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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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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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About Dog Training in Oakland, CA

Training Fun Fact #1:

Has your Maltese mastered every trick in the training manual? Training your dog to stack rings provides a fun, mentally stimulating challenge. For this trick, you’ll want to start slow. Using treats, encourage your dog to touch the top of the dowel with their nose. Once they’ve got the hang of it, train them to fetch the ring. This activity can take up to 6 weeks to learn, but keep practicing, focusing on one step at a time. It’s a great way to target essential commands, like bringing you an object and dropping it on cue

Training Fun Fact #2:

Oakland residents know that Pit Bulls are top dog on the Bright Side of the Bay. And while Pit Bulls are eager to please their people, puppies might need a little extra guidance when it comes to behavior. Having trouble training your Pit Bull puppy to listen to you? Daily obedience training is essential for establishing yourself as pack leader and instilling good manners. Remember to keep training lessons short — puppies have short attention spans. For more guidance from one of our trainers, check out the guide linked above. (Or book a session with a dog trainer near you for a more paws-on approach.)

Training Fun Fact #3:

Oakland has something many cities don’t: off-leash trails! Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve permits well-trained dogs to roam free once they’re at least 100 feet outside of the parking lot. And because this area is fairly remote, it’s likely you won’t encounter another soul while wandering this wilderness. As long as your dog is under voice control at all times, you’re free to amble past burbling creeks and down dirt pathways leading to stunning viewpoints. Ready to trek the trails with Tucker, but need a hand with training your dog to go off-leash? Oakland dog trainers are more than happy to help.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Oakland, CA

Do a little digging on dog training in Oakland, and you’ll find a ton of options out there. It can be hard to know where to start for pet parents and puppies new to training. There are a few things you should keep in mind before enrolling in a class or signing up for a private lesson with an Oakland dog training facility.

Some of the city’s most popular trainers are usually booked several weeks in advance. Consultation fees of up to $150 and cancellation fees of up to $100 may apply. Refund policies vary depending on the training facility. Refunds aren’t usually given for training packages with bundles of multiple sessions. You may also be required to fill out an intake form before becoming eligible to enroll.

Now that we’ve covered the red tape, let’s take a look at how much dog training costs in Oakland, CA. For private in-home or on-site lessons with a local training facility, you can expect to pay $125 per hour. Some facilities offer packages of multiple sessions for a discounted rate. This typically ranges from $400 to $850 depending on the number of sessions. However, be advised that, per the facility’s refund policy, you may or may not receive a refund for unused sessions. It’s always a good idea to read the fine print before committing to a package.

Considering obedience classes? Puppy training and basic obedience classes range from $150 to $200 for a 5 to 7-week program. These tiered classes come in beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. That means you could invest up to $600 and nearly 5 months of training time to graduate from the full course.

If your athletic Afghan is keen to try their paw at agility or scent work, that option is also available in Oakland. Specialty workshops on scent work start at $100 for a 4-week program. Rally obedience will set you back about $150 for a 6 to 7-week class.

With so many dog training options in Oakland, you’ve got your work cut out for you. But if you’re new to training and you’re unsure about committing to a full course, why not give Oakland in-home dog trainers with Wag! a try?

With average rates of $57 to $63 per hour-long lesson, you’ll save more than 50% on training and have some cash left to spend on treats, toys, and doggy dinner dates. Plus, your trainer will work with you to create a bespoke training plan that suits your dog’s temperament and training needs.

Just need a short session? Try digital dog training instead! For just $27 to $33 on average, this is an affordable, convenient option that busy pet parents are sure to love.

Going Off-Leash in Oakland, CA

When it comes to off-leash dog parks in Oakland, you and Sparky are truly spoiled for choice. All the standard rules apply. Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated, and on their best behavior. You’re also responsible for supervising them and removing them from the park at the first sign of aggression.

Another great place to start your off-leash adventures in Oakland is Joaquin Miller Park Dog Play Area. Complete with separate areas for large and small dogs, this park is somewhat quieter than other off-leash zones in Oakland. Afraid Rufus might get a little too rowdy? Keep the leash attached and tackle one of the trails threading through the surrounding community park before going off-leash.

If you’re the proud parent of a Sheltie socialite, make a beeline for Hardy Dog Park. No matter when you visit, you’ll always find a pack of pups to play with here. Note that this park is directly under the freeway, so if Spot gets spooked by the sound of cars driving by, it might not be the best option. Luckily, a local dog trainer can help with that. Schedule a session with an Oakland dog trainer on the Wag! app, and you two will be playing the day away at Hardy Dog Park in no time!

Dog Training in Oakland, CA

Oakland dog trainers on the Wag! platform boast a diverse range of backgrounds in pet care. Dozens of Pet Caregivers in Oakland are top-rated, having earned hundreds of 5-star ratings from satisfied pet parents. If Oakland’s trainers aren’t playing with their own fur-babies or working one-on-one with the city’s canine citizens, you can usually find them lending a paw at local animal shelters.

What kinds of breeds are Oakland’s dog trainers working with? If you’ve lived in Oakland for any length of time, you won’t be surprised to learn that Pit Bulls have stolen the hearts of the city’s pet parents. This beautiful breed is every bit as brainy as they are brawny. That means you’ll need to keep them entertained with a wide variety of activities for Pit Bulls. Once they’ve got the obedience fundamentals down pat, they’ll excel at a range of canine sports, including agility, rally, and flyball.

Another of Oakland’s most popular breeds isn’t even a breed at all. Goldendoodles, Chugs, Whoodles, Yorkipoos — Oakland residents love their mixed breeds! Although assessing the parent breeds’ character traits is a good starting point when it comes to training, every hybrid is truly unique. Find a dog trainer near you and work together to create a personalized plan that suits your mutt’s unique personality.

Maybe you’re the proud parent of a purebred pooch. Maybe a mutt has stolen your heart. Or maybe your household has a mix of both. Whatever the case, a little extra training never hurt any pup. Download the Wag! app today and book a session with an Oakland dog trainer to find out what everyone’s barking about!

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