Training

Need some help training your new puppy? Or maybe your family dog could use a refresher. Sign up in stores today for our dog training classes! Contact your nearest store to get more details.
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*Classes take place over 6 weeks

    • Burbank
      Classes start Aug. 20
      Basic: Saturdays, 8:00am – 9:00am
      1505 W. Olive Ave.
      Burbank 91506
      (818) 840-0727
    • Costa Mesa
      Classes start Aug. 07
      Basic: Sundays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

      2320 Harbor Blvd.
      Costa Mesa 92626
      (714) 540-4036
    • Culver City
      Classes start Aug. 20
      Basic: Saturdays. 12:00pm – 1:00pm

      Classes start Sep. 03
      Basic: Saturdays. 10:30am – 11:30am

      5299 Sepulveda Blvd.
      Culver City, CA 90232
      (310) 572-6107
    • Encino
      Classes start Aug. 13
      Basic: Saturdays, 11:30am – 12:30pm 

      16571 Ventura Blvd.
      Encino 91436
      (818) 990-0744
    • Lakewood
      Classes start Aug. 21
      Basic: Sundays, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

      4243 Woodruff Ave.
      Lakewood, 90713
      (562) 608-4007
    • Long Beach
      Classes start Aug. 21
      Basic: Sundays, 9:00am – 10:00am

      4700 Pacific Coast Hwy.
      Long Beach, 90804
      (562) 494-1660
    • Los Angeles
      Classes start Aug. 13
      Basic: Saturdays. 2:00pm – 3:00pm 
      Intermediate: Saturdays. 3:15pm – 4:15pm
      3860 Centinela Ave.
      Los Angeles, CA 90066
      (310) 398-2134
    • Northridge
      Classes start Aug. 13
      Basic: Saturdays, 9:00am – 10:00am 

      18553 Devonshire St.
      Northridge, CA 91324
      (818) 282-9129
    • Pasadena
      Classes start Aug. 07
      Basic: Sundays. 11:30am – 12:30pm

      Classes start Aug. 14
      Basic: Sundays. 11:30am – 12:30pm

      Classes start Sep. 07
      Basic: Wednesdays. 6:30pm – 7:30pm

      3860 Centinela Ave.

      Los Angeles, CA 90066
      (310) 398-2134
    • Rancho Palos Verdes
      Classes start Aug. 21
      Basic: Sundays, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
      28901 Western Ave.
      Los Angeles, CA 90066
      (310) 547-3008
    • Redondo Beach
      Classes start Aug. 03
      Basic: Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
      413 N. Pacific Coast Hwy.
      Redondo Beach, CA 90277
      (310) 547-3008
    • Santa Monica
      Classes start Aug. 20
      Basic: Saturdays, 2:00pm-3:00pm
       1448 Lincoln Ave.
      Santa Monica 90401
      (310)451-7140
    • Torrance 
      Classes Start Aug. 02
      Basic: Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
      22840 Hawthorne Blvd.
      Torrance 90505
      (310) 373-4437
    • Westchester
      Classes start Aug. 20
      Basic: Saturdays. 4:00pm – 5:00pm

      8655 S. Lincoln Blvd.

      Los Angeles, CA 90045
      (310) 342-0239
    • West L.A.
      Classes start Aug. 18
      Basic: Thursdays, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
      1105 Pico Bl.
      Los Angeles 90064
      (310) 473-5099

 

 Meet Our Trainers

RHONDA FEINBERG APDT; CPDT-KA

Meet Rhonda Feinberg Certified Professional Dog Trainer with over ten years experience training dogs and their owners.  In her business Alpha Paws Dog Training Rhonda follows her passion to teach reward based, positive reinforcement and clicker dog friendly methods specializing in Behavior and Obedience issues.  She teaches a full curriculum, Puppy classes, Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced house hold manners, Tricks, Basic Agility Training classes and offer AKC K9 Good Citizen evaluation and certifications and for those who want more personal attention one on one or family private training sessions.

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Rhonda specializes in Behavior and Obedience issues Aggression, Barking, Housebreaking, Jumping, Phobias, Separation Anxiety, and Socialization, Leash walking any problem solving Training.

Her vast experience goes over ten years studied and working hands on with the top world renowned Dog Trainers and Behaviorist’s Ian Dunbar, John Rogerson, Patricia McConnell, Karen Prior, Jean Donaldson, Brenda Aloff, Terry Ryan, Pia Silvani and Ken Ramirez (Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium), an continues throughout the United states attending conferences and training seminars with the top professionals in the industry.

 SHANNON B. THIER, CPDT-KA, CTDI, ABCDT

PonShanTonShannon is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, an Animal Behavior College graduate, as well as an Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer for past and currently enrolled students, an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and AKC CGC evaluator, a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, The Pet Professional Guild, The National Association of Canine Scent Work, is the 2015 co-facilitator for the prestigious Southern California Dog Trainer’s Forum, and is PetTech certified in Pet Safety & First Aid.

Her areas of practice include puppy raising/socialization, Basic through Advanced Manners, clicker training, problem solving and Behavior Modification, with a niche in trick dog training. As a CTDI (Certified Trick Dog Instructor), she specializes  in  teaching your dog trick  training  for events,  promotions,  and  recreation.  She  and  her  dog, 14 year old Husky/Dalmatian, Pongo, have achieved their Expert Trick Dog Title. With her other 14 year old Husky/Dalmatian, Tonka, in March 2015 she earned her NW1 (Nose Work level 1) title, was Pronounced (a tremendous accomplishment!), and Tonka was honored and awarded the Harry Award, which is given by the judges to the one most outstanding rescue dog who demonstrates extraordinary ability and shows exceptional spirit in the sport of K9 Nose Work® at the NW1 title level.

