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HIllcrest Dog Training

Helping Create the Perfect Pet

Dog Training in Hillcrest - San Diego, CA

Welcome to Paw Commons Pet Resort and Dog Training center in Hillcrest - San Diego, CA. Since 2001 Paw Commons has been training dogs and graduated thousands of happy puppies. Our team of dedicated trainers are Canine Good Citizen Certified, Paw Commons Certified and have years of experience. Give us the opportunity to meet you and your dog for a Free Private training evaluation.

Does your dog have any of the following issues?

  • Barking and Howling
  • Digging
  • Chewing
  • Leash Walking
  • Play Biting
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Resource Guarding
  • Jumping on People

Come in for a FREE evaluation. Our trainer will meet with you and your dog. We will discuss your training goals and objectives. The trainer will than assess your dog and discover what are the best Behavior Modification techniques and training aids best for your specific needs.

Quick example: We may find that your dog is very sensitive to sound. If that’s the case we need to be careful when using Sound as a Behavior Modification tool.

Your dog may not be food motivated. But during our training evaluation we discover that your dog is toy motivated. BINGO: we now have some tools to work with when starting our training.

Our program at Paw Commons takes a Balanced method approach to training your dog

What is Balanced Method: Here at Paw Commons we are not tied to any one approach to train your dog. WHY? Because every dog is different. By using a multitude of different methods that work with your dog’s specific behavior and response we can achieve the best results. This approach gives us use a multitude of training aids in order to come up with the proper Behavior Modification.

Free Dog Training Evaluation

Please call or visit one of our locations to set up an appointment with one of our professional dog trainers.

Types of Training Programs:

Our Board and Train Programs: These programs tend to be those most effective way to get immediate results. These programs require that your drop off your dog with our trainer for a period of 5-20 days. From the moment your dog checks in to our facility we manage every hour of their training acumen. By setting around the clock curriculum we are able to get the most out of our time with your pup.

During your dog's stay at Paw Commons we will work on the following activities:

  1. Sit Leave it
  2. Down Drop it
  3. Stay Leash Walking
  4. Focus
  5. Recall
  6. Leave it
  7. Drop it
  8. Leash Walking
  9. Off Leash Intro

We can also work on the following types of behavior modifications:

  • Dogs that bark and have leash aggression
  • Dogs that have separation Anxiety
  • Dogs that jump on anybody and everything
  • Potty Training
  • Chewing
Man holding a dog on a leash

Puppy Classes both GROUP or Private  your pup will learn to:

  • Focus
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Come when called
  • Leave It
  • Drop It
  • Socialization with other puppies, people, and new situations.

Note: We can also work on potty training techniques for new dog owners.

THE LAB: Is a private training membership:

In our LAB Program you will be reserved one session of training each week for a minimum of 10 weeks. During this program you will get to work one-on-one with our trainer. Each session lasts around 45 minutes. Through these classes your pup will learn the following:

  1. Sit
  2. Down
  3. Stay
  4. Focus
  5. Recall
  6. Leave it
  7. Drop it
  8. Leash Walking

Free Dog Training Evaluation

Please call or visit one of our locations to set up an appointment with one of our professional dog trainers.

Bay Park & Hillcrest Trainer, Heather Simpson

Heather is our dog trainer at our Bay Park location and she has been working in the pet care industry for the last decade. Heather moved to San Diego in 2009 and was given an opportunity to volunteer at Helen Woodward animal shelter. After just a few shifts she quickly realized animal care was her passion. This passion led her to a doggie daycare and overnight facility, where she quickly worked her way to the General Manager position. This hands-on experience helped to foster a greater love and understanding for the human and K9 relationship which lead her to a nonprofit that trains service dogs. Heather was able to train dogs for specially selected families to help with their medical needs. This specialized training would take on average 14-16 months and allowed Heather to create some lasting friendships not only with the dogs she would place but with the families. This beyond rewarding experience helped to develop her love for dog training and ultimately brought her to Paw Commons.

Heather’s three fur babies Nala, Kobe, and Henry are always up for her adventures and spend most free days hiking or at the beach. Heather's love for animals is the driving force behind her constant desire to learn new training skills and help more people have a better lasting and loving relationship with their four-legged family member.

Training Forms

Heather Simpson, Bay Park Trainer