Best Dog Training Classes in San Mateo


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Braveheart Dog Training

San Leandro, CA 94577
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Owned and operated by Vicki Ronchette, Braveheart Dog Training offers a variety of conformation programming for dogs and their owners. With private and group lessons, a conformation mentor program, phone consultations, workshops, seminars, and webinars clients are sure to find the perfect to match their dogs’ unique needs. Vicki has been working professionally with animals for over 30 years and has attained multiple animal training certifications. She is committed to training animals by using positive, science-based methods and continues to improve her training education and skill set by attending seminars and taking courses led by respected trainers, behaviorists, and authors.

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Complete Dog Training Services

Pacifica, CA 94044
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Complete Dog Training Services is owned by Gwen Urie, who has been working as a dog trainer and canine behavioral consultant for over 15 years. She specializes in crate training, housebreaking, leash walking, basic obedience, clicker training, and behavior modification and her services are offered either privately in-home or out and about for dogs that have behavior issues in public. Gwen believes that dog training is all about the relationship and communication and she enjoys being able to provide the skills necessary to foster this bond. Past clients speak highly of her genuine passion for dogs, trustworthiness, and patience throughout the training process.

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K9 Master Dog Training

San Francisco, CA 94114
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Located in Pacifica, California, K9 Master Dog Training and Behavior Modification operates on the theory that every dog is different and requires different training methods. Owner and lead trainer Lena has been working professionally with dogs for over nine years and has taken several courses on varying topics of dog behavior. She offers a variety of training sessions including group lessons, in-home, and boarding. Lena believes that a trained dog is a happy dog and makes for a happy owner. She strives to make sure that the owners are learning just as much as the dog along the way and works to understand the individual unwanted behaviors the owner wishes to stop.

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San Bruno Dog Obedience School

San Mateo, CA 94010
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San Bruno Dog Obedience School was founded by Mal Lightfoot and has been serving dogs and their owners in the California area for over 40 years. With a goal of seeing all dogs become good canine citizens, the business offers all levels of obedience classes for dogs with behavioral issues. Form basic classes for the family pet to competitive classes for those interested in pursuing an obedience title, there are lessons available to the needs of any dog and owner. There are also therapy dog classes available that are designed to introduce the skills necessary for a dog to participate in Pet Assisted Therapy Team Evaluation.

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The Service Dog Tutor

Belmont, CA 94002
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The Service Dog Tutor serves dogs and the owners in the San Francisco Peninsula areas of California and is committed to transforming dogs and puppies into well-behaved family members that can be taken anywhere with pride. The business offers customized training programs, one-on-one sessions for personal attention, in-home training to involve the whole family, and a fun and supportive approach that utilizes positive reinforcement. Owner Jean Cary has over 30 years of experience in training companion dogs, therapy dogs, and hunting dogs. With flexible scheduling and a focus on each dog’s unique behavior issues, pets and their owners will learn quickly in a distraction-free setting resulting in a happy, well-behaved dog.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the best dog training certification?

A: There are several dog training certification programs available to help trainers expand their credentials. Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) are two of the highest certifications. Additional essential certifications include Basic Agility and Puppy Training.

Q: What qualifications do I need to be a dog trainer?

A: Dog trainers are not required to get any type of certification; however, courses that award certifications help build client bases and ensure pet owners that their animals are in excellent hands. To become a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed, one must pass a written exam and have 300 hours of documented experience in dog training over a three-year period.

Q: What kind of training do you need to be a dog trainer?

A: Professional training is not required to become a dog trainer, but the more courses and credentials one obtains allows for increased knowledge and skill sets in overall dog training. Depending on the certifications desired, training courses include obedience, behavior modification, pet CPR, clicker training, and K9 training.

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