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Best Dog Training Classes in San Diego

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San Diego, CA

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5.0 (161)
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5.0 (96)
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5.0 (27)

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Wonder Dog Training caters to pet owners in San Diego. The company offers private dog training classes and employs positive reinforcement and science-based methods. Its trainers take a comprehensive, holistic approach to canine training, considering factors such as breed, age, sex, temperament, and general health. They also direct virtual training programs and offer dog day training services, which are suitable for busy dog owners. Wonder Dog Training has been in the industry for over 20 years.

  • Puppy Basic Obedience Training
  • Dog Basic Obedience Training
  • Socialization/Playtime
  • Dog Behavioral Correction
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Pet Boarding
  • Group Dog Training
  • Drop In Visits
  • Dog Walking
  • In-Home Puppy Day Training Programs

San Diego, CA

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San Diego, CA

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4.9 (27)
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5.0 (26)
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5.0 (5)

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Lupa K9 is a professional dog training business located in San Diego, California that serves clients throughout the city as well as La Jolla, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, and Surrounding Areas. Services provided by the company include walking training, behavior modification techniques, obedience training, Canine Good Citizen training and testing, in-home board-and-train services, and puppy training services. Lupa K9 is a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and is open every day of the week. Previous clients rate the company highly on social media. The company can be contacted for appointments or inquiries by phone or email.

San Diego, CA 92107

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4.5 (14)
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5.0 (13)

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Happy Dog Happy Owner provides dog training services to pet owners in San Diego and the surrounding areas. They work to ensure that all pets achieve training goals, including basic manners, dog sports, obedience, and severe behavior issues. An essential component of their classes is teaching owners how to communicate and train their dog. Class size is limited, guaranteeing that owners and their dogs receive plenty of individual attention. Their team uses positive reinforcement training techniques, enabling the training experience to be both productive and fun for the owner while building trust and developing a successful relationship with their pet.

Santee, CA 92071

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5.0 (6)
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5.0 (4)

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Lifetime Dog Training, headquartered in Santee, California, is a professional dog training business that serves clients in the surrounding metropolitan area. The company is open Monday through Saturday and its two trainers have more than twelve years of combined experience in the industry. Lifetime Dog Training offers in-home private lessons as well as group training classes and works on such issues as potty training, general obedience, barking control, and more. Additionally, the company is certified by the American Kennel Club to conduct the Canine Good Citizen Test. Lifetime Dog Training can be contacted by phone or through its website.

San Diego, CA 92111

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5.0 (14)
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4.0 (14)

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Located in San Diego, California, The Educated Pet is a professional dog training business that serves clients in the surrounding metropolitan area. The company hosts courses on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday and is available for puppies, adolescent dogs, and older dogs. In addition to in-home private training sessions, the company also offers day training and group classes. The Educated Pet is also available for Expert Witness testimony services for both civil and criminal cases. The Educated Pet has been in the industry for more than twenty years and can be contacted for appointments or inquiries by phone or through its official website.

San Diego, CA 92116

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4.5 (47)

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Woof! is a professional dog training business located in San Diego, California that serves clients in the surrounding metropolitan area. The company uses only positive reinforcement techniques in its work and is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild. Additionally, Woof! is a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy and is an educator with Family Paws Parent Education. Owner Erin Vejar has been in the industry since gaining certification from Animal Behavior College in 2006 and is a Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the American Kennel Club. Woof! can be contacted by phone or email.

Chula Vista, CA 91910

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5.0 (10)
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5.0 (4)

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Golden State Service Dogs provides service dog training for dog owners in the central and south San Diego areas.Owner and Expert Dog Trainer Michelle Magers have more than 16 years of experience successfully training dogs while working with individuals with disabilities.She is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and provides clients with direct support, counseling, training, and service dog verification for enhanced independence, employability, and quality of life. Michelle has an exceptional understanding of canine communication and offers clients a holistic approach to rehabilitation services. They provide obedience training, service dog training, therapy dog training and certification, dog behavior modification, and much more.

San Diego, CA 92120
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5.0 (132)

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Sit Stay Come Dog Training provides professional dog training for customers and their pets in San Diego and the surrounding area. Owner John Knight manages the training and is a certified Master Dog Trainer. He has successfully trained over two thousand dos over the past 11 years and has also proven to be an excellent Behavioral Canine Therapist in Southern California. The team offers a variety of training programs that include good puppy programs to reinforce positive behaviors all the way through their Awesome Dog program that tackles several different issues like barking, jumping on people, digging, chewing, and much more.

San Diego, CA 92117

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5.0 (99)
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5.0 (9)

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Zoe’s Dog Training provides professional and customized dog training services to clients in San Diego. Their certified trainers will assess each dog, taking into consideration the pet’s current medical state, medical history, daily schedule, home dynamics, breed specificities and energy levels to provide the most balanced plan for addressing a client’s specific problem areas. They will develop a clear training plan to solidify the bond between the owner and their pet, with clear communication that creates a stress-free home. Their team offers group classes, one-on-one private lessons for more attention, and a jump start program that includes pack and group training walks and more.

FAQs

  • Introduction

    Dog trainers are professional instructors who use a wide range of training techniques to help dogs adapt to their environments, respond to cues and commands, and modify behavior patterns. Training methods include alpha dog dominance for aggressive dogs, positive reinforcement that's often utilized with puppies and younger dogs, relationship-based, and classic, conditional training.

    Schutzhund, the German word for “protection dog,” is a specialized type of instruction in which dogs are trained to attack on command, and it's commonly used in K9 Academies for police and security dogs. Depending on their skill sets and certifications, dog trainers may offer programs that incorporate several methods, or they may focus on a single method such as behavioral training, which focuses on changing dogs' behavior, or obedience training, where dogs are rewarded for following commands.
  • What is a dog trainer called?

    They’re referred to as dog trainers or behaviorists, depending on their skill sets and credentials. A dog trainer may refer to themselves as a canine behavioral specialist or a certified veterinary behaviorist.

  • What is the difference between a dog trainer and a behaviorist?

    Dog trainers and behaviorists practice the same profession, and many dog trainers refer to themselves as behaviorists. However, true animal behaviorists hold M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in animal behavior. The full title for an animal behaviorist is an Applied Animal Behaviorist or Certified Animal Behaviorist.

  • Does my dog need training?

    All dogs benefit from training, whether through their owners or a professional trainer. Owners can teach their dogs simple commands, and they can practice positive reinforcement techniques, such as providing treats when dogs follow basic instructions. Professional trainers are essential when dogs exhibit behavioral problems, such as aggression, excessive barking, and an inability to respond to basic commands.

  • What does dog training include?

    Some dog training classes focus on specific methods, such as obedience training or alpha training, while others offer a mix of multiple training techniques. Dog training activities can include brain games, clicker commands with positive reinforcement, relationship-based exercises between dogs and their owners, and socialization exercises.

  • Can you train a dog yourself?

    Dog owners can train their dogs themselves with the help of guidebooks and online tutorials that offer instruction in areas that include simple obedience commands and positive reinforcement techniques. When dogs are overly aggressive or display problematic behavior, such as biting or excessive barking, professional training can be extremely beneficial.

  • Is dog training easy?

    There are many methods of dog training. Teaching a dog simple commands is a fairly simple technique to learn, whether through guidebooks, online tutorials, or common sense. However, overly aggressive dogs often require professional training in which a trainer is certified and educated.