Dog Trainers in Encinitas

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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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Michelle AEncinitas, CA

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“I will treat your fur babies like I treat my own!”

Hi, My name is Michelle! I am retired and volunteer at the San Diego Humane Society as a Canine Companion and a Behavior and Training specialist. I love using rewards based training and clicker training to help our doggies learn new tricks and get them adopted into their forever homes. I am certified in pet CPR and I also run some of our high energy dogs. I promise to treat your dog like I would my own and provide the most positive Wag! experience possible. I can't wait to meet your dog!

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, 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

Chloe KEncinitas, CA

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Hi there! My name is Chloe and I am a third-year marine biology student at UC San Diego, but my love for animals extends well beyond the confines of the ocean! You can’t name an animal that I haven’t owned, trained, or both— dogs, cats, horses, birds, any rodent or fish you can think of! I’ve worked as a pet sitter, walker, caretaker, and trainer since I was 9 years old, and my experiences have made me comfortable and confident with every kind of dog out there, whether pure-bred or pure mutt. As a dog owner myself, I know that you want to give your pet the very best, and I’ll do my very best to make sure they get it! Hope to see you soon!

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Colleen IEncinitas, CA

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Hi! My name is Colleen and I’m a proud doggie mom! I have been the lucky owner of all types of dogs, and am currently training my 10 month old puppy Brandy to be a service dog! (What a good girl!! :D) I love to volunteer with animals have experience with many other types of animals- I’m even a lizard mom! I have experience with animals of all ages, sizes, and tempers and especially enjoy helping dogs with anxiety. Thanks for reading, and I can't wait to shake paws with your best friend!

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

Janet TEncinitas, CA

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“The Dog Gone Best”

I have two pointers who have never missed their twice daily outings in over 12 years. I fully understand the mind/body connection for a contented canine. I have over 1200 hours of hands-on experience working with shelter dogs. I am skilled at basic and intermediate obedience training and well-versed in dog body language, leash reactivity, and working with under-socialized dogs. I look forward to meeting your dog and I promise your dog will thank you!

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Ixtlaly GEncinitas, CA

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“A tired dog is a happy dog!”

I am an animal lover, a veteran of the US Marines, a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach, & a Reiki Practitioner. I am currently a homemaker because of my recent cancer diagnosis. As a mom I know the importance of safety & health when walking dogs, since I have two chihuahuas of my own. I have over 3 years experience in dog walking & boarding. As a treat, I give dogs Reiki healing to help with their stress & anxiety. I believe a tired dog is a happy dog & look forward to meeting your special dog!

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

Kersti WEncinitas, CA

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“From Graduate school to Dog Walking!”

I’ve spent 1 year learning the world of professional pet care. It happened by accident - I got a chance to go back to school, not only to earn a master’s degree but to play volleyball. Unfortunately, I finished my degree injured and struggling mentally. Enter dog walking! I thought I would just try it out...turns out it helped me heal: movement, nature and a friendly companion. Then it dawned on me, growing up with all kinds of animals from fish to horses - I was built for this!! Yay pet care!

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Janell REncinitas, CA

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Hi, my name is Janell. I have 2 degrees in the animal sciences and have worked with animals for 24 years. I have owned dogs since I was nine and have rescued several of them. I have taught group and private dog obedience classes for several years. I can’t wait to meet your dog and get them out for a little fresh air.

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Danielle SEncinitas, CA

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I am the BIGGEST animal lover you will EVER meet. People always ask if I speak dog. German Shepards were in our family since before I could walk, large or small pets I am totally comfortable! I recently lost my best friend so I have TONS of love to share with your FURKID...I love meeting other pet owners who care about their dogs and in turn I will care and treat them as if they were mine. I am certified in Pet CPR & First Aid. I can also give oral medications for your pets in need. I PAWROMISE your dog will WOOF me instantly!

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Olivia KEncinitas, CA

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Hi, I’m Olivia! I’m a full-time college student and I work to pay for my education. I love dogs of all ages, sizes, and personalities. I have experience handling and training dogs as a volunteer for Helen Woodward Animal Center. I have even taught dogs how to surf!

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Mark LEncinitas, CA

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“Experience Dog Trainer/Walker/Sitter/Available Now”

Hello Pet Parents, my name is Markus. I am a certified dog walker/trainer. I specialize in specific problem areas, basic and advanced training. I have over 15 yrs experience in proper animal care and handling. I am CPR and First Aid cert. I work great with pups and senior dogs. I have owned and cared for my own pets. I have been living in the San Diego areas my entire life. I am equipped and ready to bring a great service experience to your dog’s issues,needs and challenges. Available Now

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Can run with dogs, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

About Dog Training in Encinitas, CA

Training Fun Fact #1:

You’ve just welcomed a Husky puppy into your family and you’ve already fallen head over heels in love with your little bundle of fur. But just like every puppy, your pooch will need some obedience training, and one of the key skills they’ll need to learn is coming when called. You’ll need a good supply of treats to do this, and it’s best to start in an area with no distractions. Simply call your pup’s name and give them a treat and lots of praise when they come to you. They’ll soon come to realize that responding to your call will lead to good things, and you’ll eventually be able to move on to training in an environment with lots of distractions.

