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Traction Dog Training Club provides intensive in-home dog training programs to Carslbad, California. Our dog training programs are privately catered and custom tailored for the specific goals of your dog and family.
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Could not be more happy and thankful for Will at Traction! We have a 4 year old Catahoula that was adopted a year ago, he had a multitude of issues that we did not know how to handle. Leash aggression, incessant barking at new people, and generally not listening to any of our commands! Straight away Will was amazing with him and we now have the skills that Will taught us to not only understand the "Right" and "Wrong" way to train a dog but the gift of an obedient dog, who is happy, which makes us happy!!
Daily training for your dog in their own home
and neighborhood in Carlsbad, all while you're at work.
I went through a couple other trainers while trying to train both my dogs. I spent weeks with these trainers and too much money (it’s embarrassing) and they couldn’t accomplish what Mara did in ONE DAY. She was so kind but firm with her training, my dogs Juniper and Aspen loved to listen to her and she taught me how to properly communicate so we can continue our loving relationship. WE ARE SO HAPPY with Traction! We opted for the homeschooling sessions and the repetitive training really stuck. We will only continue the training!
homeschool: how it works
96% of people choose the Homeschool program.
1: customize your training agenda
Schedule a consultation with our dog trainers in Carlsbad to build your custom-tailored training plan specific to your lifestyle and your dog's personality.
Following your phone consultation, you'll receive an email package with everything you need to get started in one place. A signed training agreement and a $199 deposit officially reserve your training dates.
2: complete a 3-week program
Monday through Thursday each week consists of one-on-one training sessions between dog(s) and trainer in your Carlsbad home and neighborhood. This minimizes distractions for both dog and trainer so learning can efficiently take place. You do not need to be home.
Friday each week consists of a private coaching session with the family. Your trainer will explain what and how your dog learns, demonstrate their new skills, and coach each owner through using the new skills in the real wor.
3: plan continued education
Following your 3 week program, your dog has lifetime priority access to our Petsitting Program, our Varsity Subscription, and After-School Programs like agility, nosework, rally obedience, trick training, and more!
The Varsity Subscription covers one session with your trainer monthly to tweak, improve, and add on to your dog's skills.
In addition, the Homeschool program includes 2 free follow-up sessions.
Undoubtedly the best dog trainer I’ve ever worked with. While my friends’ dogs are still jumping on strangers and barking incessantly, my pup is well behaved and learning more all the time. Mara is a wonderful trainer and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see her on TV in the future teaching a wider audience how to have a better relationship with their dog.
3 week program with four 1:1 training sessions and one coaching session with the owner(s) each week.
Best for people who want superior results or have busy schedules.
4 week program with one 1:1 training session and one coaching session with the owner(s) each week.
Includes intial in-person consultation.
Best for people who want to be hands-on in achieving results. Homework is required.
Individual private coaching sessions with the owners.
Best for people who want training touch-ups or have some training experience.
Not available for off leash or behavior training.
$320 - 800
Traction Dog Training Club is legitimately one of the best resources for training your dog! They took my tornado of a yellow lab from constantly jumping on anyone who came into my house and choking himself out on our walks to a well behaved obedient pup. I’m still surprised how much changed in just three weeks. I couldn’t be happier!
CONTINUED EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Available to Graduates of the Homeschool & Tutoring Programs
The Petsitting Program
Board your dogs in a Traction Dog Trainer's private California home as the only extra guest. Keep training consistent even while you're away.
The Varsity Subscription
Subscribe to one monthly lesson with your trainer in Carlsbad to continue making tweaks, advancements and improvements, or simply to make sure training never slips up.
Enroll in a 6-week Sampler Class and try out extracurricular activities with your dog!
You'll try agility, nosework, disc, rally obedience, CGC/therapy certification, and trick training!
Traction's techniques make Cesar Millan look like a rookie...seriously. Our pups have all responded so well to their teachings. We have three dogs, ranging from a pup to 13 years old. All of our dogs are more obedient, and I believe happier. They don't jump on people at the door. They don't jump on the couch (unless invited). They peacefully sleep in their kennels. Our relationship with our dogs has never been better. Mara is a true professional. She also watches our home while we travel. It's a great feeling to know our pups are happy and our home is safe. Thank you, Mara. You are great teacher and even better person.
meet the trainers
lion, bear & elk trainer
Trained upper-level sport horses across the US
Trained mountain lions, bears, elk, bald eagles, otters and owls professionally
Competes in APPDA and PSA (protection and patrol dogs)
top 10% ne po po graudate
Learned directly from Bart Bellon, inventor of many modern dog training methods
Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen, S.T.A.R., and Trick Dog Evaluator
Competes in APPDA and PSA (protection and patrol dogs)
special ops, swat, & fbi k9 trainer
Certified MWD Handler in obedience, patrol, and narcotics and explosives detection
Graduated Marine Corps K9's intensive training course in long range off leash training
Conducted dog training seminars for the Naval Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Homeland Security, ATF, FBI, NCIS, and NPD
protection sports decoy
PSA decoy/trainer and competitor in PSA (protection & patrol dogs)
Head Trainer certified and Remote Collar certified from Sit Means Sit
Certified PAVLOV Dog Trainer in Operant Conditioning and Learning Theory
Thank You Traction,
We are so pleased with the results of your training. Archie is a very active and high energy Australian Terrier. We tried two previous trainers to no avail and had almost given up hope. Thanks to you he is now becoming a much better, happier, well behaved dog. It's so nice to take him for a loose leash walk, by our side, without feeling like we are flying a kite. Also at home, among other things, he will stay in place when asked, instead of terrorizing the house. The skills you have taught us and Archie are truly appreciated. Your professionalism and reliability is exceptional and we would highly recommend you to our friends.
service area & faq
Service Area & Out-of-Service-Area Protocols
Our service area includes any address within a 15 minute commute from 3401 College Blvd, Oceanside, CA 92056.
If you are outside this area, no worries!
You can meet us in Carlsbad for training, or pay extra fees and we'll come to your home anyway.
Schedule a phone consultation to get an exact quote if you are outside our service area.
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Amazing, highly qualified and loving pup trainers - best I've ever worked with in decades of dog parenting!! They calmed our overzealous adolescent sheepdog mix in a short 3 week Homeschool. No more jumping, rushing the door, nipping, leash reactivity... and we can now take her everywhere. Can't recommend these folks enough! Will def work with them again.
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The Traction Dog Training Club was born in 2020 in Denver, Colorado by business and animal enthusiast Mara Soo. Mara combined multiple past businesses, from green technology to employment services, with an unavoidable love for animals. She had left jobs training sport horses and zoo keeping for new business ventures, but after starting professional dog training in 2019, she knew it was the "click" she'd been waiting for. More importantly, she noticed several enormous inefficiencies in modern dog training in the US. Traction and its unique training models was instantly successful, hiring its first five full-time team members and expending to 3 cities in the first 6 months.
Traction's training techniques are uniformized across the team, the result of a rigorous screening process and strong culture of constant collaboration and communication among trainers. Many programs are inspired by the unique skills of Traction trainers, whether it's Will Coggins' 10 years experience training narcotics and exposives detection leading to nosework classes, or Tina Chavez's insatiable quest for continued education leading to the Sampler Course.
Thus far, every Traction trainer shares a background in training patrol and protection K9s.
Thank you for joining the Traction Dog Training Club!