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4/1/15
Kevin J., Courtesy of Yelp

I had written a review about Hollywood Dog Training and what a wonderful job they had done training our German Shepherd Luna.
I just wanted to follow up and comment on how great they are as a boarding kennel as well.
We’ve taken Luna there a couple of times now when we’ve gone out of town.
They treat her just like she’s their own dog. In the past she’s had bouts of tail chasing, as some Shepherds are prone to.
She had gotten a little excited and started chasing her tail while she was there. Stan immediately took note of the behavior, and when she started to catch her tail and there was a chance of her hurting herself they put one of those cone collars on her. Stan also called us and took quite a bit of time explaining the situation. Particularly letting us know that it was not an emergency and detailing the kind of things that were triggering her excitement and behavior.
When we picked her up she was in excellent condition, happy and injury free.
Definitely the only place we’ll ever take our dog.

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7/29/14
Daniela O., Courtesy of Yelp

We have a 6 year old pug Papi who was recently at HDTS for 6 weeks.  Since he is not a puppy anymore, we didn’t know what to expect as far as training goes.  My husband and I met with the owner Rick and he explained the whole process and we felt comfortable to go ahead and leave our dog with them. We also met with Diana who was assigned to work with our dog.

We couldn’t be more pleased with the results.  Diana is the most amazing trainer and we were so impressed with her style.  She is so sweet but always in charge of the process and of the dog.  Papi fell in love with her and it was incredible to observe how he listened to her and was so eager to follow her instructions.  Diana delivered Papi to our home a couple of weeks ago and we are so happy to have back a much better behaved dog.  It is a pleasure to take him on walks now.  Thank you, Diana, and many thanks to the entire staff at HDTS!!!

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9/2/14
Samantha B., Courtesy of Yelp

We adopted a  10 week old mixed breed rescue  pup (Jack) and WOW it has been a challenge.  I confess we were inexperienced in bringing up a puppy but were committed to do the best we could for our new family member.  Right from the start HDTS has been with us every step of the way, guiding us on every aspect of our boys development and behavior.   8 months on and he’s now a 70lb bundle of energy – and still growing.  It’s not been easy and we’ve had our moments but I can honestly say he’s growing into a lovely, sweet natured, we’ll balanced, obedient and well socialized dog.  This is largely due to the guidance and support of this great school.  Stan, Diana, Rick and everyone at HDTS we can’t thank you enough.    We booked Jack into puppy kindergarten and we can honestly say it was worth every penny.   It gave us, and more importantly Jack, an invaluable start and formed the basis for our life together.

Jack is soon to be returning for advance off leash training with Diana and we reckon, if he knew, he’d be excited.   That’s the thing about HDTS, it’s not just a god send for us but Jack LOVES it there.  We take him twice a week to doggie day care, as well as the odd lesson, and he gets so excited when we arrive.  Every time he gets in the car now he thinks he’s going back to his favorite place.   Boarding is great because it’s not just us on vacation it’s our dog too.  From other owners we meet, as well as the dogs we see on our visit, our views on the school are shared by a great many.

We have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this training center.  Straightforward, good people that genuinely know and understand what is best for each dog.   Thanks guys.

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These guys are great.  We have had two dogs trained by them, and have been really happy with the results.  Our breed of choice is the Old English Sheepdog, which are pretty strong-willed and sometimes a little crazy.  But both times we put our girls in for training, they came home WANTING to listen, much more confident and clearly happy.  Rick Karl knows more about dogs than just about anyone you will ever meet and Diana, who trained our girl Scully, is absolutely terrific.  She has a real gift.  These folks “get” dogs and what they need to do to effectively communicate with them in a humane and positive way.  The training isn’t cheap, but for a lifetime of easy companionship with your pet, I think it’s worth every penny.  And as an aside, they are a terrific boarding facility, too.  It’s like summer camp for dogs.  Bottom line is, these guys rock.

If you read through the reviews for HDTS, you’ll see one that I left a few months ago after our Old English Sheepdog, Scully, went through her “on leash” training.  I was thrilled at what she learned and what a terrific job I thought they (Diana) did.  Fast forward to now, a couple of weeks after getting her home from her “off leash” training, and you know what?  I am even more impressed and happier than I was before, and that is saying a lot.  Yes, it costs a lot of money and yes, you have to be willing to be apart from your pet for a few weeks, but what you get in return is a dog who is well-trained, happy, confident and a much better companion for you for years to come.  I know I must sound like a shill for these folks, but I’m not.  I’m someone who was satisfied 14 years ago, returned with a new dog and am knocked out by what a good job her trainer, Diana, did with her.  Our trip to the vet today for a checkup was the easiest vet visit I have ever had with a dog.  She heeled, sat, and effortlessly went into a down/stay.  Piece of cake.  These folks rock.

