Laurels
Best Dog Trainers
in Sunnyvale
2018

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 Sunnyvale, 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.

A Canine Affinity

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.

Campbell, CA(646) 247-7559

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Canine Tutors

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.

San Jose, CA(408) 455-1503

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D For Dog

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.

San Jose, CA(650) 538-3011

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Dogs in Harmony

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.

Cupertino, CA(408) 430-7875

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From Head to Tail

Founded in 2015 in Santa Clara, California, From Head to Tail provides dog behavior modification, sports training, and massage therapy services for clients throughout the greater San Jose metropolitan region. With a biology background, owner Rebecca King graduated Trish King's Canine Behavior Academy and has received her certification as a Canine Massage Therapist. Focusing on the emotional and physical well-being of all dogs, she utilizes safe and effective science-based training methods that emphasize positive communication and force-free techniques to strengthen bonds and achieve beneficial results. Rebecca offers private in-home sessions customized to the unique needs of every dog, as well as group lessons. From Head to Tail is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and has received many five-star reviews.

Santa Clara, CA(408) 394-3445

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Hope for Canines, LLC

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.

Mountain View, CA(808) 232-8078

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Nu Pawspective

Nu Pawspective is a family dog training and safety specialist company that works with dogs of all breeds and types in the San Francisco area. Owner and dog trainer Susan Wu is a licensed presenter for Dogs & Storks and Dog and Baby Connection, as well as Doggone Safe, an organization dedicated to preventing dog bites. Her specialty is working with family dogs as she holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and has fifteen years experience working with families of young children. Services available at the facility include dog training, doggy daycare, dog and family education, and a puppy nanny program.

Mountain View, CA(650) 817-5820

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Sit Stay Wag

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.

Sunnyvale, CA(408) 390-1431

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Skilled Mutts Company

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.

San Jose, CA(408) 656-5394

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Smart Paws Private Training

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.

San Jose, CA(408) 515-2347

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The Dog Connections

The Dog Connections, based in Campbell, California, offers comprehensive dog training services for customers throughout the greater San Jose metropolitan area. Owner Kimberly Rappaport graduated the University of California, Davis with a specialization in Animal Behavior and is a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Utilizing force-free, positive reinforcement techniques and motivators, the certified and highly skilled dog handlers emphasize clear and consistent communication to achieve beneficial and meaningful owner-canine connections. They offer a full array of level-style private and group classes such as puppy fundamentals, life skills, agility, tricks, and rally, and provide rolling enrollment that allows optimal flexibility for every customer to train at their own pace. The Dog Connections has received many glowing reviews highlighting the knowledgeable, caring, and friendly staff.

Campbell, CA(408) 600-1407

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The Teacher's Pet Dog Training

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.

Los Gatos, CA(408) 610-8738

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