San Diego Humane Society is pleased to share this directory of known Positive Reinforcement (R+) trainers from primarily around San Diego County and surrounding areas.
We understand how searching for an appropriate trainer for your pets' needs can feel overwhelming, so we've made the process a little easier for you both with our B&T Lecture on How to Pick a Trainer, this directory, and to help decode the "alphabet soup" of training certifications, see R+ Certifications - Appendix A _SHDS2022.pdf.
If you believe a trainer is missing from this directory, or you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this time, the pet training field is unregulated and does not require certain standards of trainer education and skills are required. There is a push for standardizing training methods used in the field to create best practices and reduce some of the confusion around choosing a trainer as well as the use of inhumane or outdated training methods. The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) has released a Position Statement on Regulation in Animal Training and Behavior and the Certification Counsel for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) has called for mandating trainer certification. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists (AVSAB) has also released a statement on How to Choose a Trainer and another on Humane Dog Training methods.
These organizations have also released statements on training methods and best practices related to dominance theory, punishment, electronic training devices, breed specific legislation, the importance of early puppy socialization (prior to 16 weeks), and the importance of collaboration with veterinarians and positive vet care, including some statements in Spanish. We have shared these at the bottom of the directory.
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|Company name & Website||Trainers & Certifications||Pet Type||Location||Specialty|
|Accomplished Canines||Amanda Cornell, M.S., CPDT-KA, CGC Evaluator Brittany Quon, CPDT-KA Martha White, KPA||Dogs||South Orange County||Puppy Raising, reactivity, dog sport foundations|
|Alcala Country Pet Resort||Matt Montes. CBCC, Fear Free Shelter graduate, Aggression in Dogs Master Class graduate, FDM General Manager. Courtney Roberts, CPDT-KA, Fear Free certified, Training Manager. Cydney Litt, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified Mason Cameron, KPA CTP, FDM Michelle Hartley, ABCDT||Dogs||Encinitas||
Day Training, Board and Train, Private lessons, group classes. Obedience, tricks, behavior modification. Only thing we can't help with in house is Separation Anxiety - we refer to a local CSAT for that.
|All Big Canines, LLC||Tabitha Davies, CPDT-KA, ACDBC, fear free certified, APHE, PPG||
|Coachella Valley, up to Joshua Tree, across to Blythe, and into Redlands||Reactivity and aggression is our specialty. We also have group classes, agility, rally, and a doggie pool.|
|Aloha Positive dog training||Kim Lepic, CPDT-KA, Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer||Dogs||Bonsall, Fallbrook, Temecula, Vista, Oceanside, Camp Pendleton||Private in-home lessons as well as day training. Specializing in puppy training (socialization, potty training, foundation skills), newly adopted rescue dogs, shy & fearful dogs, basic manners and reactivity training.|
|BADDogs Inc. Family Dog Training & Behavior||Barbara Davis, CDBC, IAABC-ADT, SBA, CPDT-KA
Over 1500 hours of continuing education.
|Dogs||Corona||family/companion dog training beginner through advanced, tricks, puppy socialization, CGC – all levels, service dog, therapy dog, treibball. Serious behavior problems (aggression, anxiety, fear, etc) all breeds. Some board and train. One instructor is a Spanish-speaker. We are LIMA adherents.|
|Bella Woof||April Bove-Rothwell, BS Animal Biology UC Davis, CPDT-KA, AKC-CGC evaluator||Dogs||Coastal from Downtown San Diego to Encinitas. Inland north of 8 & west of 15 & south of Del Dios highways||AKC STAR Puppy Class & Socialization and Adult Dog Training Classes in Bella Woof La Jolla classroom. Private, customized lessons at Bella Woof or in-home for fear, aggression, obedience, house manners and puppies. Gentle, cage-free grooming by AKC-SAFE trained professional groomer. Safe and humane walking and training equipment, and other apparel. Healthy and holistic foods and supplements.|
|Birch Bark Dog Training||Lindsey Lieberman, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, FFCP||Dogs||Vista, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, San Marcos||Mindful, force-free training for dogs and their people. Specializing in behavior modification programs for reactivity, fear, and aggression. Basics and specialty group classes that emphasize training for the real world!|
