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.
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.
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