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Candice Masters CPDT-KA, CCUI, AKC CGC evaluator Owner and founder MastersBestDogEver. Over 35 years of experience training dogs, 10 years training folks to train dogs.

I am a dedicated Positive Reinforcement dog trainer, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, CCPT-KA, Control Unleashed Certified Instructor CCUI, Fear Free Force Free certified, and an evaluator for the AKC Good Citizens program. I belong to the Association Professional Dog Trainers, Pet Professional Guild, Alliance of Force Free Animal Professionals, Control Unleashed Certified Instructor and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

My programs include AKC S.T.A.R Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, Basic Manners and Intermediate Obedience Training, Loose Leash Walking, Reactive Dog Management, Multi-Household Dogs, select Aggression cases.

I am committed to providing my clients with effective solutions to training their K9 companions. My training techniques are Science based  so move forward to your Best Dog Ever and give me a call today408-201-2392.

About Me 

Your training sessions are private so each one is designed around you and your dog. Each session done weekly is 60-90 minutes long. I work with your dog to show you the skills then have you work with your dog and coach you. All sessions have video how too; s and written step by step directions. You will wonder why you waited until now. I look forward to working with you and your pup.   

I spent a decade training as a K9 Handler in Search and Rescue. I have been a member of California Rescue Dog Association, Monterey County Search & Rescue Dogs, Santa Clara County Search & Rescue. Since leaving Search & Rescue in 2015 I have been helping Families gain the skills on how to have a happy healthy BestDoGEver relationship.

·        CPDT-KA

·        Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator for the AKC

·        Certified Fear Free Professional Trainer

·        Positive Reinforcement Trainer

·        Control Unleashed Certified Instructor

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Teaching and Training with Fun and Games 

It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks, and I believe it’s never too late to train any pet. My services are designed with you and your pet in mind, and I believe in working as much with you as with your animal. I’m proud of my high success rate and the level of satisfaction my clients, and their pets, come away with every time - guaranteed.

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My training philosophy is...

  •  Teach the dog the behaviors they need to be a good companion

  •  Train the dog on what you’ve taught them.

  • Proof the dog on what you trained

I also believe....

  •  in motivation for the dog

  •  in reinforcement for the dog

  • giving the dog a good foundation

Loose Leash Walking

Loose leash walking is not a single behavior. It is a series of smaller behaviors taught individually to the dog which allows them to manage the information without becoming confused, shutdown or frustrated.  

I offer Basic Manners, Puppy Packages, and Intermediate Obedience Training

Mutual Understanding Starts Here

Do you love your dog but have some pet peeves?

Are you wondering how you will be able to learn all that + Reinforcement in a session a week with the trainer?

Are you floundering trying to get your dog to act like the YouTube dog?

Basic Manners and Intermediate Obedience


Basic manners teach the dog the foundational skills needed to live in the human household like listening skills, four on the floor, chewing inappropriate items, walking on a leash, appropriate barking, house training, crate training and more.


Intermediate Obedience takes your foundation behaviors on the road. How to take your dog anywhere they are allow to go.


My training philosophy is...

  •  Teach the dog the behaviors they need to be a good companion.

  • Train the dog on what you’ve taught them.

  • Proof the dog on what you trained.

I  believe in....

  • + reinforcement for the dog

  •  Giving the dog a solid foundation of behaviors

  •   Developing a great relationship with your dog

Mutual Understanding Starts Here!

Foundation Skills


This 4-week package is ideal, teaching the basics through games and mat work. All things "dog" come from this foundation work. it teaches the dog patience, impulse control and cooperation.


Loose Leash Walking

Loose leash walking is not a single behavior. It is a series of smaller behaviors taught individually to the dog which allows them to manage the information without becoming confused, shutdown or frustrated.


Dog Behavior Consultation 

Personalized and Professional Behavior Consulting is my most popular service. Is your dog reactive to other dogs or people? How about improving the world for shy anxious or fearful dogs. I work closely with each one of my clients and their animals to implement my proven problem-solving process. I know you have a busy schedule, so I will customize a training plan that suits your lifestyle. Don’t wait - try any of my services today and give your pets the tools they need to reach their highest potential.   

Training Services

Know your trainer

Science based training -What does CPDT-KA mean? Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed is awarded to a person who has passed an exam sponsored by the Council for the Certification of Professional Dog Trainers  (CCPDT) and is a  certified positive reinforcement trainer. The CCPDT was started in 1999 to create a baseline of knowledge that could be measured and used as a regulatory organization in an otherwise unregulated profession.

CCUI Control Unleashed Certified Instructor. This was a mentorship program evaluating my skill level in Leslie McDeVitt’s Pattern Games. We are building confidence in your dog using Pattern Games making your training session fun effective and sets you and dog up for success.


I am also a member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers , International Association of Canine Professionals and IAABC. So why does that matter? Those are the associations where I go for continuing education units, and exposure to the highly acclaimed experts in our profession.

And how does that affect you the dog owner? You know I have completed and been evaluated on many education programs.

What Our Happy Clients Say

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"If you have any need for training at all please bring your dog to Candice! We have a very energetic puppy, Pokey. I was worried as we have an older dog. Pokey is like a brand new dog after several sessions. He is so much more confident, and with continued training he is just going to be the best. Candice really trains YOU on how to navigate your dogs behavior and how to change it."

- Laura H

"Candice was extremely knowledgeable and patient and gave us great tools to work with our dog. We clearly saw progress during the program and have no doubt we will get to where we need to be if we continue applying all the information we got during her training program. Candice's training is not a quick fix but we didnt expect it to be - we just wanted to learn how to best shape our dog's behavior and that's exactly what we got from her program. We highly recommend it."
- Sílvia S
"Candice has transformed my dog completely. Rhodesians are a LOT of dog and he was all over the place and out of control. I didn't walk him, he walked me. He ran the house. Candice also trained ME on how to best handle my to ignore bad behavior and reward only good behavior. Not only does he actually listen to me now but I think our boy is now ready for obedience competitions."
- Patricia V
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