The Best Dog Trainers in Oakland, CA of 2022

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Welcome to the Oakland, CA Sniffspot top dog trainer list for 2022. This is a list of the top dog trainers in Oakland 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 Oakland, CA Dog Trainers in 2022

Ali Sutch

I provide private training that is rooted in science and compassion, with an emphasis on learner control. My practice is informed by nonviolent communication and harm reduction. I love working with my human clients just as much as the other end of the leash!

Certifications: KPA CTP

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • In home training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training


Sherry Al-Mufti

There are waaaay too many rules about what dog owners should and shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t let your dogs sleep on the bed. You shouldn’t let them on your furniture. You shouldn’t let them walk in front of you. My philosophy about dog rules is that there are no hard and fast rules. Instead, I encourages dog owners to create their own rules according to how they want their pets to fit into their household.

After all, it’s their home, their dog, their life. They should feel free to set limits that work for them.For over three decades, I have put this philosophy into practice working personally and professionally with humans and dogs as a breeder, handler and trainer. Through The Polished Pup, I have been able to turn my lifelong passion into a profession. Today, I puts my skills, knowledge and compassion to work helping dogs and their people live better lives together.

Certifications: CCPDT, Fear Free Trainer

Services include:

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


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?

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.

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