K9 City San Juan Capistrano, California

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Kimberly Nielson

2 years ago

A serious lifesaver. My corgi never got out of the terrible puppy phase and would act on urges. He bolted from me one day and at wit's end, I called Paul. He's given me sooo much confidence in handling him and my dog is so much calmer and submissive. I always tell my dog, "want to go see Paul?" And he's so stoked to see him. I recommend anyone with any dog, any personality, any background to go to K9 city.

Scott Kearse

2 years ago

So happy I found this place. I travel quite a distance for their service and it's worth the travels. Very friendly staff and excellent service. A 2nd home for my dog.

Bruce S.

2 years ago

We have worked with Paul with 3 generations of rescues over the last 20 years and have recommend countless people to him. He has an authentic method of training that empowers an owner to become the best trainer for a dog that they can be by establishing a clear hierarchy and then working from there. Paul has helped us turn rescues with behavioral issues into loving parts of our family. I cannot recommend his training enough.

Danielle Carlson

2 years ago

So glad we took our pup to Paul. About 15-20 years ago he worked with two of my parents' dogs growing up via home visits/lessons (a Mini Dachshund and a St Bernard). So when I realized my 10 month old St Bernard mix was acting aggressive towards people after nipping at a neighbor, my parents referred me to Paul. First, we took our pup (Oliver) in for a consultation. The consultation was a little over an hour and he stayed until after 7pm to meet with us. Paul has a very direct style and was honest with us about what he saw in Oliver. While he's seen much, much, much worse, he said human aggression could be in his DNA and unfixable, but he was willing to spend time with him and had some exercises he wanted to try. I was pretty defeated after the consultation because I was hoping he would say this is fixable. But this was our reality and I wasn't going to give up on our dog just yet. We ended up scheduling him for a day lesson with just Paul at k9 city, with a private lesson involving us afterwards. When we showed up at the end of the day for the private lesson, Oliver was acting different than I've ever seen. Paul told us about the day and said without us around, he was actually a really good dog. (Like I said, Paul is direct with his approach, so for a split second it hurt our feelings but woke us up at the same time). Turns out we "dog parents" were part of his problem... We were not direct/commanding enough with Oliver (babied him too much), therefore he felt the need to protect himself. He had taken obedience classes for sit/stay/lay down etc but I had never seen him so focused on leash as he was when Paul had him. Paul told us that he was even able to use some of the neighbors around K9 City throughout the day to practice around strangers (they are apparently used to him coming around with dogs who have issues). Oliver was suddenly a working dog and we were coached how to keep him attentive to us, and how as dog parents we could show him we are "pack leaders". We left with some exercises that we implemented the next few weeks before booking our second private lesson to learn "come" - so he will come to us no matter the distraction even off leash (dogs, people, food, animals, if he has something he shouldn't etc). Oliver's progress has been amazing - but no matter what Paul can do/teach he was adamant that it's up to the dog owner to follow through with the exercises. We have been diligent every day in practicing at least one of the exercises, and are still cautious with Oliver around new people, but have absolutely seen a change for the better in our dog. I definitely recommend at least a consultation if you have a dog with aggression or an issue. I re-homed a dog due a number of years ago due to dog-aggression with another one of my dogs and even though he has an amazing home and family now I am so sad that I didn't know about/take him to Paul.

Gary Stephens

2 years ago

Best training and boarding by far.

Jim Zimmer

2 years ago

When Bed N Bones closed their doors, we were very sad, and wondered where we could take our 2 year old Doberman. Thankfully we found K9 City! Allie loves going there. The staff are very friendly and attentive.

Elana Blumenthal

3 years ago

We did the package for 10 days boarding and training.  We were skeptical at first, but it was truly worth every single penny!  We brought our dog in for training because of his anxiety and fear of abandonment.  I was giving him LOTS and LOTS of different drugs to try to get him to calm down.  After the training I don't have to give him any more anxiety drugs. He is still the loving sweet dog that I knew he was, but WOW 10000% better behaved.  Paul seriously worked a miracle on our dog and I could not be any happier. Paul includes training for us, the owners, so we can handle our dog the same way he trained him at K-9 city.  If anyone needs a dog trainer due to extreme behavioral issues, this truly is the place to go.

Nathan Longshore

3 years ago

Absolutely the best there is.

Brian Bourgault

4 years ago

Paul is amazing at explaining dog behavior. He is well informed and able to communicate exactly how to make your dog behave. He is balanced between commanding dogs to get them to do exactly what he wants, when he wants and giving praise. Couldn't be more impressed.

Catheryne Coulter

4 years ago

I do not give the owner trainer any good reviews. I was very frustrated how to express this to him and he seemed to just not deal with the issue and correct it his way was to go straight to a shock collar. To me that is a lazy way of training. It takes time to get progress as you consistently work with your dog that I know any owner would know this. But when I had one-on-one classes with this guy it was a joke therefore I did not continue my classes with him I was not happy and I felt it was a waste of time

Kevin Larkin

4 years ago

Paul Yevlov is a amazing dog trainer .20 years ago he trained our puppy ,and neighbors puppy and they were both awesome thanks to Paul .now we have 2 puppies and are so happy that Paul is training them .We highly recommend Paul at k-9 city he is absolutely the best .Thank You Paul we truly appreciate you and your wonderful staff .Thank You Kevin and June

Lani Bloom

6 years ago

Went today for first time very impressed with the owners commitment to dog training and boarding. My dog came home well behaved and tired. Everything you would want from a dog daycare. All of the animals there were extremely well cared for and well-behaved would definitely go back.

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K9 City, California, San Juan Capistrano

32967 Calle Perfecto

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