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Dog Training


Professional Dog Training & Behavior


We are honored to have received the following professional references and client testimonials:


I have known Barbara Adler for over 15 years. As a veterinarian for 24 years, I see many dogs and their owners everyday. Barbara has consistently had well-behaved and gentle dogs. This does not occur by happenstance. Not only is Barbara an attentive, loving leader to her dogs, it is obvious that Barbara handles and works with her dogs in a positive manner that results in happy, healthy and well adjusted pets.

Barbara has expressed her desire to further her education in pursuit of a doctorate in Veterinary medicine with an emphasis on behavioral science. I support her decision to pursue any goal related to animal medicine and behavior. Barbara loves animals and is passionate about their health, safety and well-being. She would be completely dedicated to her chosen profession of helping pets and their owners and having a positive impact on their lives.

In summary, I highly recommend Barbara Adler for any position that she should choose and/or seek to pursue in the companion animal field.


Dr. Claudia Horvath, DVM

Medical Director

Los Alamitos Animal Hospital

4102 Katella Ave.

Los Alamitos, CA 90720



Barbara Adler is a born teacher. Her love of dogs and people translates into the best combination for teaching the human and training the dog. She has a positive and enthusiastic attitude that makes training fun as well as meaningful.

Dr. Lois Abrams, Ph.D.

Delta Society Evaluator and Instructor.

Huntington Beach, CA

I have known Barbara Adler for over 10 years, as a client of the veterinary hospital where I was previously employed, and we continue to remain in touch. She is a true animal lover, and would do anything for the well-being of pets. She has always known that her dream was to work in the animal care profession, and she dedicated herself to making it come true. I can vouch for her genuine passion for dogs, having experienced it firsthand. Her patience and fondness for animals makes her an ideal person for this profession. I have witnessed her handling her dogs and her interaction with them was always loving and gentle. In addition, I know her to be an honest and caring person, and I have the utmost confidence in her integrity and dedication to the profession of caring for and training dogs.


Soma Rao-Karnes

Owner/Hospital Administrator

Parkview Pet Hospital

4103 Viking Way, Suite A,

Long Beach, CA 90808

Barbara Adler was the Dog Trainer at the Petco Store I managed. Her abilities as a dog trainer are extraordinary. During her first 3 months of employment with the company she brought our store’s dog training sales up by 40%, bringing our store up from last in the division to first, primarily through word of mouth. Barbara is not only a highly experienced and knowledgeable trainer she is a talented trainer. She has that “knack” you rarely see. Seeing the difference in the dogs she trained was outstanding. The pet parents were thrilled and the dogs were actually happier. I highly recommend Barbara as your dog trainer.

Hugo Campos

Manager, PETCO

Westminster, CA

I have known Barbara Adler for some time. We met through working at Petco where I was the Companion Animal Department Manager and she was our Dog Trainer. From the time Barbara arrived we witnessed a great increase in sales and as soon as she started her classes it showed why. She would take time out of her personal schedule to do her best to benefit the dogs she was helping. She took in some of the worst behaved dogs and by the end of her courses turned them around to being great family dogs. Since she has left my store, we have not had near the success or compliments from our training program. I would hire Barbara in a heartbeat should I ever encounter a training issue.

Travis Haught

Companion Animal Department Manager, PETCO

Westminster, CA


Dear Barbara,

There aren’t words to properly thank you enough for the miraculous difference you made in my dog, Rosie. As you well know, when I first called you I was certain my hopes of helping her were lost. You were so kind and understanding I decided to give it another try. All I wanted was a happy dog that wasn’t frightened of her own shadow, wanted to go for walks and would simply leave the house!

The first time you came to our home, as was typically the case whenever we had guests, Rosie hid under a chair, was scared to death and would not come out from under. You devised a plan and let me know it was going to take time. I’ll never forget how you put it; “First we have to teach her how to be “bad,” then we’ll teach her how to be “good!” Thing is, teaching her how to be “bad” is going to take more time.” You were so right.

When you arrived for our third session she flew to the door (she had never done that in her life). I’ll never forget how happy you were to see this but we still had work to do. While it did take a bit of time, she began venturing outside further and further from the house. Before long she became confident and loved going for her walks so much, she began pulling on the leash! Now we could teach her how to be “GOOD!” Just as you said, that was a piece of cake. Everything you said, everything you did and everything you taught us was right on target. Your patience, your compassion and your knowledge are unsurpassed. Rosie is the happiest dog on earth and I am the happiest woman. (Consequently, Al is the happiest husband! ;)

It is said things happen for a reason. Rosie brought you into our lives. Not only did you give her the help she needed, we are blessed to have gained you and Tess as very dear friends.

Thank you, Barbara. We hope life holds only the very best for you.

