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About Howard

Howard has been dog training since 1956. He started Obedience Please Dog Training of South Pasadena in 1989 and is recognized as the premier dog trainer in the country! 

Early Years

Howard Finkelstein

 His journey to being a dedicated and passionate  dog trainer began in an unconventional setting, as he resided at a zoo in New Jersey. Under the mentorship of Volney Phifer, the former head of the MGM animal division, Howard immersed himself in the art of dog training. Notably, Phifer was responsible for training all the animals in the Tarzan movies and owned the iconic Leo the Lion, the symbol of MGM. Howard’s rich history in this field is a testament to his commitment and the unique experiences that have shaped his expertise over the years

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Next Stage

Developing one of the First In-Home Dog Training Programs in the Nation

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.  He discovered that dogs can begin their training as early as 8 weeks of age as it broadens their IQ and develops good habits before bad ones set in. Soon afterward Howard founded Animal Artists, an agency devoted to supplying dogs and other animals for commercial and theatrical purposes.

Movies and TV

Canine Training from Broadway to Hollywood

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 training facility in South Pasadena. 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. Reward with love not treats!

Obedience Please Dog Training offers a wide range of training options that include, in-your-home dog training, in-kennel dog training, service dog training, therapy dog training and more!  There’s also always owner training included 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 California.

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Howard at "The Grove" doing distraction dog training

Obedience Please Dog Training Pasadena, CA

Training Dogs in South Pasadena and Los Angeles Since 1989

In our canine care center, we are dedicated to providing top-notch dog training, dog day care, and dog boarding services in a welcoming and comfortable environment. Additionally, we offer the convenience of in-home dog training – bringing our expertise right to your doorstep!

Happy Clients

Trained Dogs

Weekly Dog Trainings

Years of Experience

Meet The Team

Our Professionals

Discover our team of dedicated canine experts – well-versed, extensively trained, and truly passionate about dogs. From in-home dog training to in kennel dog training, dog service training and therapy dog training.

Our main focus is on ensuring your furry friend’s happiness and overall well-being. Reach out to us for a phone or email consultation, and let’s find the perfect fit for your pup!

We're Highly-Qualified

We train with the love not treats!

We're Experienced

60+ years of experience training dogs and  caring for them!

We're Friendly & Caring

Trust that your pup will be in good hands.

Howard Finkelstein - owner of Obedience Please Dog Training

Howard Finkelstein

Owner / Trainer

Evgenia “Greta” Finkelstein

Owner / Trainer

David Swaner

Manager / Trainer

George Marino


From Happy Parents


Miles Inman
Miles Inman
David and Obedience Please really helped me and my wife with our rescue dog, Moose (a chihuahua and jack russel mix). We picked up Moose from a local humane society and had no real problems initially. About a year into having Moose, he started to show some signs of aggression towards strangers and general disobedience towards my wife and me. We signed Moose up for the hybrid boarding and training where he stayed with Obedience Please M-F and came home on the weekend. Moose definitely put David and the rest of the crew through their paces, but in the end has really turned a new leaf. Guests and family members have noticed the change and how friendly and obedient Moose is now. I can’t recommend enough!
Cisco R (Cisco)
Cisco R (Cisco)
I have been taking my dog here for years and have been exceptionally happy with their attention and care. They remember me and my dog by sight and my dog LOVES going there (she pulls like crazy to get in). I would recommend them to anyone.
Victoria Chuidian
Victoria Chuidian
A wonderful, family run business. What I appreciated the most is how dedicated everyone is to helping your dog. This is a place run by people who really care about animals and who go above and beyond to ensure your fur baby makes progress in an ethical and caring way. They are willing to put the time in and they are so patient. This is my first puppy (I’ve always adopted older dogs) and I would recommend them to anyone seeking help with dog training.
Tania Mercado
Tania Mercado
We love obedience please. Our Akita is our world and Howard trained him in our home and on-site at the kennel. Howard and david take amazing care of yoshi. He gets so excited when we pull into the parking lot he walks right in excited for daycare and playtime. Highly recommend obedience please for training and daycare needs. They are the best.
Max Fomin
Max Fomin
Perfect place great team David is awesome. Thanks guys!
Front Office
Front Office
Our dog loves going to stay here. he comes home happy and healthy. we highly recommend Obedience Please.
Amanda Bennett
Amanda Bennett
Our lab puppy loves coming here for boarding and daycare! Our former elderly dog Oscar used to love coming here too!
Jessica Burga
Jessica Burga
Our experience here has always been great. Workers are always very patent and caring for our furry friends!

Contact Us

If you have any question regarding our services, we encourage you to schedule an appointment or phone consultation with one of our staff or visit our office. We are pleased to offer dog day care, dog boarding and both in home dog training and in kennel dog training.