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We have worked with hundreds of dogs & cats in all kinds of bizarre scenarios.  We've heard it all, and we are excited to hear what you have to say about your circumstance.  

*Behavior Modification Cases must complete an Initial Training Evaluation.* 

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Pavlov & B.F. Skinner's Theory of Classical & Operant Conditioning: Great for  transitioning dogs to domestic life

Enroll in an hourly session or purchase our 

3 Day Behavior Modification Package at a better value! 

Did you just adopt a dog from a Shelter or a Rescue organization that seems well behaved but needs some adjustment training? In this course we will help you learn the best practices for transitioning a dog from a shelter/rescue environment to a forever home.  We will start training your dog to  understand rules, boundaries, and limitations.  Basic Obedience cues are helpful when teaching dog's the rules.  For instance, we can teach your dog to sit, lay down, come, stay and more!  Problem dogs with anxiety or fear aggression will be considered.  Initial Training Evaluation required for dogs with questionable behavior. 

We use different scientific & relationship trust building methods to modify your dog’s undesirable behavior.  We are trained to use any one or a combination of these methods to train your pup to offer more desirable behaviors: positive reinforcement, positive punishment, negative reinforcement, and negative punishment. Your dog is guaranteed to change it’s undesirable behaviors after completing 3 sessions with us! 


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

Hourly Private Training Sessions

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

Private Training for Puppies

6 Lessons: for dogs of all ages & abilities

Private Training for Adult Dogs

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

Private In-Home Training

All Packages must be paid in full prior to services being rendered.


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

Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer and Pet Sitter

 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


 Pet Concierge Director

Animal Behavior Specialist 

Animal Behavior Mentor Trainer

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!

Hayley Nottle

Canine Behaviour Trainer
Animal Behavior College Mentor Trainer

 Hayley Noonan 

CPD Certified Dog Trainer 

Pet First Aid 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!

Additional Team Member

Pet Sitter at 800 Westlawn Ave Los Angeles CA, 90045

Cathalina Juarez

Administrative Assistant 

Field Ambassador

Pet Sitter

 Cathalina has 10+ years of experience  managing projects in public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Her previous work centered around engineering education. Her Bachelor of Science is from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Master's is from Cal State Long Beach.

She is a proud owner of a cat from a rescue and loves all animals. She is a champion of adopting and training/caring for pets. Cathalina is very responsible and takes exceptional care of your pets.  You and your pets will love having her come visit them!