Love, Gloria, Al and Rosie Greenstein

I love Barbara and so do my dogs!!!!!!!! She is the best trainer around. She is excellent with animals; her style is very positive! Not only is she knowledgeable regarding how to train dogs, it doesn't hurt that she is patient with pet owners as well ;) Two big thumbs up! I highly recommend her to help you with your dogs behavior problems. We now call her Auntie Barb! She is great :)

Thank you from Francy J.

My chihuahua Maybe-line would always bolt outside whenever l opened my doors. I was so afraid I would lose her or she would get hurt! Barbara solved this problem for us very quickly! Maybe-line no longer bolts and is actually better, she stays by my side. Thanks to Barbara, her trainer.

Maria Armenteros

Hi Barbara,

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed taking your Basic Obedience Class with Tank. Over the years I have attended other classes through Parks and Recreation and PetSmart. Your class, by far, has been the best. I am looking forward to the Intermediate class.

Raising K9's Barbara Adler is the best trainer I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I have trained many dogs over the last 50 years and Barbara is the most informed trainer out there. She knows dogs and her techniques work!!

Ed Froment

I wanted to let you know that Gracie and I received our conformation letter from the Delta Society for registered therapy dog. We are now "ready for action!" Just waiting for our badges........We will be in the Paws for Healing program which will allow Gracie to work her magic for folks (especially kids) who are in the hospital and are in need of an emotional lift. Thank you for showing me the correct way to train my dog. Your training program was always fun, easy going, to the point, and Gracie loved it. If you need a reference, please don't hesitate to give me a call. Having an obedient, loving companion is such a joy and the results of your program in just 6 months was truly amazing!! Take care and please let us know about any upcoming dog parties!

Jerry Newman & Gracie

Hi Barb:

I just wanted to let you know that Molly passed her Delta evaluation today with a score of 38 out of 40. Thank you for all of your knowledge and help with getting Molly ready for her evaluation. I think the best and most important thing that helped me handle her is the "Focus" command. It gets her right on cue with me. Everyone is impressed with that command! Anyway, I did not want you to think I disappeared and was not appreciative. I have just been very busy and just continued to reinforce what you have taught Molly and me.

Once again, thanks.



Gracie and I will begin our animal assisted therapy volunteer program at UCI Medical Center on Jan. 5 2011. We want to thank you for the training that we both received and the information on how to proceed with the registration/evaluation process for therapy dogs.

I called you in April 2010 to inquire about training Gracie the basic commands needed for pet therapy work. We followed your training techniques step by step. In August 2010, we passed our test for the Delta Society Pet Partners program. Now, we have been accepted for the UCI Tails program!

If you ever need a referral, please don't hesitate to call. The training for doing therapy dog work was fun. Now the real fun is about to begin!

Take Care,

Jerry Newman & Gracie

Guess what!? I had Lilo on the couch and did not want to move her because she was comfortable... got up to go to the bathroom and did a stay hand at Cheeto so he wouldn't move and make Lilo move and it worked! Even though I haven't been totally consistent with the kids! Amazing! So, moral of the story... you ...are a superb trainer who has made my dogs and myself happier!!!!!

Thank you :) xo

The Jenkos

Thank you for a great class. Roxy and I enjoyed learning from you.

Laurie Wall


Joe and I want you to know how much we've enjoyed the classes. We can see improvement already though we know with a Lab, it's a long term project! Thanks for the extra week as well. We're glad to have found you and look forward to a long term relationship.

Kathy and Joe Roah

After the loss of our 16 year old retriever; my husband brought home Kobe, a 6 week old lab mix. He had been abandoned and abused. The idea of a puppy in the house and all the training issues to come made my head spin!

Kobe was a handful with endless energy!! I by chance stopped in a Petco Store and inquired about training classes. Then we found Barbara!!

Barbara Adler is extremely knowledgeable and totally dedicated to her profession. Barbara demonstrated her training techniques with each pup and owner individually as well as observing the “students” try it on their own. In addition to the lesson at hand Barbara would always explain why it was necessary to do things a certain way (often from a dogs’ point of view). This offered the owners a better understanding of their pups’ behavior and in turn helped to develop a deeper bond.

Barbara boarded Kobe for us for 5 days while we were out of town. Kobe became part of the family right away! Tess, her chocolate lab and Kobe soon were best buddies. Kobe slept on his own bed in Barbara’s home along side Tess and Casper the cat. Barbara encouraged me to call her anytime if I had any concerns about Kobe’s stay. She even prepared a “diary” from Kobe describing his daily new adventures. I have never felt better about leaving a pet behind.

I highly recommend Barbara Adler as a professional trainer and behaviorist. Dogs are her passion and it shows. If anyone wishes to contact me regarding her expertise; Barbara has my permission to give out my phone number.


Greg, Chris and Kobe Ralston