Areas We Serve | North San Diego County | South Riverside County

Our History

Rachel Golub and her husband Dillon Horger have been professional animal trainers for their entire adult lives. Whereas Rachel specialized in canine behavior and training, Dillon cut his teeth training free-flight birds for educational shows and as grew into a behavior consultant for exotic animals at zoological parks.

Having a mutual passion for animal training, in 2014 they decided to combine their individual experiences and expertise. With Dillon on board as a partner in both life and business, Rachel rebranded her already well-established dog training company to San Diego Animal Training, LLC.

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Rachel Golub

Rachel Golub

Co-Founder, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Area of Specialty: Dogs with severe behavior issues including aggression, reactivity, fears/phobias, and separation anxiety.

Rachel started her animal training career at the Escondido Humane Society in 2008. She began as an Adoptions Counselor and was quickly promoted to Assistant Trainer in the Behavior Department. Rachel went on to apprentice under some of the top trainers in Southern California, receiving her certification as a Professional Dog Trainer from the CCPDT in 2010, and in 2016 she received her Certified Dog Behavior Consultant certification through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. In addition to her expertise on dog training, Rachel also has training experience with cats, parrots, exotic animals, and domestic livestock such as horses and pigs.

In 2009, Rachel founded her own company dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and placing dogs with behavior issues. This company evolved into San Diego Animal Training where she continues to consult with rescues, shelters, and private individuals to transform difficult dogs into adoptable, loving companions.

Dillion Horger

Dillion Horger

Co-Founder, Certified Behavior Consultant

Area of specialty: Animal Behavior and Learning

Dillon is an Animal Behavior Consultant certified by the Internamtional Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, as well as a licensed Master Falconer and golden eagle rehabber. He trained his first free-flight birds– a nanday conure parrot and an American Kestrel– when he was fifteen-years old.

After studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Dillon moved to Florida to work for one of the most well-respected animal training companies in the world: Natural Encounters, Inc., where he eventually became Director of Animal Training. Over the last twenty years, he has also held formal positions such as Supervisor of the Animal Resources Department at the Phoenix Zoo, Curator of Animal Behavior at the Cincinnati Zoo, and Curator of Raptor Free Flight at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona.

Having consulted at a dozen zoos in U.S. and Australia on of a wide range of rare and exotic species, he has helped many professional zookeepers, trainers, and companion animal owners learn to successfully apply the most contemporary and effective positive reinforcement-based operant conditioning techniques with their animals.

In 2011, Dillon took a hiatus from formal employment and began collaborating on global projects with high-profile wildlife documentarians, filmmakers, photographers, and other artists to help actualize their creative visions. His skills as a naturalist, animal behaviorist, and outdoorsman combined with his aesthetic eye for photography and cinematography have helped his clients produce segments in critically acclaimed, award winning works seen by millions of people on networks such as the BBC, The Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and in high-profile art exhibits.

As a co-founder of San Diego Animal Training with his wife, Rachel, Dillon offers a talented and unique perspective into positive reinforcement canine management.

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