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Duke Dog Training / Coaching

Encinitas, CA, USA

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020

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Gary the dog communicator expert in animal behavior over 25 years experience in all breeds.

PUPPY PROGRAM / POTTY TRAINING
BASIC / ADVANCED OBEDIENCE
AGGRETION / RESAUCE GUARDING
SOCIALIZATION
BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION THROUGH POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

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19 August 2022

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Great customer service and support. Helping me we my need

7 August 2022

Gary is an amazing dog trainer! We would 100% recommend him. We got a Nova Scotia Toller puppy and knew we were in over our heads. Super smart but very headstrong and energetic. Gary basically trained us to train him and it does take work but at 8 months he’s such a well trained boy!
Walking him was one of the main issues with pulling and jumping but Gary was a miracle worker. Thank you so much Gary!
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19 July 2022

Duke dog training was great for us! I was a bit intimidated at first because I knew it would be a lot of work for me. It’s really about training us and the pup too. We have a doodle and they tend to be stubborn. He is sweet and had good recall but that was it. He would bark at everything and jump on anyone coming near him. It was hard to have guests over. After only 8 sessions he is not barking (shaker can is amazing), he jumps far less (still needs correction. He’s only one and gets excited), he heels on leash and the best part is he lays in his bed on demand and can now stay there for 15mns. You must put in the work and the practice but it’s worth it. More...

12 July 2022

I highly recommend Gary and Duke Dog Training! He completely changed not only the behavior in my golden retriever puppy but my relationship with my puppy too. He taught me just as much as he taught my dog and after completing the 14 weeks of training I am so happy with the results! My pup went from showing aggression around his food bowl, pulling constantly on walks, nipping and jumping on people constantly, etc and now he is so well behaved and it's a joy to take him for walks and have people over without worrying about him knocking over people when they try to come in the door. Everything Gary said he would deliver in his training consultation the day we met, he did that and more. Thank you Gary for helping our family!! More...

2 February 2022

Passionate, well learned and experienced with all breeds. He took my 4 month old Belgian Malinois from a disaster to an absolute stud by his first birthday. Very fairly priced, consistent and easy to schedule or cancel. Also, please be ready for homework.
If 6 stars were possible I’d do it and argue for 7
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21 August 2021

Gary is the best dog trainer I’ve ever worked with. We were so close to re-homing our Rottweiler. He was so unruly. Gary turned all that around. He is patient and is a great communicator. Highly recommend! More...

10 August 2021

Our dog Sandy is a rescue that had many behavioral issues.( biting and barking were the worst ones). She is a completely different dog. Gary not only worked the dog; he has transformed me into a skilled, confident dog handler. Sandy was such a broken scared little girl and now her confidence has grown that others now notice how adorably cute she is! Thank you Gary! You are the BEST! More...

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18 May 2021

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Gary is the best dog trainer I’ve encountered. He’s a true professional and I can’t imagine how things would have turned out without him. He’s made ours and our dogs life infinitely better. Forever grateful! More...

4 April 2021

I have been working with Gary over the past six months on Service Dog training with Olive. We just completed the service dog training and decided to go away for a month road trip to really put the training to the test. Olive has been an A+ service dog, in and out of cars, hotels, elevators, grocery stores, gas stations, you name we have done it....with ease that is! We couldn't have done it with out Gary, his knowledge of dogs and behavior is incredible. We are so thankful and we highly recommend Gary for all your dogs needs. More...

31 March 2021

My dog, Pepe, is almost a new dog after training with Gary! Pepe was a good dog when he was alone but as soon as he saw another dog, there was nonstop barking. I had a huge problem when I would take him on walks or take him out to go potty. He would bark at every dog he saw and it got to the point where I dreaded taking him out because he would bark the entire time. I wanted to be able to take him on walks but I was embarrassed by how much he would bark & wouldn’t listen to me. After working with Gary, my dog no longer barks at dogs, he is so well trained, I can take him to public places & he will sit there & be a good boy the entire time. He is now a certified service dog and gets to fly with me. I took him on his first flight & he was well behaved the entire time. I now get compliments from friends & strangers on how well behaved my dog is. I can go everywhere with Pepe & not be embarrassed or nervous about how he is going to behave. I would highly recommend Gary for your dog training needs. On top of being a great trainer, Gary is such a fun person to work with! More...

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18 January 2021

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Gary helped us with our two dogs. One was a 8 months who is a big good ball and Gary helped us with basic obedient training. With our second dog who was a bit more complicated, she was being aggressive and very territorial in the home with new people coming over. She would also charge at other dogs on walks and be very protective of me. I have worked with 2 other trainers before and none of them came close to the difference that Gary made. My dog is way less anxious, much more open to new people and doesn’t charge at dogs on walks anymore. I thought I was stuck with a stressful dog and just had to work around it but Gary changed that and as a result I am way less stressed! I feel like I can do so many more activities with my dog and I am so grateful! Thank you Gary!! More...