|Britta's Animal Training & Pet Service||Britta Wilson, BA, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, Patti O' Farrel||Dogs, Cats, other||San Diego County and global over zoom||Offering foundation behavior training for puppies and dogs and consulting for behavior issues, such as fear and anxiety, mild to moderate aggression, reactivity, destructive chewing and house training.|
|Canine Behavior Consulting||Anna Skaff, PharmD, CBCC-KA, KPA CTP, CMAC||Dogs||Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Solana Beach||Basic foundation, shy and fearful dogs, service dogs, CGC|
|Canine Learning Academy||Yo Armendariz, KPA CTP, CBATI, SDC, CDTI, CCFC, SDJ, AACE, FFC Julie Fryman KPA CTP, CBATI, SDC, CDTI Kurtis Swinson KPA CTP||Dogs||Virtual or in person: beach cities between Redondo Beach & Irvine. Long Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach||Young puppy (8-20 weeks) raising- living in the city, dog reactivity on leash, service dog training, trick trainer, Board & Train (Swan Diego - Malibu) dogs 35 lbs and under and puppies|
|Click Dog Training||Chancel Siebuhr, ABCDT, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA||Dogs, Cats||San Diego & Del Mar||Puppies, adults for basics and foundations. I have done some reactive dog stuff- mostly foundation and then I’m actually meeting someone outside- at threshold (as restrictions allow). Take clients in Del Mar at Thrive Animal Rescue|
|Cloud K-Nine Dog Services, also a private Trainer with Dogs on the Run & Wonder Dogs||Janet Thornton, CPDT-KA, MSc., B.A., Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator, Fear-Free Certified||Dogs||Encinitas, Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos, Carlsbad, Escondido and Fallbrook||Puppy Behaviors, Life Manners and Behavior Modification, Leash Skills and Leash Reactivity, Dog to Dog Skills and Socialization, Shy/Fearful Behavior. Learn more at her instagram|
|Co-Regulated K9's||Ashley Cipolletti, CPDT-KA, BA Psychology, MA Biology (in progress)||Dogs||San Diego County or globally online||Fear/Reactivity, recently adopted shelter/rescue dogs, loose leash walking. I offer 1:1 private coaching in-home, or homeschool (day training) packages. Find her on Instagram for more.|
|Devoted to Dog Training||Liz Randall, CPDT-KA, LLC Robin Cameron, KPA-CTP 8 years professional training, specializes in behavior modification||Dogs||North County Coastal, inland North County (Vista, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Escondido, Valley Center)||Behavior modification, including reactivity, inter-household dog aggression, human-dog aggression, resource guarding, etc. Puppy and adult basic manners.|
|Do No Harm dog training||Linda Michaels, M.A., Psych, PPG PCT-A, VSPDT, ISCP||Dogs||San Diego / Los Angeles||Creator of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs and Author of the newly released Do No Harm Dog Training and Behavior Handbook - focusing on speaking and her Facebook group.|
|Dog Dayz of California||Pat Gallagher, ABCDT||Dogs||North County San Diego||Board and Train, Daycare and Train, Classes and private lessons (not a good fit for aggression issues but basic manners and behavioral adjustments)|
|Doggy Einsteins Training||Tina Flores, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, CSAT||Dogs||Globally online||Separation Anxiety -Fluent in English and Hindi|
|Dogpanion, LLC||Mel Reichek (she/her/hers), SDC, AKC CGC Evaluator, SA Pro Trainer||Dogs||Mira Mesa, Cardiff, Del Mar, Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, Scripps Ranch, La Jolla, Kearny Mesa, Clairemont, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Valley||Specializing in puppy raising and training, CGC training, ESA and Service Dog (Autism Assistance, Psychiatric)|
|Dogs by Johanna||Johnna Biondi CPDT-KA||Dogs||Los Angeles & Ventura County||Specializes in integrating new dogs into the family and starting puppies and their parents off on the right paw! Also, behavior modification, problem solving, aggression, and overall house manners.|
|Eden Animal Training Services||Stefanie Kennedy, EATM, KPA CTP, ILLIS, Continued education with BAT (see: CBATI in appendix)||Dogs, Cats||Online & Greater Sacramento||Rescue dogs, dogs with reactivity, puppies and cats with behavior concerns. Online private training, online group classes, and self paced online dog training programs.|
|Feline Minds /
Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado
|Dr. Mikel Maria Delgado, CAAB, CCBC||Cats||Online & Sacramento||Works with cat owners, animal shelters, and pet-focused corporations to answer cat behavior questions and solve problems. Mikel is a co-author with Jackson Galaxy of “Total Cat Mojo” and the author of the forthcoming book “Play with Your Cat!”|
