Trainer Profile
APDT Member Since 2009

The Sophisticated Dog

The Sophisticated Dog offers private training in online sessions for clients worldwide, as well as private in-person training for clients in a limited area of Los Angeles's west side, as well as in and around the City of Ventura. We address everything from puppy manners and basic obedience to behavior modification for aggressive, fearful, and reactive behavior.
Certifications: CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA
Designations: CBATI, CSAT, FFCP-Trainer, KPA CTP, VSPDT
Job Title: Director of Training
Training Equipment: No particular equipment is required for training with The Sophisticated Dog. Tools such as front-clip harnesses may be recommended on a case-by-case basis.
Training Philosophy: At The Sophisticated Dog, we are committed to using pet-friendly methods and treating both animals and humans with respect and compassion.
Locations Served: Online services are available worldwide. In-person services are available Brentwood, north Santa Monica, and Pacific Palisades on the west side of Los Angeles, California, USA, as well as in and around the City of Ventura, California.
Languages: English,Hebrew,Japanese
Irith Bloom has been training animals since the 1980s, and has worked with everything from dogs and rabbits to birds and horses. Irith is faculty at Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior as well as dog*biz's Dog Walking Academy, and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine - Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA), a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), and a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer (CSAT). Irith is also a Fear Free Certified Practitioner, and is certified in TAGteach, a positive reinforcement method for coaching humans. Irith regularly presents at conferences and seminars, as well as giving webinars and appearing in podcasts. She is the author of "Your Puppy and You: A step-by-step guide to raising a freak'n awesome dog," and her writing is regularly published both online and in-print.
Services Offered
Behavioral Consultation
Clicker Training
Fun Games
Group Training
In-Home Training
Private Lessons
Private Training