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Wag! is the nation's fastest-growing network of pre-screened and insured dog walkers, sitters, and trainers. In less than 15 minutes you can book a nearby dog sitter, daycare provider, or dog walker, who'll take complete care of your loved one - at their place or yours.

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Kiefer HBerkeley, CA

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My name is Kiefer, I'm an enthusiastic animal-lover living and working in San Francisco. I grew up with a pit bull/Great Dane mutt named Bandit and a couple of cats. After Bandit, we adopted a border collie/black lab mix and a greyhound/black lab mix from our local animal shelter. When I moved away for college, I filled my dog void by spending ~10 hr/week at the Humane Society as a senior volunteer; I was responsible for cleaning, feeding, basic agility and training, and off-site socialization and exercise. I've had a great love for dogs since I was a child and miss having them as a constant in my life. I aim to provide your dog with all of my affection and attention!

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Jason LBerkeley, CA

4.9

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“Positive reinforcement walker and trainer”

Being a Wag! Walker since May 2015, dogs and their parents have come to love when I take them out. Aside from being a Wag! Walker, I also care for dogs at the San Francisco SPCA. Besides being trained in dog walking, I am also trained in clicker training. I love making everyone’s dog day a pawsome day and I look forward to making yours too.

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Can run with dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Fast walker

Kelly HBerkeley, CA

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Woof! My name is Kelly and I can't wait to meet your best friend. I am a mature, responsible paralegal student and I abide by the rule of paw--happiness and fun! I have been a dog owner all my life (which has included training classes) and I am incredibly devoted to the development of positive interaction and relationship building with canines. I am keenly aware of canine communication signals and positive guidance methods in order to further mutual cooperation with the client. I confess to my "happy-goofy" nature with my clients and I am NOT embarrassed to be seen and heard by others using high pitched "happy talk" on a walk! Let's meet!

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RIcardo RBerkeley, CA

4.9

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Animal Lover here, with more then 9+ yrs of personal dog ownership and over all handing a variety of animals from reptiles to farm animals. I very much enjoy spending time with animals and dog walking is another way I get to interact and learn more about man kinds best friends.

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Marisa KBerkeley, CA

4.9

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“Huge animal lover”

Hello my name is Marisa. I have been a HUGE dog/ animal lover all my life. I have two chihuahuas rescue dogs of my own. I can't wait to walk your dog!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Daniel LBerkeley, CA

4.9

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Hi everyone! My name is Daniel, I am an experienced dog walker and sitter, and was a Kennel Supervisor before moving to Berkeley to study. I have walked and sat for families with multiple dogs, as well as dogs of every energy and confidence level. I have had dogs all my life, and learned a lot about proper dog handling while working at the shelter. The job exposed me to a variety of sizes and personalities, as well as techniques to be successful with all types of dogs, and I can't wait to meet yours!

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Megan SBerkeley, CA

4.9

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“Future Special Needs Teacher who loves dogs!”

Hi, I'm Megan! I've been volunteering at the animal shelter for about 4 years now! I've loved dogs since I was a little girl and care for each dog I meet as if it were my own! Fun fact about me is I also ride and care for horses! I really hope I meet your requirements and that I fulfill your dog-walking needs! I'll always give more than 100% effort!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Marlys JBerkeley, CA

4.9

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Hi! My name is Marlys and I have been around dogs my entire life! I've owned all different kinds of breeds and sizes of dogs. I've been dog sitting for 9 years now! I work at Guide Dogs for the Blind full time and walk dogs on the side. Looking forward to meeting you and your dog!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Fast walker

Nichole JBerkeley, CA

4.9

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“Big or small I love them all!”

As I grew I knew I wanted a career that had something to do with dogs. In high school I got a job as a groomers assistant and loved it. After four and a half years it just wasn't the passion I was looking for. The passion was right I front of me. I have been training my dog to do all kinds of tricks since the beginning . I'm now a certified dog trainer graduated by the ABC animal behavior college. I have two dogs a giant Doberman pincher and a tiny miniature pincher also 3 cats.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Can run with dogs, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Hannah LBerkeley, CA

4.9

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I'm a dog lover with lots of experience getting to know and handling new dogs. I've worked with local animal rescue organizations as a foster home and a volunteer. I've always loved working with animals and I plan to pursue a career in animal training.

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About Dog Training in Berkeley, CA

Training Fun Fact #1:

Dogs are welcome just about everywhere in Berkley. Whether you’re attending a church service or a tea tasting workshop, Tucker’s welcome to tag along. To enjoy all the dog-friendly adventures in Berkeley, training your dog not to bark or whine is essential. One reason why dogs bark is to get attention. One method for instilling this command is to teach them that performing a trick will get them the attention they want. You’ll also want to identify any triggers that cause your pup to bark or whine.

Training Fun Fact #2:

The Tilden Regional Park is sure to be a treat for you and Fido. Take your time exploring 40 miles of trails winding past lakes and through colorful botanical gardens. If your pup pulls on their leash or barks at everything that moves, it’s a good idea to train your dog to behave on walks before your visit. Start out on a short leash in your back yard or a distraction-free environment. When your pooch starts misbehaving, stop in your tracks. Maintain a calm yet firm demeanor. This shows them you’re in charge and won’t reward their mischief with attention.

