Dog Trainers in La Mesa

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Laura WLa Mesa, CA

5.0

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“I Use Gloves and my Own Leash 4 Your Protection”

My goal: To be the dog walker/ dog sitter that I always wish my own dog had. I’ve had great fun jobs with dogs: training, photographing, caring for and now walking. My favorite part has always been getting to know each unique dog’s personality and figuring out what makes them happy, comfortable and confident and becoming a trusted friend to them.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, 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

Chloe KLa Mesa, 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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Jhaime RLa Mesa, CA

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Hello my name is Jhaime Marie. I am bilingual, I love to go for walks and runs so what better way than to take a furry companion with me. i have been around animals all my life. I have 3 miniature pinscher, a doberman pinscher, and a long hair Chihuahua.

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Amber PLa Mesa, CA

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“Professional Dog Lover”

As an animal lover and dog enthusiast, I can't imagine a better opportunity to get outdoors and show some love to your pups when you're away. I grew up with multiple dog breeds and now have 2 best buds of my own. I love training with my GSD & taking her out for a run. I’m a full time grad student and volunteer with the animal shelter. Pets are great companions and I want to ensure they are happy as can be. I look forward to meeting your furbabies and taking them out for some tail-wagging fun!

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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

Brittany HLa Mesa, CA

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“Dogs are my kind of people!”

I have over 20 years of experience owning, caring for and training many breeds of dog. I graduated with a BS in Zoology because working with animals has always been a passion of mine. My previous work as a veterinary technician has given me the insight required to properly care for and respect each dog’s individual needs. Dogs hold a special place in my heart, so I’m thrilled to have a job that gives me the opportunity to make them smile everyday.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, 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

Tara DLa Mesa, CA

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Hi! My name is Tara Dehdari and ever since I was little I would take care of dogs. I started off with taking care of my Dad's coworkers friends dogs. While they would work I would watch their dogs. Then as I got older my neighbors would ask me to watch their dogs for two-three weeks while they would go on vacation. I would play with the dogs, walk them, feed them, clean up after them, and etc. I became the neighborhoods dog walker, and/or dog sitter. I have dealt with all dogs, small and big, puppies and adults. I love dogs!

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Andrea HLa Mesa, CA

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“I Love to Run or walk w/your young to elderly pups”

I'm fun and friendly. I'm always available for any last minute walks when you need it most! Or maybe a daily consistent schedule! I love to walk our furry friends around when you're unable to or when they need a breath of fresh air. Rain or shine! I'm always up for making a new friend and giving them lots of love!

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

Philip LLa Mesa, CA

4.8

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“Our pets are priceless.”

I’m Phil, and I have a passion for working with animals. I worked at Rancho Coastal Humane Society (Encinitas, CA) for the past 5 years, working as a kennel mate directly with dogs of all sizes and temperaments. I also raised several dogs myself. I respect the personal nature of relationships that people can develop with their pups. I understand that dogs are special, and that they are beloved family members. It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to watch over & care for your loved ones.

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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, Fast walker

David LLa Mesa, CA

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“Dog training isn’t only for dogs”

I am a graduate of the Dog Training Academy for dog trainers in San Francisco and obtained my certification. My method is through positive reinforcement and never causes pain to the dog in any way. Dogs are highly social. Although they are different, they have needs just like us and they must be met. I will show you how to achieve a balanced dog. We all want a healthy happy dog! If your dog requires it, i can help your dog get along with other dogs and people too, if you request of course.

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

Mark LLa Mesa, CA

4.8

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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 La Mesa, CA

Training Fun Fact #1:

The Basset Hound is a little digger, and their low to the ground body makes them perfect for the job. Back in the day, they used to be keen hunters but now are primarily one of the best canine companions in the doggy world. They love kids and other dogs and still thrive on being able to use their nose. What is a good training activity for the Basset? Try the nose game method when training them to find hidden objects.

Training Fun Fact #2:

Why do some dogs bite their leash no matter how much you try to stop them? This behavior can signal boredom with training, frustration, and even pent up energy. The first step to any successful training lesson is to make sure your canine student is well-exercised. A rousing game of fetch or a jog around the block sets the tone for learning. Then, it’s time for leash manners instruction. 

