Dog Trainers in Columbus

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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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Danielle LColumbus, OH

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All animals are easy to love in my eyes and, as a Wag! user myself, I am committed to making this experience a positive one. I currently share my life with my 2 rescues. I have a Pit mix, Twinkie, and a Husky mix, Trixie, and have years of experience working with pets. I pride myself on being reliable, knowledgeable, consistent, high energy and clean. I will always treat your family, home, and community with respect and I will work with the goal of leaving your pup happy, healthy, and tired.

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Heather LColumbus, OH

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“Here we go!”

Hello! My name is Heather and I am energetic, enthusiastic, and excited to meet your dog! My family had dogs since I was 6 years old and I’ve found as many chances I can to work with dogs ever since. In undergrad I had an opportunity to work with a team to train mental health therapy dogs which opened my eyes to how dogs learn, feel, and communicate with us. I aim to build a positive relationship with dogs so they’re just as excited to see me as I am to see them when it’s time for our walk.

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

Angela EColumbus, OH

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I am graduate student from Cincinnati, with lots of experience. I have spent my entire life with dogs. They are my favorite animal. I have a Saint Bernard poodle mix of my own that is trained, playful, and loves to socialize! I am flexible and willing to have dogs in my home if they are friendly and well-behaved. I also speak Spanish with native fluency and a bit of German, so if your dogs are trained in those two languages, I can handle that as well! I am looking forward to meeting your pet :)

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

Sidney LColumbus, OH

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“A lot more walking means a lot less barking!”

I can't wait to help you out by taking your dog on walks. I have three years of experience working for a professional dog trainer, I am a dog sitter, and I was recently accepted to veterinary school on account of my experiences with animals. I have worked at a small animal veterinary clinic, so I have experience working with dogs of various sizes, temperaments, and personalities. I can not wait to meet you and your pet!

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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

Mary RColumbus, OH

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Animal Lover with both small and large dog experience. Several years of volunteer work at local shelters.

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Josie RColumbus, OH

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I have been pet sitting most of my life, am a proud pet parent of a Dalmatian and have never missed a morning walk. I have a serious love for animals and have done everything from bottle feeding to administering medicating while owners are away. I cycle about 50 miles a week and love walking and running with dogs of all ages. If there's anything that I can do to make the animals or you more comfortable, I will try to make it happen.

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Matt TColumbus, OH

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I have raised and trained 2 dogs to both be Agility Champions, AKC Good Citizens, Certified Therapy Dogs & Official Dog Scouts of America. In addition to instructing dog agility I also volunteered at the Franklin County Dog Shelter providing me with hundreds of hours logged in dog handling, walking, obedience & athletic K-9 training. I will treat your pets with the care and love as if they were my own.

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

Kelsey MColumbus, OH

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Hi, I’m Kelsey! I grew up in Ohio, and recently moved to Columbus. I love all animals but especially dogs! I’ve had many pets and have had the wonderful opportunity to own two dogs. Truffle, a Cockapoo whose an oldie of 19 years! And Ufo(oof-oh) a 9 month old Terrier Mix. I love going on runs with my little Terrier so that he uses some of his never ending energy. I also enjoy going on slow walks with my elderly little Cockapoo. It’s a great mix and I hope to walk your dog(s) as well!

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Can run with dogs, Oral 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 Columbus, OH

Training Fun Fact #1:

Off-leash training is one of the fundamentals you’ll want to work on while training your puppy. Before you let Lola loose, make sure they know how to walk properly on a leash. Start with the “heel” command, then move on to a long leash, then work your way up to going off-leash in a fenced area. Once your dog knows the ropes, practice recall as much and as often as you can.

Training Fun Fact #2:

If you’ve taught your buddy just about every command in the book, why not step it up a notch and train your dog to jump rope? A good way to start working on this nifty trick is to start with a stick. Encourage them to jump over it first, then move on to the rope. With consistency and practice, your mutt might master this trick in as little as 6 weeks!

