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Get to Know Me
and My Philosophy



Deric Isaacson

Dog Trainer & Owner

I started American River Canine in 2016 after a lot of encouragement and support from family, friends, and people I respect in the dog training world. Training dogs has been a dream of mine since I was young. I was inspired by the amazing things Stella, my Grandmother's guide dog, was capable of.

I am the proud owner of 3 wonderful dogs: Mia, a GSD Mix, Jackson, a working line GSD, and Draco, a Belgian Malinois. In additional to doing what I love for a living, I am motivated and supported by my wife, Allyson, and my daughter, Claire.

The best part of my career is seeing the joy on a client's face as their dog learns something new, overcomes a challenge, or connects with them on a deeper level.


Obedience, Socialization, Knowledge

It’s my belief you should enjoy time spent working with your dog to facilitate a stronger bond and foster respect. Working with me is a fun, educating experience where mistakes are not judged and results are celebrated. After all, if mistakes are never made, how do we learn? I do not believe in giving dogs a label such as aggressive or fearful. In my experience these labels often have a negative effect on the owner’s relationship with their dog and can often cause unwanted behaviors to worsen. Instead, I work to identify, modify, and correct unwanted behaviors and the associated mental state the dog is experiencing. Every client has their own concerns and challenges that are addressed on an individual level. I will provide the guidance, answers, and results you need with the care, respect, and understanding you deserve.

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