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Prerequisite for all Behavior Modification Candidates

It all starts here!

We have worked with hundreds of dogs & cats in all kinds of scenarios and have heard it all.  We are excited to provide you with successful training tips, and will recommend the most suitable training program for you to enroll your dog. 

Call NOW for a FREE PHONE CONSULTATION  and learn more about our Training Programs.

Hourly Private Training Sessions

Your trainer(s) will cover as much material as possible within the time frame allotted.

Puppy Training Videos

This puppy training video shows you how to teach your dog to wait for & respect water.

Private Training Packages for Puppies

6 Lessons: for dogs of all ages & abilities

Private Training Packages for Adult Dogs

Problem dogs with anxiety or fear aggression will be considered. Initial Training Evaluation required for dogs with questionable behavior.

Teaching "come recalls" to your pup!

Check out this instructional video of how to teach your dog to COME to you reliably

Private In-Home Training

Training Agreement Forms and partial or full payment must be submitted before services will be rendered.

Luna sits and waits during an enrichment training exercise in Playa Vista.

Transitional Training

Behavior Modification Program

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Great PACKAGE for transitioning cats & dogs to domestic life!

3 Day Behavior Modification Package at a better value! 


Did you just adopt a dog/cat from a Shelter or a Rescue organization that seems well behaved but needs some adjustment training? Does your pup bark incessantly? Is she/he a jumper when guests come over?Is your pup peeing everywhere?  Is your dog digging up your yard all of a sudden? We commonly we receive cases where dogs are showing signs of SEPARATION ANXIETY and/or AGGRESSION.  

Transition training is the cornerstone of building a solid foundation in your home, to set your pet(s) up for success! 

You'll learn ways to gradually transition your cat or dog into their forever home in a manner that is beneficial for your pet, and ensures their safety & happiness.  

For instance; when you adopt a new dog or cat, it's absolutely crucial to first introduce your newly adopted pet to your home, wherever you roam about the house, or in a small quiet area (a crate/small room), where it can become accustomed to your family household's specific rules, boundaries, and limitations.  In order to meet the basic fundamental needs of your pet upon arrival to your home, they will certainly need to feel safe, secure, and out of harms way, so they can become adjusted to the new lifestyle that they will eventually follow, thus leading to their happiness. 

In this course we will help you learn the best practices for transitioning a dog/cat from a shelter/rescue environment to a forever home.  We will start training your pet to understand rules, boundaries, and limitations.  Basic Obedience cues are helpful when teaching pets the rules.  For instance, we can teach your dog to sit, lay down, come, stay and more!  Problem dogs with severe anxiety or severe aggression will be considered.  Initial Training Evaluation required for dogs with questionable behavior. 

When dealing with Fear-Related Aggression towards humans here are some tips that we recommend for every pet handler to follow.  

Stress-Reducing Tips

  • Reward the dog for calm, non-aggressive behavior.
    • Providing a morsel of a dog’s favorite food is an excellent reward as long as it is not medically contraindicated.
    • Offer morsels of high-value food at regular intervals when the dog shows relaxed behavior.

A fearful dog with no prior history of aggression can display aggression; therefore, it is essential to identify signs of stress to minimize bite risk. Signs indicative of stress include displacement signals/activities (i.e., yawning, scratching, averting the eyes, licking lips); signs of fear (i.e., agitation, panting, drooling, trembling, whining, escape attempts); and signs of aggression (i.e., growling, baring teeth/biting a human or animal)

Some dogs can react aggressively with no obvious warning signs.  We educate pet parents on signs of stress in dogs and steps they can take to avoid eliciting aggression or fear.

Your dog is guaranteed to curb it’s undesirable behaviors if you follow through with the recommendations we teach you! 

Contact us for a FREE phone consultation so you can learn more about our TRANSITIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM, and how to go about enrolling.


American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator


  • 6 one hour sessions: $350.00
  • Canine Good Citizen Certification 
  • S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification 
  • Our Certified AKC Evaluator trains your dog
  • Take the CGC Test: $10-$20 fee
  • To enroll send an email to: pets@santamonicapaws.om

Pet Expert Training Team


Theresa Ann Roy, ABCDT

Theresa Ann Roy, ABCDT

Theresa Ann Roy, ABCDT

 Animal Behavior College Dog Trainer 

ABC  Mentor Trainer 

Certified Petco Dog Trainer

Pet First Aid & CPR Certified

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Trainer 

AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

Go to: www.AKC.org for more information

Theresa is an Alumni graduate of Animal Behavior College in Los Angeles, California. 

Theresa's undergraduate education from Syracuse University earned her a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy.  Her experience working in the healthcare field providing Cognitive Behavior Therapy to hundreds of individuals with physical and mental/psychological disabilities, overlaps into her current career to help her effectively train and teach both owner and dog how to be stable and balanced.  She will help you to have a more trusting relationship with your pets.  Her past experience includes 14+ years working with dogs in various capacities.  Theresa has been a volunteer team member and Foster Pet Parent for several dog rescues including the ASPCA, SPCA, the Lange Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, LOEM (League of Extraordinary Mutts), Grey Save Greyhound Rescue, and VanderPump Dog Rescue in Los Angeles.

Theresa has been training dogs for 5 years and has completed over 1,000 hours of training.

Theresa's main priority is: Safety First!

Not only does she provide safe private dog training practices, daycare with training, and puppy training sessions, she also offers multiple training packages to suit your needs. 