Training Fun Fact #3:

Training your dog to look at you is one of the best commands you can teach your woofer. This encourages them to focus on you and ignore other dogs, food, toys, and other distractions. It also instills a sense of safety and trust. You’ll want to start out in a quiet environment. Wait for your dog to make eye contact with you, then reward them with a treat. From there, you can work your way up to verbal cues, like “look”. Maintain a consistent training routine and your dog could learn this command in as little as a week!

Average Cost of Dog Training in Berkeley, CA

Pet parents living in Berkeley are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to training options. A variety of private trainers and group classes available right in town ensure every need is covered.

In-home dog training in Berkeley, CA starts at $125 per session. Consultation fees of $85 to $175 may apply, in addition to mileage fees. Some dog trainers in Berkeley even offer bundles of drop-in sessions. Trainers will visit your home while you’re at work to ensure your dog’s learning stays current. These packages range from $1,200 to $1,600 for 4 weeks’ worth of lessons.

You’ll also find some slightly unconventional training offerings, like phone consultations and online classes. Phone consultations start at $80 per hour. Online classes begin at $175 for 5 to 6 weeks of puppy training lessons. Specialty workshops on nosework and agility start at $150 for a 6-week course.

Prefer to attend a good old fashioned obedience class instead? Classes will set you back anywhere from $180 to $200 for a 5-week course. If your pooch hasn’t quite mastered obedience after the beginner class, you might need to enroll in the intermediate class. Advanced classes are also available. You’ll want to consider this when shopping around for a class.

But before you go and commit to a class, there are a few things you should know. Some Berkeley dog training facilities have long waiting lists. You’ll also want to be mindful of refund and expiration policies if you’re considering purchasing a package.

Maybe you want to test out a training option before committing. Or maybe your inconsistent work schedule means you can’t commit to a class. Whatever your needs, Berkeley, CA dog trainers on the Wag! platform provide an affordable, flexible solution.

Once you’ve downloaded the app and set up your account, you can access a list of dog trainers near you. Find the perfect match for your pup, then start chatting to create a personalized training plan. You decide when and where classes take place, as well as the commands Lassie works on. All for a fraction of the cost of other Berkeley private dog training options at just $60 per hour!

Going Off-Leash in Berkeley, CA

What better way to spoil Sparky than with some off-leash freedom? If your pooch doesn’t play well with other puppers, you’ll need to brush up on their behavior before your playdate. Link up with a trainer near you, and you’ll be rolling and romping at the off-leash dog parks in Berkeley, CA in no time!

Here’s a fun fact about Cesar Chavez Dog Park: it was named after a dog lover! This is just one reason why it’s so appealing to local pet parents. With 17 acres of grassy off-leash space to explore, Max is sure to have a ball! (A tennis ball, that is.) Foxtails are abundant here, which is useful information for parents of wiggly woofers who don’t like bathtime. Stay on the safe side and train your dog to sit still for grooming before your visit.

The Ohlone Dog Park, on the other paw, is a little on the smaller side. But what this petite park lacks in space it more than makes up for in amenities. Seating, shade, and separate areas for small and large breeds offer plenty of space to play. Did you know Ohlone Dog Park is also considered one of the first designated off-leash dog parks in the world?

Dog Training in Berkeley, CA

Ready to take the plunge and test out one of the trainers near you? You’ll be pleased to learn that the pet caregivers on our platform are so much more than just dog trainers. Many are also pet parents themselves! Some trainers also work with dogs in local shelters on basic obedience commands. (Not to mention they also provide plenty of love and affection to dogs awaiting their forever homes.)

Berkeley dog trainers work with a range of breeds, from the small but mighty Chihuahua to the much bigger but still mighty Siberian Husky. These are just two of the top dog breeds in Berkeley and the surrounding Bay Area.

Chihuahuas are known for their fierce attitudes and excessive barking. But spend a little time with these cuddly lap dogs, and you’ll soon see this reputation is ill-deserved! A great method for training your Chihuahua puppy not to bark is to let them tire themselves out. They’ll eventually get tired of hearing their own voice. And when they do, that’s when you reward them! Over time, they’ll learn that being quiet gets them a tasty reward.

Siberian Huskies, on the other paw, are a stark contrast. Athletic, intelligent, and alert, these working dogs trace their history back over 3,000 years! Descended from sled dogs bred in Asia, Siberian Huskies are a natural at canine sports. Agility, mushing, racing — you name it, the Siberian Husky can do it. Unfortunately, their strong prey drive and boundless energy make training tricky. Got a headstrong Husky at the end of that leash? Berkeley dog trainers can help instill good manners and obedience fundamentals.

Obedience training is essential for raising a well-behaved fur-baby. Once you’ve got the basics down, try your paw at canine sports or trick training. Boasting a wide variety of backgrounds as pet caregivers, Berkeley dog trainers have the skills and expertise you need. (For a fraction of the price of other dog training options in Berkeley!) Download the app and start crafting Peanut’s personalized training plan today.