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Trainers, Veterinarians, & Boarding Kennels

Please note that any one trainer or training method may not work for every dog and owner combination. It is up to the owner to be responsible for the safety, health and well being of their dog. Each owner should investigate multiple options to find the best fit for themselves and their dog. You should also ask for a tour of any facility where you might board your dog. Some veterinarians have more experience with GSDs than others but specific breed experience does not ensure that one veterinarian is better than another.

The following are offered as a resource only. They are not necessarily recommended or inspected by Golden State German Shepherd Rescue and by no means is this a complete list of all qualified companies or individuals. If you would like to add information to this list, please email all the contact information to

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East Bay
Best Friends Pet Resort
Contact: Augusta Farley
2631 Olive Avenue
Patterson, CA 95363
(209) 892-3114
Experienced dog trainer including German Shepherds and Malinois. Schutzhund competitor. Runs state-of-the art board and training facility.
Bretons Kennels/School for Dogs
Danville, CA
Camp Four Paws
Clayton, CA
Club K9
Castro Valley, CA
Cottage Kennels
Concord, CA
Happiness Kennels
Sunol, CA
Metro Dog
Richmond , CA 94804
Sacramento Area
Alan's Pet Resort
Lodi, CA
South Bay
Canine Corral Dog Daycare
San Jose, CA
The Dog House Inn
Gilroy, CA


East Bay
Barbara Dwyer
Clayton, CA
Certified Pet Dog Trainer.
Barkeley K-9 University
Contact: Patrick Gibbons
, CA
510-629-DOGS (3647)
Best Friends Pet Resort & Canine Academy
Contact: Augusta Farley
2631 Olive Avenue
Patterson, CA 95363
(209) 892-3114
Experienced dog trainer including German Shepherds and Malinois. Schutzhund competitor. Runs state-of-the art board and training facility.
Big Paw Pet Care
Contact: Lynsey Sacher
696 San Ramon Valley Blvd #275
Danville, CA 94526
Lynsey Sacher is a member of APDT. She is a certified dog trainer and specializes in GSD's and Schutzhund.
Braveheart Dog Training
Contact: Vicky Ronchette
2123 Marina Blvd.
San Leandro, CA 94577
(510) 483-2631
Training sites in various locations: San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, Dublin.
Bring Rover Over
Contact: Karen Oliver
Martinez, CA
Certified Pet Dog Trainer. Group/in home. GSD owner/supporter.
Cafe Dog Dog Training
Contact: Sioban Bowyer
Walnut Creek, CA
Private Training
Diablo K-9 Academy
Contact: Shane Garrehy
Danville, CA
Basic to Advanced. GSD trainer. Experienced with GSDs.
Fremont Dog Training Club
Fremont, CA
Kathryn Horn
, CA
510-638-PAWS (7297)
Professional Dog Trainer
Michelle Garlick
Orinda, CA
Trainer: Group classes, Private Training. K9 Nose Work classes.
Mt. Diablo Dog Training Club
Concord, CA
Oakland Dog Training Club
Oakland, CA
Paws 4 Learning
Contact: Cheryl Johnson
Fremont, CA
Dog Trainer / Behavior Counselor APDT #63305
San Lorenzo Dog Training Club
San Leandro, CA
Group training classes.
Tailored Dog Training
Contact: Nicole Kelleher
4475 K Treat Blvd
Concord, CA
ailored Dog Training provides private dog training, group dog training classes, puppy training classes, puppy socials, email consults, and phone consults. Collectively, our trainer's service areas span: Clayton, Concord, Bay Point, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Pacheco, Martinez, Lafayette, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Orinda, and Oakland. Tailored Dog Training is owned and operated by Ally Lantis.
Train The Behavior
Contact: Tanja Baker
Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 508-4469
What's Up Dog?
Contact: Sarah Scott, CPDT
, CA
North Bay
Unleashed Dog Training
Petaluma, CA
Denise Fenzi
San Francisco, CA
Training for Competition Obedience for AKC and Schutzhund. Positive training methods.
Refined K9
Contact: Theo
San Francisco, East Bay and Board and Train Facility in Tracy
SF, East Bay, Tracy, CA
Refined K-9 is San Francisco's resource for quality personalized dog training as well as rehabilitation for dogs with mild to severe behavioral issues. We devote our knowledge of the canine and his behavior and apply this to a training program designed especially for you and your pet. Our goal is to provide our clients with the skills to understand and better communicate with their dogs using both traditional and new age methods.
Sacramento Area
Amy Peterson
Vacaville, CA
Certified Pet Dog Trainer. Competitor in Schutzhund & AKC. GSD owner.
Jamie Hulan
Sacramento, CA
CPDT-KA / Professional Member of APDT. Authorized Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator. Training at the PetSmart at 3641 Truxel Rd.
Julia Priest
Lodi, CA
Trainer, GSD Schutzhund & AKC competitor,former K9 officer. Long time GSD Rescue supporter.
K-9 S.O.S. Socialized Obedience School
Contact: Michelle or Steve Onesky
Galt, CA 95632
Socialized Obedience School! Our training program is a variation of all types of training. We offer Obedience and Behavioral, Certified CGC Evaluators. .
South Bay
David Deleissegues
Aromas, CA
Experienced GSD trainer
Dawna Caldwell
San Jose, CA
Experienced GSD trainer
Deleta Jone
Gilroy, CA
Experienced GSD trainer
Lance Stackhouse
Watsonville, CA
Experienced GSD trainer
PetSmart Milpitas
Contact: Tanya Phan
175 Ranch Dr.
Milpitas, CA
(408) 956-1044


