Dog Trainers in Raleigh

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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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Emily MRaleigh, NC



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I am 19 years old and I have been dog sitting and walking for over 4 years now and have grown up with large dogs my whole life! I have a passion for training my own dog and love to care for all sizes and breeds of dogs!

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Charlotte MRaleigh, NC



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Hi! My name is Lottie and I have a passion for Dogs. I have been working with Dogs since the age of 7. I currently train obedience and have experience in agility and dock diving. I not only love helping owners exercise and train their fur friends but spending quality time outdoors. A happy dog is a happy owner! I hope to be able to connect with you and your beloved pet!

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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

Anna HRaleigh, NC



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“B.S. Animal Science, home full-time, fenced yard!”

Hi all! I have a Bachelors Degree in Animal Science, and I have tons of dog experience. I have worked as a dog walker and sitter since I was young. I've worked at doggie daycares, trained service dogs, and worked with veterinarians. I love all breeds and sizes! I'm so looking forward to meeting you and your best friend! Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. :)

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

Nicole ERaleigh, NC



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I have always loved dogs, taking every opportunity to take care of dogs since I was in elementary school. After watching and training family and friends dogs while growing up, I finally had the chance to raise a puppy myself! I spent a year training and taking care of a service dog-in-training named Coda. He was one of the most fun-loving dogs I’ve ever met! I loved working with him and watching him grow from a crazy puppy into a well behaved, highly trained service dog. Since then I’ve continued to watch friends dogs and was even offered a job at a local dog training company. I hope that by giving your pup an extra walk during the day, you both enjoy each other more!

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About Dog Training in Raleigh, NC

Training Fun Fact #1:

Have you ever heard of thermoregulation? In doggy speak, it’s a fancy word for cooling off the body. The most effective way for a too-warm pooch to cool off is by panting. They don’t have many sweat glands, and therefore, heat is better dissipated through hanging the tongue out of the mouth. Keeping your dog from overheating on a hot day can be accomplished by allowing them to rest in the shade or by going for a dip in the lake. Canines who love the water can get cooled off over and over by learning how to dock dive. Get your pup ready for competition and aim for a first-place trophy.

Training Fun Fact #2:

Hounds are the best at nose and scent work, although all breeds have an incredible sense of smell. Does your pooch love to take walks with their nose to the ground? That’s because they can smell up to 100,000 times better than a human can. Put your dog’s sniffing abilities to the test by training them to find valuable truffles to sell or enjoy at home.

Training Fun Fact #3:

Have you ever noticed that your dog’s ears can “speak”? The ears of a canine say a lot about what they are thinking and feeling. The position of the ears is like body language, and we can read our pup’s mood by how they hold their ears. How so? If the ears are pulled back, Fido is feeling friendly. If the ears are standing straight up, your four-legger is alert and ready for action. Flattened ears can indicate your pup is afraid. If you see that, reassure your dog and let them know you are there for them.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Raleigh, NC

Are you looking to train your dog in all levels of obedience and maybe even compete one day? Dog trainers in Raleigh are ready to prep your pup for classes by teaching them leash manners, heeling skills, and more. 

Group lessons in Raleigh vary, depending on the age of your dog and the knowledge they already have. Typically, group get-togethers for dogs to learn the ropes and a few commands over 6 weeks cost around $150. Fine-tuning leash manners or learning to come when called can be taught in a one hour group lesson of around $75. Private lessons at a facility run between $110 and $175 per one-hour class.

Fun is the name of the game in Raleigh dog training schools. Options are classes like puppy kindergarten, agility, and barn hunt. Expect to pay $200 for a month of training. Boarding your dog at a local facility for training will range from $1500 to $2350, which may include pick-up and drop-off services. Dogs are usually in a boarding school for 3 to 4 weeks. 

These options sound like fun, but maybe you are looking to have your puppy Einstein take private in-home training on your schedule. And besides, if you want your fur buddy to behave at home, why not train there, in their own environment?

Download the Wag! app and chat with a local trainer who can meet your needs, all for $60 per one-hour session. Through direct messaging and in-app payments, setting up a dog training lesson is quicky and easy. Then, your pooch will be on their way to perfection in no time.

Going Off-Leash in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh is often referred to as a “city within a park,” and this makes it a dog-lovers paradise. You’ll have no problem bringing your furry BFF along with you as long as they have a well-fitting collar and a secure leash. The city of Raleigh hasn’t required dog tags for almost 10 years, but having a proper ID tag on the collar is always recommended. Of course, cleaning up after your pet is a given, and failure to do so may result in a fine.

Where can you practice Fido’s meet and greet skills? Off-leash dog parks are the ideal place to socialize your dog.  Millbrook Exchange Dog Park is open from sun-up until way after the sun goes down, so you can either start or finish your day here. This park ticks all the boxes for mutts to run and play for hours. Misting stations, water fountains, and shade structures - what pooch could ask for more?

Your pup’s new favorite hangout just may be one of the glorious beaches near Raleigh. Plan a day trip to Carolina Beach, where dogs are welcome all year long. The off-season is the best time for pooches, though, when the weather is cooler, and pups have the run of the beach. Is your dog still hesitant around the water? All the more reason to teach them to swim

Whether exploring North Carolina’s trails, parks, or beaches, ensure your dog is safe by teaching them basic commands. Call on a Raleigh dog trainer to show your favorite canine squeeze how to come when called and to stick by you when in off-leash areas.

Dog Training in Raleigh, NC

How to Raleigh dog trainers get their experience? Local dog shelters and adoption agencies are often full, unfortunately, and rely on volunteers to make sure that the dogs in their care are walked and socialized. Dog trainers with Wag! are experienced and know what it takes to bring out the best in canines of all ages, sizes, and breeds.

What types of dogs are seen out and about in Raleigh? The Labrador Retriever has many fans all over the United States, and Raleigh is no different. This breed is the city’s top dog, and it’s no wonder. Lab’s love to swim and hike and happily join pet parents in all outdoor endeavors. Second to the Lab is the Golden Retriever. Goldens don’t like to be left at home on their own and will hop in the car for an adventure in a moment’s notice. Heading for a power walk? Bring your retriever along as a willing companion. 

Not to miss any of the action either are the German Shepherd, Beagle, and Yorkshire Terrier, the three dogs that round out Raleigh’s top five. Both the Beagle and the German Shepherd have been trained for police work. These dogs have the smarts and the keen noses to detect just about anything, from bugs to bombs. The Yorkie may be small but has bravery in their lineage, too. Ancestors of this portable pooch were trained to hunt vermin in factories and mills. Today, the Yorkshire Terrier is happy to be a purse pup or a park companion, whichever you prefer.

Are you ready to train your Beagle or Golden Labrador to their potential? Look no further than the Wag! app to book a training session for your canine kiddo, and get started!