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Professional Dog Training Services Since 1959

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American Canine Institute provides many training programs, but above all we open our training classes to all breeds of dogs . A.C.I. has been in business of training canines professionally since 1959. The training method used by A.C.I. is a motivational praise & correction balance. We DO NOT use food or clickers in our training programs. American Canine Institute & Kennels breeds top quality German Shepherds. Our goal is to provide the best "all around" German Shepherd companion dog. Our well-structured working dogs are large boned, have great temperament with a gentle disposition but if called on will defend the home or you.
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A.C.I. offers group and private classes year round. We offer all levels of training for you and your dog. There are NO training waiting lists at A.C.I. since all of our classes are continuous entry. This means you and your dog can start training at your convenience. Group classes are limited to 10 teams plus the trainer. Private lessons are offered in your home, or many locations through out the Silicon Valley area. Typically private lessons are limited to a dog and handler plus a trainer. Lessons are once a week for 1 hour for 8 weeks. We also offer private lessons with multiple family members and/or dogs.
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Serving The Bay Area including San Francisco, San Mateo, Palo Alto, Los Altos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Fremont, Hayward, Oakland, Berkeley, Pleasanton, San Ramon & Walnut Creek.
Grimmer, Irvington
Dog Training, Kennels, Pet Boarding & Kennels, Pet Services, Pet Training


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Jake C.



They staff from the American Canine Institute spends so much time with you and your dog and it's not just a one time thing, they check in on you to see how things are going.

Ann R.



Very good classes here. Overall, Gene gives you a good perspective of why and how you should handle your dog.

Joan P.



Wonderful experience taking my dogs here. Extremely satisfied with the materials learned in the training classes, they're helping my dog and I a great deal.

Williker D.



I can't say enough good things about the trainers over at American Canine Institute. The individuals that work here truly love their job. 5 stars.

Kristin J.



They really want you to keep your dog safe and healthy. They ask questions like, what kind of food are you feeding your dog, they teach you how to understand ingredients, they let you know about tics and fleas and what medications to use. Overall they are amazing.

Patty J.



The instructor allowed me to customize the training for my dog for my first puppy so it was different and new for me. They came to my house a few times a week during the home assessment and walked me through the services they offer, the times, commitment, cost and availability. I started off with one on one training then moved on to the group classes.

Jacob R.



He worked with my dog for obedience training and he did a wonderful job. Great, quality service.

Janice S.



When you adopt a rescue dog it is your responsibility as a pet owner to socialize and properly train your new furry friend. American Canine Institute is a great resource to do just that. They take great care of my pets and are very knowledgeable.




Everything with our dog worked out perfectly, Gene did a great job helping to socialize our dog.




Both of my two dogs have gone here for obedience training. Gene is really willing to go out of his way to accommodate a client, and he has done an outstanding job.



American Canine Institute was ...

American Canine Institute was very convenient for us and they were very willing to adopt to our pets needs. Gene was always able to answer our questions and explained the training that was needed very well to us.



I worked with Gene a 5 years a...

I worked with Gene a 5 years ago for a couple of years with our dog. We still stop by every once and a while to visit. He is very kind, professional and we were very satisfied with the quality of services we received.



Gene was great! He helped me a...

Gene was great! He helped me a lot and I have a Doberman and he worked with him quite a bit. I really like his training style and like his email updates about dogs. He would send out dog related materiel which is helpful and I really liked working with him a lot!