how quickly Jose was able to change his bad behaviors and teach him basic obedience.
  • Sara J. Sep 3, 2015
  • Lourdes M. Oct 6, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    Jose was excellent. He was very good at explaining the reasons why my dog was acting the way she was, and waa very observant in how my dog and I interacted with each other. He taught me some cool tricks that worked right away, and still work now. I'm very happy with the experience and knowledge that Jose brought. Highly recommend him.
  • Casimiro T. Aug 5, 2014
    Dog Training
    Verified Review
    My wife and I met Jose today at my home after he gave me a free phone consultation last week. My Pitt bull, Bella has been a challenge for us because she is not properly socialized and overprotective, it can be stressful walking her or having guests over for this reason. Jose handled her in an impressive manner that had her picking his hand in a few minute's. While I was impressed I was more impressed by what we learned in the apartment and outside. Jose clearly excels at dog, and owner trying, I am pleased with the results and will using his service again soon!
  • Corinne H. Jul 21, 2014
    José has been walking our beloved Zeus since he was 2 months old and is truly an incredible human being. His love for dogs is amazing. His insights and knowledge of them surprise me each time we talk. He has an innate understanding of dogs, how to train them and what they "need". He is a true professional that is completely reliable. One of my favorite attributes about José is his dog journal that he writes in religiously after each walk. It's so brilliant and a wonderful way to communicate.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing system is different for every session because every client is unique and I travel across the country for sessions.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I pay extra attention with a new customer to reassure them that they are in good hands. I try to be extra clear about how I work and the techniques I employ hat will help them reach their ideal situation, satifying the needs of the owner and the dog.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I periodically take animal training courses with various experts to add to my developing knowledge base. Every single session that I participate in is a huge learning experience in itself.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I began working with animals about 20 years ago, when a friend asked me to help her with her dog walking business. Since then, I have run a dog walking and dog training business, but presently only doing dog training across the country.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with all types of customers, all having a wide variety of needs. The most common type of jobs I do are behavior consultations and training, but I have worked with animals in almost all contexts (except grooming). From dog walking, to dog sitting, to physical therapy.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One of my recent projects involved a couple and their very energetic pitbull in a small apartment. The dog was taking over their living space and lunging at other dogs while on leash. We worked on the boundaries that the owners needed to establish inside the apartment and also on ways to relax and socialize while walking outside so the dog's and owner's fear was not so intense.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Talk to them at length first, be clear about what you need, do it only if it feels right and know that everything is fixable.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I believe it is important for clients to be clear about their specific needs and expectations. If both parties have open lines of communication, things tend to run smoothly. Being clear about needs and expectations, from all parties, makes things run smoother.