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 can't wait to show you what we are all about! 

  • 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.

It's our belief that a dog that responds to voice commands without repeating is a well-trained dog. We don't use treats and 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!

  • Dominance methods are very physical and dogs with sensitive temperaments can be damaged by these methods and training tools and can create fear and mistrust of the handler. We feel you don't have to dominate a dog to teach a dog obedience and change their behavior. We believe in mutual respect rather than intimidation and fear. 

 

How We Do It

Our approach to dog training is "as gentle as possible, as firm as necessary". 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. We respect our clients decision to choose the training equipment they feel most comfortable using with the exception of shock/e-collars/static collars and choke chains - which we highly discourage. Part of what we do is teach the owner how to properly fit and use the training equipment of their choice.

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

Jessica was loving and working with dogs from a very early age. She worked for several local veterinarians and the staffing industry before becoming 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 appreciate her ability to teach and convey training philosophies as well as her desire to understand their 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, who assist her on her daily training appointments.

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 Jessica McCloskey 

Owner/Trainer

 

Customer Reviews

Jessica is by far the most incredible dog trainer I've come across. She helped me train up my chihuahua and pit mix - the latter who showed a touch of aggression at one point - Jessica helped us to understand what sorts of situations can bring about difficult issues - and how best to prevent them. Now both dogs are wonderful canine citizens and now that I've used her I feel confident training my new puppy. She went above and beyond with both our in home sessions and group work. I cannot recommend Jessica and FCDT enough! If you want a better behaved dog or even if you just want to have a better relationship with your pup then do yourself a favor and call up Jessica today!

Suzanne H.

from Yelp

I first started working with Jessica two and a half years ago when my 6 month old golden retriever was having numerous issues.  I have had dogs all my life and thought I had a pretty good understanding of how they think, but I had met my match with this puppy.  Jessica stepped in and was so helpful in explaining and demonstrating her training techniques - I was blown away.  We were dealing with separation anxiety, food aggression, constant barking - the list goes on.  After the first home visit things changed dramatically for the better and I now have a happy, obedient dog that is a joy to be around.  
We had Jessica come to our home for the private sessions which were tremendously helpful and have participated in several of the group classes over the last few years.  My dog just passed his Canine Good Citizen exam and is now headed to therapy dog training.  Before Jessica entered our lives, this would never have been possible.  She knows exactly what it takes to get the best behavior out of your dog and has a world of patience.  There are no shock collars or harmful techniques, just sound and logical training methods that get results within minutes.  She explains the "why" and "how" of your dog's behavior and I have yet to come to her with a problem that she couldn't fix.  She is always available via phone or text for any and all of my training questions and goes to great length to make sure I understand the process.
Jessica is the real deal and I just want to say:  "Call her"  she will change you and your dog's life!!!!  Best money I ever spent and worth every penny!!

Chris M.

from Yelp

Jessica helped us train our two rescues Cashew & Caden, they each have their own unique challenges. Cashew was rescued from a hoarders home and was afraid of everything and Caden was rescued from the streets of Downy and was very protective and defensive. Jessica knows dogs and has ideas that work. Our dogs are now more social, friendly and enjoy going to the weekly classes and continue to learn.

Charlene B.

from Facebook

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Honored & Appreciative

Jessica has simply been wonderful in training Ginger our little precious Morkie. Ginger continues to show improvement week after week and this is really down to Jessica and her gentle, effective, comprehensive, training style. I could not praise Jessica enough and for sure would give high recommendations to other dog owners who are looking for results. Ginger is always happy to see Jessica and that in itself says a lot. It is simply a pleasure to work with Jessica and A five star rating isn't high enough for the work and results we have witnessed.

Jason W.

from Yelp

Jessica has been training my husband and I with our dogs for over 9 years. She is beyond knowledgeable, and is amazing how she can come up with easy solutions to very serious problems. She literally saved my dogs life. He was a rescue, and had zero contact with people. What she accomplished with him was nothing short of a miracle. We just got a puppy, and I signed the pup up for the program 2 days after we brought her home. Jessica's prices are very reasonable, and the open access to lifetime classes is a very good value.

Peggy K.

from Google

Jessica is the real deal! I cannot recommend her services highly enough! You can try to do everything "right" and having had dogs my whole life I thought I knew what to do but Jessica stepped in and helped me tremendously with my little miniature dachshund Merriwether. I hear people say all the time that dachshunds "can't be trained" or are difficult and I bought into that and just figured there would be things Merriwether wouldn't ever do. Insert Jessica....TOTAL game changer! Merriwether is completely kennel trained (which has been huge when she's sleeping over at a family or friend's house), doesn't flip out and bark or engage in destructive behavior when I leave (she used to before Jessica) and Jessica has been a tremendous help in correcting some "fun police" behavior Merriwether exhibits when on leash. We're now in Jessica's intermediate class and Merriwether even lays down (every time!) on command, which is highly unusual for a dachshund. I feel empowered by Jessica's training and I know it helps my relationship with Merriwether because I'm not frustrated with her and she now has a different "job" which is to listen and behave herself. It's safer for her and for me when we're out and about on leash and around other dogs. I could go on, but bottom line....Jessica is incredible. She's also fun, kind and a total expert in her field. Plus, she dog sits! Could it get any better?!

Nicole M.

from Google

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