On this page, you will find dog training reviews from our many wonderful clients. All client reviews are from real people we worked with. Many will gladly provide references when asked. These client testimonials are a testament to the work and effort we put into helping every dog develop its full potential. We recently also started collecting dog training reviews on Google. You can find them on our Google My Business Profile.
From 2012-2017, we also connected with clients through Thumbtack. You can read 46 more reviews on Thumbtack. Some were cross-posted on our website.
Our Dog Training Reviews Cover Many Areas
My clients have written me many five-star reviews over the years. I think the breadth of these speaks for itself. These testimonials cover a broad range of dog training areas. They include basic and advanced obedience training, helping fearful dogs gain more confidence, getting aggressive behaviors under control, training for GRC Dog Sports, shadow programs, and many other behavioral areas.
Does a dog training review with any particular client dog resonate with you? Does a case sound similar to what is going on with your dog? I love helping people whenever possible and often can make progress where others fail. I have and continue to spend a significant amount of time and money every year to further my canine knowledge. My clients benefit.
If you are ready to get help with your own dog(s), please use our dog training contact form to schedule a free phone consultation.
Ralf is amazing!!! I can’t say enough great things about him. What I can say is that whatever is wrong with your dog, he can fix it!
My dog “Buddy” is a Golden Retriever that I adopted from a shelter approximately three years ago. Buddy came with so many “issues” that my Vet put him on Prozac. I spent many agonizing hours and a lot of money trying to help my Buddy. From the “Thunder Shirt” to every kind of obedience training there is – nothing worked UNTIL I FOUND RALF!
Within 30 minutes of the first visit, my Buddy was a changed dog. Ralf immediately identified his problems and knew precisely how to correct them.
Buddy and I still have some more learning to do; he is currently decreasing the Prozac. But up until now, it’s been great, and I know with Ralf’s guidance – Buddy will become a happy and well-behaved companion.
UPDATE: Buddy is now completely off Prozac, and his fear and aggression are almost completely gone 🙂
— Nannette B.
We are indebted to Ralf for his work with our 14 lb. Chihuahua, Logan. Ralf is a true “pack leader!” We actually saw positive results in the first hour that Ralf worked with Logan! We wanted to change Logan’s aggressive behavior with hearing and seeing other dogs, large dogs in particular. Ralf worked with Logan 5 weeks, 1 hour weekly.
We liked Ralf’s teaching technique! He modeled for us, and then observed and corrected our interaction with Logan, telling us what we were doing incorrectly and correcting our handling of Logan. To understand our dog, Ralf always clarified his techniques in terms of pack behavior. He taught us to recognize when Logan was displaying anxious behavior. It was important that we became pack leaders for our dogs, as our dogs could sense when we were anxious and, as a result, repond in a negative way.
This was a very rewarding experience! If in doubt, you have to meet Ralf. You will immediately sense his leadership qualities and the command he exhibits in his dog training! Some people are just born to lead, and Ralf is one of those leaders!!!
— Bill & Carol T.
Ralf is great. My french bulldog rescue has some pretty deep-rooted dog aggression issues specific to other animals. With people, however, it is a completely different story; he is a total love. So, we have a little Jekyll and Hyde situation going on. Ralf has a great understanding of this type of behavior and has quickly placed himself in a position of respect with my dog. Ralf is also quite accommodating because he travels to his clients … this is a plus. But more importantly, such travel allows Ralf to work with my dog in areas where aggression triggers are continuously present. I would recommend Ralf to anyone who is looking for help with doggy behavioral issues.
— Christina C.
Merlin, a border-collie, loves to swim. He was born and raised in Seattle. Merlin grew up chasing frisbees and balls in Lake Washington. He could play in the water for hours and never get tired. We moved from Seattle to California and were excited that we moved into a house with a pool. We thought that Merlin could continue spending hours in the water with his toys.
To our shock, our water-loving dog was terrified of the pool. Merlin would not go near the pool. He circled widely around the pool when in the backyard and hid in the bushes at the first sight of us in our swimsuits. We asked Ralf to help us with this issue. Ralf modeled for us how to slowly and consistently expose Merlin to the pool. As opposed to carrying him into the pool, which we were doing. We spent the first week just walking Merlin calmly and assertively around the pool, reinforcing that the pool was not scary. Over time, we slowly started walking Merlin into the pool. After two weeks, Merlin was successfully swimming in the pool with reckless abandon.
Ralf demonstrated a mastery of dog psychology and taught us specific techniques to address various dog behavior problems. And we learned how we humans contribute to the problem. We feel such gratitude for Ralf and his support. We recommend anyone to contact Ralf if they are experiencing any type of issue with their dog with the highest regard. Thank you, Ralf!
