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Call or Text 619-379-5330


San Diego, California

About Us

What We Do

It's our belief that a dog that responds to your voice without repeating is a well-trained dog. Once conditioned, through repetition, routine and praise, a dog's desirable behavior and responsiveness will last a lifetime.

  • We specialize in accelerated obedience training, housebreaking, socialization, and working with dogs with anxiety and aggression,

  • We show you how to communicate effectively with your dog so they will naturally respond and you can form a mutual understanding. With clear and consistent communication as well as understanding, the principles of conditioning begin.

  • We teach you how to use verbal commands and neutral corrections to communicate with your dog.

  • We teach handling skills and obedience using a leash and collar, praise (verbal and physical) and effective body language.

We use positive, motivational techniques. Throughout the learning phase, and especially for young pups, we utilize toys, praise, petting and occasionally food. The adding of commands happens in phases and with the use of effective communication. This is called Classical Conditioning.

Motivational trainers such as us use the dogs natural instincts to learn. Repetition and consistency are key but praise is the essential motivating factor. Once your dog learns any command, the next step is to introduce distraction and correction when necessary. This is called Operant Conditioning.

We employ the "as gentle as possible, as firm as necessary" philosophy. We respect our clients decision to use whatever collar they feel most comfortable using  with the exception of shock/e-collars and choke chains - which we highly discourage - and we teach them to use them properly and gently. Our job is to teach the owner how to properly fit and use the training equipment of their choice.

We have had the good fortune of working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. We work with many rescues, shelter dogs, fearful dogs and highly reactive and aggressive dogs. We also get to work with very young pups, first-time owners as well as experienced owners all the time. This is why our methods and techniques have been so effective and why we love what we do!

Dominance/"Alpha Dog" Method trainers use intimidation or force their dogs to get what they want. These are “yank and crank” trainers who often teach owners to roll their dogs on their backs and sometimes growl at them. Some even use physical force like kneeing the dog in the chest or poking them in the ribs. They often us choke chain or shock collars as a method to force the dog to do everything. Many professional dog trainers use these methods because for them "time is money" and they can get a dog trained much quicker by forcing the dog to perform. The bottom line is with enough force a dog can be trained to do almost anything. The problem with the dominant trainer is that the dog seldom seems stable and comfortable with the handler. Dogs with sensitive temperaments can be ruined by these methods. These methods create fear and mistrust because the dog never knows when they might be punished. We do not believe you need to dominate or intimidate dogs to teach them obedience and good manners.

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Meet The Trainer

Jessica was 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 John's Natural Dog Training Company for 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 and provides obedience training, canine socialization and behavior modification services. She is an AKC Certified Evaluator and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.


Jessica is the proud owner of a Yorkie named Buggy and black Labs named Jag and Doozer all who assist her on her daily training appointments.

 Jessica McCloskey 



Customer Reviews

Worked with Jessica last year, private session to work on leash aggression with my border collie mix. She was very professional and taught me a lot of things and help put my dog in situations where we could work on her problems by bringing her own dogs to the session. (which I really appreciated)  We still have one session that is unused and lifetime classes that we may use in the future but I recommend this company to people who have problematic behaviors they want to work on and/or want to work on basic obedience. It was really hard to find a company that didn't go directly to a shock collar so I really appreciated that. 

Lindsey W.

San Diego, CA.

We are so pleased with the helpfulness we have received from Jessica.We used Jessica with our first dog two years ago. We recently brought home a second puppy . Jessica came to our home to help with the transition. We were so impressed. They have continued to be extremely supportive through the entire puppy training process. We now have a 2 year old golden, and a 4 month old golden that are well behaved, can perform several commands (including sit, down, stay, and come) and are easy to have around.

One more thing.......Our two year old golden had developed some minor aggression issues that we were completely freaked out about. Jessica came to my house (and this is after my training package had expired) She volunteered to take a walk with  me and my dog Zeke.  She spent a whole evening attempting to figure out Zeke's issues so that " I "could then be properly trained. 

Andrea G.

San Diego, CA.

I received a recommendation from my Horseback riding trainer. Immediately I trusted her judgment and did some extra research. One thing lead to another and I got in contact with Jessica. Just in two sessions I see an immense difference in my 14 week old Rottweiler. What I found most reassuring about Jessica is that she changes her techniques and methods to whatever your dog will need, (Not sticking to only one method). She has allowed me to communicate better with my dog and form more control without arguing rather finding a solution.

Maya I.

La Jolla, CA.

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Honored & Appreciative!

This was the best money I've ever spent!  I was able to schedule our first private training session within two days of contacting her. Jessica uses a common-sense approach to dog training - no fear or intimidation and no shock collars!  Our 10-week old puppy, Jett, was becoming a little terror with her teething, biting and jumping up on visitors. Jessica provided an amazing amount of information on dog behavior and dog psychology. Within 4 visits, Jett was better behaved and within 6 visits, she was obeying the commands of Heel, Sit, Down and Stay.  I thought I knew a lot about dog behavior but Jessica spent as much time teaching (training) us how to react or not react to our puppy in order to discourage or praise her for her certain behaviors.  

Gayle B.

San Diego, CA.

Just completed our 3rd private session with Jessica and I can't say enough. Not only is she very professional but personable as well!  Jessica is truly the dog whisperer!! She took time to find out what our goals were for our dog and got to know us, too.  We were unable to control our dog on the leash and couldn't walk her as she pulled the entire time. Within 5 minutes of having our Pitbull/Sharpei Mix on a leash Piper was walking and not bolting!! Their fee is worth every penny!!  Jessica has trained us, too! She is patient and is a joy to work with! Looking forward to the group classes which are included in our package and working with Jessica again. The best money I've ever spent.

Kelly M.

San Diego, CA.

We recently adopted a rescue dog and wanted to have the most positive relationship possible with our new pet addition.  Within the first week we called and signed up for the K/9 in home training program that also included group obedience class sessions.  Jessica helped us with house breaking, crate training, dog obedience, with setting up our dog run, and even taught our dog how to use the dog door.  She has been an amazing trainer and resource for us.  She has helped Colin be the absolute best that he can be.  We highly recommend her. We have have learned so much from the website articles and Jessica.  Her techniques work and provide a positive approach to dog training.  We are confident and happy dog owners due to the training provided by Jessica.

Linda O. & Sally R.

San Diego, CA.

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