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A Canine Affinity

Campbell, CA 95008
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A Canine Affinity, located in Campbell, California, since 2016, provides comprehensive dog training solutions for residents throughout the southern San Francisco Bay region. Owner Melissa Dallier graduated The Academy of Dog Behavior and is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Utilizing positive reinforcement techniques that include food rewards, play, toys, and praise, she teaches the consequences of behaviors and strives to establish consistent and effective communication that enhances the relationship between owners and their dogs. She specializes in puppy socialization and training, private in-home day sessions, behavior modification lessons, and a variety of group classes. A Canine Affinity has received many shining reviews lauding the knowledgeable, compassionate, and dedicated service.

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Canine Tutors

San Jose, CA 95124
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Located in San Jose, California, since 2007, Canine Tutors provides both group and private, in-home dog training services for clients throughout San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Clara. Owner and lead trainer Ashley Starling teaches proper handling techniques that succeed in the most distracting environments. He specializes in obedience, puppy, adult, and service dog training, aggression control, litter picking consultations, and board and train programs. Utilizing innovative methods that incorporate electronic technologies, he customizes training sessions to match the temperament of every dog and strives to create positive engagement to strengthen the bond between owners and their beloved pets. Canine Tutors offers free consultations and has been featured in the San Luis Obispo New Times, and prominent clients include Mayor Frank Mecham of Paso Robles and Jason Newstead of Metallica.

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D For Dog

San Jose, CA 95101
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D for Dog! is a professional dog trainer located in California's South Bay Area with service to the cities of Willow Glen, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Cupertino, Milpitas, and Fremont. Their services include group puppy and dog training as well as private classes that teach manners, behavior modification, and skills for service dogs. The company is a Certified Dog Trainer through the Animal Behavior College, with courses approved by the American Kennel Club such as Canine Good Citizen, Community Canine, and STAR Puppy. They are proud members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers who have taken the Business Code of Ethics Pledge.

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Dogs in Harmony

Cupertino, CA 95014
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Dogs in Harmony is a certified dog trainer located in Cupertino with service to the San Francisco Bay Area, whose philosophy is to create positive connections between dogs and their owners in every aspect of their lives. They are Certified Professional Dog Trainers, Knowledge Assessed by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, as well as proud members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. They offer private lessons, day training, and group classes to address problem behaviors for fearful, undersocialized, and aggressive dogs. The company also provides house sitting, with staff available to stay in-home to care for pets while their owners are away.

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5.0 / 5 (9)

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Hope for Canines, LLC

Mountain View, CA 94040
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Hope for Canines, LLC is a professional dog training and behavior consultant serving customers and their pets in Santa Clara, California and the surrounding areas. Owner and Professional Certified Dog Trainer, Johanna Fiskback Matthews, has more than seventeen years experience in work with animal training and behavior modification, including experience as a registered veterinary technician, zookeeper, horse and marine mammal trainer. Her certifications include the Clicker Expo from Karen Pryor Academy, the Low-Stress Handling Silver Certification for Dogs and Cats, and a Veterinary Behavior Technician Internship with UC Davis Behavior Services. Classes include the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen training as well as the Advanced and Urban versions.

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Sit Stay Wag

Sunnyvale, CA 94043
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Sit Stay Wag is a dog trainer located in Sunnyvale, California with service to customers and their furry family members in Southern California. Owner Lauren Flato is a veterinary medical doctor who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is also a proud member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, Truly Dog-Friendly, and an Evaluator for Therapy Pets Unlimited. Sit, Stay, Wag offers puppy training, adult classes for basic manners, babies, kids, and dogs course, and specific classes to address issues with aggression and separation anxiety in pets.

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Skilled Mutts Company

San Jose, CA 95125
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Skilled Mutts Company is a dog training business located in the California Bay Area that uses reward-based training methods for positive reinforcement and relationship building. Trainer Andrea Woo is a Certified Dog Trainer through Animal Behavior College and a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She has fostered, and trained dogs for the Hearing Dog Program in California to serve deaf individuals and has experience in task training and mobility. Services include skills training, behavior modification classes, and trick training to teach dogs to pick up on obedience cues, perform tasks, and improve their manners around family members and strangers.

