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.

Need training for a problem behavior that's making the lockdown 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 while you are stuck at home?

Whatever your training needs, I am 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 In-Person Coaching

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

1:1 Dog Training
Done for You Dog Training

Done-With-You Day Training

For busy people who don’t have time for formal training practice, this helps fill the gap. I come to your home two to five times a week and practice directly with your dog for you. I also meet with you once a week to show you what your dog has learned. This program allows us to jump-start everything from polite leash walking to calmness around the doorbell. You still need to follow the guidelines I suggest for best results.

1:1 Online Coaching

Are you a dog owner in need of training services outside of Los Angeles and my service area? That’s OK! We can do our dog training sessions via video, using services such as Skype and Zoom. 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.

The Sophisticated Dog
Dog Training for Dog Trainers

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.


Training other animals

Other Species

I regularly work with different kinds of household pets and am 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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Irith Bloom 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, plus 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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