Dog Trainers in Boston

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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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Jennifer CBoston, MA

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“Where your pets are my family”

I have worked in an animal shelter for about five years. I have also walked and provided pet sitting services within my own business. I have experience with training basic skills for dogs. I can't wait to meet your pup!

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

Amanda BBoston, MA

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Everyone that knows me know that I am the dog lady. I've had dog as part of y family for years, I always volunteer to help other dog owners, and I donate to local shelters often. No one loves dogs more than me and I have dedicated my time to learning more and more about our four legged friends. I take care of each like they were my own and give them just as much love!

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Nina BBoston, MA

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Hi! My name is Nina. I have a dog of my own , a mixed breed named Scarlett. I have been around dogs my whole life, and have been working professionally with dogs for over 4 years now. I currently work as a dental assistant and love doing Wag! in my spare time. I have worked in doggy daycares as well as as a dog walker. I have experience with all breeds, ages, sizes and temperaments of dogs. I also can administer medication. I really look forward to meeting your dog!

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Kayla CBoston, MA

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I have been working in the pet care industry for approximately seven years now. I managed a daycare and pet boarding facility for four years and prior to that, I was a Kennel Supervisor for two years with a facility located in New Hampshire. More recently, I have worked as a Vet Tech in a general practice and emergency setting, as well as with a local animal shelter. Working as a Vet Tech has provided me with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and hands on experience of the medical aspect involved in providing care to both canines and felines. I have aspired to work with animals since I was a child and have always had a true passion toward them. I have years of experience in a canine pack environment, as well as one on one with most dog breeds. I also have personal experience, as I have two rescue dogs of my own. I feel this is very important when dealing with a client's pet, as it provides the assurance that their pet is in good hands. In addition to dogs, I have grown up living with cats my whole life. I also have worked with cats in both shelter and veterinary settings. From a ferrel cat to a lap cat, I have experienced both, yet love them all the same! I can confidently medicate any animal if necessary, including pilling to providing insulin injections. My main focus is currently working in the animal care field and furthering my education with my CVT. I absolutely love working in an environment where the focus is caring for animals. My ultimate goal is to own a rescue some day. I feel as though my passion for animals and my prior experience would be a great match for you and your pet! I look forward to hearing from you regarding your furry family members' needs!

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Sarah CBoston, MA

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My name is Sarah. I have a degree in Animal Care and have always had pets of my own. I cannot wait to to help you in anyway with your pets.

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Victoria PBoston, MA

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“Every dog’s different & all deserve the same love!”

I‘ve been a Wag! Walker for year & have been an avid dog lover all my life! I’ve had two very different dogs; my first was a German Shepherd named Tash, a beautiful dog with enormous strength—so rewarding to train and be around. I currently own a finicky, anxious Mini Pinscher who I adore! I know Boston well and have been around animals my entire life, so I know how to earn a dog’s trust before taking control of the leash. I believe in positive reinforcement with dogs, & I think they do too!

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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

Jeana KBoston, MA

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Hello! I’m an outgoing,responsible,dog loving woman with 2 dogs of our own.Ive been walking dogs for over a year now, and usually have walks daily on my schedule. With a back ground in basic obedience training and leash walking definitely connect with dogs and horses!i love getting out in the fresh air and giving your dog the same attention i give my own. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to meet you and your dogs and getting the chance to let them out, take them for a walk, or even a jog!

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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

Hannah CBoston, MA

4.9

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“Need Training, Exercise, Snuggles? You need me!”

Hi! My name is Hannah and I’m able to walk, sit, board, and do basic training for dogs in the Boston area. I have two large fur babies of my own and know what it’s like if your dogs don’t get enough exercise for the day! I’ve been walking dogs since I was a kid and I actually work with non domestic animals as my full time gig when I’m not with dogs. You could say animals are my thing! I can’t wait to meet and have fun with your furry loved one!

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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

Ella JBoston, MA

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Hi, I’m Ella! I am currently living and going to school in the Boston area. I have a Miniature Poodle, Sophie, and a Golden Retriever, Bentley who are best friends! I have been pet sitting in my neighborhood for the last 5 years, and have experience with small and large breeds! I’m very active with my dogs when I’m at home, and am excited to spend time with other people’s dogs between my coursework!

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Jisela GBoston, MA

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Hello paw friends! My name is Jisela and I am a 20 year old college student who, lucky for you, loves doggies of all shapes and sizes. You can be rest assured that your sweet pup will be taken good care of while in my hands.

