Dog Trainers in San Diego

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What is Wag!?

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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Laura WSan Diego, 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 KSan Diego, CA

5.0

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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 RSan Diego, 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 PSan Diego, 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 HSan Diego, CA

4.9

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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 DSan Diego, CA

4.9

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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 HSan Diego, 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 LSan Diego, CA

4.8

(300)

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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 LSan Diego, CA

4.8

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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 LSan Diego, CA

4.8

(85)

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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 San Diego, CA

Training Fun Fact #1:

Digging, even indoors, is a perfectly normal behavior. Dogs dig for many reasons — to make their bed cozier, to track down an animal, or to bury a bone for later. (If your fur-baby is destroying your furniture or flowers, though, it may be time to consult a dog trainer.)

Training Fun Fact #2:

The “sit” command is key for training a dog who’s well-mannered. Having your dog sit before receiving treats or food helps prevent begging and jumping. Plus, your dog is much more likely to obey in exchange for a tasty reward!

Training Fun Fact #3:

Did you know that trained therapy dogs have higher levels of endorphins compared to pet dogs? Whether it’s nursing home residents, veterans with PTSD, or victims of a natural disaster, lending a helping paw to those in need boosts the “happiness hormone” in these hound-dog heroes.

Average Cost of Dog Training in San Diego

How much does dog training cost in San Diego? Private in-home dog trainers in San Diego can charge up to $110 per session or $85 per hour. Some of the most expensive in-home packages offered by San Diego dog trainers can run upwards of $800.

On average, group obedience classes cost $150 to $175 upfront for a six-week course. Many classes are tiered, so you can expect to pay at least $350 to complete every level.

While there’s no denying your pup is worth every penny, most traditional obedience classes are only an hour-long once a week. That means less flexibility and less one-to-one correction time with the trainer. (Not to mention the setting with other untrained dogs who might distract your woofer!)

At just $60 per hour-long session, in-home training with Wag! offers an affordable solution that puts you in control. San Diego dog trainers work around your busy schedule to create personalized training sessions for your canine.

Chat and pay securely in-app and work with your trainer in the comfort of your own home — dog trainers with Wag! bring the obedience classes to you.

Going Off-Leash in San Diego Dog Parks

Obedience training and good socialization skills are important if you’re planning to visit San Diego’s off-leash dog parks and beaches. With no official breed restrictions in place, the city’s off-leash zones really welcome all dogs with open paws. However, according to City of San Diego’s dog park regulations, you’re responsible for your dog’s actions — so you’ll need to keep your buddy on their best behavior.

The Grape Street Dog Park in Balboa Park covers five acres where your pup can roam free. Unfortunately, this lush space isn’t fenced, which means your dog will need to have excellent recall skills. Work on this command with a dog trainer with Wag! in San Diego, and your pal will be playing at Grape Street Dog Park in no time!

If Spot likes to make a splash, San Diego’s dog beaches are just the ticket for a fun afternoon. The Original Dog Beach is a popular hangout for San Diego’s hounds. If your pup is a little shy around people or other dogs, you’ll need to work on their socialization skills before hitting the beach. Flawless recall skills are also important for a safe and successful outing. 

Being a pet parent means you’ll have to train yourself as well as your dog. Because your furry friend is so in tune with your own emotions and body language, you need to know how to stay calm if things don’t go as planned at the dog park or beach. In-home training sessions can teach you the ins and outs of canine behavior so you can react quickly to potential dangers.

Dog Training in San Diego

Looking to learn how to train a puppy, how to potty train a dog, or basic tips for obedience training? Dog trainers with Wag! have got you and Fido covered. All San Diego dog trainers on the Wag! platform are vetted, and many of them volunteer with local shelters and training programs to gain additional hands-on experience. Even when class isn’t in session, you can access a treasure trove of dog training tips to keep practicing with your pup!

What kind of dogs are San Diego dog trainers working with? French Bulldogs are, paws down, the most popular dog breed in San Diego. And for good reason — these lovable lap dogs absolutely adore their owners. Because they’re such people pleasers, Frenchies are relatively easy to train. This is good news since obedience training is crucial to get their chewing habits in check. “Drop it” is one of the essential commands you’ll want to work on.

German Shepherds and Labradors are also among the top five most popular dog breeds in San Diego. Labs are hyper puppies, but they’ll get the hang of obedience training quickly and mellow out as they grow older. Their alert and protective nature also makes them great seeing-eye dogs, so service dog training is definitely a possibility for these intelligent pooches.

On the other paw, German Shepherd dogs are renowned for being work hounds, but they love nothing more than spending time with their family. Basic obedience and socialization skills will keep pet German Shepherds content and stimulated. They also excel at agility, tracking, and airscenting, making them the “pawfect” canine candidate to assist police officers and people with disabilities.

Ready to unleash your pup’s potential? Find a dog trainer with Wag! near you and create a custom training plan that fits your dog’s unique personality, temperament, and skills.