7 August 2020

Gary is excellent with working with dog owners. He gave us all the tools needed to train our rescue puppy. He has many years experience and is very passionate helping dogs and their owners. We highly recommend!

2 August 2020

There aren’t enough words to say how absolutely GREAT Gary is!!! As a dog trainer and a person!! He listens to the human as well as the dogs. ..... his philosophy of making sure the parents learn more than the dogs is absolutely key! We are the ones who need the most training and he does it exceptionally!!!! He took my dog and turned him into the best well behaved fun dog any fur parent could ever ask for! You will love his knowledge as well as his teaching techniques......and his personality. You won’t be sorry!! Highly highly recommend him for your fur baby!! More...

26 July 2020

We are so very satisfied with Gary professional skills. He guided us with our little fur friend in this journey. There are so many details that we had no idea about it and he has been coaching us through all the steps to make sure that Louie become a very well behaved dog. Highly recommend his services. Thank you, Gary! More...

25 July 2020

Gary from Duke dog training has made dog training easy! Gary is professional, polite and always fun to be around. Our dog enjoy the training and while he has still maintained his goofy personality he listens better and has less anxiety now. We couldn't be happier.

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25 July 2020

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Gary taught us so much. He trains the humans just as much as the puppers. Well worth every cent. Gary knows his sh@t. We will recommend him to anyone . Looking forward to working with him on the next step. More...

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16 June 2020

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My husband and I just completed the 14 day training package with our 10 month old cattle dog mix, Luna. We started the training when she was almost 8 months old. We called Gary because we were experiencing some aggression and resource guarding (especially around food) that was escalating VERY quickly. Our puppy was friendly in the early months and out of nowhere she was snarling, snapping, and even biting us on occasion. Gary was confident and experienced, and he knew he could help us. After two weeks of training with Gary (probably about 4-5 training sessions) Luna was not showing any aggression around her food which was a HUGE relief! Gary gave us all the tools to be better dog parents. He showed us how to set boundaries with Luna, correct her mistakes, and reward her good behavior, and he watched us closely during training to make sure we were all on the same page. Gary held us accountable for doing these things every day and really making training a part of our lifestyle. At first it was work, but now it’s just how we live! I can honestly say that Luna is a different dog now. It’s a really scary feeling when your puppy starts showing signs of aggression out of nowhere, but Gary got us back on track and we’re more prepared than ever. He was always there for us if we had questions during the week, and the best part is he has an amazing personality and a great sense of humor. Training with Gary was truly the best money we have ever spent!! More...

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Love you guys thakyou for the beautifull kind words rember consistsncy is key 🐶🙏🐶

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12 May 2020

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Gary from Duke Dog Training was such a blessing to us ! We felt incredibly overwhelmed by our husky pup’s behavior - incessant biting, not responding to correction, & what we felt was aggressive behavior. He came in with humble confidence and shared with us what we could expect from his eight sessions training our pup. We are now finished with our eight sessions & are so beyond pleased with Gary’s training ! He has not only done the “hard work” with us, but has helped us to better understand how to communicate with her to decrease confusion. He has helped to alleviate a lot of puppy stress (I’m sure in the pup too!) and we are so grateful! We’re able to enjoy her as she grows instead of worrying about “okay” behaviors turning into bad ones. Gary’s extensive dog training experience will only benefit you, your family, & your pup. He answered all of our questions & even left us with homework between sessions. We highly recommend his services if you’re looking for a trainer! More...

12 May 2020

Gary is an amazing dog trainer. We were feeling completely overwhelmed with our husky pup when we got her, but Gary has given us the skills and confidence to train and enjoy our pup. Our pup’s behavior is truly night and day after working with Gary. He really helps you learn how to communicate with your dog. It is a great investment because your dog will be a blessing throughout the rest of their life. We look forward to continuing to work with Gary as our dog gets older. More...

4 May 2020

We did the 8 week puppy training course for our two pups. Gary is a great balanced trainer who really understands animal behavior. He uses positive reinforcement training methods, and will apply correction where needed. He also tailored the training based on the personality of each puppy. He is a very experienced trainer who will help you have a peace of mind in understanding your puppy’s behavior and mindset. It was very worth it for us to have Gary as our personal dog trainer because he helped us filter out and organize all the training information we were finding on the internet. It was so helpful to have a timeline and training plan for our pups. We definitely appreciated having him guide us through the crucial first year of our puppies’ lives and be there to answer any questions we had! More...

