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Best Dog Trainers
in San Mateo

Why These Dog Trainers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored dog trainers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best dog trainers in San Mateo, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Athens Dog Training

Located in San Leandro, California, Athens Dog Training LLC employs certified trainers with a specialty in the rehabilitation of at-risk dogs and training aggressive dogs. The business also offers group classes for a range of behavioral training sessions. Lead trainer Danny has spent his entire life around dogs and has experience working with dogs in the US Army and brings a core sense of discipline and focus to all of his sessions. With an extensive experience also working with dogs from animal shelters, Danny also possess the knowledge to help owners struggling with common problems and misunderstandings that may be associated with adopting troubled pets.

San Leandro, CA 94578 (510) 931-9257


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Braveheart Dog Training

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.

San Leandro, CA 94577 (510) 483-2631


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Complete Dog Training Services

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.

Pacifica, CA 94044 (650) 270-8621


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K9 Master Dog Training

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.

San Francisco, CA 94114 (415) 678-0382


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Paws-A-Tive Dog Training

Paws-A-Tive Dog Training is located in San Mateo, California and offers a range of in-home, daytime, and boarding behavioral services for dogs. With a lifelong passion for dogs, owner Jennifer Davidson has spent her life around pets and her experience with training a wide variety of temperaments is what led her into professional dog training. She is a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Past clients of Jennifer’s speak highly of her knowledge and skill and they also commented on how thorough she is, saying that even the initial consultation was informative and useful.

San Mateo, CA 94010 (650) 430-5357


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San Bruno Dog Obedience School

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.

San Mateo, CA 94010 (650) 583-4044


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The Service Dog Tutor

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.

Belmont, CA 94002 (650) 593-9622


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