Dog Trainers in Walnut Creek

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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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Victoria HWalnut Creek, CA

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Hello pet owners, My name is Victoria and I am a qualified veterinary surgeon with an animal behavior degree. I have experience in both general practice and emergency veterinary medicine. I know it may seem as though I am little overqualified to be a dog walker...however I have decided to take a sabbatical from work over the summer, but just cannot resist being around your fur babies 24/7! They will certainly be in safe hand! I look forward to hearing from you and looking after your fur babies.

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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

RIcardo RWalnut Creek, CA

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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

Marisa KWalnut Creek, CA

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

Daniel LWalnut Creek, CA

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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 SWalnut Creek, 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

Nichole JWalnut Creek, CA

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“Big or small I love them all!”

As I grew I knew I wanted a career that had something to do with dogs. In high school I got a job as a groomers assistant and loved it. After four and a half years it just wasn't the passion I was looking for. The passion was right I front of me. I have been training my dog to do all kinds of tricks since the beginning . I'm now a certified dog trainer graduated by the ABC animal behavior college. I have two dogs a giant Doberman pincher and a tiny miniature pincher also 3 cats.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Can run with dogs, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Hannah LWalnut Creek, CA

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I'm a dog lover with lots of experience getting to know and handling new dogs. I've worked with local animal rescue organizations as a foster home and a volunteer. I've always loved working with animals and I plan to pursue a career in animal training.

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About Dog Training in Walnut Creek, CA

Training Fun Fact #1:

Have you recently adopted an older dog? If so, you might be looking for ways to combat some common behavior problems for senior pooches. Maybe your new furry family member needs to learn how to accept a puppy, master the basics of good behavior, or not poop in the house. Whatever new tricks you’re trying to teach your old dog, it’s essential to remain patient. With a positive approach to training and the use of rewards, your pooch will soon learn that doing what you ask will lead to wonderful things.

Training Fun Fact #2:

Some dogs absolutely love meeting new people, but they don’t always know how to politely greet their new best friends. If your pet has a problem with jumping on strangers or on guests, the key to solving this issue is to reward them for calm behavior when meeting new people. You may need help from a friend who can pose as an unexpected visitor to help fast-track the training process, but before too long your pet should hopefully learn to sit patiently when there’s a knock at the door.

Training Fun Fact #3:

If your small dog has a big personality, you might find that obedience training is far from a walk in the park. But while it may be frustrating, basic obedience training is essential for good manners and also for your pet’s safety. Stay consistent, use positive reinforcement methods, and keep training sessions short to ensure that your dog doesn’t become bored. And if you ever need help, there are plenty of experienced dog trainers in Walnut Creek who can offer their assistance and advice.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Walnut Creek, CA

When you need help teaching your dog how to be more obedient or tackling problem behaviors, it’s time to start comparing dog trainers in Walnut Creek, CA. However, with such a wide range of trainers to choose from in the local area, finding the right person for the job isn’t always easy.

You’ll need to look for a trainer who is experienced and reliable, who is qualified to work with your pet, and who can develop a strong bond with your dog. Of course, you’ll also need to consider the cost of Walnut Creek dog trainers. 

If you’re thinking of signing your dog up for some group classes, many training services offer puppy training classes as well as courses designed to teach obedience essentials and solve basic behavior problems. Class schedules typically range from 3 to 6 weeks in length, with prices ranging from approximately $130 to $350.

But if you feel like your dog would get lost in a class or could just benefit from some one-on-one attention, you may want to book them in for some private training sessions. Often conducted at home, these sessions allow the trainer to focus on your pet’s specific needs — but they don’t always come cheap.

Many Walnut Creek dog trainers charge $100 per hour or more for in-home training. Some will slightly discount their rates when you sign up for a multi-session package, but you’re still looking at a sizable investment.

In comparison, trainers with Wag! offer one-on-one training sessions for just $60 an hour. This includes a customized training plan to suit your pet’s needs, and there’s no need to commit to a long-term program. Dog training doesn’t get any better than that!

Going Off-Leash in Walnut Creek, CA

Dog lovers in Walnut Creek, CA, have plenty of options to choose from when they want to let their dog enjoy some off-leash play. One of the most popular local off-leash options is Heather Farm Dog Park, which is found at the northern end of Heather Farm Park. This 1-acre park has separate areas for small/senior and large dogs, and is open from 8 AM until dusk (or noon until dusk on Thursdays). Parking and restrooms can be found nearby, while you can also take your leashed dog for a walk in the surrounding park.

Baldwin Dog Park, found in nearby Concord, is another great spot for dogs and their people. Open from half an hour before dawn until half an hour before sunset, this park welcomes two dogs per person and is the perfect spot for a bit of leash-free socialization.

Off-leash parks can also be a great place to work on obedience training skills, such as teaching your dog how to heel and to stop and stay from a distance. Of course, before you can take your pet to the dog park, you’ll need to make sure they know how to come when called (no matter what is going on around them) and that they can play nicely with other dogs. If your doggo has these skills nailed, your time at the dog park will be a whole lot more fun for both of you.

These skills will also come in handy if you check out Shell Ridge Open Space, a 1,400-acre space in the heart of Walnut Creek. There are more than 30 miles of trails to explore here, so it’s the ideal location if you want to raise your heart rate and soak up some fresh air. And while rangers recommend that dogs stay on the leash, they’re permitted to go off-leash as long as they’re within sight at all times and under voice command.

Dog Training in Walnut Creek, CA

Looking for local dog trainers in Walnut Creek, CA? Trainers with Wag! offer many years of experience across a diverse range of pet care niches, and they’re passionate pet people who can help improve your dog’s manners and overall behavior.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for puppy training, behavior training, or anything in between, the first step towards finding local dog trainers is to download the Wag! app. You can then search dog trainers near you to find one who sounds like the “pawfect” fit for you and your dog.

The person you choose will then come to you for a 1-hour, private training session with you and your dog. They’ll develop a customized training plan for your pet, work out what is causing your dog’s problem behaviors, and help turn your naughty pup into a much more polite pooch.

It’s easy and effective, so download the Wag! app and book a Walnut Creek dog training session today.