Dog Trainers in Santa Monica

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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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Maya WSanta Monica, CA

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I am a proud dog parent of two; Lady, my 7 year old mini-dachshund and Coco, my 2 year old Rat Terrier/MinPin/Chihuahua rescue. I’ve lived with and cared for several dogs, big and small throughout my adult life and absolutely love the company and joy dogs bring. I’m an animal lover through and through - I’ll be celebrating my 3 year anniversary on a 100% plant-based diet in the coming months. I take excellent care of my dogs and often get compliments on how well behaved they are with other animals and people alike. I know how special and dear pets are to people’s hearts and take care of anyone’s pet like they are my own. I live within walking distance of several parks and am an avid hiker in the Bay Area, often bringing my dogs. My schedule is very flexible as I currently work independently in freelance film production and for a media strategies nonprofit from home.

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Gunilla LSanta Monica, CA

4.9

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“Life is better with dogs around!”

I have always been a great animal lover, I grew up around horses, dogs and cats, and my beloved turtle. I am a Swede living in LA, trying to make ends meet and what better way to make money than to spend time with animals? Vegetarian and PETA member since many years. To care for someone's pet is a responsibility I take seriously.

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

Natasha KSanta Monica, CA

4.9

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“I will make your dog sit and listen”

I love training dogs. I spent 5 years in the circus and make dogs sit, lay down, roll over, dance between your legs when you walk and many other fun things. It takes time but I can help you create the best behaving dog you’ll even own.

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Oral medicine administration, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Anya WSanta Monica, CA

4.9

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Hi! My name is Anya, I come from Atlanta, GA and now live in LA, CA. I previously have owned 3 dogs and have dog-sat for many more in the past, so I have a lot of experience with dogs of all different breeds, ages and sizes. I specialize in small dogs and puppy care, as well as basic canine communication skills training.

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Andrew RSanta Monica, CA

4.9

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“Big, strong, and/or ‘scary’ dogs welcome!”

I'm Andrew - I have 3 pups of my own. I was a Wag user before I was a Wag walker, and understand the stress of letting strangers take care of your pets. I've grown up with dogs all my life, and was a dog walker for several years through college. Hope to meet you and your pup soon!

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Training Exam Complete

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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

Candace SSanta Monica, CA

4.9

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“Ready to give you a PAWsitive experience!”

Hello. My name is Candace Seward. I grew up in a small town in Northeast Arkansas. I graduated with a BS in digital filmmaking from UCA in Conway. I just recently moved to California to pursue film but would also like to get a chance to meet some furry friends. I grew up around dogs and did a lot of training in a 4H club. I live in the second floor of an apartment but we have a fenced in area in the back. I work close to home so I have time to check in on your furry friend multiple times a day!

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Training Exam Complete

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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

Viviana YSanta Monica, CA

4.9

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Hi Wag! My name is Viviana and I have lived in Culver City my whole life so I know the area pretty well and it's surroundings. Both of my parents are big animal lovers as am I. I've grown up with terriers, a beagle, a Yorkie and also a husky! I have worked at a dog daycare for 2 years and I've volunteered at NKLA for a year and a half. Due to my coursework at SMC, I am dedicating my time for school, however, would love the opportunity to meet your dog on my days off and study breaks!

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Isabel MSanta Monica, CA

4.9

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“Will walk or run MILES with your pups!”

I love to walk everywhere, and taking your pups along with me is one of my passions! Since I was 13 years old I have been walking dogs and pet-sitting. I'm comfortable with dogs of all size and age and am more than happy to follow any instructions and guidelines you give me! I can always sniff out the best trails and parks to make sure that the dogs enjoy themselves, and I like to bring a portable dog bowl along with me. Also experienced in pet-sitting!

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

Hollie MSanta Monica, CA

4.9

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“Delivering the best walk of your pup’s life!”

Hello! My name is Hollie. I’m a lifelong animal lover, with dogs always having a special place in my heart. I have 3 rescue dogs, 2 miniature schnauzers named Sasha and Sadie, and a husky named Loki whom I love like my own children. I can’t wait to meet you and your furry friend!

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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

Christian ASanta Monica, CA

4.8

(122)

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I’m a certified animal trainer, as well as worked with animals my whole life whether it was my dogs, or walking and sitting for others. I’m a fun, caring, and hard working person, all your dogs will be treated like my own, with love. Can’t wait to meet your furry family members!

