Dog Trainers in Palo Alto

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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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Rebecca KPalo Alto, CA

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“Dog Trainer & Behaviorist”

Hi! I'm an experienced animal trainer and am owned by two Border Collies. I specialize in dog behavior and dog training. I guarantee I'll be your dog's new best friend! When I'm not walking dogs, I am an agility (dog obstacle course) instructor. I love teaching dogs tricks!

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Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, High energy dogs, Training experience, Puppy care, Fast walker

Jeanette BPalo Alto, CA

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My name is Jeanette, I have an extreme passion for dogs. I study dog psychology, and I work rehabilitating dogs at my company By the Leash K9. I have experience with boarding dogs, as well as dog sitting. I’m looking forward to helping out with getting your fur babies the love and attention you want for them while you are away, and the exercise they need!

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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

Reet SPalo Alto, CA

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I am a spiritual person, who loves to connect with different species. Taking care of things is very important to me, especially animals. I had been in the childcare buisness for 6 years due to my love for children but now after having 3 of my own adopted children (dogs I adopted) I feel comfortable and excited walking, caring and playing with dogs as well. As an observant human, I find it easy to pick up on the emotions and characteristics of a dog.

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Coralie DPalo Alto, CA

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“Active dog handler with training experience!”

I have been caring for a variety of species since I was a young child. I am a certified canine nutritionist, and am wilderness first aid & CPR certified. In my free time, I backpack and compete in dog sports, including at a national level. I have experience with all sizes of dogs and have worked with a variety of temperaments including fearful dogs, reactive dogs, and hyper dogs. I have extensive experience raising & training service dogs as well as training advanced tricks and obedience.

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Training Exam Complete

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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

Taylor WPalo Alto, CA

4.9

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“Walking your best friend is an honor!”

Hi Pet Parents! My preferred name is Elena. :) I’ve been working with dogs for 7 years now. I’ve walked dog of all sizes and love meeting new pups. I’m very athletic and will always make sure your pup gets the exercise they need. I always carry treats on walks so please let me know if your pup has allergies/restrictions. Can’t wait to meet your pup! :)

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

Susan CPalo Alto, CA

4.9

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Hi! I'm a Bay Area native working in tech who grew up with a mischievious Maltese mix. I'm godmother to a German shepherd puppy who is now 100 pounds. I volunteer at the pet shelter and work with dogs who need behavior training.

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Eric APalo Alto, CA

4.9

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I have always owned a dog since I was little. I’ve trained all the dogs I’ve ever owned. I have always been an animal lover. I’m very patient, caring and thoughtful.

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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

Carolyn MPalo Alto, CA

4.9

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Hi my name is Carolyn. I have over five years of experience volunteering and raising dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind. I also have experience caring for horses, livestock and exotic animals. Currently I work at a veterinary hospital and have a passion for training and caring for dogs of all breeds and temperaments. I have seen dogs dramatically improve their behavior, health and overall wellbeing with regular walks which keeps me excited about providing dog walking services.

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Training Exam Complete

Socially Distanced Pet Care

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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, Puppy care

Sarah BPalo Alto, CA

4.9

(36)

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Hello! I have been an avid animal lover ever since I was 7 years old and had my first dog. Last year i adopted a puppy and have successfully trained a high energy breed basic commands and more including leash training and some tricks. I have been dog walking for a few years as well as dog sitting. I have walked dogs as small as terriers to as big as German Shepards and black labs!

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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 Palo Alto, CA

Training Fun Fact #1:

Want to teach your dog some cool tricks you can use to show off to family and friends? Maybe you’d like to train your pup to balance a treat on their nose, to cover up with a blanket, or to crawl along the ground. Whichever trick you’re training, a good supply of patience and treats (to use as rewards) will go a long way. And remember, this is meant to be fun — so take the time to enjoy the fact that you’re spending some quality time with your dog. 

