All dogs need proper, consistent training.

When finding the right dog trainer, the options (and opinions) can be overwhelming! Los Angeles dog training and behavior specialist Brett Endes answers common dog training questions about what to look for in a dog trainer, what to expect when training your dog, why his approach is different, and how to get started.

How do I get started?

We start the training process with an initial consultation. This is a no-obligations, intensive 1-1/2 hour training session. We do this so that you have the opportunity to meet your trainer and see what the process is like/get results before we start working together long-term. I also do this because nearly half my new clients come from previously unsuccessful dog training and the options out there can be overwhelming for a dog owner seeking an experienced trainer who can help them.

How much does it cost?

The cost and length of dog training can vary. You may learn more detailed info about our rates and services here.

What is the best age to start training my puppy?

The earlier the better! Good habits can be taught from day one since puppies are constantly learning both good and bad habits. By creating a solid foundation and teaching some basic life skills from the start, you will ensure the optimal relationship between you and your pet. We also offer pre-purchase and pre-adoption services to help ensure a good match between you and your potential new family member.

I have an older dog/”tough breed” with issues. Can s/he be helped?

Absolutely! Dogs of any age, breed, or temperament can be trained. As long as the owner is consistent and puts in the work, any dog can be a success story!

My dog is currently on medication for his behavior problems. Is that okay?

In general, I have rarely seen a dog that requires medication if properly trained and the root cause of their behavior problems/anxieties has been addressed thoroughly through proper training. Depending on the situation, when working with a “medicated” dog, in most cases it is best to have the dog wean off the medication if it has not been effective up to this point. This allows the dog to have a clear-minded perspective so that we may communicate with them more effectively. At times, the use of supplements, such as CBD and nutritional counseling, is used in a complementary way, but in most cases, training is what ultimately works best.

Do you offer individual/group training?

I offer both group and individual training. Our relationship begins with an initial 1 1/2 hr meeting at your home or location where training is required. This includes a full consultation / behavior evaluation and your dog’s first training lesson.

What type of programs do you offer?

I offer wide range of dog training programs and counseling options. All situations are unique and require varying training protocols. In our initial consultation I’ll evaluate your dog and recommend the best approach to address the needs of your pet and your family. All programs include unlimited weekly drop-in group therapy classes with no additional fee! (see schedule for start date)

Is my dog a ”bad dog” or is there something wrong with them because they need training?

Quite the contrary! Most dogs who display behavioral issues (even extreme ones) are doing so because they are very intelligent, need a job, and are simply not getting the appropriate outlets for their mental/physical energy or the structured life they require.

Can you help with my dog’s separation anxiety?

Yes. Like dog aggression, separation anxiety is often misunderstood. I have found in most cases, once the root cause is addressed, these types of problems start to resolve.

My dog is aggressive. Can you help?

Absolutely! Even though dog aggression is a serious issue, it is unfortunately misunderstood by too many dog trainers. You will be amazed by how quickly most dogs get over their insecurities once a proper relationship and structured lifestyle is established between dog and owner.

I have been to other professionals and my dog still has issues. Can my dog be fixed?

Yes. As a dog trainer and behaviorist with over 30 years experience, Brett specializes in dogs who have worked, at times extensively, with other trainers and behavior specialists.

What type of dog problems do you address?

All of them! Regardless of age, breed, or temperament.

What is your philosophy?

There is no one-size-fits-all dog training method! I use balanced dog training methods to help owners learn how to communicate with and create the proper relationship with their dog to foster good behaviors.

What makes your approach to dog behavior and training different?

I teach dog owners how to truly communicate with their pets. This is opposed to just “training” them, which does not always tap into a dog’s natural instincts. This is needed to achieve contentment and good behavior in any dog, regardless of breed, age, or temperament. You may read more about how I teach owners to understand their dogs.

I’ve researched all over the internet and have found that dog trainers vary widely in their philosophies … why?

Because we as humans, all come from different backgrounds, cultures, and points of view. It only makes sense that dogs approach life from the same perspective.

There are many trainers who use this line of thinking when approaching dogs and their behaviors. This leads them to have some sort of (usually prefaced by positive) “philosophy” or “method” they invented.

This actually makes complete sense to our human thought processes. (Even I wish dogs thought exactly like we did!) This can be misleading to what our dogs truly need though, and is the primary reason why so many dog owners have to see me after working with other dog trainers.

Dogs are dogs and exist in a completely different world than we do. This requires a more involved approach based on energy, instinct, and communication. Not just treats or unnecessary force.

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