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Welcome to Spot On Training of San Diego!  We help dogs become the best they can be so you can live your life more fully, and love your dog more deeply.  



Welcome to Spot On Training of San Diego!  We offer a unique Urban Training experience to help dogs become calm and attentive in real life settings while private lessons cater to the needs of each dog and family.  

Our Classes


Private Training

Want results fast? Andrea has over 20 years experience with everything from puppy training to severe aggression. There are no long term contracts, just a simple flat fee per session to meet your needs.

Urban Group Classes

All of our Group Classes are taught in public locations in the Del Mar area!  It's a unique approach to teaching manners in real-life settings that is fun & effective!





Hi, I'm Andrea Acosta, the owner of Spot On Training. In 8th grade I was voted “Most Likely to become a Dog Trainer." No joke! I’ve always been fascinated with the incredible relationship we have with dogs, and it’s been my passion for as long as I can remember.

I began my career as a professional trainer in 2001.  In addition to training dogs, I have held training positions with the world-famous San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, including regular appearances in the Bird Show and Sea Lion Show. I have also managed a successful doggy daycare and have extensive knowledge of pack dynamics, group play, managing aggression, and separation anxiety. I am CPDT-KA certified as a positive reinforcement trainer.  While I hold both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree, my greatest strength is that I am a patient and effective teacher with a passion for developing the dog-human bond with families like yours.

What sets us apart from other dog training companies is that we offer a unique Urban Training Class experience that helps dogs to become calm and attentive in public settings. The goal for Spot On Training has always been to put the relationships we share with our dogs first.  Another way to put it is that we teach people how to communicate with their dogs in ways that actually work!





"Andrea is Amazing. She made dog training fun for Sigmund and me. Plus she is just a nice person and clearly loves what she does. I recommend her without reservation." 

~ Noreen N.

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"I've had the pleasure of working with Andrea with my girl Zoie and her younger sister Lulu. Her knowledge, skills, and positive training style is so effective and creates a wonderful learning environment for both the humans and pets. Andrea gives you the tools you need not only to develop a good canine citizen, but also the techniques and lessons learned help you form and maintain a lifelong bond with your pet."

~ Jen H.


"Andrea has been our go-to resource for everything related to our dogs. She is knowledgeable, creative, intuitive, patient and she has a spirit our dogs love. Billie and Yoda perk up at the mention of Andrea's name, and they truly respect her guidance. Andrea is definitely Miss Billie and Yoda's favorite and most trusted teacher."

~ Christina N.


“Andrea provided us with valuable training techniques, including the use of positive reinforcement and the importance of timing. As a result, both of our dogs, Biscuit & Peanut, were well prepared for the canine good citizen exam and one went on to become a certified therapy dog. Andrea's calm demeanor and positive attitude helps both dogs and their owners achieve their training goals.”

~ Yuki W.



Spot On Training Sand Diego

3525 Del Mar Heights, Road #407   

San Diego, CA 92130-2122

Ph:  619-502-0082 (Call or Text)

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SERVICE AREAS: Bay Ho, Bay Park, Bird Rock, Cardiff, Carmel Valley, Clairemont, Crosby, Coronado, Del Mar, Del Mar Heights, Del Sur, Encinitas, Fairbanks Ranch, Kearny Mesa, La Jolla, Linda Vista, Mira Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Mission Valley, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, Scripps Ranch, Solana Beach, Sorrento Valley, Torrey Hills, University Heights, UTC. **Areas far outside these regions may be charged a travel fee or referred out to another trainer.**

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