What We Do
Our goal is to provide you customized solutions to meet all of your training goals and create a long-lasting, positive relationship. Through praise and consistency, your dog's desirable behavior and responsiveness will last a lifetime.
We specialize in accelerated obedience training in dogs of all ages, potty training, socialization, and rehabilitating dogs with separation anxiety and aggression.
We have practical dog training programs and teach all skills using a leash and collar. We use Classical, Operant and Counter-conditioning methods to meet your dog obedience and behavioral goals. We will help you understand your dog's instincts, use their natural drives to motivate them and focus on their environment and well-being to make the desirable changes. Our balanced approach to dog training is evidence-based and backed by science.
What is Balanced Dog Training?
As balanced dog trainers, we understand many methods of training. This allows us to adapt to each dog individually. In one session we may have a sensitive dog who needs a positive-only approach, then the next client may have an assertive, aggressive dog who requires leash corrections. A trainer who practices aversion-only training could shut that first dog down, while a trainer who practices positive-only techniques would not know how to progress with the second dog. We always say, "Balanced dog training creates balanced dogs!".
How We Do It
It's our belief that a dog that responds to voice commands without repeating is a well-trained dog. We can teach you the balanced way without the excessive use of treats, clickers, dominance methods or shock collars. We always say, "Praise is what you make it!".
Part of the initial session will be an evaluation of the training equipment you are currently using and how it is working for you or not and make our recommendations. The fit and style of your equipment is just as important as the technique. Whatever our recommendations may be, ultimately it is the client’s decision to choose the training equipment they feel is best for them.
We work with dogs of all breeds, temperaments, and ages from very young puppies to senior dogs. Our new puppy programs will get you off on the right foot with a custom housebreaking training plan, crate training (if desired), and can include the whole family. We know those little puppy teeth are sharp and potty training can be frustrating and we have solutions that can help right away!
We also work with many rescues, shelter dogs, fearful dogs and highly reactive and aggressive dogs. Our balanced methods will build trust through communication and understanding to facilitate the rehabilitation process.
Meet The Trainer
Trainer and Behavior Specialist
Jessica loved working with dogs from a very early age. She started in the veterinary field in 1997 and became a professional dog trainer in 2007. She was with one of San Diego's most sought-after dog training companies for over 10 years before striking out on her own with Finest City Dog Training in 2017.
She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and provides all levels of obedience training, socialization, and behavior modification services. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, AKC Certified Temperament Test Evaluator and a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
Jessica's clients often share that they appreciate her ability to teach and convey training philosophies as well as her desire to understand their needs. From new puppy owners, new dog owners, extreme people and dog aggression, you will find her broad experience with all ages and breeds will meet your needs.
Jessica is the lucky owner of a Yorkie named Buggy and two black Labradors, Doozer and Mokey. Her little old Yorkie is often at home living his best life in retirement but her two Labradors are her trusty and enthusiastic training partners that many of you will get to meet!
"Jessica is the best! I've always rescued and trained my dogs myself until Bailey and Bear. Jessica came highly recommended and she was amazing with my difficult boys. She not only helped me train them but helped w issues like aggression toward each other, navigating training a blind dog, then navigating training after corrective surgery to restore vision."
"Jessica was a treat to work with! She was attentive, prompt, and obviously great with our dogs. We loved that she took the initiative to help us schedule trainings and worked around our busy schedule. After a few weeks post training, we are continuing to see improvements in our dogs' behavior. We initially sought training for our dog before having our first baby, and she had great insight into that process. Finally, we especially loved the training sessions we were able to do at a nearby park. We would work with Jessica again in an instant!"
"Jessica was absolutely fantastic. We learned so much and our very very big dog is now a model citizen. She tailored her approach to what works for him, his temperament and motivation. His behavior is so very much improved and he is also a happier dog overall. Her training style leads with understanding each individual dog, then builds plans that will resonate with both the pup and the owner. My husband and I were blown away with the results. We highly, highly recommend!"
"I've worked with Jessica on other dogs. Bailey is challenging for me but has responded wonderfully to her training. I have seen a huge improvement over the 2.5 weeks. Not sure what I would've done without her but she is amazing and worth every penny. Highly recommend without any reservations."