Training Fun Fact #3:

A common myth is that dogs are born knowing how to swim. While some dogs take to the water from a young age, not all breeds are suited for swimming. Brachycephalic breeds in particular may struggle to swim due to their short snouts. Although dogs will instinctively paddle when placed in water, that doesn’t equate to a natural ability to swim. Some dogs can be trained to swim, but don’t force your dog if they’re fearful of the water.

Average Cost of Dog Training in Columbus, OH

The cost of Columbus in-home dog training varies depending on your dog’s age and the trainer’s chosen approach. On average, you can expect to pay $110 per hour for private, in-home dog training in Columbus. However, not all training sessions last for an hour — some Columbus dog trainers may visit for 45 minutes or up to 2 hours. Different trainers also have different price points for puppies and adult dogs. You might pay $90 for a 90-minute in-home puppy training session or as much as $200 for a 2-hour consultation. Additional travel fees may apply. Sessions that run over the allotted time may also incur extra fees.

How much do obedience dog training classes cost in Columbus, OH? That depends on the length and level of the class as well as your dog’s age. Puppy training basics start off at around $150 for 6 weeks. Basic obedience classes are priced similarly. However, it’s important to keep in mind that classes are split into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. If you want your woofer to graduate, expect to invest $450 over a 4-month period.

Not ready to commit to a weekly class? Columbus dog trainers on the Wag! app provide a flexible, affordable solution that works with your busy schedule. At just $60 per hour, you’ll enjoy the freedom to plan every detail of your session, from the time and place right down to the commands. Find a dog trainer near you and get ready to discover your doggo’s potential.

Going Off-Leash in Columbus, OH

Before you start planning your visit to Columbus’ off-leash dog parks, make sure you know the rules and regulations. Per the City of Columbus, dogs must be supervised and under control at all times. Proof of license and vaccinations are required. Pet parents are responsible for any property damage or injuries caused by their dogs.

Now that the official stuff is out of the way, it’s time to go dog wild! Wheeler Memorial Dog Park is a good place to test the waters of off-leash freedom. This petite park is split into two sections for small and large dogs, so no need to worry about your small breed tumbling with the big boys and girls. This park is open from 7 AM to 11 PM, which makes it a popular spot with dog parents who work full-time.

The Three Creeks Dog Park is a 4-acre enclosure nestled within a popular 1,000-acre park. Though your pal will be safe and sound in the fenced off-leash area, the rest of the park is an important habitat for wildlife, so make sure your doggo won’t be distracted by any critters. Before finding some new four-legged friends at the dog park, why not leave the leash attached while you walk the trail network? More than 40 miles of nature trails welcome hound-dog hikers.

Need a little help training your dog to behave at the dog park before your first visit? Columbus dog trainers on the Wag! app have got you covered. Find a trainer in just a few clicks and get Fifi ready to go off-leash in Columbus.

Dog Training in Columbus, OH

Whether you’re training a new puppy, brushing up on obedience basics, or working on stubborn behaviors, Columbus dog trainers with Wag! are ready and waiting to help out. Dog training through Wag! allows you to work on commands at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. You’ll benefit from as much one-on-one training time as you need, for a fraction of the cost of other Columbus dog training options.

What breeds are Columbus dog trainers working with? Turns out small breeds reign supreme in Cowtown. The lionhearted Chihuahua tops the list of the most popular breeds in Columbus. These pint-sized puppers get a bad rap ⁠— too often, they’re written off as yappy, fearful, and overly protective. But with the right approach to training, these lovable lap dogs will soon learn who rules the roost! It’s important to start socializing your ChiChi and working on obedience as soon as possible. Chihuahuas are highly intelligent, so once they’ve got the basics down, keep their minds stimulated with canine sports like agility and tracking.

Next up on the list of most popular breeds in Columbus is the Miniature Schnauzer. Due to their high prey drive, boundless energy, and tendency to play rough with other dogs, this beloved breed can be a little tricky to train. Starting early and practicing often is key. They’re also highly intelligent, which means they can become complacent and disinterested with the same training routine.

Want a little assistance teaching Gambit good manners, or need some advice on shaking up your training regimen? Link up with a Columbus dog trainer on the Wag! app today and your buddy will be the best-behaved pup on the block before you know it.