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Best Dog Trainers
in Santa Barbara

Why These Dog Trainers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Santa Barbara Dog Trainers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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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.

California School for Dogs, Inc.

California School for Dogs, Inc. provides professional dog training services to pets and their owners throughout the Santa Barbara area. Owner Susan Dalton, Ph.D. is the lead trainer and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She offers group classes as well as private training to teach dogs skills and to correct behavioral problems. Individual training provides one-on-one instruction based on positive reinforcement for good behavior. All of her training programs are individualized to each dog’s specific needs. Susan offers a free 20-minute consultation where she observes the dog in his or her natural environment and gives her an opportunity to see how the owner and pet work together.

CoffeeShop Dogs

CoffeeShop Dogs works with people and animals in Santa Barbara and the surrounding region by offering high-quality dog training services. The company emphasizes the importance of adequately socializing dogs and avoiding potentially troublesome behavioral problems through careful training. Their employees possess years of experience and can work with dogs of any age, including older adults. CoffeeShop Dogs divides its services into the three categories of puppy training, basic training, and rehabilitation. The company works with dogs throughout the entire years and features several different premade packages and programs designed to not only teach animals new behaviors but also to ensure they receive social development.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Elite Pup

Elite Pup provides professional dog training to pets and their owners in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Owner Ricard Rojas started his training company after working for a shelter and seeing how many dogs were euthanized due to behavioral issues. He realized that if they had just one person with the right tools and the time to invest in them, many dogs could be saved. Ricky has worked and trained with many mentors, giving him the tools necessary to create different programs that can meet the needs of different dogs. They specialize in the use of pager collars and E-Collars to achieve their training goals.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Follow The Leader K9

Eric Stokell owns and operates Follow the Leader K9, a full-service dog training company which was opened when Mr. Stokell rescued a dog from being euthanized. The dog had behavioral problems, but Mr. Stokell decided to use his expertise to give her and other dogs with aggressive or antisocial tendencies another chance. The company features several premade packages designed to suit their clients’ schedules. Dogs can be boarded with the business for a range of weeks to learn new behaviors and manners. Interested individuals can also participate in daily dog daycare services. Follow the Leader K9 serves residents of Santa Barbara and retains membership in the International Association of Canine Professionals.

Santa Barbara, CA 93109


K9s Behave

K9s Behave strives to help people and their canines develop healthy relationships through communication, education, and the understanding of one another. Their trained professionals possess several years of experience working with and teaching dogs and offer a wide variety of services such as therapy dog training, private behavioral lessons, canine musical freestyle, helping nervous dogs overcome their anxiety, and basic manners and socialization. K9s Behave uses gentle, positive reinforcement rather than harmful methods and serves owners and their dogs in Santa Barbara and the nearby area. The lead trainers remains a member of organizations such as the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103


Perfect Puppy Academy

Perfect Puppy Academy is a veterinarian owned and managed dog training service that serves pets and their owners in the Santa Barbara and Conejo Valley areas. They specialize in puppy socialization, good puppy manners, and bite inhibition. Barb Pensky is the lead trainer in Conejo Valley and is a Certified Dog Trainer. Anne Swan is the lead trainer in Santa Barbara is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. They offer puppy classes as well as adolescent and adult dog classes, all designed to teach appropriate behaviors and correct undesirable behaviors often seen in puppies and adult dogs.

Santa Barbara, CA 93101


Wency’s Dog & Puppy Training

Wency’s Dog & Puppy Training provides professional dog training services to pets and their owners in the Santa Barbara area. Owner Wency is the lead trainer and has more than 30 years of experience in the field. She has been able to turn mischievous mutts into prized pets, and has applied behavioral training techniques to abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs of all sizes and ages. Her belief is that clear communication is the key to successful pet and owner relationship. Wency offers a variety of classes including puppy training, dog training, in-home private training sessions, advanced novice training, and much more.

Santa Barbara, CA 93105


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