The Pinnacle Dog Training


Training & Loving Dogs Since 1956!

Serving All of Los Angeles

(310) 247-0802    (626) 799-9615

Premier Dog Training Services all over los angeles

The Pinnacle Dog Training offers dog training at our kennel. We are a dog training service that provides different levels of dog training, depending on the needs of the owner. We offer in-home dog training all over los angeles as well as in Kennel dog training services at our South Pasadena locations. Contact us to get your pup trained in no time.

Mookie & Mommy

Dog and Owner, Dog Training Service in South Pasadena, CA

Mookie's Story

Mookie was a two-year rescue. This beautiful Great Pyrenees had a cruel beginning to her life. Mookie was purchased as a nine-week-old puppy by a gentleman who loved the breed. Unfortunately, an unplanned obligation took the man away from the puppy for a year. The man’s wife was afraid of and didn’t like this ten week old biting, untrained, unsocialized baby, and didn’t want to deal with her. So she kept Mookie in a small crate and barely fed her, When the man returned a year later Mookie who’s weight should have been about one hundred pounds was only forty-five pounds. She was an extremely aggressive, a  fear biter, and totally anti social. Her owner took her to a veterinarian to be euthanized. That was the start of a change of luck for Mookie.


The vet wanted to try to help the poor dog. During year two she fed Mookie, and got her weight up to ninety pounds. She assigned one of her vet-techs to try so socialize her. He was able to get Mookie to trust him, but she remained very aggressive to everyone else. After a year of effort, the Veterinarian was left with no choice, but to put Mookie down.


One day, Rob and Kate saw Mookie, and learned of her impending fate. This wonderful couple had recently lost a Great Dane that I had trained to old age. They agreed to try to save Mookie. After three weeks of showing her love, and understanding they were making good progress. Mookie accepted them, and their two children, but remained menacing to all others. After a visit with Rob's parents, and a bite wound to both of them, they decided to call Howard.


“Mookie’s progress is fantastic”
— Kate R.


A division of Pinnacle Pet Services



(310) 247-0802

(626) 799-9615


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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In-Home Dog Training in South Pasadena CA. Beverly hills & Throughout Los Angeles & los angeles County

In my long career as a dog trainer, I early on realized the importance of involving the owner in the training process. Behavior Modification when properly applied through command training helps to mold them into the pets we want to live with. It also helps to keep them safe in this complex world that we all live in.

The same techniques of the science of Behavior Modification that enabled us to become the premier trainers in other venues led to the in-home dog training systems used in the successful training of over forty-five thousand dogs. In 1956 we were the first company to offer in-home dog training. We offer the same course now that has successfully trained more than 45,000 dogs and their owners. Your dog lives at home. Whenever possible, your dog will be best trained where he lives.

In-home dog training offers you the convenience of setting your own schedule. The intensive training that we can accomplish with your dog, and with you, insures a lasting relationship of love, obedience, and safety for your pet. Every dog is an individual, as is each owner.

We have the experience and skills to be successful for you.


Howard working with Tiger in Joyce's Pasadena home

A trained dog that only listens when he wants to, is NOT trained to our standards. 

A trained dog that only responds for a waiting treat, is NOT trained by our standards. We reward with love not treats. You can always have love with you.

working with the owner will ensure your pets training will last.




(310) 247-0802

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Dog Training w/ Daycare

Daycare Dog Training is a six week intensive dog training program, offered at our training facility in South Pasadena, California. You bring your dog in daily Monday through Friday, and take it home evenings. He spends the weekends at home with you. 

Your dog will be house trained, and taught the dog training commands of Sit, Stay, Come, Lay-down, Heel and Stop on command. He is sent home with instructions for you to follow. At the end of the course we provide two in home appointments for us to guide you with the transition. This is the perfect blend of thirty days of dog training sessions, potty training, dog socialization, and home bonding. This program is perfect for working couples.

Pick up and drop off service is available.  

Modified Dog Training w/ Daycare

Your dog is picked up Monday morning and comes back home with you on Saturday morning. This course makes our dog training courses available for anyone in Los Angeles. Pick up and drop off available.