|Fix Dog Training||Amy Vandenberg, CPDT-KA, FPPE, Fear Free Shelter Professional||Dogs||North San Diego County,
|In home training for basic manners, puppy foundation training, behavior modification, as well as support for integrating a new dog or puppy into a family, or a new baby into your home with a dog. Tele/video consult sessions offered to any location, specializing in preparing your resident dog for a new baby arrival as well preparing your current family for a new dog or puppy.|
|Freedom Service Dogs||Peggy Poore, Executive Director, KPA-CPT, CPDT-KA. Many trainers||Dogs||Corona, Norco, Oceanside, San Marcos, Orange and San Diego Counties||Service Dog trainers +R - works with wounded warriors|
|Get Pawsitive||Sarah Surritt, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, AKC CGC Evaluator, ABC mentor Patti O'Farrell KPA-CPT, CSAT, FPPE, Pilar De Veintemilla - Bilingual, VSA Libby Lucas ABC-DT, CPDT-KA, Joanna Chang PAT||Dogs||Private training: Mission Valley up to Oceanside-over to Escondido/ rb/ Poway, all of north county/coast Carmel Valley up||Puppy training, puppy play classes, separation anxiety (Patti), adult training, new dog/new baby training, fear and reactivity , behavior mod, board and train (home environment), day training, specialty classes, online monthly support group as well as online private training and self study options, workshops for volunteers and PAT teams.|
|Happy Dog Happy Owner||Lara Schindler, ABCDT, AKC CGC Evaluator||Dogs||Central San Diego||Group obedience classes, scent work classes, and agility classes.|
|Inspire Canine||Paula A. Phillips, FDM||Dogs||North County San Diego, Coastal San Diego, Parts of East County San Diego||Private training including virtual training.|
|Instinct Dog Training - San Diego||Brandi Hutsell, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, AKC CGC Evaluator Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA||Dogs||City of San Diego and some surrounding areas||Puppy development, life skills & manners, Canine Good Citizen prep, and dog-dog socialization and interaction|
|Legends Dog training||Alyssa Rose, CPDT-KA, Behavior Specialist||Dogs||Virtual||Online classes and education for anxious, reactive, hyperactive or aggressive behavior. The classes teach practical skill sets for dogs that struggle with stress or over-arousal. They also teach people how to optimize the behavioral training process to make the most of the time invested in training. The online classes offer pre-recorded training demonstrations and discussions, allowing students to watch the training at a time that is conducive to their schedule. Students have the option to attend office hours to ask questions that come up along the way, and an opportunity to connect with others dealing with similar challenges and frustrations. This experience is highly effective and provides community support.|
|Love of Animals pet services||Jasmine Almonte, CCDT, FFCP, CT||Dogs, Cats,||Anywhere within 30 miles of Carmel Valley||Pet sitting and training services. Certified Pet Sitter and Pet CPR & first aid certified. Specializes in basic training for dogs and puppies.|
|Meridus K9 and Equine,LLC||Cecelia Anastos, CPDT-KA||Dogs, Horses||San Diego||Obedience and service dogs for children with rare diseases. Fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Equine massage|
|Mutts About You||Chey Anne Tamashiro, KPA CTP||Dogs||Poway, Rancho Bernardo, 4S Ranch, Scripps Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos||One to one private training for manners, potty training, leash walking. I also offer in- home pet sitting and day training|
|Out n' About Dog Training||Julie Schmitt, CPDT-KA, VSPDT, GDMI, FFCP, AKC CGC Evaluator||Dogs||San Diego East County||Dog & puppy training, behavioral consulting & training, day training, board and train. virtual consultations, help with fearful, anxious, reactive or aggressive dogs. Licensed Be a Tree Presenter (bite prevention school kids). Guide Dog Mobility Instructor (service dogs)|
|Pack Method Prep||Zoe Stathis, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, Ashley Valentine CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, FDM Jacquelyn Court, CPDT-KA Lindsey Kraal, CPDT-KA Ashley Larsen, CPDT-KA, Emma Castor, CPDT-KA||Dogs||La Jolla to Chula Vista||
All trainers with Pack Method Prep are certified, use science-based approaches to canine learning, and specialize in the use of positive reinforcement to achieve behavior goals. They get to know each pup on an individual basis and evaluate motivators thoroughly to find what will drive your pup to want to meet their goals as much as you do. Sessions result in happy pups feeling more confident in their human partners and happy parents feeling more educated and empowered to pilot and enrich their pups’ lives.