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Training Exam Complete

Socially Distanced Pet Care

Specialties

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

About Dog Training in Santa Monica, CA

Training Fun Fact #1:

When you call Santa Monica home, one of the best ways to spoil your dog is to take them to a nearby dog-friendly beach. But before you can do that, you’ll need to make sure your dog knows how to safely swim in the ocean. While some dogs will take to the waves like a duck to water, others may need gentle coaxing to get wet. It’s important that you let your dog enter the water at their own pace, and that you supervise them closely at all times. Some breeds like Pugs and Bulldogs are unable to swim, so you may also want to invest in a doggy life jacket for your furry friend before hitting the beach. 

Training Fun Fact #2:

Are you struggling to stay on top of all your household chores? Do you think it might be nice if your four-legged family member helped out a little more around the house? Well, you might like to try training your dog to bring in the groceries, to bring your slippers, or maybe to sort laundry. You could even teach your pup to clean up their toys — the possibilities are just about endless! As long as you take a fun and patient approach to training, your pup will love the chance to learn some new skills.

Training Fun Fact #3:

Dogs and cats are quite notorious for not getting along with one another. In fact, some dogs have a real passion for chasing any cat they come across, especially if they’re a herding breed like the Border Collie. There are a few different approaches you can try to train your dog not to chase cats. One is to socialize your pet with cats from a young age so they learn the right way to behave around felines, another is to teach your dog the benefits of focusing on you when there are other distractions (like the neighbor’s cat) around. Lots of regular exercise and mental stimulation will also help ensure that your dog is less likely to indulge their chasing instincts.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Santa Monica, CA

When you’re comparing dog trainers in Santa Monica, CA, choosing the right person to help your dog often isn’t easy. With so many local dog trainers to choose from, you’ll need to answer several key questions before making your final decision.

What are the trainer’s qualifications? How much experience do they have? Have they worked with dogs like yours before? What training methods do they use? How much do they charge? Do they offer group classes, private training sessions, or both?

If you’re looking to train your pooch and socialize them with other dogs at the same time, group classes may be the ideal solution. They’re great for dogs that need to brush up on their social skills and allow you to work on some key behaviors and obedience skills. They’re also more affordable than private lessons. Group classes with dog trainers in Santa Monica often range from $150 to $300 for 4 to 6 weeks of classes, but costs can be higher if the classes are designed to tackle more complicated obedience skills or behaviors.

But not every dog thrives in a group setting, so you may decide that private training is the answer. Private consultations allow the trainer to focus all their attention on your dog — which will hopefully translate to quicker results. The downside is that private training is much more expensive. As a general guide, rates start around $100 per hour for an in-home training session, with some dog trainers in Santa Monica charging $150 or more. 

In comparison, trainers with Wag! can provide a private training session for as little as $60 an hour. This not only includes one-on-one coaching for your pet but also a customized training plan designed to suit your pup’s needs, so improving doggy behavior doesn’t have to break the bank.

Going Off-Leash in Santa Monica, CA

If you want to treat your dog to an exciting adventure in Santa Monica, CA, you’ll find a host of great dog parks to choose from. Of course, before you can check any of them out, you’ll need to make sure you can trust your dog to behave themselves off-leash. This means you should train your dog to come when called and make sure they know how to not be too aggressive when playing. Other problem behaviors like jumping on strangers are also a big no-no.

But once your pup has all the basics sorted, you can start checking out “pawpular” spots like the Herb Katz Dog Park. Located on Kensington Road in Joslyn Park, this 1.25-acre park features separate areas for small and large dogs. Shade is provided by a beautiful old tree, while the ground here is a mix of gravel, cement, and dirt. 

Another spot well worth checking out is Memorial Dog Park. Located on Olympic Boulevard, this dog run sits on the park’s western side and is the ideal place for your pup to stretch their legs. While it’s not the largest dog park you’re ever likely to come across, your pooch will still enjoy socializing here — they may even find the added bonus of a stray tennis ball or two from the courts next door! 

There are also a couple of other wonderful dog parks to check out in Santa Monica, CA, so make sure you give your pup a chance to explore them all.

Dog Training in Santa Monica, CA

Do you need help crate training a Pit Bull puppy? Does your older dog need to go back to basics with some obedience training? Whatever behavior problem you’re trying to solve, there’s no shortage of dog trainers in Santa Monica who can help.

Best of all, finding the right trainer with Wag! is easy. Simply download the Wag! app to start browsing local dog trainers. When you find someone you like, use the in-app chat feature to discuss your pup’s training needs and arrange a time for your first session.

The trainer will then compile a tailored training plan for your dog and come to you for an in-home training session. You then have the freedom to work with the same person again or choose someone else you feel is a better match for your dog. Booking a Santa Monica dog training session is easy and affordable, so hop on the Wag! app today and find the perfect match for Max.