In-Kennel Dog Training

The course descriptions are identical as the dog training w/daycare courses, except your dog stays at our kennel for the full forty two days and nights. 

Small Dog, In-Home Dog Training in South Pasadena, CA

When Robert Kirkman, co-creator of "The Walking Dead" moved to Los Angeles, Mrs. Kirkman called for a consultation. "We want to get a small breed puppy that will be good with my children. We will then want him perfectly trained before he comes to our home. My husband will not tolerate any misbehavior."  I suggested a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. I found "Itsy" and bought her from a reputable breeder. I picked her up at the airport, and brought her to my kennel. She stayed with us until her training was complete. That was four years ago. She has been a loving, and much loved pet, since then. This scenario is often repeated.

When Dr. louis Ignarro, winner of The Nobel Prize for medicine in 1998 contacted me to train his two beloved Golden Retrievers he wanted only the best!! He got It.

When Dr. louis Ignarro, winner of The Nobel Prize for medicine in 1998 contacted me to train his two beloved Golden Retrievers he wanted only the best!! He got It.

Early Puppy Training

In the nineteen fifties the accepted age to start  training dogs was six months. At that time I was enrolled as a pre-veterinary student at Kansas State College. One morning I received the devastating news, my childhood pet dog died at home. The next day I drove sixty miles to buy a seven week old Great Dane puppy. "Pam", the name I gave her, learned to walk on a leash within an hour. So I decided to go against conventional wisdom, and the next day I taught "Pam" to sit. By the time she was 4 months old she knew seven basic commands, and the bond we formed was very strong. Eventually "Pam" learned an amazing amount of commands, and was the most empathetic dog I have ever owned.

Being the first person to offer "in-home" dog training as a business, I had many opportunities to start early method training. Dogs that were trained at our kennel or in their own home, dogs who's training started at eight weeks were usually more well trained. They develop good habits before bad ones are formed, and their IQ is broadened, making them capable of higher learning.


Cece, a three month old Havanese starting her first day in dog training .

Cece, a three month old Havanese starting her first day in dog training .

Nelly, a three month old Labrador Retriever.

Nelly, a three month old Labrador Retriever.

Sam, a four month old Chocolate Labrador  Retriever being trained in his Alhambra home.

Sam, a four month old Chocolate Labrador  Retriever being trained in his Alhambra home.

Breck, a three month old  Weimaraner learning to stand for examination.

Breck, a three month old  Weimaraner learning to stand for examination.

"Whiskey", an eight week cross between a Blue Nose Pit, and an American Bulldog. Getting ready for her first day of school.

Therapy & Service Dog Training


It's important to understand the difference between service dogs and therapy dogs. In order to be certified as a service dog, it must be trained to perform a service that assists a person with a physical or emotional disability. 

A therapy dog must be trained to visit hospitals or other institutions,to provide comfort to those in need. Pictured to the left is Cooper, a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel being trained to hug a  patient on command. Cooper is one of the favorite therapy dogs who visits patients at Cedar Sinai hospital. We have trained many therapy dogs who visit many institutions in Los Angeles.

A free consultation is essential for our skilled trainers to determine if a dog is suited for either service or emotional dog training. 

Los Angeles Cities Served

Alhambra, Arcadia, Artesia, Baldwin Park, Bell, Bell Gardens, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Burbank, Carson, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Culver City, Downey, Duarte, Eagle Rock, El Monte, El Segundo, Gardena, Glendale, Glendora, Hawaiian Gardens, Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Hollywood, Inglewood, Irwindale, La Canada-Flintridge, La Puente, La Mirada, Lakewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Norwalk, Palos Verdes Estates, Paramount, Pasadena, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rosemead, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Clarita, Santa Fe Springs, Santa Monica, San Pedro, Sierra Madre, Signal Hill, South Gate, South Pasadena, Temple City, Torrance, Tujunga, Venice, Vernon, Walnut, West Covina, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier.   


