Experienced Dog Trainers in South Pasadena, CA, Serving Los Angeles County

Our Founder

Howard Finkelstein


Training and Loving Dogs Since 1956

Serving All of Los Angeles since 1989.

Howard with Dogs, Dog Trainers in South Pasadena, CA

Howard is one of the best dog trainers in South Pasadena, CA, and has been training and loving dogs since 1956. He first learned his skills living on a zoo in New Jersey, apprenticing under the former head of the MGM animal division. Volney Phifer (image below) trained all the animals in all the Tarzan movies and owned Leo the lion, the MGM trademark.

Howard with a Lion, Dog Trainers in South Pasadena, CA

Howard also developed early dog training methods. Dogs can begin their training as early as 8 weeks of age. It broadens their IQ and develops good habits,before bad ones set in.

Soon after Howard founded Animal Artists, an agency devoted to supplying animals for commercial and theatrical purposes. 

Howard applied his skills and his instincts, to pursue his passion of dog training. He soon recognized that training the owners was as important as the training of their dogs. He devised a method of training the dogs, with the owners, in their homes. It was successful and he started an industry that has been widely copied. 


Howard trained Butkus privately for Sylvester Stallone. Butkus appeared in the movie "Rocky".

Sylvester Stallone and Dog, Dog Trainers in South Pasadena, CA

Television programs like Merv Griffin's "Play Your Hunch" and others were frequent clients. Broadway shows like Tennessee Williams, "A Period Of Adjustment" and "Oliver" soon followed. Then Francis Ford Coppola's movie contracted Howard to train and handle an Old English Sheepdog and a chicken for Francis Ford Coppola's first movie," You're A Big Boy Now."

All this time training dogs for clients, in their homes remained the focus of Howard's long career, along with training dogs for personal and business security, and for police departments. In 1989, seeking the California experience, Howard located his business and life to Los Angeles where he concentrated once again on home obedience dog training. Located in South Pasadena, "The Pinnacle" continues to be his base for home dog training. He has gathered a dedicated staff of dog trainers, and personally taught them the techniques of his uniquely successful dog training methods.  "The Pinnacle" also offers other training options that include kennel and daycare training. There's always owner training with these courses. With a staff of personally trained professionals, "The Pinnacle" dog training offers the best dog training from the best dog trainers in Los Angeles.


from left to right : Erik, Cynthia, Josue, Robin, Lisette, Howard, Linda, Inbal

from left to right : Erik, Cynthia, Josue, Robin, Lisette, Howard, Linda, Inbal


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