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Dog Training

Why Choose Training

Need help with your pet’s bad habits? Look no further! Our training programs are designed to be both fun and effective, providing gentle yet visible results. Our trainers are seasoned professionals and have gotten their certificates of Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Let us help unleash your pet’s full potential!

Build a Stronger Bond: Training strengthens the bond between you and your pet, fostering mutual understanding and trust.

Enhance Communication: Learn to communicate effectively with your pet, making interactions smoother and more enjoyable.

Improve Behavior: Address and correct unwanted behaviors, creating a harmonious environment at home.

Promote Mental Stimulation: Engage your pet’s mind with stimulating activities and challenges, preventing boredom and promoting overall well-being.

Ensure Safety: Teach essential commands to keep your pet safe in various situations, both indoors and outdoors.

Unlock Potential: Unleash your pet’s full potential by unlocking hidden talents and abilities through structured training.

Have Fun: Training sessions provide an opportunity for quality bonding time with your pet, filled with fun and rewarding experiences.

Explore our different training options to see what might fit best for you and your pet’s training needs.

Puppy Kindergarten

Is your day a whirlwind of teething, jumping, and cleaning up accidents? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Let us lend a paw in navigating this journey and transforming your furry friend into the well-behaved dog we know they can be. Together, we’ll not only survive puppyhood but also savor every moment of it!

Below are a few examples of how we can help you and your puppy bond over training and building a trusting relationship.

Basic Skills: Get your pup focused and following your direction.

Problem Solving: Make short work of house training or stop puppy from using you – and your furniture – as chew toys. We focus on what you and your puppy need help with!

Problem Prevention: Ensure your pup grows into a dog you can truly enjoy – friendly, relaxed, and well-behaved.

The first meeting is an orientation without puppies. We’ll discuss puppy problems and solutions (play biting, house training, etc.), class goals, what to bring, and more. We hope to see you there!

Good Dog 101

Is your dog going through its terrible twos or just needs a refresher? Have you adopted an older pup and need some help training it? Let us help you kick bad habits to the curb.

Basic Skills: Loose leash walking, focus, stay, come, and more!

Problem Solving: Barking, pulling, jumping up? We can help!

Problem Prevention: Learn how dogs learn and prevent problems BEFORE they occur.

First meeting is an orientation, without dogs. We’ll discuss problems and solutions, goals for class, what to bring, and more.

Day School

Embark on a journey of canine wisdom with our Day School program! Drop off your dog in the morning and pick up a pup who’s a little bit wiser than before. Perfect for those whose furry companions already enjoy our Camp, Tinytots, or Private Daycare services.

Our Day School program offers packages of 10, 15, or 20 lessons tailored to meet your dog’s individual needs. Simply fill out our training intake form, and we’ll schedule a personalized meeting with you and our expert training staff. Together, we’ll craft a customized program to unleash your dog’s full potential.

You’ll receive periodic report cards throughout the program detailing your dog’s progress. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with your trainer weekly (or as scheduled) for a transfer of skills session.

And the best part? Daycare, whether group or private, is included in the price! Join us at Day School and watch your pup thrive in a fun and professional learning environment.

Board and Train

Learn more about our Comfy Boarding and Training program! Treat your pup to a 20-day stay with us, where they’ll receive our renowned top-notch care while simultaneously undergoing personalized training by one of our expert trainers, who is a professional-level member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

During their stay, your furry friend will be immersed in modern, gentle, and effective training methods designed to teach essential skills such as loose leash walking, sit and down on word and signal, sit-stay, down stay, come when called, and leave it. Our trainers utilize a variety of environments to proof these behaviors against distractions, ensuring your dog’s success in real-world scenarios.

When your dog’s stay comes to an end, you’ll have the opportunity upon pickup to meet with your trainer for a comprehensive demonstration of the skills learned. They’ll provide you with personalized coaching to seamlessly transition into the role of handler.

With our Comfy Boarding and Training program, your dog will enjoy a luxurious stay while acquiring valuable skills for a lifetime of obedience and companionship.

5-Day Pup Brush-Up

This option is offered only after the completion of a 10, 15, or 20-Day School package or with the full purchase of classroom training.

Meet Our Trainers

Justin Webster, CPDT-KA – Trainer Animal Keeper Poway

Meet Justin, our talented and dedicated team member at The Animal Keeper! With a passion for animals that dates back to his childhood, Justin joined our Poway location in 2010 and has been making a positive impact ever since.

Justin’s journey into dog training began as a camp counselor, where his love for dogs grew even stronger. He seized the opportunity to further his knowledge and skills by attending the Animal Keeper Academy and eventually becoming a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. He went on to also test for his CBCC-KA certification, an advanced certification for dog trainers that allows them to offer canine behavior modification training.

In addition to his expertise in positive reinforcement training and problem-solving, Justin brings a wealth of experience from his previous work at a retreat, where he had the privilege of working with various wild animals, including zebras—a truly unforgettable and invaluable experience.

At The Animal Keeper, Justin’s dual roles as a professional-level member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and a Camp Counselor complement each other seamlessly. He finds that his diverse skill set enables him to provide exceptional care and training for our furry guests.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Justin shares his home with a lively bunch of canine companions, including Stella, Mila, Oliver, and Billie. With Justin’s expertise and genuine love for animals, you can trust that your furry friend is in excellent hands at The Animal Keeper.

Garrett Rebarchek, APDT – Trainer The Animal Keeper Poway

Meet Garrett Rebarchek, our dedicated trainer here at The Animal Keeper Poway! Hailing from San Diego, Garrett’s passion for animals has taken him on a global journey studying animal behavior. With a diverse upbringing surrounded by unique animals, Garrett’s love for our furry friends runs deep.

