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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 and have trained a service dog for psychiatric care. I can't wait to meet your pup!

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

Everyone that knows me knows that I am the dog lady. 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 pup like they are my own and give them just as much love! I pride myself on the extra steps I take beyond the service being provided and my ability to connect with both 4-legged and 2-legged beings :)

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience, Obedience training, Behavioral training, Socialization training, Potty training, Puppy training

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 charge of $57-63 per one hour-long session. The estimated rate will be displayed at the bottom of the screen during booking, with a final price provided when a Pet Caregiver is selected for the service. 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.

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