Thank you for your help with Bessie, Thumbelina, Charity, Tinker Bell, and Tulip. They are all doing much better now… it’s amazing.

Paula Abdul

All Breeds, All Ages, All Problems

When you choose Duane Overturf at Your Best Companion, any problem behaviors you’re experiencing with your dog can be quickly solved. Some common ones include:

  • Housebreaking
  • Jumping
  • Chewing/destructive behavior
  • Digging
  • Barking
  • Nipping/biting
  • Marking
  • Noise phobia
  • Pulling on the leash
  • Poor social manners
  • Aggressive tendencies
  • Fearful tendencies, shyness, timidness
  • Anxiety about separation or noises
  • Confinement phobia
  • Poor recall
  • Rescue rehabilitation


Unparalleled expertise.

With of 40 years of experience, Duane’s advice and strategies are grounded in an in-depth knowledge of proven training methods, and decades of canine behavior education.


If you lack the time to spend hours training your dog each day, Duane is the expert you need!

Success with any problem, any dog.

Big or small, young or old, aggressive or timid, Duane’s training methods work for every dog. The results speak for themselves.

Incredible results.

Duane has dedicated his life to honing his craft, and with his approach even the most difficult dogs can become well-mannered members of the family. He guarantees it.

Duane Overturf is Southern California’s most experienced personal dog trainer.
He studied many approaches to training and the philosophies behind them, and borrowed the best from each to develop a unique method that is truly his own.

What’s Special About Duane’s Method of Training?

The 4Cs of dog training.

Duane teaches the 4C’s of dog training:

  • Compassion – understanding your dog’s responses to training feedback.
  • Clarity – learning how you can communicate more effectively.
  • Control – managing the environment to ensure training has the desired outcome.
  • Consistency – delivering timely and appropriate feedback consistently.

Focus on praise.

  • Praise is scientifically proven to be highest value reward for the majority of dogs.
  • Avoid unnecessary time, stress and frustration for you and your dog that complicated training methods can cause.
  • Duane selects from many tools and rewards to train your dog the fastest, most efficient way.

Training with love.

  • Not just a “feel good” notion; training with love is based in science.
  • A practical way to include compassion, humane methods, and an understanding of your dog’s needs into the training process.
  • Training with love is direct, compassionate, fair, humane and effective.

Duane has mastered the art of dog training.

With his decades of study and experience, his customized approach considers the age of the dog, the traits of the breed, and the personality of the owner. Duane’s training is personal, not cookie-cutter.

Trusted by Stars

Duane has trained dogs for Caitlyn Jenner, Alyssa Milano, Paula Abdul, P!NK, Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, Ray Romano, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Frankie Avalon, and thousands of other amazing people with four-legged companions.

“Thank you so much for all the help you gave us with Polly & Moose.”

Ray Romano

Thank you for all your help with Bessie, Thumbelina, Charity, Tinker Bell, & Tulip… I’m so glad we ran into you. They are all doing much better now. I never would have thought I could get all of them house broken… it’s amazing. Thanks again,

Paula Abdul

Duane helped me train my rescue pup over the phone. Imagine what he can do in person with your dog! His approach to training is so effective and I am so happy he is coming back to California!

Mary Alongi

Duane is an amazing trainer. He literally changed my dogs behavior overnight. He is absolutely amazing kind and carrying. My dogs have become a well mannered social pack that I can take to any location without fear of any bad behavior.

Laurie Goldstein

Duane got our unruly dogs in line and made walking them a pleasurable experience. I never thought my dog would ever stop pulling. He also got my maladjusted chocolate lab to socialize much better. Duane is the best!

April Grossinger

Duane is an excellent trainer of dogs and relates very well to the dog owners. He is a responsible person who shows up on time and does what he says he is going to do. Our dogs love and respect him.

Steven Sapkin

“Dear Duane, Thank you so much for helping Rocky & Ninja behave better. You can see how they are sitting here being obedient.”

Mafi Leschuck

“I have known Duane Overturf in his professional capacity as dog trainer for close to 10 years. I have referred numerous clients to Duane, with positive results. I highly recommend Duane as a dog trainer.”

Dr. Mary Sherman DVM

Veterinarian, Veterinary Medical Center


Duane Overturf

Southern California’s Most Experienced Personal Dog Trainer

Your Family Dog, Your Best Companion

Duane has chosen to work first and foremost with family dogs. Decades of study and experience have led to Duane’s amazing ability to read a dog’s subtle cues and behaviors, and during his career he has used his unique abilities to:

  • Train family dogs for dozens of celebrities and thousands of people from all walks of life.
  • Provide incredible results for family dogs of any breed or mix, any size or age, and any problem.

With Duane’s guidance, your family dog will truly become Your Best Companion. He guarantees it.

The Early Days

Duane was in high school in the ‘70s when he took his first dog – a Samoyed named Frosty – to a local training course. Duane loved seeing his relationship with his dog progress from lesson to lesson, and Frosty graduated with flying colors.

That experience had a big impact on Duane. It ignited a passion that led to a lifelong career of working with dogs.

Dog and Puppy Training Programs

With over 40 years of dog training experience, Duane can help your dog to become your best companion

Private Lessons

Ideal for busy people!

One-on-one training sessions customized to focus on your dog’s specific needs.

Lessons at your place or mine.

Initial lesson is 2-hours. Additional lessons are 1 hour each.

Starting from


Ultimate Board & Train

Let a professional do the work for you!


  • Nightly boarding & care
  • Daily bootcamp training
  • Socializing
  • Lots of love
  • Follow-ups in your home

Starting from


Daily Training

Drop off your dog for daily bootcamp!

You get many of the benefits of the Ultimate Board & Train program focusing on your dog’s specific needs.

Available in 5-lesson bundles. Discount for multiple bundles.

Pick-up and drop-off service available.

Starting from


I Trained My Dog & He Still Won’t Listen!

What Do I Do Now?

For less than the price of a good dog bone, you receive the benefit of Duane’s 40 years of training and expertise in this easy-to-follow guide. Let him take you through the steps and solutions for dozens of common canine behavioral issues. Read a sample chapter here.

Learn more about Duane’s
experience and approach…

“When I was 20 years into my professional career training dogs I remember thinking that I finally really understood dogs. Now that I have been training 40 years I realize I’ve learned more in the last 10 years than I did in the first 30.”

© 2017 Duane Overturf