What We Do
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.