Training Fun Fact #2:

Coming when called is an essential skill for every dog. It helps keep them safe in potentially dangerous situations, so it’s important to teach your pup to come even when there are plenty of distractions going on around them. The key to training a puppy to come when called is teaching them that coming to you will always lead to good things — a tasty treat, playtime, or lots of cuddles and praise. Start training in an environment with no distractions, then move on to different settings as your pup starts to get the hang of what they need to do.

Training Fun Fact #3:

Does your dog practically inhale every meal, wolfing it down mere seconds after the food appears in their bowl? This sort of “fast food” increases the risk of your dog suffering from a life-threatening condition known as bloat, especially if they’re a deep-chested breed, so it’s essential you get your dog accustomed to eating slower. There are specially designed bowls that make it harder for dogs to eat quickly, or you could give your pup their dinner in a puzzle toy. If you have multiple dogs, you may also need to feed them in separate rooms so your pooch doesn’t feel they need to quickly consume their dinner before the other dog steals it.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Palo Alto, CA

There are many dog trainers in Palo Alto, CA, so how do you know which one of them is right for your dog? After all, you need to find someone who is not only experienced but that knows how to communicate with you and your dog. You’ll also need to consider whether you’re happy with the training methods they use and whether their services are worth the money.

The other question you’ll need to answer is whether you want group training classes or private, in-home training sessions. The main benefit of group classes is that your dog can learn some new skills while also honing their social skills, so they’re particularly useful when socializing a puppy. 

Group classes with dog trainers in Palo Alto are also cheaper than private sessions. You can usually expect to pay roughly $150 to $300, but you’ll need to sign up for a class schedule of 4 to 6 weeks.

But if your pup could benefit from some one-on-one assistance, you might choose private training instead. This means the trainer can focus all of their attention on your dog’s needs, plus your dog gets to learn in an environment in which they feel completely comfortable.

The one downside of this approach is the cost. While prices vary depending on the Palo Alto dog training service you choose, you can often expect to pay between $100 and $150 an hour for in-home training — more in some cases. Some trainers also offer discounted rates if you book a multi-lesson package, but the investment required is significant whichever way you look at it.

But when you book a dog trainer with Wag!, you can take advantage of rates that start from just $60 per hour. That includes a customized training plan for your dog and tuition from an experienced trainer, so why not book a Palo Alto dog training session today?

Going Off-Leash in Palo Alto, CA

Want to find a “grrreat” park where you can train your dog in Palo Alto, CA? Looking for somewhere your pup can run and play with other pooches?

There are several off-leash parks to choose from in the local area but the Peers Park Dog Park is one of the best. Located on Park Boulevard, this much-loved doggy zone features nearly one acre of grassy space for your pup to explore. Features include a small dog area, drinking water, and pet waste stations, while there’s also shade provided to help you escape the heat in summer. 

A little further afield, the Village Green Dog Park in Mountain View is also worth checking out. Located on San Antonio Road, this popular park boasts all the facilities your dog needs for some off-leash fun along with some cool art installations. Seating and a doggy water fountain are also provided, and this popular park is a wonderful spot for your dog to work on their social skills.

If you are planning on visiting a dog park in the area, make sure your dog knows the right way to behave at the dog park. Not only does that mean being friendly to other dogs and people, but coming when called no matter what is going on around them. If they can do that, your pup will have the time of their life enjoying some off-leash fun and games.

Dog Training in Palo Alto, CA

Having trouble training your Doberman to listen to you? Need help training your Golden Retriever to walk on a leash? No matter whether you need basic puppy training or essential behavior training, there’s no shortage of dog trainers in Palo Alto willing to help.

Even better, finding local dog trainers with Wag! is simple. To get started, download the Wag! app and start browsing dog trainers near you. The pet professionals on Wag! are reliable, experienced, and trustworthy, and they can work with puppies, senior dogs, and everything in between.

When you find your pup’s “pawfect” match, use the in-app chat feature to discuss your dog’s training goals and arrange a time for a meet and greet. The trainer will then put together a customized training plan for your dog and visit you for an in-home training session. You then have the freedom to work with the same person again or choose a new trainer.

It’s simple, affordable, and effective, so book a Palo Alto dog training session today.