The Best Dog Trainers in Los Angeles, CA of 2022

Welcome to the Los Angeles, CA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Los Angeles based on votes from the Sniffspot community and the general public. Over 45,000 votes were used in compiling this list. We have only included the top trainers with sufficient votes and the trainers are ordered in terms of the number of votes received. Trainers that tied are ranked in reverse alphabetical order based on first name. All dog trainers on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This list is a subset of the broader Top Trainers in California list.

Dog training is one of the most important activities someone can do with their dog. Many come to dog training through a specific issue they want addressed, anything from barking to separation anxiety. Some have adopted dogs from animal shelters with an abusive experience and some just have happy puppies looking for everyday life skills. Trainers can help with all kinds of specific skills and issues, from leash manners to territorial aggression to anxiety around skateboards to common puppy challenges. However, what many discover is that working with a trainer is actually a way for a pet owner to deepen their relationship with their dog. The enhanced communication skills that result can increase quality of life, be a rewarding experience, be a social experience and lead to more harmonious relationships. Knowing that one’s dog is having a happier life can dramatically improve peace of mind. As the saying goes: happy dog, happy life. And it extends further than just the dog, to the pet owners. Owner empowerment can actually improve the relationship between owners. And finding the right trainer can make all the difference in the experience.

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The Best Los Angeles, CA Dog Trainers in 2022

Kaia Wilson

My name is Kaia Wilson and I am the owner of DOGSPEED training based in Portland OR. I have been working professionally with dogs for the last 7 years, and am dedicated to Fear Free, Force Free Positive Reinforcement training. Compassion is always key, with dogs and their humans!

When I'm not working with dogs, I am playing music with my band from the 90's, Team Dresch, playing Ping Pong, or adventuring with my wife Nicole, and our 3 dogs, Pocket, Lirael and Ponyo.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:

  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://dogspeed.dog


Karl Roberts

I got my first dog when I was six and I didn't train him, just in case you thought this was going to be a child prodigy story. He was a Jack Russell mix called Shep and I don't remember him ever having a leash, he definitely didn't sit on command, but he followed me everywhere and he listened in his own way to what I told him we were doing, or where we were going. It worked because I was with him all the time, really, he used to come to school with me until I was 11 and had to go to "big" school, because me and him grew up in the 80's in Wales where everything was a bit more chill.

Times have changed and so have I but not how I feel about that special relationship with our dogs. Using modern techniques that are completely and utterly force free I'll teach you how to make sure your dog has all the obedience they need to be safe and also guide you on the journey to cementing that bond which makes your dog trust and therefore listen to you.

Certifications: IMDT

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training

Website: https://www.muttsandmunch.com


Jen Havens

I help dog guardians do away with frustrations over their pup's behaviors by offering practical, welfare based, modern solutions. For 30+ years, I've worked in the pro pet care industry as a dog walker and pet sitter with a special interest in dog behavior. I decided to enroll in CATCH Trainers Academy so I'm not just another "experienced" trainer, but an educated trainer with experience.

My favorite types of instruction include reactivity, home and public manners, loose leash walking, cooperative care, fear based behaviors, puppy socialization, and tricks.

Certifications: Enrolled in CATCH Trainers Academy

Services include:
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
Service provided detail:

My private sessions and virtual workshops (online small groups classes) focus on basic manners (like sit, stay, heel, etc), in-home manners including greeting guests, how to recognize and observe body language, public manners, polite leash walking, reactivity, cooperate care + consent, enrichment for beginners and advanced, beginning teamwork for Rally/Obedience, beginner and novice Rally/Obedience, beginner to advanced tricks, CGC and Therapy dog prep + certification through Love On A Leash, AKC Fit Dog Level 1 (Level 2 coming soon), body awareness, puppy socialization, and puppy prep.

I have a weekly tricks class online (Trick Squad) and a bi-weekly online training workshop and trainer Q+A. Both are affordable memberships and include a social community.

Behavioral issue focus:

The most common behaviors I've worked with include puppy biting, puppy and kid challenges, fearful dogs, reactivity, noise sensitivities, difficulty settling/relaxing, excessive barking, public manners, under socialization, and adolescent dogs.
Although, not a behavior issue, puppy socialization, 16 weeks to 12 month puppy training, and rescue dog adjustment are the number one requests.

Training methods:

My main focus areas are welfare, environment and practicality for the household.
Are the needs of the pup getting met? How about the household needs and anyone who has experiences with the dog? Is the environment set up in a way that works for the dog and the household?

Goals the guardian sets and everything I teach needs to be doable and fit into what their household needs with a reasonable amount of adjustment and management.
First, I have a potential client fill out a training request so I have enough information to decide if I'm the best fit. Next comes getting on a call so we can get to know each other and from there the consult is scheduled. At the end of the consult (typically 75 minutes), I make suggestions on where to start and how to proceed and give a couple pieces of homework to prep for their first session with me.

Every training plan is created with the households goals in mind, with the client, at the end of or after the initial consult, so each client is very much involved in their own training plan. Plans are easily adjusted and we revisit the plans at each session or workshop.

I do my very best to help clients reach their training goals via welfare based, ethical, effective, practical, and fun methods.

Service area:

Most of my amazing clients are located all over the world and have really embraced working with me virtually. I have also been training in-person in Monrovia California and will be relocating to Taos, New Mexico in the future.

Website: https://thereallifedog.com


Alexandra Bassett

I've been training dogs professionally for over 7 years, and before that, I was shelter volunteer for 15 years.

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:
  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
Behavioral issue focus:

We specialize in solving problem dog behaviors like canine separation anxiety, leash reactivity, excessive barking, and aggression.

Training methods:

Our game-based method of dog training makes learning fun, boosts your dog's confidence, and builds your bond with them, all-in-one!