She presently heads her company, K-949: Training For Humans With Dogs, ThePositiveDogTrainer.com, where she services private clients from central Orange County through the Long Beach area.
Her methods are based on modern, progressive, science-backed, positive reinforcement. She supports the Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive (LIMA) approach to behavior modification and training, and uses strictly reward-based training – meaning using toys, treats, life rewards, access to things the dog wants, or whatever motivates each individual dog, as reinforcers. She does not condone the use of aversive, dominance-based, or any other punitive techniques; her only goal is to teach you, your human family, and your sweet furry family members how to live in harmony without ever intimidating your dog for the sake of training, all while achieving the final results – reliable behaviors, a wonderful bond, and happy, relaxed, confident dogs.

Along with devouring the latest DVDs, articles, studies and books on training, she has attended, and continues to attend, at least 100 hours of continuing education each year, through conferences such as Clicker Expo, the APDT Conference, seminars, webinars, and hands-on workshops or educational courses held by world-renowned trainers such as Bob Bailey, Ken Ramirez, Karen Pryor, Dr. Susan Friedman, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Suzanne Clothier, Helix Fairweather, Kathy Sdao, Grisha Stewart, Emily Larlham, Michele Pouliot, Dr. Dan Estep, Dr. Suzanne Hetts, Pia Silvani, Trish King, and many, many others.
She believes it is critical to continue to educate herself in order to stay at the forefront of any and all new developments in the dog training industry so that she can positively help cultivate and nourish the bond between her clients and the beloved dogs they so cherish.

MARY BETH KEEGAN, ABCDT

 As the General Manager of the Burbank Centinela Feed & Pet Supplies store, and Certified Dog Trainer, Mary Beth Keegan brings years of pet food and product knowledge, as well as her love and respect for animals, to her Basic Obedience classes.

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After adopting a Wolfhound Terrier with behavioral issues, Mary Beth felt she needed to understand how to help him. In 2009 she graduated with honors from Animal Behavior College as a Certified Dog Trainer which included volunteer training hours at San Gabriel Humane Society and continued to volunteer as a Certified Trainer for over a year working with different breeds and fearful dogs.

Mary Beth teaches reward based basic obedience classes at the Burbank Centinela Feed Store including dealing with jumping; sit, down, stay, recall, leash walking, and problem solving as well as sharing her vast product knowledge. MaryBeth2She enjoys sharing this knowledge with clients, customers and friends.

 

 

 

 

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Carmel Flores is the owner of happy paws k-9 dog training. She has over 20 years of experience training animals, primarily in the field of exotic animal training for films and tv.  She has trained cougars and wolves for commercials, tigers for Gladiator and bears for tv shows.

Within these settings, Carmel has been responsible for the hands on care of exotic and domestic animals, diet preparations, socialization of exotic and domestic animals, studio training, trick training, obedience training and correcting behavioral issues.

Carmel has followed her passion to be working with rescue animals and training dogs with behavioral issues.  She also foster puppies and kitten to help save the lives of unwanted animals.

” I love my life. I love it because every day is spent helping animals”

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Alexandra Macias, CPDT-KACarmenFlores

Alexandra Macias, CPDT-KA began her dog training career in 2008 at PetSmart, where she apprenticed under Animal Behaviorist, Lisa Sutton. After a successful run with PetSmart, she moved on to Petco, where, because of her unique Behavior Specialist skills, she was promoted to District Dog Training Mentor. As a Mentor, she trained dozens of brand new dog trainers in her district. She taught them not only how to teach basic obedience commands, but how to remedy serious behavior issues.

While working at Petco, Alexandra began volunteering with Long Beach Animal Care Services. As a volunteer, she helped rehabilitate shelter dogs who were scared, anxious, or aggressive, and made them ready for adoption. During her time as a volunteer, Alexandra helped raise the adoption rate to over 60%, and she was offered a job with the City of Long Beach as the Dog Trainer and Adoption/Rescue Coordinator. During her first year, Alexandra helped over 1,200 shelter animals find homes, and raised the adoption/rescue rate to over 84%. The Long Beach community and Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal noticed her accomplishments at the shelter, and in October 2013, awarded Alexandra with the “30 Under 30” award for outstanding leadership among women under the age of 30 in Long Beach.

Alexandra’s true passion in life is helping dogs and families in need. She specializes in rehabilitating dogs with severe behavior issues such as aggression and separation anxiety, and looks forward to helping more dogs live happy, healthy lives with their loved ones.

Alexandra is certified by the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, and is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She serves all areas of Los Angeles and Orange Counties, and currently resides in Long Beach with her husband Bobby, and their two rescue dogs, Dublin and Lily.

 

Zoe Marsh

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Zoe Marsh has been passionate about animals since she was young. Ms. Marsh has worked a variety of dog related jobs. She has been employed as an animal care attendant, pet sitter, groomer, & dog trainer. Zoe has built trust & an excellent reputation with her clients, many of whom repeatedly use her pet sitting services. Since 2013, she has apprenticed under Eleasha Gall, CPDT-KA in order to further enhance her dog training skills. Zoe volunteers at spcaLA, assisting with various training classes such as agility for aggressive dogs & obedience levels 1-4. She also runs dogs in agility competitions.

As a child, she attended spcaLA’s Friends for Life summer camp & then returned as a Counselor in Training. In subsequent years, Zoe was hired to work as a dog trainer with spcaLA. Ms. Marsh began volunteering with rescue groups when she was 14 years old. In addition, through a variety of rescue groups, she has fostered over 30 dogs. When she was 16 years old, she was given the opportunity to volunteer at the Steve Irwin Zoo in Australia. Her time there proved to be a fulfilling learning experience.

Zoe shares her life with Iggy the Pomeranian & an always revolving door of rescue dog fosters.