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Best Dog Training Classes in San Mateo, CA

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San Francisco, CA 94114 Rating

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4.8 (16)
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5.0 (1)

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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.

San Leandro, CA 94577 Rating

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4.5 (23)
5.0 (1)

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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.

San Mateo, CA 94010 Rating

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4.0 (23)

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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.

Belmont, CA 94002 Rating

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4.3 (16)
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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.

Compare our Top Dog Training Classes

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K9 Master Dog Training
San Francisco, CA 94114
Braveheart Dog Training
San Leandro, CA 94577
San Bruno Dog Obedience School
San Mateo, CA 94010
The Service Dog Tutor
Belmont, CA 94002


  • 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.