Garrett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. However, it was during his time studying under the master animal trainers at the San Diego Zoo that Garrett discovered his true calling in animal training.

Driven by a desire to enhance the lives of both animals and their human companions, Garrett is committed to utilizing his expertise to create meaningful and positive interactions through training. At The Animal Keeper Poway, Garrett’s dedication to improving the well-being of our beloved pets shines through in every session.

With Garrett’s extensive knowledge and genuine passion for animal behavior, you can trust that your furry friend is in capable hands at The Animal Keeper Poway.

Edgar Mayoral – Trainer Animal Keeper Encinitas

Meet Edgar Mayoral, our esteemed trainer at The Animal Keeper Encinitas! As a professional-level member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Edgar brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team.

With a passion for teaching dogs and coaching their human families, Edgar finds immense joy in helping children develop strong bonds with their furry companions. His dedication to creating harmonious relationships between pets and their owners is evident in every training session.

Edgar specializes in addressing common behavioral challenges, such as leash pulling and dog-dog reactivity. Through his patient and compassionate approach, he empowers dogs to develop focus and self-control, ultimately improving their quality of life and enhancing the bond with their families.

As the lead trainer at The Animal Keeper Encinitas, Edgar plays a pivotal role in ensuring that every pet receives the highest standard of care and training. With his exceptional problem-solving skills and genuine passion for animals, Edgar is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our furry friends and their human companions.

Rurik Dominguez – Trainer The Animal Keeper Encinitas

Meet Rurik Dominguez, our talented trainer at The Animal Keeper Encinitas! Originally from California, Rurik’s journey into the world of dog training began with a comprehensive program at Ashworth College. He further honed his skills and expertise as the lead dog trainer at Hometown Bed and Biscuits in VA, where he specialized in addressing aggression, reactivity, and foundational skills.

With over four years of experience in dog training, Rurik has developed a deep understanding of canine behavior and effective training techniques. His passion for strengthening the bond between dogs and their owners led him back to California, where he found a natural home at The Animal Keeper.

At The Animal Keeper Encinitas, Rurik continues his mission to work with dogs and their families, helping them build a stronger bond through positive reinforcement training methods. As a Professional Level member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), Rurik is committed to providing personalized training solutions tailored to each dog’s unique needs.

With Rurik’s expertise and dedication, you can trust that your furry friend will receive the highest standard of care and training at The Animal Keeper Encinitas.

Daniel Ramirez – Trainer The Animal Keeper Encinitas

Meet Daniel Ramirez, our dedicated trainer at The Animal Keeper Encinitas! Born and raised in North County San Diego, Daniel’s deep love for animals blossomed at a young age. His unwavering passion for our furry friends propelled him into the veterinary field, where he embarked on a journey of discovery and learning.

Daniel’s academic pursuits led him to major in Wildlife Sciences at a local college, where he delved into the intricacies of animal behavior and conservation. Through his studies and hands-on experience, Daniel developed a profound understanding of canine behavior and the importance of positive reinforcement training.

Driven by his desire to make a difference in the lives of animals and their human companions, Daniel joined The Animal Keeper as a trainer. With his compassionate approach and extensive knowledge, Daniel is dedicated to helping dogs and their families build a harmonious bond based on trust and mutual respect.

At The Animal Keeper Encinitas, Daniel’s mission is to empower both dogs and their owners with the skills and confidence to navigate life’s adventures together. Whether addressing behavioral challenges or strengthening obedience skills, Daniel is committed to providing personalized training solutions tailored to each dog’s unique needs.

Eric Jones – Trainer The Animal Keeper Oceanside

Meet Eric Jones, our dedicated trainer at The Animal Keeper Oceanside! With a lifelong passion for dogs, Eric’s journey into the world of dog training began at a young age, as his family bred Golden Retrievers. Since then, Eric has dedicated hundreds of hours to honing his training skills and expertise.

Eric’s commitment to continuous learning led him to pursue formal education in animal behavior, including training at the prestigious Animal Behavior College. Through his extensive training and hands-on experience, Eric has developed a deep understanding of canine behavior and effective training techniques.

For Eric, the most rewarding aspect of his work isn’t the paycheck but the heartfelt appreciation he receives from families whose lives he has positively impacted. He believes that making a difference in the lives of both pets and their families is incredibly fulfilling and meaningful.

As a Professional Level member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Eric brings professionalism, dedication, and compassion to every training session. At The Animal Keeper Oceanside, Eric’s expertise and genuine love for dogs shine through, ensuring that each pet receives the highest standard of care and training. Trust Eric to help your furry friend reach their full potential and enhance the bond with your family.

Penelope Milne – CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA

Charter Member Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Meet Penelope Milne, our esteemed trainer at The Animal Keeper/Pet Suites! With over 30 years of experience in dog training and coaching, Penelope brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team. As a charter member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), Penelope is dedicated to helping dogs and their owners thrive.

Penelope’s impressive credentials also include being a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA) from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator. She has served on the Board of Directors of the CCPDT and authored several insightful books on puppy and kitten behavior.

In her role as Training Director for The Animal Keeper/Pet Suites, Penelope leads our staff in understanding animal behavior, body language, and more. She develops and implements training and enrichment programs designed to enhance the quality of life for both pets and their people.

If you’re interested in learning more about our pet training services, don’t hesitate to reach out to your nearest The Animal Keeper location. Let Penelope and our dedicated team help you and your furry companion embark on a journey of learning, growth, and harmony.