The Best Dog Trainers in Los Angeles, CA of 2022

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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.

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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


Matt Barfield

Hey there my name is Matthew, but you can just call me Matt. Let me tell you a little bit about myself, I’ve been with Through The Leash for a little bit over 2 years. Before then my love and fascination for animal of all sizes drew me towards the science of animal studies in college. Despite knowing and pursuing my passion for animals I still wasn’t sure wanted to do as a career, until I meet one of lead training directors at Through The Leash.

He had been in a training session with one of my relatives when I saw him in action. The way he was communicating with the dog was mesmerizing for me to watch, inspiring even. After the session I got a chance to talk with him, I was able to have the great opportunity of shadowing and eventually being mentored to take over the branch of the South Florida team. I have learned so many things, I’ve met so many great people and great dogs, I’m blessed to be a apart of this family. And I can’t wait to meet you and your pup, until then I hope you have a wonderful day!

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training

Website: https://www.throughtheleash.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 Top Trainer Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get in touch with these 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 dog trainers certified professionals?

Each dog trainers certifications are listed in their profile. Dog training is not regulated at the federal or state level, so there is no standard dog training certification. However, many private institutions offer certifications. 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.

What methods do these dog trainers teach?

There are many methods for teaching dogs. All of the trainers included on this list are positive reinforcement only, as defined by no force, fear, intimidation, or aversive methods used. You can see more information in each trainer’s profile regarding their training specialties.

How much do these dog trainers cost?

Dog trainers have a wide range of costs for different services. 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. Going through a training process with your dog can improve the bond that you share with them. Also, training can do a lot to improve the confidence of a dog; it gives them more certainty that they understand how the world around them works. And lastly, it’s just fun for the dog and for you. Training can be very stimulating and enriching for a dog.

Can an aggressive dog be trained?

Yes! Any dog behavior can be worked on through training. Aggression 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. If you believe you have an aggressive dog, we recommend reaching out to one of your local top trainers to get their diagnosis and advice.

I am a trainer. How can I get listed here?

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