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Smart Paws Private Training

San Jose, CA 95128
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Smart Paws Private Training is a professional dog trainer serving all sizes and breeds, located in the city of Campbell, California with service to the surrounding area. They offer prepaid package deals as well as video, Skype, and FaceTime training to address problem behaviors in dogs. The American Kennel Club certifies the company as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and proud members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, with many positive reviews on Yelp! from satisfied customers. Owner Amelia Olson has worked as a trainer with all sizes, breeds, and ages of dog for the past 13 years, offering one-on-one coaching and training for manners and improved communication.

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The Teacher's Pet Dog Training

Los Gatos, CA 95030
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The Teachers Pet Dog Training of Poulsbo, Washington is a professional dog training facility offering general manners classes, puppy training, and more for all ages and breeds of dogs. Owner Karen Shipe is a force-free trainer working with reward-based positive reinforcement methods. She graduated from the Trish King Academy of Dog Behavior and is a skilled clicker trainer who graduated from the Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Foundations course. Customers who have used the service say their difficult dogs learned excellent skills under the care of staff at The Teachers Pet Dog Training. She has worked with shelter dogs through volunteering at the Humane Society Silicon Valley since 2011.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Should I get my dog professionally trained?

Professional training is helpful for dogs of all ages and breeds, whether they need simple command training or more detailed programs to change aggressive behaviors, such as biting and jumping. Training of all levels is beneficial for dogs and their owners, as the animals use the skills they learn throughout their lifetimes.

How many training sessions does a dog need?

The amount of training sessions a dog may need depends on the type of training desired by its owner. For example, doggie boot camps where dogs learn obedience techniques and behavior modification can take anywhere between one and four weeks, while puppy training courses add up to just one hour per week over a six-week period.

Do dogs like being trained?

All dogs are different, and like humans, it can take them time to warm up to new people and environments. Good trainers know how to communicate with dogs, and they generally work hard to ensure their trainees are content and having fun during training sessions while learning new behavior techniques.

At what age should dogs start obedience training?

As a general rule, dog owners should wait until their pets are at least six months of age before entering them into a formal obedience program. However, puppies are quick learners, and they can be taught simple commands at home starting at around six weeks.

How long does it take to house train a puppy?

In general, it takes between four and six months to house train a puppy. Factors, such as bladder size and metabolism, may lead to extra training time, especially if the puppy is of a small breed and needs to use the bathroom frequently. A puppy's previous environment and emotional state may also hinder house training time.

Is it okay to let a puppy cry in their crate at night?

Letting a puppy "cry it out" in their crate at night is generally not harmful; however, it's important for dog owners to make certain that their pet is crying to be let out, and not for other reasons, such as illness or injury. Crate training takes time, and it's always best to start out with short crating periods.

What\'s the hardest dog to train?

While all dogs are trainable to an extent with the proper training and techniques, certain breeds are known to have a more difficult time following orders and instructions, thanks to their strong wills and independent senses. Challenging breeds include Greyhounds, Saint Bernards, Bullmastiffs, and Chesapeake Bay Retrievers.

Is a clicker good for dog training?

Clicker training, also known as mark and reward training, works well to help dogs learn commands and positive behavioral traits. The method focuses on rewarding dogs with positive reinforcements, such as treats or petting, when commands are followed. Repetition is essential with clicker training, as it helps dogs remember that rewards follow good behaviors.

Are dog trainers worth it?

Professional dog trainers can be extremely beneficial in helping dogs change negative behavior and learn to follow instructions. When home training isn't proving effective, many dog owners turn to professionals to improve their dog's behavior, which can help improve the overall relationship between pet and owner.

What makes a great dog trainer?

Great dog trainers love what they do, and they communicate well with animals. Qualities that great dog trainers possess include patience and tolerance, listening skills, and an overall positive attitude. While credentials and education are also important, the manner in which a trainer can communicate with dogs in his or her care, as well as dog owners, is essential.

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

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.

What qualifications do I need to be a dog trainer?

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.

What is the best dog training certification?

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.

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