Other Dog Pros and Resources
Yup, it’s true! I have retired and am no longer taking on new clients. Because I am dedicated to helping you find the help you need, I’ve put together this resource list of dog trainers and other dog professionals who are committed to science-based, positive reinforcement dog training methods. Before hiring a trainer, please talk to the trainer to learn more about how they work, their experience, and their business practices. This list is not meant to be an endorsement of any one person or a guarantee of services provided, but rather jumping off point for your research into who you would like to work with.
Dog Trainers in Santa Cruz County
Paws First Dog and Cat Training
Areas served: Santa Cruz and local area
Specializing in cooperative care/husbandry, preparing for vet visits for both dogs and cats. Will work with your vet care team to help prepare your pet for veterinary visits and procedures. Also, small group classes and private training for both dogs and cats (online).
Spotlight Puppy Academy, LLC
Serving Scotts Valley, Felton and Ben Lomond (Santa Cruz and Boulder Creek depending on location).
Services: Specializing in life skills for puppies. The puppy program at Spotlight Puppy Academy is your all-in-one puppy training, socialization and care solution for busy and dedicated puppy parents. For puppies from 10-16 weeks of age at the time of enrollment.
Shared Life Dog Training
Serving Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Aptos
Using positive reinforcement, fun games and relationship-based methods, I help people learn to share their lives with their canine companions. I offer private coaching for families with puppies and adult dogs of all training levels. I also teach family dog classes at Living with Dogs and I am passionate about instructing a dog sport called Treibball.
Pacific Paw LLC
Serving Santa Cruz, Capitola and parts of Soquel
Now offering group training classes in Scotts Valley and San Lorenzo Valley!! Pacific Paw provides training, dog walking, and daycare training services with an emphasis on providing mental and physical stimulation for your dog in an environment where they can thrive and have fun!
Be Mine, Canine!
Serving Santa Cruz, Capitola,Soquel, Aptos, Felton, Boulder Creek, Watsonville
I provide humane and science-based dog training to clients in need of support for dogs struggling with a variety of behavioral issues including fear, reactivity, and obedience. I have a special passion for teaching trick training and off-leash recall. All ages and breeds welcome.
Clear Mind Canine
831 222 0211
Serving Felton, Ben Lomond, Central Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley
I offer private lessons specializing in puppies, reactive dogs and competition training.
Dogs in Good Hands
Carla Braden, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified Canine Behavior Consultant
Serving Santa Cruz County for behavior consultations, Santa Cruz for good manners training
Specializing in fear, anxiety, aggression, reactivity, and training together through the first year.
Fresh Start Dog Training
Serving Santa Cruz. Behavior consultations and coaching. Working with newly adopted dogs and families in transition. Specializing in fearful anxious dogs. Creating positive strategies for problem behaviors.
Jack’s K9 Academy
Focus on fear and aggression, however love to also work with dogs just needing some training.
In person private sessions and group classes.
Living With Dogs
For group classes including puppy socialization classes, family dog classes, and sports classes.
Mike Colucci, ABCDT
Bearded K9 Training
Beardedk9@gmail.com (preferred), 8189038938
Serving Santa cruz, Aptos, Scotts Valley/San Lorenzo Valley (sometimes), Watsonville (Sometimes)
Private Training focusing on puppy and adolescent manners and obedience, obedience for dogs of all ages, reactivity management and adjustment, beginning scentwork. Group classes also offered through Living With Dogs.
Two Paws Up!
Facebook page – @TwoPawsUpWatsonville
Serving South County and Santa Cruz
I offer private coaching sessions outside your home and in some instances, walk and train sessions. Lately I have been enjoying helping puppies and newly adopted/rescued dogs and their people get off to a good start.
Serving Santa Cruz County.
Walk&Train program offers positive methods for training leash reactive dogs. Shelter-to-Shine program offers private training sessions for newly adopted shelter dogs at discounted rates.
Dog Walkers, Pet Sitters, Vet Tech Services
Home Healthcare for Pets
Mobile Vet Tech Services
Heidi Is a Registered Vet Tech and Certified Professional Dog Walker providing medical and non-medical pet care services and dog walking in Santa Cruz County.
Pacific Paw LLC
Santa Cruz, Capitola and parts of Soquel
Pacific Paw provides group dog walking, daycare and training services with an emphasis on providing mental and physical stimulation for your dog in an environment where they can thrive and have fun!
Online Training Resources–Trainers, Classes, Videos
Kikopup YouTube Videos
A library of fantastic free videos
Fenzi Dog Sports
Online classes, webinars, and workshops for pet dog people and dog sport enthusiast
Online training programs
Susan Garrets Online Training Programs
If you would like to be included on this referral list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org