List of Trainers / Classes / Web Sites

It's important that you are comfortable with your trainers methods.  We recommend you go watch a class before deciding which trainer to work with.
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Karen Moureaux, Northern LA area.

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Local club in Escondido.
Excellent facility/services.

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Dog Daycare & Training Facility, (949) 635-9655, South Orange County
Owner, Laurie Zurborg, has 11 years experience and is recommended by several local veterinarians.  Serves So. Orange County with daycare, obedience (group/private), beginning agility, Free doggie social club, boarding (short/long term), & in-home pet sitting. Training methods include positive reinforcement, clickers, gentle leaders. No choke collars or force.  Very experienced with shelter/adopted dogs, problem behavior & undersocialization. CPDT certified.

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Rancho Park/Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. (310) 851-6350
Agility and obedience classes for puppies and dogs;  positive reinforcement training, companion and competition training, all dogs welcome.

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Robert at (714) 828-2474, Stanton area 
Behavioral consultants, boarding, pet training while boarding, group & private, basic & advanced obedience;  non-correctional motivational methods, positive reinforcement; Gentle Leader Head Halters, clickers and food lures for beginning obedience classes.

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HERDING: all herding breeds-specialty Aussies and Border Collies. Herding is at GemStar Ranch in Leona Valley. Facility has everything from a round pen, standard arena, 2 acre field, to open fields where 800+ yard outruns are possible. Sheep (both hair and wool) and goats. Classes and private lessons available, and are held in Leona Valley. (No. of Santa Clarita, and W. of Palmdale)
Experienced in working with rescue/rehomed dogs, esp Aussies and Border Collies
Private lessons for obedience and behavior problems, classes coming soon to Palmdale and Santa Clarita area.

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Group and in home, trains dogs through reward and praise methods, basic obedience and occasional handling classes.

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Robert Livell (951) 272-4679,  Norco area
Private and group lessons, problem solving, beginning and advanced obedience training.   Discount given off obedience class with adoption contract from a rescue or shelter.

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Yorba Linda area (714) 985-1555
Breed handling, junior showmanship; all level obedience, competitive and fun; puppy through master level agility, show and fun; puppy kindergarten; all levels of clicker training; home manners and tricks; quarterly Canine Good Citizen testing.

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Janine Pierce (818) 832-9906
Offering group classes and private lessons in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas.  Motivational training methods for humans and canines.... "Learn while you play"

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Rayna Barker  (818) 541-0110
located in Montrose, CA
Conducts group classes and puppy classes, as well as privates.  Methods are all positive and reward based. Has worked with Aussies, shelter dogs and rescues in problem solving, behavior issues, aggression, and basic obedience.

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Donald Van Tassel and Susan Wiessner
(714) 842-4567 (9am to 7pm) 
Huntington Beach area off the 405
We use gentle, reward based methods and have over twenty years of experience in the dog training field. We offer private in home instruction as well as board training. We are also starting a free group class for animals adopted from animal shelters or rescue groups, Tuesday evenings starting at 6pm or 7pm, depending on clients' schedules, contact us for more information.

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Nicole Wilde   661-299-5704 
Santa Clarita area
In-home, private training for behavior modification and obedience using gentle, positive methods including clicker training. Nicole Wilde is a professional member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) and has worked with both domestic and exotic canines (specializing in wolves and wolfdogs) for many years in training and rescue. Her motto is "Train with Affection, not Corrections!"

bluepaw.gif (152 bytes) Excellent website of Clicker Training Lessons, offering step-by-step obedience lessons, regular as well as problem behaviors, for free, from the training school Greenwood Dog Training School in Delaware.

bluepaw.gif (152 bytes) Great website outlining the"Nothing In Life Is Free"behavior modification training program, by Deb McKean....check it out!

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Caryl Wolff, CPDT  1-877-7-DOGGIE
Is your dog behaviorally challenged?  Then teach him DOGGIE MANNERS.  Doggie Manners is a reward-based training course that integrates basic obedience into your everyday life.  Your dog will learn to come when called, walk quietly by your side, wait at doorways and curbs, greet guests politely - and much more! We offer private lessons throughout Greater Los Angeles and currently teach classes in West Los Angeles and Long Beach.  We work with puppies and dogs and specialize in rescue dogs.  Please remember, habits don't change overnight.  Give yourself and your dog a chance.  We look forward to working with you.

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Call Jean at (949) 240-8578 or e-mail
Location -Orange County-Santiago Canyon Rd.
New class starting in July for beginning dogs -we welcome all dogs and also  dogs who have had previous flyball experience.
We are currently offering flyball training at all levels on Tuesday evenings and agility practice  and training tips on Wednesday mornings. As soon as we have enough people interested we will have foundation for dog sports obedience training.