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About Dog Training in Boston, MA

Training Fun Fact #1:

Did you know that dogs can comprehend more than 150 words? (No wonder why your pup’s ears prick up when you say “walk” or “treat”!) This is just one reason why dogs respond so well to “sit”, “stay”, and other verbal cues. But it’s not just what you say — it’s how you say it. Pitch and tone are just as important as the cue itself, so consistency is key.

Training Fun Fact #2:

Back when dogs were still wild, food guarding was a survival tactic. Fortunately, our fur-babies no longer need to worry about predators stealing their food — yet the instinct is still strong in some dogs. Luckily, this behavior is one you can discourage during puppyhood. Hand-feeding your puppy is one way to build trust and prevent guarding. To learn more about how to train a puppy not to guard their food or toys, enlist the help of a dog trainer near you.

Training Fun Fact #3:

Training your dog to mush provides an excellent physical workout and mental stimulation for natural-born sled dogs. This activity is particularly well-suited for Boston’s snowy winters. You’ll need to introduce some special verbal commands so your pup knows when and where to turn, when to slow down, and when to stop. The process can take up to six months, but once your dog knows the ropes (and how to pull them!), you two will be sledding through the neighborhood in no time. Alternatively, you can teach your pal to pull you as you cycle or skate down the street.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Boston, MA

What’s the cost of dog training in Boston? That depends on your dog’s age and behavior as well as the type of training. Traditional in-home dog training in Boston starts at $125 per hour and can cost $150 per session. Many in-home dog training options in Boston are part of packages that include multiple home visits rather than individual sessions.

On average, group obedience classes in Boston cost $250 for a six-week course. One-on-one classes at some training facilities can cost up to $1,400 for six weeks. Some private courses teach a limited set of skills instead of personalizing sessions based on your dog’s needs. Meanwhile, boarding and training programs in Boston can cost over $2,000.

If you’re considering group obedience classes in Boston, you might be surprised to learn some of them have long waiting lists. Other in-home training options in Boston may incur additional consultation fees.

Seeking a more affordable, flexible solution? Find in-home Boston dog trainers on the Wag! app and book a dog training session that works for your schedule and your mutt’s needs. Message your trainer, plan your visits from start to finish, and pay securely right in the app — all for a flat fee of $60 per hour-long session. Need training tips outside of class? You’ll also have access a treasure trove of dog training how-tos and tips.

Going Off-Leash in Boston, MA

When it comes to off-leash freedom, Massachusetts is truly unique. Dogs are welcome to roam free in designated areas of select state parks. According to the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s official rules, dogs must know how to come when called and obey their owners’ commands at all times. If you’re worried Hunter might chase after a bird or squirrel, it may be time to consult a dog trainer to review their obedience lessons.

If you and Rufus aren’t quite ready for a romp at a dog-friendly state park, start your off-leash adventures in Boston at Mansfield Street Dog Park. This quiet, petite park with a separate area for small dogs has just enough space for first-timers to learn good dog park etiquette. Once your mutt has mastered their recall skills, let loose at Boston Common Off-Leash Area. The park’s designated doggy areas permit leash-free playtime from 6 AM to 11 AM. These areas aren’t fenced, so good recall skills are essential.

Ready to play the day away in Boston’s beautiful off-leash zones? Book a Boston dog trainer and start working on the commands you’ll need for a safe and successful outing. As your pup progresses in their training, you can make a splash at Fresh Pond Reservation Dog Park or tackle the agility course at RUFF North End Dog Park.

Dog Training in Boston, MA

Retrievers, both Labrador and Golden, are the top two most popular dog breeds in Boston. German Shepherds and French Bulldogs aren’t far behind. These dependable doggos are known for their intelligence, trainability, and loyalty to their parents and handlers. 

Last, but certainly not least, on the list of top five dog breeds in Boston is the Yorkshire Terrier. Though these doggy divas have an unmatched stubborn streak at times, Yorkshire Terriers are a top choice for dog shows and competitions. When it comes to socialization and obedience training, Yorkshire Terrier puppies need a patient approach with lots of praise and positive reinforcement. Once they’ve got the basics down, these beautiful yet brainy pooches can advance to agility and rally obedience competitive training. Their friendly nature also makes them ideal candidates for therapy dog training.

When they’re not training Yorkies and Retrievers, Boston dog trainers are busy volunteering in the city’s adoption centers. Not only does volunteering provide invaluable hands-on experience for trainers, but it also helps Boston’s hounds stay healthy and find loving homes. More than 10,000 dogs pass through Boston’s shelters each year, which means there’s always a need for experienced dog trainers and handlers.

With flexible scheduling, customized training, and affordable pricing, Boston dog trainers on the Wag! platform make it easier than ever to unleash your pup’s potential. Download the app today and discover the “pawfect” trainer for your pup’s personality.