Nancy N., Courtesy of Yelp

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Excellent boarding, grooming and day care facility.  Cleo is well looked after and is happy to go back.  They taught her soccer!.  She is loved and cared for and we don’t have to worry and feel guilty when we leave her there.  Cleo has received many compliments on her shining coat.

Anita B., Courtesy of Yelp

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We put our 2 and a 1/2 Lab/Shepard Rescue Dog in the HDTS program and wouldn’t have it ANY other way.  Rick was incredibly accommodating and informative from the start and during the entire training process.  The support staff is friendly and attentive.

Our trainer, Diana, is enthusiastic, experienced, knowledgeable and supremely effective: she transformed our “pubescent” dog into a mature and confident “woman” of a dog!!  She made the training experience fun and empowering.

It can be emotional sending your dog off in such a long and intensive manner, but the staff and the program itself are worth the separation and price – my dog used to stress me out, but now I couldn’t think of a world without her!!  Thank you Diana, Rick and HDTS Team!!

Voillette ., Courtesy of Yelp

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THANK YOU JOYCE & RICK !!!  You saved Cali.  My mom’s homeowner’s association said she could not keep Cali, her 97 lb German Shepard mix, any more because of her aggression.  The Hollywood Dog Trainers took this beautiful (and very sweet to us), but totally untrained dog, and helped her become a well-trained, obedient, unaggressive dog that is so easy now to live with, walk, and take anywhere.  I took her in to live with me and my 9 lb Jackchi in my little condo.  There is NO WAY this would have worked the way she was before, but now she is good as gold.  She sits, lies down, and stays on command (with or without the leash even though they only did leash training) and stays right with me when we walk.  She stays until I release her and comes on command.  Amazing!  I had heard some stories that once you get a dog home from one of these places they forget all their training, but this was not the case with Cali.  They gave me several lessons so I could comfortably give the commands the way Cali learned them, and continue the training.  We do it every day and it is fun for both of us.  Even my Tazmanian Devil of a Jack Chi is learning.  I have had Cali home with me now for 3 weeks as she shows no signs of forgetting her training.  Plus everyone there is really nice.  The women at the front desk were really concerned about my mom and Cali and so happy for us that everything worked out.  What a great place! If your dog needs saving, Hollywood Dog Training School is the place to go.

Matt J., Courtesy of Yelp
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Having my dog trained there has bettered the relationship we have & is unequivocally beyond enjoyable for the two of us. There is mutual respect with a stronger bond and every AM begins with a happy dog that now has a sense of purpose, all the while beaming with joy. Not a weird dog person & don’t understand the assertion people make of a dog being their child or baby, which only serves the selfish needs of the owner & provides a disservice to the animal. Throughout the training sessions, Joyce gave us the tools to improve our interaction which has made my Giant Schnauzer content, respectful and obedient, thus substantially improving her quality of life. The grounds aren’t glitzy or glamorous, it is loud & at first visit seems chaotic, don’t let that deter your research when going on the consultation. Dogs are well cared for in a safe and functional environment conducive to the program. My dog now respects her daily surroundings more & even enjoys trips back for follow-up sessions.  We continue to show the group our progress & enjoy the feedback or reminders on how to perfect her circuit.  These sessions aren’t only offered post-graduation but encouraged & included in the honest, free of hidden fees pricing agreed to upfront. My dog was a pistol, had to stay a tad longer than the typical four week session yet pricing remained as quoted. I never believed she would get to a point of the training guarantee of two and four minute stays when leaving her that first day. Rick made arrangements for me to view progress early on & could see changes Joyce made within less than a weeks time.  She not only stays in the sit or down position, will continue to as I run around her. Don’t know of many programs out there & don’t need to look further. They will always get my recommendation to anyone that will listen. Can’t say enough good things about these pros & how they’ve instrumentally improved the quality of life for both me and my dog.  The cost shouldn’t be frowned upon as it is an investment that reaps benefits far more valuable & becomes minimal when factored over the life of the dog.  Do not believe the very few reviews claiming otherwise, they know what they’re doing & provide nothing but the best tools both you and your dog need (but may not realize) to both be your best.  Having people tell me how well behaved my dog is when out in public is still a shock and before HDTS, something I thought was unattainable.

Derrick M.,  Courtesy of Yelp

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We have had two dogs trained here, and Rick and his staff are the best!  Our first, a St. Bernard, considered HDT her second home and was always happy to board when we were out of town.  She lived for nearly 13 years.  When it was time for a new puppy, we knew that there was no other place for us to go for training.  Our new dog, an English Golden Retriever, just completed puppy kindergarten and has all of his basics down pat.  Jackie did a terrific job with our boy!   All training is done with true love and affection.  We could not be more pleased.