 Training sessions primarily take place in your home in locations like West Los Angeles, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Marina del Rey, Playa Vista, Venice, PLaya Vista, Playa Del Rey, Brentwood, Malibu, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach 


Bradford Carter

Theresa Ann Roy, ABCDT

Theresa Ann Roy, ABCDT

 Pet Concierge Director

Animal Behavior Specialist 

ABC Mentor Trainer

Pet First Aid and CPR Certified

Brad has his educational background in Business Administration from UCLA. He is the Lead Liason for Santa Monica Paws Pet Concierge Division.  He manages and oversees all business decisions including coordinating our cost for services.  

Brad loves dogs and grew up training German Shepherds.  He is a Balanced Dog Trainer and his expertise is working with challenging dogs that need Behavior Modification Training.  He has been training dogs for 5 years and has completed over 600 hours of training. 

Bradford shows you how to communicate best with your pets through your pet's nose, eyes, and ears.  He uses Relationship Based Training Methods most often and will show you how to apply Leadership Techniques in your style of training with your dog.  Brad is also versed in "transitional training" for dogs & cats who come from a shelter or rescue environment and get placed into a "forever home".  He often gets asked to help families train cats or dogs who need adjustment training in a home with other pets.  

Over the past 15 years, Brad has volunteered with several Dog & Cat Rescues in Los Angeles, including LOEM (League of Extraordinary Mutts), The Lange Foundation, and VanderPump Dog Rescue.  

He truly enjoys helping people and animals and he can't wait to help you create a healthy trusting bond and well balanced relationship with your pets.

His MOTO is: 

Attitude is Everything...Pick a Good One!

Canine Behaviour Trainer
Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer

Hayley Noonan

Theresa Ann Roy, ABCDT

Hayley Noonan

CPD Certified Dog Trainer 

Pet First Aid  & CPR Certified 

Hayley has successfully completed the Level 3 Award in Canine Behaviour Training achieving merit June 2019 and has her pet first aid certificate. 

Hayley has worked with Santa Monica Paws since 2019 and has over 300 hours experience in training. She is primarily a positive reward based trainer, and adores working with puppies. Hayley has successfully trained puppies to curb behaviors such as separation anxiety and potty training, as well as basic commands such as sit, stay, go to crate, down etc. Hayley will play fun engaging games with your puppy to encourage positive play and a healthy well balanced pup. She finishes every session on a positive note to keep training fun and exciting.  

As well as working with puppies, Hayley has successfully applied the positive reward based training methods and scientific training methods.   She supports older dogs and their owners by managing difficult behaviours such as leash aggression & lead pulling.  She has also trained older dogs to have better impulse control by teaching them how to maintain positions in the home such as ‘go to bed/crate’ ‘off couch’. 

In the past year Hayley has volunteered with West LA Animal Shelter & LA Love and Leashes, and recently adopted a 2 year old untrained 9 pound rescue terrier. Hayley has loved the challenge that this dog has bought her, and in a short period has been able to teach him all the basic commands, control his barking, leash aggression, and is working every day on curbing his separation anxiety and resource guarding. 

In conjunction with specific training sessions Hayley assists the Santa Monica Paws Training Team with their Community Daycare Enrichment Programs and she boosts their social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

Hayley is increasing her learning of Dog Behavior Training every day and she's acquiring more certifications. 

You will love working with Hayley and so will your pets!

Professional Pet Handlers

Vida is a Pet Sitter, Dog Walker, and Daycare Professional

Vida Lapus

Pet Sitter, Daycare Professional

Nothing makes my heart happier than spending time with dogs.  I have loved all the dogs I've cared for and they always leave a special place within my heart.  One of the joys of pet sitting has been creating close bonds with your pets.  My main goal is to help satisfy their needs, making sure they are relaxed and as happy as possible when they are with me,  I will send you video and photo updates while I'm caring for your pet to help keep your mind at ease that your pet is alive and well.  

We do fun activities like going for walks in different neighborhoods, we go to recreation parks, occasionally to dog parks (specific customer's only), and I give lots and lots of cuddle time and play time for them.  Some pups prefer a game of fetch, while others like to play chase and/or tug games, and for most puppies,  I will play hide and seek games with food treats and puzzle toys.  

Overall, I'm a very easy going, compassionate, attentive care giver with so much empathy for humans and their fur babies.  Your pups are more than welcome to be on my furniture or bed, and they will have my full attention!  They are safe in my home. 


*Contact Santa Monica Paws if you are in need of Pet Sitting Services from me.  I'm also willing to go to your home to pet sit your pets when needed.

Erin is a dog trainer, dog walker, daycare professional and pet sitter

Erin Gercey

Dog Trainer, Pet Sitter, Dog Walker

Pet First Aid & CPR Certified

Erin has dedicated her life to animals since she was a child.  An animal's well being and happiness is always her priority. Starting as an intern for The Wolfkeeper Dog University, she worked her way up the ladder. They specialized in preventing aggression, agility training, and obedience training. From there she got to train at Cesar Milan’s Dog Psychology Center in Los Angeles, California.  She learned unique techniques in order to condition dogs in every sort of situation and environment.  After mastering training individually and in group classes, she took care of over 200 off-leash dogs (at once) at one of the largest and busiest daycare's in Los Angeles.  It’s her deep connection with animals that helps her understand what goes on inside your pet's head.  This is how she is able to make the best suggestions possible on how to train your dog while still making sure they’re having fun.

Credentials & Memberships

Our trainers are certified professionals

Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer LOGO
Pet Pro Hero Cat & Dog First Aid & CPR Certified
Association for Professional Dog Trainers APDT LOGO
American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator CGC
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