Professional, Certified dog trainer in Bakersfield, Ca

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Professional, Certified dog trainer in Bakersfield, Ca

Yelp's Top Rated Dog Trainer in Bakersfield

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At Tail of Success, we will work with your dog, big or small, to make sure he or she has the support and skills training necessary to thrive in your family and home. Whether your dog needs skills training, behavior modification, or aggression support, I will use my years of experience to ensure that your family friend is taken care of. I will continue training until the behavior is corrected to your satisfaction. 


About Ray king

I love training all dogs. I have three pit bulls that I rescued after leaving military service. They had every problem possible between the three of them. I have a soft spot for misunderstood dogs that just need someone to show them structure, discipline, boundaries, and rules so they can be great dogs and reach their full potential. I am equipped to help you with any situation you have. In addition training my own dogs, I have experience training several hundreds of dogs. Dog training is not only my livelihood, it is my passion. I frequently spend time studying canines to gain more knowledge and attend seminars and conferences.

Dog training is not only my livelihood, it is my passion.
— Ray King, Owner & Dog Trainer

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Guaranteed Lifetime Support

With Tail of Success, the successful training of your dog is 100% guaranteed. Unlike other dog trainers, I do not charge on an hourly basis. I will work with you until the problem behavior is corrected to your satisfaction. I offer lifetime support because I know my methods really do work. Even after our training has ended, the support guarantee covers free, ongoing assistance in the behavior correction of your dog. 

In my years of experience, I haven't seen any behavior too big or too small to correct. There is no dog that cannot be trained into a happy, obedient companion. My techniques will help to reinforce and strengthen the bond between you and your dog. My approach can help owners establish control of their dog and home. Below are just a few of the common issues that we can help with. Every dog and situation is unique. If you do not see your dogs issue on the list, that doesn't mean I cannot help. 

  • Aggression issues
  • Basic and advanced obedience
  • Boundary training, off limits
  • Barking
  • Begging
  • Car manners
  • Destructive chewing
  • Dominance
  • Excessive Marking
  • Fearfulness
  • Jumping up on people
  • Loose leash walking
  • Possessiveness issues
  • Puppy training and bonding
  • Running away
  • Separation anxiety
  • Socialization
  • Therapy/Service Dog Prep
  • Waiting nicely at the door

and much more...


Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs. The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, "CGC" after their names.





If your dog displays Outlier Behaviors listed below in some cases an in home evaluation must be completed in order to assess the cost of your customized training program. The cost of the in-home evaluation is $50. (There is no evaluation fee for owners who sign up for a training package.) During these evaluations I will observe your dogs behavior in their home environment, and also observe your behavior as a dog owner, as this is an important factor in the training process. An accurate, agreed upon cost will be set after the initial evaluation. 

Foundational In-Home Obedience Training - $400 Per Dog
This package is designed to help with many common behavior issues, to help you have a regular, well-behaved dog. This package is also ideal for any dog that needs to learn the basics and establish a foundation of obedience skills. With this package we will:

  • Eliminate common behavior problems around the house
  • Establish good communication between you and your dog
  • Establish respect between you and your dog
  • Learn the basics of canine psychology

Advanced In-Home Obedience Training - $600 Per Dog
This package covers all of the points from the first training level, in addition to covering:

  • Advanced obedience skills
  • Canine Good Citizen Certification
  • Distraction proofing
  • Distance commands
  • Off Leash Training

Outlier Behaviors - Cost varies. (Increased rates are determined by degree of difficulty, additional training time and education, and the danger level presented  to myself or my dogs.)

These less common behaviors can still be corrected, but will be an additional cost depending on the severity of the issue. They include:

  • Extreme Nervousness
  • Extreme Fearfulness
  • Extreme Aggressiveness
  • Destructive and out-of-control behavior
  • And others...

Intensive Boarding Program - $2,500 Per Month (ALL SLOTS FILLED)

There are certain cases where a dog may need to be removed from their home environment in order to successfully correct problem behavior. This month long program was created for dogs that require more than in-home training sessions can provide and deals with serious behavior problems that cannot be resolved by the owner alone. While in this specialized program and under my care and supervision, your dog will be by my side every possible minute of the day being trained according to you specifications. The dog is trained to listen under distracted conditions and to follow commands at a distance off leash. Your dog will be introduced to and live within my pack of dogs. A four week minimum commitment is required to guarantee the success of your dog in this program. 

While dog training services start at $400, each training plan is customized for every dog I train. These numbers should be used only as a guide. Actual cost will vary depending on the number of issues you would like to correct in your dog and the severity of those issue(s). Payment is due in full on the first day of training. Clients outside of travel radius or outside of Bakersfield will be charged additional fees based on mileage. For additional questions on pricing, please don't hesitate to contact me.