Laurie G.,  Courtesy of Yelp

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So incredibly happy with the results from this training. Our dog, Temo is a rescued pup and always seemed a bit scared of the world. We worked with him at Zoom Room and a private trainer at our home to get his basic obedience, but his nature remained very timid and scared- a big baby! I was hesitant because of his temperament to throw him into a situation like this, but his fear started to manifest itself into aggression. The first thing that struck me about the place was that the other dogs there do not look like savage beasts. I had this picture in my head that this was some prison – but the dogs there are sweet and happy. Diana worked with our pup and did an incredible job. We loved her, and more importantly so did our pup. The kisses he would give her were the proof (he’s not like that with just anyone!). She was sensitive to our concerns about leaving him for so long, though I very quickly saw there was no need to be worried. I HIGHLY recommend this place. Our pup is home now and we’re having a great time continuing the training. He’s more engaged when we’re walking. He of course listens to us much better, but most of all he’s so much more confident – because of that he’s relaxed and happy! We want to eventually go back and do the off leash training at some point. Thank you Diana and thank you HDTS!

Joe M.,  Courtesy of Yelp

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Diana is a great trainer.  She bonded with my dog and took good care of him.  He is responsive and well mannered.  I dont agree with everything they say/do but they do do a really great job with obedience training.  I couldn’t have done it myself.

L.J., Courtesy of Yelp

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This is the absolute best place for boarding, period.

If you’re debating hiring a dog or cat sitter come and check this place out instead. The  people who work here are loving and energetic and the facilities fantastic. This is so much better than worrying about some stranger in your home… will he or she accidentally let them out, etc.

I just picked up our two cats, Simon and Oliver, and couldn’t be happier.

When I asked about their behavior in the community section (they are allowed to go there after staying for three days) they pulled up notes from when I boarded them back in 2012. I believe this is the 4th time I’ve boarded them and always… they always return home happy, healthy, shiny and purring (unlike the one time I left them elsewhere).

These people are professional, honest, fun and go above and beyond. I am so thankful I found this place.

G.D., Courtesy of Yelp

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I tried 4 or 5 other places for my crazy vizsla.  I wish I had more time to work with her but the truth is I needed someone to do the bulk of the work.  Now that we finally have the basics down (and I’m not sure how Hollywood did it, but it worked!) she’s a dream.  Thank you, Hollywood Dog Training!

Virginia S., Courtesy of Yelp

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I have a puppy Boxer, but he is large and very playful!  They always remember Jackson and take great care of him.  They update me on any issues he might be having (he can be a picky eater), and make sure to address the problem and find a solution. Staff is really friendly and very attentive.
He always comes home tired and I know that he has been playing and running a lot!  I recommend this to any and all pet owners, and they can be trusted with your baby hands down!

Lora S., Courtesy of Yelp

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Being new to Los Angeles with a 7 month old German Shepard, we knew she was needing some training, but, had a dilemma on who…..I researched several different trainers in the area, and after a year of research and continued struggles of dealing with my precious Shepard, I decided on Hollywood Dog Training School. My husband and I  had a weekend where Maggie spent a weekend with us out of town as she had many weekends, however this particular weekend we had left her crate behind, and when we left her in the hotel room, she commenced to tear up 2 bed pillows and a remote control (picture attached)
After such weekend we made a visit to HDTS, we expected to see the school and take Maggie home and make a decision to bring her back later,……………….­….NO we saw the School and a demonstration and let Maggie begin her  transformation immediately!!
Rick and his trainers are so in tune with the dogs they train it is amazing to see how they work with each dog! Diana was Maggie’s trainer and she was the absolute perfect trainer for Maggie. Diana may only be a minute big, but she can handle any size dog, and she does it with skill, love and ease! But training our dog was not all we got from HDTS. They trained us, as well as made sure we were confidant in what our dog had learned and how to continue in the disciplines we both had learned.  There isn’t a price you can put on the feeling you get from having a happy trained dog. We will be forever grateful for Rick impressing on us the importance to let our dog “work” as she was intended to do! All I can say now is THANK YOU Rick and Diana!

Glenn G., Courtesy of Yelp

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I have taken both of my dogs (one, 12 years ago and the other 3 years ago) to be trained at Hollywood Dog Training and I have been extremely happy with the results.  They are so good with all types of dogs.  I have since referred 2 friends and both were so happy with their dog’s training!

The staff is fantastic!

Cheers to Hollywood Dog Training!

