Member Professional Dog Trainers Association
K9 First Aid & CPR Certified
Hi, my name is Anthony Rivera. Like most dog trainers I grew up having had many pets. I’ve raised and trained a bearded dragon, a Husky, two Pit Bulls, rabbits, fishes, and even birds! As a young child my parents took me to Sea World where I fell in love with the idea of being able to bond and train with gigantic whales or mammals of any kind.
Growing up in Pacoima, I experienced firsthand what can happen when people don’t want to take the time to properly train their animals. I saw many breeds, but epically Pit Bulls, get removed from people’s homes because they were perceived as vicious, but in fact they were misunderstood and mistreated. I vowed to learn as much as I could so that I could help the neglected breeds.
I’ve always gravitated to being around animals but never knew that I could make a career out of it. I started, like most trainers, volunteering at a local shelter, getting as much time with the dogs as I could. I have been for the past year working under the guidance of Jesse Media as my mentor. Once Jesse felt I was ready, I attended the Off Leash K9 Training seventeen-day immersive training program where I was able to test my knowledge and skills.
My goal is for owners to effectively communicate with their dogs and for dogs to live long well-balanced lives with affection and obedience. At the end of the day dogs become family but ultimately, they are animals and need to obey their owners to have a more enriched life.