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Resource guarding is your dogs way of telling you they are not coping with the house dynamics. You need to manage the dogs resources, so conflict does not happen!

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An adolescent dog's confidence ebbs and flows and cues you previously taught can seem forgotten. Keep working on the skills you learned in puppy training or call me for a refresher!

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Testimonials

10 months ago
Candice was extremely knowledgeable and patient and gave us great tools to work with our dog. We clearly saw progress during the program and have no doubt we will get to where we need to be if we continue applying all the information we got during her training program. Candice's training is not a quick fix but we didnt expect it to be - we just wanted to learn how to best shape our dog's behavior and that's exactly what we got from her program. We highly recommend it.
- Sílvia S
9 months ago
Candice Masters will train your pet. More importantly, she will train you to make certain that training does not end when the session is over. We have a 100 lb, eight month old Newfoundland puppy named Tank who is learning his manners. Candice started with teaching how to have Tank look to us for direction. We have been building from there. Sometimes the process is slow, Tank tends to either be in high gear or ready for a nap! Candice teaches owners patience and the signs to look for when it is time for a "cookie scatter" to get a student's attention once again. Give her a try, she really loves working with dogs and humans!
- David S
2 months ago
Candice is an excellent Dog Trainer and cares about what she does. Her experience in California before she came here, adds even another dimension of her skills.
- Nancy O

Fear Free + Reinforcement Dog Training

Candice Masters CPDT-KA owner and founder MastersBestDogEver. Candice Masters CPDT-KA owner and founder MastersBestDogEver. Over 25 years of experience training dogs.

I am dedicated to Positive Reinforcement, Fear Free, Force Free dog training. I am a certified professional dog trainer, CCPT-KA, Fear Free Force Free certified, and an evaluator for the AKC Good Citizens program. I belong to the Association Professional Dog Trainers, International Association Canine Professionals, Pet Professional Guild, Alliance of Force Free Animal Professionals, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

My programs include AKC S.T.A.R Puppy, Canine Good Citizan, Basic and Intermediate Obedience Training, Loose Leash Walking, Reactive Dog Management, Multi-Household Dogs, select Aggression cases.

I spent a decade training as a K9 Handler in Search and Rescue. I have been a member of California Rescue Dog Association, Monterey County Search & Rescue Dogs, Santa Clara County Search & Rescue. Since leaving Search & Rescue in 2015 I have been helping Families gain the skills on how to have a happy healthy BestDoGEver relationship.     

About Me 
Training Your Best Furry Friends. Your training sessions are private so each one is designed around you and your dog.​ Once you experience professional dog training, you will wonder why you waited until now. I look forward to working with you and your pup.    
I am committed to providing my clients with effective solutions to training their K9 companions. My training technique is based on positive reinforcement.  So move forward to your Best Dog Ever and give me a call today.  

  • Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator for the AKC
  • Certified Fear Free Professional Trainer
  • Positive Reinforcement Trainer

Teaching and Training with Fun and Games 
It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, and I believe it’s never too late to train any pet. My services are designed with you and your pet in mind, and I believe in working as much with you as with your animal. I’m proud of my high success rate and the level of satisfaction my clients, and their pets, come away with every time - guaranteed. 

Basic and Intermediate Obedience 

My training philosophy is...
  •  teach the dog the behaviors they need to be a good companion
  •  Train the dog on what you’ve taught them.
  • Proof the dog on what you trained
I also believe....
  •  in motivation for the dog
  •  in reinforcement for the dog
  • Giving the dog a good foundation

LOOSE LEASH WALKING

Loose leash walking is not a single behavior. It is a series of smaller behaviors taught individually to the dog which allows them to manage the information without becoming confused, shutdown or frustrated.

Behavior Consulting
 
Personalized and Professional Behavior Consulting is my most popular service, which I’ve been developing and perfecting since I started training dogs. I work closely with each one of my clients and their animals to implement my proven problem solving process. I know you have a busy schedule, so I will customize a plan that suits your lifestyle. Don’t wait - try any of my services today and give your pets the tools they need to reach their highest potential.   

Animal Academy 
Mutual Understanding Starts Here 
$500 1 week Intensive 
Do You Love your dog but got some pet peeves. Are you wondering how you will be able to learn all that + Reinforcement in a session a week with the trainer. Are you floundering trying to get your dog to act like the YouTube dog. 

I have the solution. I can teach the foundation skills in your home 3-4 days a week. You can get "how to" instruction and homework.  Wanna know more? Call me 408-201-2392 

TRAINING SERVICES

Behavior Consulting 
150.00 Have a one-on-one consulting session that explains your dog's behavior quirks and gives you a blueprint on how to create the relationship you want with your dog. Behavior Consulting with Candice Masters is where truly effective training is grounded by developing a detailed understanding and profound connection with the individual animal. This session is filled with practical information and experience using effective positive reinforcement training techniques. 

Bring Home a Shelter Dog 
$150.00 Want to understand the best way to bring a new-to-you dog home, whether you have a multi-animal household or just a single pet?  Want to have a trained professional help you seek out your perfect companion? This is a 2-session course that lets you "get it right" the first time, be prepared for your new best friend. 

Foundation Skills
$250.00 This 4-week package is ideal, teaching the basics through games and mat work. All things "dog" come from this foundation work. it teaches the dog patience and restraint gives the dog a choice of where to be and makes it clear which choice they make pays them. Using techniques of which behavior pays, helping you understand what behaviors you are paying for you may or may not want and helping UP your mechanics so your reward delivery is spot on.       

Know your trainer 
Science based training What does CPDT-KA mean? Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed is awarded to a person who has passed an exam sponsored by the  Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers  (CCPDT) and is a  certified positive reinforcement trainer. The CCPDT was started in 1999 to create a baseline of knowledge that could be measured and used as a regulatory organization in an otherwise unregulated profession.

I am also a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers , International Association of Canine Professionals and IAABC. So why does that matter? Those are the associations where I go for continuing education units, and exposure to the highly acclaimed experts in our profession.

And how does that effect you the dog owner? You can rest assured my trainings are science based, fear free, force free dog training. I have studied and use scientific  learning theory which simply put is how dogs learn.


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408-201-2392 

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