— Molly and Simon T.
Services and Area
We are located in Southern California and train dogs nationwide. Happy Dog Training currently offers local dog training services in the following counties. Riverside County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County, and San Diego County. In addition, we offer our board-and-train program nationwide and all virtual training services worldwide.
Do you want your new puppy trained right from the start? Are you looking for help for your fearful dog? Do you need to resolve a severe aggression problem? You came to the right place! We are experienced, professional dog trainers. Ralf has trained over 1500 dogs in over 18 years, and Sarah has trained over 1200 dogs in over 11 years. Consequently, we can help you with any dog training goal.
What We Offer
For many of our clients, we train their dogs from puppyhood, getting them off to a great start. However, we also have extensive experience training rescue dogs from all imaginable backgrounds and circumstances. Our Board-and-Train program is our most popular.
We can help you, regardless of your dog's challenges or training goals. Being a professional dog trainer means having experience, knowledge, and skill. Further, we developed a highly effective training program to specifically help fearful dogs gain more confidence and become the best possible version of themselves. Building Confidence is our second most popular training program.
Last but not least, we are experts in dealing with all types of aggression in dogs and are often the trainers of last resort after many other programs have failed. Most of our aggressive dog clients previously spent significant money on half-baked solutions without much improvement. This is different from us. We will give you an honest assessment of what goals are realistic for your dog. We will tell you what can be resolved reliably and what likely needs to be managed before we start.
Our flagship product is our board and train program. But our virtual dog training and coaching services have become quite popular over the last couple of years. Our setup enables us to deliver online dog training services from our indoor and outdoor training areas. This allows us to help clients worldwide.
Also, check out our Free Dog Training tips on Separation Anxiety in Dogs, Potty Training aka Housebreaking, and Leash Handling for expert solutions to common challenges.
Additional Services: Presentations and Q&As on Dogs | Professional Service Dog Training
Contact Us and Start Training
Finally, once you're ready to move forward, please use our dog training contact form to schedule a free phone consultation or book a paid, in-person consultation.
About Ralf and Sarah
Happy Dog Training is the pet dog training business of Ralf Weber and Sarah Gill. We are certified professional dog trainers in Southern California. We are specialized in advanced obedience training, all forms or behavioral challenges and service dog training. For behavioral training, we are known for our work with aggressive and fearful dogs. Our service dogs, through Total K9 Focus, have a nationwide reputation for their reliability, longevity and performance.
Ralf Weber, MS, TWC CPDT, IACP CDT, CDTA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer Ralf Weber is lead pet dog trainer of Happy Dog Training. Ralf is a long-time dog owner of German Shepherds. During his career, Ralf has worked with over a 1500 dogs of many different breeds. Moreover, Ralf has a thorough understanding of all aspects of canine training. This includes evolutionary psychology, ethology, and, most importantly, learning science. Ralf is specialized in resolving dog behavior challenges—especially fear and aggression. Apart from this, Ralf trains dogs in basic and advanced obedience, service dog tasks, and GRC Dog Sports. Ralf is further certified in a broad range of other canine training areas. Last but not least, Ralf is the author of the behavioral book If Your Dog Could Talk: Understand Your Dog Like Never Before.
Ralf loves helping people have a better relationship with their dogs. He is a certified professional dog trainer in the Training without Conflict™ methodology by Ivan Balabanov (TWC CPDT). Ralf is also a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and also holds their basic and advanced dog trainer certifications (IACP CDT, CDTA). In addition, Ralf is an AKC-approved evaluator for the AKC Puppy Star, CGC, and Advanced CGC programs and is also certified in canine first aid by the Red Cross.
Sarah Gill, Certified Professional Master Trainer
Sarah Gill, is a professional service dog trainer and handler. Sarah entered the world of professional service dog training after a car accident. As a result, she had to use a wheelchair for almost two years, trying to maneuver in a house not designed for it. No one expected Sarah would walk again. This opened her eyes and became a driving force behind pushing herself to defy the odds. When she regained some stability, Sarah attended a dog training school and learned how to train service dogs. Sarah completed her Master Trainer Certification and gained further experience by training new trainers. However, the school wasn’t accommodating to those with physical difficulties and PTSD. Hence, Sarah moved home to Dallas. In 2019, Sarah teamed up with Ralf and moved to California.
Sarah started this journey because she had a trained dog to mitigate her disabilities. But Sarah needed additional tasking for a new diagnosis. The only option she could find was getting a second dog for the new diagnosis. She knew there had to be a different way to address this. Sarah's passion is changing the ways of the service dog training industry.