Training Fun Fact #2:

Dinner is here at the end of a long day and you’re ready to sit down for a relaxing meal. Unfortunately, your dog has their heart set on a tasty snack and is making their way around the table begging for some scraps. Sound familiar? If you want to train your dog not to beg at the table, there are a few ways to go about it. One is to send your dog off to bed when you’re ready to eat, while working on a reliable “sit and stay” command can also help. Once your dog comes to understand that begging never works — you may need to give them the cold shoulder for a while — you can start to expect better table manners.

Training Fun Fact #3:

Dog training doesn’t always have to be so serious. Training provides wonderful mental stimulation and also strengthens the bond you share with your dog, so why not have some fun with it? For example, maybe you’d like to teach your pup to run an obstacle course, walk sideways, or do some push-ups. For something that’ll really amaze your friends and family, you might even be able to teach your athletic pup how to do a backflip — now that’s impressive!

Average Cost of Dog Training in Encinitas, CA

If you’re searching for dog trainers in Encinitas, CA, you might be surprised to learn just how many different options there are to choose from. While the freedom to choose is always a plus, how do you know which trainer will be the “pawfect” match for your pet?

There are myriad factors to consider when choosing a dog trainer. You’ll need to consider a trainer’s qualifications and experience, as well as the methods they use to improve doggy obedience and behavior. You’ll also need to find out whether they’re an effective communicator — with people and with dogs — and that’s before we even start thinking about the cost.

Dog trainers in Encinitas offer two main options: group classes and private lessons. Group classes offer a great way to socialize your dog while working on some key obedience skills and are particularly popular for puppy training. They’re also cheaper than private sessions but do require an ongoing commitment — expect to pay roughly $150 to $350 (more in some cases) for 4 to 6 weeks of classes.

If your dog doesn’t feel comfortable in a group setting or they just need more intensive training, private training lessons may be the answer. In-home training consultations let your dog learn in an environment where they feel comfortable and allow the trainer to pay close attention to your pup’s needs. The downside is that they can be quite expensive — many Encinitas dog training services charge between $120 and $150 per hour for private training sessions.

If that sounds like a lot of money, maybe you should book a dog trainer in Encinitas with Wag!. Trainers with Wag! offer rates starting from just $60 an hour, which means you’ll have more money left over to spend on spoiling your pooch. The cost also includes a customized training plan for your pet, providing your dog’s roadmap to better behavior.

Going Off-Leash in Encinitas, CA

Do you love getting out and about with your dog? If you’re looking for new and exciting doggy adventures in Encinitas, CA, you’ll want to head to one of the area’s excellent off-leash dog parks.

The pick of the litter is the Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park at Encinitas Community Park. Located on Santa Fe Drive, this 2-acre park features a separate area for small and timid dogs as well as a larger lawn that’s open to all animals. It’s open from 8 AM until sunset every day (except for a couple of hours on Thursdays when it’s closed for cleaning), and is a very “pawpular” spot for social doggies.

The City of Encinitas also offers fixed off-leash hours in other parks throughout the area. These include Encinitas Viewpoint Park, Sun Vista Park, and Orpheus Park, so check signage for details on the hours and days when pets can play leash-free.

And if you’re thinking of heading to a dog park, make sure your pooch knows how to be a good boy or girl when off-leash. That means they need to be under voice control, know how to interact with other dogs, and understand how to be friendly around strangers. If they can tick all these boxes, you’re sure to have a wonderful time going off-leash in Encinitas.

Dog Training in Encinitas, CA

Does your Labrador keep drinking from the toilet? Need some advice on how to potty train your Chihuahua? Got a Beagle puppy who simply refuses to come when called? Whatever sort of dog training problem you’re trying to solve, there are plenty of dog trainers in Encinitas who can help.

To find the right person for your dog, download the Wag! app and start browsing dog trainers near you. Trainers with Wag! are experienced, reliable, and can work with dogs of all ages and abilities. From puppy training to essential behavior training, they’ve got the expertise to transform your dog into a polite pooch.

When you find a trainer you like, connect with them via in-app chat to discuss your dog’s training goals and arrange a meet and greet. After your one-on-one session, you can work with the same trainer again or find someone new — it all depends on what works for you and your dog. Book an Encinitas dog training session today and get ready to unleash your pooch’s potential.