Private Dog Training

I love helping dogs and their owners live and thrive while working together. Whether it's teaching your dog to sit at the door, not pull on the leash, or just something fun like roll over, I would love the opportunity to help you meet your dog training goals!

As a dog trainer & animal shelter volunteer, I have worked with dogs for over nine years and enjoy training dogs of all ages, breeds & temperaments. Each dog is different and there are many types, from shy, to energetic, to strong(-willed). I enjoy helping them all learn what is desired from them. There is nothing like seeing a client and their dog work towards a goal together and succeed as a team.

You can find out more about me under, "Meet the Trainer", as well as read what come of my clients have to say about my services below. Before you scroll down, here are just some of the things we could work on in our sessions together:

  • House / Crate Training
  • Basic Obedience
    • Come
    • Stay
    • Sit
    • Down
    • Loose Leash Walking
  • Curbing Bad Behavior(s)
    • Nipping
    • Chewing
    • Digging
    • Barking
  • Integrating New Behavior(s) and Tricks
    • Waiting at the door
    • Look
    • Roll Over
    • Shake
    • Bang!

I find that Tracy is a wealth of knowledge, when it comes to dogs and what their needs are. We had a lot of fun and was very sore the next day. Can’t wait for our next class!


and Sasha

I’m learning new ways to train my dog in behaviors and we both love the exercise. My dog is more attentive to commands and my muscles hurt in a good way.


and Linus

After getting our second dog, we realized that we needed some help. While our first dog was already trained, our new dog, Otto, was a door dasher, guarded the couch, and pulled and was slightly reactive on leash. It was making life a bit impossible. We had Tracy over for a few sessions and she showed us a variety of different tricks to try. She took the time to explain and demonstrate things and, after we had some time to practice, it finally started to click for me and Otto. Life is a lot easier now! We even make it out to Tracy’s fitness class sometimes. We both have a great time. Thanks Tracy!

Shiri G.

My dog and I took a few Feet & Paws Fitness workout classes before deciding to sign up for a couple private lessons with Tracy to work on some issues we were having, (like pulling on the leash, etc). She came over for a few sessions and was very patient showing us what to do. It’s been especially great because she continues to help us with those specific issues whenever we’re at the group fitness classes. Gretchen has shown a lot of improvement since we’ve been working more closely with Tracy. I’m really glad we signed up for the private training. Highly recommend.

Melissa C.

Irwin and I love going to class together! We bond while getting in a workout. It’s the best!


I love Tracy’s commitment to my baby’s enjoyment and safety. There’s a good balance and variety of activities for both of us and a positive energy. We have mentioned the class to several people. It’s a great idea and we’re so glad we found the group!


What a wonderful way to combine obedience training and personal training!

My wife and I brought our terrier here and it was a wonderful class filled with open minded people and a highly trained instructor. I would recommend this to anyone.

Mike W.

and Otis

Feet and Paws is such a great idea! Gives you a chance to get out, get moving and while also getting your pet out for some exercise too! Tracy who runs it really knows what she’s doing!

Shane K.

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The first step to dog training with us is to fill out the brief form below so we can arrange a chat on the phone to discuss your specific goals, This is at no cost to you. From here we’d schedule your consult, during which we’ll discuss all the desired behaviors you’d like your dog to learn & undesired behaviors you’d like to curb. We’ll also decide how many sessions will help you reach your goals. Lastly, we’ll lay out tools to put in place before our first session.

So, what are you waiting for?

Fill out our private dog training inquiry form and we'll be in touch with you soon!

  • Private Dog Training Inquiry
  • Service Area
  • Prices
  • Meet The Trainer

Feet & Paws' Service Area includes: Culver City, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Beverlywood, Mid-City and any other areas shown below (additional fees may apply if located outside of these areas):

Feet and Paws_Private Dog Training_Service Map

Prices shown are cash or check.

  • $50 Consultation (put towards your first package if purchased @ Consultation)
    This time together allows our trainer, Tracy James, to gather information about you and your dog in order to craft personalized sessions that will fit your training needs.
  • 1 Session: $105
  • 4 Session Package: $380 ($95/session - $10 discount per session!)
  • 6 Session Package: $510 ($85/session - $20 discount per session!)
  • 8 Session Package: $600 ($75/session - $30 discount per session!)

All sessions are one hour. Packages expire one year after purchase.

For the same price, sessions can be made into a group private, which can include up to 3 additional people (and their dog), space permitting.

From the start we had a lot in common: a lack of coordination, the need to put our mouths on everything, and an inability to hold our bladders. Needless to say, my bond with Sandy (named after the dog in Annie), was immediate. All jokes aside, she was my best friend for sixteen years and our friendship inspired my love of animals.

It wasn't until my third year of college, and far from the unconditional support of Ginger, my family's next four-legged family member, that I discovered my interest in health and fitness. I started walking on a regular basis to get away from the computer and relieve stress. Having never been very physically active in the past, I was surprised to find I enjoyed walking so much that, in time, I started walking longer and faster, eventually progressing to running. Over summer break, I kept the momentum and walked and ran with Ginger. It was so wonderful taking control of my well-being with my best friend who was also benefiting from activity.

As I transitioned into the working world, I never lost sight of the impact and joy animals and activity brought to my life. Not yet able to have my own dog (darn you work schedule!), I began volunteering at a local city shelter. I quickly gained respect as an experienced, trustworthy dog handler and even taught other volunteers how to handle and train the shelter dogs. It was both heart breaking and tremendously rewarding work.

Then, in 2010, I had transitioned into another profession and couldn't take living without a dog a second longer. So, I finally adopted my own dog from the shelter, a beautiful Belgian Malinois mix, Berlin. At this same time my fitness regime had progressed and I was participating in full and half marathons. Soon my favorite part about participating in a race was not crossing the finish line but training with my best buddy. Berlin and I have even walked and ran in several 5Ks and 10Ks together.

All of this made me realize I wanted to help others have it all too. So, I earned by dog training and fitness instruction certifications and now combine and share these skills in the various services that Feet & Paws Fitness offers. It is such an honor helping people and their dogs be healthy and happy together.

*For great bios, photos, and videos of the wonderful animals available for adoption at North Central Shelter visit

or for a list of the animals from all six L.A. Animal Service Shelters visit


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