|Pam's Dog Academy LLC||Pamela Johnson, M.A., CPDT-KA||Dogs||Jamul||Group Classes - agility, canine freestyle, tricks, canine conditioning, force free rattlesnake avoidance, dog sport foundations, and private sessions at my personal grass and agility field are also available. We offer NADAC video titling opportunities in agility class as well as during fun runs, and workshops from time to time. Pam has spent the last 6 years learning about canine rehabilitation after her border collie herniated a disc catching a frisbee. Twix Runs Again, by Pamela Johnson can be purchased on Amazon, Audible, and B&N.|
|Pawtopia||Colleen Demling-Riley, CDBC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA||Dogs||Rancho Santa Fe, Caramel Valley, Coastal San Diego from Point Loma to Solana Beach||Puppy training, helping rescue dogs adjust to their new home, and behavior modification.|
|SMRT Dog||Jamie Bozzi, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, ACDBC, CC, CNWI, MAR Handler, AKC Scent Work Judge||Dogs||Riverside & San Diego counties||Specializes in: Positive reinforcement training and customized behavior modification plans for fearful, anxious and aggressive behavioral issues, as well as, basic obedience and tricks. She also works with sport, performance and working dogs, especially in scent detection work- K9 Nose Work, AKC Scent Work and SAR/MAR (Search & Rescue/Missing Animal Response). Additional dog sports include agility and Treibball. resource guarding.|
|Teach, Reward, Repeat||Kelly Viscosi, CPDT-KA, MS||Dogs||Virtual sessions. In person training primarily in North San Diego County, but will travel outside area in certain circumstances.||Shy/Fearful dogs, reactivity, focus & confidence building (using Control Unleashed exercises developed by Leslie McDevitt), cooperative care training for low stress nail trims, handling, and other husbandry tasks as related to grooming and health|
|The Puppy Care Company||Christine Young, CPDT-KA||Dogs & Horses||Rancho Sante Fe (in person) online students and north county meet ups||
Online & In home Puppy Specialist with long term day-training options for busy homes. Recall Dog Training & field trips. Swimming Safety & Lessons. Support for choosing & integrating a new dog or puppy. online Recall Course & Puppy Potty Training E-book on website.
|The Proficient Pup||Lynn Webb, MA, KPA CTP, CTMT, CSAT||Dogs||North County Inland||Fearful or anxious dogs, separation anxiety, massage, Force free rattlesnake avoidance (+R)|
|The Sophisticated Dog||Irith(“Ee-reet”) Bloom CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CDBC, KPA CTP, VSPDT, CBATI, CSAT, FFCP, TAGteach Paul Bujold CPDT-KA||Dogs||Los Angeles/Santa Monica, Brentwood, and Pacific Palisades, also Ventura City||New pet, fearful/aggressive/reactive behavior, separation anxiety, in-home or online/virtual training. She is also faculty at both Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy and DogBiz’s Dog Walking Academy, and certified in TAGteach|
|Training by Connection||Bethany Cunningham, B.S., Animal Science, CPDT-KA, FPPE||Dogs||Virtual sessions||Dog-baby/toddler/child safety. Specialty is dynamics between dogs and children, preparing families with dogs to bring home a baby, and supporting families with dogs as children grow. Integrates a knowledge of child development/needs with dog behavior/training to support the family as a whole.|
|Tully's Training (trainer at)||Jaime Rosier Miller, CPDT-KA, LLA, KPA-CTP||Dogs||Pasadena and surrounding cities||Puppy Social Classes, Positive Puppy Preschool Classes, Positive Dog Obedience, Socialization for all ages, Swim Lessons, Reactivity, Multi-Species|
|Wells Dogs||Lee Wells PhD, J.D., CPDT-KA, CADT, CDBC||Dogs||San Diego||Private training for puppies and adults. CGC. Does reactivity workshops (temporarily unavailable)|
|Woof! San Diego||Erin Vejar, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP||Dogs||All of South County to the border; East County out to Lakeside and Rancho San Diego; All of Central San Diego; West to the beach; North to La Jolla or Poway||All general pet dog training and behavior modification, including separation anxiety, reactivity, & body sensitivity; dog and baby preparation or concerns; service dog training; training for pets living in high distraction environments|
Position Statements from CCPDT, IAABC & AVSAB
Regulating and Mandating certification of trainers
Training ethos, philosophies, and methods
Socialization of Puppies under 16 weeks
Breed Specific Legislation
Legislación Específica de Razas_IAABC breedspecificlegislation.pdf
Veterinary & Training related