Welcome to the Surfside Dog Academy, where we train owners and not their dogs. Say what? It’s true. Sarah Evangelista, founder and CEO of Surfside Dog Academy focuses on classical techniques and operant conditioning through positive reinforcement. In focusing on this style of training, she works with the owners and provides a solid base for both dogs and owners to excel in. Small group classes or private one on one training allow us to teach custom designed lessons around obedience, dog agility, puppy training classes, and other types of enrichment workshops.

We also offer dog walking services {and other stuff?} and once a month have a free meetup in Newport Beach or Huntington Beach. These meet ups include pack walks, group training, and beach clean up days!


Established in 2017

I started my business in Brazil. I was an English ESL teacher who needed a summer job when one of my students who had the biggest training school in Brazil gave me a job. I soon fell in love with the idea of training the dogs so I did the basic obedience training course then after I did the advanced certification for protection (guard dog training). I’ve worked with dogs that were trained for the Olympics in Rio 2016 and many other types and breeds whether it was for basic obedience or guard dog training, I’ve worked with it all. I love working with dogs. Motivation is the most important key in training dogs, they want to learn and motivate them and giving them positive reinforcement is the key in developing your best friend. I specialize in puppy training or adult.

  • Basic training certification
  • Guard dog certification
  • Puppy training Certification
  • e-collar Certification
  • AKC evaluator

Our Happy Clients!

Sarah is the best! I have a blue nose Pitbull and I got her when she was a puppy, I don't know if she had trauma but she was very afraid to go out on the street and she was very scared by noises ... since Sarah started training Cali she is much more confident and lost the fears and learned many commands too, Amazing how my Dog like Sarah now, I am very thankful 🙂
Eber Nascimento
I highly recommend Sarah if you're looking for a dog trainer. My dog Cele is three years old and she started to revert back to some bad habits. After one session I was seeing results. Cele was responding to the stay command instead of always walking away after I asked her to stay in the past and I was amazed!! I've also seen significant results in Cele's lease aggression and she is no longer lunging towards other dogs when we're out on walks. I'm looking forward to seeing future results as Sarah continues to work with Cele. Thank you Sarah!
Thank you Sarah for bringing so much structure into our puppy Tucker’s training! You are constantly showing us so many little tips and tricks that make the biggest difference in his behavior. Even after just a couple weeks we noticed huge changes in his obedience and he’s a much happier dog which makes us much happier dog parents! We cannot wait to see what a well behaved gentleman Tucker becomes with your help.
Megan Farquar
Sarah gets my dogs! Tucker and Piper couldn't be more different- yet her style has resulted in positive changes for them both! Even though I can't be present for much of the training , Sarah provides easy and quick drills to practice with them that have improved their overall behavior. She is professional,experienced, and knowledgeable! Her credentials are solid and pricing reasonable!
Heather Hays
Highly recommend Sarah for dog training. She's got lots of experience and energy. Our dogs love her too! Storm is always right there to greet her when she arrives, and they come home home happy & tired. Now we need to work on a way to get Pancho to stop eating worms.
Sabrina Olvera
Sarah was awesome! She was really able to help us understand Brutus's behavior and was able to help us get a grip on our dog! We have a large breed pit bull/golden retriever mix and he is strong! We've leavened how to be a leader on the leash as well as in our home! So much less stress! So happy we found her
Nicole Weinstein


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Dog walking

In person Consultation /evaluations

Single class private

Private Obedience Training.

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Private Obedience training

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Private Obedience training

Each package comes with a free follow up session or 5 free group training classes after package done.

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