Dog Trainers in San Francisco

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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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Kiefer HSan Francisco, CA

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My name is Kiefer, I'm an enthusiastic animal-lover living and working in San Francisco. I grew up with a pit bull/Great Dane mutt named Bandit and a couple of cats. After Bandit, we adopted a border collie/black lab mix and a greyhound/black lab mix from our local animal shelter. When I moved away for college, I filled my dog void by spending ~10 hr/week at the Humane Society as a senior volunteer; I was responsible for cleaning, feeding, basic agility and training, and off-site socialization and exercise. I've had a great love for dogs since I was a child and miss having them as a constant in my life. I aim to provide your dog with all of my affection and attention!

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Jason LSan Francisco, CA

4.9

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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, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Fast walker

Kelly HSan Francisco, CA

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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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RIcardo RSan Francisco, 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, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Daniel LSan Francisco, 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 SSan Francisco, CA

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

Susan CSan Francisco, CA

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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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Marlys JSan Francisco, CA

4.9

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Hi! My name is Marlys and I have been around dogs my entire life! I've owned all different kinds of breeds and sizes of dogs. I've been dog sitting for 9 years now! I work at Guide Dogs for the Blind full time and walk dogs on the side. Looking forward to meeting you and 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, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Fast walker

About Dog Training in San Francisco, CA

Training Fun Fact #1:

Does your dog tug on their leash during your walks? With a pocket full of treats and 10-minute training sessions, you can nip this bad habit in the bud. It’s best to work on the “heel” command in a quiet place with few distractions. While holding a tasty treat, have your dog sit next to your leg. Take a step forward and give the “heel” command. If your dog tugs on the leash, turn around and walk in the other direction. When they walk alongside you, give them a treat. When training your dog not to tug on the leash, be consistent and practice daily.

Training Fun Fact #2:

Why are some dogs aggressive toward other dogs? Turns out our hounds can be a little hormonal sometimes! More specifically, the hormone vasopressin may play a role in canine aggression. A study by the University of Arizona found that aggressive dogs tend to have higher levels of vasopressin. But this is only one potential cause of aggression in dogs — a history of abuse or neglect can also contribute to aggressive behaviors. When training your dog to react calmly, notice what triggers a hostile reaction. If you’re worried that your dog might get aggressive toward you, consult a San Francisco dog trainer for assistance and advice.

Training Fun Fact #3:

It might sound nigh on impossible, but you can actually train your doggo to dance! Using a mix of tasty treats, verbal cues, and hand gestures, you can teach your dog to spin in a circle, stand up, and step side-to-side while on their hind legs. This adorable trick can take up two months for your mutt to master, but as the old saying goes, practice makes “pawfect”. 

Average Cost of Dog Training in San Francisco, CA

How much does in-home dog training in San Francisco cost? Many private trainers charge an hourly rate as well as an extra consultation fee of up to $150. The first in-home session is usually the most expensive at $150 per hour, while follow-up sessions can drop to $100 to $125 per hour. Some San Francisco trainers also combine multiple sessions into packages.

Specialized training, like agility, typically costs $200 for a 4-week course. Puppy training classes and adolescent obedience classes are priced similarly at $200 and $225 for 4 to 5 weeks. But remember, that’s per course. Since many courses contain multiple levels, you might need to attend three courses to complete your dog’s training. Although your woofer will learn good socialization and leash manners, these classes usually only meet for an hour each week, which gives pet parents little time to work one-on-one with their trainer. Note that some classes don’t allow excessive barking, which can lead to dismissal from the class.

If Buddy is a barker, or you’re searching for a more affordable option, dog trainers on the Wag! app offer a suitable solution. For just $60 per hour, you’ll enjoy the freedom to book a personalized training session that works for your schedule. Chat with your trainer right in the app to customize every detail of Spot’s training session, including the time and place. Download the Wag! app today to team up with a dog trainer near you.

Going Off-Leash in San Francisco, CA

Before you treat Fifi to some off-leash playtime at the San Francisco’s dog parks, make sure you know the rules. Excessive barking, digging, and destruction aren’t allowed, and pet parents are responsible for supervising their dogs and keeping them under voice control. Dogs that bite other pups or people will face hefty fines and penalties. Partner with a San Francisco dog trainer to work on your fur-baby’s biting habits, and you’ll be one step closer to going off-leash in San Francisco.

Affectionately nicknamed “Dolo” by locals, Dolores Dog Park is a popular hangout in SF. With 16 acres of lush grassy space divided into 2 separate fenced areas, there’s lots of room to roam. Don’t let yourself get distracted — this park is usually packed with other pooches and people, so it’s important to keep an eye and ear on your dog at all times.

If you’ve been working hard on Otto’s socialization, recall skills, and off-leash manners with your San Francisco dog trainer, put your learning into practice at Bernal Heights Dog Park. This 39-acre expanse is heaven for hound-dog hikers. Every inch of this hilltop park permits dogs off-leash, and that includes the hiking trails. Although you’ll enjoy breathtaking panoramas of “muttropolitan” San Francisco from the top, stay alert — the park isn’t fenced.

Dog Training in San Francisco, CA

Because there are more dogs living in SF than children under 18, experienced dog trainers are always in demand. Volunteering at the city’s adoption centers is a great way for San Francisco dog trainers to gain experience and give back to the community.

No matter where you go for walks in SF, you’re bound to see a French Bulldog smiling up at you from the sidewalk. Their small size makes them well-suited for apartment living, which is just one reason why Frenchies are the most popular dog breed in San Francisco. When it comes to training, these doggy divas can be a little stubborn. Keep a stash of treats in your pocket and your Frenchie will be rolling over and lying down in no time.

The Poodle also reigns supreme in The Golden City. The proud Poodle is a beautiful combination of beauty and brains, which makes them a treat to train. They also love to please their parents, so positive reinforcement is the ideal approach. Obedience training will be a piece of cake. (Or should we say kibble?) Once your Poodle knows the basics, keep their minds sharp with agility, rally obedience, and tracking.

Whether you’re itching to teach Isabelle some new tricks, or you just need some extra help with teaching obedience fundamentals, San Francisco dog trainers with Wag! can customize training sessions to match your dog’s needs and temperament.