The relationship you have with your dog is just as important as the behavior they learn. Here at Elite Pup Training, we believe that using that bond in conjunction with empathetic, personalized training can help you and your dog live fuller, happier lives. Passionate about guiding your dog to a balanced state of mind, professional dog trainer Ricardo Rojas has spent countless hours training and researching the best behavior modification techniques. No two dogs are alike, and we’ll work together to create a personalized plan that addresses your concerns. Whether your rescue dog is a bit aggressive or your puppy is a bit too vocal, we’ll help you establish a healthy dynamic with your pup and achieve profound, lasting results.
"Ricky and Vanessa are the most dedicated, amazing dog training team I've ever encountered. I've trained my brother's pitbull when he was just a puppy, but training an aggressive rescued dog was a whole other story. I knew I couldn't choose any trainer. I wanted someone who specialized in aggressive behavior and who understood dog psychology, basically someone on Cesar Millan's level. I was deciding between Elite Pup or K9 training. I chose Elite Pup training because it was personalized, Ricky came to do a 30 minute consultation and he was extremely patient with my dog. Ever since I worked with Ricky, my dog has turned a full 180°. I couldn't have this calm, balanced dog without his help. Fred loves you guys and appreciates all of your help too!"
"Ricky was absolutely wonderful with helping us train our rescue Staffy. She was scared of other dogs which would make her aggressive when one got too close to her and she would always pull on her lead as hard as she could anytime she saw another dog. She is a completely different dog now so we're able to take her more places and let her explore more. Not to mention Ricky actually explaining what he does and why so we can continue to train her and our other pup was a huge help. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for someone to train their dog with obedience and aggression issues."
"Ricky and all of his tips were amazing! He was flexible with our time and really tried to make every session count! Everything he taught us as pet parent made sense and as we continue to practice what he taught us our pup is growing into a confident dog again!"
"Elite Pup Training is the best! After just a few sessions my dogs went from barking at every guest to lying calmly on their beds during dinner parties. Our friends could not believe the transformation.
They were also both so difficult to walk that I rarely took them out together. Now, they both dogs walk right at my side with no pulling.
One of our dogs had previously spent a month at another training facility, but the training didn't come close to what we received in just 6 sessions with Ricky. Ricky is super knowledgable and professional; and the perfect mix of gentle and firm. Highly recommend."
"Ricky helped us with a very challenging time for our goldendoodle. Our dog had always been sociable and easy to take anywhere, parks, hiking, walking around busy areas. However, during the evacuations for the Thomas Fire and flood warnings after the debris flow, which we followed directly with a home remodel, the disruption to his daily life and schedule took a toll that we could not have imagined. He became reactive and fear aggressive to other large dogs (with an emphasis on particular breeds) to the point where a trip to the dog park or hiking might end in us immediately leaving and with me in tears of sadness and frustration.
Our dog is more emotionally sensitive than any other dog I've known, so we were very wary of using an e-collar with him. Speaking with a non e-collar trainer who had moved out of the area, she recommended Ricky and Elite Pup Training even though he does use e-collars as a training tool. We met Ricky and decided to proceed with a number of training sessions with him and his pack. Despite our hesitation, and with Ricky's guidance, we were able to learn how to gently and positively use the e-collar to communicate with our dog when a behavior is not acceptable. Fortunately, our dog got the picture pretty quickly, and we were always able to keep the collar on vibrate or a low setting (which I also tried on myself to see what it felt like). It took a few months using the e-collar and Ricky's training guidelines, but we were able to eventually even stop using the e-collar. The other day our dog played happily with a large, young German Shepard, a dog that would have intimidated and set him off a year ago! We are so grateful to Ricky and his pack of Elite Pups for truly helping us get our wonderful dog back!"
"So glad we called Ricky. Our 1 year old Husky mix was out of control. Could not take her out for walks, which is sad because she needs to release her energy but she was a puller. NOT ANYMORE!
Having company over was stressful as she would jump all over every single person that came into our house and even left scratches on a few of our friends. And having to take her out back and not let her come into the house was not fun as she would cry and whine the entire time. This is no longer an issue. She does not jump anymore, its GREAT!
She can now socialize, listen and behave when we ask her to. She is also great off leash, would have never imagined this even being possible. We took her to the beach and she loved it. Found her new summer hangout.
None of this would have ever been a possible without Ricky's help.
He was great from the moment he met Fenty.
I definitely recommend Elite Pup Training to everyone that needs help with their fury friend.
And the staff is great!"
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