Every game has a practical application in your daily life that helps your dog to make good choices and reinforces good manners.

We also specialize in holistic, science-based solutions to solving common problem dog behaviors.

We offer 60-minute behavior consultations, 120-minute intro sessions, and 4-12 week programs that can be customized to meet your dog or puppys' specific needs.

Service area:

We offer behavior consultations on Zoom, in-home sessions within 7 miles of Echo Park, Los Angeles, and virtual training sessions on Zoom or FaceTime.

Website: https://www.dogsavvylosangeles.com


Jim Leske

Been Training & reahabilitating pets in Cali. for 20 years. Most have come from the streets or over crowded shelters & have become trusted family members in good homes. Some have continued with training & gone on to be: Hospital therapy dogs, Emotional support animals or worked on TV or movies. In pour spare time we rescue & foster too !

Certifications: AKC Certified Canine Good citizen trainer & evaluator

Services include:
  • Aggressive dog training
  • Board and train
  • In home training
  • Deaf dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Service dog training
  • Off leash training
Behavioral issue focus:

Barking, digging, jumping, house training, doesn't listen & more.

Training methods:

We are mobil, as most issues need to be addressed at home. we do train in public places to help with socialization, all positive reinforcement.

Service area:

LA City, LA County, Ventura county.

Website: https://www.FaceBook.com/GoodDogsAreTrained


Sniffspot Los Angeles Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How are Los Angeles dog trainers selected for this list?

These are the top dog trainers in Los Angeles as selected by broad voting from the Sniffspot community and the general public. These trainers are expert dog trainers, who received votes from their delighted customers, due to their excellent dedication to customer service, excellent results and general care they exhibit for their clients. Many have worked with thousands of dogs and are highly experienced trainers.

How can I get in touch with dog trainers?

Each of the trainer profiles contains a link to their website. You can click through to their website where you can find more contact information.

Are these Los Angeles dog trainers certified professionals?

Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification and professional trainers are not required to be certified. However, certifications are important to show that a professional dog trainer has a standard of expertise to help train your dog. Each trainer’s certifications are listed on their profile.

What are the top certifications for Dog Trainers in Los Angeles?

Some of the top certifications in the dog training industry are CPDT- KA, IAABC, Karen Pryor Academy - KPA certification, Jean Donaldson's Academy - CTC certification and Fear Free Certification. You can review the dog trainer certifications for each specific dog trainer on their profile on this page.

What methods are used in the dog training sessions?

There are many methods for teaching dogs and a lot of disagreement about the correct training approach. All of the Los Angeles trainers included on this list use positive reinforcement training only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. This includes not using any specifically aversive approach to training or training aid, such as a prong or electronic dog training collar (also called remote dog training collar or shock collars). As for specific training programs and specialties, such as day training / doggie daycare or obedience training, you can see more information in each trainer’s profile.

Are dog training lessons in a training facility or are virtual options available?

Some dog trainers operate exclusively from a training facility, some do house calls and some offer video calls or other virtual options. There are pros and cons to each option and the most efficient behavioral training option depends on specific circumstances, for instance, what hours work best for you. A training center or training ranch can be a good option if your training plan requires facilities, training equipment or dedicated space. We recommend reaching out to the specific trainer you are interested in or browsing their website for more information.

Are dog training lessons private or in a group setting?

Every different circumstance of dog and owners may require a different setting, whether it’s housebreaking issues, anxiety issues, lack of proper socialization, food aggression or just bad habits. Each trainer has different offerings as far as whether they can offer clients a private training session or a group class. Trainers provide information about their private class and group class offerings in their profiles and you can browse their website for more information as well. It may make sense for your specific circumstance to reach out to the trainer to ask if they recommend group or private dog training classes. Some trainers also have a team of specialists that can provide even higher levels of service, or provide specialized sessions, such as pack walks.

How much does dog training in Los Angeles cost?

Los Angeles dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services and phases of training. For instance behavioral modification that involves boarding is often more expensive than day training, and private lessons are generally more expensive than group lessons. Prices can also vary depending on specific behavioral issues. Lastly, some trainers have more overhead than others, We recommend first picking a trainer that provides the services that you are looking for, then reaching out to them to get up to date pricing.

Is training a dog good for the dog?

Yes! Training has many benefits for dogs. Whether with basic training skills or complex training techniques, going through behavior training with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the level of confidence enabling of a dog (and it can also help with building customer confidence!). Rather than being about exerting maximum control over them, it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. For instance, crate training can help a dog feel safe and at home in a crate vs fearful and uncertain. Dog training can teach important skills, such as leash control, potty training or a general level of obedience skills. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog to learn life skills and for their family. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog and serve them throughout their entire healthy life!

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training and coaching. Aggression in dogs is a serious issue, but it is also a term that is used very broadly. Many dogs that are thought to be aggressive are actually reactive, which is a different behavior altogether. A trainer can help you interpret signs of aggression, such as excessive barking, fear aggression and leash aggression, and type of aggression. If you believe you have a dog with aggressive behaviors, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

I am a Los Angeles dog trainer. How can I get listed here?

As long as you have a training facility or do in person training in Los Angeles you can be considered for this list. We update this list once per year, normally starting in January. Make sure to keep an eye on our social media and sign up for email updates with Sniffspot in order to be in the loop on the next round of nominations.

How much do dog trainers make in Los Angeles?

Dog trainer earnings vary widely depending on many factors, such as whether a dog trainer is an employee or owns their own full-service professional dog training business. According to ZipRecruiter, the average dog trainer salary in California was $33,714 per year and $16.21 per hour. It is impossible to say how much a dog trainer can earn with a full-service professional dog training company, because the size and profitability of companies can vary widely.


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