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Welcome to Obedience Please

A Dog Training Institution

It all started in 1956 – Home training didn’t exist. Howard Finkelstein placed an ad in the New York Times pet section with the heading, “Dog Training In Your Home With You”. Home training proved to be very popular and effective, so other trainers followed. The In-Home Dog Training Industry was born (more details here). We pioneered early training of dogs. We can start this training as early as 8 weeks of age, and as late as 10 years of age.  Obedience Please is still the primary home-training school in the country. We’re also one of the most experienced dog training facilities in the world; we’ve been in operation for over 60 years! We have the distinction of being the only company to train for Broadway shows, movies, television, AKC shows, obedience, security, agility, advanced training, and special needs training. We started an industry that has been widely copied.

The process of teaching your dog to sit, come, stay or down, along with other Advanced Obedience Training helps both you and your dog communicate better and understand one another better. The process of doing this together with your dog builds a lasting bond based on mutual trust, respect and love instead of frustration, fear and intimidation. At Obedience Please we believe in utilizing positive reinforcement, structure, and good clear communication between you and your dog to achieve the finest results. Our reward system is LOVE, not treats.

Professional dog training makes a crucial difference in the relationship between you and your dog. Without professional training that relationship can be frustrating for your family and your dog, but with an investment in good training a wonderful transformation occurs. I have been working with dogs and their owners for over 60 years and there is nothing more satisfying for me than to see a happy dog and a happy owner!

Your dog is unique for many reasons: breed, age, appearance, genetics, environment, past experiences and general personality. For this reason, we believe in Customizing Dog Training Programs that fit your dog and your lifestyle. Reward and performance based dog training is the most effective and simplest approach to teaching your dog and ensuring  eagerness to participate in training. Making Dog Training fun is key to this success.

Our Story

Howard has been Training and Loving Dogs since 1956. He first learned his skills living on a zoo in New Jersey, apprenticing under the former head of the MGM animal division. Volney Phifer trained all the animals in all the Tarzan movies and owned Leo the Lion, the MGM trademark.

After his apprenticeship, Howard applied his skills and instincts to pursue his passion of dog training. He soon recognized that training the owners was as important as the training of their dogs. He devised a method of training the dogs, with their owners, in their own homes. It was successful and he started an industry that has been widely copied. Howard also developed early Dog Training Methods. Dogs can begin their training as early as 8 weeks of age. It broadens their IQ and develops good habits…before bad ones set in. Soon afterward Howard founded, Animal Artists, an agency devoted to supplying animals for commercial and theatrical purposes.

Television programs like, Merv Griffin’s, “Play Your Hunch”, and others were frequent clients. Broadway shows like, Tennessee Williams, “A Period Of Adjustment”, and “Oliver” soon followed. Then Howard was contracted to train and handle an Old English Sheepdog and a chicken for Francis Ford Coppola’s first movie, “You’re A Big Boy Now”.

All this time training dogs for clients remained the focus of Howard’s long career, along with training dogs for personal and business security, and for police departments. In 1989, seeking the California experience, Howard relocated his business and life to Los Angeles. He soon opened his dog kennel in South Pasadena, and expanded his services to include Dog Boarding and Daycare. Obedience Please Dog Training continues to be his base, and he has gathered a dedicated staff of dog trainers, and personally taught them the techniques of his uniquely successful dog training methods.

Obedience Please Dog Training offers a wide range of training options that include, in-your-home dog training, in-kennel dog training and daycare dog training. There’s always owner training with these courses. With a staff of personally trained professionals, Obedience Please Dog Training offers the best dog training from the best dog trainers in Los Angeles.

We offer the following services…

Training
Boarding
Daycare


Schedule a No-Obligation In-Home Consultation
626- 799-9614 OR 310-247-0802

Private: Dog Boarding- old

Cage-Free Dog Boarding

After you and your dog have completed our registration process (see below) you are welcome to utilize our boarding services. Our unique hotel environment, provides an open, clean and safe haven for your dog’s vacation.

Daily Dog Boarding Rates

Small dog (under 35 lbs.) – Daily rate $42.00
Large dog (36 to 75 lbs.) – Daily rate $51.00
Giant dog (>76 lbs.) – Daily rate $60.00
Dogs that require private rooms – Daily rate $60.00

** Charges are computed by the night. Checkout time is 11:00am. Pick-ups after 11:00am will be charged a daycare rate of $10.00.

Here’s What To Bring

We serve breakfast and dinner that you provide for the duration of your dog’s stay. Please pack meal-sized portions including cookies and treats if desired. If you prefer, we also offer house food. We can accommodate any diet and any medication regimen and there is no charge for this service. We provide bowls, doggie beds and toys.

