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Pet Training

Problems? Let us help solve them! We offer training that is gentle, effective and fast! All of our trainers are professional level members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

The Animal Keeper Academy offers two in-house training options.

Boarding and Training

Your dog stays with us for 20 days, enjoying the excellent care we are famous for, while your trainer, a professional level member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, works with him using modern, gentle and effective training methods.

The trainer will teach your dog all the basic skills: Loose leash walking, Sit and Down on word and signal, Sit-Stay, Down Stay, Come when Called, and Leave It, working with your dog in a variety of environments, to proof the behaviors against distraction.


When it is time for your dog to go home, you will meet with your trainer, so he or she can demonstrate the skills your dog has learned, and coach you as you take over the reins. You will also go home with a training handbook and DVD of the skills and tools necessary to maintain the training – courtesy of The Animal Keeper Academy.

Group Classes at The Animal Keeper Oceanside

Orientation: June 10
Classes Begin: June 17
Classes: Sundays 10:15 – 11:15 am

Call 760 941-3221 for more information.

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Puppy Kindergarten

Gentle, positive training and socialization are vital for all puppies: house manners, (housebreaking, play biting, etc.); temperament training (anti-aggression, handling and socialization exercises) and skills training (leash walking, sit, down, stand, stay, come, shake).

Dog School

Gentle, effective, positive reinforcement training is ideal for any dog big or small. Behaviors and skills for real life: Watch Me, Loose leash walking, Sit, Down, Stay, Come, and problem solving/prevention.

Instructors: Justin Webster and Bennett Sharp, professional level members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

Day School

Drop your dog off in the morning, and he goes home with you that night, just a little wiser! An especially nice choice if your dog is already coming to The Animal Keeper  for Camp or Daycare.

Day School is available in packages of 10, 15 or 20 lessons. Fill out the Training Intake Interview Form, and schedule a meeting with the training staff, and we will individualize a program for you and your dog.

You will get periodic report cards about our dog’s progress, and you will meet with your trainer weekly (or as scheduled) for a Transfer of Skills session.

The Animal Keeper is also pleased to offer group training classes, such as Puppy Class and Beginners Class, at all our facilities. All classes are taught by experienced trainers who are professional members of the APDT (Association of Professional Dog Trainers).

Our Trainers

Justin Webster – Trainer Animal Keeper Poway

Professional Level Member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Justin first joined the Animal Keeper Poway team in 2010. He has always been a lover of dogs and all animals.

Justin had previously spent time working at a retreat where he got to work with Zebras and other kinds of wild animals. This was an unforgettable and valuable experience.

He became interested in dog training after coming to The Animal Keeper and becoming a camp counselor. He wanted to learn not only for his own personal interest but so he could better his skills as a camp counselor.

Justin currently has 4 of his dogs: Lady (pit bull mix), Kingston (pit bull mix), Mitch (pit bull mix), and Billie (shiba inu mix).

Edgar Mayoral – Trainer Animal Keeper Encinitas

Professional Level Member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Edgar enjoys teaching dogs and coaching their human families. He especially enjoys helping children build a bond with their pet. Edgar is also a great problem solver – he specializes in helping dogs who pull on leash and demonstrate dog-dog reactivity to develop focus and self control. He is the lead trainer at The Animal Keeper Encinitas.

Bennett Sharp – Trainer The Animal Keeper Oceanside

Professional level member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Bennett’s background in protecting, serving and teaching (as a life guard and as a guitar teacher, amongst other things) combined with his love for animals, created his path to being a dog trainer.


His experience with pet care includes managing large dog play groups and certification in dog CPR and first aid.

As a trainer Bennett wants to set his clients and their pups up for the best possible life!


Penelope Milne – CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA

Charter Member Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Penelope has been training dogs and coaching their people for more than 30 years. She is a charter member of the APDT, and has earned the CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge and Skills Assessed) and CBCC-KA (Certified Behavior Consultant Canine) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She is the author of: “Puppies!  Why Do They Do What They Do?” and “Kittens!  Why Do They Do What They Do?” from BowTie Press, and “Is your Dog Bored?” in the 2012 Dogs USA, amongst other works.

Penny was elected to the Board of Directors of the CCPDT in 2014. She is the Chair of the CBCC Exam Committee.

Penny is the Executive Trainer for the Animal Keeper /Pet Suites, responsible for coaching staff on animal behavior, body language and more, and creating and implementing training and enrichment programs to enhance the quality of life for pets and people.

For more information regarding pet training, please contact your nearest The Animal Keeper location.


Board and Train

  • 20 Days: $1,500

Day School

  • 10 Day: $394
  • 15 Day: $570
  • 20 Day: $740


Susan J Rated 5/5 Stars

Pet Suites is great. My puppy loved puppy day academy with Shani. He learned a lot and I would highly recommend it. Max also loves spending the day at doggie daycare. He comes home very happy and tired after spending time playing with friends. I haven’t boarded here yet but I have heard good things. The staff are all very nice and caring!

Edgar Did An Amazing Job

I have to tell you that Edgar did an amazing job with Lily and I am very happy with her results. I believe that Edgar was able to give my little baby Lily freedom for the rest of her life that would have been very hard to provide to her without his loving coaching.

Thank you from our entire family.

– Jessica

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