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Patty and Paul Thurner  at (714) 532-3647  (532-DOGS)
Serving Southern California Canines and Their Humans Since 1969!   We offer Puppy Kindergarten, Dog Obedience Training, Agility, and Canine Good Citizen Certification. Convenient group classes in over 40 communities throughout Orange County and adjacent areas of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Private lessons also available.  We look forward to helping you to make your dog a more enjoyable family member!  We offer quality Dog Obedience and Puppy Training classes at very reasonable fees.

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Tom De Luca, CPDT    714.596.4771
Huntington Beach, Calif.
A 'Nationally Certified' and 'Nationally Accredited' Dog Training Instructor, providing modern humane and practical pet training techniques using "Operant Conditioning" and "Leadership", to dog teams throughout Orange and parts of Los Angeles Counties. Teach your dog at home “Basic” and “Advanced Obedience”, as well as and Behavior Modification, Problem-Solving for Aggression towards Dogs, People, excessive barking, boundary control, destructive chewing, separation-anxiety, digging, door dashing, fearfulness, fence jumping, potty training, jumping on people, play biting or mouthing, getting into trash or counter surfing. Prepare dog to pass Therapy Dog Certification (TDI), AKC Canine Good Citizen Certification (CGC), Conformation, and Assistance Dog Training/Certification (FSDS).

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Nan Arthur, CPDT    619-561-2602
El Cajon, CA
In home private training sessions, positive only, packages for private training; offers private Canine Good Citizen training/testing, behavior training plans, as well as Pet Sitting.  Also offers a one or two-day Acclimation Training for new adopters.  Tapered to the skills of the new adopter, as to whether it would be help with getting ready before bringing home your newest family member, or coming the day of the adoption, or shortly after, to help get everyone in the home adjusted, as well as giving on-going support.

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Terry Long, CPDT    (562) 423-0793  or
Long Beach, Orange County, and South Bay
Positive reinforcement methods; advanced expertise in clicker training

Specializing in resolving impulse-control disorders and behaviors
-- Private behavior counseling (aggression, fears, phobias, separation anxiety, etc.)
-- Private training for basic manners, pre-agility, and agility
-- Group classes: Pet Manners, Pre-agility, Agility, Flyball, and Tricks
-- Doggy Day School at The Pet Set ( in Long Beach
-- Pre-purchase/adoption consultation and temperament evaluation
-- Professional clicker trainer since 1996
Member, Association of Pet Dog Trainers (
Certified Pet Dog Trainer (

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Adelita   (818) 559-5482
Do you want your Dog to be Good?
An in-home training program for dogs or puppies of any breed. Invest in an education that will last a lifetime. Learn more about this successful training program by visiting the Good Dog K9 Training website.

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Cynde Van Vleet, CTTP, APDT, Guild Certified TTouch Practitioner
(949) 492-1924
The Tellington TTOUCH Method is a gentle approach to working with animals without fear or force!  TTouch is used to support training and behavior modification as well as veterinary care.  An additional benefit is a deeper rapport between humans and animals through increased understanding and more effective communication.  TTouch creates an awareness and positive changes in behavior.  It offers solutions to common behavioral and health-related problems, such as aggression, separation anxiety, excessive barking, chewing, jumping up and leash-pulling in dogs, resistance to grooming, nervousness, shyness, thunder or loud noise phobia, and so on.  It can help to promote good health and ease problems associated with aging, illness, hip dysplasia, arthritis, and surgery.
Soothing touches, balance techniques and "a playground of higher learning" all combine to help improve your animal's health and behavior.  This is training for the body, mind and spirit of your companion animal.

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Deborah Van Gelder
Member of nation and worldwide organizations.  Trainer & Service Animal Access Consultant and Educator for Delta Society.  Trainer for Service Animal Registry of America. Member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers. American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Member of International Association of Assistance Dog Partners. Chapter Leader for The Foundation For Pet Provided Therapy. Teacher for the Redlands Adult School.  I train for mobility, hearing, medical alert. I evaluate and place dogs for people who don't have dogs.  I also train dogs for people who already have them. I train for children (youngest age is 10) but there are exceptions.  As well as adults. I teach my students and (dogs)! positive reinforcement along with praise reward. Prices vary, depending on the training that is needed for a successful service dog!
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Marsha Perloff, CPDT
phone: 818.279.8219
A well-behaved dog is a joy to be around - one who will be treated as a beloved member of the family, and is welcome everywhere.  Using praise and reward-based techniques, your dog will quickly come to view training sessions as fun, and learn that responding to your commands yields positive results.
Make the investment in your future together by setting-up a positive relationship now - one that is based on love and mutual respect!
Devil Dog Ranch offers group classes, private in-home sessions, private sessions at Devil Dog Ranch, pre-adoption counseling & dog selection - check out the website for more information.

