Dog Trainers in Oakland

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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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Jason LOakland, CA

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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, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Training experience, Obedience training, Behavioral training

Kelly HOakland, CA

4.9

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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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Becky IOakland, CA

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Hi! My name is Becky. I grew up in Alameda, California with a Rough Collie mix, Sheba and Chow Chow mix, Gaby. The bonds I've had with dogs are lasting, and they always bring a smile to my face. I am a patient, kind person that gets along well with all types of dogs from big to small to the timid to the drooly to the spastic. In my day to day life, I am an artist, that specializes in mostly metalsmithing and a carpentry student, and I love to hike, jog, bike, and swim. I hope to be able to help dogs keep an active lifestyle to keep them fit and happy.

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RIcardo ROakland, 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, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience

Marisa KOakland, 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 have experience with training, special needs, administering meds, hikes. 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, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience, Obedience training, Behavioral training, Socialization training, Potty training, Puppy training

Daniel LOakland, 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 SOakland, 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, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience

Kelly FOakland, CA

4.9

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“Life is better with dogs and cats!”

I love animals! I grew up having pets and have been walking dogs since I was young. I have volunteered at Northern California Family Dog Rescue in San Francisco, have been a dog sitter and a foster mom for a dog. It brings me joy when animals are happy.

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

Ryan MOakland, CA

4.9

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I live and work as a medical professional in San Francisco and I'm often described as dependable and responsible. I've grown up with dogs my whole life and I love to play with and take care of my friends' dogs in the city. I enjoy exploring the city and look forward to taking your dog for walks in San Francisco!

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Tara LOakland, CA

4.8

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HI my name is Tara! I've been taking care of dogs for 15 years professionally but loving them all my life. I was raised with Poodles and Collies. I have walked everything from Chihuahua's to Greyhounds. I feel providing them with what they need and deserve is a privilege. We both get the exercise we need! So much love to give and receive. Is there a better job?

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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, obedience, 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 scentwork, that option is also available in Oakland. Specialty workshops on scentwork 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 dog trainers with Wag! a try? At just $60 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.

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.

Joaquin Miller Park Dog Play Area

is a great place to start your off-leash adventures in Oakland. 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 purebreed. 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!