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recommended trainers

PBRSD only advocates positive reinforcement trainers. We do not recommend trainers who use shock or prong collars or punitive reinforcement. We do not advocate any of the methods used by the TV trainer, Cesar Milan.

To follow are a list of local, San Diego trainers who we recommend and often use for our own dogs.

  • Synergy Dog Training

    Jessica Wheatcraft, CDBC, CPDT-KA, AKC CGC Evaluator
    Location: In home and Sorrento Valley Area
    Phone: 619-994-9191
    Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant offering positive reinforcement based behavior consulting, private in home training and group classes. Services for puppies, basic manners/obedience, CGC prep and training, trick training, and behavior problems such as aggression, anxiety, leash reactivity and fear. Specialty classes for reactive and fearful dogs.

  • Behave!

    Alex Gant, Owner & Lead Behaviorist
    Location: In home and La Mesa Area
    Phone: (303)746-3487 Email:
    Totally natural & neutral training for ANY issue or behavior problem - including neurotic behavior, fear, leash pulling, aggression, reactivity, separation anxiety, or basic command training. We utilize your dogs natural language which makes training quicker and less stressful for you and your best friend.

  • The Uncommon Canine

    Joella Cunnington, CPDT-KA
    Location: In home and Poway Area
    Phone: 858-679-5861
    Email: The Uncommon Canine
    Website: We offer family friendly dog training in a safe, secure environment. We offer puppy socialization, basic beginnerís obedience, rally obedience, clicker training and more.

  • Get Pawsitive Dog Training

    Sarah Surritt, KPA-CTP, CPDT, CGC Evaluator
    Location: In home and Encinitas Area
    Sarah is a certified positive reinforcement trainer, since 2001. She specializes in manners, fearful/aggressive dogs, puppies and shelter work. Sarah offers private in-home training, behavior modification, as well as group classes.

  • Happy Dog Happy Owner

    Lara Schindler, ABCDT, CDE, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
    Location: In home and Ocean Beach/Point Loma Area
    Phone: 619-889-8606
    Happy Dog Happy Owner offers group classes and private training for obedience, agility, and water sports. We also treat complex behavior challenges such as: fear, aggression, separation anxiety, and resource guarding. We use positive reinforcement training techniques to assist you and and your dog.

  • Argos Dog Training

    Randy Davis
    Location: In home and Carmel Valley Area
    Phone: 760-846-7091
    Email: has info and answers to basic questions about services.

  • smrtdog

    Jamie Bozzi-Surmont, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA, KPA CTP, ACDBC, CNWI
    Location: In home and Downtown San Diego Area
    Phone: 619-246-5634
    Smrtdog offers private consultations for fear, anxiety and / or aggression, as well as, basic manners. We also offer group classes for dog sports - Agility, K9 Nose Work and Treibball.