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Katie has been training dogs, cats and horses most of her life.  In 2000 She decided to start PAWSITive Performance Animal Training and Behavior. Katie only does positive motivation in her training, no jerk and pull or coercion. Katie is recommended by many veterinarians. She has a vast knowledge of nutrition and holistic alternatives to traditional medicine witch she interrogates in to her training if necessary. Classes range from basic to advanced in the Lancaster area but do travel to the LA area frequently for private training if your looking for in home training.  Katie has also been doing Aussie Rescue for 13 yrs .

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Lezle Stein , Dog Training & Behavior Specialist
Handle With Care offers in-home private instruction as well as all levels of obedience seminars, dog adoption assistance, and so much more.  Handle With Care uses fun, reward-based training.
L.A. City Council Spay & Neuter Advisory Committee
Director of Animal Welfare/ Arroyo Seco Neighborhood Council
Downtown Dog Rescue

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Faith Boyle
1-888-72-KARMA (725-2762)
Instant Karma Dog Training believes that successful training cannot be achieved without mutual trust, respect and love between handler and dog....that the Emotional Energy brought to training by the human is a vital component for behavioral transformation in the dog....that there are many different paths to achieving a goal or result.  Our task, as enlightened human beings is to seek out those paths that will best achieve the desired result for each unique canine and human client.

Ain't Misbehavin' K9  
Kim Rinehard, CPDT-KA
Offers mostly private training in Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita and the east San Gabriel Valley.  Kim has worked with professionally with dogs for 30 years and owns 3 Australian Shepherds of her own and has also fostered a dog for Aussie Rescue.  She uses a variety of positive reinforcement techniques.  There's really only one absolutely unbreakable rule at Ain't Misbehavin' K9, which is that every dog be treated with fairness and dignity.  It's the least we can offer them in exchange for what they offer us every day...uncompromising and unconditional love!

Tammy Wilson, (909) 224-0628
Serving the Inland Empire
Specializing in agility training, group and private lessons. Private lessons for obedience/manners also available. Coming soon fun nosework classes. Clicker trainer, positive methods used.

Barbara Adler, ABCDT, CPDT-KA
877.657.3647   (877.657.DOGS)
Providing a variety of puppy training, dog training, and behavior modification programs in Northern Orange County and portions of Long Beach, CA. All of our training programs are expressly designed and customized for your dog, your needs, and your lifestyle. Possessing a combination of formal education in Learning Theory, Etiology, Animal Husbandry, and Nutrition with years of experience, and use of cutting edge, science based techniques we will help you and your dog achieve successful, lasting results for a bonded relationship and lifetime of enjoyment.
Programs include (but are not limited to):
• Private Lessons
• Day Training 
Animal Behavior College Graduate (
Internationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer (
Professional member: Association of Professional Dog Trainers (
Member: Association of Animal Behavior Professionals (
Member: SoCal dockdogs (   

Kelly Caldwell  (Sherman Oaks area)
310-971-3554  or 818-903-9135
My name is Kelly Caldwell, and ever since I had my first dog, I've always dreamt of being able to work with dogs everyday. A few years ago that finally became a reality!! I've been training and exercising dogs for over a decade, but I was finally in the position to make it my only job!!!  Bark At The Park, LLC is comprised of myself and two independent contractors who have great knowledge and care for animals like I would.  You can ask any client that I have, and they will tell you, I will love and care for your dog(s) as though they were my own!  Here are some of the services I currently offer.
Dog Training: In home private training that is customized to your dogs needs. Which may include: obedience training, puppy training, aggression problems, separation anxiety and more.
Board and Train:  Each day your dog will enjoy several hours of one-on-one positive obedience training for behavioral problems in a safe home setting and different outside/public locations. Your dog will typically not be crated at all during the boarding(aggressive, potty,or crate training aside)
Overnights: Includes feeding, refilling water bowl, bringing in the mail and newspaper, taking out the trash on trash day, and watering small house plants. Dogs will get a morning and early evening walk around the neighborhood. All pets will get interactive time which may include petting, snuggling, brushing and/or play time.
Boarding: Your pet will be in a cage free environment, and treated like one of my own, a few repeats have even been known to sleep with us.
Socialization and Group hikes: Great for dogs to release the energy as well as getting to play with their new friends.  This will include pick up and drop off as well as guaranteeing out of the house for 2 1/2 hours. This typically is a trip to an off leash Dog Park. Usually once a week I take the group on an off leash hike. Recommended for dogs that are already social and have lots of energy! 
Private Walks: Walk around your neighborhood so your dog gets some needed exercise and some fresh air time.

Irith (“Ee-reet") Bloom, CPDT-KSA, CDBC, KPA CTP, VSPDT, CBATI
West side of Los Angeles
Private, in-home training for everything from basic obedience to serious behavior issues. Group classes also available.
Irith Bloom of The Sophisticated Dog offers modern, science-based training that is effective and enjoyable for both the handler and the dog. She is certified by multiple organizations and is regularly recommended by local veterinarians. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars throughout the U.S. and internationally. Whatever your needs, The Sophisticated Dog can help.

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