Training Fun Fact #3:

The importance of the socialization of dogs cannot be stressed enough. Do you have a new puppy? Puppies start learning how to get along with siblings around the age of 3 to 6 weeks. This is mostly a form of play. From 16 to 20 weeks, behavior like play growling and chasing are commonly seen. If your mini-doggo does not have other dogs to play with once their vaccines are effective, you can play the part by playing doggy-approved games. Then, start your little pooch in puppy dog training class to keep the socialization going.

Average Cost of Dog Training in La Mesa, CA

Is your little four-legger wagging their tail at every mention of dog training classes? No doubt they are, as dogs thrive when trained and confident.

If your dog is socialized and up-to-date with their vet-recommended vaccines, then it’s time to enroll them in their first obedience class. La Mesa is just the place for dog training in Southern California. If it’s a group class you are looking for, expect to pay between $150 and $250 for a 6-week course. Classes follow one another, and it’s usually a requirement that your doggo start at the first level and work their way up.

Some pet parents like the option of having a dog trainer teach their dog the ropes at doggy boot camp. With a board and train option, dogs are sent to the trainer’s home or facility for a week or several weeks of one on one fun. This type of training will vary depending on the intensity of the course and how much time the trainer spends with your dog each day. In La Mesa, board and train classes can cost around $1800 for 3 weeks or $3000 for 5 weeks. The price will depend on several factors, including how much your pupster has to learn and what type of follow up is given afterward.

Do you think your dog will succeed better with private training at home? This is a popular option in sunny Southern Cal, with fees averaging between $100 and $125 per hour. Individual attention is a definite benefit to this type of training.

Dog trainers in La Mesa are ready to take on the task. In-home training with a dog trainer with Wag! can be easily booked for an affordable fee of $60 per one-hour session. Chat and pay in-app to design a customized program for you and your pup. Work alongside your dog and train them to be their best!

Going Off-Leash in La Mesa, CA

La Mesa is known for its stunning scenery, quaint downtown area, and of course, the views. Not only are the mountains picturesque, but the tree-lined neighborhoods are, too. Doggos and their owners are often seen out and about enjoying the incredible sunset after a fun day on the hiking trails. 

With so much opportunity for walking, it’s no wonder canine kiddos in this town want to be outside all of the time. Leashes must be worn everywhere, and dog licensing is a must. Vaccines need to be up to date, as well. Take these simple steps, and you and your little tail-wagger are ready to explore La Mesa from one end to the other.

Where to start? Harry Griffen Dog Park is the popular spot for pooches in this lovely city. The park is unique in that it has three specific areas for dogs to play. Dogs with a quiet and reserved personality have one section, and mini-mutts another. The third area is for dogs with outgoing personalities who are used to getting along with other canines.

San Diego is just minutes away, and the puptacular trails are a big hit with dogs and owners alike. Spacious and fun to traverse, the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Trail is a trek you and Radar will want to do often. What better place for your dog to use their sniffer than a trail with a meandering creek and a waterfall? Bird-watchers can bring binoculars, and dogs can keep their noses working, sniffing out the raccoons and deer. Keep Radar on the leash, though, in respect for the critters that call this trail home.

Dog Training in La Mesa, CA

It’s no secret that dogs love to live in La Mesa. Tree-lined streets provide a shady walk in the heat of the day, and there is always the opportunity to go on walks to neat places like the Walkway of the Stars, and the ever-fun Secret Stairs. 

You’ll see other pups out and about looking for these fun and unique pathways because the people of La Mesa love their dogs. You may run into a local dog trainer, too, so be sure to let Radar say hello and practice a command or two.

What kinds of dogs are dog trainers in La Mesa working with? The breeds seen around town are both big and small, and that’s what makes it fun. 

How about a Boxer? Their sleek coats are suitable for the sunny California weather. Still, you do have to be careful to not exercise them on hot days. Their muzzle structure is such that the airways don’t always work the same as other pups. On a hot day, take your walk with your Boxer early in the morning or after sundown. 

The tiny Chihuahua is another favorite in this mountainside town. They may be small, but they are mighty in personality and charm. Whether a long-haired or short-haired Chi is your choice, be sure to keep this tiny pup hydrated and in the shade on a hot day.

The unique and energetic Dalmatian is often seen on La Mesa trails. They love to run and are the ideal dog to train for rally or freestyle dance. They can be a bit headstrong but are always eager to learn. Put to use the commands learned with a local dog trainer in La Mesa, and they’ll be a champ at Rally-O!

If you have a dog eager to show their smarts, have a local dog trainer with Wag! teach them basic commands, how to heel, and more, over a series of fun and affordable in-home private lessons.