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Thank you for the very kind words

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28 April 2020

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I was very lucky to find and hire Duke Dog Training. My miniature Aussie was an extremely excitable dog while out on our walks. When approaching people and most of all other dogs he would lose his mind, go crazy and be uncontrollable. Since working with Duke, Creed is a different dog I am happy to say. Creed now knows how to behave. Making our walks a pleasure instead of a dread.
If you have a problem with your dog don’t hesitate to hire Duke.
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Thank you Gary and Creed ceep up the good work Consistency is key!!!

22 April 2020

I have worked and trusted Gary for over 10 years. He has trained two of my dogs and is constantly checking in and making sure that I fully understand the training and consistent with it. He makes training fun, relevant and is extremely flexible. My 10 year old Boxer still perks up when he hears Gary’s voice. I went from having over $5000 worth of damages in my house due to my crazy pup to having him trained as a Service Dog. I would recommend Gary to anyone. He is currently training my Cane Corso and he has such extensive knowledge of this breed which is so important to me since this dog will be huge. I trust Gary and my dogs trust Gary which I appreciate so much!! More...

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Whitny thank you for the awesome words it’s so great that Baka is still around and you are keeping constant with your training see you soon !!

21 April 2020

I can’t recommend Gary and Duke Dog Training enough. I’m a first time puppy owner and knew nothing about training a dog. I’am still amazed by how fast my puppy has been learning and catching on to the training Gary has been teaching me. Not only does he work with my dog, he works with me, so I can be a better handler and owner. I know this training is setting both myself and my dog up for success in the future. I’m incredibly happy I have made this investment!! Thank you Gary!! More...

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Thank you and Goose he’s doing better and better we’re going to continue to make him an amazing adult dog !!!

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18 April 2020

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Gary as dog trainer is great!!! He can train a dog to do anything. I’m glad I picked him over a very expensive dog trainer company.

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18 April 2020

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Gary is an excellent trainer!! He was able to teach my puppy to walk on a lease, which was a tough job. My pup was very stubborn. Now she even picks up her lease to walk her! Also he trained my 12 year old dog to stop pulling on a leash. I highly recommend Gary as a trainer!!! More...

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Thanks you Luna is a great puppy

17 April 2020

I recently got a puppy. I had zero knowledge of how to train him. I hired Gary and I saw a difference in my puppy’s behavior within several days. Gary was also very patient and great at teaching me how to train my dog. More...

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Thank you and Keep up the good work remember consistency is key..

17 April 2020

Gary is a spectacular dog trainer! We worked with him in 2008 and he completely transformed my dog's behavior. He is a pit bull and was aggressive. After Gary's training sessions he became sweet and compliant. More...

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13 April 2020

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We have a young Husky Puppy with all the normal high energy traits. Gary taught us how to work with that energy to get Ricky working with the rest of the family, The training we received was also helpful with our older husky as well!

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Thanks Roy well see you end of the month to begin our next phase in Rikys training ..

5 March 2020

Gary did a great job teaching us how to work with our three month old Shepherd. He taught us training methods we would never have known.

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thanks Bill hope all is well ,,,

5 March 2020

We have an extremely high energy labradoddle that we hired Gary to train from when we got him as a puppy. Gary did an excellent job allowing us to keep our sanity and enjoy our new family addition.

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Thank you hope all is well say hi to the family...

Q&As

Coaching people how to communicate with their dogs so they can live in harmony with the pack / family.

After competing on the sport dog circut for 15 years with German Shephards it was a easy transition to move into the buisness part of dog training ...

I have more experience than many other trainers out there and I speclize in dog aggretion and behaviour modification which many other trainers do not have the skills to be successfull in these situations. My puppy program is the most extensive out there where I coach humans train dogs to communicate through animal behavior with positive reinforcement (treats)....remember your dog cannot not speak english he understands the pitch and tone of your voice also reading your body language working through fiscal movement as they do in the wild I take this behavior and use it in your training to communicate with your pup.

Services

We specialize in rehabilitating dogs through behavior modification programs and working with dog owners. We use a coaching program designed for each individual owner. This is our specialty as most training consists of the dog being left at a kennel and trained. This way, the owners are left in the dark and given a few follow up lessons and then the job is done.
However, this does not apply in our case. We pride ourselves in coaching our owners as much as their dogs. This helps owners to give their dogs instruction and correction instead of mixed signals that confuse the dogs.
We also have a large senior following as most of them have lost control over their dogs, but love them so and have the time and willingness to learn. We are here for you in supporting and training your best friends. Our in-house programs facilitate the dogs, and most of all, the owners. This way, they can become a team with their animals and have a new proud, happy relationship with them.
Contact us today to discuss your concerns and we’ll see what we can do to help you and your dog. Remember that when your pet’s unruly behavior starts getting on your nerves, all you have to do is dial our number.

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