Need Virtual Help? I'M HERE FOR YOU

Online Virtual Dog Training Services For Dog Owners Around the World

The Sophisticated Dog is here to support you during these difficult times, with virtual, online training for you and your dogs and other pets.  We also offer limited in-person sessions for select clients on the west side of Los Angeles and in Ventura.

Need training for a problem behavior that's making working from home harder for you?

Have a new puppy, or maybe a long-standing behavior issue you really want to address?

Or do you just want to find things for you and your dog (or other pet) to do together?

Whatever your training needs, we are here for you!



  • Does your dog have trouble calming down?
  • Do you wish you could sit down to a meal in peace?
  • Are you embarrassed by your dog's behavior with guests?
  • Is every walk you have with your dog a struggle?

1:1 Online Coaching

Are you a dog owner in need of training services outside of our in-person service area? That’s OK! We can do all of our dog training sessions via video. Most dog training issues, including serious problems such as aggressive behavior and excessive barking, can be handled in an Online Dog Training program. Online coaching is flexible and convenient and can be done in the comfort of your own home.

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1:1 In-Person Coaching

Your behavior directly affects your dog’s behavior. In our 1:1 In-Person Coaching programs, we teach you how small everyday changes in your behavior can have a big impact on your dog’s behavior. Most coaching clients meet with us once a week, and only need to do formal training with their dog for a few minutes each day.

Dog Trainer Coaching

Are you a professional trainer who is struggling with a particularly difficult case? Do you need tips on how to work with clients? Do you just want to understand learning theory better? Irith is available for one-on-one consulting for fellow trainers for everything from basic business questions to tackling your most difficult cases.

Dog Training for Dog Trainers


Training other animals

Other Species

Irith regularly works with different kinds of household pets and is happy to help you with everything from introducing a new cat to your home, to teaching your rat to do “agility,” to quieting down your screaming parrot.

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event speaker


Irith is a sought-after speaker for national and international conferences and seminars. Topics include dealing with reactive behavior on leash, aggression in the home, raising a better puppy, and a host of other topics.

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Paul Bujold

Paul is based in Ventura, CA.  He offers in-person training in the Ventura area, as well as online training everywhere, for clients with puppies and other dogs who need basic training.

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