Maxx M.,Courtesy of Yelp

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I hate to move from Burbank because I hate to leave Kitty City!  I travel a few times a year and though I am a crazy cat owner, I feel confident leaving my angel with Kitty City.  Lee and the entire staff take care of him like I thought only I could.  He LOVES community time with the other kitties and receives hight marks (yep, they give him a report card!) in curiosity and playful!  My cat is as good as new when he returns home, unlike the stressed mess he has been when returning from other kennels.  I can’t say enough about the superior care he receives at Hollywood Dog Training School, they are loving and dedicated and Evo and I will both miss them very much!

Lisa L., Courtesy of Yelp

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My husband and I have been boarding our dogs and getting our dogs groomed here for the last  9 years, and finally realized we could give them a shout out on yelp.  As far as boarding, our dogs always come back happy and relaxed from being boarded here and love the fact that they have inside and outside Kendal’s.  the staff knows our dogs by name and all of their idiosyncrasies.  They are loving and extremely patient always.  As far as grooming…our hyper and always distraught German Shepard is always happy to be left for grooming and always leaves more content and calm than when we dropped her off.  With cargo as precious as your animals…it’s nice to know you can leave them somewhere where they will be safe and loved.

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We brought in our 18 month old white lab who was the worlds worst (and sweetest) dog.  We did the off leash training with Rick and Mia and Alfie has returned the world’s smartest dog.  It is just unbelievable.  And the training is all about love. He could not be happier, all of his sweetness remains but he just LOVES to please us.  Hollywood Dog Training just blows away the competition.We had another white lab training somewhere else a few years ago for thousands of dollars and there is no comparision. This is absolutely the finest dog training facility, period. When you watched Alfie work with Mia he was absolutely in love with her.  Simply the BEST!!! Nothing more needs to be said.

Kames K., Curtesy of Yelp

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I have been bringing my pussycats to Karl’s Dog School and Kitty City for the past 31 years.
The facility is incredibly clean.  There no odors anywhere.  I come to visit my kitties with no announcement, yet I find my kitty clean, cat box clean, and there’s not an odor in the cattery which sometimes holds quite a few cats.
The play area is something pussycats only dream of.  All manner of toys and scratching posts with a huge fake tree right in the middle of the area.  The cats all get along and play with each other.
The pussycat’s digs are to die for….two level condominiums.  One room holds the cat box and a shelf should pussycat want to sit on it and check out the kitties in the playroom.
The other room is the bedroom as well as feeding area, again with a shelf for pussycat to view the playroom or go night-night.
The staff is just wonderful and take a personal interest in your animal.  If you ask them how the kittiy did, they will give you the week in reviewing everything your cat experienced.
At almost every turn when I came to pick up pussycat, pussycat would dig his nails into the condo carpet and had to be peeled off….the cats wanted to stay and didn’t want to come home.
When my friends as where my kitty is when I have him boarded, I tell them he’s at a Club Med for kitties.
I never feel guilty when I have to drop off a cat for any period of time.  I cannot recommended this facility enough.
Annie

Annie H.  Glen G.  Courtesy of Yelp

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We just completed our 4 and 1/2 week training with our rescue great dane. We had a wonderful experience and a fantastic outcome with our boy.

We missed him terribly during the training, but it was the best decision we could have ever made for our dog. And feel that it was a great value. We went from feeling that we adopted a dog with aggression towards other dogs to a guy that’s now in doggie day care! What a change!
The staff the school are great and Stan is a great trainer!
Thank you Rick and Co.

Jason W. – Courtesy of Yelp

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Being new to Los Angeles with a 7 month old German Shepard, we knew she was needing some training, but, had a dilemma on who…..I researched several different trainers in the area, and after a year of research and continued struggles of dealing with my precious Shepard, I decided on Hollywood Dog Training School. My husband and I  had a weekend where Maggie spent a weekend with us out of town as she had many weekends, however this particular weekend we had left her crate behind, and when we left her in the hotel room, she commenced to tear up 2 bed pillows and a remote control (picture attached)
After such weekend we made a visit to HDTS, we expected to see the school and take Maggie home and make a decision to bring her back later,…………………..NO we saw the School and a demonstration and let Maggie begin her  transformation immediately!!
Rick and his trainers are so in tune with the dogs they train it is amazing to see how they work with each dog! Diana was Maggie’s trainer and she was the absolute perfect trainer for Maggie. Diana may only be a minute big, but she can handle any size dog, and she does it with skill, love and ease! But training our dog was not all we got from HDTS. They trained us, as well as made sure we were confidant in what our dog had learned and how to continue in the disciplines we both had learned.  There isn’t a price you can put on the feeling you get from having a happy trained dog. We will be forever grateful for Rick impressing on us the importance to let our dog “work” as she was intended to do! All I can say now is THANK YOU Rick and Diana!

Glen G.  Courtesy of Yelp
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