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About Us

San Diego Dog Trainer Finest City Dog Training New Puppy Obedience

What We Do

Our Methods

Our goal is to facilitate building trust and communication between you and your dog for a long-lasting, positive relationship. Through repetition, consistency and praise, a dog's desirable behavior and responsiveness will last a lifetime. Our balanced approach to dog training is evidence-based and backed by science.

  • We specialize in accelerated obedience dog training, housebreaking, socialization, and rehabilitating dogs with separation anxiety and aggression.

  • We have practical dog training programs and teach skills using a leash and collar and praise. 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 and use their natural drives to motivate them and change behavior.

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 feel treats absolutely have their place in training, but we are not "treat for trick" trainers. We always say, "Praise is what you make it!". Sometimes dogs are not food motivated enough for treat training or they are too food-driven and become obsessed. You always have your hands and voice to praise with you!

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 of a collar is just as important as the technique. Gone are the days of the outdated "high and tight" fit. 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. 

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!".

  • Why Does it Work?

It is simple. Dogs are pack animals by nature and both corrections and affection play important roles in pack dynamics. Dogs thrive when they have clear expectations and boundaries. When done properly, corrections as a form of communication of those expectations and boundaries not only work but build an even stronger relationship between dog and human. The balance of praise is just as important of course! It provides for encouragement and creates a bond using oxytocin just like it does between people.

  • What About Positive Reinforcement Training?

We believe in and use positive reinforcement first and foremost in our training. We know dogs and people learn best when they are having fun!  Any new skill is taught with positive reinforcement, and only introduce corrections in dangerous situations or once a dog fully understands the skill being asked of them. ​​

For more, click here to check out the The Science and Art of Dog Training article written by dog trainer Matt Covey out of a Chicago Humane Society.


Meet The Trainers

 Jessica McCloskey 

Head Trainer


Jessica was loving and 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.


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 puppies owners to new dogs owners to extreme people and dog aggression, you will find her broad experience with all ages and breeds will meet your needs. 


She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and provides obedience training, canine socialization and behavior modification services. She has been an AKC CGC Evaluator since 2008 and is also an AKC Certified Temperament Test Evaluator. In addition Jessica is a long time member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).


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 specializes in the following areas: Carmel Valley, Sorrento Valley, Santaluz, Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Cardiff, Encinitas, La Costa, Carlsbad

Downtown San Diego, Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights, Normal Heights, Mission Hills, Mission Valley, La Jolla, UTC, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Clairemont Mesa and Kearny Mesa

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 Megan Greiman 

Lead Trainer


Megan has been working with dogs for over 9 years. She grew up with animals of all shapes and sizes ranging from bunnies to horses, and many in between, but dogs were always her favorite. Megan has three wonderful dogs, Summer, Fitz, and Milo. Summer is retired now but many of you will have the opportunity to meet her two huskies who she is proud to call her training assistants. 


Megan’s journey into dog training started right after getting her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science at Oregon State University. After graduation, Megan joined SeaWorld as an Animal Keeper, Trainer, and Performer in San Diego’s Pets Rule! show. There she worked with all kinds of animals but it’s no surprise dogs were the smartest and did the most impressive behaviors which easily made them her favorite to work with. After leaving SeaWorld, Megan joined a leading San Diego dog training company as their Head Trainer. Megan’s time with them included working with dogs of all ages, and her work included puppy obedience through behavior modification for aggression, and everything in between. Additionally, Megan has experience training service dogs, and worked with aggressive dogs brought in from the San Diego Animal Control.


Megan believes that through consistent guidance and trust, training can be a fun and rewarding experience for both humans and their canine companions. Megan is an AKC CGC Evaluator, AKC Certified Temperament Test Evaluator, and a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).  

Megan specializes in the following areas:

Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mira Mesa


Clairemont Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Tierrasanta, Serra Mesa, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, San Carlos, College Area, La Mesa, Kensington, Normal Heights, Downtown San Diego, Hillcrest, North Park, Mission Hills, University Heights, City Heights, Mission Valley, La Jolla, UTC, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma


Customer Reviews

"Jessica's patient approach and techniques have been very successful  with our two basset hounds, Emily and Hannah. Thank you 5 stars!"

Cynthia D.


"We worked with Megan who did a great job with our puppy! It made a huge difference and we highly recommend her!"

Cathy L.

from Yelp

"Jessica is very professional. She's attentive to every dog in class. Her classes are informative and effective. Thank you Jessica!"

Paula B.

from Google

"Jessica is the best. She turned our lovable. out of control dog into a well behaved dog after just a few classes. Well worth the cost."

Becky R.


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