The Best Dog Trainers in San Jose, CA of 2022

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

Stacy Braslau-Schneck

I am dedicated to helping pet dog owners solve their behavior problems and “love their well-trained dogs” through my unique combination of experience, education, knowledge, and skills! I am dedicated to using humane, fun, thoughtful positive-reinforcement methods to improve dog behavior and help their owners. I’m a “behavior nerd” and am constantly learning new, further-refined techniques to make training as efficient as possible while remaining enjoyable for dog and owner!

Certifications: MA CPDT-KA CBCC-KA CAP2

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

Puppy issues: biting, chewing, housetraining, socialization, preparing to be left alone, and general good manners.

Dog issues: basic obedience; listening; waiting at doors; leash manners; barking and lunging at other dogs, people, squirrels, cars, etc.; aggression issues; barking, demand behaviors, and more!

Training methods:

All training is based on positive reinforcement, which means looking for opportunities to set the dog up to succeed and them rewarding them for making the right choice. Many problem behavior cases start with teaching some “Fluent, familiar foundation” commands, and using those and other skills to build correct responses to challenging circumstances. Training draws on variety of tools including Control Unleashed and Behavior Adjustment Training.

Service area:

Central Silicon Valley/Santa Clara County: San Jose, Campbell, Willow Glen, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Cupertino, Mountain View, Milpitas; Willow Glen, Rose Garden, Almaden

Website: http://www.wagntrain.com


Cecilia Sternzon

The Principal and Founder of Canine Higher Learning, M. Cecilia Sternzon (formerly Saleme) runs her dog training school out of the Humane Society Silicon Valley. There, she offers group classes as well as canine behavior counseling and coaching. She has written two blogs emphasizing her specialties: Crates and Cribs, focusing on life with dogs and children, and The HDDogs Blog, detailing working sports dogs and high energy dogs.

She has also written for various publications including the Whole Dog Journal and APDT’s Chronical of the Dog. She founded the High Drive Dogs Rescue Listing Service, a group dedicated to finding suitable working homes for high energy dogs.Cecilia has over 20 years of experience in dog training instruction, with an extensive understanding of dog behavior, ethology and humane training techniques. She has trained her own dogs in a variety of dog sports including Agility, Flyball, Herding, Rally Obedience, Canine Scent Work and Urban Locating.

Certifications: CPDT-KA, AKC CGC Evaluator, PPG Professional Member, APDT Professional Member

Services include:

  • Aggressive dog training
  • Reactive dog training
  • Off leash training

Website: https://www.caninehigherlearning.com


Kaajal Tiwary

Kaajal (aka “KT”) loves puppies and is dedicated to getting new puppy guardians off on the right paw and guiding her students through the tough early days of owning a dog. Her goal? Transforming each bundle of raw puppy energy into the perfect adult companion. She also loves helping people have a well-behaved adult dog that knows how to be part of the family. She’s dedicated her training career to helping her clients achieve just that. She feels a special connection with dogs that are fearful, anxious, nervous, believe that the world is “unsafe” and then resort to aggression to communicate.

Kaajal is a big believer in continuing education and frequently attends workshops, conferences and seminars to hone her knowledge and skill set to bring the latest scientific understanding of dog behavior and training to her work. Committed to providing the most effective, convenient solutions to her clients’ dog training needs, she uses gentle, effective and fast training methods that work to develop enjoyable relationships between people in their dogs. This sets them up for a lifetime of good behavior for their people.When not helping clients to enjoy easier lives with their canine companions, she does Holistic Consultations.

She is a certified Reiki Master and Numerologist. But became a professional dog trainer to pursue her passion and true life calling: to help pets and their people live better lives together.

Certifications: Professional Dog trainer

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

leash reactivity, human aggression

Training methods:

We only use training methods that are effective ‘not all dog training is the same.
We want your dog to love the process of learning his new behaviors. And want you to feel good knowing that we only use gentle, humane, effective and proven training methods’ as you can see from our success stories.

We are all about results you see in real life.
I’s all fine and good if your dog behaves in class or shows off for the trainer. But what really matters is that he responds to you in your home, in public places – wherever your day takes both of you.

We personalize training based on the preferences.
We can simply do the training for you, or teach you to train your dog. Either way, we build a training plan for your goals and lifestyle, and we make it as easy and convenient as possible.

We’re Pros.
In an unregulated industry, you want to know your dog trainer knows her P‚’s & Q’s ‚Äì that’s why we’ve opted for the most rigorous education available, and committed ourselves to high level ongoing professional development.

Service area:

Group Puppy & Dog Training Classes, Private Puppy & Dog Training for Manners, Board and Train, Day School for Puppies & Adult Dogs, Behavior Modification for Fear & Aggression in California South Bay Area, including San Jose, Willow Glen, Santa Clara, Monte Sereno, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Atherton.

Website: http://www.dfordogtraining.com/


Sue Rusnak

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Certifications: CTC

Services include:

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

Karen Shipe

Karen’s earliest memories are of playing and taking naps with her first dog, a cockapoo named Fritzi. Ever since then, dogs have been an important part of her life. Her career with dogs began as a volunteer socializing and walking shelter dogs, and later as a behavior evaluator for the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. That led to an interest in dog training and eventually a change of career to become a full-time dog trainer.

Dog training has given her the opportunity to help dogs and their guardians build positive and happy relationships, thus reducing the number of dogs surrendered to shelters. Karen is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).

Certifications: CPDT-KA

Services include:
  • In home training
Behavioral issue focus:

If your dog is pulling on leash, barking at other dogs while walking, or feeling a bit timid about the world we can help.

Training methods:

We practice positive reinforcement, science backed training to ensure your dog loves to train.

If the training needed is for good manners & basic obedience skills (how to behave in the home, polite greetings, leash manners, etc.) then we offer a choice of booking one session at a time for $175 each or two package deals: $650 for 4 in-person sessions or $900 for 6 in-person sessions. The number of recommended sessions depends on your goals for your pup.

For behavioral training (excessive barking, anxiety, reactivity) we start with an in-person consultation ($200) of about 1 to 1 1/2 hours where we do an evaluation of your dog’s skills, issues, etc., we discuss training goals, and determine a plan for helping him with behavior issues. The Behavior modification plan includes 6 in-person sessions, homework plans, documents to supplement lessons, and 3 months of email and text support services for $1200.

Service area:

Service from Palo Alto to South San Jose

Website: https://www.theteacherspetdogtraining.com/


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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