Check-In / Out Policy

Check in and check out is offered anytime during our open hours. To ensure that your dog gets maximum playtime and a good night’s rest, drop him off earlier in the day for an overnight stay. Boarders are charged for every night that they stay with us.

On the day of departure, If your dog 
is picked up after our checkout time of 11:00am a full daycare charge of $10.00 is applied. Feel free to let your dog enjoy daycare on the day of his departure!

We accept payment for services at time of check out.

Private suites are required for dogs that are not spayed or neutered. Private suites can also be reserved for dogs with special needs. Please contact us for details.

We board and train many different kinds of dogs, we also employ many dog handlers, each with a unique background and level of experience, but all dog-lovers who provide thorough care, exercise and training for your dog.

Luxury “Cage Free” accommodations for your best friend.

    • Playroom
    • Exercise
    • Daycare Socialization

Optional: Training, Hikes, Private Suites

Boarding rates calculated by the night.

Dogs picked up by 11:00 am will not be charged for that day of daycare.

Weekly Specials

  • Dogs who board five consecutive days receive a free bath.
  • Multiple Dogs for boarding receive 10% discount on 2nd or more dogs.
  • Multiple Dogs for daycare receive 10% discount for 2nd or more dogs.
  • Free exercise hike for dogs that board more than five consecutive days.
  • Pick up & Drop off service available.

Registration Process

Compile all necessary vaccination information.

Bordetella Vaccine – Required every 6 months.
Rabies Vaccine – Required every 1 or 3 years.
DHLPP Vaccine – Required every 1 or 3 years.

Important: Proof of current vaccinations is required for the appointment.

Please double check the last time the Bordetella vaccination was given, as our requirements may differ from your veterinarian’s expiration dates. Was the Bordetella vaccination given within 6 months of today’s date?

The registration process is not complete without proof of current vaccinations.


Feel free to come into our kennel for a tour. No appointment necessary.
626- 533-1972

Private: Dog Daycare – old

Cage-Free Dog Daycare

After you and your dog have completed our registration process (see below) you are welcome to utilize our dog daycare services. Our spacious daycare provides exercise, socialization, and fun for your best friend. The air conditioned, indoor facility is never too hot, never too cold, and never too wet. Accommodations are customized with separate areas for large and small dogs. Our trained pet counselors supervise pet play, and walk your dog to do his business.

Daycare is open seven days a week from 7:00am to 7:00pm

Optional: Hikes, Training, Baths

Check-In / Out Policy

Check-in and check-out is offered anytime during our open hours. To ensure that your dog gets maximum playtime and a good night’s rest, drop him off earlier in the day for an overnight stay. Boarders are charged for every night that they stay with us.

On the day of departure, our checkout times are 11:00am. If your dog is picked up after our checkout times a full daycare charge of $10.00 is applied. Feel free to let your dog enjoy daycare on the day of his departure!

We accept payment for services at time of check-out. 

Private suites are required for dogs that are not spayed or neutered.

Private suites can also be reserved for dogs with special needs. ($60.00)

Please contact us for details.

Weekly Specials

  • Dogs who board five consecutive days receive a free bath.
  • Multiple Dogs for boarding receive 10% discount on 2nd or more dogs.
  • Multiple Dogs for daycare receive 10% discount for 2nd or more dogs.
  • Free exercise hike for dogs that board more than five consecutive days.
  • Pick up & Drop off service available.

Registration Process

Compile all necessary vaccination information.

Bordetella Vaccine – Required every 6 months.

Rabies Vaccine – Required every 1 or 3 years.

DHLPP Vaccine – Required every 1 or 3 years.

Giardia Vaccine – Required every 1 or 3 years.

Important: Proof of current vaccinations is required for the appointment.

Please double check the last time the Bordetella vaccination was given, as our requirements may differ from your veterinarian’s expiration dates. Was the Bordetella vaccination given within 6 months of today’s date?

The registration process is not complete without proof of current vaccinations.


Obedience Please Dog Training

721 Fair Oaks Ave. South Pasadena

626- 533-1972

Hikes

Fitness – “Take A Hike”

Fitness is an important part of our lives…as well as for our pets.

Obedience Please offers, “Take a Hike”, for dogs enjoying Boarding or Daycare.

“Take a Hike” handlers take groups of up to six dogs on a 2-hour power hike, which ensures good health for your best friend. The dogs feed off each others energy, and come home happy and tired.

Hikes are also available for boarding & daycare dogs.

Monday through Friday – 9:00am & 1:00pm


Obedience Please Dog Training

721 Fair Oaks Ave. South Pasadena

626- 533-1972