East Bay
Alameda Pet Hospital
Alameda, CA 94501
Antioch Emergency Vet
Antioch, CA
After hours medical emergencies for animals.
Bay Area Vet Specialists
Contact: Dr. Adamo
San Leandro, CA
Neurology Specialist
Bishop Ranch Vet Center and Emergency Services
San Ramon, CA
Claremont Vet Hospital
Oakland, CA
Codornices Veterinary CLinic
944 San Pablo Avenue
Albany, CA 94706
Codornices Veterinary CLinic has been very supportive of GSD Rescue.
Contra Costa Veterinary Emergency Center
Concord, CA
24 hr emergency vet services
Disney Pet Hospital
Concord, CA
General Medicine
Dr. Hacker
El Cerrito, CA
Eye Specialist
El Cerrito Pet Hospital
El Cerrito, CA
General medicine
Four Seasons Animal Hospital
3210 Old Tunnel Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 938-7700
Four Seasons AH has been very supportive to rescue.
Geary Veterinary Hospital
Walnut Creek, CA
General medicine
Grand Lake Vet
Oakland, CA
Extremely GSD friendly and knowledgeable. Long time GSD Rescue supporters.
Montecito Animal Clinic
Pacheco, CA
Muller Vet Hospital
Contact: Erin Troy
Walnut Creek, CA
Long time GSD Rescue supporter. Has complete medical care, chiropractic, water therapy for dogs.
Tail Wag Vet
Brentwood, CA
Veterinary Medical Specialists
Contact: Dr. Micki McCabe
Concord, CA
Owns a GSD and is well versed in GSDs.
Veterinary Surgical Associates
Concord, CA
Specialists for all surgical procedures/needs. Well established history.
Adobe Animal Hospital
Los Altos, CA
Seven Hills Veterinary Hospital
5264 Diamond Heights Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94131
Seven Hills Veterinary Hospital has been very supportive of GSD Rescue.
Sacramento Area
Bradshaw Vet Hospital
Contact: Dr. Petrunich
Elk Grove, CA
Dr. Petrunich is a GSD owner and well versed in GSD & their needs. Very supportive of GSD Rescue.
Bradshaw Vet Hospital
Contact: Dr. Petrunich
Elk Grove, CA
Dr. Petrunich is a GSD owner and well versed in GSD & their needs. Very supportive of GSD Rescue.