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 was amazing! We had taken our dog, Milo, to multiple other trainers and either got kicked out of the class or were unsuccessful with his behavioral issues. Ralf’s insight into the psychology of dog behavior and motivation theory helped us bring out a whole new side of Milo. We can’t recommend him enough and wish we had found him sooner.
— Stephanie P.
After speaking with, interviewing, and watching 4 or 5 different trainers, I started training my dogs with Ralf Weber in 2017. I liked his training approach, knowledge of canine behavior, and positive attitude. I have recommended him to many people since. He is very knowledgeable and experienced, yet very approachable, helpful, understanding, and friendly.
Questions, whether about training, nutrition, particular dogs, etc., are never dismissed. He always addresses questions in a friendly manner and answers them thoroughly.
His patient training methods are very effective. The dogs are never anxious or fearful but very happy, friendly, and sociable. He knows when to push for more and when a dog has had enough of during the session.
When training with Ralf, he not only teaches you about obedience training but also about dogs in general … how they think, why they react a certain way, and your dog in particular. He speaks to temperament and personality, health issues, nutrition, food, natural supplementation, vaccines, health care, etc.
We have worked both my dogs at six levels, and I’ve never doubted that I made the right choice with Ralf, and I can’t imagine training with anyone else.
— Barbara I.
Messi came to me as an unsocialized, high-energy, feral dog. He had lived in a backyard with very little human interaction. At 80lbs, he was intimidating and potentially dangerous.
Ralf’s program gave us tools and structure. At his instruction, we could walk (exercise) and, ultimately, let Messi in the house – which is all he ever wanted! From dental care to proper nutrition, Ralf was an excellent teacher.
Ralf was reliable, available, and responsive if needed. He provided a workbook with structured lessons. The whole family participated in his sessions.
Messi was not a bad dog – he had no idea how to behave. It created a challenge because discipline, if not done correctly, can make an animal angry and shut down.
Ralf’s training has allowed Messi to become a beloved family member. I can’t imagine life without him! Thanks, Ralf!!
— Kathleen M.
We are huge fans of Ralf. He trained my first dog via individual sessions, and when I adopted a low-vision dog from a rescue who turned out to be a Beagle / Malinois mix (very stubborn and high drive), I knew it was time to get his help again, but this time via a board and train. I cannot thank him enough for his help and ongoing support. My older dog is a senior and prefers to stay with Ralf any time I am away from home, so Ralf has become “Uncle Ralf” over the years and is part of our family. You should see the excitement when I tell them they get to see him! We could not recommend Ralf and Happy Dog Training more! Thank you so much for all you do!
— Kathleen V.
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.