Dog Training Reviews

Dog Training Reviews

Our Testimonials

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.

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I was skeptical of Ralf’s skills before meeting him because all of his reviews were outstanding. It seemed impossible that such a dog trainer would be accessible or affordable. My dog had a lot of fear issues with random people and dogs. When we met Ralf, he showed me his techniques, and there were immediate results that I could do on my own. Since hiring him a few months ago, we continue to train (I have two dogs). He is highly skilled as a trainer, especially with dog aggression. I am completely satisfied with his services. He is talented, motivated, and has a true business ethic. I endorse his work and fully recommend him as a dog trainer.

— Coco B.


After one session, each of my dogs could walk civilly on a leash. One practice week later, I could walk both dogs together through kids, traffic, barking dogs, and other distractions.

After our second visit and a few days of practice, my puppy could sit and stay while I walk around and move out of sight. I’m looking forward to our continuing sessions with Ralf to learn more about good behavior and make my loving dog a constant pleasure to both my visitors and me.

— Ann M.


Ralf is a terrific dog trainer and a terrific guy. He has helped me to be a more confident, competent pack leader. We started our sessions shortly after Suzi, my year-old Shih Tzu-Maltese mix, and I were attacked and injured by a large dog in our gated community. It was traumatic, and I had lost my confidence and was fearful. I knew that I needed a support system to turn things around. I lucked out, turning to Angie’s List and finding Ralf Weber.

Starting with our first session, I gravitated toward Ralf’s direction and calmness, learning so much. We started with “the walk” using a collar that Ralf recommended. That collar immediately made such a difference.

We worked together for about 2.5 months. I have purchased and read Ralf’s book and will keep it as a valuable reference.

Suzi and I practice our walk each day and much more. I am becoming a calm and assertive pack leader. Suzi understands that I am in charge now. She is far less fearful, and so am I. Thank you, Ralf!

— Joanne E.


I have always had a dog, and every dog I’ve had has been raised from a puppy. When my last dog Axel passed, it took me about a year to consider filling the void. To this day, all my dogs are such a vivid imprint in my heart and mind. A testimony to the relationship you can build with an animal. Mike and I were ready, but we decided to adopt this time.

We felt a strong need to rescue a dog and visited the shelter several times without finding a fit. So I set out on an internet search. We didn’t have any specific breed mix in mind I was just worried about being able to carry my dog if needed, so I was aiming for 40 lbs or less. As Axel got closer to her last days, we were getting up with her in the middle of the night and carrying her up and down the stairs. She had always slept by my bed, and she wasn’t about to change that; no, sir. She was bound and determined to get up those steps! Stairs had always been a part of her life, so I was her elevator. She weighed every bit of 65 lbs with a barrel chest so that you can understand my desire for a smaller dog.

Meet Spencer

After weeks of searching, I found some excellent candidates. Baxter was a cute pup past the puppy age, but what a handsome boy! We liked the idea that he was with a foster home so we could get a lot better feel for his habits and personality, so correspondence began. We almost missed getting him. Another couple had taken him home for a test run, but he is a Boxer/Staffy mix and not allowed in their apartment complex. We had a video conference first, then off to meet him. He was just as cute in person and was very well-mannered in the house. He knew basic commands and was house-trained.

Now for the challenges: Spencer focuses on moving cars when out for a walk and wants to chase them. He still needed work walking on the leash, this boy has a lot of energy. He got along great with his two larger housemates and had been around a small child around age 7. Remember, I have been around dogs all my life I thought these would be easy to overcome. When we got him home, we made it a point to have a few days off to acclimate him to his new environment. Our daughter’s dog is named Dexter and much too close to Baxter, so a name change was in order, and Spencer it was.

So far, so good! He is fitting in – except…the walk; we went through a choke chain and a Murphy collar and ended up with a harness. As it turned out, Spencer didn’t care too much for some other dogs walking with their owners. And he did like cars, day or night; he just wanted to go after them – not chase them but act like he wanted to attack. I think his reaction was to lash out when he didn’t care about something like the size and noise of the car.

We Became Frustrated

I needed help. The things that worked for prior puppies were not working for Spencer. My shoulders were so tight after our nightly walks from his constant pulling that my level of irritation was starting to grow. On top of that, we have a 1-year-old granddaughter. And while Spencer has never touched her, he did appear just shy of giving her a correction, and we were concerned. I started searching first with referrals. A highly recommended referral told me I had a bad dog and should put him down. Heartbroken, I reached out to his foster parent and told him I might need to give him back. He had offered to take him if things didn’t work out for some reason, and he encouraged me to keep looking.

Then We Met Ralf

I found another trainer, but they recommended I leave Spencer there. I had taken him with me, but I got the distinct feeling Spencer was uncomfortable, so we left. Then I found Ralf from Happy Dog Training through Thumbtack! He came to the house for a mutual interview, and he made sense of everything he said. He was very educational, explaining the behavioral aspect, why, and how to overcome it. We decided he was the right one for all of us. Ralf has helped us soo much! Showing us the correct tools (proper training collar, better leash, reading material) and working with us through routine sessions.

We were seeing results almost immediately. The focusing on and bolting for moving cars ceased within a couple of weeks. Spencer still wants to pull a little, but he is no longer dragging me down the sidewalk. He lets me go first out the door. This happened after the first training session and 3rd attempt. His anxiety level has dropped significantly. Every once in a while, we run into a dog with high energy, and we go back to some basic steps, but the amount of time it takes for him to calm down has improved 10-fold.

Even our family that stayed with us six months ago recently made a return visit and commented on his improvement. All three of the kids were competing for his attention, and Spencer was loving every minute! He’s a wonderful dog and great addition to our family, and thanks to Ralf, we are all loving life!

— Julia K.


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.

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

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.

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