James Sutherland established JAMES THE DOG TRAINER in 1987, with the intent to serve his community in a meaningful way. Now Proudly Serving the Coachella Valley. 


Since then, he has earned the reputation as the “Original Dog Whisperer of Orange County.” His vast professional experience ranges from working discreetly with the rich and famous to donating his talents in assisting troubled dogs and families with challenging circumstances through his Foundation-and everything in between!

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James has become the first choice of information for veterinarians, trainers and dog owners alike. He has been trained, educated and experienced in all facets of dog training and dog psychology/behavior. Those who have seen James at work have witnessed his ability within one visit to transform problem dogs into loving, responsive family members. Reflecting on his ability to read and understand dogs, James recalls one of the biggest compliments he received from a client who said, “James, you must have been a dog in your previous life.”


James’ goal has always been to improve the relationship between dogs and their owners, utilizing love, praise and affection. By truly understanding dog psychology and behavior, James can use appropriate, proven techniques to train and correct, never hitting, yelling or punishing your loving pets. After all, James is passionate about the joy that a well-behaved and well-loved dog can bring into a family. He believes, “I have always felt dogs do more for us than we do for them.”