Training Programs for Everyone
Have a rambunctious puppy or need to address specific behavioral concerns like excessive barking, leash pulling or on-leash reactivity? Or you just want your dog to learn some manners? Our training programs are designed to produce results. Owners have the option of everything from an intensive board and train program to a less intense day program and in between.
Board & Train
Trainer: Jeff Soto
Length and price varies
Board and train is an intensive training program where your dog stays overnight at a facility or with a trainer to zero in on obedience and behavioral concerns. Dogs receive consistent training and feedback throughout the the program by a trained professional. This format is highly effective for behavioral issues such as excessive barking, separation anxiety, sociability issues, etc.
The typical length of a board and train program is determined by the trainer based on the issues that need to be addressed and the willingness of the dog, typically 2 to 4 weeks.
Pricing is determined at the consultation with the trainer. Consultation fee is $125 and is applied towards the cost of program.
Trainers: Jeff Soto, Rhonda Feinberg
10 training days + two 1-hour at-home sessions
Day training is a 10-day program that teaches basic or advance obedience training or can be used to concentrate on a single behavioral issue. Dogs participating in day training are picked up and dropped off at Fitdog. The trainer uses positive reinforcement and exercise based techniques. The day training package includes 10 consecutive training days plus two at-home sessions.
Consultation fee is $125 and is applied towards the cost of program.
Come When Called
Trainer: Debbie Pinthus
Mondays @1pm, $40/session
A group class to improve recall skills and prepare dogs for off leash activities like hiking and beach days. The trainer uses simple but highly effective techniques to improve a dog’s willingness and ability to recall consistently. The class is held at the trainer’s outdoor training yard. This is a drop-in training class. Owners do not need to attend.
Loose Leash Walking
Trainer: Rhonda Feinberg
Fridays, By Appointment, $399 / 4 sessions
A private 4-part program that focuses on improving walking skills. The trainer uses positive reinforcement to stop pulling. Dogs will be taken to different locations and exposed to a variety of distractions. The first 3 sessions includes one-on-one training with your dog. For the final lesson, the trainer works with both you and your dog to teach you how to maintain the new style of walking.
Canine Good Citizen
Trainer: Rhonda Feinberg
Fridays, By appointment 11am – 4pm, $499 / 4 sessions
The AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program provides a foundation for fun training activities such as obedience and agility and results in a well mannered dog. The program covers the 10 skills required to pass the AKC CGC certification test. CGC certification is frequently required as prerequisite to becoming a therapy dog as well as insurance companies and apartments may also require it. Our program is a 4-session, private one-on-one training with your dog and our trainer. You don’t even have to attend!
Canine Good Citizen Certification Test
Trainer: Debbie Pinthus
Every other month, $79 / 1 session
In order for your dog to become a certified Canine Good Citizen, your dog must pass the AKC 10 skills tests. We offer certification tests every other month. You have the choice of having your dog go through the course with our Sports Director or by yourself.
Our Amazing Trainers
Debbie has been training and competing in agility for over 15 years. During that time, she has achieved Championship and Masters titles on her own dogs, as well as titles on friend’s and client’s dogs.
She has also trained and titled dogs in obedience, rally, and sheep herding.
Debbie is a graduate of Triple Crown Academy and the International School For Dog Trainers, a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals, and a mentor trainer for Animal Behavior College.
With over ten years experience, Rhonda encourages reward based, positive reinforcement, clicker dog friendly methods specializing in behavioral and obedience issues.
Rhonda is a certified dog trainer by the Certification Council of Professional Trainers (CCPDT) and has studied and worked with the top world renowned Dog Trainers and Behaviorists such as Ian Dunbar, John Rogerson, Patricia McConnell, Karen Prior and Ken Ramirez.
She is also an active member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers with Certification and is licensed AKC K-9 Good Citizen testing CGC certification.
Jeff Soto has been training, rehabilitating and rescuing dogs over 10 years. He began his journey apprenticing for renowned celebrity animal trainer, Kirstin McMillan, and cultivated a passion for training dogs.
Over the years, Jeff has developed his own training techniques and methods for addressing difficult behavioral issues. He uses an individualized and positive approach that produces high success rates.
Jeff also continues to train deaf dogs at the Ace of Hearts rescue group in his free time and is fostering two dogs, Willie, a Great Dane/Shepherd mix and Lucky, a deaf Dogo.
"We approached Jeff at Fitdog to help solve some territorial aggression that our dog, Luna, was displaying in and around our apartment. Even during the initial consultation, it was clear that Jeff knew what he was doing and would be able to help Luna with her issues. After spending two weeks in daily training sessions with Jeff, she has shown incredible marked improvement. I would highly recommend anyone looking to train their dog to Jeff - he has been nothing short of amazing!"− Bennet S., Fitdog Member
"Jeff is fantastic!! I was initially reluctant to embark on the training process. However, training with Jeff is the best thing I could have done for my dog Herman and for myself. He clearly cares about the dogs and is able to make them the best versions of themselves all the while they are having an amazing time!! Herman is obsessed with Jeff (as are all the dogs who train with him)! Herman continues to go on regular refresher hikes and beach days with Jeff and his dog pals which are phenomenal!!!"− Rachel L., Fitdog Member
"When I moved to Santa Monica from New York City. . . it was a top priority to figure out the best day time activity for my doggies. . . Felipe and the Fitdog team were more than accommodating in figuring out the best plan for my dogs by incorporating the sports activities into our schedule. Now both my dogs go out on weekly hikes, and they both have such happier bodies and minds! My experience with Fitdog has been beyond positive. . . will hands down recommend them to anyone who has a dog that just needs a little more activity during the week!"− Callie N., Fitdog Member