San Fernando Valley Cities Served

Canoga Park, Encino, Mission Hills, NoHo Arts District, North Hills, North Hollywood, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Tarzana, Toluca Lake, Universal City, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Warner Center, West Hills, Woodland Hills.





Just a few of the clients who's dogs we've trained or worked with...


Broadway Shows

Tennesse Williams "A Period Of Adjustment". 

"The Night Of The Iguana."



 "Breakfast at Tiffanys"  

"110 in The Shade"

"Carnival  Night of the Iguana"

"Hey You Light Man"


• Play Your Hunch

• The Price Is Right

• Eye-Witness News

• Car 54 Where Are You

• Etcetera



• Rocky I

•"You're a Big Boy Now" (Francis Ford Coppola's First Movie)

• Sherlock Bones, UNDERCOVER Dog (clip below)



People whose dogs we've trained.

• Charlton Heston
• Raquel Welch
• Sylvester Stalone
• Sly (from the Family Stone)
• Gloria Vanderbilt
• Tennessee Williams
• Truman Capote
• OJ Simpson
• Salvador Dali
• Merv Griffin
• Francis Ford Coppola
• Shelley Hack
• Dr Louis Ignarro (Nobel Laureate)
• Ken Chiampou (John and Ken show)
• The Doobie Brothers
• Black Oak Arkansas
• The Canned Heat
• Rocky Carol
• Phil Spector
• L.A. Supervisor Ed (Edelman)
• Paul Simon
• Leighton Meester
• Cuttino Mobley
• Anna Nicole Smith

And... Over forty five thousand pets trained in their homes or in our kennel.

We are the most experienced dog training company in California!

Call Now to Schedule A no obligation In-Home Consultation

(310) 247-0802

(626) 799-9615


Schedule an In-Home Dog Training Consultation now. we service all of los angeles and beverly hills

Sit, stay, roll over! Does your dog respond to your commands? An obedient dog makes for a pleasant pooch and a happy owner. By providing dog training courses, we teach your dog good manners and how to be a well-behaved member of your family. A unique aspect that sets us apart from other pet services is our quiet, calm, and disciplined approach to dog training. Our highly experienced trainer uses behavior modification to effectively train the dog you love to become a pet you’ll adore. Schedule an in-home dog training consultation, for more information.

Since we understand that all dogs have unique personalities, we provide individualized training based on your dog’s needs. We also tailor our dog training service for your canine’s social development, behavior patterns, and aptitude for learning. Our dog trainer will advise you on proper dog handling when the lessons are finished. In addition to in-home training, we also provide in-kennel dog training.


Helping You Have a Perfect Pooch

If your dog has potty problems, biting tendencies, or overall behavioral issues, you don’t have to go it alone. Our professional dog trainer has helped canines become perfectly obedient for many decades. We cater our services for your specific breed as well as your ability to be involved in the training process. This is something that is very important to us: involving the owner throughout the dog training courses. Unleash your dog’s best behavior by depending on us. Contact us about dog training if you notice the following unwanted behaviors:

Lack of Obedience • Aggressiveness • Excessive Barking • Jumping on People & Furniture • Leash-Pulling
• Chewing & Other Destructive Habits • Potty Problems (House Training)

Teaching Young & Old Dogs New Tricks

Your dog is never too old or young to start learning good behavior. Whether your pet is a pup, years old, well-behaved, or dealing with behavioral issues, we have an effective, affordable, and helpful solution. At our dog trainer company, we take the time to get to know your pet, your needs, and your goals. Whether you have a Teacup Chihuahua or a Great Dane, you can depend on us to cater to your dog’s character and temperament. At our company, our friendly team cares about your family and your pet. We strive to make our services fun for our furry clients and their family members. When you are finished with our program, your dog will be obedient, and you will be pleased with our services.

Contact us to schedule an in-home dog training consultation to find out more about our training packages. We proudly serve pet owners all throughout Los Angeles county and the surrounding areas.


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721 Fair Oaks Ave.

South Pasadena, Ca 91030

(310) 247-0802    (626) 799-9615

Training & Loving Dogs Since 1956!

Serving All of Los Angeles