It’s A Dogs Life Academy

It’s A Dogs Life Academy

5.0 (1)
2 employees
11 years in business

About this pro

Moving from Malibu California to open our first dog daycare, training, boarding facility we were blessed to be rated #1, written up in Down East Magazine several times & given the Editors Choice Awards within 6 months of opening from 2011 to 2014 on the East Coast giving it an L.A. flare. We decided to move back to San Clemente California opening a smaller dog shop adding dog adventures. Since the opening we have have been written up in San Clemente Magazine 2018 cover & editorial & our proud to have recently received the Best of 2021 pet services in San Clemente, Ca. The owner has been featured on Nat Geo's Pet Talk teaching Cesar Milan's son how to surf his dog. Most recently NBC's 2019 Easter televised Purina Dog show. Being in the dog & people business since 1998 the owner always takes a personal approach with customers and the business. it's A Dogs Life has been more commonly known as the "School For Dogs". We offer in home training to outdoor training and at our business or your home. We cover basic command training, aggression, over protection aggression, boundaries, distraction work, socializing to name a few. All training is done with treat training (we don't over treat as human's don't always have a treat in their hand), voice command followed by hand noise or clicker for stubborn unfocused dogs. 

Dog adventures are a big plus for high anxiety dogs that need exercise. Our exercise's consist of outdoor trail walks to the beach & much more. This includes fun romp & play at It's A Dogs life before the walks & after. Many dogs need activity due to boredom, frustration, anxiety, excessive barking, distruction of the home & themselves. We like happy mental & physically stimulated dogs.

Please enquire about our shuttle service to & from our business for working families.

Helping Dogs & Owners Have a better life at home & outdoors. Helping human's have a better understanding that dogs can be better dogs and give them a chance to learn wether it's at home or with other dogs socially. Dogs are awesome, give them a chance to learn & be social. We as human's smother them way to much & dogs forget how to be a dog without the human at certain points of their life. If we can teach human's how to learn & pick up certain dog behavior traits in their dogs then it puts a smile on our face to see the work in progress come into play. A dog can be a good dog if you lay boundaries & be a leader.

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San Clemente, CA 92672
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1 Review


  • Barbara Howard

    They recognize that each dog arrives with a history and personality and are kind and gentle to the dog and owner. Both are better for their care. And they have van pick up and delivery which is splendid on crazy, busy days!

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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Customers Always Come First Every Dog Becomes A Family Member At It's A Dogs Life. Were Very Honest, Up Front And Share What Is Most Important For Your Dog & We Don't Mind Giving Helpful Tips When Needed. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

23 Years Of Experience & Dog Training Certification's (please enquire if needed)

Dog CPR/First Aid

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Daycare: $32.00 A Day (3x A Week $30.00, 3x A Week or More $28.00)

Dog Training: $75.00 An Hour.

Mileage to outer City limits does apply depending on travel, thank you. 

How did you get started in this business?

Working in the Fitness Industry in Malibu CA since 1987 the owner had a passion for dogs as a hobby and started working with dog's on the side with training, pack walks & VIP pet sitting back in 1994. The owner started working with high end clientle such as Greg Louganis & his dogs & many more to boot. Working from fitness to dogs the owner had a dream to open a large dog daycare, dog boarding & training ranch and bam it came to fruition in 2011. The rest is history :-) 

What types of customers have you worked with?

We Have Worked With All Kinds Of Clients From Children To Elderly.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Taking Pride In Success When A Customer Finds That A Dog Responds Immediately Structure, Boundaries & Discipline After A Training Session. 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

Look For A Dog Daycare, Dog Training Business That Gives Good Structure, Boundaries & Discipline. A Business That Will Take The Time To Work With Your Dog During the Day. A Business Where You Receive Helpful Tips To Take Home So Your Dog Can Become A Well Rounded Dog, Happy Dog, Tired Dog & A Dog That Respects You, Your Home, Family & Other Dogs Outside And At Home. A Dog Can Learn So Much And Have Fun At The Same Time! 

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

1.) How Social Is Your Dog With Other Dogs?

2.) How Social Is your Dog With Human's?

3.) Does Your Dog Have Seperation Anxiety?

4.) Does Your Dog Continually Kling On To You?

5.) Is Your Dog Insecure? No Confidence?

6.) Is Your Dog Aggressive, Snappy, Problems With It's Own Space Around It'self When A Human Or Dog Approaches Them?

7.) How Is Your Dog In A Car? Does Your Dog Attack The glass Of Your Vehicle When A Dog Or Stranger Passes On A Regular Basis? 

8.) How Is Your Dog On A Walk? Does Your Dog Pull? Does It Lunge & Bark At Other Dogs Or People, Passing Vehicles, Skateboards etc.....?

If you have answered YES to at least two or more of these questions, give us a call :-) We can help!